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

Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs

Signe Langford is a Toronto-based cook, food writer, photographer and gardener with a passion for chickens. Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs; Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden, with 100 Recipes is her first book, but I’m sure it won’t be her last. Even if you have no particular interest in chickens as house guests, Langford … Read More

Strathroy Brewing Company

  If there’s an Ontario craft brewer with history on its side, it’s Strathroy Brewing Company. The two-year-old brewery, located in an abandoned flour mill on the edge of Strathroy’s historic downtown, has created a series of well-received beers with names that honour the War of 1812 and the Canadian fight against American cultural domination. … 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

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

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

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

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

Down the Rabbit Hole

  “A locally sourced restaurant, run by workers, owned by workers, shared by the community,” pretty much sums up The Red Rabbit’s ethos. Chef Sean Collins is a Stratford Chefs School graduate, instructor and previously head chef at Mercer Hall before its sale last year. Collins terms his cooking as “Flavour First, Ingredient Driven.” He … Read More