Month: January 2016

thirsty thursday: apothic red

I tried apothic red earlier in the week, without knowing what it was but it was certainly delicious. I was glad that when I looked it up, it was under $20 (which wasn’t always a rule for thirsty thursday, but it should be so it is now!).

I really enjoyed it, it was smooth but quite rich. When I looked up the description, I saw that it has hints of blueberries, raspberries, vanilla and cocoa, some of my favourite things. I think this would be a great wine for staying cozy in the winter (which I think is starting to fade, it’s staying light until 5:30pm now!).

Apothic Red

If you’re looking for this Californian blend, you can pick it up at the LCBO for $16.15. Have you tried the apothic red? What did you think?

eat: bannock

So, I finally went to Bannock this past Saturday. If you’re not familiar, it is a “casual” restaurant from O&B that’s basically in The Bay Queen Street. I knew I was in good hands when I arrived and saw my favourite baco noir and my “favourite” beer (that’s in quotes because I could never choose a favourite) beer on the menu.

It was a chilly winter night so I decided to try the “Arcadian Court Chicken Pot Pie”. It came with mashed potatoes, which are my weakness. Chicken Pot Pie isn’t something I’d normall order while I’m out, I’m always afraid that I’m going to be disappointed but this was one of the best meals I’ve had in a restaurant in a while.

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I wish I took a photo of that crust popped open so you could see the goodness within! My boyfriend had the turkey burger, which he said was really good.  I couldn’t try it because it was all covered in avocado and I didn’t want to be itchy all night (weird allergy). Although, his burger didn’t really come with a side, just a few chips but we were both pretty full and didn’t have dessert so I guess it’s all good.

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It wasn’t the priciest dinner but I put casual in quotes earlier because it definitely wasn’t cheap. The two mains and a drink each with tax and tip came to around $70 but it is definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in a while and in that neighbourhood, probably ever (although I’ve never been to Chase).

Have you been to Bannock? What did you think?

read this: the nightingale

I feel like it’s been too long since I’ve read fiction that I absolutely loved and could not put down. That was me with The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. No matter how short the free time I had was, I had to keep reading.

The book follows two sisters during World War II in France. The sisters lead different lives, one with a family and the other much younger, determined to make a difference in the war.  I love books that are told from different points of view, this book starts with an elderly lady (one of the sisters) thinking back to her life in France and gives the story from the point of view of both of the sisters during the wars.

This incredibly well written book is definitely worth reading, particularly if you love historical fiction. It is an interesting perspective as not many books about the war are told from the point of view of women.

What’s the best book you’ve read recently? What should I put on my list?

thirsty thursday: kapow!

Happy Thursday! Sorry the blog has been a little quiet lately, 2016 has been a whirlwind! This week’s beer is from Rainhard, like the thirsty thursday from two week’s ago – Nosbeeratu.

Kapow! is a “west coast inspired” IPA. I don’t usually love IPAs because they’re too hoppy but this one is great! It does have a bit of a bite to it but it is so refreshing. It is very popular though so if you see it in stock, make sure you grab some!

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nosbeeratu (on the left) and kapow! (on the right)

The great news is though, kapow! will soon be available in at the LCBO so it’ll be much easier to get your hands on!

Have you been to Rainhard? What did you think?

thirsty thursday: nosbeeratu

Happy Thursday. We’ve done it! Almost, we’re almost at Friday on the first full week in what feels like forever.

This week’s thirsty thursday is from a brewery I’ve mentioned in the past, Rainhard Brewing, one of the newest breweries in the Junction area. I went to Rainhard on Saturday to sample (a couple) of their beers and this was one of my favourites.

Nosbeeratu is currently only available on tap in the bottle shop and is a black IPA. I usually find IPAs too hoppy, but I really like this one. It has a great aftertaste and packs a bit of a punch at 6%.

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I’ll be heading back to Rainhard this weekend because they’re getting chacuterie boards! Beer + chacuterie? Yes, please! They’ll be available for sale whenever the tap room is open. Who doesn’t love a good snack while drinking their craft?

Have you been to Rainhard yet? Which one is your favourite?