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The art of scotch pairing, the messiah of coffee comes to Toronto, Martha Stewart’s vegetarian Thanksgiving

Food friendly (Photo by Eric Kilby)

Food friendly (Photo by Eric Kilby)

• According to the Globe and Mail, scotch’s “vast array of sweet toffee, smoky mineral, spiced citrus, dried fruit and delicate floral notes” are finding a greater audience among epicures who want to pair their roasted duck breast with something other than chianti. The powerful drink finds its best pairings with bold food, such as a “dark-chocolate macaroon sandwiched with pear ganache and sliced foie gras” but weds poorly with spice—“anything that bites the tongue will exaggerate the burn.” Not everyone is sold on scotch with their meal, though: “That’s the place of a red wine,” says Jamie Kennedy. “Why ruin an amazing thing?” [Globe and Mail]

• When the self-proclaimed messiah of coffee, Duane Sorenson, descended on the doorstep of the Star’s Corey Mintz, he was flanked by disciples Matthew and Andrew and came with an offering: earth-jarring java made using single-origin beans and a Chemex coffee maker. Sorenson travels the world in search of the best brew, educating growers about how to properly dry their beans and vetting prospective vendors of his products. Where to try some in Toronto? Lit Espresso Bar. [Toronto Star]

• Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving day show went meat-free this year; the homemaker-tycoon-convict decided she was fed up with factory meat farming.  Stewart was joined by fellow animal avenger Jonathan Safran Foer, who helped her make a fall casserole, as well as meat-free chef Jeremy Fox and Food Inc.’s Robert Kenner who revealed how to prepare vegetarian stuffing and side dishes. Not just hyping the cause on her show, Stewart says she plans to attend a meatless Thanksgiving dinner. [Grist]

• “Food-obsessed city people” are taking a greater interest in hunting wild game—even before the animals turned up on University Avenue. Grossed out by the “use of antibiotics in livestock and the ethics of raising animals in tight quarters,” urbanites like 44-year-old graphic designer Michael Davis are taking rifles and food matters into their own hands. Davis grew up surfing, not hunting, in southern California but says, “Going through life without at least experiencing that most primal thing of hunting would be cheating.” [New York Times]

• Although some claim that up to 46 million turkeys will be eaten in America this Thanksgiving, one lucky bird named Courage will be spared the fate shared by so many of his brethren. Continuing a tradition started by George Bush Sr., Barack Obama, flanked by his daughters, Malia and Sasha, pardoned a bird donated by the National Turkey Association. Courage starts his post–chopping block life by grand marshalling a parade at his new home, Disneyland. [National Post]