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This weekend in Ottawa was the Annual Wine & Food Show at the Ottawa Convention Centre. I had the pleasure of attending on the Saturday which proved to be busy as the rumors said! Got there early on Saturday, it was around 2pm and the line was already starting to form. It didn't take long to get in, which was great! The smell of food drew us into the main room and it only took a few minutes to get our first few drinks! It didn't take long after that to get some food and I think my favorite was Petit Bill's slider! It was just excellent, the best part was the gorgonzola cheese. The Clocktower had some great sweet potato fries as well, but let's get to the drinks! My first was a Yellow Tail sparkling wine. Following that I sampled a number of different beers, white wines, whiskey, rum, sangria, tequilla, prosecco, and repeat! It was never ending! Here are my do's and don'ts: Do: - get there early - get two sheets of sampling tickets right away - wear flats - I was very thankful for that advice, but of you're only going to be there for a few hours, you'll be fine - pace yourself - there's lots to see and try - have fun Don't: - be the person escorted out by the police - goes along with the pace yourself - get separated - it happens but it's a pain to find each other. My cell reception was spotty but I always ended up finding my groups

Some of the lovely ladies I had the pleasure of sampling with
If you have any tips, suggestions or stories, add them to the comments. Happy wining and dining!

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Cupcake Breakfast - French toast cupcakes with maple buttercream icing

Who says dessert can't be breakfast? They were pretty easy to make. They were very easy to eat! Since I had never baked these before I was a little nervous. I happen to have all the ingredients at home and I was ready to experiment! As the intoxicating smell of French toast filled my house, I knew this was a win! The cupcake itself is not very sweet, but the icing is extremely sweet! So it's a great balance. I wanted to share the recipe here to encourage others to try it! Good luck and Bon apétit!! French Toast Cupcakes INGREDIENTS Servings: 12 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted then cooled. 2 eggs 1 tsp. maple extract 1/2 cup milk DIRECTIONS Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with baking liners. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, sugar, and eggs until combined. Then add maple extract. Alternate between whisking in flour mixture and milk into your liquid mixture. Make three additions of flour and two of milk. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown and tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool cupcakes for 10 minutes, remove from pan and allow to cool completely before frosting. Maple Buttercream Icing INGREDIENTS Servings: 12 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar 2 Tbs. brown sugar 2 Tbs. maple syrup DIRECTIONS Place softened butter in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer for 30-40 seconds until soft and whipped. Scrape sides of bowl. Sift powdered sugar into bowl. Beat with mixer 30-40 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and add the brown sugar and maple syrup. Beat for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is fluffy, scraping sides of bowl as needed. *note that the recipe is only a guideline!

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