Today is March 15, the Ides of March. What’s an Ide, you ask? Before I get to that, let me tell you, it’s impossible to type the word “ides” without first typing the word “ideas” automatically. I’ve done it about five times just writing this intro.
After consulting Wikipedia, I discovered three interesting points:
1. In the original Roman calendar, days were counted from three fixed points in the month: the Nones (the 3rd or 5th), the Ides (the 13th or the 15th) and the Kalends (the 1st of the following month). Got that?
2. It’s most commonly known as the day Julius Caesar was assassinated.
3. Canadians celebrate this date by drinking Caesars.
So when we enjoy a Caesar, we commemorate the murder of a man in 44 BC with the uniquely Canuck blend of vodka, celery salt, clam and tomato juice? Or, we should drink Caesars on March 15 to toast the fallen leader? This Wiki entry might require an edit. #justsayin
In any case, to honour Julius Caesar on this anniversary of his death, here is a Kimchi Caesar recipe courtesy of KristinaGroeger.
For a bacon-y twist on this Canadian classic, head to Queen & Bay for the Bannock Caesar made with vodka, Imperial Canadian Sherry, Clamato, salsa and maple bacon (because, as evidenced by the number of posts in Food & Drink, everyone in Toronto goes apeshit for bacon).
More into hops than Mott’s? You might be interested in checking out ShakesBeer, an evening of local brews for lovers of the bard. There are four shows, two nights only: Saturday March 16 & Saturday March 23, 6:30PM and 9:00PM. Get thee to Artscape Wychwood Barns.
If a night of Billy isn’t your bag, but beer and food is, you might be keen on a cooking class, complete with beer pairings at Aphrodite Cooks in the west end.
Rather just get straight to the drinking? Say no more. There’s a new brew in town. It’s called Left Field. And the launch party is April 5 at 3030 Dundas St. West in the Junction.
If I can close with a few choice words from Shakespeare “Come, ladies and gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness”.