Mionetto Treviso Prosecco now in Quebec! Bonus Aperol Spritz Cocktail recipe

Mionetto Trevisois the lastest Prosecco to hit the Quebec market. Discover the refreshing dry bubbly, with subtle hints of honey, apples, liquorice and acacia blossom.

So this will age me. Do you remember that show with Robin Leech with the catch phrase, “champagne wishes and caviar dreams”? The show was called Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. I LOVED that show and wanted to sip on champagne every day. Champagne is still not really in the budget, so when a bubbly is called for I turn like most people to it’s little brother, Prosecco. Prosecco has grown in popularity in recent years and you can find some really excellent ones. Mionetto Treviso Prosecco is one of them.

Mionetto Treviso Prosecco glass

Thank you hand model and date for the evening Anne-Marie 🙂

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How to make a good La Résolution

Do you make resolutions? I do and making the resolution to drink La Résolution from Unibroue for the rest of the year just might be my best decision yet!

I am so proud of this Greater Montreal (Chambly) brewery ! Let me introduce you to La Résolution, a dark ale with spicy character inspired by a recipe our brewmaster Jerry Vietz created for his friends. At 10% alcohol, its spicy caramel aroma evolves on the palate into pleasant and complex notes of toffee with reminiscence of a tasty gingerbread. The perfect balance between spicy, caramel and roasted malt flavours is complemented by a nice roundness and persistent finish.

What should I serve with it? Spicy Thai style dishes, an excellent complement for cheese fondue to adjust the liquid’s consistency and also perfect with gingerbread or carrot cake.

Check out this fun video filmed at the Todd English Pub in Las Vegas:

Did you not love how that brownie recipe sounded? Well here is the recipe below!

La Résolution brownies

Photo credit lecoupdegrace.ca

Yields Serves 15

Chocolate Caramel Brownies à la Résolution

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces 70% dark chocolate (8 big pieces), chopped
  • 3/4 cup caramel / toffee bits
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 generous pinch of salt
  • 4 large eggs (room temp.)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup La Résolution beer (shelf temp.)
  • 1/4 cup pecan nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Fleur de sel

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F or 190ºC.
  2. Melt the chocolate, the caramel and the butter in a bain-marie. Mix well. Keep warm.
  3. In the meantime, pour the flour, cocoa, coffee, and salt in a big bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  4. Mix the eggs and sugar at high speed with an electric mixer for about 2-3 minutes, until you get a light and foamy texture.
  5. Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and mix at medium speed until homogenous. Then, add the flour mixture, the beer and nuts and continue to mix until homogenous.
  6. Cover a 9x13 edged baking pan with parchment paper. Pour in the mixture and sprinkle it with chocolate chips. Add Fleur de sel to your liking.
  7. Oven bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Let it cool completely. Cut and enjoy!

Notes

Photo and recipe: www.lecoupdegrace.ca

http://cultureatz.com/la-resolution-unibroue/

La Résolution by Unibroue is now available as a seasonal release in the United States, while quantities last, in 750mL bottles and on tap in various bars and restaurants. It is also available in their newly released Sommelier Selection 6 x 12 oz. bottle mix pack.

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La Fête des Vins du Québec

La Fête des Vins du Québec: 10 years is worth celebrating! A must-see urban event from 27 to 29 November 2015!

La Fête des Vins proudly celebrates its 10th “vintage” this year and there is much to celebrate! This urban event showcases the talent of Quebec winemakers and sommeliers, as well as the richness and uniqueness of the terroir, and promises a renewed festive experience! This year’s spokesperson is sommelier Philippe Lapeyrie.

fetedesvins

From November 27 to 29, 2015, meet winemakers and learn all about the wines and cheeses of Québec, from the production process through appellations and origins and wine-and-cheese pairing.

Admission:
10 $ (includes a INAO tasting wine)
Tasting coupon are available on site for $1. Costs for tastings vary by winery
MARCHÉ BONSECOURS: 350 Saint-Paul Street East, Montreal, QC, H2Y 1H2

Let’s raise our glasses to all the wine lovers that ventured on one or many of our five local wine touring regions: Cantons-de-l’Est, Basses-Laurentides, Lanaudière, Montérégie, Est-du-Québec.

Bourbon Lavender Raspberry Applesauce

I will start off this post with clearing my guilty feelings. I am sorry fellow bloggers for not having been around to comment this week. Life has been nuts. Nothing majors, just super busy. I thought my schedule would calm down as the weather would cool down for fall…but nothing could have been further from the truth. Work is super busy and my social schedule is busting at the seam. So next week starting with a clean slate and I’ll be back at commenting.

Have you been suffering from the same busy bee ailment as I? I have to say I am not complaining, life has been a blast. Today will  be more of a visual treat of a day trip spent with friends. One of our stops was an apple orchard. And it was the perfect excuse to super-major-over the top-play with the best applesauce ever I made last year. The trick is making it over a long period of time in a slow cooker: it totally gets caramelized and the apple flavor dominates. This year I added notes of lavender, vanilla and raspberries with a splash of bourbon. Sounds like  weird mix but they all do go together and the notes were subtle. Time to make some Bourbon Lavender Raspberry Applesauce!

Bourbon Lavender Raspberry Applesauce top

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Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter

I do enjoy a nice occasional taco. But I have to say it is not something I grew up with so I often do not think of making or ordering tacos. In Montreal there are not tons of Mexican restaurants and the ones we do have tend to be fancier than faster(er) food fare. So why would I order a taco if I can try something elaborate. This was the thought process that went on in my head after reading July’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge: Tacos, make it your own … take it someplace it’s never been!

I wanted to make something that was not a taco in a traditional meal setting and I was fine if it did not contain all the usual standard ingredients. But I did want to play with a taco concept and highlight a few typical Mexican ingredients. After a lot of brainstorming I settled on this Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter creation.

Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter CEE

tomato mezcal cocoa shot glass

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Ginger Julep Cocktail

Summer is a great time of the year to experiment with fun cocktails.You can use fresh fruits and herbs, play with various juices and all kinds of ingredients.

I really like taking an common drink and turn it into a more exotic one. Here we have a basically a Mint Julep with a more ginger twist. I know everyone is into Mojitos like  mad but I like Bourbon so Mint Juleps are favored in my home. How about you? Or have this Ginger Julep Cocktail and then let me know your favorite hi hi.

Ginger Julep Cocktail 2

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Asian Persuasion Cocktail with Ungava Gin

April 01st every year is the kick-off of cocktail season for me. You see between April 01st and Father’s day my parents and I all have our birthdays, maybe Easter, then there is Mother’s and Father’s Day. So for the exception of my birthday, I am expected to contribute an exotic cocktail. I discovered a bunch of great ones when I was recently on vacation in New Orleans (post coming soon, promise!). But the one I made for Easter was a completely new discovery, starting with the alcohol.

I bet you do not know a whole lot about the Canadian Arctic. I am from Canada and I do not know a lot about that part of my country. But I did recently make one fabulous discovery: Ungava Gin. I was just as shocked as you are right now, there is a fabulous gin being made from hand-picked ingredients found in the far north reaches of Quebec. And with it I made for Easter the Asian Persuasion Cocktail.

Asian Persuasion 3

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