Personal Note from Sora


Here we are in March-and I wanted to share a fun experience I had last month when I found myself in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada for a Wine & Chocolate Festival.

But why talk about wine & chocolate when I can show you some photos of some of the pairings of the different wineries that I visited.  However, I do want to let you know before I share the pairings that some of the wineries were on very large estates (so beautiful) some of them were medium sized but very friendly and engaging and some were more boutique like in nature. I really like Canada and Canadians and the atmosphere in all of the wineries was very comfortable and very relaxing.

So the first pairing that I want to share with you was at Coyote’s Run Estate Winery and was a 2013 Black Paw Cabernet Sauvignon and was paired with a dark chocolate and bacon brownie. Now I enjoy going to wine tastings and so that’s why I go 🙂 but the bacon brownie—let’s not even talk about it.  It was soooo great that I asked the kitchen for the recipe.SoLOL  Seriously it was unreal and here’s a photo…

The second pairing that I want to share with you was served at Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery and was a 2014 Sand & Gavel Redcoat with a Roast Chicken meatball in dark chocolate mole sauce.  Again, need I say more!

The next winery we visited was the Strewn Winery.  The Strewn Winery paired a 2011 Cabarnet Franc Icewine with 3, yes 3 samplers.  OMGoodness!!  Those samplers left to right were pulled pork with cocoa on a tortilla chip, roast rhubarb with white chocolate shaving, and let’s not forget about the Thai peanut butter ball in dark chocolate. I am definitely feeling like I’m in Chocolate Heaven…

The fourth pairing that I want to share with you was at the Konzelmann Estate Winery where they paired a 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve with a French cocoa macaron filled with Valrhona and caramel ganache.  No words…

And yes, there’s more chocolate on the way—

🙂 So the last tasting that I’m going to share with you was held at the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery and that pairing was a 2014 Grand Reserve Red Meritage with Chocolate and fennel cheesecake…

So as you can see and imagine, it was Chocolate Heaven and along with the paired wines it was really an amazing “tasting” experience!!!

So if you want to get out of the city and enjoy wine tasting and chocolate then check out Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada and see what festivals are on their 2017 calendar today!

In Make Peace with Food,


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March 6th is National Oreo Day!

OK. I admit it.  This month I have “chocolate on my mind”  and having recently gone to the Canadian Wine & Chocolate Festival I couldn’t believe that I found a video on You Tube as to how to make alcoholic Oreos.  Who knew.  So for those of you that like your alcohol, check this out!!

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                                  March 17th is National Artichoke Day

OK. I’m over my chocolate run for the month and so I decided to explore the artichoke which has always looked like a complicated vegetable to cook.  But when I saw how healthy the artichoke was I was, “Wow, this is impressive!”

So here are some interesting facts about the artichoke.

l. Artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate and magnesium.

2. The antioxidants in artichokes are good for your liver and help promote healthy skin.

3. Artichokes are high in fiber, calcium and protein.

4. You can find artichoke hearts that are packed in vinegar, oil or marinade and canned.

5. California is known as the artichoke capital of the world.  They supply nearly 100% of North American fresh artichokes.

So next time, I see artichoke on the menu, I am definitely going to try it!!


So if you’re starting to think about the summer and the warmer weather that is on it’s way then click HERE to find out how you can get bathing suit ready without having to diet!

In Make Peace with Food,

March 1st, 2017 Make Peace with Food Newsletter