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Christmas is almost here!!! Can you believe only 6 more sleeps!?! Need some recipe ideas or DIY foodie gift ideas?? C’est Bon Cooking and Constantly Cooking have you covered. What can I offer??? Well…

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I  have a picture of Jamie Oliver in a Christmas Sweater! That’s pretty good too.

I also have a pretty interesting tick I picked up while doing some reading and research on salt. I’d like to make a sarcastic remark here about it being super interesting… but it actually was. Hate when a joke is ruined by the truth. Dang.

Anyway, here goes. If you want to chill wine fast, add ice to a bucket and pout 1/4 cup of salt on the ice. It will lower the melting point of the ice creating more of an ice bath that will surround your wine bottle. Just put in your bottle of wine that needs chilling and it will be ready in about 6 minutes time!

Salt, what can’t you do??

Here is hoping you all have a relaxing and joyous holiday and that you get to spend it with the ones you love the most in the world. Cheers!

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A quick stop into Jacobson’s Gourmet Concepts this Friday had me face to face with the best smelling candles I’ve ever put my nose into. And because they are wine related I get to share them with you here!20130802_112842

 

Seriously… within like. 0.2 seconds I had my face smushed into this entire display of amazingness.

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Rewined Candles … yes even their name is amazing!! Are candles that use recycled wine bottles to house candles whose scents are inspired by wine varieties. Take a look here, but believe me they smell even better than you can imagine.

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But it’s not just the white wines, oh no… there are reds too. They were just one shelf lower so I would have had to slightly bend almost 10% to take a picture. The closest thing to a work out I’ve had in quite a while. It was hell… but I did it for you. By which I mean I just lowered my arms and hoped for the best.

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Pick them up at Jacobson’s on Beechwood Ave! Which one would be your favourite?

I love meeting friends for after work drinks. Who doesn’t really? But in the winter, when the sun is setting at 4pm and it’s colder than you imagine Siberia on a bad day, it can be hard to do much more than stock up at the LCBO and try to coax your friends to come visit you instead of making you go out. ** Crap my secret is out…**

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BBQ Duck Lettuce Wraps featuring lettuce and pickled radish from Acorn Creek. Veggie option available too with smoked tofu in place of the duck

To make up for it I go out more in the summer. Even in sticky, humid, heat waves like the one we are in right now… the right patio and the right combination of drinks and snacks can make that all go away.

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Confit Pork Shoulder Taco with charred pineapple and feta cheese from Clarmell Farms and that fabulous pork I was raving about the other day from Upper Canada Heritage Meat.

Le Café at the NAC easily has one of the best patios in the city. Right on the canal, and so close to all the action down town, all they are missing is a happy hour menu with some affordable tasty treats and drinks. WRONG! They have that now. It’s called 8 for 8 and until September 2, from 4-8pm every Monday – Saturday it can be yours!

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Fish n’ Chips Pogo – the potato in the potato dill batter comes from Savour Ottawa member Acorn Creek

Your choice of 8 cocktails, wines or beers for $8 each.

Or check out one of 8 tapas plates for $8 each!

In the name of being a good food blogger I tried a bit of everything. If pressed, my favourite dish of the night was the Tempura Prawn Po’Boys. But there were a few others that were very close to the top spot. I might need to go back very soon just to be 100% sure.

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Mmmmmm … Po’ Boy. The smoked chili aioli makes this dish. It might be large, but just unhinge that jaw and go to town! Oh… only snakes can do that jaw thing. If you say so…

Another thing I love about this menu, is the use of Savour Ottawa farmer’s ingredients. So now you can eat great, local food on an amazing patio to beat the heat.

Get ready to save up these moments to look back at fondly while you are huddled under blankets with woolly socks drinking mulled wine just because it is warm… and wine. What could be better??

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Veggie Poutine with chips, Le Chopin mushroom herb gravy, caramelized onions and red pepper jam and brie from Les Folies Berger Fromages

There is a saying that many hands make light work. This is true. But many hands also make a great party! Last weekend some Ottawa area bloggers, my dog and myself headed to Prince Edward County. You would think that visiting the county numerous times it would lose some of its splendor for me… but every time I go over that impossibly steep bridge, I get giddy inside.

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It was Lemon’s first trip to the county… but you can already tell he would battle a mountain lion to get back there again.

This was no ordinary trip to the county though. Yes there was to be fantastic food, wines, beers and spirits. Obviously… I try not to travel any other way. But this time we had a bigger goal in mind. Celebrating my birthday. Wait. No. This day was not about me. Though there was a birthday cake there and some singing which was really just the sweetest thing ever.

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We were such awesome workers we were treated to a wine break. Stop laughing… that is true.

No. This day was about the start of something amazing. A new winery. 3Dog is the newest winery in Prince Edward County. Officially one week old as of the time I’m sitting down to write this post. That’s right. We were there to plant vines. Well… correction. There were many friends and family of the winery owners John and Sacha there to plant. I may have gotten my hands dirty but if you look at my activities that day you would think that I was actually brought in to sample wine, make stupid jokes, lose Claire’s shovel and continuously remind people that it was my birthday.

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Missing: One shovel. Hardly used, last seen near the wine.

In less than 2 hours, collectively, we planted more than 2400 vines in mud. I’m still not sure how that happened. But hey, many hands right?

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No. You’re wrong. I know you would think, with a dog this dirty, he must have helped… I can assure you he did not.

If you would like your chance to be a part of this wonderful winery from the beginning, the start of something I am certain is sure to be amazing – you can contribute to the indiegogo campaign. Every little bit helps. You can also get some really great give aways with your donation to the project. Click here for more information.

I also want to put in a good word for the fantastic spread put on in part thanks to Seed to Sausage and Bread and Butter Bakery. The only thing that makes BBQ Chicken and butter tarts better is when they are made by kick ass individuals who love their community and a good glass of wine. And to Katy from Sheltered Girl Meets World for driving Lemon and I there in her ghetto hot rod and for all my friends who were there that day to make my birthday the best in years. 29 is going to be a wonderful year… and it all started at 3Dog.

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Ah crap... Just a smidge too long under the broiler. Summoning up my inner Julia Child for the umpteen time today. .
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#turkey #sesoning #pastry #quiche #wfd #wfl #brunch #juliachild #wwjcd #whatwouldjuliachilddo Turkey Sesoning spiced savoury pie pastry!

Half is being frozen for chicken pot pie later in the week and half is being turned into a smoked cheddar, ham quiche. Knowing me...it will look "rustic". ;) #spice #spiceshop #fresh #organic #handblended #ottawaeats #brunch #wfl #wfd #dayinthekitchen This is an accurate representation of my day. The cherry on an invigorating and simultaneously exhausting week. 
Equal parts good and bad, high and low, home and work. #momboss needs a #coffee lol

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