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4 Events and Entertainment Around the GTA 11 Sexapalooza 12 Calendar of Events 15 Playdium
17 Kevin O’Leary
Mike Holmes pg. 22
19 Shopping for a Bed 20 Mortgage Brokers 22 Ice Dams with Mike Holmes 24 Minto Southshore 27 U.S. Car Scams
29 Love is in the Air 32 The Wellness Belt
34 Are you Someone’s Valentine? 37 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
Food & Drink
40 Bartending School of Ontario 41 Recipes 53 Tony Aspler’s Wine Picks 54 Readers’ Wine Picks
58 Crossword & Sudoku 60 Horoscope
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events& entertainment around the gta by Darren C. Jacob
February is the shortest month, yet it seems to be a busy one with something always going on. February is the month a groundhog pokes his head out of his hole to let us know if we can expect an early spring. It’s the month that has that one day dedicated to celebrate the love we have for the ones close to us. And we can’t about Family Day! The deep freeze is definitely upon us and I’m sure all anyone wants to do is hide indoors to stay warm. Well hopefully some of these events will give you that urge to get out of hibernation, and don’t you worry … they are indoors! Black History Month. Each year the city of Toronto holds events and exhibits to celebrate Black History month. They encourage members of the public to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions, and culture of African Canadians. Through community activities, organizers stage an accurate picture of Black history in this country and throughout North America. This is an opportunity to recognize the past and present contributions that African Canadians make in areas such as education, medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics and human rights. The Toronto Public Library organizes numerous events planned throughout the month. A full line-up of events can be found at www.torontopubliclibrary.ca 4 www.onthego.to
Winterlicious January 25th, 2013– February 7th, 2013 I know this is the tail end of this event but it’s such a great thing; I have to mention it. If you are a foodie like me, Winterlicious is a unique culinary event where one can discover some amazing dishes. This year Winterlicious has the largest restaurant list to date with 191 venues participating. All restaurants have a prix fixe lunch and dinner menu; lunch prices range from $15–$25 and dinner from $25–$45. Menus include a starter, entrée and dessert. Unfortunately, beverages are extra. For a full list of participating restaurants check out the Winterlicious map at www.toronto.ca.
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Hear the Grammy Award-winning Breakfast In America live on stage. Featuring “Logical Song”, “Goodbye Stranger, “Take the Long Way Home” and more!
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Six unemployed steelworkers, come up with a bold way to make some quick cash after seeing how much their wives enjoy their “Girls Night Out.”
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The Canadian International AutoShow Friday Feb. 15th, 2013 – Sunday Feb. 24th, 2013 This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian International AutoShow and to celebrate the occasion the auto show will combine the elegant past with the best of the present and visions of the future. This event provides the total automotive experience with over 600,000 square feet of displays, big prize giveaways and appealing exhibits. Showcases include Auto Exotica, featuring the world’s finest automobiles; the Eco Drive Showcase, featuring a wide array of clean fuel-efficient vehicles; and the Hot Rod Builders Showcase, featuring original customized cars and trucks built by Canadians. That’s just scratching the surface of this great automotive event. There is so much more to experience so make sure to wear comfortable shoes! For more information visit www.autoshow.ca.
the Wizard of Oz And if musicals tickle your fancy, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s new production of the Wizard of Oz is performing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. It’s an adaptation of the all-time classic movie which has been reconceived for the stage. It contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar winning movie along with some new surprises! For show times and ticket prices visit www.mirvish.com.
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live music For the music enthusiasts there are some notable artists performing this month around the city. Lady GaGa – Feb. 8th, 2013 – Air Canada Centre Yo La Tengo – Feb. 9th, 2013 – The Phoenix Bon Jovi – Feb. 18th, 2013 – Air Canada Centre Maroon 5 – Feb. 19th, 2013 – Air Canada Centre Indigo Girls – Feb. 20th, 2013 – Danforth Music Hall valentine’s day February 14th is the day dedicated to love. Even if you do something special every other day of the year, this is the day it’s expected that you show your love. Sowhat are your plans? There are always the classic (overpriced) flowers accompanied with a candlelit dinner; and there is nothing wrong with that, but make sure you book ahead. Toronto’s romantic restaurants fill up quickly. If you want to try something different, something that will stay in their minds and hearts for years to come, there are options. Try something active like a dance class and learn the salsa or the waltz. Show your partner how great you can move! How about a nice romantic outdoor skate at Nathan Phillips Square; or how about a 15km skyline tour of Toronto in a helicopter? It’s just you and your lover, along with the pilot of course, flying across the city! It doesn’t get much better than that. Options for Valentine’s Day are endless if you use your imagination and think out of the box. One shouldn’t have a problem finding something romantic to do just make sure you plan ahead because everything will be overrun with bubbly emotion.
family day February 18th, 2013 I personally love Family Day. It’s a day off from work and I feel it makes the winter blues a little sunnier! Family Day always falls on the third Monday of the month, which happens to be February 18th, 2013. Plan to take part in activities in which the whole family can enjoy; anything from art exhibitions, a visit to the museum, catching a movie, or something as simple as playing a board game. This holiday takes you away from the hustle and bustle of work to celebrate the importance of family life. Happy Family Day to all!
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Sexapalooza Want to know dull old Toronto’s dirty little secret? We like sex. So we brought you the Top 10 Things to do for your own Sexapalooza: DANCING GIRLS Burlesque dancing girls, poledancing girls, erotic dancing girls … What is not to like? WORKSHOP YOUR SEXUALITY Seminars on everything from G-Spot to understanding the big fuss over 50 Shades. PARTICIP-ACTION Get on stage as part of a contest and win a prize. Fake your best orgasm, show your knowledge of sexual positions in the bedroom and then have your photo on Facebook before you even get off the stage. THE DUNGEON Need we say more? Held in a draped off , no-cameras-please area, the Dungeon is all about BDSM, or Bondage-Discipline/DominationSadism-Masochism to the uninitiated. The Dungeon is manned by the BDSM community hoping “to educate and help people explore.”
