Well, here’s an interesting recipe for you vodka drinkers out there, courtesy of WikiHow. Espresso Vodka! Ingredients: 225ml, 8 fl oz freshly brewed espresso 450g, 1 lb sugar, caster or superfine is best 500ml, 18 fl oz vodka, quality brand 1 teaspoon vanilla essence/extract or vanilla vodka; or a whole vanilla pod Dissolve the sugar […]

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On a cold winter morning on a day off, there’s nothing better than drinking some freshly roasted coffee while enjoying homemade coffee cake. There’s a nice collection of five delicious-looking recipes over at this website. I haven’t had a chance to bake any yet, but look forward to trying them all.    

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By Matter of Taste co-owner Dawn Tran: 1/2 tsp dried lavender flowers 1/4 vanilla bean 3/4 cup 10 per cent cream 1-1/2 cups dark chocolate sauce Pinch each: salt, ground cinnamon 1 long strand lemon zest 3/4 cup 2 per cent milk 1 drop each: blue, red food colouring 1 shot hot brewed espresso In […]

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By Matter of Taste barista Kimberly Staveley: Matter of Taste barista Kimberly Staveley was inspired by anise-flavoured Sambuca for this espresso con panna (espresso with cream). She uses whole anise, cardamom and ginger from Spice of India (262 King St. E., Kitchener). You could substitute a pinch each of ground cardamom and ground ginger. 1 […]

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In a world of complex espresso drinks promoted by Starbucks (gingerbread latte, etc), it’s important to remember the fundamentals of espresso drinks, those oft-overlooked beverages that offer some of the best coffee drinking experiences around. Here’s a nice overview of several that I found over at Munak’s blog: Listed below are some of the other […]

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I’ve spent a fair amount of time searching for the ‘perfect’ Tiramisu recipe, and think I may have finally found it. It’s supposedly the same recipe as used by the Olive Garden, and comes courtesy of the Life In Digital Pixels blog. By the way, did you know that ‘tiramisu’ means ‘pick me up’ or […]

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