Stone Fruit Season

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The Niagara region boasts some of the most arable land in North America, with its temperate climate and long growing season, rich soils and terroir perfect for orchards of almost any description. Indeed, the fruit that comes from this region -including the famous vineyards that have really put this area and its wines on the map- is a scant sixty minutes from our doorstep. To not take advantage of this amazing bounty is as egregious an oversight as living in Niagara Falls without ever having seen, well, the Falls. Continue »



TAIWANfest Is Back!

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This is a great time to live in Toronto, with food festivals and cultural celebrations occurring just about every week. And this coming weekend,  starting Friday August 28 and winding down on Sunday, TAIWANfest will bring all facets of Taiwanese culture to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

“Jia Ba Buei?” in Taiwanese means “Have you eaten yet?” It is the equivalent of “How are you?” in English and is one of the most commonly-used greetings you will hear in Taiwan. Making sure your friends or guests are not hungry is not only an important social etiquette but also shows the hospitable nature of Taiwanese people.”-Asian Canadian Special EventsAssociation 

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Toronto’s Coconut Festival Is This Weekend

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This coming Sunday, August 23, David Pecaut Square will be rockin’ and rollin’ with coconuts. Produced by Coconut Festival Canada, the second annual Coconut Festival promises to reveal everything you always wanted to know about coconuts but were afraid to ask; the multitude of culinary uses as well as the myriad of health benefits that this most remarkable fruit (or more technically, “drupe”) possesses.

“Our goal is to educate consumers about the simplicity of natural lifestyle and how coconuts can contribute to that in your day-to-day healthy living, preventing sickness and diseases,” says founder Anne Josef. Continue »



Cocktails For Rogers Cup Weekend

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Did you know that after Wimbledon and the US Open the Rogers Cup is the third oldest tennis tournament in the world? Lucky us, the amazing tennis tourney is back in Toronto and the finals are this weekend. If you can’t make it courtside we thought we’d share some recipes from Rogers Cup sponsor Bacardi so you can whip up a few cocktails and catch the games on the small screen. Continue »



Our Proud Producers: Oka Cheese

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Since 1893, some of the best cheese in the world has been made at The Abbey of Notre Dame du Lac at Deux –Montagnes Quebec, a monastery that at its peak was home to over two-hundred monks. In 1880, the Trappists were expelled from France and offered some land on the Lake of Two Mountains, in Oka, Quebec, by another Order, the Sulpicians. The monks established the Monastery there and, to help sustain it, formed The Oka Agricultural Institute in collaboration with the University of Montreal.

Trappist monks, although they do live a life of quiet contemplation and prayer, removed by-and-large from the outside world, have always been encouraged to support their monasteries by producing goods available to the general public.

Monks from of other countries like Belgium and Holland are famous for producing  beer, and in fact the beer from the Westvleteren Brewery run by the Trappist Monks make what is in some circles regarded as the best beer in the world.

And so it was that, in 1893, when the monks of the Oka abbey found themselves in financial trouble, they found a solution; cheese. As it turns out, one of the monks, Frère Alphonse Juin was from the Port-du-Salut Abbey in Entrammes, where the famous Port-du-Salut cheese was developed. And he had the secret recipe!  Continue »