• Our Long Pour: “Tamara in a Green Bugatti”
    Not everyone wants a bar stocked with a dozen bottles of obscure bitters and tinctures, so we always think twice before posting a drink that risks leading you in that direction. That said: we think this drink alone merits the purchase of a bottle of Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters. If you like dry, herbal-floral aromas alongside tart lemon and cool gin flavours, you’ll love this one. It was a hit at a recent dinner party. The drink has a wonderful backstory, having been named after a painting titled “Autoportrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti).” Wikipedia notes that this “is a self-portrait…
  • Lightning in a Bottle: Easy Summer Ferments
    We came home yesterday from a restorative trip to the cottage of some dear friends, and went straight to dinner – our first dinner out since March – on the patio of a favourite Toronto restaurant, Actinolite. Actinolite specializes in local, natural, seasonal food and quirky, interesting wines. The chef, Justin Cournoyer, has a strong program of preservation and fermentation during the summer and fall, and the resulting ingredients make welcome appearances in his dishes year-round. Despite moving from a tasting menu to a less formal, more wallet- and patio-friendly dining concept in response to the pandemic, the dishes still…

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