I've been really wishing for summer weather as the days here in Toronto have been super cold (where did that snow come from?!). Hey Mother Nature, I thought it was supposed to be Spring already!! Despite the snow, I've been trying to stay positive and make my favourite summer dish: pasta salad! All of those delicious flavours always work out so well and are a perfect addition to any BBQ or pot luck get together. Ever since I was young, I've always gravitated toward pasta salads and this macaroni pasta salad is no different! Made from corn and rice, this gluten-free pasta from Barilla doesn't taste much different than regular durum wheat semolina. Since I wanted something fresh and out-of-the-box, I made a macaroni pasta salad and the results were fantastic! Seriously though... look at that beauty!!
Yup It's TrueI just got accepted as an official member of the Yelp Elite Squad: Greater Toronto!!! How cool is that! I know right? Try to keep up with me as I tell the GTA's unique story with my reviews, and embody the spirit of Yelp with enthusiasm, positivity, constructive honesty and useful funny cool-ness.
At the instance of the Grand Mistress of the domain, I have been pulled from my busy schedule of heavy procrastination, to finally post an article on this site. But what topic can offer the appropriate magnitude of grandeur on a site that brings style for life?! Well I have been discussing with Jennifer several food related topics, but it wasn't till I started writing about wine that I decided to make an article bridging the two subjects as a start here. That said, pairing is a simple way to really add a little class to your dining experience. It really enhance meals in many surprising ways. Now pairing a drink with your meal is not necessarily a foreign concept to some. In fact you probably do it all the time, but here are a few fun tips with wine.
Giddy Yoyo is a Canadian company that's based in Ontario and believes in quality products. They create organic, raw, heirloom chocolate that is always fair trade and organic among other products. Dubbed as the "Official Chocolate Bar of Yoga", this sweet treat is bound to please. Along with their chocolates, they have their own line of superfoods such as Maca and Cacao Power, wheatgrass, and body butter. Their Giddy Yoyo body butter is amazing, but we'll save that for another day. I recently purchased their original chocolate and I've been thinking about it ever since...
I love tea, especially in the wintertime. It gets so cold up here in Canada that drinking tea has become a daily ritual for me! Green teas, black teas, white teas... I love all varieties but have been especially obsessed with the Hōjicha (Houjicha) (ほうじ茶) that my dad brought back from Japan. It's a roasted green tea that has a lower amount of caffeine and is often used as an after-dinner tea to help aid with digestion in Japan. Made from the leaves, this brown looking tea tastes nutty and is a good accompaniment to sweets. I prefer its mild flavour as I don't generally like bold tastes, especially when I'm cooped up inside reading!