ALLEY OF FANTASIES The Alley is a series of large painted panels depicting carious compromising positions; punters poke their heads through the cut-outs and have their photos taken. BODY PAINTING Models and show-goers alike can strip down, throw on a few discreetlyplaced pasties and be expertly painted as a unicorn, tiger, fantasyfairy-vampire-thingy, or anything else that comes to mind. SHOPPING A great place to spend wads of money (cash, debit and credit accepted) on the latest sex toys, personal care items, latex products, bedroom accessories and more and more. Bondage in the Bedroom Kitty’s Boutique will demonstrate the easiest way to tie your partner down with their Bondage Sheet set.
Urban Dictionary definition of Sexapalooza: “The act of having so much great sex over a period of time that you cannot easily recall any one specific sex act.” BACK TO SCHOOL A quiet movie theatre runs back to back educational movies from the Sinclair Institute. SEX MUSEUM On a much smaller scale than New York’s famous Museum of Sex, the show’s modest version still aims to amuse, titillate and educate.
Sexapalooza takes place from March 1–3, 2013 at the International Centre, Mississauga. For more info visit www.sexapalooza.ca.
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t.o. postcard club show jap. can. culture centre
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domestic violence confer. ladysmith black mambazo love her rose theatre brampton corus quay delta chelsea hotel FEB 26 – Mar 1 STRATFORD GARDEN FESTIVAL STRATFORD ROTARY COMPLEX FEB 28 – MAR 3
managing your cash flow the rhubarb festival buddies in bad times theatre north york civic centre feb 20 – mar 3 singles night of paintball love will keep us together sgt. splatter’s roy thomson hall FEB 19 – 20
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PLAYDIUM THE ULTIMATE PLACE TO PLAY
Playdium is the ultimate interactive, virtual and physical entertainment centre for energetic families. The 40,000 sq. ft. indoor complex features more than 200 high-tech attractions, rides and simulators.
uring your next visit check out the MaxFlight Roller Coaster Simulator or Laser Maze. Also check out dozens of new video and redemption games including SnoCross, Dark Escape 4D, Connect 4 and Big Buck Hunter HD! Playdium has an 11-acre outdoor park featuring one of Canada’s longest GoKart tracks. Other outdoor attractions include mini golf, bungee trampoline and Water Wars where you catapult water balloons and try to soak your opponents. The enclosed Baseball Dome features 9 variable speed Batting Cages. Spend the day playing on all the exciting games and attractions. Check out the Redemption Zone games and collect tickets, then visit Playdium’s exciting Redemption Store where you can redeem your tickets for plush toys, electronics and handheld games.
Refuel and energize yourself at Playdium’s diner. Here you can feast on a full menu of delicious appetizers, entrées, snacks beverages and pizza from Pizza Pizza. Make Playdium part of your next Birthday Celebration and put your party into high gear! Check out their party packages and get ready for extreme fun with over 200 of today’s most popular fully interactive games for a one-of-a-kind birthday experience. Playdium offers unique party rooms, birthday host/hostess and great packages with all the extras. Take your party to the next level of celebration! The facility also accommodates corporate events as well as youth groups, school groups and sports team celebrations and banquets. Watch for Playdium’s amazing Family Day Special available Feb. 18 & March Break Special available March 11–17, 2013.
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Kevin o’leary canada’s own fire-breathing
by Alana Anderson
Well known across North America as Canada’s own fire-breathing dragon, as well as the savage shark that he is, the outspoken Kevin O’Leary has made more than a name for himself as the face of efficacious entrepreneurship. Even though we may associate him with the up-front aggressive businessman he seems to be, we tend to forget that his millions were acquired thanks to a bank full of ideas, initiative and ambition.
any years ago, hidden away in his basement with empty pockets and a full list of ideas, Kevin began what would later become his claim to fame, Softkey Software Products. As business began to soar, Kevin did too; with full intentions to conquer the business in itself by buying out all his competitors like Mindscape, Broderbund and the Learning Company. These actions gave him the competitor’s edge he has kept with him throughout his career, and finally gave other business personnel a real reason to be intimidated. Kevin O’Leary is famed by associates and fans for his aggressively innate approach on his businesses and style. Having the charisma, the “know how”, and the ambition has encouraged sponsors to endorse just about anything he has presented, which in 1999 pushed him to sell Softkey Software Products to the Mattel Toy company for a staggering $4.2 billion. To date, this was one of the largest deals done within the consumer software industry. Needless to say, Kevin www.onthego.to 17
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Kevin O’Leary appears on Dragon’s Den, Sundays at 8pm, and The Lang & O’Leary Exchange, weeknights at 6:30pm on CBC Television.
O’Leary quickly became the man to watch for in regards to his perpetual success and business knowledge. The kind of man who prefers to take matters in his own hands, Kevin later shunned his money managers, and created his own invenstment fund company, O’Leary Funds, a venture that now manages over $1 billion in assets. Kevin has spoken many times about his “get paid while you wait” philosophy, and seemingly, his “waiting” has truly has paid off. One thing there is to know about Kevin O’Leary is that he just won’t slow down. When Kevin’s not swamped in a world of numbers and contracts, he’s at his office in West Palm Beach, racking his brain for his next big move. Being the Chairman of O’Leary Funds was in no way where he left off; he is also Chairman of O’Leary Mortgages, a mortgage company that makes home financing 18 www.onthego.to
honest, straightforward and direct; he is a founding investor and director of Stream Global, an international business outsourcing company; and he’s on the investment committee of Boston’s prestigious 200-yearold Hamilton Trust. Oh, and did I mention he also serves on the executive board of The Richard Ivey School of Business? Needless to say, this man is more than impressive. Aside from his numerous businesses, Kevin O’Leary has also devoted himself to being one of Canada’s most easily recognizable television and radio personalities. Alongside Amanda Lang, O’Leary hosts The Lang and O’Leary Exchange, where the two debaters discuss finance and meet with some of the most influential people in the business world. Kevin also does a daily news show on News Talk Radio about what’s going on in the business world today. Obviously, there’s no forgetting Dragon’s Den, the show that broadcasted Kevin’s aggressive business approach across Canada, giving him a long list of fans to handle as well as a very busy schedule. Shark Tank, the American version of CBC’s Dragon’s Den, also features O’Leary, allowing him more than one chance to have yet another entrepreneur quiver in their boots. More recently, O’Leary has released a follow up to his first book, Cold Hard Truth On
Business, Money, and Life, with another: Cold Hard Truth On Men, Women & Money. In this latest book, O’Leary shares his secrets to wealth and success in a way that’s relatable for anyone in any walk of life. Written with his children in mind, Kevin gives great advice on being “Wallet Wise”, how to make your money grow, a list of investment rules to live by, and numerous other topics. Kevin is in no way perfect, and by using personal experiences to teach his knowledge to others has only added to his “legendary” label. With a long list of accomplishments, and an even longer list of up-and-coming projects, Kevin O’Leary has effortlessly made more than a name for himself. He is living proof that success, though never immediate, will grace you if you have the knowledge and the attitude to conquer it. To learn more, visit www.kevinoleary.com.
