Spice It Up

“Are you having ten dollars worth of fun, yet?” I often said to hubby. “No, then let’s get outta here, cause that’s how much the babysitter is costing is us.” As new parents, the associated costs of a babysitter plus dinner out became a gift we rarely allowed ourselves.

These days you can heat up your Saturday nights with dinner at Curry Original. Located at 253A Ontario Street, downtown Kingston, behind Chris James retail store. It’s a great restaurant for a delicious curry and you can still afford the babysitter.

We no longer require a babysitter as we are now wrangled as chauffers for little miss and her busy social life. Just the same, date night at Curry Original is always a must for a saucy favourite. Although we had a pit stop at Fort Fright for miss to meet up with a dozen friends.

Curry Original

Curry Original


Fort Fright opened on September 26th for another spooky season. Each year this event grows, promising more terrifying screams. They’ve added a zombie theme, new technology and more live actors for the thrill-seekers. The spooky lights and chilling screams as we arrived seemed to be more ominous than ever. I spook myself in the mirror most mornings so after several warnings of where to meet us and to not separate from friends, hubby and I headed out for a quick bite until our taxi services were required.

We enjoy the relaxed, elegant dining room of Curry Original. This is our regular date night location. Our very first date was at a Thai restaurant; you could say we’ve always had a hankering for spicing things up.

As you are greeted by owners Weais or Ali Afzal upon entry, the rich spices will tweak your nose. It’s a great spot for a quick meal or to linger over the varieties of regional Indian dishes.

We order the usual, mixed appetizer for one, Rogan Josh (extra hot for hubby) a classic lamb curry dish and Chicken Tikka Masala (for me) smoky diced chicken cooked with yogurt, Dijon mustard, tomatoes, onions, red and green peppers. The ambiance of the limestone backdrop coupled with the aromas of India makes this one of my favourite places. The food is cooked using authentic Indian herbs and spices and fresh local and organic ingredients, where possible. The dishes are clearly labelled by a chilli pepper to determine how hot they are on the menu.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala


For those not too keen on the “hot and fiery” there are several milder servings on the menu. The Chicken Korma is a delicious creamy dish, rather sweet than spicy, along with Butter Chicken and Garlic Chicken Kebabs served with rice and salad are also a good choices for those with a cautious palate. I recommend this place even if you fear the unknown. The helpful staff can assist you in making the right choice.
Delicious Garlic Chicken

Delicious Garlic Chicken

Our meal helped comfort the fact that we had just left our only daughter with several zombies in a haunted tomb. This whole independent teenager stuff gives me heartburn; thankfully, my meal didn’t.

Reserve a table by calling Curry Original at 613-531-9376 for your next “date night” or you get the party room for larger gatherings. They’re open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sundays for dinner from 5pm-9pm. Visit http://www.curryorginal.ca for a full menu.

Fort Fright is overrun by zombies from now until November 2nd, purchase your tickets online at forthenry.com. Tickets cost $15.

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Paula Garofalo: Sweet Days

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Baked goods oozing with butter, Sweet Days Bakery serves up homemade baking like Grandma used to make. Located at 1792 Bath Road, across from Frontenac High School in Kingston.

Baking hour’s mean early starts. After a coffee to fuel up, Paula Garofalo, owner of Sweet Days sits down with me at a cozy table next to the kitchen to share her love of baking.

“It’s been a dream to have my own business,” Said Paula. “I enjoyed my job but this new start is long overdue.  It was time for something new and baking is something I have always had a love of.”

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Paula is naturally artistic, mixing things up with painting and other forms. Cooking for her family is another creative outlet. The interest was sparked early on from her fathers gentle teasing.

“When I was a young girl, I was always encouraged to have a can-do attitude,” Said Paula. “Dad would tell me to go bake a pie like Grandma used to make. She passed away when I was young, the recipes didn’t come from her. I would just practice and try to make a pie that tasted as good.”

Paula’s interest in cooking can also be traced back to her visits with her aunt in Timmins, Ontario.

