Up, up and away from Stratford, through the Canadian Shield rounding over Lake Superior, some hours after the hard terrain of Northern Ontario gives way to the gentle flatness of the Prairies, you’ll find the cold river city of Winnipeg. It’s Manitoba’s only large population centre and contained within its perimeter is two thirds of […]
On February 24th when Laohaus closed its doors it’s supporters were in shock. There was denial, sadness, and even anger. Laohaus, like 95% of restaurants, shut down within its first five years of operation. Yet Laohaus wasn’t seen by Stratford resident’s as just another statistic. In a town with almost 90 restaurants to a modest […]
It had been a long time in the making, but after months of talking about it we all got in the car for Kate’s Station. The Vanastra truck stop on highway 4 holds a legendary sort of status in the mindscape of Chris and Charlie. Tied up in memories of their hometown, it stands as […]
“You should try the larb,” Charlie tells a first time guest. “It’s the national dish of Laos.” He’s referring to chicken larb, or larb gai, the restaurant’s take on the popular marinated meat salad. The larb is finely minced chicken fragrant with herbs, a small dousing of fish sauce, lime juice, chilies, and scallions, complimented with […]
1. What possesses people to willingly open a restaurant is beyond normal comprehension. The amount of money spent to give one of these unaerodynamic giants lift for even a minute far outweighs what they pay out in years. Famously, the odds are against the restaurateur. People trade a perfectly functional life punching in and out […]
The historical and poetic importance of padaek to Lao people is discussed, as well as an overview of how to make it.
Our kingdom of human kind is founded on unseen universes. Past the blanket of clouds, the mighty cosmos was once believed to be populated by supernatural beings that’s justice and jealousy spurred the movements of everything here on earth. In the past century, humankind has dedicated millions of dollars in resources to create telescopes capable […]