Robert Stephen

Massimo Bottura in the kitchen in The Theatre of Life.Photo courtesy of the National Film Board.

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 glimpse of the Douro Valley in Portugal is seen through a window of grape vines, on 8 September 2016.Photo by Robert Stephen during a sponsored trip to Portugal.

Best Wines of 2016 And Shame On Ontario

(TORONTO, ON) – The results are finally in. Portugal, its winemakers, and the consular officials in Canada and the EU are very serious about exposing…


An elegantly dress table awaited journalists at The Chef's House, part of George Brown College, in Toronto.Photo by Fotini Stephen.

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…


Panhandling in Windsor is largely an unobtrusive part of society. However, some members of City Council are too willing to create laws to combat panhandlers instead of addressing the under-lying reasons behind the causes. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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…



Espuña Tapas Essentials cured meats, from Olot, Spain, are now available in Canada.Photo courtesy of Espuña Cured Meats.

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…


Tiffany Hsiung’s award-winning National Film Board of Canada feature documentary will screen in Toronto and Vancouver this December, with a week-long run at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema starting December 2 and screenings at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver on December 3 and 4.Screen shot courtesy of the National Film Board.

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…


Mindfulness

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, directed by Claudia Hébert, was screened 1 November 2016 at the Spadina Theatre in Toronto, as part of Cine Franco 2016.Trailer screenshot.

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….


Vivino, reportedly the world's largest wine rating app, is reviewed by wine critic Robert Stephen at Port Wine Day in Porto, Portugal.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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…