Archive for February, 2014

Italian Centre Shop (West Edmonton), Edmonton

Italian Centre Shop (West Edmonton), Edmonton

Recently, my second visit to the Italian Centre Shop’s west end outlet just north of West Edmonton Mall reconfirmed that this little cafeteria-style eatery inside the Italian supermarket makes the best thin crust pizza in town. This little cafe is tucked into the corner of the supermarket.  You can select […]

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50 Consecutive Launches – Can the new Porsche 911 Turbo S handle it?

Most people wouldn’t dream of brutalizing a new Porsche 911 Turbo S with multiple, back-to-back non-stop acceleration tests using Launch Control, but that’s exactly what the editors of Road & Track magazine did. In the supercar world, Launch Control is nothing new. Here’s the drill: Press a series of control […]

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2014 Honda Odyssey Touring

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring

Bottom Line:  The 2014 Honda Odyssey Touring minivan is among the most practical people and cargo haulers available.  Like all minivans, it stands out in a crowd like a single t-shirt at a rock concert, but don’t it’s lack of visual pizazz dissuade you from this easy driving, relatively fuel […]

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Alberta’s Top Tourist Attractions for a visiting Australian family

Alberta’s Top Tourist Attractions for a visiting Australian family

My daughter Jenn asked me to compile a list of recommended tourist destinations for an Australian family who moved here on a professional work exchange program.  The family will be living in Alberta for a limited number of months, so given the tight time constraints, here’s my ‘Must See’ list […]

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2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

  Bottom Line:  Big, powerful and stratospherically priced, the 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S is a top pick for the one-percent of the one-percenters who absolutely must have the biggest, baddest, fastest SUVs on the planet. Just how big and fast is the Cayenne Turbo S? Porsche’s flagship SUV has […]

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Merrell “Ascend Glove” sneakers – review

Merrell “Ascend Glove” sneakers – review

We’re constantly on the lookout for ‘stuff’ that can earn its keep, especially for the rigors of motorcycle touring. Seasoned tourers know that storage space is always at a premium.  The less space an item occupies, the better. We were snooping around our local Cabela’s outfitter store last weekend when […]

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Touratech Travel Time ‘Magazine’

Touratech Travel Time ‘Magazine’

Our good friend Wolfgang Simmert passed along the latest issue of Travel Time, Touratech’s glossy ‘magazine’ that’s a free insert in every Touratech order. The English language magazine is really a gussied up catalaogue, but it’s much more than that.  At 116 pages, it’s fatter than just about any motorcycle […]

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Bobby Chao’s Chinese Restaurant, Calgary

Bobby Chao’s Chinese Restaurant, Calgary

Man, I haven’t had home cooking like this since the ’60s and ’70s when my parents had a Chinese take out restaurant in Parkdale, a northwest Calgary neighbourhood near the Bow River. My friend Gary had been raving about Bobby Chao’s Chinese Restaurant for months, and I’d been eager to […]

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Premium hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Premium hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Premium Hybrid, MSRP $49,198 Bottom Line:  This hybrid SUV provides a new powertrain option for the Nissan’s 7-passenger Pathfinder that earned a place on our Top Ten Drives list in 2013.  This large SUV packs a respectable 250 (combined) horsepower and gives good power and fuel […]

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