National Magazine Award Gold

Third time's a charm: following a Silver award in 2014 and an Honourable Mention in 2015, my story "Canada's Best New Restaurants" for enRoute magazine won a GOLD award in the category Service: Lifestyle at last Friday's National Magazine Awards in Toronto.

It's a huge honour to be recognized with this most prestigious of industry awards, judged by the best of my Canadian magazine writer peers. I was unable to attend the ceremony in Toronto – I, uh, had dinner plans. But my sublime editor Sarah Musgrave, who routinely makes me sound like I actually know what I'm talking about, was on hand to accept in my stead. I can't wait until I'm old and poor and I have to melt the award down for its cash value. It's a gold statuette coming my way, right?

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