Cover photo by Martin.Cos, used under Creative Commons license

Happy 2016

To celebrate the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, we had a few friends over. Matt & Kaylea co-hosted, and we opened a little wine and served a little food. Here’s the menu:


  • Malpeque
  • Lucky Lime
  • Glacier Bay

Paired with

  • Stratus White 2010 (ON)
  • Bachelder Chardonnay 2012 (Bourgogne)
  • Fielding Rock Pile Pinot Gris 2013 (ON)
  • Benjamin Bridge Brut Reserve 2005 (NS)
  • Steam Whistle Pilsner (ON)
  • Muskoka Detour Session Ale (ON)



  • Grilled lobster rolls
  • Garlic cheese twists w/ donair sauce
  • Fried pepperoni

Paired with

  • Lightfoot & Wolfville Chardonnay 2013 (NS)
  • Pearl Morissette Chardonnay 2009 (ON)
  • Le Vieux Pin ‘Ava’ Viognier/Marsanne 2013 (BC)
  • Boxing Rock Cascadian Dark Ale (NS)
  • Uncle Leo’s IPA (NS)



  • Ahi Tuna
  • Organic Scottish salmon

Paired with

  • Thirty Bench ‘Wild Cask’ Riesling 2013 (ON)
  • Hugel & Fils ‘Jubilee’ Pinot Gris 2009 (Alsace)
  • Weihenstephaner (Germany)
  • Blanche de Chambly (QC)



  • Lamb lollipops
  • Flank steak
  • Venison rolls

Paired with

  • Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (USA)
  • Yacochuya Malbec 2005 (Argentina)
  • Pierre Amadieu Gigondas 2012 (Rhone)
  • Domain Queylus Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2010 (ON)
  • Boshkung Milk Stout (ON)
  • Innocente Charcoal Porter (ON)



  • Perrier Jouët Grand Brut (Champagne)
  • Bruno Paillard Premier Cuvée (Champagne)
  • Duval LeRoy Brut Reserve (Champagne)
  • Roederer Estate Brut Rosé (California)
  • Peller Ice Cuvée Rosé (ON)
  • Mikkeller Black Imperial Stout (Denmark)


There was sabering of champagne bottles, a grill fire, and cheers-ing at midnight.

Kaylea and Matt spent the next day here. We lazed about, watched the entire first season of Game Of Thrones, played Cards Against Humanity, ate the charcuterie and pulled pork we didn’t get to the night before, posed action-figure Daryl Dixon in odd ways, and drank a bunch of other sparkling.

Two days later there was some cleaning up:


Cover photo by Martin.Cos, used under Creative Commons license

“Bring the hammer, Daddy.”

Look here, man: we’re old. Too old for the usual New Year’s Eve shit…long lines, drunk people, bad menus, no taxis, all the rest. So we decided to finally put this big new kitchen to use, dip into the special corner of the wine rack, and get caught up on some 2012 movies.

That’s flank steak marinated in olive oil, balsamic, and rosemary with potatoes (roasted with sea salt and pink peppercorns) and sweet potatoes (roasted with chardonnay salt and white peppercorns). We had it with a Suckfizzle 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon that we brought back from Australia’s Margaret River region. Earlier we’d had shrimp and scallops and roasted corn with a Norman Hardie 2008 Cuvee L Chardonnay; later we had lemon and apple tarts with a Tawse 2009 Spark.

We also watched two movies I’d never heard of, but both of which were amongst the top-rated films of 2012.

The Angels’ Share (imdb | rotten tomatoes) followed the pattern of other Ken Loach movies, in that I could barely understand what the characters said half the time. Even so, it was a surprisingly enjoyable film…funny, feel-good but not overly precious.

Turns out The Loved Ones (imdb | rotten tomatoes) actually debuted at TIFF in 2009 — almost certainly in the Midnight Madness programme — but it didn’t come out in North America until 2012. It was good — maybe not 97% on Rotten Tomatoes good — but an entertaining little torture porn homage to Carrie and Pretty In Pink.

And thus did our 2012 end: with a crazy Australian chick trying to drill people to death.

Happy nom year


Given the traveling around we’ve been doing, and the colds I’ve just gotten over and Nellie hasn’t quite yet, and the fact that we’re old and can’t be bothered with douchebags-ridden bars or over-anxious servers, we decided to just relax at home for New Year’s Eve last night with some awesome food and wine. What you see up there, piled on a huge cutting board (a recent anniversary gift from my parents) is: