Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Pitars Naos | Rosso I.G.T. Venezia Giulia

We may have been quiet but we have not relinquished our love for a refined lifestyle, quality food, great company, thirsty libations, and of course that includes a memorable bottle of wine. Consider something for this Wine Wednesday that you cannot get from the LCBO but can from an importer -- in this case VDF Wines

It is the Pitars Naos (Rosso  I.G.T. Venezia Giulia). Its product sheet (which can be downloaded here) describes its characteristics as:

Ruby red wine of beautiful intensity, mighty and charming to the nose, with hints of black pepper, tobacco, leather, bilberry, coffee and bitter chocolate.

The sip is firm, soft, fat, with great gustative impact on dry registers with soft tannins and a very long balsamic ending.

The recommendation is to pair with "traditional dishes of the Friulan kitchen based on game, red meat and tasty cheeses."

Below are pictures of what we paired with this serious yet not austere expression of the alluvial terroir from Friuli Venezia Guila situated between the Adriatic Sea and Alps. The extraordinary rustic Italian fare came from the kitchen of Buca on King (Twitter: @bucatoronto. Buca's Wine Director / Master Sommelier, Giuseppe Marchesini was helpful and knowledgeable in navigating the wine list for the appropriate pairing for our evening.)

The 2010 Pitars Naos vintage clocks in at $35.95/bottle or $215.70/case of six. Naturally, there was a notable markup at the restaurant but it was worthwhile for the special occasion.

Definitely have the bottle decanted to allow it to show its quality and if it is served at a little cooler than average room temperature (18 °C; 62 °F) then you won't be disappointed.

Rating: ★★★★☆  (4.5/5) SukasaStars
Quality Price Ratio: Very Good

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Why Digital Detox May Be The Best Detox For Your Health

Have you ever thought of doing a digital detox? 
The thought of taking a break from all digital devices may give some people an anxiety attack, but Penguin Random House has a bit of experience in how to do it right. They have, after all, being doing digital detox for the entire month of January. I was invited to their private Digital Detox event at their Toronto office, and boy was it quite a feel good night! I have to admit that my jealously radar rose after listening to all their stories of taking an hour off every workday to enjoy some colouring, reading, taking a walk, or just enjoying the time to reconnect with their passions and their colleagues. 

This all seems like a great idea; so it begs the question: why don't more companies employ this in their workplace? 

Well, as you contemplate that question, perhaps here are some reasons why digital detox may be best detox for your health.

  • Short breaks can help you avoid burnout 
  • Short breaks can play a part in your long term psychological health 
  • You can take time to smell the roses without all those distracting emails and text messages 
  • You'll enjoy more balance and calm in your life 
  • Feel more productive 
  • Feel less stressed out 
  • Feel less overwhelmed
  • Better relationships 

And when you are taking a break from detox here are a few other things you can do:
  • Eat Healthy - Amelia Freer's new book Cook Nourish Glow is a good start. Full of healthy recipes and even a few delicious cocktails like Cardamon Rum Rose & Grapefruit Gin Fizz
  • Do some colouring - This activity has been all the craze in the last year or so. Have you tried it yet? Colouring books now come in all sorts of genres for different personality types. Whether you are a cat lover, Game Of Throne super fan, or just someone who loves nature, there's a colouring book for you. 
  • Stretching - Essentrics Instructor Josephine Cuthill knows a thing or two about flexibility and aging backwards. If you're going to add sports into your detox schedule, you're going to need that extra flexibility. 
  • Rehydrate with some refreshing healthy juices 
  • Enjoy some pampering - Butterme Body was on hand to give guests hand scrubs with their natural and organic body care line. Favourful scents like pomegranate, mango and vanilla, just help relax and calm you into a good mood. 

Blog post by @ShilpaRaikar (Creative and Social Media strategist, decor enthusiast and book lover, who also writes for a branding blog:, as well as a books blog: T: @SukasaReads)