The Subtle Joys of Lemongrass

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Lemongrass is one of our favourite herbs, adding a subtle yet distinctive lemony fragrance to much of the cuisine that hails from Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Basically, if you want to cook a curry or soup or stew with coconut milk, you’d better not forget the lemongrass! Continue »



How Yuba doing?

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Although Yuba has been in use in China, Japan and Korea since the fifteenth century, it is one of those ingredients that is gaining popularity in Toronto and popping up more and more in  restaurants that serve a plant-based cuisine. And for good reason. Continue »



A Toronto Thanksgiving Roundup

 

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend! Whether or not you are planning a traditional family feast featuring turkey and all the trimmings, or are opting for a vegetarian or vegan repast, or just looking for something to do by yourself, a lot of planning goes into this autumnal celebration, and today we thought we’d so a little round-up of ideas to help you get the most out of the holiday. Continue »



Sad News

As a rule, we tend to keep our politics to ourselves. People are entitled to different opinions and world views. Diverse perspectives are as important to what makes Toronto special as diverse cultural backgrounds are. We try to make more and better options available to people through the store.But occasionally, like when an issue hits close to home, we need to take direct action.

This is one of those times.

As recently reported in the Toronto Star, Fiera Foods, the company that supplied us with croissants until recently, was the site of a tragic workplace accident. The matter is currently under investigation (by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour), but a 57-year-old father of two died. And tragic accidents happen, but this is the fifth one at Fiera Foods or one of its affiliates since 1999.

We understand that for many, often newcomers, businesses like Fiera Foods offer a lifeline. A barrier-free entry-point into the workforce.

We understand that temporary work can be a mixed blessing.

We understand that not everyone is in a position to choose who they work with.

In this case, we feel we can’t afford not to.

We’re currently negotiating with new vendors.

We hope you’ll be open to trying a new croissant in the coming weeks.

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Romesco, The Well Tempered Accompaniment

A classic romesco from Simply Recipes

A classic romesco from Simply Recipes

 

Romesco sauce has its origins in Catalonia, Spain, first used by the fishermen of Tarragonia to accompany their daily catch. The wonderful thing about romesco is that it highlights flavour profiles of a particular main, allowing the distinctive character of the “star” to shine, without overpowering it.  In this way, romesco is to main courses what Coenraad V Bos, the great piano accompanist was to sopranos. Bos, who titled his autobiography, “The Well-Tempered Accompanist.” knew his role as the perfect partner. Continue »