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My Love Affair with Walter – A F&B Romance

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My Love Affair with Walter – A F&B Romance

It started off with a teasing photo on someone’s Facebook page, which lead to some tasty shots on another’s Instagram feed and then he was staring me down on a friends counter top. Next I knew there was an introduction, the anticipation and well, the rest as they say, is history…Are your cheeks burning yet? This is no 50 Shades of Grey storyline…it’s a love affair with Walter – Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix that is.

 

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Over the years I’ve always had a few go-to drinks that I use if ever in doubt traveling and a Caesar has usually been in the mix with a good Dirty Martini or Sidecar – the kind of drinks that usually one can make at any standard bar. But as I and my healthy minded community have realized over the years, the standard mix for Caesars is just kind of , well full of a lot of junk like MSG (gives me blinding headaches), artificial colours & flavours and usually a High-fructose Corn Syrup which really is wrong on so many levels for our bodies. This is why I was so excited to be able to try Walter Caesar Mix – so much better and so tasty!

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Let’s break down the “Walter Difference”

  • ·         100% All-Natural Ingredients
  • ·         NO MSG
  • ·         NO Artificial Colours or Flavours
  • ·         No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • ·         Made in Small Batch Production
  • ·         Bottled in Premium Glass Bottles
  • ·         Comes in 2 Flavours – Well Spiced or Mildly Spiced
  • ·         It’s CANADIAN and launched by two fellow Vancouverites

All of these things honestly make an awesomely better tasting Caesar or straight up on its own if you like your tomato juice to have some zest and body!

I played around with the flavour and made up one heck of a tasty bevvie for myself on one of our now many snowy nights and this is what I came up with.

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A good amount of Walter Well Spiced, some lime juice, some premium vodka, some tasty garnishes (home-made Daikon pickles, bacon, and cucumber – my own snacky topper). The perfect blend of seasoning for me in the Well Spiced and on other days I most likely would add in even more heat.

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Currently you can find Walter at select BC and Ontario grocers, specialty food and gift shops, select restaurants and bars. For their complete, up-to-date list, visit their website at www.waltercaesar.com/find-us

I’m looking forward to my second hot date with Walter’s alter ego – Walter Mildly Spiced – just the right speed for a long week, snowed in on the proverbial “Hump” Day. Now just to sort out the tasty garnishes or perhaps think up some alternative recipes to use this amazing new all natural product in to further extend the tasty goodness of Walter.

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Go out and get some soon – it’s now a regular in my house for sure!

Much foodie love,

@TraveliciousDee

 

DISCLAIMER

This is a personal blog. All content is based on my opinions and experiences. I received Walter Products and Product Information from Walter All Natural Craft Caesar Mix  to review.

Deborah Peniuk  Freelance Writer. Dream Travel Maker. Health &Wellness Retreat Specialist and Master Planner of Culinary Adventures and Escapes. Enjoys Wine+Food+Travel+Music+Yoga+Good Humans

http://www.aya-life.com  www.lifeblissandallofthis.com

 

Happy Canada Day!

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What is Canada Day?

We, as a nation are still very young as a country – just a mere 146 years old in comparison with other great nations but we acknowledge and recognize the day we became our own nation every year.

According to the latest info recorded in Wikipedia:

“CANADA DAY:(French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.”

 

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What do we do on Canada Day?

Many communities across the country of Canada will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually consisting of outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens to Canada.

Internationally, Canadian expats will organize Canada Day activities in their local area on or near Canada Day. Many celebrations have been held at Trafalgar Square—the location of Canada House—in London, England; initiated by the Canadian community in the United Kingdom, and endorsed by the Canadian High Commission. Celebrations have also take place in Hong Kong, entitled Canada D’eh and held on June 30 at Lan Kwai Fong, where over 10,000 have been known to participate. Overseas in Afghanistan, where members of the Canadian Forces mark the holiday at their base and in  Mexico, at the Royal Canadian Legion in both Chapala, and the Canadian Club in Ajijic. In China, Canada Day celebrations are held by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai at Bund Beach. These are just a few locations globally that participate in celebrating Canada’s birthday!

