Kimchi 2016 (Plus fried rice and kimchi jigae recipes, aka “what to do with the rest of last year’s batch”)

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There's no better way to warm up on a cold day than with spicy-hot kimchi! Good thing I have an annual tradition of making approximately 18 litres of the Korean red pepper cabbage ferment with my friend Joel. But in preparation for the day-long event, I had to eat the rest … [Read more...]

Ho-Ho-Holiday Drinking: Draft Saké and 4 Award-Winning Cocktails

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Eggnog is all well and good, but this year it's time to branch out with your holiday libations. In Japan, when it's cold, people drink saké to stay warm. In fact, I spent a day at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal washing bucket after bucket or rice and then … [Read more...]

Amie Watson on Breakfast Television: Talking Wine in Montreal

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In case you missed me drinking at 8 a.m. a little while ago, here's my segment from Breakfast Television Montreal on CityTV talking about three Montreal wine events and tasting some organic and natural wine with show co-host Derick Fage: You have no idea how relieved I was … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving 2016: Spatchcocked and BBQ-ed Turkey

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What a glorious Thanksgiving it was! Sure, these are photos from Canadian Thanksgiving and I'm just getting around to posting them now, but maybe I can inspire our southern cousins with spatchcocked BBQ-ed turkey, Ottolenghi's roasted potatoes and Josée di Stasio's … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Fine Dining at Three of Montreal’s Newest Restaurants: Hvor, Le Fantôme and Candide

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Eating out is hard when you're gluten free. Even with a recent resurgence of heritage grains and healthy rice bowls, it's really nice to not always be stuck eating at home. Sure, it'd be nice to go to Patisserie Patrice and buy something gorgeous and flaky and creamy (life's … [Read more...]