Lucky Dip – May 6th – Six Cool Food Things

Chocolate inspired by Jackson Pollack? These beautiful pieces of edible art are from Unelefante in Mexico. [Via KNSTRCT] Can’t keep track of your best lasagna recipe? How about this one that’s printed on the pasta? [Via BoingBoing] The story of Sweeney Todd the barber and the little pie shop next door is just fiction… or […]

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Lucky Dip – Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

In Toronto: Keriwa Cafe (1690 Queen Street West) had updated their website. All the better to see their monthly menu updates. Chef Justin Cournoyer’s new restaurant Actinolite (971 Ossington Avenue) opens to the public tomorrow (Wednesday, March 28th) serving up a menu with Spanish, Portuguese and Italian influences. Basilio Pesce of Oliver & Bonacini has […]

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Lucky Dip – Monday, November 7th, 2011

Regularly, I go to bars and yell at servers about what constitutes a martini (hint – it ain’t blue!), but referring to the “martini list” as “the children’s menu” is a stroke of snark so brilliant, I bow down to its greatness. [National Post: The Appetizer] What’s that? Your factory-farmed pork was not raised humanely? […]

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Lucky Dip – Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Congratulations to my friend, colleague and mentor Jennifer Bain, for winning the Best Newspaper Food Column in the Association of Food Journalists Awards Competition. A well-deserved win by an outstanding writer. [Toronto Star] Those vegetables in your dinner may have been harvested by a child. Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer for this new documentary. […]

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Lucky Dip – Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Is there a difference between grocery carts fitted with iPads and a handwritten list? Will the iPads make for too much distraction and accidents or is it just an easier way to get the shopping done? [Globe and Mail] Food snobs will finally get the chance to really compare Ladurée macarons with ones made in […]

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Lucky Dip – Monday, August 29th, 2011

“First you get the sugar, then you get the money…” I once passed up the opportunity to ride from Toronto to New Orleans on a molasses barge. Should have done it. Life aboard a boat full of sugar sounds pretty sweet. [National Post] The hipster barista takes himself very, very seriously. Especially when you turn […]

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Lucky Dip – Monday, August 1st, 2011

If you’re one of the millions of people who tried to get a reservation at El Bulli and never could, looks like you’re outta luck. The current incarnation of Ferran Adria’s restaurant is now closed. [Toronto Star] No dogs on chairs! Marco Pierre White has been buying up pubs across the UK with plans to […]

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Lucky Dip – Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Would ketchup on steak be a deal-breaker in a new relationship? How about if they won’t eat blueberries? [Globe and Mail] That brings a whole new meaning to “franks and beans” – a worker at a Heinz factory in the UK loses a finger in some machinery. [Food Manufacture UK] Eat fruit, it’s good for […]

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Flowers and Chocolate

I actually came across these dark chocolate and floral bars well before Valentine’s Day, and if I had my act together, would have posted about them before now. The collection is by Belgian chocolatier Dolfin and is called The Parfums d’Eden. It features 4 different flowers (rose, violet, verviene [lemon verbena] and orange blossom), offered […]

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Bounty Bar Cupcakes

Working on the theory that everything is better with coconut, I came up with these the other day. They’re meant to resemble an inside-out bounty bar. Flavourwise it works, but next time I’ll incorporate more coconut right into the buttercream frosting. Bounty Bar Cupcakes 1/4 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 egg […]

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Experimentation

The flavour combination of dark chocolate, dulce de leche and sea salt is not new. You might even say it’s a bit passé, but it could also be one of those things that become a classic, like chocolate and mint. I had wanted thimble (aka. thumbprint) cookies, but I was also craving chocolate. And when […]

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Proof of My Insanity

Go big or go home. Not my life’s philosophy, but apparently one I follow when baking. See, I got a freezer, right? And not eating meat, I needed something to put in it. I filled it up somewhat with summer delights; fiddleheads and berries and pesto and tubs of peach chutney. But my original plan […]

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