Wine review: Luis Pato Baga Touriga Nacional 2015

Wine review: Luis Pato Baga Touriga Nacional 2015

Luís Pato – or “The Duck Guy” as I’ve come to think of him – is a solid Portuguese producer from Bairrada. He has been on the forefront of championing Portugal’s native grapes, like Baga, and focusing on quality over quantity. (Baga is a high-yielding 

Edmonton wine lists in the COVID era

Edmonton wine lists in the COVID era

My latest wine story in the newly-minted Edify Magazine talks about the changes that local restaurants are making in light of the massive disruption caused by the COVID-19 lockdown/shutdown and subsequent restrictive re-opening. Scroll down for the link. The TL;DR is that restaurants all benefited 

Local Edmonton food incubators: story in Edify

Local Edmonton food incubators: story in Edify

One of my recent stories was just published on the newly-launched Edify website. It’s a piece about local food incubators/collectives, featuring interviews with Kirsta Franke of The Public and Chris Lerohl of Uproot Food Collective. Here’s the link. This story was over a year in 

2020 garden update: pond, pot and potatoes

2020 garden update: pond, pot and potatoes

Over the seven years that we’ve lived in our current home, we’ve transformed the backyard into a robust urban garden. We moved here in August 2013 and left things as they were for the first year. In 2015, we built a fence to enclose the 

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

I remember the first time I tried bubbly red wine: I was super weirded out. It was a sparkling Australian Shiraz and while I can’t remember the producer (this was over 15 years ago), I recall it was quite sweet and extremely fruity. I didn’t 

No more chugging at intermission: the Citadel sippy cup

No more chugging at intermission: the Citadel sippy cup

I had a story in Avenue Edmonton magazine recently that I’ve been meaning to share here: an inside look at the Citadel sippy! I took a break from seeing theatre for most of 2018 and early 2019 due to being pregnant/having a baby. When I 

Food and drink pairings at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe

Food and drink pairings at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe

Finding the best food and drink pairings at the Fringe is a finely honed skill that I’ve developed over the past 12 years of spending way too much time on the Fringe grounds during marathon review sessions. This year I took on a much more 

What does honey from a Flow Hive taste like?

What does honey from a Flow Hive taste like?

I recently tasted some honey from a local Edmonton beekeeper using a Flow Hive. If you’re not familiar, the Flow Hive is a new type of beehive design that started making the rounds on social media about a year ago when the company launched its 

Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Last fall, I did a blind tasting of some honey samples from local Edmonton beehives. I was asked to do so by Dustin Bajer, one of Edmonton’s beekeeping experts and fellow Food Council member, on behalf of the YEG Bees Honey Co-Op: a collection of local beekeepers 

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

There’s a sea change happening in Italian wine: more and more producers are returning to the 500+ native grape varieties found in Italy alone. No other country can claim such a sheer diversity of grapes. Consider that 90 percent of French wine comes from only