Mena Massoud’s ‘Evolving Vegan’ is a cookbook, travel guide and family homage

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TORONTO —
As immigrants from Egypt, “Aladdin” star Mena Massoud’s parents worked hard to establish themselves in any job they could get when they first moved the family to Markham, Ont.

His father, a satellite engineer in Cairo, first delivered pizzas in their new home city, then worked in a VHS factory and eventually managed a refurbishment centre for Rogers. His mother worked in a coffee shop.

They put in long hours on the job but when they got home, the whole family came together to relax in the kitchen and savour the aroma of his mom’s dishes: the fried onions and tomato sauce in her koshari; the cabbage of her mahashi; the eggplant in the moussaka.

“Our life at home very much revolved around food, and very much revolved around cooking,” Massoud said in an interview.

“My mom also had people over often. She was known to be one

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Four Seasons Hotels And Resorts Maintains Record Number Of Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Awards

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“In a year of uncertainty and challenge for our industry, it is even more important that Four Seasons continues to maintain the service and quality excellence that our brand is known for, effectively adapting to the changing needs of our guests,” says Christian Clerc, President, Global Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Whether staying with us or visiting one of our spas and restaurants, we want guests to feel comfortable and confident that their wellbeing is top of mind. We achieve this through industry leading technology like the Four Seasons App and Chat, through our enhanced global health and safety program, Lead With Care, and most importantly through the care and compassion of our exceptional people.”

Three Four Seasons properties received a new Five-Star designation this year, including Four Seasons Hotel Montreal and Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, both of which opened in 2019, as well as

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The Tweed, NSW, travel guide and things to do: Nine must-do highlights

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THE ONE RESTAURANT

Set on a four hectare farm amongst the hills above Tweed Heads, spend hours over lunch at The Potager, on a deck looking towards the Gold Coast’s beaches. There’s a cosy farmhouse vibe, but the cuisine on offer is all gourmet fare: only the very best local produce and seafood is served. The grilled octopus should be marked essential.

See potager.com.au

THE ONE HOTEL

When Halcyon House opened in 2015, Conde Nast Traveler declared “a new era of boutique properties in Australia” (it made its prestigious Gold List in 2019). Two Brisbane sisters bought a run-down ’60s motel in Cabarita and designed regional Australia’s most celebrated property. Every one of its 21 rooms is individually styled by interior designer, Anna Spiro. And there’s a hatted restaurant

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The ultimate Virgin Atlantic Flying Club guide

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Flying Club is the loyalty program of Virgin Atlantic. It has some quirks — both good and bad — but can offer fantastic value if you dedicate the time to understanding the program.

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The Basics

Virgin Atlantic operates to a range of destinations across North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia from its hubs at London Heathrow, London Gatwick and Manchester. Virgin operates a mix of Boeing 787, 747, Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft, as well as its A350 aircraft featuring brand new seats in each of the three classes: economy, premium (premium economy) and Upper Class (business class).

TPG is going to review as many Virgin Atlantic products as possible, so be sure

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Jane Fonda’s bizarre story about Vladimir Putin once being her travel guide

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On Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Thursday night, actress and political activist Jane Fonda revealed that she once met Vladimir Putin, long before he became the president of Russia. 

When asked if she had ever met a dictator throughout her illustrious career, Fonda shared that Putin was once her travel guide.

“This guy,” said Fonda as she pointed to Putin on the screen, “was our travel guide. When I was married to Ted Turner and he was going to do his Goodwill Games in Leningrad.”

“We landed at the airport and the person who picked us up, and drove us around, was Vladimir Putin. He was the travel guide. He was like our interpreter at the time,” shared Fonda, who said that it was back in the early 1990s. Fonda also shared how, even back then, Putin showed his ruthlessness.

