• Emulsify, Ottawa - Food Gypsy
    25 2014 August

    Emulsify, Expand Your Olive Oil & Balsamic Repetoire

    Ottawa’s Emulsify, a specialty shop featuring two items that combine in an almost endless variety of taste experiments.   Shelves lined with extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar (both dark & white), flavored...

  • Chateau Pipeau, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005 - Food Gypsy
    20 2014 August

    Chateau Pipeau, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005

    A big, bold Bordeaux with a ripe, full mouth and yet, no linger.  Chateau Pipeau, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005 for people who like wine but don’t what all that pesky wine aftertaste. The topic...

  • Suzy Q Doughnuts, Temptation - Food Gypsy
    18 2014 August

    Suzy Q Doughnuts, Sweet Temptation

    One step inside the tiny store front of Suzy Q Doughnuts, intoxicated by the aroma of sugar and yeast, all effort at self-restraint is wiped away.  You’ll find yourself swooning like a five year-old over...

  • Nectarine & Bocconcini Salad - Food Gypsy
    04 2014 August

    Nectarine and Bocconcini Salad

    Sweet and savory Nectarine and Bocconcini Salad.  A vivid taste of summer with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, nectarines and basil served Italian style, lightly dressed and ready in ten minutes. Craving summer I tossed a few...

  • Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 - Food Gypsy
    02 2014 August

    Benjamin Bridge, Nova 7 2013

    A harmony of sea, sky and earth meet in Nova 7 from Benjamin Bridge, a light, fresh sparkling wine that is the toast of Nova Scotia. With a cast of delicate rose in the glass,...

Ottawa’s Emulsify, a specialty shop featuring two items that combine in an almost endless variety of taste experiments.   Shelves lined with extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oils and aged balsamic vinegar (both dark & white), flavored and infused to heighten everything from meats to sweets. In the kitchen it’s often the simplest of ingredients that can...

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Chateau Pipeau, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005 - Food Gypsy

Chateau Pipeau, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005

August 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

A big, bold Bordeaux with a ripe, full mouth and yet, no linger.  Chateau Pipeau, Saint Emilion Grand Cru 2005 for people who like wine but don’t what all that pesky wine aftertaste. The topic of today’s Wino Wednesday post is my first Bordeaux Grand Cru, which was in it’s self an evening of education....

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Suzy Q Doughnuts, Temptation - Food Gypsy

Suzy Q Doughnuts, Sweet Temptation

August 18, 2014 | 6 Comments

One step inside the tiny store front of Suzy Q Doughnuts, intoxicated by the aroma of sugar and yeast, all effort at self-restraint is wiped away.  You’ll find yourself swooning like a five year-old over fresh doughnuts lining the glass case with colour and gooey delight. For those who love light, yeast risen doughnuts, deep...

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Nectarine & Bocconcini Salad - Food Gypsy

Nectarine and Bocconcini Salad

August 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Sweet and savory Nectarine and Bocconcini Salad.  A vivid taste of summer with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, nectarines and basil served Italian style, lightly dressed and ready in ten minutes. Craving summer I tossed a few of my favorite ingredients in a bowl to a colourful and delicious result.  Fresh, fresh, fresh. It’s the season for...

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Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 - Food Gypsy

Benjamin Bridge, Nova 7 2013

August 2, 2014 | 5 Comments

A harmony of sea, sky and earth meet in Nova 7 from Benjamin Bridge, a light, fresh sparkling wine that is the toast of Nova Scotia. With a cast of delicate rose in the glass, whispers of floral scent under toned with lime, and the crisp finish of apple, this is a wine that moves...

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Wolfville Nova Scotia, A Foodie Tour

July 28, 2014 | 22 Comments

Wine, cheese, extraordinary preserves, a garden estate, a great cup of coffee and three tourist stops you won’t want to miss.  Explore Wolfville, Nova Scotia as only an insider can, with a little Foodie Tour! Being an innkeeper in rural Nova Scotia was perhaps one of the most interesting twists of my colourful career.  One...

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Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2013

July 23, 2014 | 3 Comments

Cherry, citrus, and floral notes define a wine that is at once feminine and crisp, and priced under twenty bucks.  This summer try Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose 2013, this month’s Wino Wednesday grape of choice. A harmonious blend Monterey County grapes including a sun drenched Syrah (35%) paired with the shy, more subtle notes...

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Eh One Candied Canuck Burger - WFC Suppied

The “Eh One” Candied Canuck Burger

July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

A gourmet burger recipe from the 2013 World Food Championships, the “Eh One” Candied Canuck Burger was my turn in for the World Burger Championship finals in Las Vegas using the secret ingredient, A.1. Steak Sauce. Steak sauce is not a huge stretch for a burger.  It’s designed for beef and the grill, but it’s...

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Mateus, Asparagus Tart - Food Gypsy

Mateus Bistro – A Pearl In Mahone Bay, NS

July 14, 2014 | 10 Comments

Tucked into a quaint heritage home along the waterfront in picturesque Mahone Bay, Mateus Bistro is a precious pearl in the Nova Scotia dining scene. It seems everywhere we go people want to show off their favorite restaurant and fab food finds.  A recent getaway to the Southern shore of Nova Scotia included an evening...

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Grilled Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls - Food Gypsy

Grilled Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls

June 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Brush some garlic butter, grill it to a crispy golden brown, and add a hint of lemon and you’ve created a contemporary classic, Grilled Nova Scotia Lobster Rolls.  Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make the most lasting impression. From the misty shores of Nova Scotia that once were home, comes a taste of summer...

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Maple and strawberry, a simply irresistible combination.  Heighten the natural acidity of the berries with lemon, underscore the herbal nature of maple with cardamon, and shed new light on a humble Maple Strawberry Shortcake.   Late June just screams strawberries in my little corner of the world.  Farmer’s Market stalls and roadside stands, brimming with...

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Montreal Smoked Meat Deli Sliders - Food Gypsy

Montreal Smoked Meat Deli Sliders

June 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

Whenever you take your favourite sandwich and make it smaller, it automatically becomes more fun!  Perfect party bites that say ‘I am Canadian’ – yet take almost no time at all – try Montreal Smoked Meat Deli Sliders.   All you need is a decent deli, some bite-sized bagels and a bit of fancy mustard....

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