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 …

Niagara’s Biodynamic Duo

Saving the Planet — One Bottle of Wine at a Time By Carmelo Giardina Who would have ever thought that we’d see the day when calculating our carbon footprint was just as important as calculating our calorie intake? There’s no doubting that as a society, we’ve increasingly become more aware …

Succulent Strawberries

By Kelly Putter What makes these little heart-shaped berries so irresistible is the mouth-watering blend of sweet and tart flavours that spring from this comparatively wee, seed-laden, tender fruit. “It’s the first magical crop of the season,” explains David MacTavish, who runs Hutchinson Farm, a family farm in Burlington on …

Capra’s Kitchen

By Sherri Telenko Massimo Capra owns Capra’s Kitchen in Mississauga, and he’s at the restaurant almost every day. Yes, that Massimo. Capra has become a household name thanks to the Food Network and television shows such as Restaurant Makeover, Chopped Canada, City Line, Anna Olsen’s shows and Table for Two. …