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I love Christmas. The music, the food, the family, the snow, all the traditions. Whether observing the passed down traditions or creating new ones the holidays really get me in a good mood. This year has been particularly special as my daughter has taken on the massive role of baking the black rum cake and if you know Jamaican culture black cake is paramount and not everyone gets the blessing of the ancestors to be ordained the “Maker of Black Cake”. There are only a few anointed per generation (I’m joking….sort of). Skye did a stellar job. She followed the recipe passed down from my late aunt Jean and the elders (my uncle, and her grandparents) have all agreed the ancestors must be pleased. In the theme of bringing the old traditions to the new generation I have decided at the request of my sister to remix the Caribbean Christmas…

There is a not so obvious reason why I love the world of food and beverage, many would assume it’s the fancy restaurants, the seemingly luxurious lifestyle, being in all the newest or trendiest spaces, but for me it is so much deeper than that. I often try to keep my beverage write-ups upbeat and…simple, but what I love most about this world is the incredible complexities and nuance. I am not just talking about tasting notes that quite frankly mean nothing if the drinker has no frame of reference, what I am referring to is the layers of culture, history and lore every spirit possess. The everyday person rarely gives thought to the where, why and how a spirit came to be, but just like the esoteric, alcohol spirits have a deep and sorted history full of traditions, practices and in some cases sanctity, and that is what I…

Cheers to the freakin’ weekend, drink to that! It’s Friday and I have another yummy cocktail recipe for you to try. Actually this week I have a few courtesy of Appleton Estate Rum. Ruby Rum Cocktail This is my personal concoction, that screams Summertime. I dare you to find a Caribbean person that doesn’t love rum punch. This isn’t exactly rum punch but it is just as delicious. 2oz Appleton Estate Rum (Signature will do just fine)1/3 oz lime2oz Pineapple Juice1/2oz Ribena Blackcurrant Syrup Put ice, pineapple juice, Appleton into a shaker, squeeze the juice of 1/3 lime into the shaker, throw the lime into the shaker. Shake Shake Shake. Pour into any glass you like (it taste awesome regardless…just leave out the ice). Pour the Ribena Blackcurrent Syrup into the center of the glass. The syrup will settle at the bottom of the glass giving a beautiful ombre look.…

Welcome Back Folks! It’s Wednesday, which means I share my three to five wine picks for the week. I try to select wines that are accessible to most while throwing in at least one wine that you may have overlooked. I will offer tasting note as well as a few things you may want to pair with them. If you have tried any of these wines I would love to hear your! Tell me what you tried it with, what you liked (or didn’t like) about it. Also if there are some wines you think I should try let me know! 1. Henry of Pelham- Baco Noir (Old Vine) Henry of Pelham – Baco Noir (Old Vine) I am obsessed with this absolutely delicious Ontario wine. I paired it on Easter Sunday with a herb slow-roasted leg of lamb and it was heavenly, my family could not stop raving about…

I will be honest, this article will be biased, but with good cause. One could objectively say that Appleton produces some of the Caribbean’s most premium rums. Year after year winning awards for its excellence including the Gold 2014 San Francisco World Spirit Competition, 2014 Wine Enthusiast 93/100 Best Buy and the Mode Selection Grand Gold Medal and International High Quality Trophy, just to name a few. My personal favourite is Appleton Estate 21 Year, which despite Appleton’s long history with Canada (as Canada is Appleton’s first and largest foreign market) is unfortunately not sold here. Appleton Estate Rum is a Jamaican national treasure. It is a staple on my home bar. Most people are familiar with premium spirits being associated almost exclusively to scotches and cognacs, however, Appleton Estate Rum shatters that myth as it has long been a brand that elevates the status of rum on the global…

As a hospitality professional, I am no stranger to the impact and epidemic (now pandemic) can have on the industry. SARS was a huge wake-up call for us all and shifted how we do business. Covid-19 is a scary deja vu, however, we know a bit more now and hopefully will come out of this a bit better. Deborah Fell is Partner & CMO with Chief Outsiders, the nation’s fastest-growing fractional CMO firm; wrote the below article and I thought it was important to share. Deborah works with companies to develop and implement strategies that accelerate growth and was with Marriott International during the 9/11 tragedy and aftermath. How Brands Can Manage a Travel Industry Crisis by deborah fell (courtesy chief outsider) Travel isn’t always a bed of roses. There are natural disasters, tainted products, bad actors, data breaches, regional and global viruses, and events big and small that require industries to…

Pinot Noir is a grape originally from the French region of Burgundy and typically grows in cooler climates hence why many of the noteworthy pinot noirs from the new world are produced in California and New Zealand, however this delicious grape and all its potential is absolutely not limited to the aforementioned. Pinot Noir is a great aging grape which means if you invest in quality or higher priced bottle you can save it for that very special occasion and not worry about serving your guests a bottle of vinegar. When serving a glass of pinot noir or Bourgogne (burgundy) you want to lean towards the traditional burgundy glass which has a wide middle and a narrower mouth. This is the type of wine screams “get your swirl on.” The wider bowl of the glass allows the aromatics to really build and spread while the narrower mouth channels the aroma…

I don’t like to say things are my “favourite” but this one comes pretty close. I love cocktails that are served in sharing portions (especially of the gin variety). Beefeater Pink has created this yummy cocktail recipe that will make your summer BBQs that much prettier (and delicious-er). Pink punch recipe serves 8 image courtesy of Beefeater Gin 12oz Beefeater Pink6oz berry puree12oz lemonade6oz soda waterCombine all ingredients over ice in a punchbowlGarnish with berries and mint