Potstickers are truly a delight to experience. If you’ve never had one, or if you’re unfamiliar with what they are, potstickers are a Chinese dumpling that is typically consumed in China and other regions of East Asia. They’re a significant component of meals and signature dishes served and enjoyed throughout the Chinese New Year, but … More Here’s how to make potstickers at home
I’m not the biggest fan of mushrooms. I can appreciate them in the sense they’re incredibly versatile and offer a multitude of benefits to those of us who consume them, but I just cannot get past their texture. I can do button mushrooms from time to time, but not the bigger, badder guys. Blagh. Despite … More Check out these mushroom types and the benefits they offer
Hot chocolate is a beverage most of us can appreciate. It’s delicious, sweet, hearty and warming, and it serves its purpose on a chilly Winters day. I find it somewhat bothersome that majority of us purchase hot chocolate in its powdered form considering it really isn’t all that difficult to make it from scratch. If … More Here’s how to make your own hot chocolate from scratch
I will be fully honest and admit that squash is arguably one of my least favourite vegetables. I wish I could say that it is something I look forward to feasting on with the fall season, but, it just isn’t, and it likely won’t ever be for me, personally. Despite my lack of appreciation for … More Here’s why you should be eating more squash
Here in Ontario, a joyous occasion is coming to a close; peach season, and I am proud to say that Ontario peaches really are some of the best you can get. My mom and I anticipate the arrival of fresh, juicy, local peaches every summer, and I have to admit that it’s a little saddening … More Get your peach on
The agricultural industry is a tough one. Farming consists of a significant amount of time, work and effort, and is unfortunately often times at the mercy of Mother Nature. This year has been exceptionally tough for members of the ag industry. Between COVID-19 and the setbacks and complications caused by it and a tremendously dry … More Have you thanked a farmer recently?
Mexican cuisine is hands down one of my favourite types of food to eat. My family and I have always loved Mexican dishes, a preference which has likely been influenced by our migrant workers and their choosing to share some of their phenomenal creations with us, and whenever we have the chance to have this … More Craving Mexican? Check out The Mule in Hamilton
I never really realized just how much I’ve been taking restaurants for granted until COVID-19 hit and forced many of them to temporarily close. I sincerely miss being able to go out for dinner and enjoy a meal, and while a lot of restaurants and eateries have re-opened with COVID-19 protocols, I haven’t yet had … More Heading to Alabama? Be sure to check out Drexell & Honeybee restaurant
Food waste, as we are all aware, is becoming a significant issue in contemporary society. Wasting food is a terrible practice to become involved with as it simply isn’t necessary, and further, it is incredibly detrimental in a variety of different industries aside from an environmental setting. It hinders the hard work of farmers and … More Banning food waste, one state at a time
Up until recently, I’ve never been much of a drinker. That isn’t to say I’m consuming copious amounts of alcohol now (just to clarify), but lately, I’ve been enjoying the odd drink in the evening while I sit and relax on our back porch. I was probably in my early twenties when I started drinking … More Savouring summer with White Claw
With warmer weather upon us, I would imagine many of us are itching to get our hands on some fresh, local produce that becomes available throughout the Spring and Summer months here in Ontario. There is something so fantastic about biting into a crisp, juicy piece of fruit that has been produced locally, and soon … More These are some of the healthiest fruits to eat
We’re all aware of the importance of staying hydrated when it comes to our bodies. Not consuming enough clear fluids over the course of time can have severe consequences, therefore upping our H2O intake is something that doesn’t really require a whole lot of questioning. In addition to benefitting our bodies, water can also benefit … More Want to be happier? Try drinking more water
There’s been much debate over the years as to whether or not drinking coffee can be beneficial for those who consume it. Some believe there are advantages to drinking this magical bean juice while other argue it’s disadvantageous, but personally, I’ve been drinking the stuff for far too long to care either way. There is … More Good news, coffee lovers; java can help with weight loss
I love me some authentic Greek food. I’ve always been a fan of this type of cuisine, and rest assured, if you’re in the mood for the good stuff, be sure to visit iOS estiatorio & wine bar on Upper James St. in Hamilton, Ont. My family and I have been to iOS twice now, … More In the mood for some Greek food? Check out iOS
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The idea of wine having health benefits? Believe it or not, I have some good news for all of you wine connoisseurs; wine, in moderation, can be a healthy choice. And, if you’re questioning the validity of this statement, an article from Healthline provides some facts … More Can drinking wine be healthy?
