Robert Stephen

Film Review: The Theatre Of Life

Food and Being Part of a Family (TORONTO, ON) – This documentary is a tasty mix of social gastronomy, food porn, recollections of the dispossessed…



A Riedel Experience

(TORONTO, ON) – So many times and so many places I have been served wine in thick, clumsy, and entirely inappropriate stemware. And, in some…


Poverty Is A Disgrace

(TORONTO, ON) – Robert Stephen visits with John Kenneth Galbraith’s The Affluent Society for today’s Words of Wisdom. We ignore poverty because we share with…



A Surprising Wine Pairing

(TORONTO, ON) – Espuña’s background dates back to 1947 when Esteve Espuña began producing sausages, using traditional recipes, in his farmhouse near Olot, Spain. Espuña…


The Apology

(TORONTO, ON) – Many of us know about the horrific treatment of prisoners of war in World War 2 by the Japanese Imperial Army. But…


The Dangers of Mindfulness

By Kennedy Jones, PHD (HALIFAX, NS) – I see my colleague Robert Stephen writing about his experiences with mindfulness. I see his enthusiasm and bravo…


Le Déni, The Denial

I thought Ciné Franco Film Festival had hit the dust due to financial difficulties but, no, it was back again in Toronto, showcasing Franco film….


Apps Spell Doom For Wine Critics

(PORTO, PORTUGAL) – The advice I have given over the years is largely to ignore the wine critic reviews and drink what you like. This…