A Taste of Tucson…Food.Culture.History

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin
February, 2016 Vol. 20, No. 5

La Placita entry garden Mary L Peachin

La Placita entry garden Mary L Peachin

Gathering at Augustín Kitchen, Chef de Cuisine Brandon Dillon, described the various “smears” served in small canning jars: roasted jam and whipped pork belly with yam, Swiss chard goat cheese, raw walnut with local honey and fig, smoked salmon with capers, and homemade Arizona burrata. Continue reading »

Pin Popper Screamer: Vancouver’s Chinook Classic

Text by Mary L. Peachin with photographs by Todd Martin
January, 2016, Vol. 20, No. 4

fishing boat with freighter Todd Martin

Fishing boat with freighter, Todd Martin

The “red alert” broadcast email warned anglers, “it’s going to be brutal, dress warmly, don’t wear runners.” Vancouver’s weather forecast called for 100% chance of heavy rainfall and high wind. That would translate to a 100 millimeters of drenching rain. The deluge accompanied by 90 kilometer winds would produce horizontal precipitation. Continue reading »

Big White or Revelstoke

Text and photos by Yvette Cardozo and courtesy of Big White ski resort, Revelstoke Mountain Resort, Keiran Barret, Gavin Crawford, Blake Jorgenson and Ian Houghton
December, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 3

View of Revelstoke town, the valley, Columbia River and Monashees Mountains from the top of Revelstoke ski slope.

View of Revelstoke town, the valley, Columbia River and Monashees Mountains from the top of Revelstoke ski slope.

This is a story of Canadian opposites … family friendly Big White and steep-and-deep Revelstoke … Two British Columbia ski resorts that couldn’t be more different.
Big White is families skiing together and lines of toddlers with teddy bears tucked in their snowsuits, shuffling off to learn to ski. It’s locals coming up for one day clinics and semi-permanent residents living in condos, gathering in the common rooms for impromptu jam sessions or trekking downhill to Happy Valley for bingo night. It’s family BBQ nights and a dozen non-ski options that range from an ice climbing tower to ice skating, sleigh rides and snowmobiling. Continue reading »

Floating the Eagles

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin and courtesy of Sunwolf
November, 2015 Vol. 20, No. 2

Waiting to board raft

Waiting to board raft

Butt entrenchment! “Most definitely” according to guide and Sunwolf owner Jake Freese. It’s much preferable to a foot trapped in rocks or debris on the bottom of Cheakamus River’s flowing waters. We have come to North America’s bald eagle capital, a place not far from Whistler, British Columbia, where almost 4,000 eagles winter. Continue reading »