|May 30, 2012|
With the kind of weather we're, if you haven't yet enjoyed a meal on a patio or a BBQ cookout then I have to seriously wonder what's been stopping you? If it's inspiration you're lacking, just take a look at these Summer BBQ recipes courtesy of Metro Kitchens and these recipes courtesy of Kraft Foods and you'll be sure to get your taste buds tingling!
I love the hot and humid weather. It reminds me of Bombay where I spent the first two decades of my life. It's right around this time - just before the Monsoons - that it starts getting so clammy that you're praying for rain! This weather reminds me of that and also of the strolls along Colaba or Bandra bandstand enjoying street food.
Not much has changed except for the geography! Last night, I was praying again for some welcome relief (for myself and my backyard) through some showers. My strolls are now along the lakeshore (as I walk our two dogs) and my culinary aspirations always keep me on the look out for a patio!!
As much as I enjoy an eclectic cuisine, I still crave my regular does of curries. Thankfully, as this article suggests, there is no shortage of Indian restaurants outside of India. Here is a list of the Best Indian Restaurants in Toronto. Do you agree?
If your favourite restaurant is not on this list, send us it's name and your brief review and we'll make sure it gets a mention on our site!
While we adapt our clothing and lifestyle for this new weather, it's important to also eat and plan our meals accordingly. Here's some good advice on Light & Healthy Foods you can enjoy to stay cool this summer!
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Here's to a great summer with good food in the company of friends and loved ones.
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|A walk on Toronto's northwest fringe, with a side of curry|
I've been duped. I went to meet intern architect Sony Rai to get a taste of the Jane's Walk he'll lead on Sunday May 6 at 11 a.m., "Albion Road, Exploring the Fringe and its Food," on the promise of eating curry - lots and lots of curry.
And despite opening my salivating mouth to a number Indian delights, Mr. Rai delivered a great deal of eye-openers as well. Sneaky. Here, on what was a forgotten fringe of failed factories, threadbare strip plazas, towers-in-the-park and a smattering of tidy 1960s bungalows, are some of the most interesting examples of adaptive reuse I've ever seen.
"I grew up here," began the affable 39-year-old while standing in front of the large Sikh Spiritual Centre at Carrier Drive and Highway 27, which still resembles the Canadian Tire it was in a former life. Mr. Rai then painted a picture of 1980s Rexdale as a thriving, middle-class manufacturing centre sucker-punched in the early 1990s by recession and the loss of major employers to the greener, lower-tax pastures of Vaughan. "You just saw a downturn in the look and feel of the place," he says.
But this community did not wallow in self-pity long. Handed a number of architectural sow's ears, silk purses now abound in these industrial husks: in addition to Sikh temples, there are specialty grocers, furniture stores, ethnic restaurants and other independent merchants, all involved in the ongoing transformation.