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Dee BrunAward Winning Author, Libations of Life, A Girls Guide to Life One Cocktail at a Time. Resident Cocktail’ista on The Steven and Chris show on CBC. Home entertaining columnist Toronto Star & Yourhome.ca. Cocktail Chef & Stylist, Menu Development, Home Entertaining Guru, writer, humorist, wife, mother of 4, TV Junkie, shoe-aholic, boarder line George Clooney stalker..hmm what else...I am old enough to remember making “Mixed Tapes” from the radio...My fave vacation spot is anywhere with a beach bar...and when I grow up I want to be Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City and marry George Clooney...IT COULD HAPPEN!

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  • BE OUR GUEST!!

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    As some of you may know I have recently started a new adventure in my life…Because I wasn’t busy enough…I decided to buy a Bed and Breakfast!

    Not just any bed and breakfast, mine has a bit of a twist to it…naturally…

    Olde Bridge Place is NOT a traditional B&B…Here’s how it works..

    There are 2 suites that are situated in a 130 year old converted garage at the base of the Kissing Bridge. They have full kitchens, living area, large bedrooms and gorgeous bathrooms. The larger of the 2 suites, The Kissing Bridge suite even has it’s own private patio over looking the river and the bridge.

    I stock your room with FABOOSH local ingredients , fresh breads, pastries, eggs, bacon, fruit, juice, tea, coffee etc…and you make your own breakfast at your leisure..At NO TIME do I ever cook for you…

    You have your own private entrance, you get your own key and you come and go freely. At NO time are you in my home…However you can join me for cocktails on the porch…

    It’s a B&B only better…because you get your privacy and there is no awkward ..”I’m in someones house” stuff…

    The B&B is located in the middle of the St Jacobs, Elmira, Elora triangle in the heart of Mennonite country..So many great things to see and do..

    My new B&B is called, Olde Bridge Place and is located beside the historic Kissing Bridge in West Montrose on the banks of The Grand River. The last covered bridge in Ontario..

    It’s Peerrrrty….

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    So..to celebrate my new adventure I am giving away a 2 night stay in the Kissing Bridge Suite at Olde Bridge Place…

    BUT WAIT…that’s not all…you are about to get SPOILED!

    I am also going to celebrate all the FAB local business I have the pleasure of working with…(shop local)

    Here is what you can win…

    2 Nights stay at Olde Bridge Place in the Kissing Bridge Suite – $370

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    Cocktail reception on the porch sponsored by Innocente Brewing and Rosewood Estates Wines(Priceless Really) $250

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    Vintage milk painted side table from My Vintage Nest - $125

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    Gift Certificate to the FABOOSH Herrle’s Country Farm Market in St Agatha – $50

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    Gift Certificate from the drool worthy Lancaster Smokehouse in Kitchener – $50

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    10 X 6oz Brady’s Meats famous certified Angus beef baseball steaks – $70

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    Hamilton Beach Java Blend coffee brewer/blender – $70

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    AND…..

    Mini photo shoot up to 1.5hrs , 10  images included + printing rights 1 -11X14 print  from CL Buchanan Photo - $600 !!!!!

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    TOTAL VALUE -

    $1585 .00 ……….

    AMAZING !!!!

     

     

    HUGE thanks to all the FABOOSH local business that joined me in this AMAZING weekend escape…We LUV our region and want you to join us and see for yourself why it is just a wonderful place to be…CHEERS

    Here is how to Enter…GOOD LUCK and we can’t wait for you to BE OUR GUEST!!
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    Please show your support to all our fab sponsors of this contest by being SOCIAL with them..Like, Pin and share with your friends…CHEERS

     

     

     

     

  • BELVEDERE KNOW YOUR MARTINI CONTEST WEEK#4

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, contest, drink, entertaining, fabulous, giveaway, lcbo, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, Party, recipe, recipes, social media, Tips, twitter, vodka

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    World Martini Day was on June 19th, Belvedere Vodka and I have teamed up to have some fun and spread the Martini LUV!

    Do you now know your Martini? Are you a shaken or a stirred Martini drinker…?

    What is the difference?

    IMG_6489There are many many different versions of the martini and many different thoughts and ideas on which way is better…

    There are many people that think if you shake a martini you will bruise the vodka. I don’t feel this way, I firmly believe if you hand someone a shaken and a stirred martini made the exact same way they won’t be able to taste the difference. Go ahead and try it and let me know what you discover.

    If you like your martini cold, I find a shaken martini to be colder than a stirred martini. It’s easier to chill it when you are shaking it.

    If you like your martini clear then stirred is the way to go for you. Shaking a martini causes air bubbles and will turned you cocktail a bit cloudy.

    If you like a stronger drink then stirred is also for you. When you shake your martini tiny pieces of ice chip off and will melt and dilute the cocktail. This is why you only want to shake it a few times…

    So what kind of martini drinker are you? Colder? Clearer? Stronger?

