Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Before my official lunch meeting on a nice Thursday afternoon, I happened to embark on a special holiday boutique setup where the famous brand President’s Choice (PC) is offering its special signature items for holiday entertaining.

First off, I was treated to a nice treat of Decadent Hot Chocolate served with marshmallows.   It was a nice sweet start to a wonderful hour of sampling.  

In the boutique there were four stations where you can taste each of the featured offerings in the Presidents Choice Holiday collection.   The stations are: Brunch, Mingle, Dine, and Gift.

The brunch station was a nice and light start to the day by offering samples ranging from PC Oval Appetizer Flatbread served with Greek Salad tapenade; PC Smoky Bacon flavoured maple syrup; PC Speculoos Cookie Butter, and PC the Decadent Chocolateer Cherry Loaf.   The Flatbread serving was nice, light, refreshing, and amused the pallet; due to my abstinence of pork I didn’t try the bacon maple syrup serving with the waffle; and the tasting of the chocolateer cherry loaf with a cherry jam spread really put it over the top.

The mingle station brought in the spicy, tantalizing, and savoir faire into the boutique tour by samples ranging from PC Thai Chicken Curries Mini Hors D’Oeuvre Collection; PC Poutine Kit-Butter Chicken; and PC World of Flavours Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Chicken Wings.   The thai appetizers had the right amount of kick and tantalization in every bite; the butter chicken poutine is a unique fusion of Old World Indian with New World French Canadian cuisine; and the Gochujang Chicken wings were very juicy, had the right kick of spice, wasn’t overpowering, and had a nice texture to them.

Since I did not have the PC Spiral Smoked Applewood Ham, I was treated to the PC Black Label Beet and Goat Cheese Cappellacci, PC Strawberry Blonde Potatoes, and PC Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Cheesecake at the “Dine” station.   The Cappellacci, which is pasta made with a beet and goat cheese filling, is very bold and intriguing.   The Strawberry Blonde Potatoes served in a gratin style had a fine balance of texture that involved the creamy, the crunch and the lush rich texture of the dish.    The star of the station, the Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Cheesecake, is something that I would pay the retail price of $7 for a full out slice.   It is very rich, bold, well accentuated, and has the right level of sweetness.

Closing out the tasting was the “GIFT” section, where we were treated to PC Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Popcorn and PC White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio and Toffee Bark.   I took these gifts and handed them to a lovely waitress who served me in my lunch hour meeting with a new banker friend of mine.



(PC Vanilla Mascarpone Cheesecake)

(From Left: PC Strawberry Potatoes; PC Black Label Beet and Goat Cheese Cappelletti served with Roasted Brussel Sprouts)

(The Mingle Booth Feature:   PC World Of Flavours Sweet and Spicy Goacheng Chicken Wings; PC Poutine Kit Butter Chicken; PC Thai Chicken Curry Mini Hor D'Oeuvres Collection)

(PC The Decadent Chocolate Cherry Loaf French Toast Served with Cherry Jam and Whipped Cream)

(Waffle Served with PC Speculoos Cookie Butter and PC Smoky Bacon Flavoured Maple Syrup)

(PC Oval Appetizer Flatbread Served with a Greek Salad Tapanade)

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