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Shopping for a Bed by Yanic Simard
Yanic can be seen on City’s Cityline. Cityline airs weekdays at 9 a.m. on City. 1 The Base I recommend buying a new box spring every time you purchase a new mattress, because older box springs may not give you optimum support. If you are purchasing a box spring, be sure to keep the measurements in mind! The rigid frame can’t bend through small hallways and openings, so you may need to purchase a double box spring (2 smaller parts). 2 The Core The most popular core seems to still be the pocket coil core, where coils are individually wrapped to make flexible pocket clusters. This flexibility helps to contour the surface to the natural curvature of the spine. There is also memory foam core, which is a high-density, pressure-relieving foam that has the ability to adjust to an individual’s shape. Some people find that the foam can get quite warm as it traps your body heat as well, so there are new gel-infused versions which I personally really like. Improving upon the traditional memory foam,
If you sleep a little more than I do, you probably spend about one third of your life in bed. I know shopping for a mattress and box spring doesn’t sound like the most exciting purchase in the world, like buying a new sofa or dining table, but it is one of the most important ones you’ll ever make since you invest a lot of time here after you buy it. Below are my top 3 things to consider before you make the big purchase. mattresses such as the Dormeo Octaspring use a high-tech memory foam spring system to help regulate your body temperature, letting you stay comfy and warm the right way. This innovative concept seems to be the technology most people will sleep on in the very near future.
and generally higher end models will have better quality foams that may include layers of memory foam and/ or latex. They can also be upholstered in quality fabrics such as cashmere and silk. Ultimately, you can never be sure how any brand will feel until you try it out. Sweet dreaming!
3 The Padding While the bed’s core is made to support the body and align your spine, the padding is like icing — all about luxury and personal taste. Pillow tops can be filled with a wide range of fills,
— Yanic Simard, Cityline guest expert and Principal Designer at Toronto Interior Design Group www.tidg.ca www.facebook.com/yanic.simard www.twitter.com/yanicsimard
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A Mortgage Broker
the Best Way to Find Your Way Home Variable rates. Multiple lenders. Bi-weekly payments. Open mortgages. Homeownership can be a complicated, bewildering affair. There’s so much at stake. The decisions you make during the purchase process can affect your family’s financial fortunes for years down the road.
ne of the best ways to navigate the potential pitfalls of homeownership — and ensure you get a better deal — is to enlist the care and help of a licensed Mortgage Broker. Mortgage Brokers make their living by offering a combination of advice, service, choices and savings that can simplify the homeownership process. After all, homeownership is more than a great rate. A Mortgage Broker can help you make smart decisions about the many issues you’ll encounter, including: Is homeownership right for you? It’s a big step and not for everyone. But if you can answer yes to a few questions you may be ready. Are you financially stable? Do you have basic financial management skills? Do you have a bit of time for day-to-day maintenance? If you answered yes to these questions then homeownership is likely for you. What do you need to know about the buying process? Lots. Including how to search for a home. Hint: a Mortgage Broker can recommend a real estate agent who knows your area and understands the local market trends. Plus, there’s a host of other decisions to make such as exactly how high you 20 www.onthego.to
should go during the offer process and what kind of mortgage to get, fixed or variable. How can I achieve homeownership faster? This one’s easy: save more of your money. Sacrifice now for rewards later. Work out a budget and stick to it. Whatever you can do to build a bigger downpayment is worth it. Remember, in Canada, if you can’t put down 20% of the purchase price you will have to pay mortgage default insurance. What should I know after I am a homeowner? Most of what you need to know can be put into one word: planning. Plan to pay your mortgage on time. Plan for the operating costs of a home. Plan to have to pay for emergencies such as a new furnace or a roof. Plan to live within a budget. While homeownership is a life-changing decision, it’s important to know you have options. And one of the best ways to explore all your options is with a licensed Mortgage Broker. Talk to one today, and see what your next best move should be.
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1 Fall 2012 consumer and industry survey “Mortgage Insights” commissioned by CAAMP (The Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals); released in December 2012
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Ice dams & your roof Many people think snow-covered roofs dripping with icicles look beautiful. But if it was my house I’d be worried. Icicles can be dangerous. They’re also a sign of an ice dam — which can lead to bigger problems.
n ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining away through your eavestroughs and downspouts. For an ice dam to form there has to be snow on the roof. This snow starts to melt — either from the heat of the sun, or from heat escaping from the attic. This water flows down the roof under the snow and re-freezes when it reaches an unheated portion of the roof — usually at the eaves — where it starts to build into an ice dam. The ice dam grows through a cycle of freezing and thawing, and can get very thick. It can also spill over your eaves and form those ‘beautiful’ icicles. Ice dams can also form on houses
that have complicated roof designs — especially around skylights because they have less insulation around them allowing heat to escape. Ice dams prevent water from flowing down. It will eventually back up, finding its way under the shingles and into the attic. A thick ice dam can damage roof flashing, fascia and soffits. It can even shift vent stacks and create gaps that allow water into your roof. That water can flow into your exterior wall cavities and end up in your basement. Or it can leak into your home and cause damage to walls, ceilings and insulation. That’s why I’m a big fan of ice and water shield. It forms a barrier
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to water and helps prevent moisture from working its way into your home. Minimum code calls for roofing felt over the entire roof and ice and water shield just along the eaves. But I think it should be used all over the roof as a secondary membrane. If you have an ice dam you might be tempted to use heating cables on your roof and eavestroughs. But this doesn’t solve the problem. To get rid of them for good your attic must be properly insulated and ventilated. Your attic is a cold zone — the attic temperature should be the same as the air outside. If there’s enough insulation in the attic it will stop heat from escaping and melting the snow on the roof. Proper ventilation keeps the exterior of your roof uniformly cold. If your roof stays cold the snow won’t melt. Also make sure you have enough roof vents — and that they aren’t covered by insulation on the inside or snow on the outside. If you have an ice dam don’t try to remove it yourself. It’s dangerous — for you and for your shingles. You can slip, your ladder can slip, and removing ice from the edge of a sloped roof can release chunks of ice higher up that can slide down towards you, tearing shingles on the way. People have died from icicles falling from their roof. Get a professional with the proper equipment and training to remove it for you.
