On Eggnog Beer And Crossing The Continent For A Ham Sandwich

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by Talia Kleinplatz | Want a chef to come to your house and cook you dinner on demand? There’s an app for that.

A holiday celebration for the beer lover, the bottle share party is a great way to partake in some of your favourite brews.

Planning to do a little baking for the holidays? Food and Wine has you covered on the cookie front. Now if you need me, I’ll be on my couch with a tin of shortbread.

This week marks the opening of the new Vij’s on Cambie and reminds us all that when you serve inspired food and drink, the people will undoubtedly follow, regardless of where you set up shop.

How history saw the future of food and how we are measuring up to 19th century predictions in 2015. Food delivery by pneumatic tube sounds right up my alley.

Grub Street shares its favourite food and drink gifts for the holiday season, including Japanese whiskey, limited edition cheese and membership in the tuna of the month club (yes, you read that correctly).

The battle for mandatory GMO labeling in the States continues as the food industry lobbies to block new legislation. In other news, allow me to introduce you to the limequat.

Faced with red tape, one of my favourite little corners of Vancouver – Le Marche St George – received positive news from the city this week after an outpouring of support from neighbours and loyal customers.

So what if it used to be a gas station? I want the life changing ham sandwich from Gayle’s Country Ham and Market in Virginia.

Words of wisdom from a hard-working Austin line cook include notes on organisation and the importance of a clean walk-in.

Already considering your new year’s resolution? If yours, like mine, includes a post-holiday detox, consider starting with sip of one of these “healthy” cocktails (as if there is such a thing).

In celebration of its recent reopening, Shark Club asked some of Vancouver’s top bartenders (including Scout Magazine contributor Shaun Layton) to create an amazing lineup of cocktails to be released in 2016.

Jack Daniels creates a very special bottle in celebration of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the limited edition whiskey is being bottled at 100 proof.

Supermarine’s Jesse Grasso loves dogs, coffee and Wu Tang. Oh, and the man can cook!

Nikki Bailey goes on a hunt for the city’s best warm cocktails for these cold, holiday months. Dante’s Handshake combines rum, sherry and salted caramel. I know what I’ll be sipping on this week!

Alexandra Gill names her picks for the best new restaurants in 2015. Kitsilano is getting top marks with 5 restaurants making the cut including AnnaLena, Grapes & Soda, and Mission.

How the world was fooled by a forged signature and a story that was too good to be true. They don’t call it a Hemingway Daiquiri for nothing.

Goose Island tries its hand at an Eggnog Beer. For now it’s only available in Chicago. We’ll need to rely on the midwest palates to report back on whether or not this holiday porter hits the mark.

Drinking via instagram honours this week go to Local Wanderer and their visit to the recently opened Bar Oso in Whistler.

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O4dRnukXQBazVPfyNJv8NLWWEdnGh27HhY6qMiogAz8 Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Talia Kleinplatz fell in love with food at the apron strings of her mother and grandmother whose kitchens wafted the intoxicating aromas of fresh dill, homemade pies and painstakingly slow-cooked brisket. She completed her degrees at Concordia and McGill, graduating with a Master’s in Social Work in 2009. Her six years in Montreal taught her to eat well but it was her move to Vancouver in 2011 that taught her to drink well. In 2013 she launched her award-winning cocktail blog, Two For The Bar. She lives in South Granville with her husband and her three-legged, curmudgeonly cat.

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