Happy Gourmand

Chicks, bunnies and tulips

Apr 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

Well, here we are, already at Easter. Are you ready? Probably not. In today’s world, time flies. There never seems to be enough moments to make the most...

A sip of coffee history

Apr 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

Take a break; be a part of history Perhaps it is the slow coming of spring and my need for a bit of extra warmth, but I have been thinking a lot about coffee...

Foolish food

Apr 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

April Fool’s Day is today, so I thought I would use that as inspiration to be a bit goofy. It could be cabin fever – the delayed arrival of spring...

Parents deserve break too

Mar 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

The kids are out of school – are they driving you crazy yet? If you don’t have any, you might be muttering that the mall or the movie theatre is...

Message in a bottle

Mar 18, 2017 / 6:00 am

We spent two weeks on the Mayan Riviera recently, enjoying the sand and the sea. It was warm, sunny and very relaxing, but also very troubling. The water and...

Seasonal shock therapy?

Mar 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

Springing forward is a great thing once you’ve done it, but I always feel like I was robbed of that hour of sleep on the Monday after. Usually though, the...

Thoughts of spring sprouting

Mar 4, 2017 / 6:00 am

Continuing on my train of thought from last week, I am blazing ahead with my visualizing of spring. I know it’s still a bit nippy out there, with grey...

We all need a Lion's Day

Feb 25, 2017 / 6:00 am

Phew, it’s all but over The calendar is about to flip. February will soon be a memory. It seems to be the month that pretty much everyone is happy to...

Make the most of It

Feb 11, 2017 / 6:00 am

I don't mean to gloat, but I am posting from Cozumel this week. We have seen the groans and cries of exasperation posted on Facebook by friends and family,...

Date night with my guy

Jan 28, 2017 / 6:00 am

Ever since Martin and I got together 20 years ago, we have had a standing date night every week. Tuesday is our night for dinner and a movie; it’s date...

Acquiring new tastes

Jan 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

I often tell kids that they need to keep trying foods because their taste buds grow just like the rest of them. But it’s much harder to convince adults to...

An old-fashioned snack

Jan 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

Everyone is worried about being healthy these days, checking calories and watching their consumption of junk food and processed products. Did you know there is...

January Blues? Cheer up!

Jan 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

So now here we are, with the New Year rung in and the resolutions made – now what? It seems we always start the new year with a combination of energy and...

Auld Lang Syne

Dec 31, 2016 / 11:00 am

Here we are, at the end of another year. Now that all the hustle and bustle of Christmas is done, it’s time to focus on winding up the year in style....

God bless us every one

Dec 24, 2016 / 6:00 am

Christmas is my favourite time of year, and Christmas dinner epitomizes the festive season: the food and drink and best of all, the company. Just think - at...

Nuts at Christmas

Dec 17, 2016 / 6:00 am

The big day looms ever closer, and everyone is running at mach speed trying to check everything off the list and be sure they are ready to fulfill all their...

Top 10 cookie-making tips

Dec 10, 2016 / 6:00 am

In an effort to reduce the stress of your holiday season, I thought I would keep it simple this week. I'm offering advice to help increase your chances of...

Tasting old memories

Dec 3, 2016 / 6:00 am

With the snow on the ground, it really feels like Christmas is coming, so I peeked at old food magazines to see what might inspire me for a column. Nothing...

You can make a difference

Nov 29, 2016 / 3:00 pm

Well, the holiday season is upon us. With the passing of American Thanksgiving, we are officially in the thick of it — decorations and music everywhere...

The night jingle music died

Nov 19, 2016 / 4:00 pm

When I was a kid, eating was different. Food was sometimes fun, and other times, it had a certain reverence. More things were exotic, because the world...