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Cheese Maven Alice Spurrell Retires

By |August 11th, 2015|

Cheese is happening here. But it wasn't always so. I’ve always figured it’s my role to bring attention where it’s due. That can be challenging from an in-box cluttered with way too much inconsequential stuff. But this week an announcement popped up from Les Amis du Fromage. And the news is significant: Les Amis’ co-founder [...]

Paxton & Whitfield: A Slice of the Past (and Present)

By |September 19th, 2013|

Paxton & Whitfield, Jermyn Street On my way across London to Heathrow the other day, I had a little time to spare so I decided to  check out my old neighbourhood, St. James, where I used to work. Well, actually, it was really an excuse to drop by Paxton & Whitfield, at 93 Jermyn St., [...]

Tales of Tawny Port, Marmalade and Lawn Roller Stiltons at Les Amis du Fromage

By |October 24th, 2011|

A sure sign that Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner is the seasonal deluge of wine tastings, including not a few Port and Sherry offerings. The other night we went to one with a difference, put on by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Full disclosure: I’m a longtime friend and [...]

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