On Nov. 4, a few of my good friends and I went to Turtle Jack’s on Upper James St. in Hamilton for dinner. I was seriously looking forward to meeting them, considering we haven’t seen each other for a couple of years, and we decided on Turtle Jack’s because of its reputation as a well-established … More Getting mousy at Turtle Jack’s
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The idea of wine having health benefits? Believe it or not, I have some good news for all of you wine connoisseurs; wine, in moderation, can be a healthy choice. And, if you’re questioning the validity of this statement, an article from Healthline provides some facts … More Can drinking wine be healthy?
I would argue that Lebanese food isn’t something a fair amount of us are familiar with. Which is a shame, really, considering how damn tasty it is. It isn’t exactly as well recognized as Italian or Chinese food, for example, but despite its relatively subtle reputation, Lebanese cuisine packs a serious flavour punch. With some … More Like Lebanese food? Visit La Luna
I’ve been on a bit of a carrot kick lately. I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet and cut back a little on my fruit intake, and, in the process, I’ve started eating carrots as part of my lunch every day. I’m aware of some of the benefits carrots offer to those … More Here’s why you should be eating more carrots
Us Canadians take our coffee pretty seriously. About as seriously as we take hockey, actually. And with our passion for coffee, we’re all avid supporters of Tim Hortons and their liquid gold – for some of us, Tim’s coffee may be our lifeline. Tim Hortons is sort of the superior choice when it comes to … More McDonald’s coffee is not, in fact, Tim’s old brew
Cooking, as wonderful and exciting as it can be, can quickly become redundant. Over time we become comfortable with certain dishes, allowing them to become routine and failing to excite our tastebuds in the process. My mom has always said that the longer she cooks, the more difficult it becomes. My food intolerances and sensitivities … More Here’s how to get out of that cooking rut
I would argue that a lot of people associate marijuana with hemp, and vice versa. It’s probable that those of us who aren’t familiar with the differences between these two plants also group them together in the same category, despite the fact that they’re entirely different from each other. “Following the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp and … More Understanding the difference between marijuana and hemp
A couple of evenings ago, the Brant County Federation of Agriculture held its annual meeting at my family’s farm. It was a pretty neat experience considering it was the first agricultural meeting I’ve ever attended, and I was able to meet some new people involved in the industry that I hadn’t been familiar with prior. … More Are you an agvocate?
For many of us, coffee is a quintessential component of everyday life. From the moment we wake up in the morning, coffee is on our minds, it’s delicious aroma tantalizing our senses and slowly waking us up to take on the day. Maybe it’s just me that feels so passionately about coffee, but either way, … More Would you drink cannabis coffee?
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’re more than likely aware of my dietary restrictions. I’ve been intolerant to gluten and dairy for about four years now, and these intolerances are as annoying and inconvenient as ever. When I first found out about my intolerances, I learned I was unable to consume … More Can you become un-intolerant to foods?
Lavender is what I like to refer to as a super plant. Most of us are aware of the fact that lavender is a fantastic option for people who deal with insomnia and/or anxiety, but it’s also an incredible ingredient to incorporate into a variety of culinary creations. Until I began working at Bonnieheath Estate … More Here’s how to cook with lavender
Fruits and vegetables, as we all know, are a necessary component in an overall healthy diet and lifestyle. They contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are beneficial to the human body, plus, they help to keep us regular. While we’re aware that eating more fruits and vegetables is arguably a proactive thing … More Here’s how to eat more greens
My sister shared a post on Facebook via Farm and Food Care stating “Farms are private property, please be respectful.” I find it quite disheartening this has to be made known publicly, but either way, it’s an important message. Depending on the crop, it may be tempting to pull over on the side of the … More Is your selfie worth ruining a farmer’s crop?
It’s possible you read the title of yourself and thought, “No way.” If you did, I don’t blame you. Cannabis and barbeque sauce aren’t necessarily two things that go together. Except for the fact that they really do go together. Don’t believe me? “Adding cannabis edibles to your grilled delights can provide both you and … More Cannabis and … barbeque?
Summertime in Ontario signifies the joyful start of fresh, seasonal produce. Whether it be asparagus, strawberries, plums or sweet corn, having access to locally grown items can be a gamechanger, both in terms of taste and overall quality. And while you may be under the impression you’re buying as much local product as possible, it … More Are you buying as local as you could be?
