Month: April 2014

Mexico’s Wine Industry
Wine

Origins of mineral rich wines

Wine writers use words like “mineral, minerality, mineral rich” in their descriptions, but few explain where minerals in wine originate. Mount Etna, Sicily, the island of Santorini in the Aegean Sea, Pompeii, and Herculaneum near Mount Vesuvius are famous for their volcanic soils. They are the result of volcanic eruptions […]

Red’s Bistro – Toronto
Restaurants

Red’s Bistro – Toronto

This downtown restaurant is laid out on two floors – the street level counter and bar section is for people who like quick service, and the second floor is for more leisurely table service. Both levels combined offer 260 plus seats. The menu is short, but geared to business people […]

Red Fish Grill – New Orleans
Restaurants

Red Fish Grill – New Orleans

Le Vieux Care (The French quarter) in New Orleans is the main tourist attraction, extending 12 blocks from Canal Street due east and six blocks from the “river” north. Practically all tourists visit the French Quarter to experience the flair of “booze providers”, burlesque theatres, strip-tease joints, jazz clubs (including […]

Swiss Cheese
Food

Swiss Cheese

Switzerland, a small and mountainous country in the heart of Europe, has been producing fine cheeses for millennia. As far back as Roman times, Swiss merchants were trading their Gruyere and Emmenthal with the Empire and importing Parmigiano Reggiano from Emilia Romagna While the texture and size of the many […]

Tasting Jura Wines
Wine Wine Reviews

Tasting Jura Wines

Jura, located in eastern France between Alsace int eh north, and Burgundy int eh south, is now a small wie producing region with approximately 2000 hecxtazres spread over a strip of 80 kilomtres north to south of vineyards. The region has four applellations (Chateau-Chalon, Cotes du Jura, Arbois, and L’Etoile). […]

A mini Austrian wine tasting
Wine Wine Reviews

A mini Austrian wine tasting

Austrian wine promotion event organizers used to stage a tasting annually. The Austrian government revamped its wine laws thoroughly after the 1982 ethylene glycol scandal and now enjoys the strictest control on wine production anywhere. Sadly, since two years they decided to spend their promotional funds in more lucrative export […]

Book Review: The rise of Turkey
Book Reviews

Book Review: The rise of Turkey

For anyone interested in the complex developments that are reshaping Turkey, this book provides a valuable window into the many economic, religious, and military factors making the country an important political power in the Middle East. The author, born in southeastern Turkey, openly discuses how all successive governments treated and […]

Book Review: The innocent sleep
Book Reviews

Book Review: The innocent sleep

Karen Perry is the penname of Dublin based writers Paul Perry and Karen Gillece. The format of the story is unusual in that he and she write in alternate chapters as the novel evolves. The Innocent Sleep narrative starts in Tangier with a young artistic Irish couple and a child. […]