Clearly Canadian is coming back, learn how to eat for the Pan Am Games, green cleaning solutions and other food news

Blog Post Jun 23, 2015

By Lisa Day

Clearly Canadian

Often considered to be the “taste of the ’90s, Clearly Canadian is officially making its return this summer, thanks to the support of consumers.

With more than 30,000 cases ordered by nearly 12,000 nostalgic backers through an Indiegogo campaign, Clearly Canadian has met its goal and production of the iconic drink in the glass bottle has begun. The campaign originally sought 25,000 orders in order to revive the drink.

“We owe the entire comeback to the fans,” said CEO Robert Khan in a release. “Without their support and their pre-orders, Clearly Canadian would not be back. Now that we’ve successfully finished our pre-order campaign, we’re looking for more ways to restore Clearly Canadian to its original glory.”

To fans’ delight, commercial production is on its way. Glass bottle production began at the end of April, and Clearly Canadian’s signature blue teardrop bottles will be filled in July before they’re shipped to fans in August.

Now that Clearly Canadian is making its way back into the fridges of fans, the team behind Clearly Canadian is working to help the drink make an even bigger splash.

“Our goal is to scale into 13,000 grocery stores in Canada and the United States in 2016,” Khan said. “We’re encouraging fans to make their voices known and reach out to their local retailers to request that they begin carrying Clearly Canadian.”

Clearly Canadian, which was established in 1988 in British Columbia, is one of North America’s most recognizable premium beverage brands, with more than $150 million in sales in 1992. The iconic blue bottles made an appearance on leading television shows including Seinfeld, Friends, Beverly Hills 90210 and more.

Visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/clearly-canadian-14-927-backers-800k-pre-sold#/story. Stay up to date with Clearly Canadian updates on facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ClearlyIsBack.

Eating for the Pan Am Games

Canadian paddler Adam Van Koeverden has a tip for all athletes, including professionals training for this summer’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games – be flexible, especially when it comes to food.

“As athletes we need to be really flexible around competition days,” said Van Koeverden, who has won four Olympic medals in 500m and 1000m sprint kayaking in a release. “Race organizers or venues in Brazil or Mexico will serve totally different food than they would in Toronto, so the trick for athletes is to bring a little of what you need along, but be open to new things and different foods. The pickiest athletes usually end up going hungry.”

Loblaw’s Registered Dietitian Katie Southgate, who works out of the Etobicoke Burnhamthorpe Market and Humbercrest Market stores, said in a press release that flexibility is also important for everyday athletes.

“Sports nutrition doesn’t have to be difficult,” Southgate said. “Eating a balanced diet, full of healthy foods is an important first step for both athletes and those looking to lead an active lifestyle. Being flexible by incorporating new foods and seasonal variety is a great way to keep meals fresh and exciting.”

Southgate said the President’s Choice sponsorship team hopes an important legacy of the Games will be a greater awareness of nutrition, and Canadians will take some lessons from athletes on how to eat for success.

“Whether you are running around your neighbourhood or training to get on the podium, proper nutrition can help you feel and perform at your best,” Southgate said.

Southgate also points out food choices can also affect an athlete’s state of mind.

“There’s no need for athletes to deny themselves the food they love,” Southgate said. “Indulging in moderation is a valuable strategy for enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Van Koeverden agrees.

“Just because something is calorie dense and nutrient poor doesn’t mean it won’t help my performance,” Van Koeverden said. “If an indulgence makes me happy, and I can have it in moderation, then I think it improves my performance by improving my attitude and overall mood. There’s nothing wrong with having a treat in my books, and yes I love doughnuts.”

In addition to being flexible, Van Koeverden and Southgate offer the following food tips for both casual and serious athletes.

• Carbohydrates are key: The single most important source of energy for your muscles. Be sure to include carbohydrate-rich foods like grains, fruits, pasta and cereals at meals and snacks throughout the day.

• Foundations: There are three macronutrients protein, fats and carbs. Each plays an important role so you need them all.

• Timing: After training, the recovery clock starts ticking. Consuming carbohydrates and protein within 30 minutes helps rebuild muscle and restore energy. A quick Greek yogurt and piece of fruit can help to get these nutrients in time.

• Practice your sports nutrition like your practice your sports: Finding the foods, fluids and timing of meals or snacks that work best for you may take a little practice, so don’t give up.

Food Desert

In a country as prosperous as Canada, it’s hard to believe not everyone has consistent access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food and new research shows that one in five Canadians live in a food desert, an area where healthy, affordable food is not readily available, with only 50 per cent ever having heard the term.

In an effort to put an end to food deserts across Canada, Hellmann’s has launched the #MyTomato campaign to help bring the issue to Canadian minds.

Hellmann’s will be donating $75,000 to the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) in Northwest Territories to help build a greenhouse designed for the northern climate and feed families through long-term food production.

