Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New Zealand

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Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 | Giesen | Wine of New 

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Tasting Notes

Purity of aroma typifies Giesen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012 with notes of lemon and lime zest, jasmine, ginger and ‘petrichor’, which means the aroma of rain on dry earth. The palate has a succulent sweetness and intensity, reminiscent of lemon curd combined with the vibrant flavours of mandarin. Lovely and dry, the mineral acidity provides a structural backbone and length to the palate.

What I have to say about Geisen Estate Marlborough Riesling 2012:

Fruity, sweet but not annoyingly so. THIS is a fun wine and something that should be shared with a group of friends  as we watch the sunset from my porch on a summer evening in Toronto. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

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Review: Henry of Pelham Family Estate Pinot Grigio 2011

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2011 Pinot GrigioWhat critics and the Pelhma Estate are saying about 2011 Pinot Grigio:

OUR WINE / 

“Description

“Could not be nicer” – 2012 Edition of Billy’s Best Bottles
“A crowd pleaser if ever there was one. This is the first crack at the popular Italian varietal for the Speck brothers – and a well done one at that. A round, fruity nose full of ripe orchard and citrus fruit and follows through on the palate with ripe white peach, lemon meringue, and candied grapefruit, with sweet raw almond on the finish.”
– Courtney Henderson, Tonic Magazine, November 2011

4 stars – Tony Aspler
Silver (2011) – Intervin

Our Pinot Grigio breaks New World tradition as a refreshing wine with white cranberry and melon flavours. Taste the new-Old-World in our Niagara vineyards.

Winemaker’s Notes

• Made from selected Niagara vineyards.
• Harvest Date: September 3rd through September 23rd, 2010
• Fermentation and aging completely in stainless steel to maintain the fruit’s delicacy
and subtlety, bottling under screwcap to preserve fruit aromatics and freshness.”

What I have to say about 2011 Pinot Grigio:

“Anything that gives me rotgut after little more than a small glass and a half is being far better marketed than it’s taste deserves.”

Cucumbers. Not just a sex toy

WOW WHAT A LITTLE GEM THE CUCUMBER IS,I WILL LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY NOW.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one
cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6
Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and
Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up
a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that
can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a
cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a
soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a
small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The
chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent
undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the
area.

5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to
the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area
for a few minutes, the photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in
your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility
of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices
before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers
contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential
nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a
hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers
have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders
and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t
have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the
shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only
looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and
rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the
spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the
chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water
and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has
been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during
final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints?
Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your
tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill
the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless
steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean,
not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is
won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you
clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and
slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and
markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!(Sure wish I had this
information when my daughter was 3.)

China’s Fake Eggs

Cases of problem foods and food poisoning are widely reported in
Mainland China over the last few years. In 2001, there were 185 cases
of food poisoning, affecting about 15,715 people and causing 146
deaths. The cases doubled in 2002. In 2003, the number of reported
cases was ten times more than that in 2001, and the number of people
suffered was as high as 29,660, including 262 deaths Now In Sept 2008
Nearly 53,000 Chinese children sick from contaminated milk; 4 have died

Manufacturing fake eggs

In
China there are fake schools and classes that teach a variety of
blatant fraud technology, even eggs can be modulated by chemical
materials, but also be able to fry cook, is currently the most popular
False course.

Step 1 modulation of raw materials

Using 7 kinds of chemical materials, see pic below

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Fake egg was made from calcium carbonate, starch, resin, gelatin, alum and other chemical products.

Step 2 egg production
Raw egg into the mold to 2 / 3 full, put calcium chloride, colouring die, the egg appears on the film been announced.

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The ‘yolk’ is shaped in the round mould. ‘Magic water’ containing calcium chloride is used.

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By adding a yellow pigment and become raw egg yolk.

Step 3 fake egg shape
In
the mold into 1 / 3 raw egg white, like the first package, like
dumplings into the egg yolk, egg white into another, into the magic
water, a shell eggs will come slowly. Naked egg shape to 1 hour to dry
after washing with water, at shells ready.

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To make the egg white, various ingredients, including a powder and alum, are mixed together.

Step 4
Sewing
lines through the use of eggs, immersed in paraffin wax, calcium
carbonate, such as modulation of the eggshell into a solution, repeated
several times until the shell a little dry, immersion in cold water
pumping line shape, this point, the egg has been put on a false cloak ,
You’re done.
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Hard shells are formed by soaking in paraffin wax onto the egg, which are then left to dry.

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Oh yeah The Egg is ready. The artificial egg shell is very fragile and break easily but who cares!!
Look so real

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Many small bubbles is formed during frying the egg but not many people can tell the difference.
The egg look exactly the same, and the eggs taste better than real but you are adding to the
statistic of food poisoning person.

Why make fake eggs ?
Because of money.

The cost of fake egg is only 0.55 Yuan/kg, while the true eggs’ market price is 5.6 Yuan/kg.

Taking advantage of the community garden. Swiss Chard


John Corso and some other diligent members of the 250 Davenport Community have launched Phase II of the community garden. Phase I last year was really successful, but concentrated solely on various sorts of tomatoes, many of which I had never known to exist prior to then, and each with it’s own subtle texture, colour and taste.

This year the garden has expanded to include radishes, squash, corn, potatoes, peppers, onions, herbs, and many others including Swiss Chard, which I have often seen at the grocers but have had no real interest, due to my limited budget.

However, because the community garden is designed specifically towards benefiting those of us at the lower end of the income scale by allowing us access to a source of vegetables and fruit which we may not have been able to afford otherwise, I decided to take the opportunity and try it out.

