Linda Barnard

Linda Barnard

Award-winning film and travel writer
Travel Media Association of Canada, Society of American Travel Writers, Toronto Film Critics Association
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Laundry day never sounded so good

At the Columbus Washboard Company, America's last remaining washboard manufacturer, they're always happy to see people finding non-laundry-day uses for their product.
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Cappadocia, Turkey: A glimpse of the Whirling Dervishes

Just saying the name stirs the imagination: Whirling Dervishes. We’re waiting in the courtyard of the superbly restored Saruhan Caravanserai near Avanos in the Cappadocia region in central Turkey. We are to watch a dervish ceremony. There’s a sense we were about to witness a secret thing, to be interlopers and see a Sufi Muslim religious ritual not meant to be shared with outsiders.
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Threads of God: The world's rarest pasta

Su filindeu, the world’s rarest and priciest pasta (at $150 per kilogram) looks rather humble sitting on a plate, like a rectangle of simple cheesecloth starched into an unyielding board. Holding it up to the light reveals complex artistry in the overlapping cross hatches of ultra-fine dried pasta that underscore the English translation of its Italian name: “the threads of God.” What makes this sheet of su filindeu even more dramatic is the colour: it’s stained deep, matte black with squid ink.
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Taj Mahal 101: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting the Monument to Love

It's more than just viewing a pretty building, and you'll get the most out of the experience if you've read our need-to-know guide. Editor’s Note: The Taj Mahal is on Fodor’s 2018 No List due to scheduled renovation work throughout much of the year. With so much to see, taste, and experience in colorful, chaotic, thrilling India, you may be tempted to give the Taj Mahal a pass. Link to Story

Beaches make great galleries

Toronto residents don’t let winter get in the way of hitting the beach — or getting creative. This month, artists are erecting temporary installations — ranging from fanciful-to-thought-provoking as WinterStations launches its fourth annual exhibition Feb. 19 on the shores of Lake Ontario.
American Way in-flight magazine Link to Story

Eating your way through Montreal’s Jewish history

In 1938, a lucky poker win turned one-time busboy Moishe Lighter into a restaurant owner. Lighter’s son, Lenny, tells the story before chopped liver, filet poutine and sliced rib steak is served on the white linen-covered table at the place his dad won and turned into legendary Moishes Steakhouse. Stories add flavour to the feast in exploring Montreal’s traditional Jewish neighbourhoods of Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mile End.
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Fodor’s Go List 2018: No. 11: Prince Edward Island

Why It’s Wonderful: Prince Edward Island is an irresistible combination of rolling green hills and excellent beaches and seascapes, with bountiful shellfish, a gentle pace and a lively music scene. Link to Story

Helen Mirren: Joy of onscreen reunion with Donald Sutherland

As straight-talking southerner Ella Spencer in senior road trip comedy-drama The Leisure Seeker, Canadian Club rye on the rocks is Helen Mirren’s cocktail-hour usual. Canadian actor Donald Sutherland plays Ella’s longtime husband, John, and their pairing marks an onscreen reunion for the actors.
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5 places to look for Harry Potter in Edinburgh

We wandered the same cobblestone streets, dark winding passages and graveyard paths here as J.K. Rowling did in the company of professional guide Ross Tillbrook to find links to the magical world of a boy wizard. Here are five. Victoria Street: Slip down the narrow Fisher’s Close off the Royal Mile to a second-floor terrace for the best view of the colourful, curved 19th-century street.
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What Walaa Wants: Palestinian girl's dream inspired film

What Walaa Wants, a documentary about a teenage girl’s dream of becoming a Palestinian Security Forces police officer, won the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs International Film Festival this month. Toronto filmmaker Christy Garland spent six years following outgoing and opinionated teen Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji, who lives in Balata, the largest refugee camp in the West Bank.
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Canadian films 'telling universal stories' head to Sundance, Slamdance fests

Two islands — one that risks being swallowed by the ocean because of climate change, the other the fictitious home of director Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation dogs — are among the subjects Canadians are exploring at the 34th Sundance Film Festival. Canada has 11 films and two VR works premiering at Sundance, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Jan. 28 in the mountain resort town of Park City, Utah, not far from Salt Lake City.
The Canadian Press Link to Story

Breaking the uncomfortable silence

Natalie Novak was no more than 5 years old – and she was fearless. A grinning little girl. A Muskoka lake. A summer day. On the dock, she did not hesitate. She flew down the water slide into the lake, splashing into water over her head, making sure to do it when her parents, Dawn and Ed, weren’t looking. She was the opposite of most kids, who holler: “Mom, look! Watch me!” Not Natalie. She didn’t want to be told “no.” She didn’t want to hear she couldn’t do something. .
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Linda Barnard

A freelance travel writer for Toronto Star, Fodor's , American Way in-flight magazine, TravelPulse Canada, Canadian Traveller, PlanetWare, food writer for Edible Toronto and film writer for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Movie Entertainment Magazine and others, I have more than three decades of experience in deadline-driven digital and print journalism. I'm the former movie writer and a staff film critic at the Toronto Star and a National Newspaper Awards winner (Arts & Entertainment) and winner Best International Travel Story, SATW Canadian Chapter. I have extensive experience as a restaurant critic and food, wine and cocktail writer.
My creative content clients include Telefilm Canada, The Globe and Mail and Star Metro Media.
I write eloquent speeches, craft well-written targeted content and can provide media training.