All posts tagged: Wine

Tuesday Night is Cheese Night – at Pangaea

I was overjoyed when Pangaea invited me to take part in their media event to kick-start their new Tuesday cheese night special!  With a warm greeting and a glass of champagne, I was introduced and quickly started chatting up many other successful foodies as well as Martin Kouprie, the head chef and co-owner of the restaurant along with Peter Geary, and their sommelier John Le Bihan. While starting with a little demo on cheese making, Martin got into detail about his wish to start making the restaurant’s own cheeses for their menu.  The process was a series of successes and failures until they came up with the perfect combination of milk, temperature, and other ingredients.  Their dedication to food and their enthusiasm towards the whole process is nothing short of inspiring.  It’s always so great to see people who are doing what they love and pushing the barriers; seriously though, who has heard of a restaurant making their own cheese?  It’s true, they’re the first Canadian and possibly even North American restaurant making cheese to …

Rack of Lamb, Cauliflower, and Green Bean Salad

I might not be able to eat solid foods for the next few days (thank you dental surgery), but that won’t stop be from writing about it.  Last night was my last big meal for the next few days so we were going to make something good. My choice was a rack of lamb; my dad took charge of the meat while I called the sides.  It was a very simple rack of lamb recipe; just rosemary, thyme, and garlic to flavour the rack. My creative side had a chance to take charge here.  First of all, I cut up three quarters of a cauliflower into small bits that I then mixed with a splash of olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper.  Placed evenly at the bottom of a baking dish, it went in the oven next to the lamb for about 20-25 minutes at around 400°.  The rest was for a purée which I will explain shortly. Next was to make a green bean salad.  The green beans were cooked in boiling water for …

Cold-weather Friday musts!

Just like anyone else, the things at the top of your drawers are the ones you pick up day after day, wash after wash, and you just can’t seem to get bored of.  So today, I’m sharing some of my favourites that I just can’t get enough of this season. When fall comes around, that whole weather dilemma seems to stump everybody; do I wear my coat, lighter jacket, rain jacket, parka? Who knows.  But when the winds start picking up, my pleather leggings and plaid scarf are a go-to.  The leggings I got at Mango last year (they have even more styles available this year) are a staple for basically any outfit.  I’m not a fan of wearing leggings in general, but with a tunic or longer, minimalist top, the outfit basically puts itself together effortlessly.  Plus! Students get 25% off, what’s not to love?  Similarly, scarves are a must. When winter comes around, you’re not going to want a scarf with an open-weave resulting in chilly winds making its way down your front.  …

The Bests of Italy

With school starting in less than a week, I’ve got unpacking, packing, and moving on my mind which consequently means the end to my travels abroad for the summer of 2014.  Through ups and downs, but wait, no downs; it has been a great opportunity in every way possible.  To conclude my trip, I can’t wait to sum up all my faves from the past 6 weeks.  So for those looking to travel Italy or those just curiously reading, enjoy! Best Gelato – This is a toss-up.  Not only did I get to try the best awarded Nocciola gelato of 2014 in San Gimignano, but I discovered other flavours that blew me away; and lucky for me a few weren’t far from home!  The chain Amorino, which I visited in Milan, had an amazing selection and incredible depth to their flavours.  Their salted caramel definitely came out on top!  Being a HUGE salted caramel fan, I can get a little picky at times, but I had no critiques, absolutely perfect!  The Gelateria delle Olmo in …