Drug of choice

Shannon Fitzpatrick - July 31, 2015

Coffee. I’m a caffeine addict. Like so many other women in my life stage, I manage a family and a career. Basically, I have two full-time jobs. I imagine that at some point, caffeine – coffee to be precise – became a necessary tool for survival but somewhere along the journey, I grew to truly love it. The smell, the taste, the feel in my …

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Stay cool with these QUENCHing cocktails

Quench - July 29, 2015

Today is the kind of day that almost makes you wish for winter. Quench your summer thirst with one of these refreshing, perfect-for-hot-weather cocktails. Cheers! The Canadian Gulp A beer-based cocktail served in a mason jar. Banana Punch Banana, mint, lime…a perfectly tropical cocktail. Woo Woo The name says it all…a little vodka, some schnapps, cranberry and ice. La Bomba Danger…tequila ahead. By The Pool …

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Discover the wines of Sicily

Gurvinder Bhatia - July 27, 2015

The popularity of the wines of Sicily has not coincidentally paralleled the increase in the quality of the wines over the past 20 to 30 years. Restaurateurs, wine retailers and consumers became more aware of indigenous grape varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Insolia and Catarratto during this time. Often these wines were blended with international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay to appeal to …

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Rainy Day Recipes & Reads

Shannon Fitzpatrick - July 24, 2015

I see a rainy summer day as an opportunity to slow-down and change gears.  Summer is so short-lived in this part of the world, I feel a need to take full advantage of every sunny, warm moment outdoors. When it rains, I somehow give myself permission to relax a little, read a little and take my time in the kitchen. Here are my favourite rainy …

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Bordeaux vs. not Bordeaux

Rick VanSickle - July 22, 2015

Sweet dreams are made of this Who am I to disagree I travel the world and the seven seas Everybody’s looking for something Don’t you just love Annie Lennox and her sultry/soulful voice on this classic Eurythmics tune? We can all relate, right? Aren’t we all looking for something? And some of us have even travelled the world searching for it. As Lennox says, it’s …

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4 recipes to induce a BBQ guilt trip

Nancy Johnson - July 20, 2015

I feel guilty if I don’t use the barbecue grill every summer day. This is the residual effect of our long, hard winter, when I stood gazing through the frost-covered patio door swearing that if Mother Nature would just thaw my frozen world, I would never ever take summer for granted, would never ever complain about the blistering heat, would never ever begrudge the wildly …

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