All posts from Hamilton

#ExploreOntario – Work-ing it in Hamilton

12 Dec, 2014  |  by Yuli Scheidt

What I love most about Hamilton Squad Leader Carly is her self-proclaimed granny status. Seriously, just look at her handles and bios around the internet. Carly likes the slow and simple life in the same charming and dazzling ways my own granny does. It’s what makes her the best traveling (or otherwise) companion I’ve found yet in this life. It’s Carly who made me appreciate and grow to adore Hamilton. She’s probably Hamilton’s best ambassador. If you’ve been looking for…

Garden Brewers Celebrate with The Harvest Party

12 Dec, 2014  |  by Carly Mcleod

Four years ago, Vicktor and Sonja North created “The Ambitious Brewery,” Garden Brewers. Rooted in Hamilton, the brewing couple knew that their purpose would be to make incredible, “bold yet balanced” brews. Their passion for the craft brewing community has developed into complex, yet flavourful beverages that are conversation starters. With their “ambitious” brews, come ambitious (but definitely needed) plans to create a bricks and motar brewery here in Hamilton. Although there is no firm date yet, the very idea…

Kickin Ass, Takin Names: Jane LaBatte and Hollie Pocsai owners of White Elephant

11 Nov, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver

Welcome to a new(ish) column we’re introducing at Fat Girl Food Squad called Kickin’ Ass and Takin’ Names. This column is going to ask women who we thinking kick-ass and take names in business (all types of business) and how they got there! If you have someone you think we should profile, comment below! We would love to hear your suggestions! Who are you and what do you do? We are Jane LaBatte and Hollie Pocsai. We run two boutiques…

Not Your Mama’s Mustard: Whisky and Spice

10 Oct, 2014  |  by Carly Mcleod
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Any foodie knows that sauces and ingredients can make or break a dish, and that you must choose them wisely. You have to ride the fine line between packing too much punch or risk not living up to the hype. And just like us fat girls, you want something a little more complex, and filled with unique flavours. Enter Whisky and Spice Mustards from Toronto, Ontario. Dan Gordon, the fellow behind Whisky and Spice, has found the way to incorporate…

Guilt-Free Sweet Tooth: Kelly\'s Bake Shoppe

10 Oct, 2014  |  by Carly Mcleod

In the heart of downtown Burlington, there’s some vegan goodness that you need to visit immediately. Seriously, get in your car now, and go. You will not believe the tasty treats that await you at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe. Kelly’s Bake Shoppe was started by mother and daughter team Kelly Childs and Erinn Weatherbie in 2012, because they were exhausted with the healthy “goodies” available. They weren’t tasty at all, and Kelly and Erinn wanted something delicious and guilt-free, made with healthy ingredients. Organic,…

Handcrafted Perfection – Upping your Candy Game with Cake and Loaf

8 Aug, 2014  |  by Carly Mcleod

Located on Dundurn and Aberbeen is one of my favourite places in Hamilton – Cake and Loaf Bakery. They produce a excellent variety of breads and pastries that perfectly compliment a good home cooked meal and punctuate your gatherings. With a strong commitment to community, Cake and Loaf is successful in their ability to create a neighbourhood bakery that works with the local economy, making local and seasonal ingredients a staple in every single thing they make. This summer, the…

Fat Girl Food Squad: in the news!

7 Jul, 2014  |  by Ama Scriver
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The last couple weeks have been pretty outstanding for us here at FGFS HQ. After Hamilton Squad Leader Carly’s amazing front page spread in the Hamilton Spectator (seen here) – we have had some other amazing opportunities to speak out and show our voice. First up, Hamilton Squad Leader was featured on CBC’s Head to Toe talking about the purchase of her first fatkini. Meanwhile, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Yuli was chatting with CBC Books for their Canada Writes series…

Lookin’ Good Girl — Taking A Stand In Style

7 Jul, 2014  |  by Carly Mcleod
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During Hamilton Fashion Week, the ladies of White Elephant held a pop-up shop with Birds of North America, a line of Canadian-made clothing that includes sizes up to 16, titled “Real Women Wear Birds”. When White Elephant co-owner Hollie asked if I would speak about fat fashion & style during the pop-up, I immediately said yes! It’s not very often that fat bodies are given a platform to explore and explain their relationship with fashion, or their experience as a…

#SoupsOnt: An Interview with The Burnt Tongue

5 May, 2014  |  by Carly Mcleod
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On Cannon, a couple of storefronts from the corner James St N., sits my favourite place to eat in Hamilton: The Burnt Tongue. Even if you’re not from Hamilton, you’ve probably heard of The Burnt Tongue. With food this good, word of mouth travels fast. This local gem has a rotating menu that consists of soups, grilled cheese sandwiches, salad, burgers, and frites. They also feature Rudy’s Paletas (the perfect cure for any burned tongue). I’ll readily admit that every…

Sew Hungry – Hamilton’s Restaurant Food Truck Rally

4 Apr, 2014  |  by Carly Mcleod

Attention Ontario Foodies: one of the most anticipated culinary events of the year is only one week away! Sew Hungry Restaurant and Food Truck Rally will shut down Ottawa Street in Hamilton on Friday May 2, 2014. With over 55 food vendors, the award-winning event brings a large foodie crowd to the Garment District of the city for its 4th year running. This event garners more attention and interest each year, cultivating and preserving the culinary community within Hamilton. Alongside the many…