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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…

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…