Friday, 2 December 2016

1930’s Paris meets fresh London cool at Biff’s Bistro

One of our fave spots. @biffsbistro | Kir Royale $7 on their Dirty Bits & #Booze.

Also delicious #poutine @biffsbistro, part of their Dirty Bits & #Booze menu. #delicious #foodstagram | another highly recommended item on the regular #menuis the Crispy Pig Ears and Kale Octopus Salad. Paired with a #carafe of #classic #french #wine (#rhône - 2015 #ChateauPesquié, Ventoux and the company of a good friend, this is the spot that's going to delight your senses and your soul.

Biffs Bistro4 Front Street EastToronto, ON M5E 1G4Phone: (416) 860-0086

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Catch it for the Holidays: Mas Réserve Marsanne 2015

At the beginning of the 1990s, he worked 4 years in Bordeaux. This experience in the wine world was determining, as much as his encounter in 1992 with one of the most famous Italian winemakers, Giorgio Grai. He taught him the art of blending and to create wines with style. This teaching process has in fact never stopped!In the middle of the 1990s, he did the first blendings of the family first bottled wines at Nicole Estate : the first wine was from vintage 1995. Jean-Claude Mas is often described as a pioneer from the New Languedoc, belonging to the New wave of French wines, one of those on a mission to give Languedoc his former glory back in a region where wine production goes back to more than 2000 years.  (About Jean-Claude Mas)

This week SukasaStyle suggests a value for the Holiday Season available from the LCBO by reviewing a bottle of Mas Réserve Marsanne (2015 Vintage)  (VINTAGES # 462457 | $13.95 - 750 ml). . 

LCBO Tasting Notes:

Domaines Paul Mas owns more than 600 hectares of vineyards and works in partnership with grape growers across an additional 1,312 hectares of vines, which gives them access to 40 different grape varieties including the Marsanne seen here. Apple and starfruit aromas and flavours are joined by suggestions of pineapple and yellow cherry. Fabulous value! Pair with chicken or turkey breast, or pork tenderloin. (VINTAGES panel, Sept. 2016) 

SukasaStyle Tasting Notes:

The nose reminded us of a pineapple, honeyed melon, cantaloupe, and perhaps a hint of nut. A full bodied and rich varietal that is well balance and dry. This is a remarkably approachable wine which we would recommend  equally as a food or sipping wine. While marsanne is typically an expression of the Rhône region, this entry hails from Languedoc, located to the south-west of Rhône.

Pairing: Try with Christmas and Thanksgiving fare or (east) Asian fish and seafood centered cuisine. We paired it with Chinese style salmon served over a bed of prawn fried rice. 

Under the hood:

Conditions for the 100% marsanne 2015 vintage (as described by Domaine Paul Mas winery) follow: 


Wine analysis

Rating: 4.5 / 5 SukasaStars
Quality Price Ratio: Excellent

Monday, 10 October 2016

Happiness is...a cupcake

Who knew that something so small could create so much happiness. Who knew that a gesture of love can be a sweet thing. Cupcakes have become a national obsession and we just can seem to get enough of them. This book by DK includes over 100 recipes of cupcakes, mini cakes and muffins, complete with how to instructions on icing and decorating. A perfect book for the perfect occasion, whether it's a baby shower or a mini gathering with a few of your favourite friends. Hint: The Holidays aren't too far away! 

Cupcakes & Mini Cakes is Available from DK Canada. Buy Now

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Argentina loves spicy hakka Chinese food

Sometimes an unlikely pairing surprises and delights the most discerning of palettes. Pascual Toso Malbec from Argentina, normally would be paired with a juicy steak or hamburger, proved to be an unusual pairing with spicy hakka Chinese food, from one of our favourite gems in the city -- Faley's Restaurant in Toronto. On this occasion the Bombay Chili Chicken was one of the main dishes on the dining table paired with one of their classics Faley's Fried Rice, which boasts and assortment of chicken, beef and shrimp, all in one superb collection. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Craft Spirits: Do You Know Your Stuff?

