Ten Instagram Dream Kitchens

All things considered, I’m grateful for my reasonably priced basement apartment.  It may not be luxurious, but it is safe and comfortable and these are not things to easily disregard, or be ungrateful for, in our current economic climate.  That being said, now being stuck at home more frequently, it is a struggle to draw…

The Best Handmade Dishware

We eat with our eyes first – so says the ancient adage presumably coined by Apicius, a 1st century Roman gourmet and potentially the world’s first cookbook author.  With such historical thrust behind it, as well as a wealth of modern-day research and documentation of this phenomena, we can be fairly assured of this statement’s validity.   Some…

Forging the Future of Food

As I’m sure we’ve all noticed, the news does not dedicate much time or space to positivity.  Optimism is bad for business.  While news unquestionably provides an essential service, especially in times of crisis, I’ve found that coverage of this pandemic has delved too far into obsessive speculation. The onus is on us to know…

Supporting Black Owned Business and Organizations

The statistics aren’t new – we’ve just been ignoring them, and the reality they reflect, for far too long.  In Canada, Black median household income is $35,310 compared to $47,487 for white households.(1) Black Canadians are twice as likely to fall under the low-income status as non-racialized Canadians.(2) White supremacy is undoubtedly at the heart…

Delivery Options for Groceries and Other Essentials, April 23rd edition

While everyone is struggling and striving to establish new and perhaps uncomfortable routines, it’s inspirational to see so many of our small, independent businesses pivot and shift their operational models with such expedience, careful and kind consideration and ingenuity.  It gives me more confidence as I try to make my own adjustments. Now the onus…

Toronto’s Best Vegan Breakfast and Brunch

At one time, getting together with friends for a leisurely weekend brunch, as a vegan, meant you were probably going to be eating orange juice and possibly a salad for breakfast, but Toronto’s food scene is evolving rapidly and there’s now no shortage of plant based brunch and breakfast options in the city. Kupfert and…

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…

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,…

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…