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5 unusual lattes to cozy up with this fall.

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I love how a sudden change in weather can completely change your mood and make you crave things you didn’t think about for months. This summer-to-autumn cusp is making want to bust out wool socks and cozy up with hot lattes. And so I went hunting for some new recipes to try out!

Usually I’m all about espresso, but these unusual lattes look decadent and oh so warming. Can’t wait to give them a try. See anything you like?

This Coconut Butter Rooibos Latte from Dolly And Oatmeal is just so pretty! When I worked at a cafe back in university, I fell in love with Rooibos and I feel like I can smell this latte just thinking about it. Yum.

I’ve tried the whole turmeric milk thing, sometimes called Golden Milk, but I’ve never made it frothy like a latte before. I could see this Calming Turmeric Latte from Wholeheartedly Laura feeling super restorative on a chilly fall day. Yes please.

Related: Fall is coming and your latte-holding hands need a cute fox cup cozy.

Any food that incorporates rose petals is going to make you feel like royalty. Looking forward to sipping Liz Moody‘s Rose Latte in the very near future. (And is it wrong that I’m daydreaming about snapping photos of it in our new kitchen? Ooh moving day can’t come soon enough!)

We have a hibiscus tea in our tea cupboard (yes, a whole cupboard for tea) that is so fragrant it’s one of the first things you smell when you open the door. I LOVE IT. We actually found the tea at the Bulk Barn of all places and it’s one of my daughter’s favourites. I bet this Hibiscus Ginger Latte from Golubka Kitchen smells just as magical. And again, this is SO pretty!

Lavender in food just makes me happy all over. I used to be obsessed with these lavender shortbread cookies from Black Honey and this Chamomile Lavender Latte from Hello Glow sounds like the perfect thing to sip at the end of a long day, maybe while watching some kind of food doc on Netflix. Perfect.

When you give these recipes a try, be sure to come back and let us know what you think! Follow our foodie (and otherwise) adventures on Instagram at @sofawnedmag.

Thanksgiving Poutine is a thing and we can’t wait to try it.

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Fans of holiday feasts and Canadian clichés, gather round! The Thanksgiving Poutine is back at Smoke’s Poutinerie, but you only have a couple weeks to give it a try.

From now until October 8th, you can order the Thanksgiving Poutine at Smoke’s Poutinerie and combine all your favourite comfort foods into one extreme gastronomical adventure.

Three years ago, I would have told you this might be going too far, but having tried the magic that is stuffing as a poutine topping, I’m here to tell you think is going to be awesome. (Seriously. This is a freakishly good combination. Who knew.)

This dish is loaded up with roasted butterball turkey, homemade savoury stuffing, baby green peas, and cranberry sauce — all heaped on top of fresh-cut fried, squeaky cheese curds, and Smoke’s signature gravy.

And it comes in a hyper-Canuck plaid box. Because of course it does.

We’re officially drooling over here and look up the Google Maps directions to our nearest Smoke’s.

To make it even more enticing, when you order a Canada Dry Cranberry Ginger Ale on the side of your Thanksgiving Poutine, $1.00 will be donated to Friends of We Care, an organization that raises funds to send children with disabilities to fully accessible summer camps!

How cool is that??

Get thee to your nearest Smoke’s Poutinerie to get your Thanksgiving Poutine before October 8th, 2018.

Enjoy!

How to make a Sweet Lemon Slip.

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How to make a Sweet Lemon Slip.

It may be September, but that weather still screams summer. Try this tasty and refreshing “adult lemonade” and enjoy those last few days of sunshine while it lasts!

Sweet Lemon Slip

What You Need

How To Make It

  1. Combine gin and Lemoncello into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake until cold and strain into a cocktail glass, rimmed with sugar.
  3. Top with Sparkling Ice Classic Lemonade and serve.

This is not a sponsored post. Thank you to Sparkling Ice for sharing their tasty recipe. Feature photo by Rod Long on Unsplash.

A new cocktail to spice up your weekend.

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A new cocktail to spice up your weekend. | Made with Chic Choc spiced rum

I’ve always been a rum gal when it comes to cocktails. I’ve never been one for martinis, and I’ve only recently added gin to my bar cart, but rum has been a go to for mixed beverages for years. You like what you like, right?