“They owned the Grandview Hotel. When I visited she would keep me busy in the kitchen,” Said Paula. “I recall being as young as five. She would pull up a chair at a table and in a tiny spot in the kitchen she would teach me how to bake. We would make apple strudel among other things. I was creating edible food even as young as that.”

But, the dream became a reality once she approached foodie, Clark Day about the idea of baking for city restaurants. She was hopeful of one day starting a bakery. He introduced her to his son, Matt Day, owner of the successful Days on Front restaurant.

The Day family knows good food. When they tasted the samples Paula created at that introduction, Matt was excited about the idea of a bakery sooner rather than later. Matt Day is a partner in Sweet Days bakery with Paula. Much to her joy the promise of sweet days ahead had arrived.

It wasn’t easy opening a new business, long days filled with early starts and late finishes. Prior to opening things like a pressure regulator and the roof of the fridge came down adding additional stress.

“It’s funny now, although at the time it felt like a huge disaster,” Said Paula. “I was reluctant to open until everything was perfect and ready. Then one day, I simply opened the door. That day we had a steady stream of customers; we didn’t even stop for a break.”

The early ‘can do’ tuition and love of baking spirited her on.  The store is friendly and sweet just like its owner. Since a child, she has worked to master what she is now known for, her signature piecrust. Today, its what sets her apart from all others, the crust you could eat on its own, it’s that good.

Sweet Days offers a range of pies, coconut cream, lemon meringue, pecan, apple, peach, strawberry and chocolate pie. In addition, a variety of cakes such as lemon lavender loaf, cheesecake, pastries and cookies along with savory choices too.

 “Customers love the pies and butter tarts, and our date squares and cupcakes are proving to be favorites too. Everything is baked fresh daily.  The chocolate pie is to die for, almost like eating a truffle. We ask for a $5 deposit for the pie plate to be returned the next day. ”

The staff is a small crew, but they all share a love of baking.  Paula and her team, Rebecca, Sarah, Carolyn and Mackenzie will greet you with a smile and serve up your favorites for your enjoyment.

A few tables inside or on the outside deck, weather permitting to enjoy lunch, a coffee and a sweet treat. The coffee is not espresso, but they do sell the Cooke’s Fine Foods, ‘Days on Front’ coffee – a delicious dark roast.

“The lunch menu changes daily with soups and sandwiches. Today, was fried chicken and it was such a big hit,” Said Paula. “We do catering too. We were excited to be involved in the recent United Way fundraiser for Fare for Friends. It was great, to connect with other Kingston business and do something for the community.”

Sweet Days bakery and café is open daily, for catering requests call 613-767-6640 or visit sweetdays.ca, follow them facebook and twitter.

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Fall Back

Bright coloured leaves, cool evenings and warm apple cider – fall is here.

We are lucky to celebrate four distinct seasons in Canada. Hot summer days to frosty winter mornings, each giving us cause for celebration.

Summer is behind us, but you can still enjoy outdoor activities. Fall camping is enjoyable right up until the end of October. The hiking trails are so picturesque with the changing leaves. Another great activity is to take the family to a nearby orchard for apple picking.

The French settlers introduced fruit trees to Nova Scotia in the early 1600’s. By the mid-1800’s every province that could grew apples. Apple orchards and the families who farmed them helped create what would become the most important tree crop in Canada. Apple growing is so typically Canadian.

Whether you buy from the grocery store, farmers market or pick your own this is the season to enjoy the endless supply of apples available. Discover varieties like Cortland, Northern Spy, Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan, Delicious, Ambrosia, Cox’s Orange Pippin and the good old Macintosh.

As a kid we would head out to fill our baskets. The sweet smell would fill the house for weeks. We would make apple pies, applesauce, apple cakes and cookies. Today, we still try and make apple picking an annual event.

Sometimes, we take the ferry to Prince Edward County to apple pick. Time for an afternoon of collecting apples, and lunch at a scrumptious location. The county is a wonderful place to visit any season. Autumn with the wash of color on the trees makes it especially inviting. As the ferry slides across the lake, I like to take in the freshness of the lake air. We are so lucky to live in country of such beauty.

