Nova Scotia

The List: 10 things curmudgeonly comedian Rick Mercer can’t live without The List: 10 things curmudgeonly comedian Rick Mercer can’t live without

1 | My grandfather’s pipes He died in 1982, when I was 12. I can’t picture him not smoking a pipe. You can still smell the tobacco in them—people always think I smoke them, because I keep them on my desk. I don’t, but I like knowing that Granddad did. 2 | My ducks Newfoundlanders… Read more »

David Lawrason’s Weekly Wine Pick: a rarely seen Nova Scotia sparkler David Lawrason’s Weekly Wine Pick: a rarely seen Nova Scotia sparkler

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 $25 | Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia | 89 Points Benjamin Bridge is a new Nova Scotia sparkling winery that’s been drawing raves for its Champagne method bubblies that are fermented and aged in-bottle. But quantities are so tiny it remains essentially unavailable. Nova 7 is a less expensive, higher volume, tank-fermented… Read more »

Lobster oversupply brings the Cadillac of shellfish to the masses Lobster oversupply brings the Cadillac of shellfish to the masses

Lobster, that well-loved conduit for drawn butter and the go-to symbol for a posh meal, is becoming way more wallet-friendly. A Toronto Star article charts the crustacean’s journey from east coast bargain meal, to high-end dish, back to everyday foodstuff. The money fact: lobster is now cheaper than deli meat in some markets. Last week,… Read more »

The coroner’s office wants Ontario to pass a mandatory bike helmet law The coroner’s office wants Ontario to pass a mandatory bike helmet law

Ontario’s coroner’s office has revived the idea of a mandatory helmet law for all cyclists, rather than just riders younger than 18—a contentious step, but one that’s already been adopted in British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Deputy chief coroner Dan Cass made the case for helmets after finding that only 26 per cent… Read more »

Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 5, because these 21 new businesses opened on Ronces... Reasons to Love Toronto: No. 5, because these 21 new businesses opened on Roncesvalles

By Rachel Heinrichs | Photo illustration by Bradley Reinhardt | Photographs by Hudson Hayden Every weekend, the sidewalks of Roncesvalles Avenue are jammed with strollers, tethered dogs and couples in heated debate over which of the six new brunch spots is worth the lineup. It’s a frenetic scene few west-enders could have imagined a year… Read more »

Q&A with the home cook who won Recipe to Riches and took home $250,000 Q&A with the home cook who won Recipe to Riches and took home $250,000

Last night, as thousands of Canadians looked on from their living rooms, Recipe to Riches came full circle when Glo McNeill, winner of episode one’s sweet puddings and pies challenge, took home the $250,000 prize. The vivacious grandma from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, impressed the country with her Luscious Lemon Pudding Cakes, beating out John Grass… Read more »

Recipe to Riches reviewed: Episode 1, Luscious Lemon Pudding Cakes Recipe to Riches reviewed: Episode 1, Luscious Lemon Pudding Cakes

RECIPE TO RICHESSeason 1 | Episode 1 Previous Episode (indicates this is the first episode) Next Episode Last night was the premiere of Recipe to Riches, the much-hyped new Food Network Canada show where each week, a trio of home cooks compete in one of eight different categories to determine whose recipe would make the… Read more »

Groundhog Day forecast: almost all pivotal groundhogs agree that it will be a sh... Groundhog Day forecast: almost all pivotal groundhogs agree that it will be a short winter

The groundhogs have weighed in, and it’s nearly unanimous: Punxsutawney Phil, Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam all failed to see their shadows today, declaring that Canada and the U.S. would see an early spring. With arbitrary, superstitious consensus like that, it’s a sure thing, right? Not so much. Check out this quote from… Read more »