In-Store Demos, July 19-20th, 2014

  • Nossa Cucina Sauces and Antipasto »

    Saturday, July 19, 11-3pm

    Nossa Cucina’s philosophy is providing customers with the highest quality locally made artisanal products. A collaboration between Mike Correia and Enzo Licata, two buddies with a passion for all things food. The name Nossa Cucina, meaning “Our Kitchen" reflects the dual Portuguese and Italian background of its founders.

    Nossa Cucina’s philosophy is providing customers with the highest quality locally made artisanal products. A collaboration between Mike Correia and Enzo Licata, two buddies with a passion for all things food. The name Nossa Cucina, meaning “Our Kitchen
  • Tonica Kombucha »

    Saturday, July 19, 11-3pm

    Tonica kombucha is a fermented tea that is 100% raw, organic and naturally sparkling AND is made locally in Toronto! Rich in live enzymes, healthy bacteria, and liver cleansing acids, TONICA is a natural tonic for digestion, energy and immune strength. Yum.

    Tonica kombucha is a fermented tea that is 100% raw, organic and naturally sparkling AND is made locally in Toronto! Rich in live enzymes, healthy bacteria, and liver cleansing acids, TONICA is a natural tonic for digestion, energy and immune strength. Yum.


The Humble Radish

Martha Stewart's radishes with chive butter

Martha Stewart’s radishes with chive butter

 

Continuing on our series of summer fruit and vegetables we present the humble radish; with local grown varieties just coming into season now, the brilliant radish is fresh, crisp and bursting with a bright and lively balance of peppery and sweet.

Radishes (raphanus sativus) are siblings in the brassicaceae family, known as “the mustards.” They are thought to have originated in South East Asia and India, and introduced to Europe in the third century B.C., with records of their cultivation occurring in Greece and Italy in the first century A.D. Radishes made their way to North America during what is known as the Columbian Exhange,
the period in the fifteenth century when European fruits, vegetables and livestock were introduced to the New World and vice versa. Continue »



A New Approach For The Grill

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In a recent issue of National Geographic devoted to food* I discovered some eye opening stats. Consider this-
 

“Today only 55% of the worlds’ crop calories feed people directly; the rest are fed to livestock (about 36%) or turned into biofuels and industrial products (roughly 9%). Though many of us consume meat, dairy and eggs from animals raised on feedlots, only a fraction of the calories in feed given to livestock make their way into the meat and milk that we consume. For every 100 calories of grain we feed animals, we get only about 40 new calories of milk, 22 calories of eggs, 12 of chicken, 10 of pork, or 3 of beef.”

 
You’re probably asking yourself – So what does that have to do with my backyard barbecue?
 

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Strawberry Social

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The summer has casually strolled into July without much fuss and has come bearing gifts. Strawberry season, the most eagerly anticipated few weeks of summer is upon us, and with it, the perfect opportunity to overindulge in all things strawberry. It is true that  we have access to imported strawberries year round, trucked in from California and Mexico, but these offerings literally pale in comparison to the ephemeral beauty, fragrance and luscious taste of ripe picked local fruit. And now is the time to freeze down a bunch of local strawberries to use for smoothies, milkshakes and ice-cream in the fall and winter.

This is the perfect time of year to plan a strawberry social. That old Victorian tradition that allowed for the showing off of new summer hats and crisp linen suits can be made informal and fun and just bring a bunch of friends and family together to enjoy best strawberries Ontario has to offer. 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 »