Tag Archive: Food & drink


And the first kit still tastes great. Continue reading

I haven’t been as active blogging lately as I’d hoped to have been.

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The long awaited (by two or three of you), and mildly anticipated Mini Beer Review, Part 2. Continue reading

Looks amazing. I’ll have to try this one out.

Hungry Foodies Pharmacy

I need to read more.  I feel well-informed of current affairs from reading various news media, but I don’t read enough books.  I used to love thumbing through books, especially historical fiction novels that had something to do with China and Mao’s Cultural Revolution.  Now I spend the majority of my day at work staring at a computer screen, only to come home to stare at a computer screen perusing through different food-related websites, my blog, and anything else of interest.  And then there’s the television.  I’m addicted to my television.  How pathetic, right?  I love my Bravo station.  Real Housewives of Atlanta, Beverly Hills, New Jersey, New York, and Orange County?  Yes, please!

The sad thing is that I can’t even remember the last time I picked up a book for leisure.  I even bought myself and my partner a Kindle in hopes that it would encourage me to…

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I’m finally down to the second-last step in making my first batch of wine! Continue reading

This might be important to you. It’s also a question with a complicated answer. Continue reading

I apologize for the lack of photos from each of the wine making stages. This is my first time making wine, so I really don’t want to screw up a batch. Also the whole cleaning and sanitizing part of this process makes me want to keep from touching anything I don’t need to, and I was doing this without any assistance.

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Winnipeg Wine Festival

Every spring the Winnipeg Wine Festival comes to town. It’s a fundraising event put on by the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission, and sponsored by over two commercial and media companies. This year the theme regions are British Columbia and Ontario.

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Time to shop for some ingredients…

{Ms. Buena Vida}

Presenting! An incredible vegan lunch for one. It’s a chunky, filling salad with a flavor punch, Ka-Pow! It’s ridiculously gooood!!

Salad-

1 avocado, chopped in chunks

1/2 C. tomatoes, diced (or grape tomatoes quartered)

1/2 C. greens (kale, arugula or spinach), chopped

1/2 C. cooked garbanzo beans

S&P to taste

Dressing-

1/2 clove fresh garlic, optional

2 T. raw apple cider vinegar (or any wine vinegar)

1/2 T. dijon mustard

1/2 T. agave nectar

1 T. olive oil

1/2 C. fresh basil

Make it-

In a mini food processor, run the garlic through. Except for the basil, pulse the remaining dressing ingredients until emulsified (kinda creamy looking). Now, add the basil and pulse a few times leaving the basil a little chunky. Like this…

In a medium bowl, lightly toss the the veggies in your delicious dressing, salt and pepper and enjoy!

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This is something I have to try, whether it’s for company or just my wife and I.

{love+cupcakes} Blog

Good friends of ours became new parents for the first time about two weeks ago so when we went to visit their little one, we brought along dinner from one of our favorite restaurants and I made this rustic plum tart for dessert. I’ve always heard that you should bring new parents a good meal in lieu of flowers or a card because they’re so busy figuring out their new schedule that removing just one simple thing from their to-do list makes life easier. We happened to have about two pounds of really unripe plums in the fridge thanks to a recent Costco run (and the fact that plums aren’t quite in season yet in California) and we couldn’t let our massive load of fruit go to waste so making dessert to celebrate the new baby was the perfect excuse…not that I needed one. Thank goodness for newborns because this…

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