Divine Visions of Chocolate?

Several years ago, on a trip to Niagara Falls on the United States side, I came across this church:   In case it wasn’t evident from the first photograph. Here is another one that shows the board outside the church more clearly: A quick google search produced nothing illuminating about this chocolate themed church. I found it so fascinating, I had to stop and take … Continue reading Divine Visions of Chocolate?

Farewell to a lovely bookstore

This gorgeous bookstore in a Toronto neighborhood (the Bloor West Village) shut down over the weekend. The building used to be a theatre (built in 1927) and the bookstore, for the most part, preserved the original structure and interiors. Granted, this was a Chapters branch, and I am generally a fan of small local bookstores rather than larger chains, but this store was definitely special. … Continue reading Farewell to a lovely bookstore

Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

If you’re visiting San Francisco, Grace Cathedral should definitely be on your list of places to visit. It’s breathtaking at night and the ‘Gates of Paradise’ or ‘Ghiberti Doors’ are¬†exquisite. To be fair, the gates are a replica. The original gates were in Florence at the Florence baptistery. However, were you to go to Florence today to see the doors, you would be looking upon … Continue reading Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

An Island Paradise 5 Minutes from Downtown Toronto?

The Toronto Islands are surprisingly beautiful, all things considered. I’ve been before, several years ago, but it was only on a recent trip there for the first time in years, that I realized how picturesque the islands are! Obviously, they’ve got nothing on any island in the Caribbean, but for a beach in a busy metropolitan centre, it’s pretty gorgeous. Far more peaceful than the … Continue reading An Island Paradise 5 Minutes from Downtown Toronto?

Culinary Adventure in Toronto Part I (Or How to Eat like a Scheherazade)

Last week I was to meet an old friend for dinner. He said I could pick the restaurant and because I really wanted to try some place new, I spent hours researching restaurants in Toronto. I wanted to find a great place that served something unusual, something that was relatively new to me. You see, I’ve been feeling more than a little restless lately; these … Continue reading Culinary Adventure in Toronto Part I (Or How to Eat like a Scheherazade)