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What is Natural Wine and Where to Find it in Canada?

Natural Wine

Natural wine is made naturally without any use of chemicals or technological interventions. Only grapes get used, and natural wine made in traditional methods. The term organic wine gets used when the wine made with organic grapes, it may or may not be added with chemicals during the process of wine making.

Natural Wine

The criteria for wine making are:

  • The wine gets made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes. Without or with certification.
  • The grapes get taken from dry- farmed or low yielding Vineyards.
  • Grapes get handpicked.
  • The vines not added with any sugars or different yeast or bacteria.
  • The acidity must not be adjusted.
  • No added sugar or minerals.
  • Addition of external flavors not allowed.
  • No manipulation such as micro oxygenation, reverse osmosis, cryoextraction or spinning cone is allowed.
  • Sulphites addition is not allowed.

Some of the best Natural wines are:

  • Running Duck Cabernet Sauvignon: The African Cabernet winery uses ducks as an effective form of pest control. The wine not contaminated with sulfites. The wine is also available in blackcurrant and raspberry flavors.
  • Tragolargo 2014 Monastrell: The wine forms the southern part of Spain. You can get dark berry and cherry flavors.
  • La Biancara Angiolino Maule Masieri 2015: This is a white wine made from an Italian winery. The wine is spontaneously fermented and, no yeast get added.

Places in Canada where you can find natural wine:

  • Obladee, Halifax.
  • Candide, Montreal.
  • Grey Gardens, Toronto.
  • Pigeonhole, Calgary.
  • Burdock and Co., Vancouver.

Obladee, Halifax:

Obladee has wine sorted out into the ones made from native yeast and the ones made from commercial yeast.  The menu describes if the wine is organic or sustainable or Biodynamic farming.

Candide, Montreal:

Candide is set up in the basement of an old church, and, the set up is just brilliant for drinking wine and relaxing. Every dish sold there to get made from the local ingredients. The chef over there prepares the food right in front of you and severs the food.

Grey Gardens, Toronto:

Grey Gardens is a bar and restaurant in Toronto. The restaurant sells one of the best natural wine you can ever taste. The wine program led by the General Manager Jake Skakun.

Pigeonhole, Calgary:

The Pigeonhole’s chef Justin Leboe has creative cooking and has an extensive selection of natural wine. The resultant has antique plates and settings. A wide range of food is provided to match the wine you are tasting.  The wine director of the bar is Andrew Stewart.

Burdock and Co., Vancouver:

Andrea Carlson is the founder and the chef of Burdock and Co. Their goal is not to be cool or high fashionable but to serve the wine of the best quality with genuine love. The restaurant also serves a lot of vegan dishes you can have along with your natural wine. You also get organic food in the restaurant.

Top 10 iPhone Food Apps

iPhone Food Apps

There is always a confusion on which hotels to visit in your location, or if you happen to visit a new place of duty, you are under a constant confused state on which food to eat or which hotel to visit. Smartphone apps make it much easier for us in deciding our desired hotels and the best food available. These applications make our life so much simpler and comfortable. But then again there is the trouble of choosing from the plenty of food apps found in the store. The article lists down a list of the best food apps found in iPhones.

iPhone Food Apps

The following are some of the best food apps found in the app store:

  • Urban Spoon.
  • Epicurious.
  • Seafood Watch.
  • Foodsspotting.
  • Locavore.
  • Chefs feed.
  • VegOut.
  • Open Table.
  • Big Oven.
  • Local Eats.

Urban Spoon:

If you are a person who loves natural things and surprises, then Urban Spoon is the app for you. You just have to shake your phone, and there is a fun spin which picks up a restaurant with the help of your GPS from which you can choose. The app also allows you to choose from the list of restaurants in your neighborhood and you can choose them based on the cuisine and prices.


Epicurious is a free app which allows you to make your recipe. You can search by keyword and make your food. The app also lists down the things you will have to buy the food you want to make.

Seafood Watch:

Monterey Bay Aquarium started the app. The apps help you to choose from a variety of sea food. The app also contains a brilliant sushi guide which lists down the names of the fishes in Japanese and English.