Canadians are encouraged to join the movement by signing a petition for change at realfoodmovement.ca and Hellmann’s will be bringing the petition to the Canadian Food Summit in October. Canadians can also join the conversation by sharing the cost of fruits and vegetables in their area, specifically the price of a kilogram of tomatoes, online using the hashtag #MyTomato.

Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z8eX09_paM for details.

Green cleaning

World Environment Day was June 5, and Helpling, the leading global online platform for professional home cleaners, helps you clean green.

Distilled white vinegar

Vinegar is such a versatile cleaning substitute, it’s hard to find examples of what cannot be cleaned by this household staple. Store purchased vinegar typically contains five per cent acetic acid, the main ingredient for tackling grease and bacteria. Vinegar is especially good at decalcifying mineral deposits or cleaning non-waxed floors. Use it to clean your coffee maker to fight against oily residues and other deposits. Run a half vinegar and half water mixture through the coffeemaker and then just water a few times to get rid of the vinegar odour.

Olive oil

Not to be outdone by vinegar, olive oil helps to remove adhesives from wood, plastic, leather or any other smooth surface, add shine to dull wooden surfaces or help neutralize smells coming from your drains. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil with a little essential oil down your drain to remove the smell. Olive oil can also to be used to prevent water marks on your stainless steel kitchen sink, those annoying spots that make any cleaning job look undone. Wipe the kitchen sink with a light layer of olive oil to help prevent water stains.

Lemons

Lemons act as natural disinfectants due to citric acid. Use lemon juice and boiled water to kill household germs for any kitchen or household items requiring sterilization such as baby toys. Lemons can also be used as a whitening agent for dish towels and linens instead of bleach. Soak the whites in a one-part lemon and four part-water solution overnight and dry in the sunshine the next day. Lemon juice can also be used to remove soap scum and hard water deposits in your bathroom. Apply the lemon juice with a cleaning sponge on the trouble areas and let it sit for a couple of hours before rinsing.

Baking soda

Some of your favourite fruits and vegetables like celery, peaches, blueberries and greens need thorough washings to get rid of hidden traces of dirt and pesticides.For fruits and vegetables that require washing, soak them in cool water for about five to 10 minutes with a few tablespoons of baking soda while occasionally scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Baking soda is also a gentle, but effective abrasive and works well for removing grimy layers built up on toasters and other kitchen appliances made of chrome or stainless steel. This layer of film can be removed by dipping a soft damp sponge in a little baking soda and applying to the surface.

Essential oils

Essential oils as a cleaning product work together with their aromatherapeutic benefits. For example, soak the smell of eucalyptus oil to your bedding by adding 25 drops into your wash cycle. Dust mites hate the smell. Essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass oil can be used to clean your windows due to its antiseptic nature. Add a few drops to water to clean grime away from windows.

Coffee grounds

Used coffee grounds are great for absorbing unpleasant smells from your trash bins, your refrigerator and even your hands after handling onions and garlic while cooking. Place small batches in smelly trouble spots instead of using chemical freshener sprays. Coffee grounds can also be used to help scrub hard to remove leftovers from your dishes. Simply soak your dirty dishes in mixture of warm water and 2 to 3 teaspoons of coffee grounds for an easier wash.

Bread

The most unlikely pairing comes from these two; a heirloom oil painting and the soft insides of a piece of bread. First, lightly dust the painting and then dab it with the doughy part of the bread to gently remove accumulated dirt and other particles. The bread easily breaks apart as it picks up the dirt. Use a soft brush to wipe away the breadcrumbs afterwards. Dampened bread is also a good way to pick up small pieces of broken glass.

Salt

Salt can be used to scour stains from teacups and coffee mugs and as a grease absorbent. Sprinkle salt on food spills in your oven to keep them from hardening. Before washing greasy iron pans, add salt to absorb the grease and then wipe away. Salt can also be used together with baking soda and vinegar to unclog shower drains. Pour 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar down your bathtub or shower drain. After 10 minutes, pour two litres of boiling water.

Visit www.helpling.com for details.

Grilling tips

Attention grilling greenhorns, backyard bumblers and cookout connoisseurs!

Achieving rich flavours on the barbecue and creating an unforgettable food experience takes finesse, grilling know-how and a couple of tricks from one of Toronto’s Chef Hidde Zomer and The Carbon Bar.

Technique

- Invest in quality charcoal – it makes a big difference! Zomer likes the Green Egg charcoal as it burns long and is even in size. Uneven charcoal will burn in different temperatures and will require more management when cooking.

-To have better control of your fire, try adding two stone bricks inside of the barbecue to control where the charcoal will sit inside. This allows you to have a hot zone and warm zone to use for bigger cuts or a whole chicken.

- Char whole vegetables until they are black, then remove the smoky and tender meat from the inside to serve with roasted fish or steaks. This technique can be applied on many different vegetables to give the meal that extra oomph.

Wood

- Grilling on a wood fire pit is Hidde’s favourite. Experiment with different wood chips to start knowing the difference in their characteristics. Pecan, apple, hickory and mesquite are all great woods if you are smoking meats and fish.

