Category stevetalks

So Much For Settling Down

Last week in my job history post I found a spot in Montreal where I was a Bar Manager in an exclusive private club which serve politicians , lawyers , and other people with lots of money. It was days only with weekends off and 3 weeks off in the summer when the club closed. […]

Time To Start My Own Company

Had a visit with my Mortage Broker today. We received something in the mail from him asking us to give him a call for a free mortage review at our convenience so I thought rather than throw the opportunity away it would be a good idea to give him a call to see what’s up. […]

Cabernet Franc

The lesser known of the 3 grapes that make up the Bordeaux blend , Cabernet Franc buds early and ripens early just after Merlot and before Cabernet Sauvignon. While the latter provides the structure and tannin to a Bordeaux , Merlot the softness and suppleness , our featured grape provides the aromas. A lighter less […]


Located between St.Malo and The Somme in Normandy France is the apple rich area of France known as Calvados where one of the world’s famous fruit brandies originates. With the city of Caen as it’s capital , this region of production was first named in 1949 and has 11 sub-regions within Calvados itself. The best […]

Aqaba – Jordan 1992

On my first contract with Renaissance Cruises I was real lucky to be doing the Red Sea and one of the exciting stops I had a chance to experience was Aqaba. This spot I remember for a few reasons because it was in the Gulf of Aqaba that every 7 days when we headed there […]


A distinctive pale yellow , herb liqueur from Italy Galliano was first made as a tribute to a Major Giuseppe Galliano by Armando Vaccari in 1896. The major held the fort of Enda Jesus for 44 days before he was ordered to surrender during the Italian – Abyssinian war of 1895-96. To this day a […]

The Grape Varieties of Chateauneuf du Pape

I chose Chateauneuf du Pape from the Southern Rhone this week to cover a few grape varieties. Of course the main grapes of the Rhone is the Syrah predominant in the Northern part and the Grenache in the Southern Rhone. Both these grapes are found in Chateauneuf du Pape but the interesting thing about this […]

Amsterdam 1977

Before I got into the Hospitality Industry to travel around I had these family air passes because my stepfather worked for Air Canada. So before they ran out my friend and I decided to go to Europe for 45 days during the summer of 77 where we leased a car and started off in Paris […]

The Making of Cognac

To continue on from my post of last week distillers will usually buy the grapes in from local farmers to press and ferment them into what is a pretty harsh wine. They say the worst wine makes the best cognac but it is important that the wine is free of any blemishes that would make […]

No Worries I Will Pay With my Credit Card

Last night I brought the portable debit machine over to this table and the wife tried 3 times to pay using her debit card and it was not approved and then the man tried and failed twice. Finally he had to use his credit card. Aside from it just being a time wasting exercise standing […]