I also had my favourite brands, so when Chic Choc sent us a bottle of their spiced rum to test out, I was worried I might not like it as much as the usual suspects. However, this made-in-Canada spirit is incredibly flavourful, easy drinking on its own or in a cocktail, and the labelling is beautiful.

Hey, I used to pick my wine by the pictures on the bottles, so let’s be real — pretty labels are important!

Related: How to make a Spicy Margarita.

Onto the point, though, the Chic Choc crew just sent over an incredibly tasty recipe that we want to share with you as well. You might not have all of these things hanging out in your kitchen right now, but we’ve added quick LCBO links so you can pick them up.

Enjoy!

A new cocktail to spice up your weekend. | Made with Chic Choc spiced rum

The Ivana

A new take on a traditional cocktail, both fresh and slightly bitter.

What You Need

How To Make It

  1. Fill a short glass with a generous number of ice cubes and pour in the ingredients.
  2. Lightly rub the zest on the inner wall of the glass, then flame up the orange oil over top and drop it in.

A little more about Chic Choc:

Made from spices harvested from the rugged Chic Choc Mountains in Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum continues to grow in popularity. 

The unique spiced rum, made in Canada, is produced with six indigenous spices, creating a fresh take on rum that features a spicy bouquet with nuances of sugar cane and cinnamon, complemented by a subtle peppery tone.

Taking its flavour from Peppery Green Alder, Pine Forest Spikenard, Witherod Berries, Lovage Root, Sweet Gale Seeds and Wild Angelica, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is unlike any other spiced rum on the market.

Drawing its inspiration from the boreal forest of the Chic Choc Mountains in Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is the only artisanal rum made with a mixture of spices found in this untouched location of the country.

Thanks again to Chic Choc for sending over this recipe. Not sponsored. Just tasty.

Cancel your plans. The Starbucks PSL is coming back August 28th.

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Hey, PSL fans? Whatever you had planned for August 28th, just scrap it. Unless you can hit up a Starbucks on the way. The coffee giant has spoken and it looks like the Pumpkin Spice Latte is making it’s debut a bit early this year.

This isn’t the first time they’ve launched the addictive autumnal drink in August, but no complaints over here. We’re ready to dive headfirst into the leaf piles of Fall. BRING IT ON.

Related: The perfect recipe for savouring every last moment of autumn.

My #firstPSL of the season. I'm in my happy place.

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And if you’re not bowing down to the PSL hype, you should just try the blended cold brew because we’ve heard it’s kinda awesome.

Happy almost-Autumn, everyone!

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PS. If you end up grabbing a PSL tomorrow, send us a tweet or DM on Instagram. We want to see it! #pslvibesforever

PPS. We’re also pumped about this news.

How to make a Spicy Margarita.

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It’s been super hot and humid around here for the last few weeks and that means lot of time outside — BBQs, hanging out with friends and family, and usually trying a few tasty (and cold!) drinks on the patio.

This Spicy Margarita is a fun twist on a tradition summer cocktail and it’ll be the perfect addition to your next backyard shindig. Delish!

Spicy Margarita

What You Need

How To Make It

  1. Add sliced jalapeño and tequila to cocktail shaker and muddle until well combined.
  2. Add fresh lime juice and ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a glass over ice.
  4. Top with Sparkling Ice Pink Grapefruit and garnish with a grapefruit wedge and serve.

This is not a sponsored post. Thank you to Sparkling Ice for sharing their tasty recipe. Feature photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash.

This kitchen tip will change how you serve food.

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This kitchen tip will change how you serve food.

When I’m trying to perfect a recipe, I think to myself WWABD. That is, of course, What Would Alton Brown Do?

Ever since watching his show Good Eats, I’ve taken his cooking advice as gospel and now I always google how he’d cook something before I get started.

Which is exactly what happened a couple weeks ago when I was trying to perfect my scrambled egg recipe. I realize that’s a SUPER simple thing to make, but I felt like my method could use an update and since I was teaching my daughter how to make her own at the same time, I figured I’d consult the expert.

This kitchen tip will change how you serve food.

Within his recipe, was a tip that has now changed the way I serve food.