- It takes a fair amount of practice and patience grilling with wood – from sourcing the right hardwood with the right amount of humidity to starting a fire pit and waiting to allow the wood to turn into ambers before you start cooking.

- Slower burning ambers are great for vegetables and slow roasting meats, while the higher heat is great for grilling steaks and fish or charring vegetables that cook fast, like peppers and asparagus.

Grilling recommendations

- Always make sure to pull the meats from the fridge before you are about to grill and allow it to get to room temperature for at least 45 minutes to one hour.

- Toss the flimsy tongs you get with the barbecue and get yourself a good set of stainless steel kitchen tongs. Zomer always has two on hand: a longer one for large meats and a shorter one for the smaller cuts and vegetables.

- Leave a lasting impression at your next barbecue party. Try to experiment with the bigger “dinosaur”/ “Flintstone” cuts of meat. Zomer’s favourites are 30 oz Bone-in Cowboy steaks (aka Tomahawk steaks). For an equally delicious alternative ask your butcher for some bone-in strip loins.

- For better flavour, go with the dry age beef. The process of dry aging meats is making a great come back; the complexity of these meats are fantastic, and you get a hint of blue cheese and nutty flavours.

Events

Summer Craft Beer Fest 2015

The Summer Craft Beer Fest 2015 returns to Liberty Village Thursday, July 9 from 5 to 10 p.m.

#SCBF2015 features some of the best craft brewers on the planet and big bites from Liberty Market Building Food Vendors, said a release. 

Stroll through the cobblestone galleria of Liberty Market Building, 171 Liberty St. W., and discover your new favourite craft beer while you jam to live music “busker style”. The Deep River Snacks street team will be sharing samples of kettle cooked potato chips including Sweet Maui Onion and Rosemary & Olive Oil.

Each sample voucher is $1 and most samples cost the same.

Visit www.summercraftbeerfest.com

TO Food Fest

The TO Food Fest brings together top foodie-reviewed restaurants and local hidden gems into one event July 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.

Previous events have featured the best burgers, oysters, shortbread cookies and milk tea in the GTA. Established and aspiring chefs can be found at the TO Food Fest, giving the local community a taste of unique and delicious cuisine.

Admission is free, but a $2 donation or non-perishable food item for Second Harvest is accepted.

Visit http://tofoodfest.com/

Toronto Bastille Day 2015

Commemorating the taking of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the Fête de la Fédération of July 14, 1790, France’s Bastille Day is an annual celebration of French history and culture.

The Consulate General of France, the Alliance Française Toronto and Maille, a French mustard institution with more than 268 years of culinary creative traditions, are inviting Torontonians to celebrate the best of France. The event, which will be held on July 12 at David Pecaut Square, 215 King St. W.

In true Parisian spirit, guests are invited to picnic on the grass or purchase fare from the French market, including sausages, French wines, pastries and more.

The Maille Bistro will feature a mustard bar complete with five different flavours to help enhance your lunch. Guests will also sample innovative cocktails and macaroons made by French local chefs and mixologists. The Bastille Day celebrations feature an afternoon programming that highlights artists and bands, and will end with an official ceremony and a bal populaire, a traditional French dance, complete with a live DJ.

At the event, attendees will be able to purchase raffle tickets to win several prizes, including two airfare tickets to Paris provided by Air France. Guests can also enter the Maille photo contest that offers Canadians a chance to win a $5,000 Culinary Experience for two in Paris. To enter, foodies are invited to take photos of their memorable food moments (including those at Toronto Bastille Day) and upload them to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MailleMoment.

The event takes place Sunday, July 12 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Products

Carnivore Club

Those who like cured meat should check out the Carnivore Club.

The Carnivore Club is the world’s first curated cured meat of the month club featuring artisans from around the world. Each month members receive a box filled with four to six handcrafted cured meats from top artisans. Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats: French charcuterie, Italian salumi and Spanish chorizo are but a few.

Carnivore Club works with artisans that purchase ethically treated animals, employ humane slaughtering practices, use locally sourced ingredients and have a passion for making exceptional products.

Visit www.carnivoreclub.co

EatBy App

A Scottish couple is hoping to help reduce food waste and save people money.

EatBy App, a new money saving and environmentally beneficial smart kitchen app, which can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices, has been tipped to become the must-have app of 2015 as it promises to save it’s users up to $1,000 every year and help reduce food waste.

Husband and wife developers of the EatBy App, Steffan and Barbara Lewis, have been working on the EatBy project from their home in Scotland for more than a year and a half. Their passion for finding a solution to the environmental issues surrounding food waste has grown since the project began.

“We had the idea one lunchtime after we had to throw out the food we’d hoped to eat because it had passed it’s use by date. That led to a purge of all the out of date food in our kitchen. And quite frankly, we were shocked and disgusted with ourselves when we realized how much we waste.” said Barbara in a release.

The app is free to download and use with an optional shopping list that can be activated with an in-app purchase.

