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Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Canada Day Menu

Tino Fazio has proven that while he is Italian, his heart is very much Canadian. His Canada Day Menu is again culinery magic a la carte. His new menu which runs for the month of July sounds like this---Appetizer: Choice of Lobster bisque, P.E.I. Mussels or Tomato/Basil Salad. Main Course: Choice of Grilled Lamb Chops, Pan seared Scallops, Veal Loin Chop or Cedar Planked B.C. Salmon. Dessert: Baked Alaska or Apple Fondue! All this for $40. Match these entrees with one or two of Tino Fazio's 18,000 cellared bottles and you get perfection.
Now if I could arrange for Italy to have won the Euro Cup--------!!!
Speaking of wine, last night I opened up a 2003 Blomidon Estate Baco Noir. Blomidon, which is in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia is known as the Tidal Winery since it is very close to saltwater on the North Shore of the Bay of Fundy. Who said that Baco does not age well?!
The wine was a weatlth of flavours with Blackberry, Plum and vegetable with a touch of saltiness (my imagination?) over a background of vanilla. A lovely wine that aged well. Too bad that was all I had! Nova Scotia is truly a good place for wine and I am looking forward to going there this fall!

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Welcome to my new and hopefully improved website which includes this blog. I plan to keep you informed as I did in the past about my newest discoveries regarding wine, food and travel. I will also share with you my adventures in the world of organoleptic sensations as well as discuss those individuals who enrich our tastebuds with their recipes, mixes and writings.
Viva Los Cabos
My wife, Darlene and I shared a marvellous and relaxing meal at the newest addition to Whitby's restaurant scene. Los Cabos is aptly named for its Mexican/Californian cuisine. Seemingly designed to reflect the type of eatery found in many vacation spots, it not only achieves this goal but surpasses it in quality of friendliness, service and quality of food----not to mention the fine patio setting where we sat.
Being a burger fiend, I demand the utmost in my burgers. My "Big Kahuna"-----8 oz of home made burger complete with bacon and avocado----fullfilled my lust for meat! Darlene had Chicken Enchiladas with refried beans with all the trimmings. I was enjoying my burger almost too much when she offered me a taste. I managed to place the huge hunk down and reluctanly tasted her offering and was immediately captivated by the flavour. Normally, I like what I'm eating and do not enjoy breaking my "food" concentration.
Looking around me I saw nothing but satisfied and happy faces of many enjoying delicious salads, imaginative soups and great entres. The warm breeze blowing against our faces, the laughter and relaxation gave a "resort vacation" feeling to the whole experience. I certainly will be back to try many more of the menu and invite you all to go on a discovery of your own by visiting this new Whitby gem! Owners Darrren and Shelagh Pirkl truly have opened a new haven!
Los Cabos Cantina and Grill, 1009 Dundas Street East, Whitby L1N 2K4