Foodsspotting apps allow you to choose your favorite food and document the review of foods. You are authorized to post pictures of the restaurant and write reviews about it. So if you are a food lover and a blogger you can download this app and write a review about your favorite food and restaurants.


Locavore uses the GPS in your phone and lists down all the local restaurants and food places in your area. You can find the traditional seasonal food and get various recipes from this app.

 Chefs feed:

Chefs feed an app which allows you to follow your favorite chefs from all around the world. You can write various reviews and post your food recipe and pictures of the food you made.


It is always difficult for vegetarians to get a place to eat. The VegOut is an app which helps the vegans and the vegetarians to get the ideal location to eat. The app lists the hotels in alphabetical order and also lets you write reviews about the food and the hotels you have been.

 Open Table:

The app lets you know which restaurants have open tables available for you to dine in.

Big Oven:

The app allows you to search your desired food by title, keyword, ingredients, etc.

Local Eats:

Local Eats lists down the restaurants available in the local area.

Japanese Cuisine

Japanese Cuisine

Japanese is one of the most disciplined people in the entire world. They are known for their time management and dedication to work. It is brilliant how the product of their work provides so much output and profit.  Another thing to make a note about Japanese is their food. Japanese cuisine has a variety of seasonal and regional dishes. The Japanese have the habit of combining one staple food like rice with a main dish and a side dish. Some of the main dishes in Japan are rice, Sushi, Tempura, Tofu, Udon, Soba, Ramen, Yakitori, sashimi and other items like pickles, sweets, and beverages. Among all these dishes, sushi was one of the dishes that became famous all around the world.

Japanese Cuisine

The following are some of the most famous Japanese Dishes:

  • Rice.
  • Sushi.
  • Soba Noodles.
  • Tofu.
  • Tempura.


Rice is a staple food used by Japanese from long back. In most parts of Japan rice is consumed almost at every meal. In the northern parts of Japan, people mostly prefer Wheat as compared to rice. White rice is more popular than brown rice, but now due to health concerns, people are slowly moving to brown rice. The white rice when coked becomes very sticky.


Sushi got introduced in Japan in the Yayoi Period where the fish gets fermented with salt and rice, and later the rice was discarded.  In the later period, the fermented fish was consumed along with the rice and in today’s world, instead of using rice for fermentation they use vinegar. In the modern times, sushi has become very popular and is a fast food available in almost every part of Japan, and it also has become very famous all over the world.

Some of the popular types of Sushi are:

  • Nigiri: Nigiri is a small rice bowl filled with fish, shellfish, etc. on the top. Varieties of fish get used as the toppings, some of them are tuna, shrimp, squid, eel, octopus, and fried eggs get added for a good taste.
  • Gunkan: Gunkan is a small bowl filled with rice and seaweed. Fishes and other seafood get added as toppings. Some of the most common toppings added are fish eggs and sea urchin.
  • Oshizushi: Oshizushi is a pressed sushi where the fish pressed against the sushi rice in a wooden box.
  • Chirashi: The sushi rice topped with sea food, mushrooms, and other vegetables.

Soba Noodles:

Soba noodles made out of wheat it is very thick and prepared in both hot and cold dishes. Some of the traditional soba dishes are more/Zaru Soba, Kake Soba, Kitsune soba, etc.


The tofu made out of soy milk. It is pressed down into blocks. The tofu is an excellent source of protein and is very popular in Japan. Tofu is one of the most extraordinary dishes among vegetations.


Tempura is a fired mix of vegetables and sea food. Portuguese introduced tempura. Some of the most famous tempura are Ebi, Sakana, Nasu, Kinoko, Kabocha etc.

Incredible Cashew Nut Benefits

Cashew Nut

Cashews are native to Brazil. They are one of the best nuts which are used in many dishes and loved by people. The cashew nuts were brought to India by traders and planted many saplings as India also has a perfect climate to grow cashew trees. The nut has a fleshy fruit attached to it and has a great taste. Both the nut and the fleshy fruit have nutritious value. The cashew nuts have a long shelf life if it gets stored properly.

Cashew Nut

The following are some of the health benefits of cashews:

  • Heart’s health.
  • Diseases relating to blood.
  • Cashews protect the eyes.
  • Makes our skin healthy.
  • Weight loss.
  • Dietary fiber.
  • Healthy Hair.

