Food & Drink – Spring issue

Food % Drink Spring 2012 edition from the LCBO.

You may want to get your foodie selves to your nearest LCBO because the Food & Drink Spring issue is now available. Reminder that they don’t last long on the shelf, it’s free and they only allow you to take one. After quickly perusing this issue I found some pretty amazing recipes. You’ll want to check out these (just to name a few): Irish Eyes (drink) and the Blackberry basil pie. Looking at this edition sure does make you feel like spring is just around the corner!


Love and Drinks!…

2011 Ottawa Wine & Food Festival

November 9 – 10, 2011
25th Anniversary
Ottawa Convention Centre

Yes, my culinary and wine aficionados, the 2011 Ottawa Wine & Food Festival is coming back in November. The website does not include much information… but we gathered some information from the exibitor package:


25 YEARS IN THE MAKING! The Ottawa Wine & Food Show will this year move to the spectacular new Ottawa Convention Centre. This exciting new facility replaces the Ottawa Congress Centre which was home to the Show for twenty-two years. Now with twice the space, this state of-the-art building in the heart of downtown is the perfect venue for the rebirth of the Show as the Ottawa Wine & Food Festival. This 5-day celebration will take the wine and food experience that Ottawa has come to love over the past 25 years to a whole new level. And it will provide exhibitors and sponsors with an expanded format and enriched programming in a spectacular new venue that will comfortably accommodate larger Ottawa audiences that have clearly demonstrated they’re ready for more.

• The Festival will kick off on a Wednesday and continue through Sunday, with a greatly expanded line up of tasting events and learning opportunities.
• The 3-Day Consumer & Trade Show will remain the cornerstone of the new Festival.
• New Programming will include an expanded Tutored Tastings series, People’s Choice Award , Local Farm tours, Guest Sommeliers and Chefs, and more.

Don’t forget to subcribe for updates.

Gourmet map to the Ottawa Food & Wine Festival

Love and Food…

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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My fav wine of the moment!

I love love wine: specially when it’s a Coppola!

Back in the day when I started drinking wine, I drank what we called “cuvée du dépaneur”, translated: what was the cheapest! Since then my taste have changed, and thanks to some dear friends I discovered wines from Francis Ford Coppola. One word folks: Nectar of the Gods (OK, that’s actually 4 words, but who is counting).

This winery offers you many choices, but my fav is the Diamond Collection: Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon. Here is what the winery says about it:

“For our Ivory Label Cabernet Sauvignon, we combine fruit from appellations as far north as El Dorado and as far south as Paso Robles where some of our vineyards experience diurnal temperature extremes, which slows the ripening process and enhances the rich, succulent flavors of the fruit, as well as the complexity of the palate.

2009 was an excellent vintage that featured only light spring rain, warm summer weather and no abrupt climate changes at season’s end. This allowed us to be highly selective during harvest, choosing the very best fruit only when completely ripe. The result of these amazing conditions is a richly textured, intensely fragrant Cabernet Sauvignon with supple tannins and sophisticated notes of spice and oak.”

Ask your local wine store to order this for you... you won't be disapointed!
Ask your local wine store to order this for you… you won’t be disapointed!


Peace and Coppola!…