Archive | February, 2014

Top Chef Canada, Season 4

27 Feb

I love the blindfolded-taste-test challenge on Top Chef Canada. Contenders have to name ingredients they sample just once, with their eyes covered. So humiliating for a chef to get basic flavours wrong in front of the whole country and so impressive […]

May the Grizzliest Man Win!

26 Feb

A new season of the Food Network’s #1 hit series, Top Chef Canada, premieres Monday, March 10 at 9pm ET/10pm PT, on Food Network Canada. This time I’ll be yelling at the TV in support of my bearded buddy Pierre […]

Win a Customized Tea Blend!

13 Feb

When Jennifer Commins was a little girl, her grandmother cultivated a tea garden. “She’d take me outside, hand me the scissors and say: ‘go pick something delicious,’” recalls the entrepreneur, who would snip thyme, mint, rosemary or lavender, then return […]

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

13 Feb

Jennifer Commins, tea sommelier and president of Pluck Tea, tells us how to make a cuppa fit for a Brit.

Grain Brain

11 Feb

Calgarian artisan bread company Sidewalk Citizen Bakery just started packaging their loaves in the thinking man’s bread bag. I think these quote-stamped, two-handled paper bags represent a classy evolution from the traditional baguette clutched under arm. Here Michal Lavi–who co-owns […]

Canadian Chefs Winning Instagram

11 Feb

The best chefs on Instagram go off-menu: among their tantalizing food shots are candid snaps from their kitchens, tattoo parlours and wilderness weekends. Here are some of my favourites to follow. Feast your eyes: A prolific poster, Connie de Sousa, […]

A Race Through Wine Country

7 Feb

People have many reasons for running: To challenge themselves physically and mentally, to raise money for a good cause… to eat and drink as much as they possibly can without exploding. I belong in that last category, and two years […]