On occasion a stop for lunch at Waupoos Cider, known as the County Cider Company, located at 657 Bongards Rd, Picton, is in order. I recommend a visit while the warm weather is still here, to sit in the outside gazebo and garden overlooking Lake Ontario. The view is spectacular. Enjoy the wood fire pizza from the outdoor oven and sip the delicious cider produced on the farm. The restaurant is open 11 am – 4pm and the tasting room 10-6 pm.

I love to try new delicious treats with apples. Savory main dishes that incorporate apples are also delicious such as apple-walnut stuffed porchetta, a great recipe in this month’s Food and Wine magazine. Apple Blossoms are pastries stuffed with an apple filling and topped with caramel sauce. I thought for the column this week we could try an easy bundt cake, filled with apples and spices. Enjoy with our without the caramel sauce.

Apple Spice Cake
Recipe from MarthaStewart.com

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil (I use grapeseed oil in place of vegetable)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1-tablespoon ground cinnamon
1-teaspoon baking soda
1-teaspoon salt
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
3 to 4 Granny Smith apples, cored and cut into 1/2 –inch pieces (3 cups)
1 cup chopped assorted nuts, such as pecans and walnuts (optional)
1-teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Caramel Sauce
Non-stick cooking spray with flour

Serve with Caramel Sauce

Directions:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking sprays; set aside.

Step 2: Working over a large sheet of parchment paper, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; gather sifted ingredients into center of sheet; set aside.

Step 3: In the bowl with an electric mixer (fitted with the paddle option if available), combine oil, sugar, and eggs; mix on high speed until lemon yellow.

Step 4: Fold reserved

Step 5: Add apples and, if desired, nuts, to batter; mix to combine. Add vanilla mixing until incorporated.

Step 6: pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 90 minutes.

Step 7: Remove from oven, and cool lightly on wire rack.

Step 8: Invert cake rack; turn cake right side up to cool completely on rack, and serve drizzled with caramel sauce.

Jeanette Walls: Living Fearlessly

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Photo credit: Bernard Clark courtesy of Kingston Readers and Writers Festival

Everything we are or ever will be is completely up to us. I can’t think of anything truer then that, when describing best selling author, Jeanette Walls.

The Glass Castle is her bestselling memoir chronicling the unconventional poverty stricken childhood, which often included homelessness. 

She is here to launch the Kingston Readers and Writers festival. The annual celebration of sixty authors from across Canada and the world are here September 25 – 29 to celebrate the events fifth anniversary.

She is a former journalist who used to covered celebrity gossip for MSNBC.com. After the success of her 2005 memoir sold more than 4.2 million copies she now has many more fans of her writing.

I welcomed the opportunity to hear her speak to some 600 hundred Queens University students along with public at the Queens Read event.

I caught up with Ms. Walls prior to the speaking engagement where we discussed her books, writing and general advice for living fearlessly with the truth.

It was a rainy autumn day in Kingston, she is long and lean at six feet and appears to gracefully perch on the end of the chair.

I tell her how much I enjoy biographies, especially her memoir, The Glass Castle. What are you reading now? Do you read when you write?

 “I just finished, The House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout.” She said.  “It’s a memoir about a young woman and how she was kidnaped in Somalia. It was a wonderful story of survival.”

“I never read when I am writing. It’s too difficult. I read things like the newspaper but not novels. In fact, once when I was writing and reading a Frank McCourt novel, I began too thread Irish dialogue and phonetics into my sentences. I had to re-write it, my style is totally different. It didn’t sound like who I was,” she explained.

“But, I do like to understand the psychology of the characters, their struggles and their motivations. Which is why I like biographies, I think.”  

When you were a journalist I know you were living the ‘Park Avenue’ life. But, today you live more of a rural lifestyle. Do you miss New York or as a writer is it great to live so remotely?

“My husband wanted to leave New York. I reluctantly followed. I am a natural fighter and in New York I was fighting everyday. These days, I only fight with my crazy rooster. It’s a good life. I don’t think I could go back.”

Do you have a writing group that you belong to?

“No, it’s just my husband and I to share ideas with.  He is a fantastic editor.  He knew before I did which story should open The Glass Castle. I trust his judgment.”

