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Our Favourite Whiskies

Uisge-beatha: the water of life. Whisky is to Scotland what maple syrup is to Canada. Maybe even more so.  When I first moved to Scotland I admit, I wasn't much of a whisky fan. But then, about 8 years ago I attended a malt whisky tasting at MacSorleys (RIP) organised by the Good Spirits Co. and I learned to appreciate whisky (and also got quite drunk, to be honest). Since then I've been to Islay twice now and have visited every distillery there bar one. If you're not really a whisky fan but think you might appreciate the odd dram now and then, I would highly recommend attending a tasting to learn a little bit about whisky and the different...

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LAKE&LOCH's Best Ever Pancake Recipe

Today is Pancake Day in the UK (Shrove Tuesday and Fat Tuesday elsewhere), where it's perfectly acceptable (encouraged even!) to eat pancakes for dinner. Being a Canadian, naturally pancakes are one of my most favourite things to eat. To be honest, I am somewhat of a traditionalist when it comes to pancakes though. I prefer proper big fat fluffy buttermilk pancakes rather than those crepe-like things; pancakes, to me, should be the thick North-American type, you know? I mean, they are called PAN CAKES. Over the years, I've tried dozens of pancake recipes and the one I always keep coming back to is the good ol' buttermilk recipe from Bette's Oceanview Diner. First though, a few tips: - This recipe uses...

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Those Hard To Buy for People

One of the things I love about Christmas, besides the indulgent food, slowing down and spending time with friends and family, is buying gifts for people. Now I know some people dread it and stress out about it but I actually love researching gift options for people. As we get older and accumulate more "stuff", I find it's getting harder and harder to buy for people; once you're at a certain age, most people tend to buy what they want for themselves anyway. This makes it even more challenging to buy for other people.  When purchasing presents, I tend to fall back on gift food items, gift certificates, and experiences. I also like to top it off with an item that I've really hunted around...

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Why Scotland? 7 Reasons Why

As someone from the New World and who has lived in Scotland for 12 years now, one of the questions I'm often asked is "why?" A lot of the times it goes something like this: Scottish person: "You're from Canada?! What are you doing here?" Me: "Well, I originally came here as an exchange student in University and I loved Glasgow so much that I moved back a few years after graduating." Scottish person, visibly irritated: "but WHY? Why Scotland?" I get it - for a long time Scottish people left these shores for a better life in the New World (I've mentioned before how imperative the Scots were in establishing modern Canada), including my own Grandmother and Great Grandfather. It's probably somewhat...

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Happy Canada Day!

Today is Canada Day: a national holiday in Canada celebrating the union of various colonies into a single dominion. Canadians across the country celebrate in various forms: concerts, BBQs, fireworks and hanging out with friends and family.  Modern Canada owes a lot to Scotland: Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A Macdonald was actually born in Glasgow (sadly what is thought to be his birthplace was torn down in September 2017 - although be sure to check out this 1967 clip of Sir John A's Great-Grandson returning to Glasgow to see his Great-Grandfather's birthplace ending up in a pub, of course) and many Scots contributed to the very foundations of Canada such as the railway, education, and banking. Scots also played an integral...

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