I went looking for “Love”

I found it at Corona 179 in Restaurante Amore. This small, cozy Italian bistro stole my heart on my first visit.  Using a discount coupon from Cupocity for the Pasta Festival, I went in search of a new taste treat for lunch. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I would consider ordering spaghetti.  After all, who doesn’t have …

Taste of Beirut

Is there a more healthy way to eat than with the Mediterranean diet?  Lebanese cooking is not complex.  Very few ingredients go into their dishes. Pita bread is served with every meal.  Lemons, olives and yogurt are a component of every day life. I was a guest of the Lebanese Tourist Board several years ago and was entertained with regional …

The New Sugar and Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking

You want dessert but all the health warnings about too much sugar are frightening.  How can you treat yourself, your family and friends?  The New Sugar and Spice:  A Recipe for Bolder Baking by author Samantha Seneviratne has an answer. Spices.  Some are more common and familiar like vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  But how about cardamon, chili peppers, anise, …

Junior’s Home Cooking

The name, Junior’s, didn’t ring a bell with me as a chain of family-run diners.  However, I do recall all the scrumptious meals devoured while visiting New York City and always leaving room for the cheesecake.  With Junior’s Home Cooking, I can now cook at home and reminisce past trips and saveur the flavours at the same time. Starting with …

Besh Big Easy

NOLA celebrity chef, John Besh, must know something about cooking.  He has two television shows, four cookbooks and nine restaurants.  Besh Big Easy: 101 Home Cooked New Orleans Recipes is something I want to try. “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans” as Harry Connick, Jr. asks, then you will want this cookbook to bring back memories …

From Tree to Table – Maple Syrup Cookbook

Who would think sap from a tree could make everything taste so good?  Ken Haedrich knows all about it and writes in his Maple Syrup Cookbook. I once lived close to an area in Ontario known for producing maple syrup yet never visited.  Radio stations and newspapers would announce that visitors were welcome. That late winter/early spring was still too …

Super Health with Food

Quit falling for every new diet that comes along.  Just eat well. This is a handy reference guide to vitamins, minerals, amino acids, probiotics, antioxidants, omega fatty acids, hormones, medication side effects and more.  Gain a better understanding of medical lab results. It gives an list of sources for each nutrient and its uses.  Everything is listed in alphabetical order …

A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise

Alex Sheshunoff was having a quarter-century crisis.  Seems computers and the internet aren’t necessarily making life easier as technology had promised and burnout is taking half the time it used to.  Five years after founding his company, E-The People, Alex decided to go in search of an island paradise.  It was time to make that screensaver a reality. He was …

Are “Mug Meals” the answer for a happy summer?

Summer!  It is finally  here.  It’s hot and humid and we all want to be outside.  Though not every meal can be prepared on the barbeque. Seeing a new cookbook titled “Mug Meals – Delicious Microwave  Recipes” had me wondering if this might be the answer to keeping life in the kitchen quick and cool this year. Dina Cheney  offers …

Fluent Forever

* Do you feel like you may be too old to try to learn another language? * Want to get past ‘tourist speak’ for your next vacation? * Are you planning an overseas retirement somewhere with a language foreign to you? Nothing makes you feel more welcome than being able to converse with the locals.  It opens up the path …

How restaurants manipulate our eating and spending habits

By Neil Eisenberg, Graduated Psychology Degree UCLA The next time you dine out, take along a copy of this list and count how many of the following psychological ploys your favorite restaurant uses. 1. Restaurants utilize particularly imaginative language to make menu items more attractive and appealing. Descriptive labels will generally increase sales by as much as 27%, according to …