A Guide to Paris, France

In the pantheon of great cities, none have arguably achieved a more legendary status than that of Paris.  With its grand boulevards, towering monuments, endless historical facades, and the general joie de vivre that fills every city pore, it’s hard to imagine there’s a more impressive and vibrant urban center anywhere else in the world….

Blueberry Cream Cheese Danish

I’ve had an unusual craving for Danishes lately.  I’m not sure what ignited it, but I’m okay with caving to this particular hankering, especially as I don’t think, prior to coming up with this recipe, I’ve had a Danish since my pre-vegan days. Until recently, plant-based versions of this sweet, layered delight were rarely spotted…

A Guide To Toronto’s Independent Grocery Stores

With the unhealthy ambiance that’s circulating the political sphere these days, and democracy failing us in new and spectacular ways, and leadership that either can’t seem to make much progress, or willfully erodes it, I’ve been thinking of more ways that I can, as an individual, produce positive change in the world, from reducing waste…

Sweet and Treats – A Guide to Toronto’s Vegan Bakeshops

Through Being Cool, a beloved Toronto bakery recently closed its doors after six years of serving up a hearty selection of vegan pastries, donuts, and other sweet and savory delights.  It doesn’t seem like that long ago, but in 2013 the vegan scene in Toronto was only just starting to take off, and vegan fresh…

Tempeh & Beet Hummus on Sourdough Toast

Hummus is one of the superheroes in my vegan life – it’s always there in a pinch, providing sustenance, simplicity, and flavour when and where it’s most needed.  Like a lot of great food, it originates in the Middle-East (Levant) and has been a staple there for centuries.  An interesting aside, in a region that…

Vegan-Friendly Travel Destinations for 2019

The last couple weeks or so I’ve been feeling particularly stir-crazy.  The weather here has not been great and it’s been forcing me to stay indoors more than usual.  Adding to the wet milieu is a general irritation with urban living – the incessant noise, construction, and chaos of life in a city of 3…

A Guide to Toronto’s Best Vegan Pizza

As I’ve documented a few times in various online channels, pizza is my favorite food.  A cheese pizza was the last thing I ate before going completely vegan ten years ago, and while there wasn’t much that I thought I’d miss foodwise, I did have some reservations about giving up pizza.  Fortunately that same year,…

Rigatoni with Basil-Avocado Pesto & Roasted Fiddleheads and Squash.

There are several reliable indications that spring has arrived in Ontario. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve seen a lot of the rain, a less than pleasant, but pivotal herald of the new season.  But with the wet deluge comes other more amiable spring things. It’s finally holding at a mostly pleasant temperature, the…

A Guide to Lisbon, Portugal

The last five months have passed by in such blur as I tried frantically to get some movement with several long term projects.  I was finally able to officially launch the Plant and Pine store, made some headway on my novel, started writing a second, wrote, revised, and submitted several short stories, a few poems,…

Chickpea & Tofu Quiche

I’ve been disappointed by my last few attempts at developing new recipes and was feeling pretty discouraged after so many misfires.  With so much emphasis in our culture on comparing accomplishments, it’s pretty easy to get into a bit of a funk when our own execution falls short of the expectation.  But what we don’t…

Plant and Pine Launch – A Brief Manifesto

Plant & Pine seems like a simple enough moniker for this new project- but it took a while to come up with the name.  After months of debate and brainstorming, I hit on an idea that I felt resonated more than all the others. The Plant half of the name refers to a primary source…

Monte Cristo Sandwich

It’s a holiday here in Ontario today (Family Day) and that’s means a three day weekend for many of us.  A three day weekend feels just about right to me and in an ideal world would probably be the norm.  Let’s be honest – it takes a full day to unwind and recover from the…