Month: January 2014

Book Review:  Company Man
Book Reviews

Book Review: Company Man

CIA is always regarded as a covert and overt American spy agency in gathering intelligence all over the world, analysing, distilling it to plan future strategies and present it to the White House. It operates with an undisclosed budget and rarely divulges any information about its human resources and organizational […]

Book Review: Crush
Book Reviews

Book Review: Crush

Paige Munroe, a war correspondent in Afghanistan, still has night mares about her partner photographer’s death while working in the war “theatre”. Back in Canada, she is offered the opportunity to travel to Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, stay in several wineries, take photographs, and write a book to promote […]

Differences between home cooking and processed foods
Food

Differences between home cooking and processed foods

The term home cooking aka from scratch means everything from natural ingredients, and no additives or preservatives. In fine restaurants all soups are (in some cases), were prepared using bones and high quality ingredients. It is never mentioned on the menu, but understood by all that in high-end restaurant soups […]

Pecan (Corya Illionensis)
Food

Pecan (Corya Illionensis)

This indigenous North American nut tree likes humid and hot climates, grows fast, and very tall (up to 60 metres). Texas, Georgia, Arizona and Kentucky are large producers, and contribute to the annual harvest of 120,000 metric tons (approximately 250 million pounds). South African farmers planted a few thousand hectares […]

Cuisines of Beijing, Shanghai and Canton
Food

Cuisines of Beijing, Shanghai and Canton

The cuisine of the capitol is based on imperial traditions. It used more noodles, cereals, root vegetables, pork, cabbage, chicken, duck, and spinach than the cuisines of Shanghai, and canton further south. Guinger, garlic, scallions and leeks give Beijing specialties their pungent flavour. Pepper and vinegar are used to flavour […]

Food and Wine Festivals
Wine Wine Reviews

Australian mini-thematic

For the month of January, the L C B O is featuring 13 Australian wines that represent good value. I had the opportunity to taste them all and found the following to represent good value. For the first time, the L C B O laboratory has also published residual sugar […]

Osoyoos Larose wine tasting
Wine Wine Reviews

Osoyoos Larose wine tasting

Osoyoos Larose was originally a joint venture of Vincor and Groupe Taillan from Bordeaux. As of January 2013, Groupe Taillan has become the sole proprietor of this 30 hectare vineyard and winery in British Columbia`s Okanagan Valley. Osyoos Larose is a Bordeaux-style red wine. The winery produces two wines Osyoos […]