So I Googled the veggie and found a simple recipe. Tried it twice now, and I’ve really enjoyed it but I must warn you however about the methane problem that may follow up later on after the meal has settled.

Swiss Chard

Ingredients
  • 1 large bunch of fresh Swiss chard
  • 1 small clove garlic, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Salt
Method

1 Rinse out the Swiss chard leaves thoroughly. Remove the toughest third of the stalk, discard or save for another recipe (such as this Swiss chard ribs with cream and pasta). Roughly chop the leaves into inch-wide strips.

2 Heat a saucepan on a medium heat setting, add olive oil, a few small slices of garlic and the crushed red pepper. Sauté for about a minute. Add the chopped Swiss chard leaves. Cover. Check after about 5 minutes. If it looks dry, add a couple tablespoons of water. Flip the leaves over in the pan, so that what was on the bottom, is now on the top. Cover again. Check for doneness after another 5 minutes (remove a piece and taste it). Add salt to taste, and a small amount of butter. Remove the Swiss chard to a serving dish.

Awesome Jalapeno Popper Spread

INGREDIENTS

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1 cup mayonnaise
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
2 ounces canned diced jalapeno peppers, drained
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
DIRECTIONS

Stir together cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl until smooth.
Stir in green chiles and jalapeno peppers. Pour mixture into a
microwave safe serving dish, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Microwave on High until hot, about 3 minutes.
FOOTNOTES

Baked Variation
If you would like to brown the cheese, bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes.
Serve with sliced sourdough baguettes, tortilla chips or crackers

Happy Pride

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David Miller and the City of Toronto kicked off Pride week here by raising the rainbow flag up in Nathan Phillips Square yesterday.

I often hear people tell me how much they hate Pride, because it’s too crowded, commercialized, stereotypical, “insert excuse here”.

I only came out to myself around the age of 28. I’m 35 now. I think I had been aware for a few years prior that I was at the very least, bi…. but hadn’t really been able to focus my thoughts and actually give it a name. I just knew it to be wrong.

Growing up in the 70-80’s and being beaten, humiliated, ostracised, my personal property as well as my parents vandalized, led me to deeply bury whatever notions I may have had about myself.

It was only when I moved away from Montreal, and started over here in Toronto, that I began exploring and to discover who I really was. It’s seven years later, and I’m still coming to terms with some stuff.

Intimacy/sex is a major one. I wasn’t sexually active as a youth, and the few relationships I had, with girls, never progressed beyond the best buddies stage (duh, you think I would have clued in there). So I was never really prepared for how much sex is linked to, at least, the gay part of the LGBTQ community, but let’s not get into that.

What I did learn was to like myself for who I was, to stop hiding, and just accept. It’s easy here in Toronto, and now when I go back to Montreal, I don’t live in fear either, of what people may think. But what about the smaller communities, that may not have well established LGBTQ communities, and no outlet for people to be themselves? Are these individuals doomed to download gay porn or surf gay chat lines so that they can link up quietly with other individuals? To pretend to be something they’re not so that they can just get through the days?

Canada has now celebrated it’s 3rd anniversary of gay marriage. On June 10th, 2003 Ontario made marriage available to anyone, no matter their sexual preference. The rest of Canada’s provinces have since followed in those steps, but that doesn’t mean that the fight for acceptance isn’t over.

There are a lot of places where being LGBTQ just isn’t talked about yet, outside the major metropolises. For these people, Pride isn’t about the big Unity-type parties, or getting laid. It’s about being allowed to celebrate themselves, even if it’s only for one day.

In London, Ontario, which does have a Pride parade, the onlookers are separated from the parade by a fence that’s been put up along the side walk, just in case some rowdies decide to storm the floats of people just having a good time.

In Russia, the first EVER Moscow Pride parade, which went on despite Mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s banning the event, was overwhelmed in violence by ant-gay demonstrators. 75% of the attendants were hurt.

In China, a number of gay websites have been shut down. There are an estimated 48 million LGBTQ people there, and regretfully little is being done to help them in stopping their isolation and coming out. China is also woefully behind the time when it comes to addressing the prevention of HIV.

Approximately 35% of gay teens attempt suicide before coming out in North America.

Pope Benedict and the Roman Catholic church, are still spewing their filth that allowing us marriage or the right to adopt is a sin. Because of Rome’s proximity to Italy, it’s recently elected leftist government may decide to backtrack on their electoral promise of bringing to the table the right for LGBTQ marriage.

Here in North Am, there are portents indicating that there may be a theological war, as many Catholics and Clergy disagree with Rome’s stance. The end results may wind up being similar as to what’s going on with the Episcopalians and Anglican church.

In New York City, Kevin Aviance, a popular drag queen, was beaten horribly by four individuals, one of them 16 years old.

in 2002, Gwen Araujo, a transgendered teen, was beaten to death by some “friends” when it was discovered she was previously male.

There are a million other tragic stories, and more, occurring daily.

This is why we should celebrate Pride. It is defiance of those that want to push us back into the closet, or into an early grave, and to give hope to those who have yet to come to love themselves just for being who they are.

Forget about the commercialism and crowds. If that bothers you, grab your car or bus and go and celebrate Pride in one of the smaller rural communities instead. Stop being such cynics and remember that if it weren’t for Stonewall and a bunch of drag queens, you wouldn’t have the guts to even have that cynicism.

Me, I going to celebrate this year by being in the Pride Parade Sunday, on the TCHC float. Seven years ago, I couldn’t walk around without wondering what people were thinking of me. Now, I’m going to be in front of close to a million.

Happy Pride!!!!