    To enter this weeks contest all you have to do is tell me how you like it? Your Martini that is…

    Send me a Tweet me or Facebook me with your answer

    Just be sure to add @cocktaildeeva and either #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred depending on how you “Know Your Martini”…and for goodness sakes keep your clothes on..

    You can comment here on my Blog or to me on Twitter or my Facebook page…all the legal lingo is below…Be sure to follow @BelvedereVodka on Twitter…

    GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!

    I will pic 2 winners from Contest one Monday morning June 23  before 11am ET. The Contest #3 will start right away…

    • What you WIN…

      This FABOOSH Belvedere branded Martini shaker and stir stick set…and then you have to invite me over for Martini’s !! Ok that part is not a must but always an option…

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      Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest – Rules and Regulations
      NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest begins on Monday, June 9 at 11:00 am ET and closes Monday, July 7 at 11:59 pm ET.
      Entrants may enter the Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest on Twitter or Facebook. To enter on Twitter, entrants must answer a martini-related question posted by @cocktaildeeva on her blog (http://www.cocktaildeeva.com) during the contest period. Entrants must include #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred, and @cocktaildeeva in their Tweet and must follow @Belvederevodka on Twitter to be eligible. On Facebook, entrants may enter by commenting on the specified contest posts featured on Cocktail Deeva’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CocktailDeeva) during the contest period.
      There are five entry periods within the contest. On Monday June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30 and July 7 at 5pm ET, a representative of Cocktail Deeva will select 2 eligible winners based on the most creative and passionate response. The total number of winners for the duration of the contest period will be 10. Winners from each week are eligible to enter more than once per announcement period.
      The winner will receive the following prize pack, courtesy of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka): one (1) Belvedere-branded martini shaker and one (1) Belvedere-branded stir stick (valued at $12.31 CAD each).
      The potential winner will be contacted via social media by a representative of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) to be deemed the official winner. No substitutions or alterations of any kind can be made to this prize except at the sole discretion of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      The prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted in any way. If the winner cannot be contacted within two (2) business days, the prize may be forfeited and another entrant may be selected from the remaining eligible entries.
      Contest open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are 19 years of age or older. This contest is not open to partners and employees of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      By entering this contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) or any of its affiliated and related companies, promotional agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents, successors and assigns, from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest or the prize won. By entering this contest, Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) and its authorized agents will collect, use, and disclose the personal information entrants provide when entering the contest for the purposes of managing the user profile, administering the contest and prize fulfillment. By accepting the prize, winners agree that Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) may utilize personal information the winners have provided to send additional communications about its products, upcoming contests, events and promotions. Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) reserve the right to terminate or suspend the contest or modify it in any way and does not assume responsibility should the contest be cancelled, suspended or delayed for any reason beyond its control.

     

     

  • KNOW YOUR MARTINI WITH BELVEDERE CONTEST WEEK #3

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: bloggers, cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, contest, drink, entertaining, giveaway, humour, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, Party, recipe, recipes, signature cocktails, social media, Tips, twitter, vodka, win

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    World Martini Day was on June 19th, Belvedere Vodka and I have teamed up to have some fun and spread the Martini LUV!

    Sometimes however that Martini LUV can be expensive…One of the most expensive Martinis I have ever had was at Le Royal Monceau hotel in PaIMG_6319ris. It was a lovely warm ginger tea martini and cost… 29 Euro or in Canadian dollars $42.33…This broke my previous most expensive martini that stood at $29 US in Vegas…

    These are penny cocktails compared to one of the most expensive Martini’s in the world that is served up at the 45th floor lobby lounge at the Ritz Carlton Tokyo…The Diamonds are Forever Martini will set you back ¥1.8 million (approximately $18,000) …and it is garnished with a 1 carat diamond and is a regular menu item there! When one is ordered the live band will play the theme song from the James Bond movie of the same name…

    To enter this weeks contest you must tell what and where you had your most expensive Martini..Was it worth it? Send me a pick of it if you have one…

    Send me a Vine  or an Instagram…

    Just be sure to add @cocktaildeeva and either #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred depending on how you “Know Your Martini”…and for goodness sakes keep your clothes on..

    You can comment here on my Blog or to me on Twitter or my Facebook page…all the legal lingo is below…Be sure to follow @BelvedereVodka on Twitter…

    GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!

