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JDeQ
Burlington, Ontario
eating, drinking, laughing, travelling . . . living life to the fullest!
Interests: Travel, food, drink, books, current events, politics, art, theatre, movies, music - life really!
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Fish lends itself to grilling. Grilling fish over direct heat not only cooks it quickly but also prevents it from drying out. There are two main problems with grilling fish but with a little practice, you can overcome them quite... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at A Life, Lived
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A number of our friends are traveling in Italy right now . . . hence my current obsession . . . Continue reading
Posted yesterday at A Life, Lived
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It has been an unusual spring. There were two or three times where I was convinced that 'stew weather' was past and I'd rush to heat up the BBQ only to be shocked by the sight of snow falling. I... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at A Life, Lived
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If you see a history of May Day in the newspapers this year, it is most likely to recount the mystical, medieval origins of a pagan fertility festival. And though you may never have seen a maypole in your life,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'coffee'. Enjoying a morning coffee in Italy . . . Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Life, Lived
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It is no secret that I often experience things on mt daily commute which annoy the heck out of me! I clearly am not alone. GO has launched a ad campaign designed to educate people about being a civilized commuter... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at A Life, Lived
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Prince Edward County AKA 'the County' is an up and coming wine region about 2.5 hours to the east of us. In addition to wine it is known for the farm to table food movement, art galleries, and a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at A Life, Lived
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I've been to Siena, Italy a number of times. At first I didn't really like the city but having returned a few times it has gone up on my list of places I enjoy in Italy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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Much has been said about the law in North Carolina which requires transgender people t only use the bathroom appropriate for the sex indicated on their birth certificate. I could rant about this for weeks but I won't - I'll... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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Ontario police break up 'domestic dispute' between man and pet parrot An Ontario man ran afoul of provincial police this week after spending a night at home with his pet parrot. Police in Brighton, between Toronto and Kingston, said they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'rain'. . . .after the rain . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at A Life, Lived
This Led Zeppelin and Beethoven mash-up is pretty cool . . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2016 at A Life, Lived
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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The spring (well, so-called spring) weather we have been having has been full of ups and downs. As a result meals like pot roast have stayed on the menu rotation longer than normal. there is nothing like a hearty, one-pot... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. Other medieval features include fountains and towers, such as... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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This post combines two separate recipes. The flank steak has a chimichurri marinade but no sauce to speak of. This was not going to work for me - I LOVE chimichurri sauce and wanted more of the delicious herby goodness... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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The weather has finally turned gorgeous here. As usual we have gone from winter to summer in one leap. I'm sitting at my desk with the window listening to all of the sounds of life outside - birds chirping, kids... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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This week's Photo Hunt theme is 'pop'. Imagine trying to pop the cork on that giant champagne bottle? Then imagine drinking it. That is a happy dream. :-) Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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Spring may start in March, but it starts to really feel official in April. And to herald the season, NYC's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar is bringing back its popular prosecco popsicles, a simple, yet brilliant, combination of prosecco and ice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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One of our favourite things to have with a roast is scalloped potatoes. This recipe is an adult version of those scalloped potatoes you remember from your childhood. Leave it to the French, who call these dauphinois potatoes, to create... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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I was searching for some pics the other day and came upon the collection of pictures I took when we went to the di Rosa art preserve in Sonoma. It seemed like a good time to revisit that happy day... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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This, ladies and gents, is high on the list of 'the best things I have eaten in 2016'. Admittedly it is early in the year but I believe this will stand the test of time nicely. There are a few... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at A Life, Lived
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It is -7 degrees right now and we are supposed to receive 5 - 10 cm of snow in the next 24 hours. Enough Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at A Life, Lived