A+ for BC Wines

By Carmelo Giardina Winemaking has been a part of British Columbian culture for over 150 years, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the world began to take notice. Specifically 1994, when the Mission Hill Family Estate 1992 vintage Chardonnay won the Avery Trophy for “Best Chardonnay Worldwide” at the …

Kerr Street Cafe

By Sherina Harris You’ll always find a slice of sunshine tucked away just north of Lakeshore Road at Oakville’s Kerr Street Café. Owner Alex Flye says her inspiration for this popular space originated from one of her favourite outdoor cafés in California, which features a courtyard with plants and umbrellas, …

The Wonderful World of Za

Gourmet pizza on trend locally and beyond By Kelly Putter What can be said about pizza that hasn’t already been tossed in the air and chewed on many times before? Clearly, everyone has their favourite. Whether it’s Chicago-style deep dish or the thinner and softer dough in a Neapolitan, whether …

Cottage Cocktails

By Carmelo Giardina Imagine: you’re at the cottage seated comfortably in your Muskoka chair, enjoying the summer sun, shoes off.  (Substitute your own backyard paradise if no cottage is available.) Everything is perfect. Well, almost perfect. You’re missing something. Obviously you need the right beverage to go with those cool …

Wild Mushroom Carnaroli Risotto with Truffle Oil

Ingredients: 1 cup Carnaroli rice 4 cups vegetable stock 1/2 cup white wine (something dry and drinkable) 300 g mixed mushrooms 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 3 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 shallot, small dice 1 tbsp mascarpone cheese 2 tbsp Parmigiano cheese 1 tbsp cold butter Balsamic glaze Truffle …

Sushi Connoisseur Mo Aoki

By Anneliese Lawton Making sushi at home can be a ton of fun, although a little daunting if you haven’t done it before. We’ve put together some useful tips to get you started, with the help of local connoisseur Mo Aoki, executive chef and owner of Mye and Mye 2. …

Coriander and Cumin Crusted Yellow Fin Tuna

Ingredients: 1 quail egg 25 green beans 15 fingerling potatoes 10 nicoise olives 6-7 cherry tomatoes White balsamic vinaigrette, to taste (recipe below) 80 g tuna fillet 60 g mixed greens 10 g fresh coriander 2 g dried cumin White Balsamic Vinaigrette 200 ml canola oil 25 ml white balsamic …

Ricarda’s Oakville

By Sherri Telenko Downtown Oakville’s bustling restaurant scene has a new addition of the Mediterranean variety. Drawn by the town core’s European feel, Ricarda’s has opened up shop on Lakeshore Road East, serving as the restaurant’s second location in the Greater Toronto Area. “Downtown Oakville is more like a European …

Fantastic Fun Foods

By Allie Murray Patio season is finally here — and that means gathering around with good friends to have some great food and drinks. There are many hidden gems throughout the area that make for the perfect meeting spot to indulge in some fun fare. Whether it’s a girls’ night …