Mondovino crackers… perfect partner for wine!

I found these crackers for the first time at Max Market in Rochester, NY. Then just today a good friend of mine posted a picture of these crackers because she found them here in Ontario! Yep, Rosie Yumski’s Fine Foods ( 24 Church St. Westport, ON K0G 1X0, Canada) has at least two of the flavours (Black Olive and Spicy Moroccan Seed and Nut). These are culinary creations with wine-smarts built-in! Each of these match perfectly to what ever wine your serving.

Last night we tried them (the Spicy Moroccan Seed and Nut flavour ones) with a bottle of Rubicon Estate CASK Cabernet Sauvignon 2005… what a surprise, the blend of spices from these crackers transformed what was already a most tasteful wine into a unforgettable wine experience!

There are 4 different flavours of these oh so delightful crackers:

Porcini Mushroom Crackers
Get in the mood. A glass of Champagne. Some Porcini Mondovino Crackers. Let the party begin. A cucumber dip, some slices of Parma ham. A luxury supper served on Mondovino crackers. Another glass of Champagne. Life is fun.

Crème Fraiche and Spring Onion Crackers
Feel like Summer. A glass of Rosé wine. Some Crème Fraiche and Spring Onion Crackers. Lazy days. A dip of taramasalata, some slices of smoked salmon. Easy entertaining served on Mondovino crackers. Another glass of Rosé. Life in the pink.

Black Olive Crackers
Cool down. A glass of white wine. Some Black Olive Mondovino crackers. Lunch beckons. Some buffalo mozzarella, a bowl of salsa verde scooped up with Mondovino crackers. Another glass of white wine. Relaxation.

Spicy Moroccan Seed and Nut Crackers
Unwind. A glass of red wine. Some Moroccan Mondovino crackers. Let the evening develop. Bowls of hoummos, cool guacamole and raita – an Eastern feast served on Mondovino crackers. Another glass of red wine. Relax.

About Artisan Biscuits: a long-standing family bakery in the Derbyshire Peak district, a national park (in England).

They started over 70 years ago. In that time, the world has changed dramatically; but, in the bakery, the way they bake biscuits is barely any different. In the last 50 years, they’ve have only had two Head Bakers. In 2009, Terry retired, and Paul, his understudy, took Terry’s place. Paul now sifts, weighs, mixes, and works the dough in the same old-fashioned way. They have been using the same bronze rollers and biscuit-moulding method for decades.

Love Love Food loves Rosie Yumski's Fine Foods

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Life’s Little Pleasures – Cornwall, ON

Life's Little Pleasures in Cornwall Ontario

Life’s Little Pleasures
108 Pitt Street
Cornwall, ON K6J 3P4
613 933-8595
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

This hidden gem of Cornwall, Ontario is the perfect place to find that special and unique gift! Owner Chris is one classy lady who knows her products and always greets you with a sincere and heartwarming “Hello”.

On top of offering a great selection of gifts, she also carries some pretty cool gourmet items: BBQ sauces, spreads, dip mixes, chocolates, cookies and more!


You will also want to check-out their assortment of ready-made gift baskets… perfect for any occasion!


Looking for a different kind of cookie? Well, they carry the oh so delicious Sprucewood Cookies! Known as typsy shortbread cookies, these are a perfect desert or wonderful treat! Made in Canada from all natural ingredients. Contains no yeast, trans fats or preservatives.

It’s always an adventure when visiting Life’s Little Pleasures, a great shopping/gourmet adventure I should say!

Peace and Pleasure



Max Market – Rochester NY

Max Market - Rochester NY

Max Market – Rochester NY
2949 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 8am – 6pm


This is one of the most impressive gourmet shops I’ve ever put foot in. They don’t only have an extensive selection of oh so yummy sauces, dips, marinades… but also carry artisan breads, cheeses, deli, coffee, prepared foods, deserts (see picture below)… and to top it all off; the staff is just out of this world. We we’re not even 2 feet in the door when we were greeted by one of the associates with a big smile and “hello how are you today?”


After going around each and every isle a few times my basket was full of goodies! I got some mustard, great Stonewall Kitchen marinades, jellies, spice rubs & wine crackers (yep, the box says to serve with red wine… how could I resist!). I left Max Market with a bag full and a spring in my step as went back to the car.

Don’t worry my fellow food lovers, as I taste test all of these gourmet treasures I will post my thoughts (with some pictures of course).

I’m so happy we took the what seemed to be very long drive from the hotel down to Monroe Avenue.

About Max Market:

Where Foodies Shop… Whether you’re an expert chef or simply love good food, Max Market has brought the world to Rochester’s doorstep. We’ve searched the best tasting, highest quality food from New York State and around the globe, offering only the finest provisions in our store. Stop by and share our passion for preparing, eating and talking about food. Let us bring the world to your table.

Located in Mann’s Plaza on Monroe Avenue, Max Market is a neighborhood market specializing in sustainably grown and raised products. We are committed to supporting local and responsible businesses.

excerpt from their website


Peace and Market…

The Barely Blue

So, I’ve never been a fan of Blue Cheese… until I discovered: Barely Blue!

This most amazing cheese is made by the folks at Glengarry Fine Cheese in Lancaster, Ontario.

This cheese is a delicately veined surface ripened blue cheese which melts in your mouth. The rind is mottled grey in colour, and the paste is supple and smooth a cheese that is lovely to eat on its own or to accompany with fruit or nuts on a cheese plate. Available in 1.5 kg wheels or wedges, packed in French paper or foil. Aged 2 month.

Gourmet Map

Planing a Gourmet Road Trip? Make sure to add this place on your map.

Glengarry Fine Cheese is located in Eastern Ontario on Cty Rd. 34, just north of the village of Lancaster, and just minutes from Hwy 401.

Hours of operation are:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 11:00 am – 4:30 pm

Peace and Cheese Fondue