A few years back I had the pleasure of penning an icewine story for Zoomer Magazine the premise of which was how to host an icewine tasting party on New Years Eve. The idea, simple and yet elegant, is fitting for any time of the year but with wineries in Canada currently in the throes of the annual harvest, the theme is perfect for holiday entertaining. It’s cool too that you can follow up your home bash by attending the Niagara Icewine Festival, which kicks off January 13th. Drawing some 40,000 revellers a year, the event commences with a big gala at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls and continues over the next three weekends across the Niagara region.Read More
For many families, September marks the beginning of one of the busiest times of the year. It’s back to the grind work-wise, back to the kids’ after-school activities, and back to your own interests and routines be it the gym, hobbies and courses you’re pursuing, or a sport you enjoy that helps keep you active throughout the winter. Add to these busy times, shorter days and cooler weather, and many folks resign themselves to kissing their beloved barbecues good-bye. After all, who has time to grill chicken quarters or thighs, say, which generally require about 45 minutes of careful tending? But wait. There is an affordable-and-affable (my uppity term for cheap-and-cheerful) solution...
I’ve always loved this time of year. As a kid, it seemed like suddenly apples were everywhere. Tucked in lunch boxes and homemade pies, spilling out of bushel baskets at Demarco’s fruit stand, and at home, heaped in the fruit bowl adorning our Formica countertop. I can’t remember whether my mother polished the apples beforehand but it’s likely -- Mom polished everything.
Like many families, mine ate mostly McIntoshes. Tom Chudleigh, who owns and operates Chudleigh’s pick-your-own apple farm near Milton, Ontario, says that while Macs are still favoured by the children who visit, adults rave about all the new experiences their taste-buds encounter as they sample their way through many of the 22 varieties he grows.
“People don’t realize the staggering amount of varieties that exist these days,” he says.
By staggering, think more than 7,500 varieties worldwide.Read More