Monthly Archives: April 2014

Healthiest Diet Ever

I think I can safely say – with science backing me up – that I have discovered the best diet ever.  Better than South Beach, The Zone, and Ms. Craig put together.

The diet is a two part diet.

Part 1 – Red Wine. Let’s look at the facts

The Guelph Mercury [a consistently reliable source] published an article just last week about the health effects of Red Wine entitled  “Wine could be good for your kidneys, study suggests.” Which is excellent news, since I have two kidneys just craving a Spanish red wine tonight.

Part 2 – Chocolate.

Recently my daughter took a photo of TCHO chocolate at downtown Guelph’s fine food store Ouderkirk & Taylor. I tweeted it. We won a National contest. Next thing I know a small crate of chocolate appeared at our front door.  Well done my child.   How is it healthy for you?  See for yourself. Chocolate “vitamins” look good to me. Also, I’m a sucker for brilliant marketing.

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You can follow my lecture on the Red Wine study here

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World’s Cheapest Husband

I’m not always the world’s cheapest husband – but sometimes I like to see if I can save a little money and see if anyone noticed.

I have my parameters around this demi-mantra. I don’t buy cheap chicken [that seems like an unnecessary health risk] and I don’t stay in cheap hotels [same reason].

But last week I tried buying the cheapest red wine possible at the LCBO and didn’t tell my wife. And in a class re-creation of a Life cereal experiment I let my wife try it first. Guess what? “She likes it! Hey Mikey!” [if you are under the age of 40 you have no idea why I just wrote that].

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20140419-113020.jpgSeriously a decent wine for $7.45? Hooray for the Cheap Husband!

CASAL THAULERO SANGIOVESE IGT 
LCBO 588996 | Price $ 7.45 

 


In the Spirit of things

Sometimes I get in the spirit of sophistication and order a martini.  There are many great quotes about the Martini.  Gin or Vodka is a question for another time.

“A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini.”
Jackie Gleason

“He knows just how I like my martini – full of alcohol.”
Homer Simpson

”I had never tasted anything so cool and clean.” “They made me feel civilized.”
Ernest Hemingway novel Farewell to Arms.

“I never go jogging, it makes me spill my martini.”
George Burns

With this in mind I visited Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers in Beamsville, ON.  I had already purchased the White Rye from the LCBO but wanted to have a go at the Gin and the Eau de Vie. The Gin is a botanical lovers dream – delicate enough that I think the gin martini made with it should be straight. That’s so dry that you aren’t even allowed to think the word Vermouth while pouring it.  The people at Dillon’s also have a little bit of fun on their website – PulltheCork approved fun! In their Spirit descriptors they mention Papa Hemingway, Khan [the Mongolian ruler not the Star Trek guy], Smith and Wesson, and generally entertain throughout. Their collection of bitters would make any mixologist giggle like a school girl – well maybe only if they liked making cocktails – but you get the point.

If you are driving down the QEW past Beamsville stop in and have a look – their tasting room is simply stunning. Otherwise stop in at the LCBO – the Gin is dang good.

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DILLON’S GIN 22 UNFILTERED 
LCBO 358556 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 39.95 

DILLON’S THE WHITE RYE 
LCBO 337600 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 37.95