Organic Gardening: A Series

What is organic gardening? Well, essentially, it means gardening without the use of synthetic soil or pesticides, in a natural, balanced environment. A key component in this process is the soil itself. Healthy soil is super important, so adding compost and raw materials (i.e. grass clippings) is crucial. Adding composted, organic manure (preferably from animals that haven’t been fed meat) …

Is Your Spark Still Burning?

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and l’amour is in the air! Though February 14th is a great reminder, keeping the spark burning all year long is something that even the most committed lovebirds can find tricky. Work on keeping the romance going strong with some simple suggestions:

Concentrate on Kale

Are you looking to boost your immune system, cut back on calories and add variety to your diet? Consider kale: it’s nutrient-packed, tasty and can be used in a multitude of recipes. What’s so great about kale? Everything!

For The Love of Garlic

Those of you familiar with our restaurants are probably aware that our chef’s top priorities include supporting local farmers and eating local. What you may not know is that this stems all the way down the ingredient list – all the way to the seasonal preserves, including garlic!

Seeing RED!

Did you know there are over 300 varieties of tomatoes grown in Ontario? Those varieties fall into one of three groups; Round, Roma/Plum or Beefsteak. Round tomatoes are exactly that, medium in size and perfect for eating raw. Roma or Plum tomatoes while less juicy than their Round counterparts, are ideal for sauces or preserving.

All Hail! The Bloody Caesar

Virtually unknown outside of Canada, the Bloody Caesar is the nation’s pick for the most popular cocktail. With over 350 million Caesar’s consumed every year, it deserves some attention! Invented in Calgary, Alberta by Walter Chell, the cocktail came to fruition after Chell was tasked to create a signature drink for a new Italian restaurant. Some say that credit for …