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Heaven is a Place on Earth: 2nd Annual LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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While Los Angeles may be known to most non-Angelinos as a low-fat, no-fat, vegan, green juice paradise, the City of Angels also knows a pâte sucrée from a pâte à choux. And while we tend to keep our love of pastries on the down low, we come together once a year to celebrate all things sweet at the Los Angeles Cookie Con and Sweets Show. Returning for its second year on February 6 & 7 2016, the West Coast’s largest…

Let’s Eat Persimon® persimmons

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Geo Peck
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Apparently, it’s persimmon season! I havn’t heard much about this vegetable/fruit until recently, which makes sense as they are only grown in a few different places in the world, and are all shipped to Canada. But I’m glad that they are shipped here, because it turns out they are pretty tasty, and will surely be permanently added to my rotation of veggies. Kind of like a cross between a tomato and a plum, these guys are slightly sweet and have…

Dishing out Holiday Recipes with PC® Insiders Collection™

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Ama Scriver
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Just last week, I shared with you that President’s Choice had released their brand new PC® Insiders Collection™ with over 70 new items for the holiday season.  They had challenged me to take part in their #PCDishOut campaign where I had to make and create dishes with some of the items from the line. Now because I was feeling so inspired, not only did I create one recipe but I created two recipes! These recipes fall into the Brunch and Dinner categories from the new PC®…

Just Like Ma: The Fam’s Pan Con Pavo

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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As Fat Girl Food Squad says goodbye and the new year approaches, my mind has been circling around traditions: making new ones and keeping others alive. While my fellow Latino friends were preparing for their annual Thanksgiving tamalada, a traditional tamale making party, I was left wondering what happened with my family’s traditions? When was the last time I tasted my family’s recipe for tamales? And what traditions does my family hold high? Once my initial panic settled, I realized…

Just Like Ma: Greeking Out in Hidden Valley with Yuli’s Granny’s Greek Salad Recipe

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Yuli Scheidt
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My grandma was the type of cook to keep to the recipe, so any time we noticed she went off script we were there to be supportive. Offer up the yums and the belly rubs to show we really liked it, and that her biggest way of showing us love was appreciated. Really, this kind of thing was very important to her, if you burped after (or during) one of her meals, she’d take it as a “compliments to the…

Come Dish Out on the PC® Insiders Collection™

12 Dec, 2015  |  by Ama Scriver
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So if you’re a big fan of President Choice and their innovation products, then you may have heard they just recently rolled out their newest PC® Insiders Collection™ for the holidays.  Um, can I just say it’s mega dreamy?!? First things first, there are more than 70 different products featured in the line for this year in four different and distinct entertaining including dine, brunch, mingle and gift. Just recently, I had the chance to go and visit the PC® Insiders Collection™ pop-up…

Food oasis amidst Toronto’s concrete jungle: First Canadian Place’s Food Terrace

11 Nov, 2015  |  by Ama Scriver
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For those of us who live and work in the downtown core, sometimes food selection can become a bit of a daunting task.  In a city rich with options, it is never a question of where you want to go but more about what will give you the best experience, who will provide you with a unique experience and what selection will go beyond food for that one hour you can escape your desk (if you can escape your desk) and your just…

Wanderlust: A Love Letter to Montreal

11 Nov, 2015  |  by Ama Scriver
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Dear Montreal, It’s hard not to be captivated by your city. With each and every single visit, I find there are more and more things that I am discovering and falling in love. Your city has a frenetic yet calm, cool and collecting pace – something that as I get older and older, I’m craving more and more with each passing day. Everywhere I look and turn in Montreal, be it that cobblestone street or farmer’s market, I feel as…

Just Like Ma: Mom’s Black Bean and Oxtail Soup

10 Oct, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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My mother is notorious for her complete and utter avoidance of the kitchen. While she can whip up a handful of yummy meals, she would rather order out or coax someone else in the family to cook. But despite her aversion to cooking, the one meal that brings me the most joy is my mother’s Sopa de Frijoles (or Black Bean and Oxtail Soup). Jokingly named Rent Day Soup by my sister and me, due to it appearance around our…

My Epic Adventure at Mickey’s Halloween Party

10 Oct, 2015  |  by Linda Dianne
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I’m the kind of person who enjoys a good scar. The giant one on my knee, for example, is a reminder that I’m up and running after breaking it into hundreds of pieces during a basketball game. The faint one above my lip—oh, nothing but a throwback to the time I fell out of a moving vehicle in Central America. Each scratch, freckle, and scar is a story. So when I came home from Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland covered…

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