About Review From the House

About Review From the House: Theatre, Food and Wine, Travelblogues, Lifestyle

ReviewFromTheHouse is a lifestyle and entertainment website. I review  and comment on theatre, food and wine, dining and cultural events in my home base of Vancouver,  British Columbia … and away;  My Travelblogues focus on ballroom dancing, cultural and dining experiences during my land and sea travels in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia with an emphasis on cruising and dancing. My Lifestyle section features stories on  living happier, healthier and wealthier.

These musings reflect the perceptions of a mature urbanite with  gourmet tastes, a curious mind, a literary bent, an addiction to puns and cryptic crosswords, and a passion for dance

More About Me

Born in South Africa, I earned my medical degree and a doctorate from the University of Cape Town before moving to Canada with my husband and our three young children. We landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and took three weeks to drive the Trans-Canada Highway to Vancouver, British Columbia,  where I still live. After obtaining two  specialist degrees I was a medical professor, researcher (nutrition, biochemistry and genetics) and administrator until I retired. That’s when I developed a passion for ballroom dancing and switched my curiosity and interest from science to the arts.

Now a decade later, having taken up the challenge of being an entrepreneur in the business of helping people to age healthily, maintain a youthful vibrant appearance and grow their own entrepreneurial business, my research interests have returned to the science of human physiology, biochemistry and genetics. I have achieved my personal goals of changing my weight trajectory from gaining pounds to losing weight.  My weight and dress size are at the level they were as a teenager. My energy level is high, my mood upbeat, I take no medications other than nutritional  and epigenetic supplements and botox is not on my radar! I am sharing my roadmap for personal healthy aging in my forthcoming book  "Growing Older, Living Younger: The Science of Aging Gracefully, and The Art of Retiring Comfortably."

Why "From The House"

More than a decade ago I started writing on-line theatre reviews and commentaries after I ranted once too often about the lack of audience at small independent theatre company productions. A major reason was that few people even knew that the shows were on. The editor of Immediate Theatre challenged me to write about the shows I saw and I decided to do so from the perspective of a  "bum-in-the-seat” of the theatre house. I simply share what touches  me or does not, what I like or don't like, and my readers know my pet peeves- gratuitous profanity, atonal music and bad blocking!

ReviewFromTheSeat covers live performances locally and away, and events or interviews related to performing arts and dance.

ReviewFromTheCellar is about food and wine. This includes restaurant reviews and other food experiences, in Vancouver and when travelling. 

ReviewFromTheCabin  The Travelblogues  began as a way to keep my family and friends up to date on my journeys, particularly when I was traveling solo. They evolved into the unexpected gift of a travel journal, to which I could return to find the name of a special little restaurant or village where I had found a unique dish was found or had an interesting encounter. My passion for dance led me to dance cruises and my Dance Cruise Travelblogues describe the joys of dancing at sea with destinations from the Americas to Asia, and the Amazon to the Arctic Circle.

ReviewFromTheStudio This is an eclectic blog including book, movie or music reviews; health and nutrition related topics, and the story of my journey back from crippling sciatica to the dance floor.

Whether at a play, dining in a restaurant or visiting new places, your experience will be different to mine and  I’d  love to hear about it.

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