Any pretension I had in knowing my drinks -- specifically spirits -- was quickly dispelled upon perusing Eric Grossman's terrific book "Craft Spirits" published by the cool people at DK. If you don't follow Grossman on Twitter then you can give him a follow at his handle, @InformedDiner. And if you love your spirits, and creating your cocktails, then what's stopping you from picking up "Craft Spirits"?

My confession to knowing nothing aside, I think it's healthy to recognize that we are usually bombarded and influenced by the power of big brands; while I may not know much about the operational workings and financial minutiae of giants like Diageo and Suntory, I certainly do know a fair bit about the marketing pull of their product portfolios which have dominated spirits markets.

But things are changing. "Craft" is in, and it isn't going away. Both the Millenial and Gen-X demmographic co-horts. 

According to Punch

What’s behind the boom? According to a recent Nielsen survey, Gen-Xers and Millennials may be at least partly responsible. They list “craft” and “local” among the reasons they choose the liquors they do. In short, they’re looking for the Etsy of liquor—smaller brands made by actual people using old-school methods.

And Fortune reported on the growth opportunities in that space over the past decade

Ten years ago, there were roughly 50 craft distilleries in the United States. Today, says the American Craft Spirits Association, there are 769. But many people getting into the industry with dreams of creating either a cash-rich local presence or a national one that could strike fear into Bacardi or Jim Beam are getting a rude awakening.

I don't have a crystal ball as to who will be the winners and losers in the craft area, because ultimately profitability is the key to longevity, but while we have a renaissance in the art of craft distilling, its worthwhile exploring the myriad options open to the  consumer. 

The Getting In The Spirit chapter provides a 101 introduction to the world of craft spirits with some eye catching graphics. For example, as a former chemical engineer, I was a fan of The Stills pages (pp. 20-21) and the notes on bitters, syrups, infusion, and serving cocktails serve as an essential checklist for the budding mixologist.

From there, the book is chock a block rich in content with separate sections on Gin, Rum, Agave Spirits, Whisky, Bourbon, and Rye, and much more.

We've included some sample shots of the richly coloured content printed on archival worthy stock quality paper -- happily a standard from DK. But ultimately, I would recommend picking this up for yourself if your love your spirits, and want to expand your knowledge, or for someone you care about who is getting into the stuff.

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

Chocolate brownie anyone? Sure, if they're healthy!

  • Let's face it. We all want a treat from time to time. These #chocolate #brownies from DK's Cook Healthy & Quick Recipe cookbook have an interesting solution. Using #fruit helps reduce the amount of refined sugar. 

    The book contains more than 300 recipes of delicious, nutritious and fast recipes that you can create on the go. Without compromising on taste, you'll find a slew of options from gluten-free dishes to low-calorie dinners. 

    Caloric and sugar content is highlighted in each recipe, which makes eating healthy a simple and delightful way of life. 

    Purchase the book.

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

This Pinot Gris Is The Bees Knees

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Taste Of The Danforth

Food. Free Tastings. Fun. 

Motts Clamato Lime Cocktail 
Sushi Delight's Octopus Tentacles
Halibut and Fries 
Beef & Pork Gyros
Pure Leaf's Peach Iced Tea (didn't like the Lemon flavour)
Budweiser's Organic Non-Alcoholic Beer

A Sweet Pairing For #NationalBookLoversDay

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

Long Summer Weekends Were Meant To Be Spent With Robert Mondavi


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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A Man Of Genius Has Company

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Travel Tuesday - Niagara Falls

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sushi & Inniskillin: A Perfect Wine Pairing

sukasastyle#winewednesday delight from #Sushi Mugen (formerly Sushi Marché) on 1105 Queen St. East. Wine accompaniment #inniskillin #reisling #pinotgrigio | Wouldn't rate the sushi as highly as sushi Marché, but they have changed the name so aren't making any claims about being as good as the former. Still, not bad. Although I do miss the #gooseberry | #sukasastyle

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Ultimate Guide To Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House

As the hot housing market becomes even hotter this month, finding your dream home can be challenging. So, what do you look for in a perfect house? With bidding wars the norm, how do you keep your emotions in check and purchase the house that you will be happy with in the long run? 

So many questions, where do you find the answers. The guys I trust are The Property Brothers. If I could, I would love the guys to renovate my home, make it open concept...but alas that will probably a pipe dream that will never ever come to fruition. So, I resorted to watch back-to-back episodes taking detailed notes on the dos and don'ts of renovating kitchens and basements. 

