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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.
Argentina's Wine Tourism Keeps On

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
Uruguay's Maldonado Coast Emerges As A Tourism Hot

Uruguay's Maldonado Coast Emerges As A Tourism Hot Spot

I arrived in Punta del Este knowing only its reputation as a ritzy beach town where South America's elite converge from January to March -- the summer months for most of the continent -- and its proximity to a year-old winery that has been much talked about in the food and wine world.
05/03/2017 05:27 EDT
First Nation In B.C. Revives Tree-Cutting

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

Elders selected the cottonwood for the first tree-cutting ceremony on the First Nation's land in more than a generation. The tree was chosen months earlier, when the elders decided they wanted to renew the community's tradition of building handcrafted canoes.
02/28/2017 06:46 EST
The State Of Canadian Wines Is

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
Canada Is Tuning Into Aboriginal

Canada Is Tuning Into Aboriginal Tourism

The Mi'kmaq hosted the 2016 Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) annual meeting in Membertou, a community of about 1,000 people in Nova Scotia that is one of North America's leading First Nations success stories.
01/24/2017 01:52 EST
4 Toronto Cocktail Bars To Cozy Up

4 Toronto Cocktail Bars To Cozy Up In

With the holiday season happening, many cocktails are being consumed. Here are four Toronto cocktail bars to visit when you're in the mood for something different.
12/29/2016 07:01 EST
Magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel Beckons In

Magnificent Mont-Saint-Michel Beckons In 2017

Mont-Saint-Michel is one of those places. A revered attraction whose allure has been built for centuries and made all the more legendary because it requires some commitment to reach. It took me three trains and more than four hours to make it to this spot that had been lingering on my bucket list like an itch.
12/16/2016 12:50 EST
My Wife's Memory Lives On In Our Anti-Cancer

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

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

The change is stark and dramatic in a city whose downtown core has struggled for vitality. Those fortunes changed on September 8 - when Edmonton's sensational $480-million arena opened - and the newfound wealth of customers, foot traffic and enthusiasm only appears to be beginning.
12/01/2016 12:41 EST
The 'Coolification' Of Victoria, B.C.

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

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

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.
10/14/2016 10:57 EDT
Soaking Up The Flavours Of The French

Soaking Up The Flavours Of The French Riviera

A melding of Italian and French ingredients and cooking techniques, Nicoise food is distinct and simple. With an abundance of Mediterranean seafood, it's also delectable. You won't find heavy sauces on the cuisine, nor a lot of fatty dishes.
10/03/2016 03:18 EDT
Will And Kate Will Discover Aboriginal B.C.'s Many

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

As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have encountered, aboriginal tours of B.C. include wildlife-viewing opportunities, the chance to witness pristine nature, connections with influential artists, visiting a resort in wine country and taking a paddle in a canoe around protected waters.
09/27/2016 10:12 EDT
When in Rome, Dine At These

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
Toronto Is Ready To Take On The

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

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
Gord Downie's Courage Powers Tragically Hip

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
Tribute To Michelin Chefs During Dine Out

Tribute To Michelin Chefs During Dine Out Vancouver

This year's Dine Out Vancouver festival will feature dishes from multiple culinary greats, and any foodie in the area would seriously regret not putting in the effort to taste Michelin-star-level food while they still can.
01/25/2016 05:49 EST
Where To Dine On Vancouver's Robson

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