Bottoms Up: Dr. WineKnow’s wine tidbits

Grappa King Still Going Strong Sandro Bottega is well known among lovers of wine and spirits. His Proseccos are very popular here in Ontario and his Grappas – especially noted for the beautifully designed, artistic, hand-blown bottles they come in – are renowned worldwide as among the best. I spent a week with Sandro in […]

Christmas is more than trappings

Are you ready? This is the time of year when we start asking others, or may ourselves be asked: “Are you ready?” And of course, we all know what it is that most of us are getting ready for at this time of year, don’t we. People do all kinds of things, take part in […]

Do ‘Boobies’ have a place in schools?

Imagine, for a moment, a student walking down the school hallway with a T-shirt on that says, “Teachers are blankety blanks!” He or she would be sent down to the office and probably home faster than you can say “repugnant.” And that is as it should be. Principals have the power to control what messages […]

Expectations for our dogs have to be realistic

A number of years ago I read an article written by a well-known local dog trainer. At the time the article really caught my attention, and I still think of it often. Basically the point of the article was to highlight some differences in behavior that the author had noted in dogs on a trip […]

Not all retirements are the same

In preparing for retirement, each individual’s circumstances will impact when they can retire and how much income they will have during retirement. Let’s look at two individuals earning the same income and working for 30 years. Both are age 60. They each have five years to prepare for retirement. Marta: Marta is age 60 and […]

Eye on Business

Howard Chang, President of Top Drawer Creative, has been called a “kind and gentle entrepreneur,” the kind who likes to find a good balance between work and life, the kind most of us would like to work for. From humble beginnings as the owner of BikeEnergy in the Beach back in the 1980s, Chang has […]

Bottoms Up: Chilean wines offer good value

There’s no arguing with the popularity of Chilean wines today. They’re always juicy, well-made and very indicative of their terroir. Furthermore, they represent great value for the dollar, are extremely enjoyable and infinitely food-friendly. Two of this country’s famous wineries that have been a mainstay in this market for years, and have helped catapult Chilean […]

The Main Menu: Try some gluten-free recipes

Gluten is increasingly causing problems these days. More people complain about being sensitive to the gluten contained in wheat, reporting a number of medical conditions from mild discomfort to a full celiac condition. There are also people who are allergic to gluten which causes an anaphylactic reaction when they eat products containing it. For these […]