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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.

Olive Oil 101

Olive Oil: The Essence of Mediterranean Culture • There are as many olive oil varieties as there are grapes, and twice as much variability in taste. • Italy has twenty different olive oil producing regions all...
Fresh Salad

The DASH Diet

If you are interested in trying a brand-new diet plan, one of the most popular diets that's available right now is the DASH diet, or Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension. Originally diet was designed...

Fresh on Front Grand Opening

My friend and I are standing huddled together next to the DJ booth. One hand is numb from the freezing handle of the copper mug holding my Wild Muskoka Mule, garnished with candied ginger...
Avocado Smash

The Pleasure of Planta

Picture this. You walk through two glass doors on 1221 Bay Street, Toronto. You stand, nestled in a cove of white walls tattooed in green palms. Two black wicker chairs hang in the corner, welcoming...
Salmon and Veggies

Five Reasons to Give the Paleo Diet a Try

In today's day and age, it's hard to escape processed foods and fad diets, especially for the average working person. So, when considering healthier ways to eat more wholesome meals with fewer additives, naturally...
Bread

Possible Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet

Consuming certain foods when you have a hypersensitivity can lead to serious health complications, especially if the individual is allergic to the food in question. This is one of the main reasons why Gluten-free...
Olive Oil

Fat: The Fear, The Fiction, and The Fabulous

Three letters. One word. Fat. A single syllable with one lonely vowel, but such a loaded gun of a word. Emotions, stereotypes, expectations, disappointment, all packed into that one tiny little word. Most of us grow up...
Wheat

About The Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten is what gives bread its elasticity and makes it rich and chewy. It is an indigestible protein found in grains that can cause the immune system to malfunction and attack the villi in...
Chili Peppers

The Pleasures of Pepper

My name is Sara and I’m an addict. I got hooked 15 years ago, in New Orleans with my first fix – a Cajun martini. It all looked so innocent: the bright-red chili pepper...
Aztec Bowl at Copper Branch Toronto

Copper Branch: Your Lunch Hour Haven (Vegan or Not)

12 noon. Lunch time in the city of Toronto. So begins the daily march, the scramble of feet led by roaring stomachs to embark on a quest for the satisfaction of taste that will...
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