Street Food In Toronto’s Chinatown

I love watching the flurry of activity on the streets of Toronto’s Chinatown. The dumpling makers, curb-side herb sellers, the many hands selecting their choice fruits and veggies… oh and roasted duck.
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What In The World Are Banana Blossoms & More Importantly, How Do You Eat Them!?

You know when you happen upon something unfamiliar and then you encounter it repeatedly? I called it serendipity or fortunate happenstance, but science has another term for it, the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Mine is currently banana blossoms. Keep Reading!

19 Easy Spanish Recipes to Throw the Best Tapas Party Ever

Throwing a party and you’re the chef? What host wants to spend the entire night in the kitchen? With tapas, go ahead; mingle with your guests, toss the stylish apron aside and relax! Keep Reading!

10 Sandwiches That Have Lunch Meat Beat

The World Health Organization’s declaration that bacon, sausages and other processed meats are carcinogens and red meat may cause cancer, is an open invitation for us as a global community to reflect and change our eating habits. Keep Reading!

12 Travel Apps That Will Save Your Trip Abroad

Think you’ve got everything covered for your upcoming trip? After double-checking your packing list and your suitcase, make sure your phone is packed with the latest must-have apps for venturing around the globe. From apps that will help you work on your fitness and eat like a local to apps that will have you speaking a foreign language, we’re sharing our tech-iest ways to make the most of your trip. Stranded without a hotel? We’ve got an app that will get you tucked in for the night. Before you hit the runway, download these travel apps for a stress-free trip. Keep Reading!

Creamy Polenta and Mushrooms

We made it to my favorite season, yet I’m getting the feeling that Mother Nature has skipped over the best parts and headed straight to the cold weather! I’ve armed myself with my warmest hoodie sweatshirt, Smartwool socks and one of my favorite meals – polenta with mushrooms to break that chill! Keep Reading!

We eat what we are or perhaps what we want to be.

In discussion with friends the topic of guilt and food choice has arisen on occasion. Notably, the mutual experience of remorse that transcends us as grocery shopping onlookers, judge, based on the items in your shopping basket.

One friend, after a long run and taxing day at work may have purchased some items that channeled his inner humiliation.  Selecting the self-checkout lane to escape judgment on his guilt-worthy purchases, to his dismay, a cute grocery clerk helped bag each one of his cringe-worthy food products.

Another friend and I were speaking over the phone while I was at the store picking up ingredients for “slutty brownies” with a basketful of Oreos, Boxed Brownie Mix and Cookie Dough; I ran into two chef friends and wilted.  Explaining the cause for embarrassment to my friend over the mobile, she exclaimed that yes, she also judges shoppers by what is in their grocery carts.

This same notion relates to sharing recipes.  You know the ‘ol slip the store-bought pie outta the tin and into your glass serving dish trick? When you are running late to a party and need to bring a dish to pass and don’t want to feel shamed against all the others who slaved over a hot stove to submit a contribution, claim that pie as your grandmother’s specialty, right!  Or when someone requests your recipe but you don’t want to sully your reputation by sharing, there is an entire pound of butter in those mushrooms, gasp!

What is it with food, guilt and judgment? What we eat becomes a powerful symbol of who we are.  Food equates to our personal identity.

Food portrays cultural, economic, religious and individual identities. Those who eat caviar are dubbed as refined, a few rungs up on the social ladder, to preserve this depiction they must scorn simple and economic eats like a one-pot meal.  Noshers of salty chips and Twinkies are thought to be uncaring of physical health, receiving disapproving stares of judgment at the grocery store. A health foodist nourishes on green smoothies and kale but to preserve their identity, must steer clear from processed foods.  A Malaysian family who relocates to Mexico City would find, that their food identity might not coincide with the society they now reside in.  This example, may explain fusion flavors that are popping up with the flux of globalization.

Reflect on your food identity, find family, ancestors, the society you live in, memories, adventure and dreams.

The food you eat tells a story, share it!

A few of my favorite…FOOD FILMS.

It’s that time of year when darkness falls early, cold weather chill sets in and some nights just couldn’t get any better than an evening indoors with a big mug of hot chocolate and a good movie.  Below is a listing of my favorite films in regards to food.  Bon Appetit!

Tampopo

Bella Martha

Like Water for Chocolate

Eat Drink Man Woman

Chocolat

Volver

Julie and Julia

Big Night

Willie Wonka and Chocolate Factory

Christmas in Connecticut