So much of what we do is based around food and drink, isn’t it? If you want to catch up with a friend, you usually do so with a coffee or a beer. If you are having friends over, it’s usually for dinner or for snack, at the very least. Food, food, food is the base of pretty much everything. Right now it’s winter in Canada and it’s cold. There is a little snow on the ground as I type this and the Weather Networks tells me that it feels like -13 degrees Celsius outside (I’m still inside in my pyjamas!). It’s the time of year when we like to hibernate and spend more time locked up in our cozy homes. Over the holidays I managed to spend a period of fifty hours at home. I didn’t leave the house during that time and it was glorious (I also drank far too much coffee and Sodastream during that time but that’s another story). All of this staying home works really well for us as we continue to save money for our wedding that is in less than three months. It’s wild how quickly time flies! The thing with spending a night in is that it doesn’t have to be boring.
I recently had a client come to the studio to pick up her print order. She spoiled me by giving me a box of Bobbette & Belle macarons plus a gift certificate to Leslieville Cheese. She clearly knows the way to my heart (and was good at creeping my Instagram account!). Since we do not have sweet treats in house very often – basically because when we do, we eat them all immediately! – these glorious macarons were a big deal. I had a bottle of Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico DOCG kicking around so we decided to have that with the macarons. Loved them.
A Proper Dinner
Like a lot of you, I imagine, I grew up in a small town and dinners were usually of the most normal food. This was the 80’s and early 90’s. A Sunday dinner usually meant roast beef with roasted potatoes and carrots. This was before I turned sixteen and decided that meat would no longer be a part of my diet. I love having a proper full dinner that takes hour of preparation and is then eaten by candlelight. When we were in California in the summer, we visited the Francis Coppoloa Winery. I have already written about that trip but when we were there, we picked up a bottle of their Eleanor wine and have been saving it for a special occasion ever since. Just before Christmas, Josh had picked up a tofurkey. I had never experienced a tofurkey before so the Sunday before the holiday madness, we decided to make a proper dinner out of all of it. We had the tofurkey, roasted vegetables and that bottle of special wine.
If you are a beer person and you haven’t heard of Samuel Adam’s Utopia, you should check it out. It’s a pretty special beer that they make annually in a very limited run so if you get your hands on a bottle, consider yourself lucky. It’s a strong beer that is aged in bourbon casks and as a result it tastes more like a cognac than a beer (and should be consumed that way!). It’s delicious. The LCBO had some in stock last year and thanks to my buddy Dave, I snagged a bottle of this (it costs about $120 here in Ontario). About a month ago, we decided to ball out and drink the Utopia. I headed to the Leslieville Cheese Market, told them what we were drinking and I left with $50 worth of cheese. That night was probably one of my most favourites in recent time. Mostly because: cheese. But also because of that awesome beer and knowing how special it was to have. What cheese did we end up with? Landana, Appenzeller, Saxonshire 5 Counties, 14 Arpents and Highland Chief Mature Cheddar & Single Malt Whisky. My favourites were probably the Landana (a nice, creamy mild cheese) and the 14 Arpents (from Québec!).