Then, someone answered my dreams. Well, not exactly the dream I had imagined, but something I'll settle for. I brought The Property Brothers home. It's like a genie asked them all the questions I've wanted to know and then packed them into a compact book. 
Dream Home
The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide To Finding & 
Fixing Your Perfect House.
Jonathan and Drew's new book is a practical step-by-step instruction manual for anyone who's ever thought of doing a reno. But, rather than just another how-to book, this one is more of a psychological handholding journey where they make you do the hard work of figuring out what's the right reno for you, and if you should even waste your time doing a reno in your current house. 

One section features Stay Or Go? If you are unhappy with your current homes features, then how do you know if you should stay in the home and fix it up? The Property Brothers' suggest that about 25% of homeowners who fall into this category, should stay. There is a checklist, and this is just one of the many checklists you will see in this book to guide you through the process. Some will help you determine which renovation jobs you can do for your yourself, another will help you understand the hidden costs of moving, and yet another will give you a room-by-room guide to essential renovations. 

And, there's so much more! You'll find a handy calendar of key dates for locating the best deals on home products, and some advice on how to fix up your property and lawn. 

If you are thinking of buying or selling your home, this book should be your go-to guide. Fans of any of their four shows, will be pleasantly surprised that the book is written with the same fun, witty tone that you have come to expect from The Property Brothers' personal brand. So, if you prefer a dry DIY read, then you're best picking up some other book. 

Pick up a copy of Dream Home and let Drew & Scott hold your hand through this whole process. You know you want to. 

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Love and Lemons Give a Zest for Life

A golden retriever was trotting along a street on the island of Capri. A seemingly normal sight but this one had a lemon in his mouth. Two lovers strolling along the street at the same time saw the dog and joked about the romantic notion that Italians probably play fetch with lemons instead of tennis balls. This was the beginning of a wonderful love story with lemons.

Love & Lemons is a blog that was started by Jeanine Dorofrio and her husband Jack after their trip to Italy in 2008. The country is a part of her ancestry, part of her love story (her husband proposed there that year), and also the beginning of her food story. 

I was lucky to be part of a small select group of foodies invited to the Chapters Indigo Office recently to be part of a unique experience with Jeanine Dorofrio. An experience I took along a wonderful foodie friend of mine along for this lovely taste of lemons.

Jeanine demonstrated some of her signature dips, including Edamame Guacomole. Key in the ingredients is of course lemon juice, but also some really simple fresh ingredients such as avocado, Dijon mustard and scallion. 

Another delicious (and healthy!) recipe we tried was Grapefruit, Quinoa & Fennel Salad with mint. This refreshing side (or main if you prefer) is a wonderful twist with toasted pine nuts. Absolutely scrumptious. 

Did you know you can BLEND your cucumbers in your green juice or smoothie? 

Summer Smoothie | Jeanine Dorofrio has her own recipe for a Green Tea Cucumber Smoothie, with coconut milk, apple, banana, spinach and matcha power. 

The Love & Lemons cookbook is organized not by breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes. Instead, it's organized by vegetable because Jeanine says,
"you can come home with something beautiful from the farmers market and then figure out what you want to make with it." 
Some things are worth waiting for
Jeanine Dorofrio recommends you use local, seasonal produce whenever you can. 

Purchase The Love & Lemons Cookbook:
Chapters Indigo

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Perfect Wine If You Have A Paris Secret

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 


A medium bodied and fruity entry from one of Rhone's most respected winemakers, Guigal, this Crozes-Hermitage 2012 vintage is fused with the deliciousness of sweet plums and blackberries, balanced with hints of spice underscored by a smoky aroma. Make no mistake that the oak --foudres and third-use barrels-- is at the fore on the palate but the fruit forward juicy Syrah fruit, is also balanced: it is muscular and vibrant. Your easy drinking yet serious E.Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012 wine tasting adventure will pair perfectly with Karen Swan's A Paris Secret, a book that is both serious and engaging, for lovers of art and addicts of mystery, sprinkled with romance. Read the review of this exciting novel from the international bestselling author. 

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