How to Give Up Your Guilty Pleasure During Lent
I was raised Anglican. For those who are unfamiliar with the religion, Anglican is basically like being Catholic but we have no pope. Just the Queen herself. For years I watched as my family made the promise on Pancake Tuesday to give something up for 40 days. When I came of age, I tried to give up something different every year. One year I gave up meat; another, gluten and dairy; and last year I gave up shopping. To make the promise of giving up something you love can sound daunting, but I have some tips for you to succeed. Formulate a Plan First and foremost, you need a plan.…
Our Favourite Christmas Recipes: Part Two
Part two of our holiday baking series will be sure to get your creative juices flowing. “White Cherry Chip Cookies” I love this recipe because my family loves eating them. I adapted it from another recipe one year around Christmas when I had finally finished writing exams. That the cookies came out in Christmas colours was a happy coincidence. -Vicky 2 cups of all-purpose flour 2 tsps of baking powder ½ tsp of salt ½ cup of shortening ¼ cup of milk 1 egg 1 cup of white sugar 2-3 tbsp of vanilla extract A handful of maraschino cherries, cut into quarters In large bowl, cream shortening, sugar, egg, milk,…
Our Favourite Christmas Recipes: Part One
Christmas is a time of creating fond memories, celebrating family traditions, and giving to others. In our homes, baking is an integral part of the Christmas celebration. There hasn’t been a Christmas that has gone by without someone pulling out the old recipe books and creating some tasty treats. With three days left till Christmas, we’ve decided to include some of our favourite recipes for the Christmas season, hopefully they can provide some inspiration for your own holiday baking! “Squished Reindeer” This is a recipe I started making a few years back and it has quickly turned into a baking tradition. My family fell in love with these tasty sweets…
An Introvert’s Guide to a Group Outing in Downtown Toronto
We’ve all experienced it: that sense of relief when a friend cancels your plans, releasing you to veg quietly on the couch while you binge-watch your favourite Netflix series. It’s a fine line that we introverts walk; we all want to be social but dread the moment when that opportunity actually comes up. As an introvert, the closer it gets to the actual act of socializing, the more panicky I feel. Situate that socialization in a group setting and the panic is even worse. It’s taken a few years, but I’ve finally come up with a formula that allows for a fun and memorable social experience while also securing me…
A Secret Santa Gift Guide for that Difficult Person in your Life
Well, it’s that time of year again! Gift buying is pretty fun, but what if you’re stuck participating in a Secret Santa, and you get the ONE person in the whole event that you rarely talk to? Plus, you’re expected to buy something nice for someone you barely know? If that’s not pressure, then I don’t know what is! Seriously though, trust me; been there, done that….and I never want to do it again. So here’s a list of gift ideas for you, in case you end up like me, going through a whole mall trying to find a gift. Bon Appétit Gift Card Gift Card The gift of food…
5 Places to get Vegan Sweets on the Danforth
With its seemingly endless row of restaurants, cafés, and bakeries, the Danforth is an epicurean haven. Whatever it is you crave, you are sure to find it here. Amongst the sizzling deep-fried Greek cheese, garlicky souvlaki, and limitless supply of delicate, honey-soaked pastries, vegan food might not be on your radar. Surprisingly, however, there are a number of places in the neighbourhood to get vegan and vegetarian meals, and even the ever-elusive vegan dessert. Here are five places to get sweet vegan treats on the Danforth. Tsaa Tea Shop Although Tsaa Tea Shop is primarily known for their impressive selection of tea, anyone with a sweet tooth should take…
Chocolate in Unexpected Places
Whether you have a love for all things chocolate or are simply looking for something different to try, these recipes are the treat for you. 1. Crostini with Gorgonzola, Pears, and Chocolate These crispy Italian appetizers are sure to melt in the mouth. The unmistakable tang of blue cheese is smoothed by the addition of a slice of chocolate so that even timid eaters will find themselves reaching for a second bite. See Recipe 2. Spinach Salad with Mangos, Dried Cranberries, and Chocolate Vinaigrette Start off any meal with this light and healthy mix of sweet greens. The velvety texture of the spinach is highlighted with a soft cranberry crunch,…
Icy Streets, Hot Chocolate
The best cup of hot chocolate is found in Leonidas Chocolate on the Danforth By: Sarah Manning When I was a kid, winter meant playing in the snow for hours and then coming inside drenched in a combination of melted flakes and sweat. After stripping off scarves, mittens and snow pants, I would sit down at the kitchen table for a mug of hot chocolate. This is a memory I’m sure many Canadians share.
OTD raffle: Win great prizes!
As On The Danforth 2011-2012 slowly comes to an end, we wanted to provide a fun farewell and raffle off some pretty amazing prizes. Support OTD and you could win!
8 Craving Crushers
These snacks will appease your sweet tooth or your hankering for salt—and with less than 200 calories, they should be illegal.