Profile: Stacey Madden
Author of Poison Shy By Meghan Gribben Stacey Madden is a writer currently residing in The Beach. His stories, poems, reviews, and essays have been published in places such as The Globe and Mail, Open Book: Toronto, Encore Literary Magazine, Quill & Quire, and Broken Pencil. His first novel, Poison Shy, was published by ECW Press in Fall 2012. He owns a cat and is a bit of a hypochondriac. He enjoys beer, British comedy, and quiet reading time. Stacey was born and raised in the east end of Toronto. Despite his father’s wish that he’d grow up to be a hockey star, Stacey nurtured a passion for reading and writing,…
Healthy and Delicious Planet
Go Green and Get Healthy at Healthy Planet! By Meghan Gribben I have stopped by Healthy Planet on the Danforth a few times since I have started at Centennial College. There aren’t many great food places near the school; there’s mainly fastfood joints with few vegetarian options. Healthy Planet, though, is local, convenient, and healthy. Healthy Planet is a grocery store as well as an eatery. Specifically, they sell “vitamins, supplements, health, and beauty” products. They are committed to healthy foods and a greener environment. They only deal with socially responsible manufactures and distributors. This is the kind of grocery where you can get coconut oil, kale chips, and an organic juice smoothie—all…
Tea Tree for Two
A Review of the Tea Tree Café By Meghan Gribben Opened three years ago, the Tea Tree Cafe is a welcome addition to the Danforth’s friendly vegetarian and vegan community. While the Danforth is no stranger to accommodating diets of all kinds, it’s a treat walking into the calm atmosphere of the Tea Tree Cafe, in-between Pape and Donlands stations, to enjoy its healthy, wholesome cuisine. A combination of the exposed brick wall, the quiet indie music playing softly, and the cool art hanging on the walls (also, for sale!) makes the experience of eating here relaxing.
An Interview With the Co-Founder of David’s Tea By Meghan Gribben Tea culture is growing—fast. Artisan loose leaf tea shops were once a rarity but in the last four years have been popping up everywhere. In places like Tea Emporium or Teavana, customers can find a vast variety of blends of tea to drink. Once playing second fiddle to coffee, tea is becoming the beverage choice for health-conscious Canadians. One of the big players in the tea industry right now is David’s Tea. Their first store opened in Toronto, at Queen and Spadina, in 2008, and they now have 105 stores across North America. David Segal, co-founder of David’s Tea,…