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.

Oh Amanda and Aneta, the dreamboat creative team behind Juniper Wood Kitchen, a blog committed to beautiful and simple plant based recipes. I'm pumped to have the chance to share my hot salad recipe, The Colonel, with Amanda and Aneta's followers. And since it doesn't seem to be warming up outside, no better time than now to share with you too. Check us out on Juniper Wood Kitchen. And for a Q&A with yours truly click here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvDgQLAvRSY Today is the day! We're so excited to be working with UberEATS and Second Harvest to bring the Goods to those in need. When you use your Uber app between 11 am and 2 pm today to order your lunch, Uber will match your order and send one of our boxed meals to Second Harvest to be distributed to someone in need. How cool is that, by feeding yourself you're also feeding someone in our community... actually you'll be nourishing them and we could all use more of that. We donate all of our extra UberEATS meals to Dixon Hall and it's motivating to see the program expand as it's close to our hearts. Get involved, eat lunch. #UBERHUNGERTO

smoothies If there was a pill that helped us feel and look great, curbed our cravings, tidied our digestive tracks all the while nourishing our bodies and upping our health game we'd probably all take it... non? I've been drinking my daily dose of greens for 5 years. By blending your own smoothie regularly you're setting the intention for good health. Consciously purchasing the organic spinach and kale, discovering your favourite apple, squeezing your lemons, washing the produce and blending it. Considering all the goodness you're eating before you drink it. There is power in that. You're seeing it, thinking it, handling it, consuming it. So many touch points for positive intention. Drinking a thoughtfully made green drink seems to feel inherently good, it's hard to ignore. Check out the Goods smoothie archives