I have followed your work from your huge success with The Glass Castle to the story about your maternal grandmother, Lily Casey Smith in Half Broke Horses, and am equally excited about your latest novel – Silver Star.

I know you once said, when you write a memoir everyone assumes you made it up. When you write fiction everyone assumes its true.

What was it like switching from writing a memoir to developing a story line and characters for a fictional piece of work?

“I’ve always been hopelessly nosy and good at digging stuff out. The story of Lily, I enjoyed piecing together from stories that my mother shared and researching history during that period.  In a memoir the story is shaped by the truth. There were more false starts with Silver Star than the other books. In fiction, you need to determine what would happen.  I am not very good at not telling the truth.

When you developed the fictional characters of Liz and Bean did you create bios for each of them? 

“No I did not write bios. The Glass Castle, I had forty years of anecdotes. While I wasn’t sure how I was going to tell the story, the material was very real to me. Liz and Bean, they are still characters I know. Its fiction, but for the most part I knew what it had felt like to have a mother who abandons her children. Bean’s character is strong and I can relate a lot of her in me.”

You do show great strength. They say a mother should nurture and a father validates you. Most would suggest that you missed this as a child. But, yet there is such a lack of bitterness in you. Is this your adult perspective or even as a child you did you feel this way?

I always felt loved. My mother, how could she take care of me she didn’t even know how to take care of herself? My mother gave more to me then she has ever taken away. Dad, he taught me how to dream. The Glass Castle was his way of giving us hope for the future. Really, it’s the most valuable gift that you can give a child.

Everyone’s experiences are different. I’m the middle child. My oldest sister Lori asked how I could go back there. My brother, Brian remembers the same situations but in his own way. I didn’t discuss the book with them. My parents didn’t care to read it until after it was a best seller.

After interviewing loads of celebrities you can get pretty cynical about what’s real. It often seems like a dual life. I know, you finally revealed your secrets in The Glass Castle; I read that you did this after your mother encouraged you to tell the truth. How has having the truth told reflected in who you are today as a person and as a writer?

“It was life changing. We all have stories. It took six weeks to write the Glass Castle and five years for me to publish the book. It was life changing, but also extremely difficult. I had forty years of anecdotes to piece together. I didn’t know where to begin,” She insists. “It poured out of me.”

“My parents taught me early on that I would be ok. They gave me that reassurance. I’m naturally a scrapper. There is a lot of fight in me. I used to think I wasn’t smooth like the others. I had a lot of bruises and was more textured than most. Someone once said to me, ‘Honey, if you look close enough even satin has texture.’ It’s so true.”

One of the Writersfest events is about writing trauma, any advice on writing about difficult times?  

She sits back, “As Mom said, ‘always tell the truth’. You will be surprised by what follows.  Once at a speaking event, the women organizing it had not read my book. Afterwards she came up to me and said, ‘Sister, we have the same father!’ We all know someone who has baggage. I let it all wash over me. I learned to separate myself from the circumstances.”

In closing, I read that you said, ‘I don’t want to write anymore. I don’t have anything left to say?’ Please tell me this is not true and we will see more works in the future?

“It’s true. I don’t have anything left to say,” She threw her hands up, laughs and rests back in the chair. “But, I say this after every book. It’s a disease, I don’t know, you just never know.”

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Later that evening, I had the pleasure of being in the audience to hear Jeanette speak. The packed Grant Hall at Queens University laughed on cue as she recalled many funny childhood stories.

One incident in particular when she seeks out her father to tell him there is a monster under her bed. Her Dad with his equally funny imagination explained that ‘it was just the ole demon. ‘It’s been after me for ages and now he must be after my children.’ So they set off hunting to show ‘that ole demon that he is a bully and bullies are cowards.’

Her courage and wry sense of humor explaining what life as a child and adult of unconventional parents was like was infectious. The audience laughed, the next weeping for the lack of basic necessities that she endured, like food and shelter that many take for granted.

Jeanette Walls is one fearlessly, kind and generous lady. She signed books for hours, patiently listening to others stories giving each a moment to share. She taught us a lesson in the strength of the human spirit.

“It’s when we fall that we learn how to get up.”

