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.

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

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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.

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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.

The Chocolate Academy Montreal Turns One

It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I attended the grand opening of the Montreal head quarter of The Chocolate Academy ™. But a year has gone by already and The Chocolate Academy™ has become the ultimate place to learn everything about chocolate.

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The The Chocolate Academy ™ offers a whole slew of courses aimed at professionals and hobbyists. Here is a just a small sampling of the 2015-2016 course program.

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Savor Peruvian cuisine at Mochica for MTL à TABLE

MTL à TABLE has arrived in Montreal! You can now sample 150+ restaurants at very fair set prices. And this particular culinary trip takes us to Peru at Mochica.

Let’s face it, November is a depressing month. The cold weather slowly sets in, the sky is grey and trees look sad and naked without leaves. You almost wish for a snowfall to cover the brown landscape.

Thankfully, for the past four years now, a ray of foodie sunlight has brought warmth and joy to the month of November in Montréal, Québec. Happiness envelops Montréal when MTL à TABLE arrives.

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Restaurant Mochica: fine Peruvian dining

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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!

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Café Santo Domingo

Are you an avid coffee drinker? Do you carry a warning sign in the morning to not approached till you have had a cup-a-joe? Thanks fully I am not but I do enjoy a good cup of coffee. I have two in the morning at work but the coffee is so-so. At home on the weekend it depends. I can do without but if I do have brew coffee you can bet it will be better than the stuff we get at work.

I am always on the lookout for a new coffee to try. And I was thrilled to be offered a sample package of coffee from the Dominican Republic. Café Santo Domingo is the favorite coffee brand in that country and the company has recently made their coffee available in Canada, with coffee shops included.

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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.

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