Posted in May 2012

Grim news from Ontario orchards

Grim news from Ontario orchards

Tuesday’s annual farmer’s market on the lawn of Queen’s Park proved beyond a doubt that good things grow in Ontario. There were devilled eggs, mushrooms and dip, award-winning wieners, veal meatballs stuffed with goat cheese, Kawartha ice cream cones and much, much more. Asparagus salad was plentiful, and office workers who stopped by the white … Continue reading

A Grand old time

A Grand old time

I’m not sure when dining out became survival of the fittest, but I rather miss the good old days when you could swan into any restaurant at the appropriate time to claim your reservation, sit back in a comfy chair and actually have a conversation over a great meal. I was thinking about this as … Continue reading

Stand up for sausage

Stand up for sausage

I’ve eaten more pork in the past week than I’ve probably eaten in the past year. All in the name of research, of course. I even got some grilling tips from a pro. The Fletcher’s smokies, or smoked sausages, arrived at my doorstep in a cooler bag. Since they’re already cooked, I figured they’d be … Continue reading

TO’s best gelato?

TO’s best gelato?

There’s no better time to scout out great gelato than a sun-blasted holiday weekend. G for Gelato and Espresso, at the corner of Jarvis and Adelade, opened last November. The G stands for Gerardo and Giuseppina Polsinelli, who began selling homemade gelato from a refrigerated cart on a bicycle in the 1960s in the town … Continue reading

Eat local time

Eat local time

Local farmer’s markets have opened at last, just in time for asparagus season. After a winter of cheap Mexican asparagus, followed by dainty green spears from Peru, where it grows year-round, and a few beautiful bunches from New Jersey, it’s our turn to shine! If Mother Nature co-operates, we’ll have a month to try all … Continue reading

Slimming advice

After countless six-course media lunches and dinners, from Paris to Phuket, I’m often asked how I stay so slim. I realized that over the years I’ve developed a few strategies to keep my weight in check. For the benefit of others who eat out often on business, here are Cyn’s Trade Secrets. Sorry Mom Though … Continue reading

Scrunched lunch

Scrunched lunch

Need a lunchbox? Check out the brand new Pop’n Go collapsible silicone boxes from Swissmar, famous for its fondue and raclette sets. These deep, durable containers quickly collapse to half their size. When you’ve finished eating simply flatten the box, snap on the tight-fitting lid and throw it in your backpack or purse for the … Continue reading

Forest feast

Forest feast

The great mushroom hunter has just returned with a basket of morels, wild leeks and fiddleheads. As you can see, the golden morels have already started to appear.

Mini morsels

Mini morsels

Mini desserts remain a hot trend in the restaurant world, so Toronto’s Allan Candy Co. decided to create their own small indulgence for candy lovers. You probably know Allan as the chocolate Easter rabbit people with bunny ears in their name. The first four flavours of these soft chewy bites, the size of rabbit droppings, … Continue reading

Give us The WORKS!

Give us The WORKS!

After months under wraps, The Works has arrived in Toronto. This 82-seat gourmet burger bistro, well-known to anyone who’s eaten in Ottawa in the past decade, officially opens May 4 on The Danforth, just east of Pape. It’s the first of four TO locations planned for the next year following the success of the chain’s … Continue reading