Articles written by: Barbara Moser

Santiago, Chile: Serenity and urban art
Features / Travel

Santiago, Chile: Serenity and urban art

If there is a safer, cleaner and more accessible city than Santiago, Chile, we haven’t been there. What makes the city so easy to visit is the main thoroughfare, O’Higgins Avenue, and the three subway routes: one runs along O’Higgins, one to the north and one to the south. Ever-present […]

Superstorm Sandy: It takes a storm to show us how precious life is
Columnists

Superstorm Sandy: It takes a storm to show us how precious life is

As I write from the safety and luxury of my Manhattan hotel, it’s 24 hours after hundreds of New Yorkers and New Jersey residents discovered their homes were destroyed by fire or submerged in water, their businesses gone with the wind, their lives turned inside out till further notice. We […]

Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up
Features / Travel

Artsy Valparaiso, Chile: Up and down and up

by Barbara Moser With its natural harbour, Valparaiso rapidly outgrew the narrow strip of land that borders the water and could only expand onto hills that jut out like thick fingers reaching to the sea. Hence, funicular lifts were built to gain access to the homes built above the original […]

At Montreal’s Gryphon d’Or, high tea comes with tiaras
Reviews & Previews

At Montreal’s Gryphon d’Or, high tea comes with tiaras

by Barbara Moser Burnt orange walls and wooden tables and chairs give this cozy tearoom a warm and welcoming feeling. Paintings by Montreal artist Shirley Katz lined the walls when we visited Gryphon d’Or for lunch. We were invited to find a table and choose our lunch from the blackboard […]

Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace
Columnists / Features

Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace

The art of losing isn’t hard to master so many things seem filled with intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster ~Elizabeth Bishop by Barbara Moser I lost my credit card. This is a public announcement to all my creditors that my card is in limbo and I […]

Happy New Year and buy a hat
Features / Travel

In Chile with love: the trek south along the Pacific

BY: BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK Last winter, we spent four weeks in Argentina and Chile. It was our first trip to South America. The seven-hour bus ride to San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile from Pumamarca in northern Argentina was stunning, with desert, snow-capped mountains in the distance, […]

Food / Reviews & Previews

Eatz Encore … et encore

BY: Barbara Moser Eatz Encore is just what its name suggests. You’ll enjoy it so much, you’ll go back for more. At their busy location in Westmount, 4824 Sherbrooke, Eatz is a lively, mainly takeout resto specializing in deli-style sandwiches, scrumptious salads sold by weight or in a special combo […]

Antoine welcomes his customers like close friends. Photo: Barbara Moser
Food / Reviews & Previews

How to keep customers, in one royal step

BY: BARBARA MOSER Being treated like a princess at cafés always makes me want to go back for more. One of my favorite café owners in Montreal is Antoine, who runs Second Cup on de Maisonneuve with warmth and panache, greeting his regulars as though they were his closest friends. […]

Jujuy region alive with the sounds of silence: Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca
Travel

Jujuy region alive with the sounds of silence: Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca

BY: BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK We left Salta, Argentina, to visit three northern villages in Jujuy province just south of the Bolivian border. We were advised by an English teacher we met in Salta to spend one night each in Humahuaca, Tilcara and Purmamarca, and that’s just what we […]

Hank Teav’s bakery, Yuki, offers the best rye bread in town, plus desserts to die for, Barbara Moser says. Photo: Barbara Moser
Food

Eat your way along Sherbrooke in Westmount

BY BARBARA MOSER To continue on our hungry way along Sherbrooke in N.D.G./Westmount to my favourite outdoor eateries, let’s begin with Yuki, a Japanese bakery and café with everything from take-out bento boxes to glorious layer cakes that look so splendid they would do nicely for a wedding! On their […]