“His wife had gotten sick and she was

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New Zealand Travel Guide | Travel + Leisure

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New Zealand is on every traveler’s bucket list. It is a relatively young and wealthy Pacific agricultural nation with breathtaking views. New Zealand language and customs still bear the vestiges of British culture. Since its discovery by Abel Tasman in 1642, New Zealand’s cultural groups have welcomed travelers to their beautiful country: the indigenous Maoris and European immigrants who arrived on the islands within the last thousand years. New Zealand travel is a once in a lifetime experience. New Zealand is beginning to experience more cultural diversity, as newcomers arrive from places like Asia and the Pacific islands. Visit New Zealand and experience a diverse culture.

You will find lots of Kodak opportunities as you tour this striking country’s north and south islands. The diversity of the landscape, not to mention its setting for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series, has encouraged tourism. This New Zealand travel

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Destination Salem launches guide as smartphone app | Local News

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SALEM — Want to know what’s going on in the Witch City this fall without handling a printed guide or going face to face with volunteers? There’s an app for that

Destination Salem, a tourism driver and marketing arm in the city, has launched a smartphone app that centralizes info on events, restaurants and lodging.

The app is an all-digital substitute for the organization’s printed guide, which year to year has provided season-long listings for hundreds of events, places to check out and more in Salem’s “Haunted Happenings” season.

The app is also built to make life in the city easier under the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem. That includes blog posts and information on the latest restrictions in the city, and — perhaps most importantly — push notifications.

“If, in October, the parking garage gets full, or we’re looking to disperse people who

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Where can Canadians travel right now? Your ultimate guide to jetting off

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TORONTO —
Canadians consumed by wanderlust can choose from nearly 50 international destinations that aren’t requiring travellers from this country to quarantine on arrival.

The novel coronavirus has cancelled or postponed travel plans for close to six months now, and there is no end in sight for the battle to control the virus.

But Canadians are among the biggest travellers in the world and a growing list of nations are welcoming back tourists from Canada, desperate to overcome some of the devastation wrought by COVID-19.

“Canadians are seen as desirable tourists abroad, as our case numbers are considerably low and have been regarded worldwide as successfully managed,” Kashlee Kucheran, CEO and editor of travel blog Travel Off Path, wrote in an email to CTVNews.ca. “Because of this, many nations that have banned other higher-risk countries, chiefly the U.S.A., are allowing Canadian tourists in without restrictions.”

The “perks” to travelling right

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Yorkshire is 2nd best place to visit in the world 2021, according to top travel guide

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Yorkshire is the second best place to visit in 2021 – in the world.

That’s according to the elite travel guide Condé Nast Traveller which ranked God’s Own Country above places like the Amazon rainforest, Kimberley in the Australian Outback and Sussex, obviously.

The White Rose County also sent packing the backpackers delight of Vietnam, the eco-paradise of Costa Rica and the Finnish capital of Helsinki.

The Best Holiday Destinations for 2021 aims to offer the traveller something unique, relatively undiscovered and authentic, be it unconquered wildernesses, smaller cultural centres or simply places you won’t have previously considered.

Top of the chart was the Balkan state of Slovenia which grabbed the number one spot with its foodie offerings and quiet alpine beauty.

Next came God’s Own County, followed by the Portuguese Atlantic town of Melides, the United Arab Emirates and the unspoilt Canary Island of El Hierro, which is a

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GACA announces that its passenger guide has been updated after allowing international travel for exceptional categories The official Saudi Press Agency

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Riyadh, September 16, 2020, SPA — The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced that it updated its traveler’s guide, after the issuance of the approval, and in accordance to what was submitted by the competent authorities in the Kingdom to allow international travel for exceptional categories, which was in line with the health protocols for this stage.
The new controls include, not allowing non-Saudis to enter the Kingdom’s territory except after submitting evidence that they are free from infection with the novel coronavirus based on a recent testing by a reliable and approved medical entity outside the Kingdom, and no more than 48 hours have passed since the date of its execution at the moment of their arrival at the airport.  Furthermore, travelers must adhere to the preventive health procedures that imposes home quarantine for those arriving from outside the Kingdom (for Saudis and non-Saudis), as per the period
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