Maple Lifestyle: Day 1
Well we made it! But why am I doing this? There are so many maple syrup shops online, why would they buy from me? Where am I different from others?
I have to come back to the story I was telling on my landing page. I was so many years away from Canada and I truly missed maple syrup. It was very present for us when I was growing up as members of my family were producing the liquid gold, in the Lower St. Lawrence region. I did not grow up in Temiscouata but in the Ottawa Valley. Every spring, we would place an order and a huge package would arrive with maple syrup in dark brown glass jugs, maple sugar in blocks that were about the size of a pound of butter, maple butter and maple toffee. We were good for about a year. We were 8 at home, 2 adults and 6 sweet craving kids, so you can imagine how big the package was.
I mean, nobody forced it on me to leave Canada and settle in Germany and later Austria. I was a curious young man looking to discover the world but, most of all, I was in love. Now that is a whole other story but I could actually write a book about how all of that happened… Now back to the maple syrup… I was really longing for maple syrup and cherishing every drop when we did get some sent by members of my family. My wife, a chocolate addict and a sweet tooth, really loves it as well. My daughter would, and still does, eat it with a spoon. My son really enjoys it as well. So the whole family enjoys the best syrup there is… The one my cousin makes. (Maybe I am not being objective here but you will have to try it for yourself :)) So when I started this, it was very important for me to involve him and work with people that understand the product and how to make it.
What do I want to achieve with this site? Like I mentioned before, I am very curious by nature (and not so young anymore) and want to share maple syrup with the rest of the world. If you want recipes with maple syrup, you can always find some on the internet but, I prefer to show people what they can do with maple products. Over the years, I have traveled quite a bit around the world and tried many dishes from different cultures. Can we make these dishes with maple syrup? Hell ya! I will have newsletters for short recipes (videos) every second week and every second month, I will have a guest to cook with. We will explore the different cuisines from around the world and adapt these recipes with maple syrup. But we will explore the traditional recipes as well ;). They are yummy as well :)
My mission is to give you access to the best maple syrup and maple products on the market and include it in your lifestyle.
Jean-Pierre Romain, Maple Maniac