Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts

Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts Spring vegetables – how to cook them, what to look for, and when to enjoy them

    You don’t have to get too fancy with spring produce. After a long winter of brassicas and root vegetables, it’s often enough to simply embrace the crunch and fresh flavours of farmers’ market and produce aisle finds. Here’s a look at six spring vegetables, and some easy ways to prepare them.   ARTICHOKES Don’t be dissuaded by the prep work involved with artichokes. As cooks in their native Mediterranean know, these beauties are well worth the minimal effort. They can be baked, braised, fried and stuffed. But a good introductory way of enjoying them is by steaming them

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts 10 Untrendy Superfoods Every Kitchen Needs

    Seriously, superfoods don’t have to be exotic roots or berries that cost a small fortune at the trendiest health food stores. There are plenty of untrendy superfoods waiting for you on the shelves of any supermarket. These ten foods are not weird nor unknown, but they often go under-appreciated. Flip through the slideshow and take a look. 2 of 11  Apples Photo Credit: David Burton/Getty Images Apples contain several vitamins and minerals, with higher amounts of vitamins C, B-6, and potassium, plus they’re high in fiber. The colorful red skins are rich in a phytochemical called quercetin that has anti-inflammatory properties. Eating

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts Piano Piano – Victor Barry’s new Italian restaurant in Toronto

  Name: Piano Piano Neighbourhood: University Contact: 88 Harbord St., 416-929-7788,  pianopianotherestaurant.com,  @pianopianotherestaurant Previously: Splendido Owner and executive chef: Victor Barry Chefs: Jeff Lapointe (Splendido, Ufficio), Allison Grundman (Splendido)   The food The Canadian-Italian dinner menu features old-school favourites (rigatoni, veal parm, wood-fired pizza) all made from scratch. There are also gluten- and dairy-free menus, and a kids’ menu that was devised by a nutritionist. “I have kids,” says Barry, “and I don’t want them eating just chicken fingers and fries.” The name of the restaurant is short for “piano piano va lontano” (Italian for “slowly, slowly one goes further”), and

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts Easing Arthritis With Ginger

Ginger is an herb sometimes used in treatment of arthritis. Proponents suggest that consuming ginger as a food, drinking ginger tea, and/or taking ginger supplements can help soothe arthritis symptoms and lessen arthritis-related pain. Why Do People Sometimes Use Ginger for Arthritis Relief? Because there is no cure for arthritis—and because standard care for arthritis often involves the use of medications known to trigger side effects in some patients—many people turn to natural remedies like ginger to relieve arthritis pain. Ginger contains compounds found to reduce inflammation, a biological process that plays a key role in the pain associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts 6 Foods You Should Eat to Live Longer

  Research suggests that what you eat can be one of the most important factors to living a long, healthy life. Along with exercise, your diet can be extremely effective at preventing chronic disease and promoting health and longevity. Eating a significant portion of these 6 nutrient-dense foods every day can help you naturally strengthen your immune system and could add years to your life by boosting your health.   1 of 6  Greens Raw, leafy greens are packed with nutrients, but are super low in calories. At only about 100 calories per pound, leafy greens are an excellent weight-loss

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts 5 immune-boosting foods to keep you healthy

  We are all busy, and none of want that virus that’s going around. (And there’s always something going around). Beyond hand-washing, getting a good sleep, and staying active, are there any short-cuts to good health? What are the top five things that we can add in to our diet to boost our health, immunity and help us fight disease? Here are five health hacks you can start using right now: 1.       Turmeric Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and inflammation contributes to risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Turmeric acts as an antioxidant, mopping up free radicals in

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts 2016 Toronto food trends – from “the new quinoa” to sriracha’s cousin

  Without a crystal ball at the kitchen table, predicting what foodies will be clamouring for in the future is never a simple task. The Star has boiled down the buffet of food trend forecasts to declare these eight ingredients the ones to eat in 2016. Pull out your grocery app and get ahead of the curve.   Ghost peppers Blame what food and consulting firm Technomic has called “the sriracha effect” on the rise of ghost peppers. Clocking in at one million Scoville heat units — hundreds of times hotter than a jalapeno — it’s one of the world’s

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts Traditional Christmas Dinner Menu

As turkey is traditional for Thanksgiving, so ham is traditional for Christmas dinner menus. This menu features Baked Ham and Scalloped Potatoes, two easy recipes that are delicious. The ham you find in your supermarket is almost always fully cooked and ready to serve immediately. Most people prefer to heat the ham, and a glaze adds flavor and makes for a gorgeous presentation. One of the best tips I found about baking ham is to place the meat cut side down on the roasting pan and cover the ham with a foil tent. This preserves the moisture in the ham.

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts 13 Ways You Can Eat for Free

Tired of paying for food? Then, don’t. Here are 10 ways to put free food on the table, including restaurant meals. 2 of 14   Mystery Shop Free Restaurant Meal. Photo Credit: Diana Jarvis/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images Become a mystery shopper, and enjoy free (or even profitable) meals out on the town. Restaurants want to know how they’re doing, so they pay people to pose as regular customers. You go out to eat, and when you get home, you fill out a brief survey about the experience. Easy! Want to get in on the action?, Sign up with several mystery shopping

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Category: Toronto Foods & Restaurant Posts Tasty Swaps to Help You Eat Less Red and Processed Meats

  By now you’ve probably heard about the report last week categorizing hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats as a cause of colorectal cancer, and probably red meats also. In general, that supports AICR’s longstanding and continuous analysis of the research. Since 2007, AICR has recommended to avoid processed meat and eat no more than 18 ounces of (cooked) red meat weekly to lower cancer risk. If you’re used to eating red meat or that daily salami sandwich, shifting your diet may seem daunting. Here are swap suggestions to help. For the recipes, visit our updated Healthy Recipes.  

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