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Angelina J. Williams

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Autumn fast approaching and with the cooler weather comes delectable knit layers, rich coloured leaves, pumpkin spice overload and Thanksgiving! In Canada we fortunately get to celebrate this indulgent holiday early in the season which means more time to eat pie (not that you ever need a special season to enjoy pie). I will be absent for the round the block line ups at cafes across North America filled with pumpkin spice latte fanatics as I am simply not a fan. To be honest, I’ve alway thought is a bit basic. However, if there is one thing that can get me to try the thing some wait all year for, is pairing it with a delicious whisky; because, let’s just be honest, everything is better with whisky. Whisky expert, Jamie Johnson’s hand picked pairings of sweet and savoury pies with The Balvenie Distillery Baffshire Single Malt Scotch Whisky is really…

I’ve been writing a lot about beer lately and I blame it on this awesome weather (summertime in Toronto is heavenly). It’s interesting because the beer was probably my first introduction to alcoholic beverages and yet I know so little. Fortunately, we are in the midst of a sudz-y renaissance in Canada so it’s a great time to explore. Craft beers, mirco-brewers, indie beers whatever you want to call them, you can literally find them everywhere; at your local pub on tap, at The Beer Store or if you are lucky there is a producer in your neighbourhood. Ontario has introduced over 50 new brewers in just the last 12 months and growth in the beer industry nationwide shows no signs of slowing. Beer production is arguably the easiest and least costly of alcoholic beverages. On average it takes about 28 days to produce a batch of been whereas wine…

Beyond its honourable mentions in hip hop songs, over the past five years this humble table wine has become a top seller for wine retailers around the country. Although new to many, Moscato is suspected to be one of the oldest wine varietals in the world, possibly because the sweet wine grape can be grown almost anywhere. If you are an avid or casual wine drinker chances are you have encountered Moscato in one of its many forms especially considering the Muscat family of grapes includes over 200 varieties. However we are more commonly familiar with two: Muscat of Alexandria/ Orange Muscat used to make delicious Sherry and Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains the more popular of the bunch used to make Muscato d’Asti. Muscato is rated a favourite among new or occasional wine drinkers. With roughly 5-7% alcohol and it 30-65g of residual sugar per litre it tastes to…

One thing 2017 Toronto Festival of Beer made very clear to me: I need to up my game as a festival-er. Should you add TFOB to your list this summer (they have both a Spring and Summer edition), I have compiled a set of tips to make the best of your experience at Toronto Festival of Beers. Tip 1: Dress for the Occasion. Don’t be like me. Do not fall victim to fashion over common sense. Those who know me well know that I am rarely without my height enhancers (shout out to all the short people in the room). But for goodness sakes, this is a festival… in the park… on grass! So as cute as my blush pink strappy four-inch stiletto heels were as the perfect compliment to my distressed jeans and duster length cardigan, Garrison Park was NOT the place for this particular fashion statement. You will…

My parents went to Cuba a few years ago and loved everything about the island – the people, the hospitality, the weather, the natural scenery – they went on and on. My dad even went old school and set up a slideshow after Sunday dinner. Of course, all I really wanted to know was, how was the food? My parents, almost as much as I, are food fanatics and, sadly, were not at all pleased with the dining options made available. I think this was one of the more shocking things about Cuba. This tropical island is just a stone’s throw away from their native land of Jamaica, and if you’ve even been to Jamaica you know one thing is for certain; the food is incredible. But in Cuba, the food was so horrendous, in fact, that fellow resort guests rejoiced when one decided to share their tomato-y contraband…

I am a lady that loves her whisky; more specifically I am a Canadian that loves whisky. But until I connected with Dr. Don Livermore, Master Blender, I didn’t realize how little I knew about one of our nation’s historic pillars. Canada has been producing whisky (without the ‘e’) before it was its own country. Whisky is just as much a part of the Canadian identity as the maple leaf, the beaver, even hockey (with an ‘e’ of course). Gooderham, Corby, Seagram, Walker, and Wiser are names any whisky drinker would recognize, but did you know for the first fifty years of Canada’s independence, the only tax revenue was generated from the distillers. I guess one may call them founding fathers of sorts. Believe it or not, Canadians started off trying our hand at rum (and have been moderately successful in the Atlantic provinces). As the settlers moved further…