All posts by Valerie Howes

National Magazine Award-nominated writer Valerie Howes writes feature stories for publications such as Globe and Mail, National Post, enRoute, Toronto Life, Reader's Digest, Canadian Living and Chatelaine. Her blog, Open Kitchen, took Gold at the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Awards and the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. ***** Valerie Howes, finaliste aux National Magazine Awards, publie des reportages pour le Globe and Mail, le National Post, enRoute, Toronto Life, Reader's Digest, Canadian Living et Chatelaine. Son blogue, Open Kitchen, a remporté l'or aux Canadian Society of Magazine Editors Awards et aux Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

Explore Black Excellence on a Culture Break in Toronto

Torontonians find joy and community in celebrating their diverse roots, sharing creative ideas and exploring contemporary concerns around race and culture. In anticipation of Black … Continue Reading

Haunted Canada: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide to Scary Destinations

If you’re too old to trick or treat but you still love a good scare, there are more than enough haunted destinations in Canada to give you goose bumps, wherever your travels take you. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to visit, dine, or stay this Halloween—with the possibility of a ghostly encounter—we’ve got a cross-country list of suggestions. Enjoy your trip—see you on the other side?

A Day in Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood

Named for its location—amid a criss-cross of  railway lines—the Junction is one of Toronto's most vibrant West End neighbourhoods. Just north of High Park, and … Continue Reading

Chef Mark McEwan’s Top Picks for Winterlicious

“I remember when Winterlicious was created—it was sort of to get the Earth back on its feet after the Twin Towers attacks, so … Continue Reading