Your New Normal

 

We’re stepping away from food talk today, just for a moment, to talk about change and growth. As the leaves turn and the weather chills, we look at settling in for the winter. Much has been said about the new normal, but the fact that we get to determine what our personal new normal is often gets overlooked. Continue »



Cooking Classes Taught By Refugees

Nigerian Egusi Soup photo courtesy The Dream Africa

 

We are justifiably proud about the diversity of this city and regularly boast about the wealth of ingredients from all over the world that we are able to access readily. But just because we can buy these ingredients doesn’t necessarily mean we know how best to cook with them. Today we want to highlight a new initiative by one of this city’s most beloved charity organizations – one that delves into world cuisine with delicious recipes taught by refugees from their home countries.  Continue »



Volunteering During COVID

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou

 

 

As we watch the numbers each day and hope for a break in cases, those of us who still have our health count ourselves lucky. And as you try to do your part – wearing masks, keeping a responsible distance and trying to adjust to the new rules during this ever changing pandemic life – you might be finding yourself wanting to do more. And you couldn’t have picked a better time! There is a great need right now for volunteers in the city of Toronto.  Continue »



Juneteenth: A Primer

One of many peaceful protests that took place in Toronto this month. More are planned for this weekend. Photo: Blog TO

We are a grocery store. We feed people. We often delve into the history of recipes and ingredients here on the blog. And we post a lot of recipes! But writing about recipes seems trite at a time like this, so we thought we’d take a look at some history that speaks to the cultural moment we are all living in.

With current events all of us are coming to a greater understanding of the Black people in our community and around the world who live lives that appear much like our own on the surface, but in actuality are a very different reality to the experiences that so many of us take for granted.

The more we learn, the better friends, neighbours and allies we can be. To that end, here is a primer about Juneteenth.

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Support Black Food Culture

Smitten Kitchen’s cookbook roundup

 

We wanted to take the time this week to highlight some ways we can all support Black-owned restaurants in the GTA, and bring some Black food culture into our kitchens; through take out, home cooked recipes and recent articles from the front lines of the American fight for equality that has touched all of us this week. For the best food marketing agencies click here and make your business grow. Continue »