 

 

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This year our own loved TV Host, George Stroumboulopoulos is hosting Canada Day International in NYC and London, England. You can catch all the details including clips from hockey games in Central Park to amazing concerts through the links below.

“Canada Day Is Taking Over New York City And London, England – And George Is Hosting”

Wherever you are, you can join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtags #CanadaDayNYC and #CanadaDayLondon.

You can follow George on Twitter at:

@Strombo
@Strombodotcom

Wherever you are, whoever you are with – take a moment to wish Canada a very Happy Birthday and enjoy a little moment today to be a “Canuck” however you see fit!

HAPPY CANADA DAY! I’m proud to be a Canadian – born and raised!

Canadians get a New Type of Passport for Canada Day

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O-Canada ! Here is just a friendly reminder that the new 10-year enhanced ePassport goes into effect for all #Canadians on July 1, 2013. If you renew before the 1st you will save some money but will be caught up in the transition as we move over to the new biometric passports. You will now get to have a choice when applying for the first time or renewing your passport, and you can choose either the standard 5-year or enhanced 10-year biometric passport. Keep note that all childrens’ ePassports will only be issued for a maximum of 5 years (there is no 10 year option as children change too much during this time).

New fees effective July 1, 2013 (in Canadian dollars)
Travel document or service New fee
Passports: Applications made in Canada and passport delivered in Canada
10-year passport $160* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $120* footnote
Children’s passport $57
Passports: Applications made outside of Canada and/or passport delivered outside Canada
10-year passport $260* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $190* footnote
Children’s passport $100
Expedited services in Canada (in addition to the passport fee)
1-day service (urgent) $110
Express service (2-9 days) $50
Pick-up (day 10) $20
Same day, out of regular hours of service $335
Expedited services outside of Canada** footnote
Emergency travel document (one trip) $75* footnote
Children’s emergency travel document (one trip) $30
Temporary passport (linked to regular passport application) $110
Travel documents for non-Canadians
Certificate of identity $260* footnote
Children’s certificate of identity $141
Refugee travel document $120* footnote
Children’s refugee travel document $57
Addition of a special stamp or observation (at applicant’s request) $45
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A consular fee of C$25 is included in the price of all adult travel documents. Passport Canada has no authority over the use or amount of this fee.

These travel documents are issued only at the discretion of the Canadian Government office abroad

For more information and fee structure details, please visit the Passport Canada website below:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/eppt/index.aspx?lang=eng

By strengthening identity checks, ePassports will help reduce the risk of other countries imposing visa requirements on travellers. (Needing a visa can add up to $150 per trip, depending on the country and our agreements with them.) This will be a slow transition but the hope that this will be a step in the right direction to allow better transitions especially when you are traveling through multiple countries.

Canada’s new ePassport will be full of newly chosen iconic images that will make Canadian passports more attractive and more secure. These images showcase Canada’s history and the building of our great nation and will include images from the Fathers of Confederation to the Famous Five and Terry Fox . #proudtobeCanadian

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/eppt/photos.aspx?lang=eng

Considered to be the gold standard of all travel documents, ePassports contain an electronic chip that enhances the passport’s current security features. In compliance with the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, over 100 countries, including the United States, France and the United Kingdom, are already issuing ePassports. This organization, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1947. ICAO has 190 member states, including Canada. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, it is the authority on enhancing civil aviation security around the world.

If you would like to learn more about ICAO and passports, please visit ICAO’s website.

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“Canadian ePassports arrive July 1 on CBC”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/06/28/canada-epassport-launch.html

Travel safe, think smart and be safe this holiday long weekend – Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!

 

A Culinary Night of Celebration – Toronto’s Recipe For Change

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A busy schedule and lots of travel put my writing on standby for a while but I had to make sure I got this tasty article up and readable to share!

