Ned Bell’s Epic Ocean to Ocean Journey!

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 Oceancfo2s” 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 WiseSeaChoice.org, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). Continue reading “Ned Bell’s Epic Ocean to Ocean Journey!”

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Taste of Toronto – 2014

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

TOR_9236So 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”

Gluten Free Expo Toronto 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