Writing Samples

Feature Article & Column Samples By Category

Below are a few samples to showcase my different writing styles for various publications.  However, this is only a small representation of my work.  If you would like to see something else, please don’t hesitate to ask.  Also please feel free to check out the About section, which has a list of publications I have written for.

Celebrity Interviews

Sonja Smits—Canadian Icon — Cover Story | Jully Black’s Revival – Cover Story | Colin McAllister & Justin Ryan of HGTV’s Home Heist – Cover Story |Jann Arden: Canada’s Bold and Beautiful Singer-Songwriter – Cover Story | Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes – Cover Story | Rachel McAdams – Cover Story | Actress Julie Stewart |WWF Star Trish Stratus | Column| Jodi Picoult | Ivana Santilli | Gift of Gab (of Blackalicious) | Profile Rick Mercer | Bridget M. Savereux of HGTV’s The Stagers | Chef Vikram Vij of Vij’s | Adrian Cann Toronto FC MVP – Cover Story | Trish Stratus – Cover Story

Author/Editor Radio Show Interviews (audio interviews available for download below)

Mary K. Armstrong | Colleen Brown | Kristen Den Hartog | Charles Foran | Valerie Fortney | Catherine Gildiner | Sarah Hampson | Allyson Latta | Alexandra Leggat  |Rona Maynard

Technology & Social Media Articles

Social Networking for Business |Mobile Plans in Canada Get a Makeover |Kodak EasyShare Wireless Digital Frame | LinkedIn – How to Maintain Your Network | A Media Player Gift Guide – Just in Time for the Holidays! |  Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bags | The Coolest Covers, Skins and Cases for Your Electronic Devices | Sites and Software to Help You Get Organized |Smith Magazine’s Six Words on The Digital Life | Why Aren’t You Using the Speech Recognition That Comes with Your Computer?

Twitter Articles3 Top Photo Uploaders for Twitter | An Introduction to Tweetups & Tweetvites | Are You Extending Your Tweets? Then You’re Missing the Point | Canadians Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Their Politicians On Twitter | Creating Art Via Twitter | How to Manage & Filter Your Twitter Feeds | Isn’t It Time You Fall Clean Your Twitter Feed? | Promoted Tweets: Do You Read Them? Do You Care? | Interested In Design? Here Are 5 Twitter Accounts You Should Be Following | Isn’t It Time You Fall Clean Your Twitter Feed? | Spelling Mistakes on Twitter – Do They Matter? | Twitter Recipes: Meals in 140-Characters or Less  (If You Can Figure Them Out!) | What Stars Revealing Their New Haircuts on Twitter Says About Them | Will the Real @RuthBourdain Stand Up? I Don’t Think So. | Would You Buy Lipstick Based on a Twitter Recommendation? The Beauty Industry Hopes So | Why You Should Be Scheduling Your TweetsWhy You Should Consider Using Co-Tweet | Why You Should Give Paper.li Another Look

Celebrities on Twitter Column@JullyBlack | @LauraCalder | @SusanOrlean | @JoannaStern | @JosieStevensMTR


Cruisin’ the Caribbean | Destination Weddings | Discover the Charms of Edinburgh| Get Away for Canada Day |Empire State of Mind | Focus on Prince Edward County | Focus on Squamish | Hungry for Vegas | The Old & New World Charms of Montreal | Right in the Centre of Paris | Where to Stay in London

Writing About Writing

2009 Bylines Calendar| Eating My Words |The Writer Magazine | 5 of the Best Writing Books Ever |

My Humour Column About Freelancing for The Writer Magazine:

Striking a Balance in Freelance is a Struggle | Freelancing in Tough Times (or how not to pull your hair out) | Technology: Get With the Program |The Perks & Perils of Interviews | Word Counts: Blessings in Disguise | You Don’t Know What You Think Until You Write About It

Food & Wine Articles

Food & Wine Portfolio

A Taste of Cuba | The Carnivore Book Club: Cookbooks for Meat Lovers | Charlie Sheen Might Just Need Some Eggs | Cheap and Cheerful – Izakayas | Delicious Choices | Debunking Soup Myths | Easy Cassoulet | Eating My Words | Eggs: Which Ones Are Best? | Go Fish: Portuguese Style | Grocery Shopping on a Budget: It’s Not as Hard as You Think | The G20 Series: Italy | The G20 Series: Japan | The G20 Series: Mexico | The G20 Series: Russia | The G20 Series: Saudi Arabia | The G20 Series: South Africa | The G20 Series: The Republic of Korea | The G20 Series: Turkey | The G20 Series: UK | Healthy Mocktails | Heat Seeking | The Herb: It’s Not What You Think | How to House Your Wine | It’s Time to Give Turnip a Chance Already | My Flavour Journey | My List, My Life | Names & Identities Have Been Changed to Protect the Hosts | Organic on a Budget | The Quest for the Best Burger | Salad Days Are Here Again | Sticky Fingers | Tomato Farming Moves From the Country to the Sky | The National Post’s Shelf Life Taste Test | Smith Magazine’s Six Words on The Food Life

