#FridayCocktail - A Toast to Canada Braai Day

#FridayCocktail – A Toast to Canada Braai Day

In South Africa, a braai – the Afrikaans term for barbeque – is a deeply engrained, nationally-treasured ritual.  So much so, that it was given its own holiday and is championed for its unifying merit and cultural significance.

Tomorrow, September 20, is Canada Braai Day, a celebration launched last year by South Africa’s leading producer and marketer of spirits and wines, Distell Group Limited.…

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Breads and Spreads

You might say that bread, that most beautiful of human inventions, really doesn’t need any improvement. But let’s just say, for the sake of argument, that improving it is exactly what we wanted to do. Well, I have just the method: Spreads. Hummus, olive tapenade, chocolate chips, fruit … the options are limited only by the amount of time, effort and expense you have to put into creating them. Not…

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Gardens aren’t static, so Pouzet developed the concept of suspending  furniture from a tree or structure giving them movement. Whether you want to swing from the trees solo (single-seater) or with someone else (loveseat), you have lounging options. The World’s First Floating Outdoor Living Room - Design Milk

Gardens aren’t static, so Pouzet developed the concept of suspending furniture from a tree or structure giving them movement. Whether you want to swing from the trees solo (single-seater) or with someone else (loveseat), you have lounging options. The World’s First Floating Outdoor Living Room - Design Milk

Canada Braai Day will soon be here!

Canada Braai Day will soon be here!

Don’t Mothball the Barbecue!

Braai (pronounced br-eye) is the Afrikaans term for barbecue, and September 20marks the second annual Canada Braai Day. So prevalent is the braai in South African culture that is has been recognized with its own holiday and continues to be championed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Doctor Desmond Tutu for its unifying merit. As one of the most ethnically diverse and…

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Time to shelf the butter knife your mom bought you years ago, these spreaders are much better. The perfect companion for avocados, cheese, hummus, or any delicious food that needs to be spread. Handmade with love and a serious attention to detail Allied Maker - Spreader | Wantcy

Time to shelf the butter knife your mom bought you years ago, these spreaders are much better. The perfect companion for avocados, cheese, hummus, or any delicious food that needs to be spread. Handmade with love and a serious attention to detail Allied Maker - Spreader | Wantcy

10 Classic Movies and Their Alter Ego Chairs | Design*Sponge

Summertime Wine Finds

I think The Cars put it best when the sang: “Summer, summer, summer summer … turns me upside down”.

While we are most definitely no longer in summer (calendar-wise yes, weather-wise no – just ask Calgary), the summertime period did cause me some upside down moments, especially when I decided to clean out my office: Oh the things I found.

Some of those things included forgotten wine reviews, of…

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The Barisieur

Technically, this product is still in development and not available for purchase, but we were so excited about it, we had to share.

Designed and developed by Joshua Renouf – a design graduate from Nottingham Trent University (in the UK) as his final project – the Barisieur is an alarm clock that brews a fresh cup of coffee. Yup, that’s right…a fresh, hot cup of morning love!

Stainless steel ball…

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Maybe you swam on your college swim team, you’re a runner looking for a bigger challenge or you’re addicted to spin class and want to take your cycling skills to the next level. Whatever your reason for being interested in triathlon, getting into the sport can be a little tricky and sometimes intimidating. Triathlon Training: 4 Tips for Transitioning into the Sport | The Fit Stop

Maybe you swam on your college swim team, you’re a runner looking for a bigger challenge or you’re addicted to spin class and want to take your cycling skills to the next level. Whatever your reason for being interested in triathlon, getting into the sport can be a little tricky and sometimes intimidating. Triathlon Training: 4 Tips for Transitioning into the Sport | The Fit Stop

While the shape might be simple, the idea behind Mannequin was to create a customizable chair that was inspired by the stitching trend in fashion. The chair can be “dressed” depending on your needs with three different patterns of quilted fabric and three different bases that can be mixed and matched. Mannequin: A Chair with Customizable Options - Design Milk

While the shape might be simple, the idea behind Mannequin was to create a customizable chair that was inspired by the stitching trend in fashion. The chair can be “dressed” depending on your needs with three different patterns of quilted fabric and three different bases that can be mixed and matched. Mannequin: A Chair with Customizable Options - Design Milk

DIY Bookends

Now that we’ve organized our library, it’s time to make some attractive bookends that reflect your personality and taste.

Star Jar

Materials: two heavy glass jars, glass paint, painter’s tape, battery powered tea lights
Draw stars on the painter’s tape, cut them out and stick on the jars. Paint a few coats over the jars – you can paint over the stars altogether or just the edges. When the paint…

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#FridayCocktail - Peanut Butter Cup Martini

#FridayCocktail – Peanut Butter Cup Martini

I saw them today. The pumpkins,  sitting at the Farmer’s Market, waiting for us to embrace Fall. I don’t think I’m ready…

They did remind me, however, that time certainly does fly and soon I will be dressing up my little men and sending them out to fill their Halloween bags with goodies.

Although I am fairly disciplined when it comes to my eating habits, I will admit to two weaknesses; gummy…

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Tasted: Pinot Noir & Riesling from Home

Tasted: Pinot Noir & Riesling from Home

Canada can, and does, produce world-class wine. In British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island, Pinot Noir shines. The variety, although known for its finicky nature, can showcase terroir in a way few other grapes can. This can translate to a unique and fine wine, especially when the Pinot is grown in ideal conditions and crafted with the help of talented winemakers.

Like Pinot Noir,…

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Oh La La, Mais Oui C’est Francais

Oh La La, Mais Oui C’est Francais

I feel I’ve been neglecting France and French wines over my time here at Quench, and I’m not sure why.

France continues to shine on the world stage, they also continue to show that they can make great wines in the value category – meaning they are making so much more than just the high priced spread and “growth” wines prized by your father and in the Far East.

Today we look at some value wines…

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