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As a musicologist, writer, personal fitness trainer and food-enthusiast, Laurie just can't decide what she likes best - so she does them all. She is also the editor of Ecoki.com, an eco-lifestyle community bringing you all things green.

Coming soon: Ground Zero hotel

Although some may view the memories of September 11th as sadness and destruction, some see it as an opportunity.

Cheryl Palmer, along with the crew at Club Quarters Inc., are well on their way with the World Center Hotel, located in the spot where the World Trade Center once stood.

The hotel began to take reservations last month, amidst the current construction of the rest of the hotel – it’s still in progress, but already doing well.

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Eco-friendly ATVs

ATVs – that is, All-Terrain Vehicles – are often known for being not the most planet friendly ways of getting around, and environmental groups don’t exactly promote ATVs as the ride of choice.

However, we think this might change – and with their use relatively prevalent among farmers, forest rangers, and the like, we also think it’s time for a renewed version of the classic quad. Continue Reading

Gorillamobile iPhone mount

iPhone photography can be pretty gorgeous, although it can also be as amateur as taking a photo of you and friends half-drunk at the local pub. But if you really want to do it right, we suggest the Gorillamobile, a flexible tripod that mounts your iPhone so it’s easy to take some oh-so-pretty photos.

It’s not limited just to the iPhone – you can also secure your point-and-shoot or other image-capturing device to any surface. Continue Reading

Rocco twitters his next cookbook

Famous Food Network chef Rocco DiSpirito is harnessing social media for his new cookbook. Using Twitter and Facebook, he’s asking his fans and readers which dishes to include in his next book.

This healthy food makeover cookbook is based on reader’s choice, with tweets and posts of suggestions to help build a book for the people. Continue Reading

Joshua Bell: At Home With Friends

Grammy award-winning violinist Joshua Bell has launched a brand new CD, fulfilling a dream of recording instrumental and vocal duets with his favourite and admired musicians.

The album, At Home With Friends features the likes of Josh Groban, Sting, Kristin Chenoweth, Regina Spektor, and Chris Botti, among many others. Continue Reading

Summer Squash Stuffed with Cherries, Rice and Pecans

Get out to the Farmers’ Markets and gather towards the garden, reaping the benefits of zucchini and summer squash before its gone! It’s at the end of its season, but still oh-so-delicious… Especially in this version stuffed with in season delights.

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Montreal Photographer combines old with new

Montreal photographer Brian Merrett has launched an iPhone app, giving users an interactive walking tour of twenty-five Old Montreal architectural works. Continue Reading

Cut fat without cutting flavour

Get clever in the kitchen with these small tweaks to your daily routine. With a few changes here and there, a little goes a long way… away from your waistline. Continue Reading

Tarantino still on top

It’s been a long time since his name’s been highlighted, but the much anticipated new Quentin Tarantino film is on its way. A decade in the making comes a World War II fantasy, true to Tarantino’s style.

Starring Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Mike Myers, Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz, and Til Schweiger, Inglourious Basterds is the story of the first year of Germany’s occupation of France. Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent) just flees Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Waltz) who murders her family. She then escapes to Paris and, undercover, runs a cinema. Continue Reading

Five gadgets for back-to-school

Need to add a little technology on your list of Back-To-School To Do’s? Check out these five great gadgets that are must-needs for the new school-year.

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