Heart’s health:

Cashews are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that help to keep your heart healthy. It is advised to eat unsalted, un-oiled servings of cashews to keep your heart healthy. Cashews lower the LDL and increase the carrying capacity of HDL which is responsible for absorbing cholesterol from our body, and the liver can break down the cholesterol.

Prevents diseases relating to blood:

Cashew has copper in it which plays a significant role in the elimination of free radicals in our veins. You are advised to take cashews in a limited amount as it has a large number calorie in it. Deficiency of copper in the blood can cause anemia.

Cashews protect the eyes:

Due to various pollution, our eyes are affected with many infections. The cashews contain an antioxidant named Zea Xanthin which is a pigment that is absorbed by our retina and protects our eyes from harmful UV rays.

Makes our skin healthy:

The oil extracted from cashew nuts is very good for the skin. The oil is rich in selenium, zinc, phosphorous, Iron and Magnesium. The selenium present in cashews is not only good for skin but also helps you to battle and prevent cancer.

Helps in weight loss:

A study shows that people who take nuts in their diet are said to lose more weight than the ones who do not take nuts in their diet. Nut consumers have lower BMI than non-nut consumers.  Cashew nuts are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which are good for burning fat and boost our metabolic process.

High sources of dietary fiber:

The primary dietary fibers needed in our body are oleic acid and palmitic acid. These dietary fibers do not get produced in our body, and thus these fibers must be consumed from outside sources. To our aid, cashews are an excellent source of these dietary fibers. Limited consumption of cashews can help in the digestion of food, but if you take in excess, then there are chances of gas formation and bloating up of the stomach.

Healthy Hair:

The copper in the cashew oil has a pigment called melanin which brings color to the skin and hair. Consuming cashews can help your hair grow better and retain its color.

3 Beautiful Ways to Top Your Pie


During the holiday season, pies are there in our every menu. More than the taste most of us are drawn to the design of the cake toppings. If you happen to be bored with the same old ways to create your pie top, then you can follow some of the following manners to decorate your pie.

  • Braided Pie.
  • Classic Lattice Pie.
  • Fish Tail cut out.

Braided Pie:

The braided pie gives an excellent coverage at the top of the pie. All you got to do is braid strands of dough and place them neatly on top of the pie and bake it.

Braided Pie

The following are the things you will need to make the pie:

  • Double crusted pie dough.
  • Egg wash.
  • Sugar (Optional)


  • First, you must prepare the bottom of the pie and create a crust and put the pie in the crust.
  • Roll out the dough into a long rectangular piece such that it is easy for you to braid the strands.
  • Depending on the shape and size of your pie, make the strands and start to weave neatly. Make sure to keep the strips flat and braid neatly so that every braid is of the same size.
  • After making several braid strands, lay the braids over the pie in such a way that it covers your pie.
  • Arrange the braid strands in a parallel manner for a neat look.
  • Trim off the extra strands at the edge of the pie so that the no additional pieces are hanging at the sides.
  • Fold the dough from the crust and merge it with the braided strands.
  • Keep the pie in the refrigerator and preheat the oven in the meantime.
  • Bake until the pie turns golden brown and your braided pie is ready.

Classic Lattice Pie:

Classic Lattice Pie

To make a classic lattice pie you will need:

  • Double crusted pie dough.
  • Egg wash.
  • Sugar (Optional)


  • Prepare the bottom crust of the pie.
  • Roll the top of the crust into large and long rectangular pieces. Make sure to cut the strips in such a way that the center strips are slightly longer than the side pieces.
  • The pieces you will need depend on the size and the shape of your pie.
  • Lay down the strips over the pie and pull back and fold every other strip over the pie.
  • After making the cross over, pre heat the oven.
  • Back the pie till it becomes brown, and your pie is ready.

Fish Tail cut out pie:


The fish tail cut our pie is a mixture of the braided pie and the classic lattice pie. You will need to follow the same procedure and combine them. If you need to braid the strands of dough to form the sides of the pie, and in the center, you need to cross the rectangular strands just like you did in the classic lattice pie.  You can also make designed of small leaves and add them on the sides of the pie.

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