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Adrian Brijbassi

Managing Editor, Vacay.ca

Adrian Brijbassi appears frequently on CTV News Channel, TSN Radio and CJSF Radio, discussing travel, sports and writing. He is the managing editor of Vacay.ca. He's also a former editor at the Toronto Star, and has formerly worked at New York Newsday and the Vancouver Sun. Adrian has won six travel writing awards from NATJA, including for best destination article published in a newspaper in both 2010 and 2011. He is a judge for the World's 50 Best Restaurants and spearheaded the Vacay.ca Top 50 Restaurants in Canada list that debuted in 2012.
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Argentina's Wine Tourism Keeps On Evolving

Kaiken is one of the more than 1,500 wineries in the province of Mendoza, which has three primary viticulture regions: Maipu, Lujan de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. The Andes Mountains make for a dramatic backdrop, and a range of accommodations, restaurants and tours provide amenities to complement the winery operations. More than 15,000 visitors arrive at Kaiken each year. It was the first of three wineries I visited in May. Here's what I learned from each of them.
05/24/2017 01:13 EDT
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The State Of Canadian Wines Is Robust

"He was going on and on about how tough it was to make it in the ball-bearing business in Canada. After he was done, it was my turn to speak. So, I went up there and the first words I said were, 'Ladies and gentlemen, if you think it is hard being in the ball-bearing business, try being in the business of selling Canadian wine to the world.' And the place erupted in laughter."
02/21/2017 06:14 EST
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My Wife's Memory Lives On In Our Anti-Cancer Cookbook

The idea of Inspired Cooking, a new cookbook featuring 21 of the nation's best chefs, was hers. She thought a cookbook with some of Canada's best-known chefs discussing what nutrition means to them and providing cancer-prevention recipes could change how future generations eat and think about food.
12/08/2016 01:33 EST
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The 'Coolification' Of Victoria, B.C. Continues

Of all of Canada's major cities, Victoria would be considered the farthest away from cutting edge. But a tech boom, evolving music scene, rejuvenated interest in farming and craft food production, and a soft housing market compared to the sky-high cost of ownership in Vancouver has helped bring and retain more young people.
11/18/2016 04:43 EST
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When in Rome, Dine At These Restaurants

At first thought, a fusion of Japanese and Italian dishes might seem odd. For Francesco Apreda, however, the melding of these two cuisines came across as a natural progression. Apreda spent years in Japan learning about that nation's flavours and cooking techniques. When he returned to Rome, he applied what he had learned to his native cuisine, and the results are marvellous.
09/21/2016 07:07 EDT
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Toronto Is Ready To Take On The World

When you consider all of the places you might visit in North America this fall, you have to wonder if anywhere beats Toronto. September in Canada's largest city is always known for the excitement of the Toronto International Film Festival. This year, TIFF runs from September 8-18 and will be followed by another elite event, the World Cup of Hockey.
09/12/2016 10:14 EDT

Chef's Prairie Feast Gives Canadians A Reason To Visit Saskatoon

MacKay's vision is embodied in Prairie Feast, an annual celebration of Saskatchewan food and culture that wrapped up its second edition last weekend. This year, chefs from around Canada came and cooked sensational food on the street, beneath tents and amid the hot sun and famous big, blue skies of the middle of the country.
08/17/2016 03:13 EDT
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Gord Downie's Courage Powers Tragically Hip Tour

As Gord Downie closed the show with kisses to the cheeks of his bandmates and nods of gratitude to the 20,000 fans in Vancouver, the courage the lead singer displayed overwhelmed me. It saddened me, too. Downie, my cultural hero, is battling the same awful disease -- glioblastoma multiforme -- that took the life of my wife, Julia Pelish-Brijbassi, 137 days ago.
07/29/2016 01:08 EDT
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Where To Dine On Vancouver's Robson Street

A decade ago, Robson Street was ranked fifth in the world for highest retail rental space in the world. It's home to the new Nordstrom store at the Pacific Centre, as well as a Roots, Salvatore Ferragamo and Aritzia locations. With so much holiday shopping to be done this month, you need places to nosh, as well.
12/14/2015 02:07 EST