Have you finalized your Thanksgiving menu yet? We think that along with the turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, at least one squash dish should adorn every Thanksgiving table. Whether prepared in a salad, soup, or as a show-stopping main course, squash is not only a delicious and beautiful addition to your dinner, it is one of nature’s ultimate superfoods, so indulging in it means you are getting a lot of a good thing. Continue »
Bundle up hipster! You’ll catch your death
The change of seasons, whether it is summer to fall or winter to spring, is a period during which people are susceptible to colds and fevers. September to November can be a stressful period, as students and workers return to school and work, bringing with them an array of germs and microorganisms that seem to thrive in close quarters and re-circulated air, and stress takes its toll on a healthy immune system.
Add to that the pressures of extra work coupled with deadlines, and you get otherwise conscientious folks skipping meals, or making poor food choices and shortchanging themselves of adequate sleep. As daylight hours decrease and we spend more time indoors, our exposure to sunlight and the vitamin D that it brings is diminished. And then there is the weather itself; a day that starts off like August can seem like November in just a few hours, and we can be caught off guard sartorially. Anyone who has been caught without an umbrella or sweater on an October day while waiting for transit, then stuffed like a standing sausage next to someone with the sniffles is a prime candidate to receive an unwanted cold and to pay it forward. Continue »
It is no secret that by and large, the majority of Canadians are addicted to the convenience of disposable items, so it is heartening to see ordinary citizens like Latelin Leblond and Tara Smith-Arnsdorf doing something about it.
Most of us grew up aware of the three “R”s; reduce, reuse and recycle, but darn it, it seems that for every good idea that comes along there is another more insidious convenience that makes any of the three “R’s unsavoury; disposable diapers, throw away excessive packaging, disposable single-serving coffee makers are among the most ubiquitous examples of our disposable values. There are countless ways to reduce and reuse and recycle, and to these we should add another few “R”s: rethink, retrain and replace. Rethink the way we consume and the way we waste, retrain ourselves to get used to a new (often “old”) way of doing things, and replace certain environmental practices and products with (let’s call them “unvironmental”) sustainable choices and actions. It’s really simple, but as we know, simple and easy are two different words. Continue »
Chicken and chorizo paella
“The ongoing conflict in Syria has triggered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. According to the United Nations, 12.2 million people inside Syria need urgent help, including 7.6 million who are internally displaced. It is estimated that well over 250,000 people have died in the conflict, with hundreds of thousands more wounded. More than 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.”- Foreign Affairs, Tradeand Development Canada
This post is illustrated with photos from a certain Toronto restaurant’s Instagram feed, read on to find out why…