With the closing of my beloved Whistlers, my brunch mainstay for most of my adult life. (crazy isn’t it?!) I am now on the prowl for a new watering hole. A new place to hang my cap. A new place to lose myself for an hour or two on any given weekend. Yes, there are plenty of diners out there where I can get a … Continue reading The hunt for my new Brunch spot!
On July 31st I had the honour of meeting and speaking with Vancouver Chef Ned Bell at a reception hosted by the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto.
Bell, executive chef of Vancouver’s Yew Seafood + Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, is midway through a coast-to-coast journey to raise awareness for, and accessibility to, sustainable seafood.
The “Chefs for Oceans” tour, which kicked off June 30th in St. John’s, Newfoundland, will see Ned temporarily ditch the chef jacket for a cycling shirt to bike across Canada from coast-to-coast, riding between 140km – 200km each “cycling” day, making stops in 20 major cities along the route to speak with media and participate in events, while promoting local businesses that support, sell, and serve sustainable seafood. Concluding in Vancouver on September 11, 2014 , the three month long tour will also be raising funds through these events and the sale of the cleverly labeled “Ned Tuna”, which will see portions of the net proceeds donated to Ocean Wise, SeaChoice.org, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). Continue reading “Ned Bell’s Epic Ocean to Ocean Journey!”
I still wasn’t feeling 100% when I woke up on Sunday morning, but there was no way was I passing up my last chance to experience the first edition of “Taste of Toronto”. Though finances and dietary restrictions limited my tasting experience, I still got a “taste” of what everyone else experienced and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself!
One of the great joys of living in Toronto is the abundance of amazing, epicurean offerings available. From 5 star restaurants headed by up famous chefs, to local neighbourhood eateries and watering holes, to annual ethnic street festivals in every neighbourhood, to an ever expanding and epic food truck culture.
If there is one thing that NOBODY complains about when visiting Toronto, it’s a lack of food choices
So when I heard that Toronto had been chosen as the first “Taste of…” destination in North America, I was thrilled and not surprised in the least.
From it’s humble beginnings as a single festival in London ten years ago, Taste has grown into a worldwide foodie phenomenon, with “Taste of ” festivals now running annually in cities throughout the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Continue reading “Taste of Toronto – 2014”
I love to cook, and as you’ve seen, I often post photos of my creations on Instagram But I mostly make it up as I go along. Which is fine, until the shouts of “recipe please!!” show up in the comments. So… in the spirit of sharing, I’m going to attempt to give y’all some recipes to go along with the “food porn” as my friends put it.
Fresh Corn & Avocado Salad
This is one of my go-to summer salads. It’s so easy, and so fresh, and works well as a side dish, a stand alone salad, or a shareable snack with tortilla chips! (gluten free/organic/non-gmo of course 😉 ) Continue reading “Fresh Corn, Tomato, & Avocado Summer Salad!”
You know how sometimes you just want to escape real life for a couple of hours and lose yourself in a movie? Those days that you don’t want a deep, heavy plot that requires you to analyze every frame and piece of dialogue? That was me tonight. But thankfully I chose just the right movie to take in: Jon Favreau’s – Chef
I didn’t know anything about it going in, other than it was written/directed by Favreau, (that was really all I needed to know) some of the cast, and a teeny bit of the plot that I saw in the first teaser trailer.
I. Loved. it. LOVED!
Did I mention I loved it? Continue reading ““Chef””
Look for my review of the show on Travel+Escape… in the meanwhile, enjoy some of the delicious “food porn” Continue reading Delicious Food Show – 2013
When people ask me “what is the hardest part about having to live gluten free?” I usually say “the inconvenience”. The “diet” itself isn’t that hard. Simply eating a clean diet of fruits, veggies, meats, fish, and dairy you prepare yourself is pretty easy actually. But, once you step outside the safety of your own kitchen and cooking skills, the task becomes much harder. No … Continue reading Gluten Free Expo Toronto 2013
Every couple of months, without fail, I sit down with a glass of wine, put my feet up, and giddily tear away the clear plastic wrap to reveal the treasure inside; a glossy, delicious, book of eye candy known as “Food&Drink” magazine. For those of you that aren’t familiar, this is a free, yes, you heard me, FREE magazine provided by the LCBO (Liquor Control … Continue reading Happy 20th “Food & Drink” !
It’s no secret, I love food. I love good food, fancy food, silly food, simple food, comfort food. I love cooking it, watching it being prepared, eating it, savoring it. And as much as I have learned to enjoy a solitary meal on a patio, or curled up in a chair at home, I love “breaking bread” with friends. There is just something special about … Continue reading Breaking Bread…
I think I am going to put a moratorium on ordering take out pizza in 2011. I have a bit of an excuse right now in that my oven isn’t working. (and my toaster oven is, well, a toaster oven… and a teeny tiny cheapo one at that!) But once I have a fancy (nee: working) oven happening in my epicurean cave (nee: kitchen) I … Continue reading lazy night = bad pizza…