Umami: Separating myth from fact

Lisa Hoekstra - August 31, 2015
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Umami was added as the fifth basic taste in the 20th century. It encompasses the “savoury” category of food, providing us with a word to describe just what it is in food like bacon that we love so much. Listen as Aldo Parise, Editor-in-chief of Quench, describes Umami.   As Parise mentions, umami makes dishes taste more savoury and full. It’s a long-lasting, coating sensation …

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3 reasons to love low alcohol wine

Silvana Lau - August 31, 2015

“Another glass of wine?” It’s a common question asked by a gracious host, or an attentive server. But when it’s my mother, “another glass of wine!” is not a question (note the exclamation mark). More a statement of shock rather than a possible offering. My mother is advising, in a not-too-subtle way, that I stop at one glass then put a cork in it. “Mother …

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Decode the secret language of wine writers

Lisa Hoekstra - August 28, 2015

A good review of a wine can mean the difference between buying the bottle and putting it back on the shelf to continue your search. Tasting notes brandish a variety of terms as if they mean something — making the average wine lover, like yourself, just smile, nod, pick up the bottle of rosé with the “light and fruity” sticker and walk away. The wine …

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The Cutting Edge: NEVER use a dull knife

Roger Torriero - August 26, 2015
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Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a knife sharpening seminar hosted by Zwilling J.A. Henkels atToronto’s Montecito restaurant. The session began with a quick yet informative workshop on basic knife skills lead by Chef Jonathan Collins. An interesting point that was introduced was the fact that a sharp knife is safer than a dull knife. “When you have a dull knife,” says Chef Johnathan, …

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Prepare the Ultimate Greek Feast: 3 easy recipes

Quench - August 24, 2015

Are you looking for a delicious menu to serve your guests? Or, an easy meal that is both tasty and family-friendly? These three Greek-inspired recipes (and a few tips from our Associate Editor) will not leave you disappointed. Kalí óreksi! Ultimate Souvlaki Recipe Pork, beef and chicken…this recipe works with them all. All-Star, Easy Tzatziki This yogurt-based sauce is a Greek Feast essential. The Best …

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