Syrian Cuisine




It is no secret that Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world; almost half of our population was born outside of this country, and the city is famous for its neighbourhoods that reflect this. It’s not surprising that new Canadians tend to first settle in neighbourhoods where the majority of residents are from similar backgrounds, with language, and cultural similarities that ease the transition to a new country. As a result the city ends up with little pockets of diverse cultures and culinary traditions popping up all over, whether it’s Greek culture and cuisine along the Danforth, Chinese culture on Spadina or East European shops and bistros on Roncesvalles. Continue »

Peace On Earth

We live in crazy times, times of war and fear-mongering and masses of refugees running for safety. At this time of year when we’re all celebrating with our friends and families safe in our comfortable homes, overeating, overdrinking and enjoying so many new presents, maybe we should give a thought to how we can help make the world a better place.



Take a few minutes to watch the clip above, it is impossible not to be moved by it. Continue »

Supper With Syria



Fiesta Farms will be donating ingredients to a fundraising dinner to help Syrian refugees. Inna Gertsberg is one of the organizers, along with Sang Kim and Lara Zahabi, I spoke with her about the event and how everyone can get involved. This post is illustrated with images of traditional Syrian dishes that should be mouthwatering enough to encourage you to buy a ticket to this incredible dinner. Continue »

These Cookies Can Help Save A Syrian Family

guest post by Erin Phalen




Toronto is about to get its biggest ever bake sale, and you’d have to be crazy not to want in on it, with cookies like smooth Red Velvet, squishy Ginger Molasses and marshmallow-dotted S’mores available for delivery right to your door.

Cookie lovers from all over the GTA can tuck into freshly baked goods—dropped off at their workplace or home—as part of the Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts’ first-ever virtual bake sale. All proceeds will go toward supporting a family of seven Syrian refugees resettling in Toronto. Continue »

A Dinner For Syria

Chicken and chorizo paella

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…

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