When Old School Becomes New School

Growing up, crystal was something that the old folks used to entertain with. It was seen as outdated and out of style.

Recently while shopping in a gift shop in rural Ontario, I found this lovely scotch decanter. At the time, I wasn’t sure how I would style it in my home, but I had to have it.

In the end, it worked out beautifully. Paired with a set of crystal glasses that had been gifted, the old world decanter sits perfectly amongst a grouping modern candle holders. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!


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Mission Bourguignon

Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest. So what could be better than cracking open a bottle of wine and testing out a new recipe?

The Challenge: Boeuf Bourguignon.

After having been gifted Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, it was only appropriate to enter his culinary world with this classic french dish.

Without looking too carefully at the recipe, it was off to the grocery store. If the 4 (yes, FOUR) page recipe wasn’t enough of a tip off, the shopping list should have been a clear indication of how the day would unfold.

Determined to perfectly recreate the dish, just as Thomas had intended, was the mission of the day.

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5 Reasons to Love Madrid (and to Keep Going Back).

I confess. I love Madrid. Every visit back to Madrid is an adventure. It is like going home and exploring a new city all at once. Old memories are re-lived, and new memories are made.

Madrid deserves repeat visits. The first visit will often give just enough time to visit the sites and get a taste of the local food and culture. Subsequent visits to Madrid give the opportunity to truly appreciate what makes Madrid such a dynamic city.

5 reasons Madrid will keep you going back for more

1.) Impressive Architecture and Spaces – you can wander the streets for days and continue to be amazed. Here are some favourites: Plaza Mayor, the local markets, especially Mercado San Anton, the Retiro Park, Gran Via, and the Royal Palace.

Gran Via, Madrid

Gran Via, Madrid

Palacio Real

Royal Palace, Madrid

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Delish Cocktail Discovery

While in Valladolid (Spain), a bartender convinced us to try something other than our usual Hendricks y Tonica con Pepino (Hendricks Gin and Tonic with cucumber). We were lucky that we agreed. This is the beautiful and incredibly tasty cocktail she made. Ingredients: Hendricks Gin, Tonic Water*, Green Grapes and a sprig of Rosemary. Beaut!

Hendricks and Tonic with grapes and rosemary.

*Hint: North American Tonic Water is very different in flavor from Tonic Water you will find in Europe and abroad.  It is very bitter and will not taste the same in this type of cocktail. If you plan on replicating this in North America, try and find an artisanal version such a Fever Tree Tonic Water. In a pinch, I mix soda water with sprite to get a similar flavour. Enjoy.