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.

Table of assorted greens

Fifty Shades of Green

Well, okay… maybe not fifty shades, just however many happen to be contained in Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli. Then again… science does tell us that the human eye...

Sweet Smell of Success

Garlic: everyone from Homer to Aristotle, and from modern scientists to Doctor Mom, has praised its uses. Egyptian pharaohs kept garlic in their tombs to keep themselves healthy in the afterlife. Ancient Greek Olympians...
Dark chocolate and raspberries

Bitter is Better

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt,” – and oh how right he was. When warmed, it is smooth, like dark flowing...
Vinegar of modena

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...

Check Maté

In homes across Argentina, the first offering to guests is: "Shall we drink a maté?" There is a romantic ritual to yerba maté (pronounced jair-va mah-tay). You can drink it on your own at...
Adam Waxman with President Jimmy Carter

Working For Peanuts

When in Georgia, do as the Georgians: grab a cold bottle of Coke and pour in a handful of salted, roasted peanuts! The simple peanut is actually quite complex. We add it to salads, entrées...
Tea party at Sorelle and Co.

Sweet Sweet Sorelle & Co.

Once upon a cupcake, in a bakery not far from Bloor Street, there was a magic treasure. Many treasures in fact. Carefully guarded, encased in glass, laid an assortment of coconut, mocha and caramel...
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...
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...

Stalking the Elusive Mushroom

A walk on the wild side – stalking the edible fungi: morels, chanterelles, boletus, portabellos. At dawn, we’re on a safari in the foothills of the Santa Lucia mountain range in California with a...

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