Back on February 28th, Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market looked like a stage set for a culinary celebration! The event – Toronto’s Annual Event – Recipe For Change

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I timed my arrival to the North Market Building for the 6pm door opening and before I could reach the inner sanctum of the market building, I experienced a taste-bud explosion by way of an amazing Smoked Duck Tostada by @FidelGastros – Matt Basile, star of “Rebel Without A Kitchen”.

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The evenings’ event was a market done in complete transformation! This building is generally left to those farmers and craftspeople selling their edible bounty to the public of fresh fruit, eggs, vegetables, cheeses and many other tasty little bits of flavour. That night the team at FoodShare designed a map through a garden of flavor overload put forth by those who rise to the top, sometimes are seldom seen by the general public, and have a deep love for their craft, for their annual Recipe for Change fundraising event.

Over the course of the next few hours, with fork, napkin and wineglass in pocket, the room filled to capacity with over 400 Toronto eager food fans supporting such a good cause and sampling  culinary delights from over 30 chefs and students, 8 wineries from Niagara and Prince Edward County, and a few breweries as well. I eagerly sipped, nibbled and photographed as many tasty tidbits as I could. This year’s FoodShare event was presented by GE Cafe Appliances and students from both the Bendale Business and Technical Institute and Eastdale Collegiate presented some tasty offerings that they cooked in their culinary programs that are in collaboration with FoodShare.

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Some of my most memorable bites were: Brisket Steamed Buns from Momofuku Toronto, Yakitori Bar/Seoul Food’s vegetarian Bibimbap, Torito Tapas & Monforte Dairy’s collab of Dates stuffed with Toscano Cheese, Orrechiette with White Pork Shoulder Ragu by Ascari Enoteca, Savoury Bread Puddings by the George Brown Chef School, and the Luscious Beet Root Chocolate Brownies from Pimenton.

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It was a joy to see that Toronto’s culinary community spotlights the collaborative efforts for such an amazingly good cause. It was fun night to be out and about as many enthusiastic chefs served their very best and  I had a chance to catch up with some of my favourite restauranteurs, chefs, bloggers and food writers. From the culinary schools to top chefs, breweries, wineries and to my love…the Detour Espresso Bar, Recipe for Change certainly gave those of us in attendance, an honest testimony to the talented and creative culinary industry in this city I now call home.

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Food Share empowers and enables Ontario children to identify what good food is, where it comes from, not only teaching them that healthy food also tastes great, but educating and helping them learn to choose it for themselves. The organization is leading the challenge to create a healthier future for our children by working with students from JK to Grade 12 ,parents and educators to ensure that good food education is an included part of the Ontario curriculum and make Food Literacy a requirement for graduation. Children across Ontario are being taught how to plant, tend, harvest, prep ,cook and compost – something I took for granted growing up when I was a child, having a family involved in food and backyard farming.

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This year’s event also marked the launch of FoodShare’s first cookbook – “share:Delicious Dishes from Foodshare and Friends” which showcases affordable, healthy, and culturally-diverse cooking that is a joy for the palate and the eye.  Just $24.95 + HST at your favourite bookstore or available on www.foodshare.net

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“A delight for the palate and for the eye, share showcases the joy of healthy, affordable culturally-diverse cooking and highlights the power of good food to bring people together. Celebrate home-cooked meals with Adrienne De Francesco and Marion Kane as they guide you through recipes that are thoughtfully selected, carefully tested and thoroughly delicious. Feast on contributions from FoodShare’s chefs, staff, volunteers and program participants, along with local celebrities who all share their favourite recipes in this beautiful full-colour cookbook.”

Take time to support the Foodshare community on any level ! I came with to Recipe for Change with an appetite on full tilt mody,  ready to be amazed and flavour – challenged by  the 30 chefs works in food and I left satiated with an even better appreciation of the chefs I know and new wonder from all the ones I met for the first time and what the Culinary Culture of Ontario truly has to offer. A delish food adventure  experience that I would highly recommend all of you look out for next year and make certain you have tickets as soon as you can.