    I will pic 2 winners from Contest one Monday morning June 23  before 11am ET. The Contest #3 will start right away…

    • What you WIN…

      This FABOOSH Belvedere branded Martini shaker and stir stick set…and then you have to invite me over for Martini’s !! Ok that part is not a must but always an option…

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      • Legal Stuff…
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      Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest – Rules and Regulations
      NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest begins on Monday, June 9 at 11:00 am ET and closes Monday, July 7 at 11:59 pm ET.
      Entrants may enter the Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest on Twitter or Facebook. To enter on Twitter, entrants must answer a martini-related question posted by @cocktaildeeva on her blog (http://www.cocktaildeeva.com) during the contest period. Entrants must include #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred, and @cocktaildeeva in their Tweet and must follow @Belvederevodka on Twitter to be eligible. On Facebook, entrants may enter by commenting on the specified contest posts featured on Cocktail Deeva’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CocktailDeeva) during the contest period.
      There are five entry periods within the contest. On Monday June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30 and July 7 at 5pm ET, a representative of Cocktail Deeva will select 2 eligible winners based on the most creative and passionate response. The total number of winners for the duration of the contest period will be 10. Winners from each week are eligible to enter more than once per announcement period.
      The winner will receive the following prize pack, courtesy of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka): one (1) Belvedere-branded martini shaker and one (1) Belvedere-branded stir stick (valued at $12.31 CAD each).
      The potential winner will be contacted via social media by a representative of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) to be deemed the official winner. No substitutions or alterations of any kind can be made to this prize except at the sole discretion of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      The prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted in any way. If the winner cannot be contacted within two (2) business days, the prize may be forfeited and another entrant may be selected from the remaining eligible entries.
      Contest open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are 19 years of age or older. This contest is not open to partners and employees of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      By entering this contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) or any of its affiliated and related companies, promotional agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents, successors and assigns, from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest or the prize won. By entering this contest, Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) and its authorized agents will collect, use, and disclose the personal information entrants provide when entering the contest for the purposes of managing the user profile, administering the contest and prize fulfillment. By accepting the prize, winners agree that Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) may utilize personal information the winners have provided to send additional communications about its products, upcoming contests, events and promotions. Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) reserve the right to terminate or suspend the contest or modify it in any way and does not assume responsibility should the contest be cancelled, suspended or delayed for any reason beyond its control.

  • WORLD MARTINI DAY ! #BELVEDERESHAKEN

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, drink, entertaining, fabulous, lifestyles, mixologist, mixology, Party, recipe, recipes, review, signature cocktails, social media, Tips, trends, twitter, vodka

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    The MARTINI came to pass in the late 1800′s, it was the drink of so called sophisticated people…Then James Bond added the cool factor and the Martini became iconic.

    “Vodka Martini… Shaken, not stirred” is arguably Bond’s most famous line.

    The Martini is iconic in every way, from the glass to the lingo. It is known the world wide.

    Belvedere is celebrating World Martini day by asking you…

     

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    The martini is one of history’s most iconic cocktails, from its humble beginnings as a vermouth heavy drink in the 1860s, through the Bond era, into the ‘tini’ madness of the 80s and 90s, and up to present day, where elegance and simplicity rule the day.

    Drinking a martini is a very individual experience, and although the ingredients are few, the possibilities are endless.

    While asking for a martini might seem like a daunting task, embarrassing if the bartender knows too much, and frustrating if the bartender knows too little, it doesn’t have to be, provided that you know your martini.

     

    WORLD MARTINI DAY

    Belvedere is revisiting the classics to celebrate the iconic cocktail on June 19th. Spreading across the Globe, Belvedere will be initiating the «world largest toast» to the martini on its global appreciation day. As part of the festivities, Belvedere will provide worldwide master class sessions so vodka enthusiasts can enjoy their personalized martini, best suited for their mood and palate.

    So do you know your Martini?

    I know mine…and it’s the classic…although I do like it a little dirty…

     

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    CHEERS to World Martini Day…Be sure to tell us how you Know Your Martini…Tweet us at @BelvedereVodka and us the hashtag #BelvedereSahken or #BelvedereStirred and #WorldMartiniDay . You can also let us know on Facebook…We would love to see your Martini Pics so hit me up on Instagram !! !!

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  • KNOW YOUR MARTINI WITH BELVEDERE CONTEST WEEK #2

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: bloggers, cocktail deeva, cocktaildeeva, cocktails, drink, entertaining, giveaway, humour, mixologist, mixology, Party, signature cocktails, social media, Tips, twitter, vodka

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     World Martini Day on June 19th, Belvedere Vodka and I have teamed up to have some fun and spread the Martini LUV!

    Ordering a Martini can be confusing…So many varieties and  so many terms..Here are a few and what they mean…

    Bitters
    Bitters are a bitter additive made from many herbs, spices and plants used to add flavour to a cocktail. There are 4 basic tastes: sweet, sour, bitter, salty.

    Jigger
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    wo metal cups joined together one larger than the other. Larger cup holds 1.5 ounces, smaller one, 1 ounce.

    Dirty
    A Dirty Martini will have olive brine added to the cocktail making it a little cloudy looking.

