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TasteCamp Part II: On the Bench wineries, and the legendary BYOW dinner

Tastecamp Day II

Opening Note: This is Part II of a look back at TasteCamp Niagara, an independent wine bloggers conference that took place over three days in Niagara May 13-15 (Ontario for the first two days, the U.S. side for the final day). It was an intense exploration of a region most of the bloggers/writers knew very little about and followed on the heels of two other TasteCamps — Finger Lakes and Long Island. Continue reading

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Treadwell Vineyard Bistro at Southbrook

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By Mike Lowe

What could be called the perfect partnership of food and wine has just taken place at Southbrook Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake. This Victoria Day weekend the winery kicked off patio season by teaming up with one of Niagara’s most esteemed chefs, Stephen Treadwell. Continue reading

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Johnny Bower wine, pizza at Southbrook, tacos and a vertical of Chardonnay at Flat Rock …

Johnny Bower

He played net in 552 games, won 250 times, lost 195 times with 90 ties, 37 shutouts and a 2.51 goals against average. He was in goal for the Maple Leafs’ three consecutive Stanley Cup victories in the early 1960s — 1962, 1963 and 1964. And played tandem with goalie Terry Sawchuk in the 1967 Stanley Cup, the very last time the Leafs won the Cup (as if you needed a reminder of that!). Continue reading

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TasteCamp Niagara, Part I, a look back at a weekend of wine

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Opening Note: They came, they tweeted like mad, and they left. That’s the Reader’s Digest version of TasteCamp Niagara, an independent (sort of) bloggers conference that took place over three days in Niagara May 13-15 (Ontario for the first two days, the U.S. side for the final day). It was an intense exploration of a region most of the bloggers/writers (who had come from as far away as New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, Indiana, Colorado, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec) knew very little about and followed on the heels of two other TasteCamps — Finger Lakes and Long Island. Continue reading

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Enjoy A-One Sushi at Sushi Ai

By Mike Lowe

About five months ago chef/owner Nick Ni opened Sushi Ai in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. In an area seemingly inundated with sushi restaurants one might ask why. We set out to see if this latest chapter in the all-you-can-eat sushi book is worth a read. I am delighted to report that not only is Sushi Ai a welcome addition, it may well set the standard against which other local sushi restaurants are measured. Continue reading