Monthly Archives: March 2013

Easter snack

The cleverest thing I’ve done in the last week was buy a spiral ham at Zehrs and bring it out of each night to snack on.

Add a little grainy mustard and some grainy bread and it’s the definitive Easter snack.

HamAlso, I opened a bottle of Chateau fancy-pants Bordeaux from the region of Fronsac – ’cause it’s delicious and cost only $14.  Special shout out to Billy of BillysBestBottles for the wine recommendation.  Keep them coming my friend.

Fronsac


Geography – what do you know?

So the Ministry of Education in Ontario forces every student to take grade 9 geography.  Useful.  I want my children to know that Halifax is to the east, Vancouver to the west, and there is a little something called the Atlantic Ocean that prevents us from driving in our car to Spain.

Here’s a little map that can help you out if you know nothing about Spanish wine.  The keys to this map?  Look north of Madrid  to Rioja and Ribero del Duero if you want to spend a lot of money but you don’t care because it’s worth it.  Look high and left if you need a crisp white – Rias Biaxis makes me giggle for some reason. And look at the purple regions if you want a good deal.

Spain wine mapI got this from the folks at Bodegas Altanza’s facebook page – who got it from someone else – who probably cut and pasted it from elsewhere.  Now it’s ours.  I love this internet!


Frost Rail

Frost usually makes me mad at this time of year. The novelty of scraping off my car again is gone. Come on morning sun, stop making me do the work for you!

However, there is a rail of frost at the OX Guelph bar that is guaranteed to make even the most miserable winter hater happy. The frost rail system creates a crisp, dry layer of frost on the top of the bar. It looks a little like a curling rink – and it certainly makes more sense than curling. Besides being wickedly cool looking there are many other advantages …

  1. Keeps the last gulp of your pint cold
  2. A little ice rail all summer feels like you’re thumbing your nose at nature – and who doesn’t want in on that?
  3. You can also keep your Beaujolais, or Ontario Gamay, down to temperature by serving it in a flat bottom tumbler (clever girl – you know who you are)
  4. The ice rail bar is like one of the Seven Wonders so you can claim a “pilgrimage” to the bar at least once this summer

Ask your bartender to “brand” the ice rail for you – very cool OX guys, very cool.

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Have you lost weight?

I am the first to admit that I usually don’t notice details.  One night I asked my wife about the new lamps on our bedside tables only to find out that they had been there for 2 months!  I also confess that I put my wife’s hair appointments in my iPhone calendar so that I “notice” that her hair looks nice.

Out with the old

Out with the old

So little wonder last week that I stood with a quizzical stare at a wine bottle in the France section of the LCBO.  One of my favourites looked like they had either lost a little weight or gotten taller – or both.

Cellier des Dauphins has finally abandoned the old squatty brandy shaped bottle for a classic sleek Côtes du Rhône bottle. I guess I’m a little disappointed – I liked the unique shape.  However, maybe more people will buy the “normal” look and hey, this is a great wine

CELLIER DES DAUPHINS CARTE NOIRE COTES DU RHONE LCBO 110197 Price $ 9.95  until April 1

In with the new

In with the new


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