    Dry
    A Dry Martini has a small amount of Vermouth.

    Let Stand
    When ingredients are poured into an ice-filled shaker and don’t shake it. You let it stand and chill then you strain and serve.

    Muddling
    When you mash ingredients together using a mortar and pestle or a bowl and spoon.

    Rimming
    Wetting the rim with fruit, water or  juice, then dipping the rim into sugar, salt or seasoning coating it.

    Olive Pick
    A fancy toothpick used to hold olives.

    On the Rocks
    A
    drink with ice in it.

    Rinse
    Place a small amount of the liqueur inside the glass, swirl it around so that inside of the glass is coated. Pour out any extra liqueur.

    Roll

    Pouring the ingredients back and forth from shaker to serving glass.

    Scoring
    Twist of lime, lemon or orange,  2-3 inches long. This is a garnish.

    Shake
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    ocktail shaker filled with ingredients and ice, and physically shake it to blend and chill ingredients.

    Stir
    Add  ingredients into an ice filled glass or shaker and stir to mix ingredients.

    Straight Up
    A Straight Up, or  Up, cocktail has no ice.

    Twist
    Garnish made from the rind of a citrus fruit

    Part
    A fraction of the glass that the drink is being served in

    Dash
    1/6 of a teaspoon /  1/32 of an ounce

    Splash
    1/8 of an ounce/ 1 teaspoon

    Drop
    A drop is a drop

    Pony
    1 ounce

    Shot
    1 ounce

     

    How would you order your martini? To enter week #2 contest just leave me a comment below, on Twitter or Facebook. Telling me how you would order your martini.

    Send me a Vine  or an Instagram…

    Just be sure to add @cocktaildeeva and either #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred depending on how you “Know Your Martini”…and for goodness sakes keep your clothes on..

    You can comment here on my Blog or to me on Twitter or my Facebook page…all the legal lingo is below…Be sure to follow @BelvedereVodka on Twitter…

    GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN!!

    I will pic 2 winners from Contest one Monday morning June 23  before 11am ET. The Contest #3 will start right away…

    • What you WIN…

      This FABOOSH Blevedere branded Martini shaker and stir stick set…and then you have to invite me over for Martini’s !! Ok that part is not a must but always an option…

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      • Legal Stuff…
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      Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest – Rules and Regulations
      NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest begins on Monday, June 9 at 11:00 am ET and closes Monday, July 7 at 11:59 pm ET.
      Entrants may enter the Belvedere Know Your Martini Contest on Twitter or Facebook. To enter on Twitter, entrants must answer a martini-related question posted by @cocktaildeeva on her blog (http://www.cocktaildeeva.com) during the contest period. Entrants must include #BelvedereShaken or #BelvedereStirred, and @cocktaildeeva in their Tweet and must follow @Belvederevodka on Twitter to be eligible. On Facebook, entrants may enter by commenting on the specified contest posts featured on Cocktail Deeva’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CocktailDeeva) during the contest period.
      There are five entry periods within the contest. On Monday June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30 and July 7 at 5pm ET, a representative of Cocktail Deeva will select 2 eligible winners based on the most creative and passionate response. The total number of winners for the duration of the contest period will be 10. Winners from each week are eligible to enter more than once per announcement period.
      The winner will receive the following prize pack, courtesy of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka): one (1) Belvedere-branded martini shaker and one (1) Belvedere-branded stir stick (valued at $12.31 CAD each).
      The potential winner will be contacted via social media by a representative of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) to be deemed the official winner. No substitutions or alterations of any kind can be made to this prize except at the sole discretion of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      The prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash and cannot be substituted in any way. If the winner cannot be contacted within two (2) business days, the prize may be forfeited and another entrant may be selected from the remaining eligible entries.
      Contest open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who are 19 years of age or older. This contest is not open to partners and employees of Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka).
      By entering this contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) or any of its affiliated and related companies, promotional agencies and all of their respective directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents, successors and assigns, from any and all liability for injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this contest or the prize won. By entering this contest, Cocktail Deeva, Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) and its authorized agents will collect, use, and disclose the personal information entrants provide when entering the contest for the purposes of managing the user profile, administering the contest and prize fulfillment. By accepting the prize, winners agree that Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) may utilize personal information the winners have provided to send additional communications about its products, upcoming contests, events and promotions. Cocktail Deeva and Moet Hennessy (Belvedere Vodka) reserve the right to terminate or suspend the contest or modify it in any way and does not assume responsibility should the contest be cancelled, suspended or delayed for any reason beyond its control.

     

     

  • BELVEDERE KNOW YOUR MARTINI CONTEST #1

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    I LUV the Movies…Almost as much as I love a good martini…and with World Martini Day on June 19th, Belvedere Vodka and I have teamed up to have some fun and spread the Martini LUV!
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