Cosimo Commisso holiday round up of some of his favorite things
As we get older, we all come to realize that some of life’s special moments are those spent enjoying with family ad friends. This year I plan to spend more time with my family and friends and spoil them silly with some of my favorite things.
For those on your list who love cheese and prefer the fragrance of aged cheese over a bouquet of fresh flowers, you must wrap something from the Cheese Boutique, or even better bring them in for a tour and just let them take in all of the cheese fragrance this place holds. A hub for gastronomic indulgences for cheese lovers and soon to be, after a visit, here is where tradition and love for cheese has transpired among three generations. But, what makes it so special is the other delicacies they will tempt you with: truffles, prosciutto, chocolates and freshly baked sweets. www.cheeseboutique.com
You can’t have cheese without wine. So about instead of using luck when trying to select a wine to pair with your cheese, you become the expert for that pairing? I like to share my passion for wine pairing with my family and friends and share the experience by inviting them to join one of the many wine pairing classes available in Toronto’ s participating LCBO’s. Summerhill is offering classes to help you pair French Wines with Cheese. Infact, back by popular demand, Afrim Pristine of the Cheese Boutique will be the expert on hand to teach you how to do just that. Check their website for class schedules. www.lcbo.com
For the fashionista on your list a red, Yuzzo Zhou coat to keep them warm and remind them that they are loved. This London based fashion designer who gained additional expertise by working for high fashion houses like LVMH, and Peter Pilotto, was quickly noticed by fashion editors everywhere, no surprise there. After all, one will quickly note the attention to detail, texture, style and design that embraces all the elegance of a woman. www.yuzzolondon.com
Your foodies on your list will enjoy a meal at Bugigattolo. Aptly named, this very small, newly opened, Italian restaurant in Liberty Village is a pleasant surprise for those seeking a dining experience that is off the beaten path. Excecutive Chef Quinn Josey is minding the kichen here. A small 18 seater adds to the cozy appeal of this industrial chic place. The Southern Italian food is all part of this unique hospitality that will sure to make you or your friend feel right at home. www.bugigattolokitchen.com
When that chef wanna be is in need of some new kitchenware that will add instant pizzaz to their chef’s experience, a new Le Creuset colourful pot or pan is the winner under the tree. Reds, Yellows, Blues, and Greens, no matter what vibrant colour you choose the test is in the pudding…or in whatever else your chef prodige decided to cook in it. A company founded back in 1925 by a casting iron specialist and an enameling expert, who met by chance at a Brussel fair that same year. My favorite is still the iconic flamed colour, that was inspired by the orange hue of the molten cast iron inside a caldron. www.lecreuset.ca
I am always on the lookout for new and exciting cookbooks. My latest favorite is The Love & Lemons Cook book by Jeanine Donotrio. She is the author of the blog Love and Lemons, with this apple to zucchini recipes, vegetarian recipes galore ( over 100) with lots of colour and gorgeous photography is a great addition to my steaks and roast meals. Well what do you know, Santa just dropped a package which could very well be this book I speak of, based on the dimensions…with a note that reads…To Cosimo Commisso from secret Santa…best wishes of Love and Lemons!! www.chapters.indigo.ca