• Restaurants,  Reviews

    A New York Dining Experience Worth Paying For

    You can find good food in New York, but you usually pay for it. The flip side of that, though, is if you are looking for a great but cheap restaurant in the United States, you have the most luck in New York. I could write an entire post on unexpectedly good New York restaurant finds, and probably will some day, but this post is about a Manhattan dining experience that we paid for, and happily. Located in the neighbourhood of the same name, The NoMad Restaurant lies within The NoMad Hotel, a fully restored, turn of the century Beaux-Arts building that reinforces the magnificence of the hotel and restaurant.…

  • Breweries,  Reviews

    The Most Impressive Brewery that is Much More Than a Brewery

    When I think of a brewery, I think of an abandoned warehouse-type building with a bunch of steel tanks producing a variety of some good, mostly mediocre, beers. One new brewery not only sets the standard on avant-garde brewing facilities, but took the brewery experience to a level that rivals even the most impressive destination wineries. With sustainability in mind, quality in mind and the promise of even more to come, this is the most outstanding and unique brewery I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Cowbell Brewing Co. is located in Blyth, Ontario, about two hours from Toronto. Less than one year old, this facility, built on 111-acres and…