California #Strong — overcoming drought, wildfires and rising prices

By Carmelo Giardina Almost six months removed from those devastating wildfires in California wine country, the nearly decade-long prayer for water hasn’t ceased. Simply put, California is parched. Despite the odd rainfall every now and again, three quarters of the area is still suffering severe drought effects. Many of the …

Connoisseur — Balsamic Vinegar

Chat With Eleazar Crespo of The Olive Oil Dispensary, Burlington By Anneliese Lawton How are balsamics made?  Balsamic vinegars are made using certain grapes from the region of Italy called Modena. The grapes are first cooked at specific temperatures, and then stored in wooden barrels and aged to the desirable …

Resourceful Rhubarb

By Kelly Putter The alternating flavours of sweet and tart in a prepared rhubarb dish is just one reason to elevate this ubiquitous local plant to the top of the list for your next dinner party, brunch or family get together. And there are many other reasons to make room …

Posta Italbar Cucina

By Sherri Telenko What’s the best time to write a love letter? After a cocktail, of course. Better if it’s a Posta Love Letter – the signature cocktail of Posta Italbar Cucina, Mississauga’s newest restaurant along the lakeshore beside Port Credit’s recently remodelled historic post office – hence the Posta …

Constant craving — snacking done right

By Kelly Putter Is your new year’s resolution to eat healthier? Or to make better choices when that 3 p.m. slump hits and you give into your sweet tooth? You’re not alone if that’s your vice – Canadians are a nation of snack monsters with people replacing at least one …

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Borgo Antico Cucina Bar

Contemporary minimalism contrasts with both the chalkboard back wall and framed images, sent from family in Italy, clustered on surrounding white walls. The uncluttered interior design complements the simplicity of Borgo Antico's traditional Italian home cooking with a twist.

Olives en Folie

Located on the corner of Lakeshore and Reynolds in Oakville, the new Olives en Folie brings a world of flavours to home dining.