How To Taste Red Wines Like A Pro.

In business or hosting parties it’s important to know how to tell the good red wines from the bad. This short tutorial shows you how to impress your guests like a Pro.

How can you taste red wine like a pro? Why should you swirl? What flavors should you look for? To get the answers to these questions –and more– watch HowTo: Taste Red Wine from Wine Spectator.

Get Naughty @MIldred’s

(Liberty Village) 85 Hanna Avenue, Suite 104 Toronto, Ontario Phone: 416 588 5695
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The “hood” of Liberty Village in Toronto is delivering a level of food and service that deserves your attention. A huge modern space, open style kitchen serving a busy and ever growing clientele, what more do you need. Apparently more, in addition to the food we are in need of some mile high naughtiness. I’ll explain, a number of years ago the suggestion/invitation was for customers to have sex in their co-ed bathrooms. Yes I said co-ed as in a shared bathroom, how european n’est-ce pas. Now before you think your birthday has come early and you start heading down to mildred’s to celebrate, there are a few things you should know. Number one they are a restaurant and number two, please observe number one once again. Both owners and staff are notorious for being cheeky, it’s what makes life less boring in my opinion. The truth is it’s actually something that got way out of hand in the media and like any smart business owners, why get in the way. The real story comes from two people that care about what makes a restaurant successful, Kevin Gallagher the savvy front man and Donna Dooer the chef at Mildred’s Temple. Success has a formula and these two owners are the real reason why this restaurant deserves attention. After reading Kaori Furue’s article in the Torontoist back in 2010, you see the picture much clearer about the antics and showmanship they share with themselves and their customers. This character and charm only adds to their religious food following. What you really get at mildred’s is an eclectic group of enthusiastic food lovers, that really enjoy the attention their plate gets before it reaches the table. Simply inspired food, considerate service in a grand open space. As for the naughtiness well… wait for the pilot to set the seatbelt signs to off and hope for a lot of turbulance. 
Please share what you liked most about Mildreds.
My Favorites at Mildreds
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MTK Burger
This handcrafted burger is topped with tomato relish & crispy tobacco onions, served on a pain au lait bun – your choice of mixed greens or frites we bake our buns daily
Mrs. Biederhof’s Legendary Light
& Fluffy Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes served with Lanark County maple syrup & whipped cream.
Veda’s Choice Mildred’s classic poached eggs on a flakey croissant with your choice of smoked salmon or rosemary bacon, topped with Béarnaise sauce & served with mixed greens

Boehmer Restaurant Toronto

Boehmer Restaurant  

93 Ossington Ave. Toronto (at Queen St W.) | 416.531.3800  Menu

 A wonderful combination of elegance and ambience. This tastefully designed restaurant of Chef Paul Boehmer also named after him “Boehmer” On Ossington is a welcoming delight to one’s senses. Assorted cheese plates with a complimenting wine to Kobe Beef on the perfect side of medium. I was quite pleased with everything. Chef Boehmer is at the top of his game after paying his dues in many well known and respected kitchens throughout the city such as The Spoke Club, Opus and The Rose Water Supper Club. If you’re looking for a place to impress your girl, your clients or your friends, this spacious niche and wonderfully knowledgeable staff will help you close any deal. You can find Boehmer on their website www.boehmer.ca Facebook and on Twitter .

A special Thank you to Chef Ross Monro from PEI Culinary Adventures and Medallion Smoked Salmon, Paul Boehmer and the great staff at Boehmer Restaurant.

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The Hippest Pub/Restaurant In Toronto

Ceili Cottage 

(Leslieville 1301 Queen Street East) 

You want unique and hip it’s at Leslie and Queen.

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A small warm unassuming Irish pub that serves up some of the best Oysters and gourmet in the city. The attentive staff, great food, Irish whiskeys and fun loving abuse is what makes this place unique. Don’t even think of ordering a fancy drink here! The owner (Patrick McMurray) is the Guinness world oyster shucking champion and owner of another successful restaurant called the Starfish Oyster Bed & Grill on Adelaide St. Be sure to introduce yourself as he sometimes share some great stories of his escapades around the world. If you ever wondered what it would be like to listen to Lenard Cohen on a actual record player while having dinner in a “patio yurt”, you really need to check this spot out.

The Food:

Some of my favourite meals were of course the Oysters, Mushrooms on toast with blue cheese, The Peat smoked organic Irish salmon with sour cream/lemon and pickled onions.  The Mac & Cheese, and last but not least the braised lamb shank with champ and roasted vegetables. For desert  the sticky toffee pudding is a must.

Starbucks Service With Heart

Every morning I get a Starbucks Long Shot water first Americano from this one location in downtown Toronto. The amazing lady that manages the coffee shop and I had a conversation about the making of an Americano. I was sharing with her how it is never consistent no matter where I go. So I asked her why is it so difficult to make? In my mind Im already in think mode of what it might be. The machines not calibrated or not cleaned regularly as they should be, or Maybe the machine is just running too hot. Well the science behind the answer I got wasn’t expected but it was well received. So here is the breakdown of how to make a perfect Grande Long Shot Water first Americano from a well known and respected expert in the industry. Withheart

People don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. John C. Maxwell

If your interested in how to have one made properly, click on the link below Josh Weiner on Quora has the best explanation of the why and how of a great tasting Americano.

TheBestAmericano

 

Paul’s Spagetti House

Paul’s Spaghetti House 488 Cosburn Ave. Toronto 416-422-4362
I discovered this restaurant through a family friend and it did not disappoint. If you love Italian you’ll love this place. “Take home meals” What I mean is you can’t eat it all in one sitting. (the portions are quite filling.) As they say in Donny Brasco Forgetaboutit! Your next attempt at that same meal takes place at home. A couple of locals loved the Alfredo and the seafood linguini. The only reoccurring theme that needs attention is the slow service . A warm place for a couple or a family , did I also mention affordable. Whatever you eat I’m sure you’ll enjoy!

http://paulsspaghetti.com

Reviews:

http://www.yelp.ca/biz/pauls-spaghetti-east-york

Directions:

http://goo.gl/maps/i98yQ

5 Ways To Use a Concierge Service

IMG_0933Out with friends. A place to stay. A concert. Family time. Are you missing out? Hectic schedules can leave little time to do what matters. Life can easily pass you by, but it doesn’t have to. That’s where a concierge service can help. Originally found behind desks at luxury hotels serving high profile guests and Celebrities the concept has expanded personally and professionally. Concierge Services can now be found in almost every city. They handle outsourcing for businesses and can act as personal assistants for executives & Celebrities. As people try to fit more hours in a day at work and at home you can see how it’s a growing industry. Below are some suggestions as to why using a concierge can improve organizing your life one task at a time.

 Here are 5 ways to get the most out of a concierge service and improve your quality of life.

Save time Instead of trying to handle everything yourself, they can save you time by running your errands and paying your bills.
Reliability A reliable concierge can look after your family and friends while your working or out of town. Manage your property, organize your home and can even shop for you.
Experience By hiring a professional you get a highly skilled person that knows the city, your needs and how to get things done.
Increased flexibility Hiring a concierge service frees up your time so you have more flexibility to attend the things that are most important to you.
Makes Sense Instead of hiring several people for specific tasks, save time and money by hiring an experienced concierge that can handle it all. It will reduce your costs and save you time.

I hope this short example of what a concierge can do for your lifestyle helps and remember the only limit to exceptional services is your imagination.