Jack Astor’s Winter Fling Festival

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Over the last eight weeks, Jack Astor's has invited their customers to "have a fling" with craft beer. The idea is that Jack's drinkers are faithfully married to a national brand and would never leave (think of the kids), but they might want to branch out a bit. The chain of over three dozen bars… 

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Niagara Icewine Festival Guide 2014

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The best little known assets of Niagara wine country is that it isn't just for warm weather. In a true Canadian fashion it embraces all four seasons and brings something extra to its warm brand of hospitality every January for the Niagara Icewine Festival and Twenty Valley Winter WineFest.

Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Blend

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Like Kleenex and Saran Wrap, Mott’s Clamato has broken through the barrier between brand name and product category. When we order a Bloody Caesar I think we expect that it it will be made with it. A recently-found, small company out of Vancouver is hoping to change that ingrained expectation with the release of their… 

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Hudson Kitchen’s Private Dining Room

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I think most new restaurants in Toronto would love to snag a couple profiles on the usual-suspect sites, maybe a couple blog posts, and eventually a positive review or two in print. If this is where Hudson Kitchen was aiming, they well exceeded expectations when they opened in late summer 2013. The Globe & Mail… 

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LCBO Winter 2013 Beer Release

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Spotlight Toronto readers will, I bet, be more familiar with the LCBO's every-second-Saturday Vintages releases than with the once-a-quarter ones they do for beer. Not every beer enters the LCBO this way (most new local releases don't), but there are usually some international gems that have a strong seasonal focus. Compared to wine, these lineups… 

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Bonita’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013

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Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens may be some of Fräulein Maria’s favourite things, but here are a few of my favourite things that would make fantastic gifts for someone on your list this year, and will surely quickly become a favourite of theirs as well! The Perfect Cup – Chemex, 6-cup $37.95 There is… 

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Mike’s Holiday Gift Gift 2013

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My most cherished holiday gifts are ones I can look at and remember who gave them to me and what they were trying to say with them. It's key that they're practical because you don't really ever get the opportunity to reflect on a gift you never use. I've taken our very practical theme of:… 

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