Here’s what it said:

Odds are you’re going to be serving these on a plate. If so, I strongly suggest you park an ovensafe one in a low oven or in hot water while you’re cooking. Cold plates suck the heat right out of food.

Until that day, I’d never once heated my plates before putting food on them, but I figured I’d give it a try because Alton knows best and it made ALL the difference in the world.

The idea of baking up my plates in the oven makes me feel like I’m definitely going to burn myself, so I just submerge them in hot water for a bit before serving. I swear it makes your food taste better, it (obviously) stays warm longer, and it just makes the whole experience that much more enjoyable.

It’s also such a perk for when you’re serving slow eaters. My daughter’s food was nearly always cold by the time she finished the last few bites, but when I warm her plate up first, she rarely asks me to reheat her meal.

Am I the only heathen who hasn’t been warming her plates before serving food? I feel a bit silly for not doing before, but now I’m never gonna stop.

Tell me, do you warm your plates?

This kitchen tip will change how you serve food.

8 Instagram accounts to follow if you’re obsessed with doughnuts.

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8 Instagram accounts to follow if you're obsessed with doughnuts.

In the mood for something sugary sweet right now? Check out these delectable Instagram accounts for your daily dose of doughnuts. (Or donuts. We won’t judge.)

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Have you tried Toronto’s namesake cocktail?

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Have you tried Toronto's namesake cocktail?

The Royal Wedding is coming up this weekend and what’s a wedding without a cocktail? Since Harry and Meghan’s romance began in Toronto, Ontario, today we’re making its namesake bevvy.

The Toronto

Ingredients

If you’ve never made simple syrup before, click here for a recipe.

Directions

  1. Combine rye, Fernet, simple syrup, and bitters in a mixing glass and fill with cracked ice.
  2. Stir for 20 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Squeeze a piece of orange peel over the drink and use as garnish.

Have you tried Toronto's namesake cocktail?Have you tried Toronto's namesake cocktail?

Want to know a little more about the history of the drink?

  • The Toronto Cocktail was originally named the Fernet Cocktail when Robert Vermeire first referenced it in Cocktails: How to Mix Them
  • It was likely brought to Toronto after Canadians abroad tried it in Vermeire’s bar in London, England
  • The Toronto Cocktail is a variation of the Old Fashioned, relying on different types of rye whisky as its alcoholic base

Well, there you have it! Is this a cocktail you’ve tried before? Oh, and of course, congrats to Harry and Meghan. Cheers 🙂

The perfect recipe for savouring every last moment of autumn.

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Why does autumn only last a hot minute? Honestly, I know it’s cliche to crush on autumn, but I love it SO MUCH and having just read that it’s supposed to be -15℃ tomorrow night, I’m already pining for the return of pumpkin weather. However, since we still officially have a few weeks of fall left, I wanted to share recipe that’s got autumn written all over it.

Packed with nutritious greens and savoury flavours, this warm salad gets to be comfort food without being heavy or unhealthy. And just look at those colours! Delish!

Evergreen Autumn Warm Salad Recipe

Roasted Greens and Sweet Potato + Maple and Spicy Mustard Vinaigrette | Serves 4

This recipe comes to us from Adrianne Calvo, the Executive Chef and owner of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami.

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes,  rough cut
  • 2 cups 0rganic Kale
  • 1 cup organic Brussels sprout, halved
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped, and toasted
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a small pot of water to boil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, two mustards, vinegar, and olive oil until well blended. Season to taste with kosher salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  3. On a cookie sheet, add the Brussels sprout and kale. Roast for 10-15 minutes or until they begin to char. Meanwhile, boil the sweet potato chunks for 10-12 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and set aside.
  4. To assemble the dish, place the roasted greens on the plate then dot with the sweet potato. Add the toasted pecans, dried cranberries, and goat cheese. Drizzle with the maple and spicy mustard vinaigrette.

Adrianne Calvo is the Executive Chef and owner of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, Host of Maximum Flavor Live on NBC’s 6 in the Mix, author of four cookbooks, and founder of the Make it Count Foundation.

Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar opened in 2007 and offers a varied and rotating menu with something for everyone. Monthly, the restaurant holds its signature event, Dark Dining, where guests are blindfolded for a sensual experience eliminating one sense to enhance another, providing maximum flavor.

You can follow Adrianna on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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