Night it up 2010

The Asian Market aka Night it up 2010 was in full swing at Metro Square as I worked my way through he crowd last night. Plenty of energetic souls took in the food, music and sports. The two day event plays homage to night markets prevalent in South East Asia.  It’s a wild attack on… 

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Learning about Tea

I stem from one of those great tea-drinking cultures – the Russians. While we didn’t have a samovar at home, we each had our own teapot. I can remember many evenings preparing a tray with a steaming pot, favourite cup and honey and lemon to take up to my room. It would keep me going… 

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Heat fix, Sicilian ice cream sandwiches

Today’s heat fix is brought to you by the letter S. S for Sicilian Ice Cream sandwiches. 2 pieces of freshly baked brioche stuffed with scoops of your favourite ice cream or gelato. There’s only one place in the city that does it properly and it’s Xococava. Chef Chris Mcdonald’s (Cava) little candy shop is… 

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Wine Wednesday – Organized Crime Winery Syrah 2006

Organized Crime Winery Syrah 2006$20, Available from winery at www.organizedcrimewine.com  In a column tasting only Ontario wines, it would be easy to get bogged down with Rieslings (and most other whites), Pinot Noirs, and Cabernet Francs, varietals that succeed in cool climates such as ours  – not to mention Chardonnay, but I’m always cautious around… 

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Heat fix, Mango Lassi

There are probably a thousand different variations of the traditional lassi recipe, but they tend to fall under four categories. Salty, sweet, fruity and hemp. While hemp lassi is impossible to find in Toronto, the first three variations can be spotted easily. Each establishment / person has their own recipe which I find is reflective… 

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Serviceberry Ice

When we find our hands filled with summer’s bounty–this year earlier than usual in spring–our natural reaction seems to be to preserve it as jams or jellies or to bake with it, usually as pies, tarts, or cakes.  Admittedly, the “we” who preserve or bake from scratch with fresh, seasonal produce is an exclusive group…. 

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