The Pickle Championships Are Back

 

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Should you want more pickles in your life this fall, be sure to come out to the Drake Hotel on September 22nd for the 6th Annual Pickle Championships. You can come as a guest and just enjoy tasting all the pickles or you can enter your own pickles in either the professional or amateur category. Any kind of pickle is eligible, in the past there have been pickled eggs, pickled tongue, pickled eggplant, many types of kimchi, even pickled walnuts. If it can be pickled, it can be entered. Here’s a little re-cap of last year’s event.

Now to share with you two of our favourite, somewhat unusual, but distinctly gorgeous pickle recipes. Continue »



Vegetarian Festival

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“Mouth-watering burgers. Thick and juicy hot dogs. Fluffy cupcakes smothered in frosting. All meat and dairy free. Veg Food Fest is not your average vegetarian food festival – it’s the biggest one in North America….”

The opening few lines found on the home page of this year’s Vegetarian Food Fest pretty much sum it up. Not only is it the largest Vegetarian Food Festival in North America, it’s one of the oldest and largest in the world. Running this weekend at the Harbourfront Centre today until Sunday Sept 7th, this year marks the 30th anniversary of this eagerly anticipated event, with organizers expecting upwards of forty thousand vegetarians, vegans, and veg-friendly omnivores to attend. Continue »



Summer Food Festival Round-Up

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There are a LOT of food festivals in Ontario every summer – an exhaustive list would be exhausting. So we’re just going to pick our favourites. There is one especially that we’re extremely excited about… Continue »



Community Calender- July 2014

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Since the summer in Ontario can become so jam-packed with events and festivals, vacations and trips to the beach – we thought we should do a quick round-up of a few things going on in the city that you shouldn’t miss out on. We’ve illustrated it with photos of our favourite summer dishes – maybe they’ll inspire your menu this sunny July weekend! Continue »



Preserving Toronto’s Bounty

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It is no secret that Toronto, “A City Within a Park” is justifiably proud of its urban forest. Just last week, the Globe and Mail reported that the one hundred and sixteen species of trees that make up the city’s ten million trees are worth an estimated seven billion dollars, that is, 10 million trees at a replacement cost of 700 dollars per tree. According to the Globe, the urban forest provides the city with 80 million dollars in environmental and cost savings per year, broken down as follows:

  • $53.95-million from the reduced strain on water transportation and infrastructure thanks to rain and wet-weather flow interception
  • $19.09-million from air pollutants absorbed, removed and avoided by street trees
  • $6.42-million from energy saved through shading and climate moderation
  • $1.24-million from carbon sequestration and emissions avoided through energy savings

The amount of particulate matter removed annually by Toronto’s urban forest is equivalent to the amount released by over one million cars or 100,000 single family homes, the report calculates.- Globe and Mail Continue »