A Toast to our Founding Fathers

For one evening, we were asked to forget about the political negotiations and intrigues that led to the birth of Canada to reflect on a more important question: what did the Fathers of Confederation (and their female guests) eat and drink at the Charlottetown Conference of 1864? Apparently, wine and extravagant meals played a vital role in convincing the Maritime provinces to join Confederation. Well, then. A Toast to our Founding Fathers was the first event in the Canadian Museum of History’s series of tastings inspired by historical events. Thanks to Audrey’s instigation and LP’s organizing skills, 15 of us were set to feast on a four-course dinner inspired by the Conference, prepared by the Museum resident chef Michael Lasalle (formerly at Chez Edgar). To wash everything down, a wine tasting led by renowned sommelier Véronique Rivest, the first woman ever to reach the podium at the World’s Best Sommelier…

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To bee or not to bee, that is the question.

I was driving back from Toronto after a conference and some business meetings. I was swallowing kilometers on the 401 when I realised I was really hungry. Lunch time! I stopped at the Trenton South OnRoute. My choices were Tim Hortons and A&W. As usual, the line-up at Tims was illogically long, so I elected to get some burgers. I hadn’t had A&W onion rings in quite some time, so I thought it would be a good idea to get some to go along with my burgers. Once my order was ready, I ask for some honey, as one is bound to do when getting ready to eat theses delicious golden circles. “We don’t have any honey, sorry.” GASP! – “You don’t have honey???” – “We don’t carry it.” – “You used to.” – “Yes, we used to.” What was I going to do? I sat down and looked at…

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McDonald’s sauces to be sold in bottles!

Big news from McDonald’s Canada today. Big Mac fans will be pleased to know that the famous secret sauce used as a garnish in the flagship burger will soon be sold in Canada’s grocery stores. McDonald’s made the announcement on its Twitter account earlier today: Get ready Canada! Launching on grocery shelves this spring. #BigMacSauce https://t.co/2Q0JyqaBTi — McDonald’s Canada (@McD_Canada) March 21, 2017 As you can see, McChicken sauce and Filet-o-Fish sauce will also be bottled and marketed. Foodology is reporting that McDonald’s is working with Kraft/Heinz to bring the condiments to our kitchen tables. The products were on display at the Grocery & Specialty Food West Convention, but no sampling – the bottles were locked inside a display case! At the moment, no specific date has been announced by the fast food giant, though McDonald’s confirmed to The Huffington Post that it is bringing the sauces to grocery stores across…

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Is a Big Mac with Bacon still a Big Mac?

As most of you Wafflers know, we are Big Fans of the Big Mac in this corner. So when I found out that McDonald’s was adding (temporarily) Bacon to it’s flagship burger, I was intrigued. This is the first change to the sandwich in Canada in 50 years and it is seen by business insiders as a test for making the move in the American market. Nevermind the fact that you always could have asked to get bacon on your Big Mac, the real question is, is a Big Mac with Bacon still a Big Mac? The fast-food chain is confronting us with this deep existential dilemma™, via a Cosette marketing campaign. I headed over to the McDonald’s on Bronson, squeezing this existential dilemma™ between a tv appearance and a curling game. I ordered my Big Mac Bacon meal deal, a little more pricy than the regular Big Mac, and was now on my…

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Celebrating Saint Patrick’s at Kettleman’s

After winning the Soccer 7s Men Rec division 1 championship with Sporting Yamela 7-5 against the Red Star, we went to Irene’s for a celebratory pint. Irene’s has been the watering hole for my former teamates for years. I say former teammates because Yamela had called me as an emergency replacement from my current Chelsea Panthers team to replace their injured goalie. At the end of the night, as was my habit during my Yamela’s days, I stopped at Kettleman’s Bagel Co. across the street to bring home a few bagels for the next morning. Two guys were busy working the dough, getting ready for the morning’s business. A few patrons were eating bagels and chatting away, a late night snack after an evening of drinking, it sounded like. I ordered my dozen Montreal-style, sesame seeds bagels, and then noticed something unusual in the refrigerated counter. Amongst Kettleman’s regular offer…

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