The comfort of melted cheese and chocolate

Cosy in this winter with bread, wine and cheese. What more could you want? If you wish, add some friends and you have a party, the best way to counteract the winter blahs! Way back in the 70s, fondues were all the rage. Now all these years later, they have regained popularity for very good […]

Divine chocolate for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate, one of the world’s greatest flavours, is also the aphrodisiac of choice for Valentine’s Day. There is no better escape from the winter doldrums than a rich chocolate treat, especially shared with loved ones. Here is a selection to put a smile on your face and say without words that you care! Decadent Chocolate […]

A gift that gives more than once

Finally, a book which helps the medicine go down – with humour of course. Mairlyn Smith’s Healthy Starts Here! is a breath of fresh air. No fuddy-duddy business, simply information, as I said, with a spoonful of humour to make it digestible. Of course, the gorgeous photographs act like eye candy and get you salivating […]

Bottoms Up: News from around the wine world

By now you’ve probably heard all the talk about interprovincial wine shopping in Canada. Or should I say ‘non-interprovincial’ wine shopping! An obscure 1928 Prohibition-era law presently makes it illegal for consumers to transport even a single bottle of alcohol across provincial boundaries. How archaic you say? Darn right! The original idea of this law […]