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minto southshore Stunning City Towns in the Lush Centre of Etobicoke
Minto Southshore is a collection of 148 City Towns neatly nestled in the heart of Etobicoke, close to the incredible Toronto waterfront, verdant parks and top notch public schools. The development, a collaboration by Minto and Diamondcorp, is removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, yet it maintains an exciting urban dynamic with plenty of shopping, nightlife and convenient transit right at its doorstep.
anging from 944 to 1,612 square feet, suites at Minto Southshore feature open concept designs as well as stainless steel appliances and granite countertops in the kitchens. Minto and Diamondcorp have also built-in a range of green features that promise to keep residents’ maintenance costs low. All suites are built to Energy Star specifications and the development is a LEED Canada for Homes Silver candidate. With features like Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) delivering fresh, filtered air throughout the suites and water efficient showerheads and faucets preventing excessive water consumption, you can rest easy knowing that you are saving money and lessening your environmental impact. Ownership at Minto Southshore is now possible starting from the mid $300’s with a low 5% deposit and a monthly mortgage payment as low as $1,235. And, for a limited time, the developer is offering to pay your taxes and maintenance for one year. Having reached the 50% sold mark, Minto Southshore is scheduled 24 www.onthego.to
to break ground in February. That means time is of the essence if you want to take advantage of preconstruction pricing. The developers have also recently introduced a new suite collection that they’ve dubbed the “Horizon Terrace Suites.” The 1,206 square foot, twobedroom suite features a private rooftop terrace that’s perfect for entertaining guests in the comfort of your own home. Ten of these terrace suites have already been sold in January so they are a hot commodity
amongst homebuyers. Head over to the sales centre at 3605 Lake Shore Boulevard West to speak with a sales representative about the current incentives and the new terrace suite release today! The sales centre is open Monday to Thursday between 12pm and 7pm and Saturday and Sunday between 12pm and 5pm. It is closed on Fridays. Call the sales centre at 416-913-2136 and visit the website today: www.mintosouthshore.com.
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Targeting Canadian Car Buyers Continue
OMVIC, the regulator of motor vehicle sales in Ontario, is warning car buyers of yet another online scam targeting Canadians. According to Carey Smith, OMVIC Director of Investigations, Husen Original Autos advertises on online vehicle marketplaces such as AutoTrader.ca, Wheels.ca, E-bay.ca, Craigslist.ca and Kijiji.ca, offering high-end late model vehicles at prices that are often “too good to be true.”
mith explains this phony dealer’s website claims to be based in Phoenix AZ, however the business does not actually exist: “According to Arizona authorities Husen is not licensed and they have no physical presence. Their advertised address is actually a retired fire hall, now used as a community service building.” Husen Original Autos appears to be the latest incarnation of Ambient Auto Center and Sprint
Luxury Auto. Both were phony dealerships supposedly based in Oklahoma. According to Smith, “Husen’s website looks nearly identical to Ambient’s and Sprint’s and their methods of operation appear to be the same.” Terry O’Keefe, OMVIC Manager of Communications, says these frauds specifically target Canadians and are very sophisticated. “The websites are very professional and contain extensive inventory
and convincing customer testimonials; they’ve even created recommendations on referral websites and forums. We know of six victims of the Ambient scam so far: those victims lost nearly $240,000.” Unfortunately because of the multi-jurisdictional nature of these international scams, investigations and prosecutions are difficult and expensive. “The scammers know this — it’s why they are targeting Canadians,” explains O’Keefe.
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OMVIC strongly cautions Ontarians considering buying vehicles remotely, whether privately or from a dealer in another state or province, and offers the following tips: • Beware of a price that is considerably lower than the average market price. If a price seems too good to be true it should be seen as a warning, not an opportunity. • Travel to see the vehicle — don’t rely on pictures or a convincing website. If a buyer can’t travel to see the vehicle, hire an appraiser or mechanic to inspect the vehicle. They can ensure the
vehicle actually exists and the seller is who they claim to be. • Check with state or provincial regulators/authorities to ensure dealers are licensed. • Purchase a vehicle history report for the vehicle — don’t simply rely on a report provided by the seller: they can be altered. • Don’t wire money or provide a credit card without first doing all your homework. • Don’t do it — consider that the savings are probably not worth the gamble, especially in light of the rapid proliferation of these scams.
O’Keefe wants Ontarians to know “they are only protected by Ontario’s consumer protection laws and only have access to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Compensation Fund when they buy from an Ontario-registered dealer. If consumers buy privately or outside the province, and something goes wrong, they are basically on their own. It’s simply not worth the risk.” To learn more about your car buying rights and about OMVIC, visit booth F600-23 at the Canadian International AutoShow.
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otg | fitness
love is in the air By Michelle Betts
It’s that time of year where love is in the air. The month of Feb is completely devoted on expressing to the people you love how you feel. Well, this year I would like you to dedicate it to loving yourself and getting healthy. Read on for three simple tips to completely fall in love with you. EXERCISE To truly love yourself you must get your body moving and exercise. Exercise produces endorphins which make you happy, not to mention when you look good it’s a proven fact you feel better. Whatever way you choose to exercise strive for 3-5 times per week. NUTRITION Nutrition is key to loving yourself and feeling good. When you eat healthy and put healthy foods in your body, once again, you feel better. Your energy levels rise and your skin and hair look and feel fantastic. A simple way to start eating healthy is for every meal, add a vegetable. Eating a vegetable at every meal is an easy start to healthy nutrition.
