I DON'T KNOW how you spent your winter — cooking, enjoying the great outdoors, or sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book — but I was huddled over computer screen with our digital team, working on a new website for TASTE& TRAVEL. It's been seven years and counting and we were well overdue for a refresh.
TASTE& TRAVEL remains a quarterly magazine but the new site allows us to publish content on a more frequent basis and tap into the social media pathways that define the way we now communicate. I've enjoyed developing new skills and I'm excited about the possibilities that the digital universe offers. Please visit the site and if you like what you see, share with others. Follow us on Pinterest and Twitter if you'd like to keep up with us moment by moment. Back to the magazine — and in this issue, as usual, we’re all over the globe
— from New Zealand and the Napa Valley to China and Chile, finding out what makes people like us — who love to read, love to eat, and love to travel — tick. Waheeda Harris fell in love with a condiment in Sri Lanka. Nathan Fong found an amazing taco joint in Arizona. Catherine Van Brunschot rediscovered
Calgary and Susie Ellison ate her way around New Zealand, exploring the vibrant café scene.
In the test kitchen we discovered the versatility of freekeh and the spicy cuisine of Kerala. I expanded my own culinary horizons by cooking from the book Saladish by Ilene Rosen.
On the home front, we've some fabulous pics of the Canadian Culinary Championships that took place in Kelowna in February. Congratulations to winning chef Alex Chen from Vancouver! I'm excited to be judging again in the 2018 Gold Medal Plates competition,
at the Ottawa challenge in October. And I'm also looking forward to August 4, when the TASTE& TRAVEL team will be cooking up a storm for Food Day Canada. Salut!