Adrian Brijbassi
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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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First Nation In B.C. Revives Tree-Cutting Ceremony

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2017 | 12:35 PM

James August spent one hour on a momentous Sunday morning alone with a tree. He stood in the January cold touching the bark of the 120-foot cottonwood that had spent all of its years on the property of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band.

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The State Of Canadian Wines Is Robust

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2017 | 5:14 AM

In this sesquicentennial year of the nation, pausing to reflect is a pastime many of us have undertaken. For Don Triggs, that look back includes a memorable day in 1992 in front of the Toronto Board of Trade. Triggs, recognized as a legend in the Canadian wine-making industry,...

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Wine And Chocolate Romances Vancouver

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2017 | 5:43 AM

Sam Holmes travelled more than 13,000 kilometres for a wine festival that will celebrate Canadian wines on a scale that has never been seen before. Holmes is the general manager of Yalumba, the oldest family-owned winery in Australia, and arrived for the 39th annual Vancouver International...

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Canada Is Tuning Into Aboriginal Tourism

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2017 | 12:52 PM

George Paul cried in a way he hadn't cried before. It was 1982 and he had travelled from New Brunswick to the plains of Alberta and Saskatchewan in search, he says, of his "original culture." That culture came to him in an onslaught of ceremonial prayers, song, dance and speeches...

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4 Toronto Cocktail Bars To Cozy Up In

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2016 | 6:01 AM

When you walk into a cocktail bar, you usually are met with a drink list that includes your standard concoctions as well as favourite inventions from the man or woman behind the bar. Not so at Toronto's Civil Liberties.

You won't find a menu at all. What you...

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Magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel Beckons In 2017

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2016 | 11:50 AM

I challenge you to walk away from Mont-Saint-Michel and not look back. You will find it an impossible feat.

The medieval icon dares you to depart. It commands your gaze from miles away and once you arrive ensnares your imagination after you've migrated within its walls. When I exited, I...

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My Wife's Memory Lives On In Our Anti-Cancer Cookbook

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2016 | 12:33 PM

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My wife would never call herself a foodie. She was a picky eater who loved salads, eggs for breakfast, sweet treats and spicy foods. Recognizing flavour profiles or the effects avant-garde cooking techniques such as molecular gastronomy have on the food on her plate was...

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Edmonton's About To Get The Buzzy Downtown It's Always Wanted

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 11:41 AM

Lino Oliveira has been running his restaurant in downtown Edmonton since 2008 and says he has never seen as many patrons as he has this fall. Sabor, which specializes in Mediterranean dishes and seafood, served more than 250 diners one weekend night in October, a culinary feat for...

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The 'Coolification' Of Victoria, B.C. Continues

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 3:45 PM

It's 1 p.m. on a Sunday and Douglas Street is teeming with action. Over there, a bhangra dance class is ruling the corner of Johnson Street. Up the block, local band Lovecoast is turning out funky, danceable pop songs on a sun-lit stage. In front of them is...

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Grapevine, Texas: Yes, The Lone Star State Has A Wine Scene

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2016 | 10:56 AM

I had no idea Texas had a wine scene, let alone one as vibrant and interesting as what I discovered inGrapevine, a town of 49,000 that swells annually to about 300,000 when it hosts the largest wine festival in the southwest United States.

Stuart Bourne, on the other hand, has...

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Soaking Up The Flavours Of The French Riviera

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2016 | 3:18 PM

Rosa Jackson leads me through the streets of her adopted home and notes the similarities to Vancouver. "People come here because of the climate and the beauty," she says. "They stay because it's a better way of life."

A Canadian expat, Jackson arrived in Paris from Alberta in 1995 and...

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Will And Kate Will Discover Aboriginal B.C.'s Many Experiences

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 10:12 AM

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The Balance Rock, a rock that was left balancing after the last glacial retreat, stands on the island of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. (Photo: Ben Nelms/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

As Will and Kate journey through western Canada this week, they will spend plenty of...

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When in Rome, Dine At These Restaurants

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2016 | 7:06 AM

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...

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Toronto Is Ready To Take On The World

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2016 | 10:14 AM

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...

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Chef's Prairie Feast Gives Canadians a Reason to Visit Saskatoon

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2016 | 3:13 PM

Dale MacKay continues to build upon one of the most fascinating and heart-warming stories in Canada.

A supremely talented chef, MacKay is also a driven entrepreneur and passionate advocate for his hometown. He brought attention to Saskatoon in 2014 when he returned home to launch Ayden Kitchen...

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Gord Downie's Courage Powers Tragically Hip Tour

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2016 | 1:08 PM

I watched Sunday's concert at Rogers Arena with tears in my eyes. 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...

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Tribute To Michelin Chefs During Dine Out Vancouver

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 4:49 PM

Stefan Hartmann's contribution to his first Dine Out Vancouver experience is an homage to his pedigree as a revered European chef. Hartmann, the executive chef at Bauhaus in Gastown, will be presenting dishes from two culinary greats -- Marco Pierre White and Juan Amador -- during...

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Where To Dine On Vancouver's Robson Street

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 1:07 PM

Twenty-five years in the restaurant business is no easy task, particularly as the industry becomes more competitive and diners' fascinations tend to lean toward the new and fashionable.

Andrew Richardson calls the silver anniversary of CinCin -- celebrated in September with a marvellous fete that included a cookout...

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Vancouver Art Show Celebrates Creative Minds of Brain Cancer Patients

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 8:15 AM

Glioblastoma. It's a scary and ugly word that you do not want staring you in the face. It has the power to wreck your life, as it has mine.

Glioblastoma is the name of the worst kind of brain cancer the world knows. Like a horror movie villain, it returns...

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In Old Las Vegas, a New Culinary Movement Emerges

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:53 PM

The best new restaurant in Las Vegas isn't housed in a gaudy hotel on the Strip. Nor is it adorned with the first name of its celebrity chef or a menu with prices that equate to the cost of one of the city's pricey theatre shows.

It is on East...

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