New article for Fortaleza do Guincho – Classic fort turned luxe hotel on Portugal’s Guincho Beach

View from Fortaleza do Guincho by Vancouver travel writer Christina NewberryIf there’s one thing you can say about seaside forts, it’s that they are guaranteed to have a good view of the ocean. (All the better for spotting enemy ships.) Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Guincho Beach, the Fortaleza do Guincho hotel near Cascais, Portugal, is no exception. Originally built in 1642 to defend the coast near Lisbon, the fort served a military purpose during the Seven Years War of the 1700s and the Liberal Wars of the early 1800s. Once peace came to the Portuguese coast, the fort was abandoned for a century before being restored as a luxury hotel…

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New article for Check the Label – Juice Blends May Be Misleading

If you picked up a product called Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of 5 Juices, what would you expect it to contain? The name tells you, of course, that there are five juices in the mix, two of which should clearly be pomegranate and blueberry. So you might be surprised to learn that only 0.5% of the juice in the bottle comes from one of those fruits (0.3% pomegranate and 0.2% blueberry). In fact, according to a recent Supreme Court opinion, more than 99% of the blend is apple and grape juice, with 0.1% raspberry juice rounding out the mix…

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New article for A visit to the Taylor Fladgate Port cellars

A trip to Porto, Portugal, is not complete without a visit to at least one of the Port cellars located just across the Douro River in Vila Nova de Gaia.

Taylor Fladgate is one of the oldest Port houses, established in 1692. A tour through its cellars offers an education in the history of the company, and of Port itself. Visitors learn about the process of growing and harvesting grapes in the Douro Valley, and how those grapes are transformed into the unique varieties of Port wine…

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New article for Ageless Living Magazine: Interview with Jillian Barberie

Photo credit: John Russo


Jillian Barberie is one busy woman. Whether it’s hosting her daily radio show in Los Angeles, appearing on Access Hollywood or HSN, or greeting top celebrities on the red carpets of gala events, this Canadian gal is always on the go. As the single mother of two young children, the 47-year-old has learned to juggle her many work roles with the added demands of raising a couple of great kids. Ageless Living caught up with Jillian for an in-depth chat about what she’s learned in her 20+ years of working in the spotlight…

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New article for Luxe Porto – Country style | The Yeatman

The Yeatman indoor poolOkay, The Yeatman is not in the country. In fact, it’s just a short walk across the Dom Luis Bridge from the hustle and bustle of the historic old centre of Porto, Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But arriving at this luxury wine hotel feels like walking into a grand country estate. Its location across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia gives it some breathing room (seven acres, in fact). That means there’s space for huge common areas inside the hotel and expansive lawns and gardens outside. And, of course, being across the river from Porto means Porto is the view – The Yeatman looks right down on the historic old Ribeira district, the Douro River, and the Dom Luis Bridge…

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New article for Mint – Health Benefits and How To

A notmint teae: This article was inspired by the mint tea I fell in love with in Amsterdam. Whereas mint tea in North America is likely made from dried mint in a teabag, mint tea in the Netherlands is made from big, beautiful spears of fresh, bright-green mint – and it is delicious. I will definitely be trying this with mint from my garden this year.

Mint: Health Benefits and How To

( Mint is delightful fresh green herb with many variations, all of which are very easy to grow at home. In fact, mint is so incredibly prolific that if you’re not careful, it can take over your entire garden. Mint can also be bought fresh in the produce section of the grocery store. You may associate mint flavor primarily with chewing gum or mint candies, but these sugary (or artificially sweetened) products don’t capture the appeal (or health benefits) of fresh mint, which can be used in everything from drinks to desserts to savory dishes to tea…

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New article for Luxe Porto: City style | The Intercontinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas

Intercontinental PortoThe InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas is a building with a long history. It began its life as a monastery in the fifteenth century. In the 1800s, it served briefly as a military hospital before being purchased by the wealthy Manuel Cardoso dos Santos as a palace for his family. When he died, the palace became the property of his wife and three daughters, collectively known as the Cardosas, and the building became popularly known as the Palacio das Cardosas – a name preserved to this day by the InterContinental Hotel…

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New article for Top Vegetarian Sources of Vitamin B12

( You probably know that vegetarians have to seek out alternatives to meat sources of protein and iron, and that vegans need to find non-dairy calcium options. But you may not have thought about the need for vegetarians to manage their Vitamin B12 intake. B12 is an important vitamin that’s involved in maintaining healthy nerve cells, creating energy, and producing DNA. Because Vitamin B12 is found only in animal foods and fortified foods, vegetarians – and especially vegans – are at risk for deficiency of this critical B vitamin. Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to fatigue, constipation, weight loss, and confusion, among other symptoms…

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New article for The Sunday bird market in Porto, Portugal

Feira dos Pássaros, the bird market, is a Porto, Portugal Sunday tradition that must be seen to be believed. Every Sunday morning, the square in front of the Portuguese Centre of Photography becomes a temporary pet store, with rows and rows of vendors selling everything to do with pet birds—cages, food, supplies, and—of course—the birds themselves…

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New Article for Mexican Travel – Top 5 Vegetarian Foods

( Traveling as a vegetarian can present some challenges. In Mexico, much of the traditional cuisine is meat-heavy. It’s generally easy to find vegetarian food in upscale restaurants that cater to a tourist clientele, but where’s the fun in eating all your meals in tourist restaurants? Fortunately, some Mexican classics work very well for vegetarian travelers, or can be made vegetarian with a few simple tweaks. Here’s what to look for on your next Mexican vacation…

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