Food and Drink

A girl's gotta eat! I've imbibed, nibbled and noshed and then written about it all for Edible Ottawa and Vancouver, Bon Vivant Magazine, HuffPost Food, and many more.

Experience the Art of Sake Making at These Breweries in Japan

“Good water makes all the difference,” my guide explains as we tour a sake brewery that uses spring water from a source tapped 656 feet below the ground. At Nakano Sake Brewery in the castle town of Kitsuki, they take that water and combine it with mold and rice, waiting 40 days for it to ferment and brew. Classical music is piped through to the tank room to create the perfect environment — and it certainly works. This 6th generation brewery has won multiple awards for its sake.

Smoke It Low and Slow

When Mobeen Hussain Butt tries to pin down exactly when his appreciation for smoked barbecued meat began, he recalls a joyous family party held during Eid in Pakistan when he was just a small boy. As the sun set and the heat of the day receded, loved ones gathered to celebrate and feast together in the capital city of Islamabad. The smell of the charcoal and the heat from the barbecue are burned into his memory, as is the sweet taste of lamb skewers cooked on the flames.

Visit Britain’s First and Only Tea Gardens at Tregothnan Estate

For most Brits, any problem can be solved with a nice cup of tea. But, the majority of the country’s tea leaves make a long journey from China or India before they reach those English teacups.

That’s why the tea grown on the Tregothnan Estate is such a rare British treasure. Set on the banks of the River Fal, near Truro, Cornwall, the estate established the nation’s first tea gardens in 1999

In Search of the Best Cup of Tea

As a Brit, I know the difference between a posh cup of char and a proper builders tea. I know how to make tea properly in a pot and yes I own a tea cozy. But on busy mornings I’ll just chuck a teabag (imported from the UK of course) into a chipped mug and enjoy it just as much.
Tea is part of most English people’s daily diet, in fact, we often joke my mum's blood runs steaming hot and brewed to perfection!
She once burst into tears when we arrived at a rustic Canadian cabin to find they didn't have a kettle. Campfire tea turned out to be quite nice but it just shows how seriously Brits take their access to a good cup of tea.
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