Watch me in my role as Restaurant Critic on Slice TV’s “The List! Click here and go to THE LIST – S2 Full Episodes Click on Episode 24 – Part 4  (6:47 minutes)

Chef Interviews

Jason Bangerter of Auberge du Pommier | Paul Boehmer of Rosewater Supper Club | Domenic Chiaromonte of Match | Chef Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple | Olaf Martens of HIP Restaurants | Ted Reader’s World Famous Barbecue | Christopher Scott of The Bohemian Gastropub |Tawfik Shehata of Vertical | Vikram Vij of Vij’s |

Metro Newspaper Restaurant Reviews

Aki Da Seafood | Amber European | Aquila | Arepa Cafe Aroma Fine Indian Cuisine | Axis Gastropub | Babur | beerbistro | The Beet Organic Cafe | Bi Bim Bap | Big Daddy’s | Black Skirt | The Blake House | The Bloordale Pantry| Bupphathai | The Burger Cellar| The Burger’s Priest | Cafe Mirage | The Canadian Pie Co. | Casa Sushi | Chi-Ko-Roo | Chimichanga Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar | Churrasco of St. Clair | Cinquecento Trattoria | CNE 2011 | Dragon Pearl | Duff’s Famous Wings | Earl’s | El Barrio | Forte Bistro & Lounge | Four Seasons Studio Cafe | Ginza Sushi | Goed Eten | Harlem | Hotel Ocho | Ikea | Inigo Food | IQ Food Co. | Just Greek | Kale Eatery | King Street Social Kitchen & Bar | Koko! Share Bar | La Bella Managua | Lala Bistro | La Mexicana | Le Papillon on the Park | Len Duckworth’s Fish & Chips | Liberty Belle Bistro| Lily 86 | The Little Dog Steamies & Fries | Live Organic Food Bar | Loving Hut | Marben | Matahari Bar & Grill | Mengrai Gourmet Thai | Mercatto | Messis | Mildred’s Temple Kitchen | Montfort Mediterranean | Mother’s Dumplings | Mucho Burrito | O & B Canteen | The One That Got Away | Paramount Fine Foods | Pho Orchid | Pizza e Pazzi | Pizzeria Libretto | Pop Bistro | Provence Delices | The Queen & Beaver Public House | Quinn’s Steakhouse & Irish Bar | Rawlicious | RaviSoups | River Restaurant | Rodney’s By Bay | Salad Creations| Segovia Spanish | Serra Pizza & Pasta Ristorante | Shala-mar Indian Cuisine | Sky Blue Sky Sandwiches | South of Temperance | Steak Frites Bistro | Steamy’s Asian Tapas & Grill | Sushi Couture | Sushi Marche II | Swish by Han | Thai Dish | To The World Caribbean | Trapper’s | Uncle Betty’s Diner | Union | Waterfalls Indian Tapas Bar & Grill | The Wokker | Woo Buffet Restaurant & Lounge | Wvrst | Zin Restaurant | 259Host | 93 Harbord

