When you think of your most cherished meals what comes to mind is likely not the food, but rather the company. Long after the last sip of wine and spoonful of dessert have faded, it's recalling the jokes, smiles and stories shared, which brings us fondly back to a particular evening at the table.
At $120, this diminutive taste of rum is the single most expensive liquid to ever cross my lips. The aforementioned liquid gold elixir is my portion of Ron Bacardí de Maestros de Ron, Vintage, MMXII served yesterday at the Toronto media event to introduce the spirit, which celebrates the company's Sesquicentennial.
The highly popular Gourmet Food and Wine Expo returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre later this month. This year close to 1,800 local and international alcoholic beverages are available for tasting complimented by a number of turoted tastings and cooking demos hosted by celebrity chef Andrea Nicholson.
Since leaving Niagara Street Cafe last winter Chef Nick Liu and partner, Christina Kuypers have had a long and challenging road toward opening their own place. They now have a firm location for Gwailo, the restaurant that will feature Liu's new Asian cooking matched with the cocktail-heavy beverage programme that Kuypers is designing.