SLEEP To really love yourself you absolutely must need to rest. Sleep is essential to living a healthy life. When you get adequate sleep you feel better and statistics have shown that you eat less. When the body sleeps it also repairs its muscles and regenerates its cells. Always strive for 6-8 hours of sleep, if you start implementing this, I promise you will feel great and notice the difference. Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day and a healthy February. I challenge you to dedicate this month to loving yourself by exercising, eating nutritiously, and getting adequate sleep. May you all feel and look amazing!!! xoxo Michelle For more tips follow me on twitter: @michellebetts
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Only 30 minutes from London and conveniently located just off Hwy 401 (Exit 218), Ingersoll’s Elm Hurst Inn & Spa has been an Ontario landmark since 1872. With forty-nine newly-renovated Inn Rooms, locally-inspired dining, and an Aveda Spa we are the perfect spot for a restful night, delicious meal, or a romantic getaway. Complimentary breakfast, WiFi and parking.
The Port Stanley Festival Theatre is a 150 seat theatre located in the former Town Hall building on the North Shore of beautiful Lake Erie in Port Stanley, Ontario. Our mission is to enhance the artistic, cultural and economic life of the village of Port Stanley and surrounding areas through the production of appealing summer theatre which highlight Canadian works in mainly drama, comedy and musical-comedy. Play by the Lake!
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How An Incredible Canadian Invention Came to Be Doctors Craig and Elda Curphey practiced together in Canada and noticed a very high percentage of their patients had degrading physical conditions due to insufficient activity levels. In most cases, they recommended an increase in weight-bearing exercise as part of a rehabilitative approach.
owever, only about 1 in 10 patients would actually join a fitness facility or start an exercise program. Why? They gave 3 main reasons: No time. Negative attitude towards exercise. Too Expensive. There were also an alarming number of women visiting their office over the age of 30 who were on osteoporosis medications such as hormone replacement therapy, or bisphosphonate drugs such as Actonel or Fosamax. Most were uninformed about the lower effectiveness and the highly worrisome side effects of these medications. Again, the Curpheys encouraged the women to perform weight-bearing exercise as a much more effective and safer alternative, but the same reasons were given for non-performance. 32 www.onthego.to
They wanted the convenience of pills, so even with the awareness of very dangerous side effects they chose to believe, “It can’t happen to me.” Women have stroked and passed away while on these meds, so it does happen and it deeply affects the families involved. Studies conducted by Dr. Christine Snow at the University of Oregon conclude that weightbearing exercise significantly increases an individual’s ability to prevent hip fractures and strengthen their bones preventing and even reversing osteoporosis. It also suggested that “wearing” external weight, such as a weighted vest, during the performance of normal everyday activities produces the same benefits as working out at the gym. There are major drawbacks with weighted vests, however, that make them undesirable for use every day. People would only consider
wearing an external weighted device if it was convenient and attractive so the idea of a vest was transformed into a weighted belt instead. During prototyping, patients reported loss of inches, increased energy and endurance, and those who had bone density scans done reported only increases. The most astonishing feedback however, was from chronic back pain patients reporting that their spine problems had simply gone away! Sounds too good to be true? Don’t be surprised — these results are simply what happens when you correct your posture and increase your activity. Wear the Wellness Belt and begin enjoying all the benefits personally. That little change will not only change your life, it can SAVE your life!
otg | valentine’s day
are you someone’s
valentine? by Alana Anderson
Valentine’s Day is always a day that I try to do my best to avoid. I just happen to be one of those people who have just not yet bought into the holiday, in love or alone; I just can’t bring myself to play along. If someone wants to give me a heart shaped candy, I think, “cool! That was nice!” But if my significant other gave me a heart shaped pendant, I would beg for the receipt.
y boyfriend and I have been together for just about two years, and admittedly, I’m starting to get a tad mushy, despite being too proud. I don’t need presents, but you can never go wrong with a bit of special attention right? This goes both ways, so I want to show him that I love him too. Granted, Valentine’s Day is almost always a toss-up holiday. There are those people who would rather bury themselves alive than be forced into a mushy-gushy candlelit dinner. Then there are those who gift their partners diamonds and two weeks of vacation and effortlessly make the rest of us look like cheapskates. As well, there are people like me, who disregard the holiday and make our significant others feel disregarded themselves. Listen — romance is not dead and gentlemen are in no way extinct. Ladies do not sit back and wait for any lavish attention, find a way to show it yourselves! 34 www.onthego.to
You are going to have to determine your own personal degree of romance. Are you going to display your love in an overboard, above and beyond kind of way? Or are you going to stay a little lustfully understated? It really won’t matter as long as you make sure you put a little love and thought into this day. Think about her or him, and think about what would make them feel special. I have some small suggestions, but they won’t mean anything unless you put your personal lovey-dovey spin on it yourself. You will not need cupid as long as you can get creative! Re-enact your first date. Take your babe back to the first place you met, or watch the movie you saw on your first date. Remember what she ordered for your first dinner? Make it at home, or pre-order it at that same restaurant. No one can ignore nostalgia, so play it up!
Anything roses. A rose path leading to a rose bath — trust me you will not, cannot fail. Roses are lush, and represent high value. Name one lady that wouldn’t love a bundle of big red roses, seriously, try it! Need I say it again? Roses! Got that? Roses! How about just staying in? Stay in your jammies, snuggle all day, then when the time’s right, light a candle and uncork a bottle of vino. Spend Valentine’s Day doing what it’s all about, being with the one you love. Cook a nice dinner, and cuddle under a blanket while The Notebook is spinning in your DVD player. Regardless, if you do one of these things, or all of these things, your Valentine will be wrapped around your finger. Remember, any of these things can be fully enhanced with romance if that’s more your style. If you’re a sweet heart, show it! Lots of love and luck to you on this day, Valentine.
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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
A word-of-mouth sensation from Britain and a Love Story for this generation, ME BEFORE YOU brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common. This heartbreakingly romantic novel asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
the perks of being a wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is based on the wildly popular novel by Stephen Chbosky about a freshman named Charlie (Logan Lerman) who is always watching from the sidelines, until two charismatic seniors take him under their wing. Beautiful, free-spirited Sam (Emma Watson) and her fearless stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). The Perks of Being a Wallflower is available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD February 12th.
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Grant brown leather watch — inspired by the simplicity of vintage timepieces, Fossil’s Grant watch has a classic appeal. Roman numerals set against a cream dial make this an irresistibly stylish piece. $125. Available at The Bay and thebay.com
On Valentine’s Day, indulge in Sweet Nostalgia! Ganong has continued the confectioner’s art of chocolate making for 140 years. Give your Valentine a premium hand selected assortment of decadent chocolate pieces: creamy peanut butter cups; chewy caramel & pecans; velvety hand crafted truffles and double-coated cherries. $15–$27 exclusively online at Ganong’s Chocolatier (www.ganong.com) From your phone to Home, Shop online now!
