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Tara’s Tales and Tastings #122: 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #122: 309 Dhaba Indian Excellence

Last weekend, my friends Heather and Johanne and I went downtown to a Gem Show at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street. I’m not sure if I’ve ever written about…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #121: Breakfast—Craving Something Different?

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #121: Breakfast—Craving Something Different?

Words by Tara Pepper I have been thinking about something different for breakfast for a long time. I don’t eat eggs much so I’m not a great breakfast cook or…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #120: Holidays

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #120: Holidays

Words and photography by Tara Pepper I think I need to restate, for my own benefit, that I will not take holidays again in February without heading somewhere warm for…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #119: Counting Our Blessings

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #119: Counting Our Blessings

Words by Tara Pepper A few weeks back, I was complaining about winter and all the snow we got. But then I flew to Boston and saw what they were…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #118: Rocco’s Plum Tomato

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #118: Rocco’s Plum Tomato

Words by Tara Pepper There’s no better time to go out for dinner than… well OK, there are no two better times to go out for dinner than 1.) when…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #117: Hibernate!

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #117: Hibernate!

Words by Tara Pepper Brr, it’s cold outside! February is my least favourite month of the year. It’s the shortest but somehow always feels like the longest. I wish I…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #116: Back in the Saddle Again!

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #116: Back in the Saddle Again!

Words by Tara Pepper The holidays are over—thank goodness! I think if I need to endure another set of family celebrations like those that took place this year, I’ll either…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #115: Happy Holidays!: You Gotta Stop Here #9—Asian King

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #115: Happy Holidays!: You Gotta Stop Here #9—Asian King

Words by Tara Pepper I don’t know about you but with my work being insanely busy as we approach year end, and with all the other Christmas preparations, there just…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #114: It’s Almost Christmas!

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #114: It’s Almost Christmas!

Words by Tara Pepper I can’t believe that Christmas is less than two weeks away. I finally bought the last gift last night; now I can look forward to the…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #113: Browns Socialhouse

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #113: Browns Socialhouse

Words by Tara Pepper Bobby and I decided to drop into the new Browns Socialhouse on Dundas Street the other night for dinner, and I thought it was an interesting…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #112: One Minute Rant—Manners

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #112: One Minute Rant—Manners

Words by Tara Pepper There was a time, not that long ago, when children were taught manners by their parents and carried those manners with them throughout their lives. There…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #111: A Holiday Party at the ROM

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #111: A Holiday Party at the ROM

Words by Tara Pepper It’s that time of year when work holiday parties are on the calendar for companies that do them, and fortunately for me, mine does! It’s always…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #110: Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #110: Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill

Good food, good friends, superb service! Words by Tara Pepper Wow, what a week! Sure glad it’s over. Sometimes I feel like I’m just running all the time and never…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #109: Fathers and Daughters

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #109: Fathers and Daughters

Words by Tara Pepper Sometimes we get so busy that time flies by and we don’t really notice. When I looked at the calendar on Tuesday, I realized that it…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #108: What Makes a Man?

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #108: What Makes a Man?

Words by Tara Pepper Do I have your attention? Isn’t this one of life’s big questions? My son Tyler suggested that we would enjoy the play What Makes a Man?…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #107: You Gotta Stop Here #8 – The Pie Commission

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #107: You Gotta Stop Here #8 – The Pie Commission

Words by Tara Pepper You know I’m not really one for takeout or premade food. I prefer to make meals myself from scratch at home with fresh ingredients I can…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #106: Mushroom Hike

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #106: Mushroom Hike

Words by Tara Pepper I love mushrooms of any kind: button, cremini, oyster, king—you name it, I’ll cook it. Have you ever had a puffball mushroom? They’re amazing! The last…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #105: Concert Fun

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #105: Concert Fun

Words by Tara Pepper I don’t go to concerts very often. I love seeing live music in a small club, but going to the ACC or other huge places doesn’t…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #104: Party Time!

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #104: Party Time!

Words by Tara Pepper As I write this blog, #104, I can’t believe that I’ve been at this every week for two whole years! How did I ever come up…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #103: I’m so Kurios!

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #103: I’m so Kurios!

Words by Tara Pepper The time had finally come and I was so excited! I bought tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios show when they first came out back in…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #102: Fall’s Festival of Colours

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #102: Fall’s Festival of Colours

Words by Tara Pepper Bobby and I headed north this weekend to start the winter closing process on the cottage—the last weekend of the season. One would hope that it…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #101: Fresh Flavours of our Local Bounty

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #101: Fresh Flavours of our Local Bounty

Words by Tara Pepper I desperately wanted to get to a farmers’ market this weekend. I hadn’t yet been to the one at Square One this year, so on Sunday,…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #100: The Southside Shuffle—What a Musical Ride!

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #100: The Southside Shuffle—What a Musical Ride!

Words by Tara Pepper What an exciting weekend! The Southside Shuffle filled the air with wonderful music in Port Credit. Bobby and I haven’t attended for the last few years,…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #99: Summer’s Over—But Did It Ever Really Start?

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #99: Summer’s Over—But Did It Ever Really Start?

Words by Tara Pepper I can’t believe it’s back-to-school next week already. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that summer really started for me. As I write…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #98: Juicing Queen

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #98: Juicing Queen

Words by Tara Pepper  I’ve done it again. Jumped on a band wagon … and am looking for the next place to jump off! Well, not really. I recently watched…

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #97: Bad Joke? Nah, Just… Corny!

Tara’s Tales and Tastings #97: Bad Joke? Nah, Just… Corny!

Words by Tara Pepper Right now, all I’ve got is corn on my mind. Sweet corn. Peaches-and-cream corn. All kinds of corn, as long as it’s farm-fresh and in my…

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