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Empanadas! Any One?

One of my favorite things to eat after arepas are empanadas. A small pastry pocket stuffed with whatever we may think of: meat, fish, pork, vegetables and the list goes on. Empanadas are made all over the Latin world, but with different and sometimes unique techniques and recipes. For example, in Venezuela and Colombia, empanadas […]

One City, One Great Long Table

Luminato was so great this year, I’m still thinking about it, even thought we wrapped it up over a month and a half ago. The first year, at the Distillery, was fantastic, but the organizers topped their best efforts this year. We had a little bottleneck situation with ticket sales, but luckily, organizers sorted that […]

Toronto’s Charcutiers

For the last four weeks I have been going around town talking to chefs to see who is making charcuterie in-house and tasting some incredible stuff. It got me thinking. Who started this charcuterie frenzy? If memory serves, we have to go back to 1998-99, my Xango days. I just moved here from Ottawa, and […]

I Love Avocados.

The earliest record of the avocados existence was an archaeological dig in Peru that uncovered avocado pits buried with a mummy in the eighth century BCE. One theory was that the avocado was believed to have aphrodisiac qualities valuable to this culture even in the afterlife. As the story goes, in more recent history, when […]

Perfect Pleasure

At a party I catered recently, twelve people sat around the table, talking, laughing and boisterously enjoying one another’s company. It was one of those gathering where the conversation was so lively, it completely drowned out the music. But when the food arrived at the table and the guests took their first few bites, the […]