NaPoWriMo: Spilled

One of my favourite things about National Poetry Writing Month is the inspiration to experiment with many poetic forms, and today's offering is another out of the ordinary for me. Concrete, pattern, or shape poetry involves laying out the text to reflect the subject. Although the term 'concrete' is new, shape poetry is quite old,... Continue Reading →



Put this on your Christmas wish list: Natalie MacLean's Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines. It's out in paperback so there's no excuse not to have it. I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I'm not into wine--such admissions from food writers these days might be few and far between, and... Continue Reading →

Coq au Vin

Coq au vin—such humble roots for what’s become a classic comfort food. Back in the “olden days” French peasants used red wine to braise the tough old roosters and non-laying hens, to add flavour but mainly to tenderize the birds. I like to make it using bone-in pieces of the chicken, as the classic versions,... Continue Reading →

Nat MacLean is Unquenchable!

I received this from Natalie MacLean and had to post for all to see. If I could write about food the way she writes about wine, I'd be a very happy scribe indeed! Meet Bestselling Wine Author Natalie MacLean in Halifax for the Launch of her New Book Join Natalie MacLean for an unforgettable evening... Continue Reading →

critic on the critics thursdays

HeraldSpurr reviews a golf club restaurant--c'mon Bill, how many of your readers will eat there?  You're not getting lazy are you? Whilst over at the Coast, Craig Pinhey writes about Canada's antiquated border booze laws that restrict consumer choice and put us at the whim of the NSLC. Which kind of fits right in with... Continue Reading →

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