Premium Alternatives to Cuban Cigars

For decades, Cuba has enjoyed (mostly deservedly) a knee-jerk association with the very idea of the premium cigar. Fair enough: The country boasts the ideal climate and rich soil for growing tobacco — its biggest export by a wide margin — and indeed yields some of the world’s finest cigars. … Read More

How to (Really) Quit Smoking

Like sea monkeys, the Village People and leisure suits, smoking is just not cool anymore. Still, more than five million Canadians continue to suck back cancer sticks on the regular. Why don’t they quit? Perhaps it’s because conventional approaches – the patch, the gum, old-fashioned willpower – are just too … Read More

How to Prepare a Charcuterie Plate

The Problem: You want to impress your guests with your cooking skills, yet you can hardly boil water. The Solution: A charcuterie plate: Because nothing’s better than cured meat glistening with ribbons of fat. Most gourmet food shops and some butchers carry sliced charcuterie. The Meats: Try coppa – cured … Read More

Toronto’s Best Cigar Shops

Cigars, cigars everywhere…but not a place to smoke. Toronto’s anti-smoking legislation hit cigar smokers where it hurts, making the Toronto cigar lounge a relic of the past. We didn’t have Montreal’s luck, where existing lounges were allowed to keep operating when the smoking ban came into effect. Toronto’s lounges, on … Read More

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