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November/December 2018

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LEXPERT MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 89 TRAVEL Winter Wonderlands Sun and sand have their place, but so does embracing the season edible bread that is past the sell-by or best-before date — both indicators of quality, not safety. Sandwich manufacturers discard the heel end of loaves because we don't eat crusts. So, unfortunately, it's not as simple as baking less bread — we've got to change consumer expectations of having abundant quantities of day- fresh bread. We also waste vast quantities in our homes — 24 million slices of bread every day — because we buy too much. "e problem, of course, is not only with bread. Western countries throw out nearly half of food before it even reaches our refrigerators — not because it's inedible — but because it doesn't look appealing and the farmers cannot sell it to the wholesalers and supermarkets." But back to beer. Cereals like barley and wheat contain certain sugars that can undergo spontaneous fermentation when they come in contact with wild yeasts in the air. Stuart says, "We're re-inventing a historic tradition. We combine fresh surplus fresh bread from sandwich makers and bakeries with malted barley, hops, yeast and water. Bread is packed with carbohydrates, which are broken down to sugar by amylase in the barley. e hops are added for aroma and bitterness, and they also help to preserve the beer. Finally, yeast converts the sugars to alcohol. "e resurgence in home-brewing, reflecting the huge growth in the cra beer market, means we can all get involved. We waste huge amounts of bread in our homes and not everyone wants to make bread and butter pudding. We've published a bread beer recipe online for home brewers." Toast brews four different styles of beer in the UK: Cra Lager (5% alcohol), Pale Ale (5%), Session IPA (4.5%), and American Pale Ale (5%). To date the company has "upcycled" 743,423 slices of bread to brew 12,122 litres of beer. In NYC, Toast has been brewing since July 4, 2017, and recently increased the US range to three beers, and there are also Toast brews in Cape Town, Rio and Reykjavik. e business has plans to brew Toast wherever beer and bread are popular to end food waste one pint at a time. e company is also collaborating with three other breweries around Britain, including Franklins Brewing Company in Sussex, which uses le-over bagels in its Optimist beers. e company motto: "e Optimist sees the bagel and the pessimist sees the hole." So now you know what you can do with the end of that loaf that's going stale in your fridge: instead of baking croutons, you can brew yourself a cold one. You can find the home brew recipe at www.toastale. com/homebrew-recipe/. WHEN THE WINTER workload is at its heaviest, planning the perfect get- away can feel like the light at the end of a very long due diligence tunnel. And while sun and sand have their place, sometimes what you really want is a get- away that feels like a winter wonderland. ese options take advantage of the season. Play your cards right and you'll return to your office with an adventure you'll be able to brag about year-round. > Play it Cool in New York — Kick off the holiday season with a shopping trip that delivers great deals on the brand names you love. New York City's newest offering includes a scenic ferry ride out to Staten Island. Empire outlets, the first shopping outlet to open in the five boroughs, includes popular stops like Brooks Brothers, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Polo and more. Pack an extra bag for the trip home. You'll need it. (empireoutletsnyc.com) > Go for the Cold in Colorado — Skip the ho-hum vacations and opt for a bespoke adventure instead. Choose the Ski Adventure from Four Seasons Re- sort and Residences and you'll head to both Jackson Hole and Vail. e adven- ture pairs luxury hotel stays with NetJets private charters for a fully customiz- able itinerary. From fittings for custom handmade skis to a private wildlife safari (starting with an aerial tour of the Teton Mountain Range and continu- ing by snowmobile in the most secluded pockets of Yellowstone), to a private bourbon tasting, you can mix and match options to create the kind of winter getaway you've always dreamed of. (fourseasons.com/netjets/ski-adventure/) > Get the Full Winter Package in Fairbanks — Imagine the look on the faces of colleagues when you return from mushing a team of huskies across the Alaskan wilderness with the photos to prove your prowess. And that's just the beginning. Explore Denali National Park and Preserve (pictured above), make your way across the Arctic Circle, or take the family and show them where Santa lives at the North Pole. If temperatures dip a little lower than you'd like, simply warm-up in an Alaskan hot spring at the end of an adventure-filled day. It's the Alaskan way. (explorefairbanks.com) | DETOURS | Heather Greenwood Davis is a lawyer, a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler, and a columnist for The Globe and Mail. Reach her at Heather@globetrottingmama.com. Tony Aspler is the author of 17 books on wine, including his latest, Canadian Wineries. PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

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