The Wine and Cheese Experiment

Cheese is good. Wine is also good. Pairing them together? Marvelous! Donning an apron, googles, and chef hat, I got to enjoy a wine and cheese pairing event in Niagara Falls, where the professionals chose the matching duos. For this particular occasion, we were given three types of cheeses to try, but they were served…

Wine Tasting 101

Ever wonder what you’re supposed to do when you order a bottle of wine at a nice restaurant and you’re chosen as the one that has to sample it for the table? Nerve-wracking, right? Okay, maybe not so much but I went to Niagara Falls this past weekend and was taught to do the following:…

A Little Thanksgiving with a Lot of Food

This past week was full of celebrations. Wednesday was the Mid-Autumn Festival. Yesterday was Karva Chauth. And today is our Canadian Thanksgiving or what I like to call, Turkey Day (or Gobble Gobble Day). As usual, I’m thankful to be able to take part in two Thanksgiving meals. The first meal was on Saturday and…

No Dough Pizza – An Open-Face Pizza Hoagie

We wanted the taste of pizza, but not the mess that came along with using dough so we ended up creating this open-face pizza hoagie instead. It’s similar to the campfire pizza I made last year, minus the naan and the campfire. Intead, we use an oven and buns. This recipe is enough to feed two if…

Bayou Gator with Shrimp Po’Boy

I ate alligator. It tastes like chicken, they said. It looks like chicken, they said. Not that it would scare me to eat an alligator, but my take? It literally does look and taste like chicken. The meat seems to be similar to dark meat and it’s a lot tougher than chicken. Oddly, I found…

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

Today marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Canada, aka Canada Day or Canada’s 150th birthday! There are many festivities occurring all over the country, including parades, fireworks and festivals, but I’m sure there are many throwing their own personal celebrations too! Whether it be a BBQ or picnic (crossing my fingers the weather pans out) or just…

A New Foodie Concept – Popups

It’s that time of the year where the buds start blooming and new life begins. I went cherry blossom viewing this past weekend, only to find out they weren’t in full bloom yet. However, what I saw this year was definitely better than my first attempt a few years ago when only I only saw one…

Easter Weekend

The chocolate egg and bunny hunts have begun and I’m sure many families are getting together this weekend to celebrate Easter weekend. Even though I wasn’t raised as a Christian, I celebrate it as a time to get together with family and friends. Plus, it’s an extra long weekend which I’m surely not going to…

Sugar Shack – The Maple Syrup Festival

Canadian stereotypes: We live in igloos We live amongst polar bears We love maple syrup For me, two out of the three are false but the maple syrup one is correct! I say this because every year, multiple locations throughout Canada celebrate the maple syrup festival by going to a Sugar Shack, also known as La Cabane à…

Popcorn Gifts

This is a very random post, but I’ve noticed that my friends have been bringing me gifts/souvenirs from around the world and there has been a common theme – POPCORN! Not that there is anything wrong with popcorn, I just found the trend interesting. The first being popcorn flavoured candy from Taiwan. These little square, yellow…

Chicken Barley Soup (Recipe)

Last week, we were teased with a glimpse of spring only to be blown away (literally) by the crazy winter cold again. Mother nature plays tricks on us! So, to warm up I made a soup with some barley. Although I naturally tend to lean towards a beef barley soup for some heartiness, I decided…

Izakaya – A Loud but Delicious Experience

I love Japanese food. Although a majority of people may only be familiar with sushi and teppanyaki, there are many other delicious dishes too. Thus comes Izakaya – a type of Japanese bar styled restaurant that typically offers skewers and tapas. It’s a very informal setting where people come in for drinks and food. I…