“It’s important to us that the app’s basic functions have to be free in order to gain and benefit the maximum number of users. Collectively we can all make a huge difference to the environment. And it’s an added bonus that we’ll save around £700 ($1,000) each year.”

And the numbers add up.

Recent reports state that the average household wastes $80 every month on uneaten food. With more than 123 million U.S. households that’s $9,840,000,000. With an equivalent amount in Europe, that’s a staggering $236 billion each year. It’s known that about one third of all food produced is discarded.

But the real cost is to the environment. This amounts to 1.3 billion tons of wasted food contributing 10 per cent of greenhouse gasses.

Many strategies for reducing food waste have been proposed by environmentalists, government agencies and industry specialists. But the pair claim their app will be the first practical personal tech solution to the problem of food waste. It is a simple to use Smart Kitchen App that effectively helps manage the food in your kitchen and lets you know when food items expire. The optional integrated shopping list will also help reduce buying too much food in the first place.

“We are under no illusion that our app will immediately solve this global problem,” said Steffan in a release. “But if only a few million people download and use it, then it’ll already make an impact and that’d be a great start.

Visit www.eatbyapp.com

Fuego Diablo, based in Nova Scotia, delivers premium steaks, shipped on a bed of dry ice, directly to any doorstep in Canada.

“Carnoisseurs, as we like to call them, like to try new things and are always interested in stepping up to a better quality beef,” said company founder Matthew MacQuarrie in a release. “Grilling a premium steak perfectly for yourself and a few friends is the ultimate trophy. It might be nice to go out for dinner now and then, but for our customers nothing beats a couple of perfectly grilled Diablos and a nice bottle of wine, enjoyed in your own backyard oasis.”

Based in Nova Scotia with an office in Ottawa, Fuego Diablo has a variety of premium steaks on the menu, such as USDA and Canadian Prime, USDA Choice and Alberta AAA (filet mignon, porterhouse, ribeye, strip loin, tomahawk and chateaubriand). For the ultimate indulgence, they also have imported Japanese Wagyu (Kobe style) steaks with an A-5 quality rating (Japan’s highest quality score). Gift packs come with great names: The Folsom Prison Pack, The Heisenberg, The Number of the Beast and The Adam & Eve Explorer Pack.

“These steaks won’t be found at your local grocery store or butcher,” MacQuarrie said. “We offer the quality made famous by the world’s top steakhouses, delivered direct to our customers door steps.”

Once a customer places an online order, the steaks are nestled in dry ice and then shipped.

Grillhouses

Create the ultimate outdoor retreat from Scandinavia.

According to a release, Grillhouses are essentially indoor camp fires, with an array of features and details that have evolved from the Laplandic culture. The central barbecue grill is built in Finland.

The versatility of the adjustable cooking trivets allows for different foods to be cooked at the same time by adjusting the height to suit the cooking temperature.

Experience the finer details of Scandinavian culture, from hand-carved dinner sets, Beer-noculars, super-size wooden shot glasses, secret cold storage compartments for beverages, benches that convert to beds in case the fun makes you sleepy, genuine reindeer pelts for rustic comfort, and every grill accessory you never imagined.

The grillhouses are sold exclusively through Arctic Spas.

Visit www.arcticspas.ca/grillhouses/

Our Daily Red

Our Daily Red (ODR), a 100 per cent USDA certified organic, vegan, gluten-free California red that contains no added preservatives, is now available in Toronto.

According to a press release, ODR “has an approachable fruit-forward flavour and at $13.95 (and) is not only affordable, but perfectly suited for any event.”

Crafted from organic vineyards around California’s Central Valley, ODR is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Ruby Cabernet and Carignan grapes. The lighter-style wine is loaded with blackberry and black cherry flavours and topped with a hint of toasted vanilla, pairing well with an array of foods that compliment any occasion.

“With the rise of health-conscious consumers, Our Daily Red will provide Ontarians with a flavourful wine that uses certified organically grown grapes, and no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or chemicals are used in the vineyard,” said Kurt Lorenzi, head winemaker in a release. “Our Daily Red is both an eco-friendly and economical option for consumers.”

During the winemaking process most wineries add preservatives to their wines, called sulfites, but ODR does not.

This summer, ODR’s head winemaker, Lorenzi is set to bring a mobile wine bar to select LCBO’s across Ontario to host a series of outdoor wine sampling events. The transformed vintage trailer is also fully equipped with a functioning kitchen that will be cooking up some delicious bites to enjoy alongside a glass of ODR. The sampling events are scheduled between 4 and 8 p.m. at the following LCBO locations across the province:

July 8

LCBO Queens Quay & Yonge

2 Cooper St.

July 9

LCBO Summerhill

10 Scrivener Sq.

July 10

LCBO Eglinton & Laird

65 Wicksteed Ave., Toronto

Visit www.OurDailyRed.com

The Fun DeLentil Tour

Canadian Lentils hosts The FunDeLentil Tour, a cross-cross-Canada lentil restaurant competition.

