High Time for High Tea

It’s Mother’s Day in Stratford. And mothers and daughters are swathed in the sunlight pouring through the coloured windows of Revival House, and across white linen tablecloths. Triple-tier cake stands are stacked with savouries and sweets. The staff serve from fine china teapots into Royal Albert cups and saucers. The clotted cream is fresh and … Read More

YOU Made It Café

  Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) assists vulnerable and at-risk youth in London and Middlesex County, by delivering transformational programs where participants can find their voice and articulate their needs. Knowing that many young people need guidance, mentoring and support, YOU believes that investing in youth and strengthening communities go hand-in-hand. YOU was founded in 1982 … Read More

Pretty Enough to Eat

  When you think of edible flowers you may perhaps think of nasturtiums — lovely colours and a delicious peppery flavour. Or borage, with its beautiful hues of blue, and a cucumber flavour note. Or dill, popular for pickling, and a great dried flower. Some of you may have eaten candied flower petals, or stuffed … Read More

Let Them Eat Cake!

My spouse has a fear of kitchens. God help him if I pass into the great unknown before him, because it will be back to toasted bagels and canned pineapples, which were his bachelor day staples — every day. I will admit I’m not the world’s best baker. That’s why I’m not asked to make … Read More

Bertoldi’s Trattoria

You can’t write about the food business in London without Bob DiFruscia’s name coming up. He brought Londoners so many culinary concepts: the roadhouse experience back in 1980, with McGinnis Bar and Restaurant; a favourite sports bar — Oar House; a downtown nightclub — The Barking Frog, and, most recently, he and his brother Dino … Read More

This Cheese Stands Alone

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese  by Michael Paterniti I was fairly certain I would have no trouble being engrossed by a book revolving around a piece of cheese, which is how I came to be reading The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, … Read More

Adventures in Wine Selection

  On a recent shopping trip at the LCBO I did something I thought I would never do. I purchased a bottle of wine because I liked the label.  It stood out on the shelf; I wanted it. The bottle was smoky and the label had an old “newspaper-like” photo of a wanted man and … Read More

Harris Flower Farm

  Just north of St. Thomas, at Harris Flower Farm and Pastured Pork, Janis and Mark Harris are growing their family business one bloom at a time. Fields of colourful flowers are the crop of choice, while a number of heritage pigs enjoy the good life in a converted dairy barn. And every weekend from … Read More

Adventurous contemporary dining in Kitchener

  A recent road trip, consisting of a meandering but scenic drive through Oxford County, Punkeydoodles Corners, Kitchener-Waterloo and the towns and hamlets in and around the Grand River, would eventually bring us to Paris, Ontario, for a two-day reunion with long-time friends from London, Toronto and Parkhill. We were looking for a new and … Read More