Food + Drink
Pandemic Cravings: A search for comfort
During the pandemic, I’ve happily enjoyed eating my mother’s delicious home-cooked meals while working from home. Though I treated myself with the occasional bubble tea and local takeout, I discovered a desire to indulge my taste buds by trying something new. Over the years, I had always been able to try new foods and explore different cuisines at food festivals held in Markham and Toronto. However, the pandemic changed this, and I began to experiment with food in my own kitchen. In the past, I considered myself an expert at whipping up breakfast and baking cookies, but I had always avoided experimenting with new recipes after an unsuccessful attempt at…
Switchel: The Ancient Health Drink You’ve Likely Never Heard Of
Throughout the years, we’ve seen a rise in the popularity of kombucha due to a societal shift towards healthier lifestyles. Despite the popularity of this probiotic drink, few have heard of its cousin, switchel (also known as swizzle, haymakers-punch, or shrub in its condensed form). Much like kombucha, switchel contains quite a few health benefits (even electrolytes), and has a long history of being used as a drink to sustain oneself during laborious tasks. Switchel dates back hundreds of years, and its origin is somewhat dubious. Early versions of the drink have been traced back to the Caribbean, Rome, and England, as well as the United States during Colonial times.…
Shop Local for the Holidays at These 10 Danforth Businesses
With a second lockdown now in full effect throughout Toronto, it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses. Luckily, the holiday season is here, so now is the perfect time to start looking for those special gifts and goodies that make this time of year so special. Take a look at these 10 stores on the Danforth that offer an online catalogue and delivery, or curb-side pick-up. Happy shopping! 1. El Pipil El Pipil offers a variety of items, from women’s clothing to jewelry and household wares. With so much to choose from, this could be a perfect spot to find great gift ideas. Not sure where to…
What Espresso Drink Best Fits Your Personality?
If you’re anything like me, you love your coffee and it’s practically a necessity for you to function properly. Our coffee orders tell us a lot about ourselves, but what espresso drink really is the perfect match for your personality? Take this quiz to find out!
5 Common Items Torontonians Throw Out Incorrectly
We’ve all been there before: standing at a garbage can, holding something you no longer want, and having no idea what to do next. Garbage sorting is difficult and frustrating, with contradictory information everywhere. And it differs depending on the municipality. The City of Toronto has made the searchable Waste Wizard database, but searching for what to do with every item can be tiresome to say the least. So, here is some clarity for all the frustrated Torontonians on how to throw out some tricky everyday items. Pizza boxes It seems so easy, right? Pizza boxes are clearly cardboard, so they go in the blue bin, right? Nope. The grease…
Best Pubs on the Danforth to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Tuesday March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day, and Torontonians love to celebrate by hitting up their local pub. Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekday this year, we expect the festivities to begin over the weekend, leading up to the day where everyone can celebrate the Irish holiday by decking themselves out in whatever green apparel they have in their closet. St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration of Saint Patrick, who, according to legend, died on March 17th 461 AD. Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the original minister of Christianity in the country. Believed to originally be British, Patrick’s life led him…
Exclusive Interview with author Mathis Bailey
Mathis Bailey is the published author of Confused Spice (2016) and Brown Sugar and Spice (2019). Born in Detroit, he moved to Toronto to further his education and opportunities and became a strong voice for the Toronto LGBTQ+ community. He is a writer, blogger, foodie, travel junkie, bookseller, and overall fun guy! You can follow him on the following social media platforms: Instagram: @MathisBailey Twitter: @MathisBaileyZ OTD: Can you tell me about your first book Confused Spice? MB: Confused Spice takes place in Toronto and it follows two guys who are confused in life. One is confused about his career path and the other is confused about his religion. They…
The Goods on the Ketogenic Nutritional Plan
Beginning in the 1970s many doctors and nutritionists advised against eating fatty foods. Such advice led to a significant rise in carbohydrate-based meals—that is, meals with a high content of glucose (sugars) like bread and pasta. The human body can either run on carbohydrates (glucose) or ketones (metabolized fat). The process whereby the body runs on fats as opposed to sugars is called ketosis. This happens when carbohydrates are severely restricted, causing the body to rely on fat intake or existing fat stores already present.
6 Best Coffee Shops On The Danforth
Coffee can solve any student’s problems! In this listicle we’ll take a look at the top coffee shops located around the Danforth area, certified with Google Reviews all above 4.5 stars. With many different (and at times, overwhelming) options, we’ve found the best so that you don’t have to!
Seven Smoky Single Malt Scotches to Sip on a Cold Winter Day
The Danforth community has access to some of the loveliest single malts (not blended) in the city. With 5 distinct whisky regions in Scotland, sampling a glass at Allen’s on the Danforth or Feathers Pub on Kingston Rd. is the best way to begin. Smoky scotch is mostly produced on Scotland’s frosty Atlantic coast. For those going to bars, here are some of the most diverse, affordable, and high quality scotches that are great for sipping on a cold winter day.