I am pleased to announce the Goods is approved by the Darou Wellness Program for the month of July. The integrated team at Darou Wellness not only supports their patients but also local, like-minded businesses in the Toronto wellness community. I have a wonderful history with the founder Dr. Shauna Darou, she was my first naturopathic doctor and a guiding light in the early days of my transition to a plant based diet. I still follow much of her direction years later and I feel honoured that her program has approved the Goods as a healthy business in the city.  If you're looking to take your health to the next level, see a naturopathic doctor. It'll be worth it, they are experts in natural health and wellness.

Saturday's Dundas West Fest closed a 1.7km strip between Lansdowne and Shaw, welcoming pedestrian traffic and allowing businesses to set up shop outside their stores. This year we did something different and threw a community BBQ. Calling on local business friends we created a menu that included craft beer from Blood Brothers Brewing, cold drinks from RI Coffee, artisanal breads from Mattachioni and Tori's Bakeshop, hot sauce from Stasis Preserves and treats from Sweethart Kitchen. It was quite a feast! We prepared layered grilled veggie sandwiches, smothered in our baba ganoush and mustard, grilled pineapple on skewers and our new Carmenta caesar salad. And while all the options were undeniably delicious, what surprised us the most was the overwhelming gratitude and relief when patrons discovered our barbecue was created with unprocessed plant based options and whole ingredients. It's a constant challenge, this real food, small business thing we do. But to see how much things have changed, to see the increasing demand for actually healthy food from a widening group of people, makes us pleased to be part of this shift. It rejuvenates our passion. Thank you for seeking more from your food, your choices make the difference.

This was a fun interview with Jim the creator of Travel Mammal, it was a single question - What does food mean to you?
"Whether we’ve truly made the connection between food and our well being doesn’t matter; what we eat affects us the same regardless of our awareness."  Lisa Labute
For my full answer, check out the interview and have a look around the site, there is lots of wonderful content about travel, food, culture and experience.

The crew at Scotiabank are loading up on the Goods and curious to know what makes ginger shots so powerful. Ginger has been used for more than 2000 years to remedy upset stomachs, nausea, headaches, fatigue and ease digestive troubles. It is such a good cold fighter as it naturally treats many symptoms associated with colds and flus. Ginger soothes sore throats, reduces inflammation and mucus formation, pain and it has a calming effect not only on the stomach but the body as well. Using whole or juiced ginger can raise your internal temperature and keep you warmer during colder months of while cleansing. Concentrated ginger juice is very strong! You only need an ounce or two to get the benefits.

We're pretty smitten with our pals at the Home Depot Head Office. They invited us over for a Lunch and Learn and we regaled them with tales of our experience with plant food and sweet talked the team into a 7 Day Smoothie Challenge. And guess what, they did it! Many of them already into their second week of green smoothie guzzling on the daily. You can try our challenge on your own, all you need to do is make yourself a green smoothie a day for 7 days to experience the benefits of a daily clean, green drink. We have lots of smoothie recipes on our blog or if you'd like to book a lunch and learn for your team drop us a line. Hope you're feeling great team, golden green stars for everyone.