New article for Ageless Living Magazine: Profile of Sybil Verch

Sybil Verch is on a roll.

She was named the Business Person of the Year for 2014 by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce for her work in the community and with financial services company Raymond James. She’s become a familiar face as the finance mentor on the reality TV show The Hard Way, with plans for a second TV show in the works. She even won the Dancing with the Stars competition at last year’s Ageless Living Expo…

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New article for Ageless Living Magazine: Interview with Brendan Brazier

Brendan Brazier is a man on a mission. Since formulating Vega’s first vegan nutritional smoothie back in 2004, Brendan has become the face of plant-based eating in Canada and around the world. Today, Vega has grown to include a full line of smoothies, bars and supplements, and Brendan has authored four books on living the plant-based lifestyle. He’s also a dedicated runner and former professional Ironman athlete who’s out to tell the world that an athlete’s training diet doesn’t have to include meat. Brendan sat down with Ageless Living to talk about how he discovered the plant-based eating strategies that helped him win the Canadian 50 km Ultra Marathon—twice—and why “balance” is a word that’s just not in his vocabulary…

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New article for Five Great Things About Living In … Kitsilano

From beaches to parks to gardens galore, Kitsilano is Vancouver’s outdoor playground – and a great place to live for those seeking a healthy and active lifestyle.

1. Kits Beach

Kitsilano Beach (Kits Beach to locals) is the place to see and be seen in Kitsilano. On a warm summer day, you’ll find families playing by the shore, multiple beach volleyball games in full swing, and the occasional juggler or street performer working on new moves…

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New article for Spanish colonial architecture meets mod Moroccan vibe at the Colony Palms Hotel

The Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs has a storied past. Originally built in 1936 by the mobster Al Wertheimer, the property started its life as a saloon, speakeasy, and gambling den. Later, as Hollywood’s movie industry grew and celebrities started looking for a nearby spot for a getaway, the hotel became a favourite of the rich and famous: Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Rita Hayworth were all guests. Today, the hotel has a new lease on life after a massive $15 million 2007 renovation that retains the Spanish colonial architectural feel but adds a distinctly Moroccan design sensibility.

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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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