Letting the Smoke Get In Your Beer

    At the risk of offending some, I’m writing about my two favourite weaknesses: craft beers and hand-crafted cigars. One of the emerging trends in crafted beer circles is pairings with hand-crafted cigars. If you enjoy a fine cigar with a brandy or port, you will probably enjoy that cigar with an intense artisanal … Read More

Behind the Scenes

  It’s Culture Days weekend and I decide to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen at the London Convention Centre. I want to see what it takes to pull together a three-course meal for more than 1,000 guests — something Chef David Elrik and his crew do on a regular basis. Apparently I will … Read More

The Evolution of Cuisine

  Wortley Village has a lengthy past as a residential suburb of London with a uniquely independent personality. This history of the village is reflected in the concentration of recognizable architectural styles (Victorian, art deco and mission-style) and an aesthetic combination of heritage buildings dating from the area’s early years between 1850 and 1930. The … Read More

Food Trends to Track in 2015

  The end of one year and the beginning of another is the perfect time to re-examine the role of culinary trends as a gauge of popular culture. How we eat, what we eat, and where we eat are all indicators of the larger popular consciousness. Tastemakers and trend analysts use a variety of ways … Read More

Casual Elegance in London’s Charming Wortley Village

    Situated in London’s quaint Old South neighborhood, the historic Idlewyld has sustained its grandeur for over a century. Purchased by Farhi Holdings after it unexpectedly closed last fall, the Inn was originally built as a private home for former London mayor Charles Smith Hyman. What started out as a mansion built in 1878 … Read More

A Comedian Stands Up for Food

  Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan may not be a chef, or even know how to cook much of anything outside of a microwave, but that shouldn’t make his opinions in Food: A Love Story (Crown Archetype, 2014, $31.00) any less reliable. He has a passion for food equivalent to any gastronome, even though his tastes … Read More

Sprouts: Super Foods, Super Fun!

  As winter takes hold, we crave things that are good for us. Our senses direct us to choose healthier foods, and salads take on a whole new relevance. The availability of fresh and local becomes more challenging, but not impossible! Sprouts are an economical, easy to grow and nutritious option. Sprouts are germinated seeds … Read More

Crossings Pub and Eatery, in Hyde Park

    Fairway Pub Group, owner of Crossings Pub and Eatery and Practical Henry’s Public House, has one simple goal: “to offer people a place to experience enjoyment.” Crossings Hyde Park location opened four years ago and has attracted a loyal following of patrons who visit regularly for the food, the drinks, and the fun. … Read More

An EPIC Wine Tasting

  Wineries from Lake Erie North Shore will be uncorking their passion at the 10th annual London Wine & Food Show at Western Fair this January. This will be the fourth year the group of wineries, known as Essex Pelee Island Coast or EPIC wineries have brought their wines to the London/Middlesex market. “The proximity between London … Read More

Plus ça change …

  Jill’s Table now has a new table…and a new kitchen…and a new website. But a warm welcome by knowledgeable staff, unique gadgets, hard-to-find foods, and popular cooking classes are still on the menu as Jill celebrates 15 years of business in the Market district. “We looked at our 15 year anniversary as an opportunity … Read More