Wine Country

Last weekend, I turned 30. For this occasion, my fiance and my best friend planned a day out in Nova Scotia’s rapidly growing Annapolis Valley wine country. The first winery we went to was Luckett’s Vineyard, owned by grocer Pete Luckett. We did some sampling there and had lunch in their fantastic outdoor restaurant overlooking … Continue reading

Non-alcoholic strawberry-lime punch

This is another favorite at my house, and it’s very easy to make. Combine in a large punch bowl: 1 can of frozen strawberry daquari mix (Bacardi) 1/2 can frozen limeade concentrate (you may need to let it thaw a bit) 1 2L bottle gingerale Garnish with orange slices and lime slices. You’re going to … Continue reading

Vodka Slush

This is a recipe my mother has made as long as I can remember. Usually it’s around the Christmas season, however, it would be great for the summer. In a large freezer-proof container, combine: 1 can pineapple juice 1 can cream of coconut (not coconut milk) 1 quart good quality vodka Freeze through (it’ll still … Continue reading

Pina Coladas

I’m not a big fan of using prepared mixers in Pina Coladas — I find the taste is too fake and loses something that I love about the drink. Here’s how I make mine. In a drink shaker with a handful of ice cubes (whole), combine: 1 shot of good quality rum (maybe I’ll do … Continue reading


  Here’s a great drink for the summer time, I’ve been experimenting with this for quite some time. Chunky crushed ice 1 shot tequila 1/2 shot triple sec 1 shot lime cordial (I use Rose’s — found in the drink mixer section of the grocery store) Top off with limeade (from frozen concentrate, prepared as … Continue reading


Ever think Mexican food is limited to boxed taco kits? I want to prove that it’s way easy to make your own Mexican dishes from scratch. Recently we had a Cinco de Mayo party at our place, and these were some of the dishes I made! Let’s start with the things you should always have … Continue reading