Tag Archives: BBQ

Weekend Brunch: Jack’s BBQ – Seattle

Brisket Brunch

Let me start off by saying – I love BBQ.

Growing up on the East Coast, BBQ meant having a party with your friends and family that involved hot dogs and hamburgers cooked on an actual BBQ. I did not discover the art of ‘barbeque’ style meat until I spent more time in the US, sampling the different styles found in St. Louis, Texas and the West Coast.

Now the BBQ I’m talking about is the slow-cooking of meat over low, indirect heat, by smoking the meat over wood or charcoal. Now THIS is what I’ve been missing out on my whole life. Perfect tender chunks of perfectly flavoured choice cuts of meat – not hot dogs! (more…)

Travel Guide: Austin, Texas


I had a lovely first visit to Austin – Texas this past October! I spent a lot of time walking around this charming city and thought I would share a few tips on my favourite things to eat, see and do in Austin.

Getting There – We flew direct to Austin from LAX and scored a round-trip ticket for $200 each. Getting from the airport to downtown was maybe a $15 uber ride max. We walked pretty much everywhere, took ubers when we needed them and rented a car for a day to explore outside of the city.


Where To Stay – The brand new JW Marriott Hotel in Austin is one of the newest and fanciest hotels in town. We were not disappointed by our stay and the hotel’s central location downtown. They have an incredible Italian restaurant on-site that makes all of their pasta in-house! Make sure you spend some time sunning yourself next to their rooftop pool. You can read my full feature on the hotel here.


Eat a Breakfast Taco – Taco Shack, Tacodeli, Torchy’s Tacos are a great place to start. I ended up going to The Taco Shack as it was right around the corner from my hotel and got a coveted Breakfast Taco. I chose scrambled eggs, potatoes and chorizo in a flour tortilla with a little bit of salsa on top. One was enough to fill me up! (more…)

How To Grill A Pizza


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Summer always seems too short.

I’m always looking for an excuse to get a group of friends together to make the most of the summer weather. Somehow, the pressure of throwing a huge BBQ with all the fixin’s is just too much to think about after a long week.


Lately, I’ve been all about the casual dinner party. Nothing too fussy, just great food, friends and a bottle of wine. I’ve started to re-think the BBQ and instead of throwing the usual hamburgers or hot dogs on the grill – we’ve started grilling our pizza!


How-To Grill a Pizza:

Just pre-heat your BBQ to around 400F degrees, grab a couple boxes of NEW DELISSIO RUSTICO™ thin crust pizza, place it on a baking sheet and cook on your BBQ!

Make sure to turn your pizza halfway through for even cooking. Your pizza should be ready in 15-17 minutes or when the crust is golden and the cheese is all melty and gooey. (more…)

A Summer Barbecue with Beretta Farms


By: Alison Silveira

It is said that Toronto has only two seasons: hockey and patio seasons, and both are quite short. Alas, hockey season is long gone, but patio season and the sunny skies are finally here!


I was recently invited to my first barbecue of the summer, which was hosted by Beretta Farms on the rooftop patio of the Burroughes Building. Vibrant gerber daisies added a splash of colour to rustic wooden tables. I took in gorgeous views of the city skyline as I chatted with a friend while sipping on a spicy Walter Caesar cocktail.


A grill master stationed at the barbecue was serving Beretta Farms’ new line of beef, chicken and turkey hot dogs. I dressed them up with the finest gourmet fixings, including zesty aioli and corn. (more…)

Make This! Charred Tomato Salsa

Charred-Tomato-SalsaPhoto Credit

I can’t get enough of this Charred Tomato Salsa. I had the pleasure of visiting The Four Seasons Scottsdale during my drive from Toronto to Los Angeles. At around 7 pm everyday, my husband and I would settle into our lounge chairs on the Onyx Bar & Lounge patio to watch the sunset.

I easily downed a few of their mixology-driven cocktails, but I kept coming back to the Charred Tomato Salsa on their lounge menu. Since tomatoes are almost in-season, I asked the Chef to share his recipe so you could get a taste for yourself.  It’s so ridiculously easy to make – (grill tomatoes on your BBQ, blend and serve) you’ll wonder why you were eating that stuff in a jar for so long! This Charred Tomato Salsa makes a great hostess gift too.

FOLLOW the JUMP for the recipe!


DIY: Meat and Cheese Platter


Hosting a BBQ or picnic? I like to keep things simple and unfussy, which is why a DIY Meat and Cheese Platter or Charcuterie is my go-to for easy entertaining.

All you need:


1) Cheese – I like 2-3 different varieties and textures like a Brie, a cheddar, Havarti and maybe a Swiss. Those are general crowd-pleasers if you’re hosting a big group.

For the more adventurous, try a strong blue cheese, smoked Gouda or Oka. Cut the blocks into pretty triangles and arrange the slices in a line for your one-of-a-kind meat and cheese platter. (more…)