Alexandre Jipa’s Wine Tasting Club and a Blind California Tasting

Blind California tasting

You've seen Bottle Shock, right? It's about the 1972 "Judgement of Paris," a blind tasting of California wines versus Bordeaux. The French got their sous-vêtements in a knot when Napa took down some French heavy-hitters. One of the reds in the competition was Stag's Leap, the … [Read more...]

Quebecois Specialties Dinner on Sept. 26th, 7pm

Quebecois specialties duck confit

I'm hosting one of my favourite dinners through Bookalokal this Sept. 26th at 7pm. Book your spot now for an intimate feast of duck confit, local cheeses and pouding chomeur. The Bookalokal idea is that you enjoy a meal at a local's house, as though you lived in the city – … [Read more...]

Sakezuke Miso-Maple Chicken Thighs with Roasted Carrots

sake-lees-miso-chicken and carrots

When you make sake, what's left over are the lees – bits of steamed sticky rice mixed with koji, the bacteria used to ferment the rice into alcohol. Like juicing, you end up with tons of this stuff. And like juicing, it'd be a shame to throw it out. It's full of all sorts of … [Read more...]

Bivalves, Booze and (De)bauchery: Oysterfest Takes Over the Peel Basin Aug. 29 and 30, 2015

pan-pacific-oysters

It's back! The 7th edition of Montreal's annual Oysterfest is happening this Saturday and Sunday at the Peel Basin (1057 rue de la Commune and Peel). It's not cheap, but it's bringing together over 80 restaurants and vendors, three oyster shucking competitions (amateur, pro … [Read more...]