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Learn the Art of Mixology
hy Bartending School training? You can start as a dishwasher, and then work your way up through the ranks if you have the motivation and enthusiasm, then after 6 months to a year you might get a shift on the bar. Bartenders & owners tell us, “If I would have known back then that I could have taken a course, that would have saved so much time and hassle — getting the hands-on training and being prepared for the actual job. Going forward, a bartending school has all levels of training, for example the use of P.O.S., keg/draft beer system, and real bar set up. Learn about customer service and learn how to increase sales and productivity, proper service of alcohol and dealing with difficult customers. Bartender/Mixologist? A bartender is called on for emergencies when the world needs to quench its thirst. A mixologist knows all the fundamentals of creating an experience anywhere, anytime. The Bartending School of Ontario has been training
future bartenders/managers/owners and enthusiastic home bartenders the art of bartending and mixology since 1974, with an accredited, internationally recognized certificate program. In addition it provides you with job placement assistance and various seminars where you can learn, taste and share our excellent secrets in bartending. What you can do with this knowledge? Work part time or full time hours, seasonal work, network, socialize, travel, and make extra income all while having fun! Don’t hesitate in thinking of becoming a bartender/ mixologist — the hardest part of the process is getting out of bed — once you’re at the Bartending School of Ontario, we will help you do the rest. Drop by check and out classes at 2159 Danforth Ave or call 416-466-7847. For more info visit online at www.bartendingontario.com. Part time classes 2 or 4 weeks, day, evening or weekend class times available.
Recipes • Ham Panini with Balsamic Hummus • Tandoori Spiced Rib Roast • Whole Wheat Pancakes • Butter Turkey • Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
• Kamut Krumpets • Kamut Duck Ragu • Sausage, Corn and Potato Chili • Maple Syrup and Apricot Glazed Ham Steaks
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Ham Panini with Balsamic Hummus
Panini are warm and crisp sandwiches that can fill the lunchtime crunch or even enjoyed at dinner with soup and salad. With less than 500 calories, this recipe is delicious and healthy!
ingredients ⅓ cup (75 mL) hummus 1 Tbsp (15 mL) aged balsamic vinegar 1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard 1 green onion, minced 1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh basil 8 slices whole grain bread 8 thin slices extra lean sodium reduced Ontario ham (about 175 g) 1 yellow or red bell pepper, roasted
1 tomato, thinly sliced ½ cup (125 mL) shredded 2 year old cheddar
directions Stir together hummus, vinegar, mustard, onion and basil. Spread mixture over bread slices. Top half of the bread with ham, pepper and tomato slices. Sprinkle with cheese. Top each with remaining bread
slices and place in panini press. Close lid and grill until bread is golden and cheese is melted. Cut in half on the diagonal to serve. Tip: To roast peppers, grill over medium high heat or place under broiler, turning occasionally for about 10 minutes or until blistered and blackened. Cool slightly then remove outside skin and seeds. You can also use jarred roasted red peppers.
Tandoori Spiced Rib Roast
Spices combined with fresh herbs bring out the best in roasts. This less than 500 calorie dish can be served up hot with the cool raita or be enjoyed the next day in sandwiches using the raita as a spread.
ingredients ½ cup (125 mL) 0% greek yogurt 2 Tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh ginger 2 Tbsp (30 mL) paprika 1 Tbsp (15 mL) each ground coriander and ground cumin ½ tsp (2 mL) cayenne 1 boneless Ontario pork loin rib roast, about 2 lb/1 kg
Fresh Herb Raita: ¾ cup (175 mL) 0% greek yogurt ½ cup (125 mL) grated cucumber, squeezed 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh mint 1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh coriander 1 tsp (5 mL) granulated sugar ¼ tsp (1 mL) garam masala ½ tsp (2 mL) minced and seeded jalapeño pepper
directions Fresh Herb Raita: Stir together yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mint, coriander, sugar, garam masala and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Marinade & Roast: In a resealable bag, combine yogurt, ginger, paprika, coriander, cumin and cayenne. Add roast, close bag and massage marinade into roast. Refrigerate for 2
hours or up to 24 hours. Remove roast from marinade and place on rack in roasting pan. Roast in a 325°F (160°C) oven for about 2 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in centre registers 155°F (68°C). Cover and let stand 5 minutes before slicing thinly. Serve with Fresh Herb Raita. Tip: Raita can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day ahead.
Types of wheat
There are two main types of wheat grown in Ontario, spring wheat and winter wheat that have two distinct growing seasons. Winter wheat is planted in the fall and harvested in July. Spring wheat is planted in the spring and harvested in August. The types of wheat can be divided into classes and are determined not only by the time of year they are planted and harvested, but also by their protein level and colour. The different classes have different characteristics that are better suited for different types of uses in the kitchen. Hard Red Spring Wheat: This class of wheat has the highest protein content, and therefore the highest amount of gluten, giving your dough for breads the stretch it needs to rise. It is best used for baked goods like bread and dinner rolls. All brands of premium “Best for Bread Flour” are made from this type of wheat. Hard Red Winter Wheat: Hard Red Winter Wheat is an incredibly diverse class of wheat. Known as medium strength flour, this class is a medium-gluten strength type, commonly blended with hard red spring wheat for bread, and used in products requiring a mid-dough rise like pizza dough and pita bread. Some brands of ‘All-Purpose Flour’ are made solely from hard red winter wheat, and can commonly be found in your local baking aisle. Soft Red Winter Wheat: Geared towards giving a light, airy texture in pastry and baked treats, Soft Red Winter Wheat is used for optimal results with cakes, pie crusts, cookies, and muffins. The lower amount of gluten in the wheat means cakes remain dense rather than rising like bread. This type of wheat is the predominant type grown in Ontario, and can be found in your local supermarket, labeled as ‘Pastry Flour’, ‘Cake Flour,’ or ‘Cake & Pastry Flour.’ Soft White Winter Wheat: Soft White Winter Wheat is also lower in protein and gluten, and higher in complex carbohydrates than hard wheats. Soft white wheat tends to be used specifically for breakfast cereal due to its white colour. Soft white wheat can also be used in biscuits, cakes, pie crusts, cookies, and pastries, and as a thickening agent in sauces and gravies. All-purpose flour is a combination of hard wheat and soft wheat to give you the most versatility for your baking endeavours.