Twenty-four restaurants from seven cities, including Toronto, have created signature dishes using the world’s best lentils grown right in Canada and have added those dishes to their menus for customers to order throughout June.

Canadians can dine on the creative dishes and vote online at fundelentil.ca for their favourite lentil dish and be entered for a chance to win a trip to one of seven Canadian cities (contest details are available online). 

Well-known Canadian food advocate, Food Day Canada founder and Canadian Lentils campaign ambassador Anita Stewart was instrumental in bringing on board the 24 restaurants, which are also Food Day Canada participants committed to using Canadian ingredients.

“Canadians are going to love the signature lentil dishes created by our incredibly talented chefs,” Stewart said in a release. “Just watch the videos online and you’ll see their passion for this humble ingredient; their creativity is astonishing. The resulting dishes are as varied as our Canadian landscape, which speaks to versatility of lentils. Putting considerable thought into the dish they hope will win over Canadians, the chefs used lentils to reflect their restaurants’ viewpoint, seasonality, and their personal culinary roots.”

Many Canadians do not know that Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of lentils, planting 3.1 million acres of lentils last year. Types of lentils produced in Canada include commonly known green lentils and split red lentils, and lesser known black or beluga lentils and French Green lentils. The chefs involved at each participating restaurant were invited to use one or any combination of lentils grown in Canada to create their signature dish.

Andrew Winfield, the executive chef from River Café in Calgary, is one of the 24 participants in The FunDeLentil Tour. His restaurant created Black Beluga Lentil Salad with Edgar Farms Asparagus on Silver Sage 64 Day Dry-aged Beef Carpaccio.

Toronto restaurants include: Boralia, 59 Ossington Ave.; Farmhouse Tavern, 1627 Dupon St.; George, 111C Queen St. E.; and Pangaea, 1221 Bay St.

Theracurmin

Theracurmin, a concentrated form of curcumin, the yellow pigment found in turmeric and the primary member of the ginger family, is being touted as a natural way to help a variety of problems.

Curcumin has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat inflammatory conditions. Many health practitioners, including Dr. Oz, are touting the superb anti-inflammatory healing benefits of ginger and turmeric, and for good reason. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant, ant-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that support neurological, cardiovascular and cellular health.

According to a press release, their turmeric is not easily absorbed by the human body.

Theracurmin, however, has been formulated to be the most bioavailable form of curcumin on the market, meaning it is easily absorbed by the body.

One capsule of Theracurmin is equal to 16,000 mg of regular curcumin powder.

“Theracurmin is 300 times more bioavailable than regular curcumin powder, ensuring more absorption and a therapeutically effective level in the blood,” said Dr. Michael Murray, ND, and director of product science and innovation for natural factors in a release. “Laboratory research has confirmed that curcumin can reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant protection to cells and reduce risk factors for chronic degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Theracurmin represents a major scientific breakthrough and is the No. 1 absorbed form of curcumin.”

According to the release, Theracurmin’s benefits include:

• Heart Health

- Prevents LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized and thus damaging the arteries

- Prevents atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

- Lowers cholesterol levels

- Prevents plaque formation on the arteries

- Inhibits formation of blood clots

- Increases the flexibility of the arteries

• Brain Health

- Protects against age-related brain damage (i.e. Alzheimer’s)

• Joint/ Muscle/ Knee Health – Post Exercise Recovery

- Regarded as nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory (comparable to hydrocortisone and ibuprofen)

- Reduces tissue damage caused by inflammation

- Boosts post-exercise recovery

- Reduces exercise-induced oxidative stress

- Relieves knee pain due to osteoarthritis

• Cancer Prevention + Healing

- Enhances the body’s production of cancer-fighting compounds such as glutathione

- Improves quality of life scores in cancer patients

• Liver Health

- Promotes the liver’s detoxification of cancer-causing compounds o Improves and protects liver function

• Skin & Teeth Health

- Improves skin’s moisture content o Improves periodontal health

Theracurmin can be purchased at reputable health food stores across Canada. It ranges from $24.99 for 30 count to $39.99 for 60 count.

Wojo Nutrition

Whether your are training for a marathon, hitting the gym or just need to give your immune system a boost, Wojo Nutrition offers single serving liquid supplements that can be added to any drink and are each specially formulated to tackle a distinct problem head-on.

At Wojo Nutrition, they don’t see the multivitamin as a one size fits all solution to one’s nutritional needs. Every day is filled with its own challenges, and every challenge has its own solution. This is why they’ve developed a line of six liquid single serving supplements that can be added to any beverage.

From stress-filled board meetings to draining to-do lists to that pre-workout boost, with Wojo Nutrition users pick the convenient, travel-ready supplement to suit their special needs for the day and add it to their favourite beverage. Its light taste blends instantly with any hot or cold beverage for a quick pick-me-up that’s easy on the palette and can be taken at any time, said a release.

Each single serving formula begins with a base of 6 B vitamins that are essential to healthy nerve and cell development. It’s then enhanced with a blend of herbal extracts and naturally derived amino acids and vitamins specific to its intended use. As an added health benefit, all of their offerings are free of sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavourings and chemical masking agents.

