Hooray for Chardonnay

The Queen of Grapes is getting its due… again By Carmelo Giardina No wine has withstood as many love-hate relationships as chardonnay. Many might remember that back in the 1990s it was the bottle you’d bring to every dinner party. If you ordered a glass of white at a restaurant, …

Glenerin Inn and Spa

By Peter Bailey  |  photography by Nikki Wesley Tucked into a lovely treed section along Mississauga’s Collegeway, just north of Dundas Street off Mississauga Road, lies the Glenerin Inn and Spa. For years, this  cozy inn has been well known to local residents, but its fame has spread and it …

Garden parties 101

Expert advice from Oakville Galleries’ Dinner in Gairloch Gardens Chef Charlotte Langley By Danielle Leonard A garden party is defined by Merriam Webster as “a party that takes place in a garden or a large yard with gardens”. Succinct definition, yes, but accurate? Not so much. For anyone who has …

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 …