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.

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Vinegar That Tastes Like Wine

In Modena, searching out the best Balsamic, which sells on Amazon for $650 a bottle, I was expecting to arrive at a sterile factory. To my surprise, we visit a farm, with a few...

Hop Over to Hopscotch

“In one word, Hopscotch is fresh.” A friendly smile, in a red plaid blazer sits opposite me. Leslie Oquendo is the Director of People & Culture at Hopscotch Toronto. We’re here to talk food. Fresh,...

Rejoice! Rejoice! For National Hot Chocolate Day

They say hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside. I say, we could all use a boiling hot hug on a day like this! The past few days, bitter cold arctic air...
Taco Life

This Gluten-Free Restaurant is Taking Hamilton by Storm

Gluten-free foods have surged in popularity. Whether you are sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease, many people are opting for gluten-free choices. However, if you are, in fact, celiac, some restaurants may not...

The Sound of Happiness is Pop, Pop… Popcorn

Hot, fresh and fluffy. Popcorn is a puffy dream, and so much more than just a movie theatre snack. When you hear the word, what pops into your head? Greasy bags of salty yellow pieces? Soggy...
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...

Canadian Cuisine: Manitoba

Raised on Red River cereal, Sara Waxman (DINE and Destinations magazine) tells me, “The thing about growing up in Winnipeg was that we had no lettuce in winter. Everyone learned to bake, and everybody...

The Link Between Bread and Modern-Day Ailments

The global gluten-free movement has been gaining more traction just over the last several years, with over 30% of Americans already consciously getting rid of gluten from their diets, in an effort to feel...

Caring for Cranberries

Bittersweet red rubies. Tiny tart garnet drops. Vermilion, crimson, scarlet, cerise, cherry, carmine, blood-red, rose. The many shades of these glistening jewels. Take them in your hands… Let your fingers seep into a deep bowl of red. Let...

Starting the Day with Steel Cut Oats

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. And the one, that so many of us so often skip! But with reason. Mornings have a tendency to be… busy. You wake up, shower, brush your teeth, brush...

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