Toronto

Carl’s Jr: Fast (But Subpar) Food

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Melody Lamb
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I never felt qualified to eat a Carl’s Jr. burger. According to their hypersexualized ads, I had to be model thin, showing off lots of skin and often times partaking in car washes or sunbathing in order to earn a juicy bite of their big, sexy burgers. And let’s be honest, Carl’s Jr. would be out of business if those were the prerequisites to ordering a meal. In reality, I wore some stretchy jeans and strolled over to Toronto’s latest…

Mexico

Wanderlust: Mercados Públicos, Mexico

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Guest Post
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Toronto-based photographer Shannon Echlin spent the better part of the beginning of this year in Mexico. This is the first in a series from Shannon about the food she experienced while travelling. Tacos, tortas, tostadas, tamales, being yelled out in a million different directions. That is the soundtrack to the mexican markets. The smell of salt, spices, chilies, fresh tortillas and charred meat is thick in the air. And the colours everywhere, the clothes of the locals, the flags hanging from the…

#WomanCrushWednesday: Survival Expert Lilly

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Amarina Norris
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When I was a kid, my summers were spent camping all over the place with my parents and my younger brother. The luxuries were minimal – no electricity, no flush toilets, we slept in simple tents. Food was cooked on a small propane stove or over the fire, we’d draw wasps away from camp with honey and spend the afternoons looking for cool rocks and little creatures on the beach. At night it was cards with my mom or reading…

Toronto

Real Talk: Accepting (My Dislike For) My Stretch Marks

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Alex Cioppa
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I’m in my bedroom, standing in front of my full length mirror closet doors. I’m about to take a shower. I take off my top and stretch, moving the too tight bra straps that leave red marks on my shoulder. I see my soft and round stomach, a little pudgy and with a belly puffing out, a sign of a delicious dinner. I peel off my skinny jeans and my body starts feeling like its breathing for the first time…

Ottawa

Kimberley’s Homebrew Hijinks: You Can Do It, Too

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Guest Post
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Welcome to Homebrew Hijinks. In this series of posts Kimberley will be sharing lessons, stories and thoughts from adventures in homebrewing and maybe even a recipe or two (definitely some recipes!)     From Trappist monks to bathtub gin, DIY booze has been a cultural mainstay since time immemorial — it used to be the only way. Now, beer and wine aren’t the only things you can brew at home and you’re not even limited to alcoholic drinks. The magic of…

Toronto

Meatless Monday with Vegan Girlfriend: Kawaii Onigiri

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Guest Post
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This vegan and gluten-free post comes to us from Anie of Vegan Girlfriend. You can see the original post here. Like most people who grew up in the ’90s, I watched a lot of anime as a kid. What I remember most vividly was the food the characters ate.  I salivated while watching my favourite characters bite into delicious dumplings, sushi, maki rolls and cakes. But as a young vegetarian, I knew I’d never be able to bite into a delicious…

Toronto

[CONTEST] Kickin’ Ass & Takin’ Names: Karen King of Said the King

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Yuli Scheidt
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The work of Karen King first crossed the Toronto Squad’s radar at an Etsy Canada event. We instagrammed her bowls that night, loving the sassy, food loving sentiments. Said the King is her line of housewares, and we’ve been double tapping her photos ever since. Beyond thrilled when Karen asked us to do a shoot using her dishes, I knew just the chubby hands I wanted to shoot those bowls with instantly. Karen’s dishes tend to lean towards the minimal, but…

Toronto

Exploring Andrew Morrison Gurza’s Deliciously Disabled World

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Ama Scriver
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Have you heard of Deliciously Disabled? Well, let’s take this moment to introduce you to the campaign and the person behind it. Andrew Morrison Gurza is on a mission (as a disability awareness consultant and educator) to bring empowerment to those who need it while opening up dialogue for able-bodied folks to make disability more accessible. The first time we came into contact with Andrew and Deliciously Disabled was in the January issue of NOW Magazine.  You may remember the awesome Body…

Tamale

Satisfying Cravings in Ghana: Chocolate-Avocado Mousse

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Gwyneth Dunsford
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  When I first arrived in Tamale, Ghana, I was eager to try the food. I spent six months in Ghana’s northern province, working as a human rights journalist. Water was scarce. Electricity was intermittent. Fresh food was available, but not in any variety. Accustomed to abundant choices in Canada, my food cravings were constant. My fellow expatriates would often help me sate my appetite. We would conspire on elaborate meals, cooked on a surly stove that was reluctant to…

#WomanCrushWednesday – The Babes of Scandal

4 Apr, 2015  |  by Amarina Norris
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A couple of weeks ago I made a small declaration on Instagram about donating, repurposing and giving away a bunch of things that my partner and I had accumulated over the years. Aside from a club chair that had seen better days, the biggest item that we’ve sent packing so far was our television. It felt right. I find commercials infuriating and even muting them wasn’t good enough. We realized that we rarely even turned it on anymore, we liked…

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