Dine.TO Restaurant Reviews—available upon request

5th Elementt | 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence | 1055 Restaurant & Catering | Aggie Martin | Alice’s Restaurant | Allusion | Amaya The Indian Room | Amaya’s Bread Bar | Autogrill | Avli | Bangkok Spoon | Beccofino Italian Ristorante | Bluestone Bistro & Gourmet Market | Bodega | C5 Restaurant Lounge | Camros Organic Eatery | Casa Mendoza Restaurant & Inn | Centro Restaurant & Lounge | Chakra Indian | Chiado |The Citizen |Colossus Greek Taverna Oakville | Copper Chimney | Coquine | Cowbell | Crystal Rolls Pan Asian Cuisine | Dazzling Modern Restaurant & Bar | Earth Indian Restaurant & Wine Bar | El Rincon Mexicano Restaurant | Era Oro Ristorante | Fare Bistro | Four | Foxley Bistro | Fuzion Resto-Lounge & Garden | Genesis Buffet | Globe Bistro | Grace | Great Cooks on Eight | The Grille Restaurant & Bar | The Harbord Room | Il Mulino Restaurant | Insomnia | Izakaya Japanese Restaurant | Jaaadu | Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse | Jawny Bakers | Joey Fiasco’s | Kultura | La Castile | La Maquette | La Reserve | La Scala | Lambros Meze – Wine Bar | Le Pain Quotidien |Le Petit Castor- tweeted by National Post Columnist Shinan Govani!! |L’il Baci | Li’ly Resto Lounge | The Local Company | Locavore | Lolita’s Lust | L’unita | Manyata Courtyard Café & Spice Room | Marlowe Bar & Restaurant | Meating at the Bottom Line | Megas | Mesogio Mediterranean | Mildred Pierce Restaurant | MoMo’s Bistro | Monsoon | Mt Everest | Myth | Niagara Street Café | Nota Bene | Omonia | One Up Restaurant & Lounge | Peridot | Piatti Pizza Pasta Rodizio | Prime Steakhouse (Windsor Arms) | Quigley’s Pub & Bistro | The Red Violin Brazilian Steakhouse Rodizio | Riva Supper Lounge | Sassafraz | Sequel Restaurant & Catering | Sidecar | Six Steps | Stonegrill on Winchester | The Sultan’s Tent and Café Moroc | Ten | Tappo | Terra Restaurant & Catering | Trapezzi Supper Club | Trios Bistro | Ultra Supper Club | Vagabondo Italian Ristorante | Vdara | Vertical | Vertical Restaurant & Bar | Vesuvio’s Pizzeria & Spaghetti House | Vittorio’s | Vittorio’s on Yonge | Vivah Festive | Wildfire Steakhouse & Wine Bar


Viewer Discretion Is Advised | You’ve Got Mail | Falwell’s Falter | Human Rights in the 21st Century: An Evolving Landscape | Mondetta Charity Foundation

Organizing/Productivity Articles

Are You Overscheduling Yourself? | Automated Systems to Incorporate Into Your Everyday Life | Change Your Computer Desktop, Change Your Day! | Choosing the Right Planner for Your Lifestyle | Do The Hard Things First – It’s Actually Easier! |Don’t Try to Live Up to Magazine Pictures of What “Uncluttered” Looks Like | Don’t Wait Until Your Next Move to Purge Your Belongings! | Get Inspired by a New Beginning! | Getting Organized Can Mean a Prettier Space | GTD—It’s All About Gratitude This Season | How to Be Productive & Balanced When Working From Home: A Field Report How to Decide What’s Important Right Now in 3 Easy Steps | How to Declutter Your Desk and Countertops | How to Get Out the Door With Ease |Leave Room to Grow |Let Your Mind Relax in Order to Get More Done |My List, My Life | Overwhelmed by Clutter? These 5 Steps Will Help | Planning Does Not Take Away Your Creativity and Spontaneity! | Save Yourself a Ton of Money – Work with What You’ve Got! | Simply Write it Down! | Sometimes All It Takes to Get Organized is a Small Change | Timing is Everything | We’ve All Got the Same Time.  How Are You Going to Spend Yours? | What I’ve Learned From Doing My Taxes | Why It’s Good to Have Guests Over | 3 Simple Organizing Truths That Can Change Your Life | 3 Simple Tricks I Use to Save Time – And Mental Energy | 5 Shortcuts That Will Save Time & Your Sanity | 5 Simple Ways to Get Organized Right Now! | 10 Steps to Simplifying Your Day

Health & Beauty Articles

Everything You Wanted to Know About Personal Lubricants (reprinted at Britannica Encyclopedia Online) | Face Winter Head On (reprinted at Britannica Encyclopedia Online) | The Perfect Spaaah! | Soap Opera | YYoga in BC | Trish Stratus – Stratusphere Yoga | Hot Yoga Wellness

Fashion Articles

Luggage for the Well-Traveled Gal |The Big Satchel: The Must-Have Bags of the Season! |2009 Trends for Wedding Gowns

Green (Eco) Articles

Going Green: Organics in Restaurants | Green Your Bathroom | How Green is Bamboo? | Organic on a Budget | The Flower Industry: It’s Not All Roses


Living in Sin | Smith Magazine’s Six Words on Love & Heartbreak

House & Home

Wood Flooring Options |Home Theatre Systems |Jane Renwick of Urbanation |Len Walser of Walser Furniture Refinishing | Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes

Art & Culture

So Many Books, So Little Time | Taliaferro Jones | Cuba Libre | Graffiti Art Todd Claydon | 20 Best Books – The Writer | Rick Mercer (on website homepage) | Eudora Welty Obituary | A Gallery that Gives Back | Jewel CDLive CD | Return of the Music Hall

Book Reviews

Absolute Write | Anthropology Review Database | Canadian Literature | Canadian Women Studies Magazine |Canadian Writer’s Journal | Film International | Pan Magazine | Prairie Fire |Quarterly Review of Film and Video |Quill & Quire | Seven Oaks | Sobriquet Magazine | The Writer Magazine

Book & Music Reviews



Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoirs

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