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WINO! But only the good stuff. That being said, you do not have to spend a lot to get a great wine. We have our fair share of $$$$ wine in our cellar, but I really love it when I find a great wine, or one with aging potential, for less than $25. We also like to fool around with wine/food pairings. Sometimes when you least expect it you discover something amazing!
FOODIE! We'll try anything at least once! If it doesn't move (and sometimes even if it does) we'll try it! We'll try it again if it's good. You have to keep an open mind to new experiences.
I come from a family of chefs (the latest addition - my niece won the Escoffier award), and my father-in-law was a European trained baker (Konditorei). My husband and I grew up surrounded by great food. However we both did NOT go into the profession. I'm in health care, my husband is in construction. That kind of makes us the black sheep when it comes to the family food business. We're fine with that - it just means we have to try a little harder, therefore we tend to be more experimental. At the end of the day, friends and family want to come to OUR house to eat.
love the outdoors - camping, hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing (all better when done with good food, fine wine and great company)
gardening-my hubby and I grow competition giant onions - our largest was over 5 lbs. 2008 we had a 16 foot tomato plant! I always have an herb garden in the kitchen window. Fresh is best.
Stained glass is our hobby when we want to express our artistic side.
travel-we love Italy, Switzerland and Austria. And Canada - specifically Ontario - is so beautiful. It has so many hidden gems. I also think that Toronto is underrated as a culinary city. It has such a diverse population base. You can find a restaurant or grocery store that caters to every ethnic base. There is only a small handful of ingredients that I can't find in Toronto. (Surprisingly, Maytag Blue Cheese being one of them) Also the St. Lawrence Market is amazing. It truly is one of the best in the world!
love animals-I have a cat, but would love to have more pets.
Blues hound and jazz - actually any good music is food for the soul
Love bold flavours, sometimes subtle is good and what you want, but for the most part we like to TASTE our food!!!
Italian, French, Indian, Japanese, etc. etc. - we really don't have a favourite. Good food is good food!
One of our memorable meals - an amazing Boursin, Chantrelle and prosciutto omelet, champagne and oj, cappuccino all done on the beach after canoeing Old Woman's Bay, Lake Superior. It was a beautiful morning watching the sunrise with eagles flying overhead! Simple yet stunning. How can you beat that?
My husband just built our outdoor kitchen (yes, even in Canada's cold north) and is currently having a love affair with his latest cooking toy - the Traeger. He currently has 5 BBQ's (plus 2 deep fryers, wok, outdoor oven, 4 range tops, karahi, and 2 dedicated smokers), and I have been informed that I should expect a Tandoor to be added some time this summer. And maybe a pizza oven after that!
Garlic Rocks Baby! You should try my husband's Garlic Chip Cookies.
we are currently on a charcuterie/smoking trend. We are working on perfecting homemade pancetta and bacon. Mmmmm!