Plant-based? Gluten-free? Halal? Today’s dining public is increasingly specific in their dietary needs. Restaurants that don’t cater to this reality are missing the boat. This forum is written by and for diners who need to know what is new and exciting that respects all our dietary sensitivities.

Variety of ice cream scoops in cones with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry

Blast Off To Flavour!

Sweets, the final taste-tier These are the voyages of hungry vegans everywhere It’s a meal-time mission To explore tasty new eateries To seek out delicious desserts And new bakeries To boldly venture where no vegan has gone before… An epic search...

Green Piece

E Pluribus Unum. The motto on the great seal of the United States of America first appeared in an ancient Roman poem as part of a recipe for making a fresh garden salad. From...
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The Not So Forbidden Fruit

See… a sculpted orb gleaming red; painted hues of bright crimson, kissing strokes of candy green. Smell… the freshness of the Earth’s yield; a perfume of blossomed nectar and Autumn sunlight. Touch… a firmly polished glaze;...
jamon iberico

Jamon Siesta

On the northern slopes of la Sierra de Francia, in the southern part of the province of Salamanca, Spain, lies the remote village of La Alberca where men with donkeys carry their work loads;...
Haskap Berry

Haskap: The New Superberry

The Haskap Berry, also known as Honeyberry, or Blue Honeysuckle, or Edible Honeysuckle, or Sweet Berry Honeysuckle, or Swamp Fly Honeysuckle--or we can just refer to it by it’s Latin name, Lonicera caerulea--is enigmatic...
Veal, Delft Blue

The Real Veal

We love the thick grilled veal chop at Carisma; the huge butterflied veal Milanese at Cibo Wine Bar; and the oh-so tender veal Piccata with white wine and lemon at Kit Kat. For many...
Cheese Cake

My Love/Hate Relationship With Fat

Guilt is good. It is an emotion that I savour with each blissful tablespoonful of Butter Pecan ice-cream straight from the carton; with each profoundly satisfying bite of crispy skin chicken; with each euphoric...
strawberry and truffles

Nobody Knows The Truffles I’ve Seen

January marks the end of one of my favorite seasons of the year. The Truffle season begins in mid September and lingers aromatically until the end of December. During this time, upscale restaurants throughout...


“I married her for her breakfasts,” said the man in my life, hastily adding, “and a few other reasons.” He didn’t know that in ancient Rome a woman who offered to cook eggs...
Olive grove

Planting Ahead

Terroir and Thermal amplitude (cool nights and warm days), enable olive oil production in the same area as wine. Olives are planted at the same time as grapes, and ripen immediately afterwards. Touring the...

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