A Primer on Champagne Alternatives

Few things cannot be determined by James Whitcomb Riley’s duck test. You know: “A bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck is probably a duck.” Actually, I can only think of two: The first is my sick ex-boyfriend who used to dress … Read More

The Sharper Chef, Toronto: Chris McDonald, Cava

Toronto’s “Sharper Chef” series is written by food and drink aficionados, and features prominent chefs, brewers, vintners and distillers who are willing to share some of their finest (and oftentimes secret) recipes.  DailyXY blogger and Toronto culinary luminary Chris McDonald knows small plates: His restaurant, Cava, is a tapas mecca. … Read More

Toronto’s Best Charcuterie Plates

As Toronto’s charcuterie craze tells us, fat is definitely back. Here are five of the city’s finest plates. Atelier Thuet The Alsatian sensation Marc Thuet nods to his French and German-influenced roots with saucisson, jagerwurst and paper-thin ribbons of prosciuttini. House-made organic sheep’s milk chèvre – and legendary Thuet bread … Read More

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