Hot Docs 2010 – Bhutto

A film examining the life and death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Politically charged — driven by interviews and archived footage — giving you a quick history lesson on the country’s politics of the last 60 years.

Wine Wednesday – Reif Estate 2007 Gamay Rose

2007 Gamay Rose, Reif Estate Winery$11.95, order from winery at Ah, rose. The oft-derided pretty younger sister of the wine family; most people think she’s just a dressed-up little princess in pink, but if you sit down for drink or a meal with her, you might just find she’s got something to say.  Reif… 

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Vanilla Love

In my opinion, the best gifts are the ones I can eat. Or the gifts I can use to make something to eat. A wonderful friend of mine gave me 12 vanilla beans and I began dreaming of the ice cream and sweets I would create with these amazing little pods.  My first thought was… 

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Tourtière Picard

Over a recent dinner of steaks and Irish whiskey Ben “Kung Fu Panda” Ratcliffe from suggested that I might like to try the tourtière de ville recipe from Martin Picard’s Au Pied du Cochon Cookbook.  He figured that a recipe that calls for both pig shank and pig knuckle would appeal to me.  Oh… 

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Quinn’s Steakhouse and Irish Bar

96 Richmond Street West, Toronto ON 647–0268-0999www.quinnssteakhouse.comMapApprox $40 per person Local Food? some local ingredientsLocal Wine/Beer? very small selection HoursMon to Fri: 11am to 11pmSat & Sun: 4pm to 11pmReservations recommended At 96 Richmond West, connected to the Toronto Sheraton Centre, is an unassuming entrance for Shopsy’s Deli Restaurant and Quinn’s Steakhouse. The two restaurants… 

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The Sweet Escape Patisserie   Local The Sweet Escape Pâtisserie is the prize at the end of a Distillery District obstacle course.  For those of us a little unclear on our French, a pâtisserie is a store that sells all things baked and delicious, especially if they are sweet.