Nothing left to say. Yeah, right.

Kingston Readers and Writers Festival – off to a good start. For a list of other festival events or to purchase tickets visit kingstonwritersfest.ca.

Thankful for Rich Relationships

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Are rich people happy? Or is it rich relationships that equal happiness?

Don’t get me wrong, having enough money is helpful. But, in reality most people report that the biggest indicators of happiness are good health and quality of personal relationships. So, why is it these are the two things we sacrifice the most in the pursuit of wealth?

Foster close relationships. Those with five or more close friends are more apt to describe themselves as happy than those that don’t.

My friends and I met for a ‘Wednesday Night Whine’ and took the time to discuss just that over several nibbles (of course). We work too much and daily life gets in the way of regular get-togethers. I’m blessed with good friendships that we work at fostering. But sometimes it’s not easy. Most days just getting through the day is a mission, let alone making time to see friends. But, a night reflecting and sharing can be such a great release.

Our focus was happiness and good health, plus lack of sleep. We all feel sleep deprived. For some, it’s been more than seventeen years since sleep was a consideration. With ailing parents and starved relationships, we managed to break down some truths about what the pursuit of wealth and happiness really meant for us.

We all juggle jobs, families and aging parents. It was good to know we are not alone in this. Easily frazzled, exhausted and bitter at the lack of time. Some make it through by simply existing. You can do this and not exhale. It works, but often only for a while.

What makes people happy is not how long we work or that our kids are benefiting from enrolment in every known sport, it’s about fulfilling relationships and gratitude for such things.

Be grateful for the things you have. When we begin to be thankful, we learn to appreciate more and take less for granted. Time with friends, family vacations, playing a board game are all worth more than an extra hour at work. It all goes by so quickly. If you are lucky, you find a vocation (a calling, not a job) that permits you to lead such a meaningful life.

Appreciate good health. With aging parents, we all recognize the difficulty of daily life when you are impacted by illness. Never take for granted those who you love. Just as quickly it could be you struggling with health issues. Being healthy is also directly related to rich relationships.

A Harvard University research project, called the Grant Study, is the longest longitudinal study of biosocial human development ever undertaken, and is still ongoing. The goal was to identify the key factors to a happy and healthy life. It follows a group of men through their entire lives, reviewing medical records, coupled with periodic interviews and questionnaires exploring their careers, relationships, and mental well-being. In 2009, researchers delved further to find direct correlations. What they’ve found is that a history of warm intimate relationships leads to the flourishing financial and personal richness of each of these men’s lives.

Not all forms of happiness are created equal. We believe living a life of simple acts of kindness is rewarding and aids in personal growth. These sporadic get-togethers allow us to reconnect over food and lively discussion.

Food connects people. Thanksgiving, what greater holiday is there for sharing with family and friends over a feast. It can be a perfect time to reflect and be more grateful. Sometimes, a room packed with your family members may seem like a daunting task. Take a minute and be thankful for one thing each of them has brought into your life, even it’s simply for bringing along the pie. You may be surprised a burst of joy may occur that fuels more depth to a struggling relationship.

Having money and relationships are not mutually exclusive. I believe you can have both, but true wealth is not just about money. It’s about good relationships, good health and continued self-improvement.

Plan to work on these increased relationships and being grateful. Happiness will follow.

If you’ve been asked to bring along a dish this Thanksgiving, here is a great harvest one, rustic and refined and full of flavor.

Squash with Cream and Sage
Serves 12

A great side dish – halves of these pepper squashes make individual servings when baked with a garlic-sage cream sauce.

Ingredients:

6 pepper squashes (about 3 ½ Ilbs), halved, seeded, stems removed and bottoms trimmed t sit flat.

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp chopped fresh sage

1 cup homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken stock

4 garlic cloves, halved

¼ cup heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Arrange squash halves, cut side up, in two 9-by-13 inch baking dishes. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle sage over each. Pour ½ cup stock into each dish, and scatter garlic around squashes.
  3. Bake, covered, until squashes are tender when pierced with a fork, 45 t0 55 minutes. Heat broiler with rack about 8 inches from heat source.
  4. Transfer garlic to a bowl using a slotted spoon. Mash with a fork, and stir in cream and 2 tablespoons liquid from baking dishes. Spoon over squash halves, including edges. Broil squashes until bubbling and golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

 *Serve on a large tray with sprigs of fresh sage or rosemary.

