The best west-end cafes for Humber students

As a hungry student, where do you go for some caffeine and sweet sustenance? Check out my guest post on the Humber PR Committee blog for the answer.

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Delicious Food Show 2014

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Some of the products I picked up at the DFS

As a PR student, I don’t have a ton of time available on weekends. However, last week was fairly stressful with assignments and midterms, so I decided that I needed a day for myself. I scored a ticket to Toronto’s Delicious Food Show and spent the better part of Saturday at the Direct Energy Centre sampling tasty new food products.

I happily received a free copy of the premiere issue of Ricardo magazine. Quebec chef and Food Network host Ricardo Larivée’s magazine is a popular French cooking resource, but until now, issues haven’t been available in English. I’m excited to try out some of the latest fall recipes for cookies, apple pie and an easy holiday dinner.

There were lots of great foodie discoveries I made at the show this past weekend:

AG Macarons for pastel-hued, light-as-a-feather French artisanal cookies

Lemon Lily for organic and all-natural loose leaf tea (I decided on Earl Grey Darjeeling and Coconut Ginger)

Spade & Spoon’s crafted Ontario preserves (they even make their own ketchup!)

Monkey Butter Peanut Butter (offering variety of flavours made in small batches with natural ingredients)

The Delicious Food Show was a smashing success and introduced me to some great local food products. I’m already thinking about using some of these items as stocking stuffers for the holidays. Thanks to the show’s organizers and the creative, hard-working exhibitors for their efforts!

AG Macarons are almost too pretty to eat!
AG Macarons are almost too pretty to eat!

FMTO’s Pick of the Week: Stasis Preserves

 

Nothing like an oozy grilled cheese!

Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich?

Tasty and comforting, they’re an easy weeknight dinner with a green salad or soup. Over the years, I’ve made them with everything from brie to goat cheese and stuffed with the likes of roasted vegetables, guacamole and bacon. But my all-time favourite recipe of all is the classic: thick, white country-style bread and sharp orange cheddar. So simple, yet it hits the spot every time.

Recently, I’ve kicked my beloved sandwich up a notch with a new ingredient from a unique Toronto source.

This past winter, I discovered Stasis Preserves while walking around Roncesvalles Village. Frozen to the bone, I entered the small shop seeking some respite from the cold. To my delight, I found shelves stacked with local artisanal food products including preserves, crackers and baked goods. My first purchase was their Ontario Strawberry & Rhubarb Spread. I devoured it on croissants, toast and pancakes and I don’t think it lasted more than a few weeks in my fridge.

More recently, I bought their incredible  Ontario Caramelized Onion Spread. Sweet and silky, it’s my new go-to sandwich condiment and is especially heavenly on a grilled cheese. I’ve also spooned it on top of burger patties and used it as a simple glaze for chicken breasts.

If you’re looking to liven up your pantry with some fantastic, locally sourced ingredients, make sure to check out Stasis Preserves at 476 Roncesvalles Ave. They also sell products at a number of independent food shops in Toronto. Check out their website here and spread the love!

At $7.95/jar, it's worth every penny!
At $7.95, a jar is worth every penny