Upper Canada Cocktails

We have a long weekend coming up as this Monday in Ontario is our Civic Holiday. In Toronto, the holiday is known as Simcoe Day, after John Graves Simcoe. John Graves Simcoe was the first Lieutenant Governor of the Province (Upper Canada) and founded York, which became Toronto. I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot… Continue reading Upper Canada Cocktails

The Vasari Corridor – Part 2 – The Influencers

The Vasari Corridor was completed in 5 months by Giorgio Vasari as a surprise for the guests attending the wedding of Johana of Austria to Giovanni, son of Grand Duke Cosimo I. It was used as a passage between the Uffizi (the family offices) and the Pitti Palace (the family home). It was also used… Continue reading The Vasari Corridor – Part 2 – The Influencers

Amazing Mousse

I’ll let you in on a secret. I’m not a big dessert or chocolate person. I mean if you order dessert, I’ll have a bite, or maybe two, but on the whole, I can eat dinner and pass on dessert. (That being said, I never met a potato chip or french fry that I didn’t… Continue reading Amazing Mousse

Breakfast for Dinner (Spaghetti alla Carbonara)

There is some argument on the origins of Spaghetti alla Carbonara. One school has the classic Roman dish created during the war, using military rations from American soldiers. Another side argues that the name comes from “alla carbonara”, a dish eaten by coal workers. (The heavy grind of pepper said to resemble coal dust.) A third… Continue reading Breakfast for Dinner (Spaghetti alla Carbonara)

The Vasari Corridor – Part 1 – The Tunnel

Toronto has its PATH. The PATH is almost an underground city. It stretches over 30 kilometers (19 miles) and is officially described as “a network of pedestrian tunnels, elevated walkways and at-grade walkways that connect the downtown office towers with shops, restaurants, entertainment and services”. The PATH first opened in 1987, although its origins date back… Continue reading The Vasari Corridor – Part 1 – The Tunnel

What’s Up Doc Soup (Curried Carrot Ginger)

I love Bugs Bunny. As a kid, my sisters and I would get up early on Saturday morning to watch cartoons. I still quote Bugs Bunny: “I must have took a wrong turn at Albuquerque”. And whenever I’m at the opera, I still think of Bugs singing The Rabbit of Seville:  “Welcome to my shop,… Continue reading What’s Up Doc Soup (Curried Carrot Ginger)

Sarah’s Tri-Colore Italian Cheese Spread

The food and ingredients that you can find in Italy are fabulous. If you love to cook, there is certainly a lot here to inspire! My friend Sarah is an amazing chef. She also has absolutely the best story, hands down – she made dinner for Julia Child once. I don’t think you can get higher… Continue reading Sarah’s Tri-Colore Italian Cheese Spread