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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Eat to the Beat

My friend Liz and I have shared many (many) birthdays together; all of which have always involved good food and drinks. 

For my birthday this year, I had the pleasure of being treated by Liz to a chef table event called "Go Cooking"- an evening of food prepared by a local chef, a sample plate of each course along with a wine tasting and education by a professional sommelier.  You had me at an evening of food....

Go Cooking is held at our local newspaper, The Hamilton Spectator building at 44 Frid Street in Hamilton.  They have a fully functioning kitchen and the chefs prepare their deliciousness in an interactive and entertaining style.

This evening's chefs were from West Plains Bistro in Burlington ( - a venue that I have wanted to try for some time.  Based on the yummy creations that were prepared, I am sure to plan a visit soon.

Appetizer - Wine Steamed Clams with lemon, dill & caper butter
Wine - UMA Coleccion Torrontes from Argentina (LCBO $9.95)

Main - Seared Sea Scallops with lemon and lavender glaze, Risotto with chives, green beans and golden beets
Wine - Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio from Italy (LCBO $11.20)

 Desert - Lemon Mouse with summer berries in phyllo pastry
Wine - Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut (LCBO $13.95)
The sommelier services were provided by Peter Bacchus from Bacchus Sommelier Services (  They are available for private parties and educational seminars - how great would it be to have a gathering of friends and have Bacchus provide an education session and sampling of wines!
For more information on the GO Cooking series, visit

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Friday, 12 July 2013

In these shoes????

In my overly articulate life, rarely am I at a loss for something to say. However, sometimes there are just no words.

Well, maybe just three words: Christian. Louboutin. Exhibition. 

Forget the Louvre. These works of art are achingly beautiful. 

I wanted to strip naked an roll around on top of them. However,  given the security, this may have been frowned upon. 

The exhibit runs until September 15, 2013. For more information visit