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Crème Brûlée Latte

Crème brûlée, also known as caramel brûlée, is a rich custard dessert often flavoured with vanilla and topped with a hardened caramel crust.  Although it isn’t a traditional Christmas or holiday dessert, I find it available in restaurants and at dinner parties in December more so than any other time of the year. Making them is […]

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Peppermint Mocha Latte

If you’re asked to think of a couple classic holiday confectionery delights that remind you of the Christmas season, no doubt peppermint candy canes and chocolate comes to mind.  The scent of peppermint oil in aromatherapy is associated with relaxation, and consuming chocolate has recently been found to release endorphins – natural chemicals in the […]

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Eggnog Latte

With the festive Christmas season in full swing, its a perfect time to talk flavoured lattes.  Whether enjoyed in a travel mug as you’re hurrying off to work, sitting in your pj’s relaxing, or taking some “me” time at the end of the day when the house is quiet, drinking a cup of holiday cheer […]

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Concocting Caffeinated Creations

It’s been a week since I last used my espresso machine.  For me, finding motivation is difficult this time of year.  With demands from work, kids’ school, holiday season expectations elevating, and the dramatically reduced daylight hours all contribute to make it real hard for me to get out of bed in the mornings.  As […]

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Chocolate Bar Coffee

Its the first day of November and with Halloween over I’ve admittedly had my fill of sweets.  Today is not a latte day. Or an espresso day. My pallet is still recovering from candy shock, so any sort of bold, flavoured, or frothed beverage is out of the question.  For today’s caffeinated concoction, I was […]

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

It was 2C when I woke up this morning.  The sun was shining through a very thin layer of clouds in the sky and accentuating the pockets of fog hovering in the valleys.  The golden elm and maple trees in my yard were gently shedding leaves.  What a comforting way to wake up on Halloween.  […]

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Maple Caffè Macchiato

If you’ve read my previous posts you’ll understand that I’ve got the preparation and the consumption of home made espresso almost perfected.  Feeling confident in my espresso accomplishments, I started pondering what to do next.   It was time for some coffee research!  I started browsing Wikipedia to learn about all the different types of espresso […]

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In the beginning there was espresso…

Things were looking up.  After a weekend of wonderful espressos made for me by my friend, Monday arrived.  Although my friend was not there to help me, I was armed with three facts: I love coffee, I had a new (to me) espresso machine, I knew how to operate it. After getting the kids off […]

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Memoirs of a Latte

Gourmet Ontario will host a new section called “Memoirs of a Latte”.  In this section I will discuss my personal journey into a new world that I recently discovered; a world beyond drip coffee. I must begin by saying that I enjoy coffee. I’ve enjoyed it for years.  I first had coffee when I was […]

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