Currently, there are two products available for purchase. wojoENERGY is their proprietary formula, which provides balanced, feel good energy and support throughout the day, while wojoCALM is a soothing way to remove stress before it gets out of hand. This summer they’ll be releasing four new offerings including wojoFOCUS, wojoSUN, wojoWELL and wojoMOOD.

Visit www.wojonutrition.com

Editor’s Note: Wojo Nutrition kindly sent me a package of WojoCALM and a holder that would fit several packages of Wojo inside. Each package comes with five single serve bottles. I easily teared off the top, adding it to my glass of water. WojoCALM offers ginseng and l-theanine. There was an earthy smell to it, but I didn’t notice a taste (although it said if you wanted to drink it straight up you could, but it wouldn’t taste very good). I am wary of energy drinks, but I liked the fact this one was natural and could be added to your drink. Did I feel calm? Not sure, but my coworker said she used it after her evening bootcamp workout. She usually takes a long time to fall asleep, but with WojoCALM added to her water, she fell asleep quite quickly.

Whitewater Cooks Sauces & Dressings

With four bestselling cookbooks on her shelf and a continuing passion for cooking and sharing her love, Whitewater Cooks author Shelley Adams has released a limited line of sauces and dressings. 

The new line of dressings and sauces are designed to build off her earlier and much-loved recipes.  

Glory Bowl Dressing is the perfect topping to Glory Bowl, arguably the most popular recipe from her first book, ‘Whitewater Cooks - Pure, Simple and Real Creations from the Fresh Tracks Cafe’.  The dressing is described as addictive with Adams also recommending it for any kind of salad greens and excellent on chicken, rice or noodles.

The Maple Balsamic Dressing will become your ‘house dressing’, with Emily’s Honey Curry Vinaigrette the perfect pairing for spinach greens. Inspired by a commercial fisherman, Blake’s Miso Marinade for Fish from ‘Whitewater Cooks with Friends’, will be a permanent item in your fridge especially with fish on the barbecue in this warm weather.

Visit www.whitewatercooks.com

Cookbooks

Tea, History, Terroirs, Varieties

Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais and Hugo Americi

Firefly Books, www.fireflybooks.com

$24.95

This second edition has improved and refined tasting notes with updated content about non-herbal tea, the plant Camellia sinensis. The book’s elegant design is a complete guide to the world’s second most popular beverage – only water exceeds tea consumption.

This book is now clearly the best book on this topic, concise and authoritative with dozens of photographs and images of the teas themselves, revealing the surprising variety of colour and opacity of each variety.

The Ultimate Student Cookbook

Tiffany Goodall

Firefly Books, www.fireflybooks.com

$14.95

Written by a chef who lived away from home on a limited budget while she was a culinary arts student, The Ultimate Student Cookbook enables college and university students to enjoy fresh and healthy food everyday.

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Lisa Day is a copy editor for insidetoronto.com and compiles four blogs, including this one - Book News, Book Time, Food News and Recipes. She loves to read and talk about books.

Clearly Canadian is coming back, learn how to eat for the Pan Am Games, green cleaning solutions and other food news

Blog Post Jun 23, 2015

By Lisa Day

Clearly Canadian

Often considered to be the “taste of the ’90s, Clearly Canadian is officially making its return this summer, thanks to the support of consumers.

With more than 30,000 cases ordered by nearly 12,000 nostalgic backers through an Indiegogo campaign, Clearly Canadian has met its goal and production of the iconic drink in the glass bottle has begun. The campaign originally sought 25,000 orders in order to revive the drink.

“We owe the entire comeback to the fans,” said CEO Robert Khan in a release. “Without their support and their pre-orders, Clearly Canadian would not be back. Now that we’ve successfully finished our pre-order campaign, we’re looking for more ways to restore Clearly Canadian to its original glory.”

To fans’ delight, commercial production is on its way. Glass bottle production began at the end of April, and Clearly Canadian’s signature blue teardrop bottles will be filled in July before they’re shipped to fans in August.

Now that Clearly Canadian is making its way back into the fridges of fans, the team behind Clearly Canadian is working to help the drink make an even bigger splash.

“Our goal is to scale into 13,000 grocery stores in Canada and the United States in 2016,” Khan said. “We’re encouraging fans to make their voices known and reach out to their local retailers to request that they begin carrying Clearly Canadian.”

Clearly Canadian, which was established in 1988 in British Columbia, is one of North America’s most recognizable premium beverage brands, with more than $150 million in sales in 1992. The iconic blue bottles made an appearance on leading television shows including Seinfeld, Friends, Beverly Hills 90210 and more.

Visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/clearly-canadian-14-927-backers-800k-pre-sold#/story. Stay up to date with Clearly Canadian updates on facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ClearlyIsBack.

Eating for the Pan Am Games

Canadian paddler Adam Van Koeverden has a tip for all athletes, including professionals training for this summer’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games – be flexible, especially when it comes to food.

