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Coca-Cola Cake, Popcorn Ice Cream and Twizzlers Sauce

1 Aug

“You might say this place is my second home; I’d say it’s more my home,” says 22-year-old Farzam Fallah, head pastry chef at Toronto’s Richmond Station. “I spend more time here than in my own house.”   It’s Sunday afternoon; […]

First Canada Day as a Canadian

1 Jul

I’m standing in a room with about 100 people. A couple elementary-school boy are weaving in and out the crowd, wearing embroidered gold satin waistcoats, baggy pants and kufi hats; a baby girl sits on her suited up dad’s lap […]

Ratatouille & Goat Cheese Phyllo Tart

7 May

I fell in love with ratatouille when I was 17 and working as a chambermaid in Provence. For staff meals at the hotel where I worked and lived, we were usually served yesterday’s grey meat and a side of rice. I was a vegetarian at the time. There was also a big pail of rice pudding in the fridge, for those who wanted dessert. I always wanted dessert. So for the first few weeks, I was essentially living on rice and rice.

Terroir Symposium 2014

6 May

Each year, Terroir Symposium attracts some of the world’s best chefs and thinkers to come to Canada and present their most brilliant ideas, and it puts our food culture on the map, by showing those international guests what we’ve got to offer right here.

Jungle Adventures in Belize

12 Apr

This morning I was excited to see my travel story on Belcampo Lodge, Belize, in the National Post. It was an especially hard one to write: I met so many special people and experienced so many new things there, that […]

James Beard Loves Aube Giroux

19 Mar

If you’re not following the food blog Kitchen Vignettes yet, I recommend you start. I love Aube Giroux’s dreamy videos, which you’ll find on this PBS Food site. And today it was announced that Kitchen Vignettes is a finalist for a prestigious James Beard Award.

Winter is Dead (Long Live the Spring!)

18 Mar

I’m done with The Polar Vortex… Polar Vortex II… Revenge of the Polar Vortex and all those other blood-freezing episodes that kept plunging us back into an icy snow pit of despair, just when we thought we’d seen the worst of Winter 2013-14.