Eggs are pretty fantastic when you think about it. Not only are they delicious and simple to prepare, but they further contain a multitude of nutrients that benefit the human body. And, they’re a whole lot more, according to ThinkEgg’s website. Eggs actually contain the highest quality protein you can buy, and egg yolks happen … More Let’s talk about eggs
Ciders and summertime pair perfectly. There’s something so refreshing about cracking open a crisp, cool apple cider on a hot summer day, and I imagine a lot of folks would agree with me. If hard cider is your go-to drink when the weather warms up, I have some fantastic news for you: Bonnieheath Estate Lavender … More Move over, Somersby; Folkin’ Hard Cider has you beat
Eating in restaurants nowadays can be a hit or miss experience, depending on where you go. Prices can be far higher than expected; atmosphere can significantly impact overall experience; menu options may be limited. Not to worry, though; Broadway Diner in Hamilton has all of its bases covered. Located on Upper James Street, Broadway Diner … More Broadway Diner: a hidden Hamilton gem
In working at Bonnieheath Estate, a lavender farm and winery, I’ve come to develop a relatively firm understanding of lavender. Prior to starting this job, I had some knowledge of this magical plant, but now that my knowledge has expanded, I thought I would offer a little lavender 101, if you will, in hopes of … More Lavender 101
Cannabis is something that is often misunderstood, in my opinion. When most of us consider cannabis, we think of it being smoked, or consumed in a brownie or a gummy. But, in reality, cannabis can be used in a variety of dishes, and an article originally published at Foli offers up 15 different recipes using this delightful plant. … More Cooking with cannabis
When it comes to wine, whites are my jam. I’ve never been able to get into reds, and honestly, I’m not a fan of them in general. Prior to working at a winery, I never thought I would be writing a blog post with some white wine suggestions for the summer months, but here we … More Summer white wine essentials
Cooking is something a lot of us fear, for many different reasons. Burnt entrees and failed desserts are just a few potential examples as to why someone may be intimidated in the kitchen, amongst other things. Good news, though; cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you have a few tricks on standby. I … More Here’s how to be a pro in the kitchen
If you’re someone who is considering using CBD extract, it can be a little overwhelming to determine which type is best for you. Luckily, an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website outlines the main differences amongst CBD extract, making it a little simpler to figure out which one to go with. The four most common varieties … More Understanding different types of CBD extract
Bees are pretty incredible little guys when you stop to think about it. Their contributions to the environment and food production are remarkable, and with initiatives ever present to encourage us to save and conserve bees, I thought it would be interesting to do a little bit of research about our good friends. Here are … More Let’s talk about bees
Most of us have tried granola at some point on our lives. My question, though, is whether or not the granola we’ve tried is actually tasty. I’ve had several variations of granola, however, I’ve struggled finding one that really gets me going. They’re all pretty similar, typically consisting of nuts, raisins, and granola itself. Then … More Looking for a unique twist on granola? Check out Bakery on Main
Sugary alcoholic drinks have never been my thing. I find them to be excessively sweet (almost like you can feel cavities forming as you sip on them), and honestly, wine and beer have always been my preference. That is, wine and beer were my preference until I discovered Cottage Springs vodka sodas. Now my top … More Here’s why you need to try Cottage Springs’ vodka sodas
My mom and I were grocery shopping a few nights ago at Sobeys, and in the produce section, a display titled “plant-based alternatives” caught my eye. I decided to take a stroll over to the display to see what sorts of items were available. A vast majority of the section consisted of dairy-free cheeses, although … More Plant-based diets: logical or ludicrous?
Wine is something I’ve never really had much luck with. When I became of drinking age, I pretty well stuck with beer, and the odd cooler. Enter my gluten intolerance a few years later, and my beer drinking days came to an end relatively quickly. Coolers are fine for me to continue drinking, but often … More Don’t whine about wine
Eating enough veggies can be hard. Especially if you’re like me, and you find them to be rather bland. And, despite my knowledge of the benefits of consuming copious amounts of greens, I still struggle to do so. I eat vegetables daily, but I would like to eat more, and I would argue many of … More How to sneak more vegetables into your diet
One of the biggest downsides of being intolerant to dairy is not being able to sip on delicious, milky beverages that seem to just hit the spot. Specifically, ones from Starbucks, because they’re bloody delicious. Not to worry, though. It just so happens that after some experimenting and luck, I’ve managed to construct my own … More Here’s how to make a Starbucks-worthy, dairy-free steamer