“As athletes we need to be really flexible around competition days,” said Van Koeverden, who has won four Olympic medals in 500m and 1000m sprint kayaking in a release. “Race organizers or venues in Brazil or Mexico will serve totally different food than they would in Toronto, so the trick for athletes is to bring a little of what you need along, but be open to new things and different foods. The pickiest athletes usually end up going hungry.”

Loblaw’s Registered Dietitian Katie Southgate, who works out of the Etobicoke Burnhamthorpe Market and Humbercrest Market stores, said in a press release that flexibility is also important for everyday athletes.

“Sports nutrition doesn’t have to be difficult,” Southgate said. “Eating a balanced diet, full of healthy foods is an important first step for both athletes and those looking to lead an active lifestyle. Being flexible by incorporating new foods and seasonal variety is a great way to keep meals fresh and exciting.”

Southgate said the President’s Choice sponsorship team hopes an important legacy of the Games will be a greater awareness of nutrition, and Canadians will take some lessons from athletes on how to eat for success.

“Whether you are running around your neighbourhood or training to get on the podium, proper nutrition can help you feel and perform at your best,” Southgate said.

Southgate also points out food choices can also affect an athlete’s state of mind.

“There’s no need for athletes to deny themselves the food they love,” Southgate said. “Indulging in moderation is a valuable strategy for enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Van Koeverden agrees.

“Just because something is calorie dense and nutrient poor doesn’t mean it won’t help my performance,” Van Koeverden said. “If an indulgence makes me happy, and I can have it in moderation, then I think it improves my performance by improving my attitude and overall mood. There’s nothing wrong with having a treat in my books, and yes I love doughnuts.”

In addition to being flexible, Van Koeverden and Southgate offer the following food tips for both casual and serious athletes.

• Carbohydrates are key: The single most important source of energy for your muscles. Be sure to include carbohydrate-rich foods like grains, fruits, pasta and cereals at meals and snacks throughout the day.

• Foundations: There are three macronutrients protein, fats and carbs. Each plays an important role so you need them all.

• Timing: After training, the recovery clock starts ticking. Consuming carbohydrates and protein within 30 minutes helps rebuild muscle and restore energy. A quick Greek yogurt and piece of fruit can help to get these nutrients in time.

• Practice your sports nutrition like your practice your sports: Finding the foods, fluids and timing of meals or snacks that work best for you may take a little practice, so don’t give up.

Food Desert

In a country as prosperous as Canada, it’s hard to believe not everyone has consistent access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food and new research shows that one in five Canadians live in a food desert, an area where healthy, affordable food is not readily available, with only 50 per cent ever having heard the term.

In an effort to put an end to food deserts across Canada, Hellmann’s has launched the #MyTomato campaign to help bring the issue to Canadian minds.

Hellmann’s will be donating $75,000 to the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) in Northwest Territories to help build a greenhouse designed for the northern climate and feed families through long-term food production.

Canadians are encouraged to join the movement by signing a petition for change at realfoodmovement.ca and Hellmann’s will be bringing the petition to the Canadian Food Summit in October. Canadians can also join the conversation by sharing the cost of fruits and vegetables in their area, specifically the price of a kilogram of tomatoes, online using the hashtag #MyTomato.

Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z8eX09_paM for details.

Green cleaning

World Environment Day was June 5, and Helpling, the leading global online platform for professional home cleaners, helps you clean green.

Distilled white vinegar

Vinegar is such a versatile cleaning substitute, it’s hard to find examples of what cannot be cleaned by this household staple. Store purchased vinegar typically contains five per cent acetic acid, the main ingredient for tackling grease and bacteria. Vinegar is especially good at decalcifying mineral deposits or cleaning non-waxed floors. Use it to clean your coffee maker to fight against oily residues and other deposits. Run a half vinegar and half water mixture through the coffeemaker and then just water a few times to get rid of the vinegar odour.

Olive oil

Not to be outdone by vinegar, olive oil helps to remove adhesives from wood, plastic, leather or any other smooth surface, add shine to dull wooden surfaces or help neutralize smells coming from your drains. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil with a little essential oil down your drain to remove the smell. Olive oil can also to be used to prevent water marks on your stainless steel kitchen sink, those annoying spots that make any cleaning job look undone. Wipe the kitchen sink with a light layer of olive oil to help prevent water stains.

Lemons

Lemons act as natural disinfectants due to citric acid. Use lemon juice and boiled water to kill household germs for any kitchen or household items requiring sterilization such as baby toys. Lemons can also be used as a whitening agent for dish towels and linens instead of bleach. Soak the whites in a one-part lemon and four part-water solution overnight and dry in the sunshine the next day. Lemon juice can also be used to remove soap scum and hard water deposits in your bathroom. Apply the lemon juice with a cleaning sponge on the trouble areas and let it sit for a couple of hours before rinsing.

