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Have You Tried Ice Cider?

In Reviews on April 10, 2011 at am

During a visit to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a friend of ours introduced us to the most wonderful dessert  wine – ice cider (cidre de glace).  Canada (Ontario in particular) is very well-known for its ice wine, which is made from frozen grapes, but few seem to know about ice cider, which is made in the Quebec province using frozen apples.  I’ve never liked ice wine, because I find the sweetness to be overwhelming without complexity.  But I love ice cider, because its sweetness is accompanied by a wonderful apple flavour.  I can’t believe that it isn’t more well known!  I’ve only tried the brand Neige.  Although it is close to the affordable end of dessert wines, I have fallen in love with the packaging (shown on the left in the photo above) as well as the taste.  (I will update this post when I try a more expensive brand for comparison.)  If your local liquor store doesn’t carry ice cider, try ordering it online and be sure to pick up a few bottles at a SAQ the next time you’re traveling through Quebec.  Enjoy it ice cold!

La Tentation de Laurier – A Delicious New Canadian Cheese

In Appetizers, Hors D'oeuvres, Snacks on December 18, 2010 at am

I discovered a new cheese just in time for the holidays – La Tentation de Laurier by Fromagerie 1860  DuVillage (Quebec, Canada).  After I fell in love with this cheese, I discovered that it won 2nd place in the Open Class category at the 2010 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (see here).  [On a side note, I’ve purchased the award winning Fifthtown Artisan Cheese Co., Bonnie and Floyd sheep milk cheese before and although it is slightly too soft for my taste, it is very very good.]

La Tentation de Laurier is a soft, ripened cheese that is made with pasteurized, fresh milk and cream.  Ingredients and nutritional values are shown at the end of this post.  I wasn’t able to find this specific cheese on the cheese maker’s website (here).  I emailed the company for specifications but they never replied.

This cheese has such a soft rind, and it is so smooth and creamy, that it makes for a wonderful spread.  I absolutely love it on slices of fresh baguette.  It’s flavourful enough on its own, but try adding apricot jam for a sweet variation.  I have to admit that I’ve had several dinners that consisted only of this cheese on bread.

If you try this cheese, let me know what you think.

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Mario Batali’s Piastra Cracked During First Use

In Reviews on August 29, 2010 at pm

Mario Batali’s Piastra is an Italian grilling stone made of solid granite.  It is double sided (grill/griddle), although the griddle is what’s used traditionally, and is meant to be used for cooking foods such as seafood and flat breads over a hot grill.

Considering it cost around $50 US, I was extremely disappointed when it broke the first time I used it.  I followed the washing and care instructions carefully and as I was heating it up for the first time, a huge crack appeared that spanned 3/4 of the length.  According to the instruction booklet, if the stone cracks, you are to discontinue use immediately.  I suspect that a hairline crack was already present when I purchased it.  From reading customer reviews, I discovered that this has happened to other people as well.  Sounds like poor quality control to me.  Anyways, I can’t get a refund, but hopefully I can spare someone else the frustration with this product.

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