Whole Wheat Pancakes This breakfast favourite uses flour made from Ontario wheat. • • • • • • • • •
2 cups whole wheat flour 4 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups whole milk 2 tsp vanilla butter for griddle or frying pan
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots; do not over-mix. Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Lightly spray oil to coat and pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter. When the bubbles settle and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter. Cinnamon Corn Syrup Topping • 1/4 cup of Corn syrup • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and sugar Mix all ingredients into a microwave safe bowl and stir to mix evenly. Microwave for 30 seconds or until corn syrup is heated and stir again. Pour over pancakes to add a sweet cinnamon taste to your pancakes in place of maple syrup. •
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Mild spicy sauce is filled with lean Ontario turkey to make an Indian favourite that is perfect served over fluffy basmati rice. Prep Time: 25 minutes • Marinating Time: 30 minutes • Cook Time: 20 minutes. Makes 8 servings.
½ cup (125 mL) plain nonfat yogurt 3 Tbsp (45 mL) ground almonds 2 Tbsp (25 mL) minced fresh ginger 1 tsp (5 mL) garam masala ½ tsp (2 mL) ground cumin Pinch each ground cinnamon and cloves 1 large boneless skinless Ontario turkey breast (about 2 lb/1 kg), chopped 1 Tbsp (15 mL) butter 1 onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced ¼ tsp (1 mL) cayenne pepper 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) crushed tomatoes ¼ cup (50 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
In large bowl, whisk together yogurt, ginger, almonds, garam masala, cumin, cinnamon and cloves. Stir in turkey to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. In large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat and cook onion, garlic and cayenne for about 4 minutes or until softened. Add tomatoes and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil and stir in turkey mixture and cilantro. Cook, stirring for about 12 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink inside. Ground almond substitution: You can substitute fine dry breadcrumbs
or all-purpose flour for the almonds if there is a nut allergy. The almonds help thicken the sauce. Freezer Friendly: Feel free to freeze any leftovers for up to 2 weeks in individual containers to warm up for an easy dinner or lunch.
Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, slightly crunchy texture and a mild nutty flavour when cooked. Mixed with Ontario turkey and local spinach, mushrooms and goat cheese this super nutritious stuffing is baked in red peppers for a protein packed, nutrient rich meal. Makes 4 servings.
1 cup (250 mL) turkey or chicken broth ½ cup (125 mL) quinoa 2 tsp (10 mL) vegetable oil 1 lb (454 g) lean ground Ontario turkey 1 onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, minced ½ tsp (2 mL) salt and red chili flakes 2 cups (500 mL) chopped cremini mushrooms 4 cups (1 L) chopped spinach ¼ cup (50 mL) crumbled goat cheese 4 large red bell peppers, tops cut off and ribs removed
In saucepan, bring stock to boil over medium-high heat. Stir in quinoa and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and leave covered for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in large non-stick skillet heat oil over medium-high heat, brown turkey, breaking into small pieces with the back of a spoon. Transfer to plate. Cook onion until tender and golden, about 7 minutes. Stir in garlic, salt and chili flakes and cook 1 minute. Stir in mushrooms and cook until golden and no liquid remains. Remove from heat and stir in spinach and quinoa. Sprinkle with
goat cheese. This mixture can be made up to 2 days in advance. Spoon mixture into hollowed peppers and bake at 375°F (190°C) until peppers are tender crisp and filling is hot, about 20 minutes.
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These Kamut Krumpets are easy and delicious, and can be enjoyed any way you choose. We have tried them with jam, sandwich fixings, peanut butter and banana slices, as the base for eggs benedict, and of course with butter. You could even try pouring half the batter in, putting in a spoonful of jam and topping it with the rest of the batter for stuffed krumpets. Delicious!
ingredients 2¼ cups Kamut flour 2 tsp quick rising yeast 1 tsp sugar or honey ½ tsp salt 1½ cups warm water 1 cup warm milk 2 Tbsp oil
directions In a large bowl, stir together flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Stir in water and milk, scrape sides down and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap.
Let stand in a warm place (try a cold oven with the light on) until bubbly and doubled in size. About 1 hour. Heat griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush with oil. Grease 3" ring molds and place 2" apart on griddle. Fill with ¼ cup batter. Cook until the surface is dry; 7–10 minutes. Flip and cook until light and golden, about 2 minutes (if you don’t have ring molds, simply make small pancakes). Place on a rack and repeat with remaining batter.
Kamut Duck Ragu ingredients 1 package Artesian Acres Kamut Fettuccine or Penne 4 duck (or chicken) legs and thighs 1 Tbsp duck fat (reserved from cooked duck meat) 1 Tbsp rosemary, chopped 1 large onion, diced 2 carrots, diced 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 small zucchini, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed ½ cup red wine (optional) 2 cups chicken stock 1 large can tomatoes, chopped
ingredients Pat dry duck meat and season with salt and pepper. Place skin side up in an oven proof skillet or casserole
dish. Bake at 350°F for 90 minutes, then turn up heat to 375° for 15 minutes, until duck starts to get golden brown. Remove from oven and reserve. In a large saucepan sauté vegetables, rosemary and garlic in duck fat, deglaze with red wine and add chicken stock and tomatoes.
Bring to a simmer and add duck. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, remove duck and pull meat off the bone, shred into desired sized strips and add to ragu. Add Kamut pasta to a large pot of boiling water, cook 8–10 minutes, or until al dente. Serve duck ragu over pasta, and enjoy.
KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat
Produced with passion & fairness for the health of future generations. The KAMUT® trademark ensures the high quality standard of pure, organically grown, ancient Khorasan Wheat. It’s ideal for people with modern wheat sensitivity & suitable for a wide variety of delicious products. Kamut® is a trademark of Kamut International ltd
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Sausage, Corn and Potato Chili 2 tsp vegetable oil 1½ cups chopped onion 1 cup canned corn kernels, drained 2 tsp minced fresh garlic 3 Piller’s Simply Free Bratwurst Sausages, casing removed and chopped nd rinsed 1 can (19 oz) red kidney beans, drained and 2 ½ cups tomato sauce 1 cup diced potato ½ cup of gluten-free chicken or beef stockk 2 tsp chili powder 1 ½ tsp dried basil 1 tsp brown sugar ½ tsp cumin Garnish red pepper and green onion curls Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking oil, add the vegetable oil, and place over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Stir in the corn and garlic. Cook and stir for 8 minutes, or until the corn is browned. Stir in the sausage and cook for 5 minutes, or until the sausage is browned and cooked. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce, potato, stock, chili powder, basil, sugar and cumin. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, or just until the potatoes are tender. Serve immediately, garnished with red pepper and green onion curls. Serves 6
Maple Syrup and Apricot Glaze Ham Steaks Piller’s Simply Free Maple Sugar Smoked Ham 700 g; Glaze 6 tbsp apricot jam 2 tbsp maple syrup ½ tsp Dijon mustard 4 tsp apple cider vinegar 3 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds Edamame beans 1 lb frozen shelled edamame beans 1½ tsp sesame oil 1 tsp finely grated ginger and garlic ½ tsp hot chili sauce Garnish 3 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley 2 cups diced pineapple Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the jam, syrup, mustard and vinegar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer until slightly thickened. Remove 2 tbsp and brush over ham. Reserve remaining glaze. Bake approximately 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 140° F. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let rest 10 minutes while preparing edamame. Place edamame into boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Drain and add remaining ingredients. Cut ham into thin slices and serve with remainder of glaze, cilantro and pineapple. Serve edamame beans alongside. Serves 4
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otg | tony’s wine picks
Tony Aspler’s Wine Picks Here’s a list of my favourite wines from South Africa.
Boekenhoutskloof – The Wolftrap Syrah/Mourvèdre/Viognier 2011 (Cape of Good Hope)
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Boekenhoutskloof has been doing a great job with grapes usually associated with the Rhone Valley. The blend of Syrah, Mourvèdre and Viognier produces a deep ruby-coloured wine with a nose of blackberries and black olives. The full-bodied savoury taste of blackberries with an iodine note fills the mouth. ****½ (89). Food match: red meat dishes. $12.95 • LCBO #292557
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Boekenhoutskloof – The Wolftrap Viognier/Chenin Blanc/ Grenache Blanc 2011 (Cape of Good Hope)
This is an ideal dinner partner for the red wine above. Straw-coloured with a minerally pear nose, it offers good weight on the palate with well-defined pear and quince flavours, a touch of spice and a fine spine of acidity. **** (88). Food match: grilled fish; seafood salad. $14.95 • Vintages #263608
Man Vintners Chardonnay 2011 (Coastal Region)
Man is an acronym of the three winemakers’ wives names – Marie, Annette and Nicky. The wine is straw-coloured with a greenish tint. On the nose, spicy, barnyard and tropical fruit notes. The flavour is of ripe peach and pineapple. Good length and great value. **** (88) Food match: roast chicken; Camembert. $13.95 • Vintages #295329 www.onthego.to 53
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Van Loveren Cramond Sauvignon Blanc Chardonnay 2012 (Robertson) The colour is very pale, almost water white but what it lacks in colour it makes up for intensity of flavour; gooseberry, green fig nose with a grassy note; mediumbodied, dry with a gooseberry jam flavour. Good mouth feel with a crisp acidic finish. **** (88) Food match: goat’s cheese salad; oysters. $12.15 • LCBO #294280
Bellingham Chardonnay Viognier 2010 (Franschhoek Valley) Another interesting white blend. Light straw colour with a green tint; leesy apple and pineapple nose with a touch of oak; full in the mouth, rich and spicy with pineapple and orange flavours and a fine spine of acidity that gives length to the wine. Good value. **** (88) Food match: roast chicken; crab salad. $13.95 • Vintages #295345
KWV Café Culture 2011 (Western Cape) Deep purple colour; charred oak nose, smoked bacon and blackberry nose; sweet blackberry and plum flavour with a smoky, tarry tang and coffee bean finish. It’s a kind of Joan Rivers wine — you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. ***½ (86). Food match: burgers; spicy pasta. $12.95 • LCBO #672402
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LCBO #340380 (750mL) • $10.25 LCBO #413070 (1500mL) • $18.95 Discover why it’s the perfect summer wine for entertaining. This mediumbodied white offers ripe gooseberry flavours, backed by tropical fruits that linger on the palate. It’s perfect to sip chilled on it’s own or paired with seafood salads or grilled salmon from the BBQ.
LCBO #340398 (750mL) • $10.25 LCBO #413062 (1500mL) • $18.95 An elegant and easy-drinking wine, it offers aromas of strawberry and cherry and full flavours of ripe fruits. It’s the perfect accompaniment to steaks and burgers hot off the grill, or savour it on the patio with friends.
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LCBO #237644 • $8.95 This is a great Shiraz for everyday. This medium bodied wine is ripe with sweet black-cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate aromas. A mineral layer on the palate and finish prevents the sweet fruit from running away (always a problem with zebras). — Tidings Magazine. Fairtrade and CarbonNeutral = 100% Earth Friendly. Now at a lower price and new label coming soon! • Silver Medal, AWC Vienna Wine Challenge
LCBO #237685 • $8.95 Luscious, luxurious layers of tropical melons and citrus fruits “delivers lots of flavour and lovely, zesty texture.” — Rod Phillips, Ottawa Citizen. Fairtrade and CarbonNeutral = 100% Earth Friendly. Now at a lower price and new label coming soon! • Silver Medal, Critics Challenge International Wine Competition • Silver Medal, Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition
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LCBO #229799 • $11.95 (regular $12.95) A lovely floral nose with hints of tropical fruit. The palate is rich with an abundance of ripe lush fruit and a dash of citrus freshness. The beachhouse sparkling is the perfect aperitif to accompany a relaxing afternoon. Special Offer: Save $1.00 (February 3rd – March 2nd)
LCBO #222299 • $11.95 An attractive blend with liberal lashings of dark red fruit aromas spiced up with subtle toasty vanilla oak tones. The palate is perfectly balanced and smooth with a juicy, dark berry centre capturing the fruitiness of the Shiraz supported by the volume and intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon. • 89 points – Globe & Mail
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