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Kingston WritersFest: A Flamin’ Good Time

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Carrot Cake

Kingston WritersFest kicks off its fifth season on Sept. 25 at the Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront.

I like to attend several workshops and lectures each season. An absolute treat this year— the festival began a week prior, with a reading at Queens University by Jeanette Walls, Author of The Glass Castle. Her international best-selling memoir chronicles her nomadic childhood, which at times included homelessness. It was a great way to begin my literary feast prior to the festival launch events.

Kingston WritersFest welcomes sessions across a variety of genres and topics, including workshops on writing for the teen scene, tools for promoting your writing, storytelling, travel writing, true crime, screen writing, and more. Not to mention food events, such as the Book Lovers Lunch and Literary Treats.

According to the Festival website, over 300 published authors live in our region and several writers of international stature make their home in Kingston. The festival began in 2006, growing substantially over the years, and is recognized alongside some of the best literary celebrations in Canada.

Internationally celebrated Canadian Author, environmental activist, and inventor Margaret Atwood returns to the International Marquee. In 2009, she opened the Kingston WritersFest and this year, returns once again, to mark the fifth anniversary. Atwood is author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.

The festival’s objective is to celebrate literacy in every genre and stimulate the creative impulse that contributes so much to the cultural vibrancy of our city.

Kingston loves to read and write.

In fact, in 1831 the first Canadian cookbook, The Cook Not Mad, was published here, in our city. It outlined the art of curing meats and vegetables, and offered miscellaneous important information for housekeepers, and general skills for basic cooking.

I’ve enjoyed many events at WritersFest, but the 2010 event named after this earlier publication, the ‘Cook Not Mad Sunday Brunch’ was the most memorable, not just for the engaging speaker, but also the activity surrounding it.

I love cookbooks. The art and design that goes into a carefully-planned cookbook is delicious. I equally love the experience of eating. Therefore, when WritersFest offered an event about food, (a cookbook author hosting a yummy brunch)—I was a moth to the flame. The event was held on the last day of the festival. Volunteers were beaming and relishing the success of another year, yet exhausted over the intense daily sessions. Nevertheless, I assure you—Sunday brunch was a firework-festival-ending, and a flaming good time, in more ways than one.

Cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan was being interviewed on the main stage, as we noshed on the first course. We absorbed her tales of creating simple, delicious, fuss-free food, kitchen stories with her son, and their shared love of cooking.

Later in the session, the brunch guests lined up for the tasty omlet bar set up at the back of the hotel dining room.  Full of giggles, the coffee and breakfast aromas tweaking our noses, we watched as the chef whipped up our individual breakfast requests.  Nattering away, I waited my turn,  (spilling my long-time dream of writing my own cookbook to a stranger), an alarm sounded, piercing the squawking room. The shocked foodie guests looked stunned when firefighters burst through the door, carrying axes, and the like.

The local uniformed heroes stood staring back at the crowd. Silence. Everything stopped, mouths gapping, then after what felt like a single beat, the room exploded—big, blubbery, hiccups of laughter.

Writers are known for their sense of humour. Such a scene could only appear funny to a group of quick-witted, food-loving story tellers .

All were in good spirits. Except the firefighters, who were not hailed for their heroic arrival, looking wounded as they scaulked away.

No flames or fire existed, but every precaution was taken to ensure all guests were okay, and the area was safe. The event barely missed a beat. Thanks to the staff at the Holiday Inn, and the Kingston WritersFest volunteers, a scrumptious breakfast was provided. The experience still lives on as one of the many flamin’ good times at the annual festival.

Join in the fun. It’s a good opportunity to connect with published authors, budding writers or those who simply love to read. Purchase tickets for the 2013 Kingston Writers Fest online at kingstonwritersfest.ca, or in person at the Grand Theatre Box Office at 218 Princess St, or by phone (613) 530-2050.

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