I would argue that Lebanese food isn’t something a fair amount of us are familiar with. Which is a shame, really, considering how damn tasty it is. It isn’t exactly as well recognized as Italian or Chinese food, for example, but despite its relatively subtle reputation, Lebanese cuisine packs a serious flavour punch. With some … More Like Lebanese food? Visit La Luna
I’ve been on a bit of a carrot kick lately. I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet and cut back a little on my fruit intake, and, in the process, I’ve started eating carrots as part of my lunch every day. I’m aware of some of the benefits carrots offer to those … More Here’s why you should be eating more carrots
Cooking, as wonderful and exciting as it can be, can quickly become redundant. Over time we become comfortable with certain dishes, allowing them to become routine and failing to excite our tastebuds in the process. My mom has always said that the longer she cooks, the more difficult it becomes. My food intolerances and sensitivities … More Here’s how to get out of that cooking rut
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’re more than likely aware of my dietary restrictions. I’ve been intolerant to gluten and dairy for about four years now, and these intolerances are as annoying and inconvenient as ever. When I first found out about my intolerances, I learned I was unable to consume … More Can you become un-intolerant to foods?
Fruits and vegetables, as we all know, are a necessary component in an overall healthy diet and lifestyle. They contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are beneficial to the human body, plus, they help to keep us regular. While we’re aware that eating more fruits and vegetables is arguably a proactive thing … More Here’s how to eat more greens
It’s possible you read the title of yourself and thought, “No way.” If you did, I don’t blame you. Cannabis and barbeque sauce aren’t necessarily two things that go together. Except for the fact that they really do go together. Don’t believe me? “Adding cannabis edibles to your grilled delights can provide both you and … More Cannabis and … barbeque?
Summertime in Ontario signifies the joyful start of fresh, seasonal produce. Whether it be asparagus, strawberries, plums or sweet corn, having access to locally grown items can be a gamechanger, both in terms of taste and overall quality. And while you may be under the impression you’re buying as much local product as possible, it … More Are you buying as local as you could be?
Eggs are pretty fantastic when you think about it. Not only are they delicious and simple to prepare, but they further contain a multitude of nutrients that benefit the human body. And, they’re a whole lot more, according to ThinkEgg’s website. Eggs actually contain the highest quality protein you can buy, and egg yolks happen … More Let’s talk about eggs
Eating in restaurants nowadays can be a hit or miss experience, depending on where you go. Prices can be far higher than expected; atmosphere can significantly impact overall experience; menu options may be limited. Not to worry, though; Broadway Diner in Hamilton has all of its bases covered. Located on Upper James Street, Broadway Diner … More Broadway Diner: a hidden Hamilton gem
In working at Bonnieheath Estate, a lavender farm and winery, I’ve come to develop a relatively firm understanding of lavender. Prior to starting this job, I had some knowledge of this magical plant, but now that my knowledge has expanded, I thought I would offer a little lavender 101, if you will, in hopes of … More Lavender 101
Cannabis is something that is often misunderstood, in my opinion. When most of us consider cannabis, we think of it being smoked, or consumed in a brownie or a gummy. But, in reality, cannabis can be used in a variety of dishes, and an article originally published at Foli offers up 15 different recipes using this delightful plant. … More Cooking with cannabis
When it comes to wine, whites are my jam. I’ve never been able to get into reds, and honestly, I’m not a fan of them in general. Prior to working at a winery, I never thought I would be writing a blog post with some white wine suggestions for the summer months, but here we … More Summer white wine essentials
Cooking is something a lot of us fear, for many different reasons. Burnt entrees and failed desserts are just a few potential examples as to why someone may be intimidated in the kitchen, amongst other things. Good news, though; cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you have a few tricks on standby. I … More Here’s how to be a pro in the kitchen
If you’re a resident of Ontario, chances are you’re probably wondering what in the heck it is that Mother Nature is all in a dither over. I shouldn’t say Ontario specifically. The weather is wonky all across the country, and worldwide. From what I’ve gathered, most of us are rather fed up with the so-called … More Fed up with the weather? Think about the farmers
Sugary alcoholic drinks have never been my thing. I find them to be excessively sweet (almost like you can feel cavities forming as you sip on them), and honestly, wine and beer have always been my preference. That is, wine and beer were my preference until I discovered Cottage Springs vodka sodas. Now my top … More Here’s why you need to try Cottage Springs’ vodka sodas