Ombretta Cucina + Vino

By Peter Bailey In November of 2016, two friends from Oakville stepped into a restaurant at 121 Lakeshore Road West in Port Credit and set the course for the rest of their careers. Chef Frank Mazzonetto, 34, and chef Anthony Maniccia, 33, didn’t know it then, but their dreams of …

Trendy vs. Traditional

By Carmelo Giardina Is one style of wine better than the other? Fans of oak-aged Napa Cabernet Sauvignon and Australian Shiraz will likely gravitate toward modern styles of wine, whereas lovers of earthy red Burgundy and savoury Chianti will probably find more satisfaction with traditional styles. But isn’t this proverbial …

A springtime brunch

Photos by Nikki Wesley Spring is in the air! There’s no better time to invite guests to enjoy a delectable brunch that delights all the senses. Using fresh ingredients, this springtime brunch menu offers the taste buds a variety of textures and flavours that mix savoury and sweet just perfectly. …

Chat with Dean MacLean

By Sherri Telenko Eighteen years ago, Oakville cried out for fresh seafood, and The Mermaid and the Oyster answered that call. Now, almost two decades later and rebranded as The Mermaid on Kerr Street closer to the lake, Denise Glazier and Dean MacLean are still at it, this time providing …

ABCs OF Italian Wine

By Carmelo Giardina A trip to Italy isn’t quite complete if you haven’t experienced its wine or even better, a tour of one of its many wine regions. In fact, there are 20 regions in total spanning the entire country (Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto are arguably the most famous). Within …

Marvelous Maple

By Kelly Putter Food bloggers looking for a new quintessentially Canadian angle may want to consider flaunting maple syrup as the next hot superfood. Maple syrup clearly hits all the right markers for such exalted status: great nutrients, widespread appeal and uses, and an age-old mythology that gives the golden …

LaSalle Restaurant

By Peter Bailey Among the restaurants lining the John Street/Lakeshore area in Burlington is a relative newcomer that’s impressing customers with its casual décor and innovative cuisine. LaSalle Restaurant is the brainchild of chef Adam Baxter, and for the past six months his unpretentious bistro has allowed him the chance …

Cactus Club Cafe

By Melanie Hennessey Elegant, yet unpretentious. Sophisticated, but approachable. However one chooses to describe the Cactus Club Cafe’s new location in Sherway Gardens, all should be able to agree the restaurant delivers a unique vibe that sets it apart from the pack. The luxury dining establishment that’s serving up modern …

A-List Artisans

By Carmelo Giardina “An artisan winemaker cares about the land and honours the produce thereof; from vine to bottle with as little interference as possible.” – Thomas Bachelder, winemaker The term “artisanal” when applied to the practise of winemaking is somewhat of a hot button topic these days. How an …

Chocolate Bliss

By Kelly Putter It’s unquestionably a tall order to rank as one of the world’s number one flavours. You need to cut across cultural differences in palates, span continental preferences for successful market penetration and cover a vast swath of gastronomical territories to even position your flavour as a peak …