Bottoms Up: Tipple trends for 2018

I don’t have a crystal ball, nor is my forté predicting the future. However, from what I’ve seen over the last while, certain trends in alcohol seem to exist and will likely carry on throughout 2018. Here are some. The beer industry never seems to suffer, and no matter what, continues to thrive. What I […]

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 […]