Welcome to Second Ferment! Wine pairs well with life ... and food, travel, people, work and play. Grab a glass and join me as I explore the wine scene in Ottawa, Canada, and beyond. Love hearing from my readers, so please leave a comment. Cheers! - Bethany

Saturday, October 15, 2011

One tangent at a time

I had every intention of flaking out in front of a movie or two tonight (still being sick and all), but I decided to explore some of the links on Twitter. A Choose-Your-Own-Adventure in social media. Actually, I think it's more a case of just how my brain's wired. You know how it is, get up to get a drink, notice the laundry. Take laundry to basement, notice toys on floor. Pick up toys, remember kid's birthday party, dig out wrapping paper for present. Scotch tape has run out, so back upstairs to add to grocery list. On the way ...

See? There I go again. FOCUS, DAMMIT!

Back to my online wanderings along the Twitter trail.

I started off by signing up for Food Bloggers of Canada (even though I'm not, technically, a food blogger per se, but I figured I mention it enough in passing that I might be able to hang with the cool kids.) Began browsing through the list of Ontario blogs, and stumbled across one called Nostrovia! The title immediately snagged my attention: it's an eastern European toast to good health, prosperity and family. My grandfather used to say it all the time, usually while hoisting a glass of that good ol' home brew from the Rubbermaid bin in the back shed.

Eastern European cooking is stuff that puts hair on your chest, stuff that warms the soul from the depths of your bone marrow on up. This was the food made by my granddad's Ukrainian, Romanian, Slovak and Russian neighbours and friends. Potatoes played a big part, as did stews with huge chunks of meat. Simple, made with the intention of filling you up, not to dazzle. Followed the "food-is-fuel" motto. Looking forward to reading more of this blog.

Back to Twitter. Why is Justin Bieber trending AGAIN??? Is Twitter run by 10-year-old girls and that's it? Sigh ... Getting hungry reading about what Hilary Duff (foodie, not pop star) is eating at The Hoof in Toronto. Feeling a bit jealous that I didn't go to Harvest Noir, even if it did rain. Laughing my ass off at Sh!tMySomm(elier)Says.

Ever heard of MommyJuice Wines? Came across the site a while back; now following its creator, Cheryl Durzy, and keeping my fingers crossed that the LCBO grants her some shelf space. It seems fitting that I should slurp on some wine that bears the same tag as many of my posts here. Wish I had some right now.

Nuts. Twitter crashed. TOO MUCH BIEBER AGAIN. Yawn. Just as well, I should get some sleep.

Goodnight, wine-o-sphere. Sleep well, Twitterverse.


  1. Mmmm stewed potatoes and meat. Mmmmm.

  2. Hi Bethany, Melissa here from Food Bloggers of Canada. Just popping by to check out your blog and let you know we've added you to our member directory. Welcome aboard - I believe you are our first wine blog so that's very exciting! Cheers.


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