Bottoms Up: The psychology of a menu

It’s the holiday season and many of us will be dining out a fair bit. Whether ordering food or drinks, did you know that menus are designed to psychologically push us to order specific items? It’s called “menu engineering” and much research has gone into how it works. Let’s start with the look and feel […]

Bottoms Up: All the Presidents’ Drinks

Ever wonder what alcoholic tipple the presidents of the United States were sipping while in the White House? Whether personally or at state dinners, most enjoyed a drink of some sort in varying degrees while a few did not indulge at all. Here’s a brief synopsis of what each liked and perhaps served to guests. […]

There’s no place like a home bar

Most folks have the makings of an alcoholic drink at home when entertaining, but an actual bar is impressive and classy. Mixing a drink at your own bar can help romance a date, impress a friend or relative or even help schmooze your boss or a business client. You’ll also feel wonderful knowing appreciative people […]

‘Old Vines’ wine is worth the time

If you’re a wine drinker I’m sure you’ve come across the term “Old Vines” when shopping for bottles. Sometimes the varietal will follow on some labels such as “Old Vine Zinfandel” or “Old Vine Grenache”. Other times there’s a subheading on the label stating the wine was made from “Old Vines”. You’ll see the term […]

This street festival has ‘good taste’

Summer in Toronto is not complete without the largest street festival in Canada that takes place early in August every year. I’m talking, of course, about Greektown’s “Taste of the Danforth” (August 11-13 this year). Organized by the Greek Town on Danforth, it started back in 1994 when a group of restaurateurs on the Danforth […]

Wonderful summer whites

This article was first published June 18, 2013 Ah summer…hot, lazy, long days of endless sunshine! The perfect time to just kick back with a glass of cool, white vino! Not just any wine, though! You’ll want something that’s light, fruity, crisp and clean with little, if any, oak at all. Put aside those big, […]

LCBO on strike? Try a mocktail

Now that summer is officially here, it’s time once again to enjoy cool refreshing drinks – and alcohol doesn’t have to be a part of it. There are more “mocktails” (mock cocktails) out there than you can possibly imagine, utilizing everything from muddled fruit, sparkling water and soda to fresh juices, infused syrups, herbs and […]