Weekend Reads

 
 
 
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1. THE SWEETEST GIFT

While the food lover on your list will appreciate a subscription to Gourmet, she will truly praise your name all year round if you get her a monthly chocolate subscription. It’s a real thing. Check out The Globe and Mail’s “Gifts that any foodie will savour” for more info on that, and other ideas.

 

2. WINE LOVERS UNITE

In “Why amateurs wine scores are every bit as good as professionals’,” Vox writers Mark Schatzker and Richard Bazinet use Big Data to show that you might want to consult the crowd-sourced word on a wine next time you’re heading to the LCBO.

 

3. HOW TO REALLY READ A MENU

Eater’s “A (Nearly) Foolproof Guide to Ordering at Trendy Restaurants" sounds like it’s going to be a joke—and there are definitely some of those in the piece—but’s it’s actually quite useful as well, covering everything from how to tell what dishes the kitchen is most passionate about, and the reason behind all those “snacks” and “bites” on the menu.

 

4. MUY FELIZ NAVIDAD

What’s better than sangria or Christmas? Christmas Sangria. But how do you make it? Decanter consulted Spanish tapas bars to share the secret in “How to Make Christmas Sangria”

 

5. THE BEST ‘BEST OF’ LIST

Why serve a Manhattan when you can give your guests a Black Manhattan, or a Churchill Manhattan? Imbibe tallied up their readers votes to offer its “Most Popular Cocktail Recipes of 2016”—a treasure trove for holiday party hosts.

 
 
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