Baking soda

Some of your favourite fruits and vegetables like celery, peaches, blueberries and greens need thorough washings to get rid of hidden traces of dirt and pesticides.For fruits and vegetables that require washing, soak them in cool water for about five to 10 minutes with a few tablespoons of baking soda while occasionally scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Baking soda is also a gentle, but effective abrasive and works well for removing grimy layers built up on toasters and other kitchen appliances made of chrome or stainless steel. This layer of film can be removed by dipping a soft damp sponge in a little baking soda and applying to the surface.

Essential oils

Essential oils as a cleaning product work together with their aromatherapeutic benefits. For example, soak the smell of eucalyptus oil to your bedding by adding 25 drops into your wash cycle. Dust mites hate the smell. Essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass oil can be used to clean your windows due to its antiseptic nature. Add a few drops to water to clean grime away from windows.

Coffee grounds

Used coffee grounds are great for absorbing unpleasant smells from your trash bins, your refrigerator and even your hands after handling onions and garlic while cooking. Place small batches in smelly trouble spots instead of using chemical freshener sprays. Coffee grounds can also be used to help scrub hard to remove leftovers from your dishes. Simply soak your dirty dishes in mixture of warm water and 2 to 3 teaspoons of coffee grounds for an easier wash.

Bread

The most unlikely pairing comes from these two; a heirloom oil painting and the soft insides of a piece of bread. First, lightly dust the painting and then dab it with the doughy part of the bread to gently remove accumulated dirt and other particles. The bread easily breaks apart as it picks up the dirt. Use a soft brush to wipe away the breadcrumbs afterwards. Dampened bread is also a good way to pick up small pieces of broken glass.

Salt

Salt can be used to scour stains from teacups and coffee mugs and as a grease absorbent. Sprinkle salt on food spills in your oven to keep them from hardening. Before washing greasy iron pans, add salt to absorb the grease and then wipe away. Salt can also be used together with baking soda and vinegar to unclog shower drains. Pour 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar down your bathtub or shower drain. After 10 minutes, pour two litres of boiling water.

Visit www.helpling.com for details.

Grilling tips

Attention grilling greenhorns, backyard bumblers and cookout connoisseurs!

Achieving rich flavours on the barbecue and creating an unforgettable food experience takes finesse, grilling know-how and a couple of tricks from one of Toronto’s Chef Hidde Zomer and The Carbon Bar.

Technique

- Invest in quality charcoal – it makes a big difference! Zomer likes the Green Egg charcoal as it burns long and is even in size. Uneven charcoal will burn in different temperatures and will require more management when cooking.

-To have better control of your fire, try adding two stone bricks inside of the barbecue to control where the charcoal will sit inside. This allows you to have a hot zone and warm zone to use for bigger cuts or a whole chicken.

- Char whole vegetables until they are black, then remove the smoky and tender meat from the inside to serve with roasted fish or steaks. This technique can be applied on many different vegetables to give the meal that extra oomph.

Wood

- Grilling on a wood fire pit is Hidde’s favourite. Experiment with different wood chips to start knowing the difference in their characteristics. Pecan, apple, hickory and mesquite are all great woods if you are smoking meats and fish.

- It takes a fair amount of practice and patience grilling with wood – from sourcing the right hardwood with the right amount of humidity to starting a fire pit and waiting to allow the wood to turn into ambers before you start cooking.

- Slower burning ambers are great for vegetables and slow roasting meats, while the higher heat is great for grilling steaks and fish or charring vegetables that cook fast, like peppers and asparagus.

Grilling recommendations

- Always make sure to pull the meats from the fridge before you are about to grill and allow it to get to room temperature for at least 45 minutes to one hour.

- Toss the flimsy tongs you get with the barbecue and get yourself a good set of stainless steel kitchen tongs. Zomer always has two on hand: a longer one for large meats and a shorter one for the smaller cuts and vegetables.

- Leave a lasting impression at your next barbecue party. Try to experiment with the bigger “dinosaur”/ “Flintstone” cuts of meat. Zomer’s favourites are 30 oz Bone-in Cowboy steaks (aka Tomahawk steaks). For an equally delicious alternative ask your butcher for some bone-in strip loins.

- For better flavour, go with the dry age beef. The process of dry aging meats is making a great come back; the complexity of these meats are fantastic, and you get a hint of blue cheese and nutty flavours.

Events

Summer Craft Beer Fest 2015

The Summer Craft Beer Fest 2015 returns to Liberty Village Thursday, July 9 from 5 to 10 p.m.

#SCBF2015 features some of the best craft brewers on the planet and big bites from Liberty Market Building Food Vendors, said a release. 

Stroll through the cobblestone galleria of Liberty Market Building, 171 Liberty St. W., and discover your new favourite craft beer while you jam to live music “busker style”. The Deep River Snacks street team will be sharing samples of kettle cooked potato chips including Sweet Maui Onion and Rosemary & Olive Oil.

Each sample voucher is $1 and most samples cost the same.

Visit www.summercraftbeerfest.com

TO Food Fest

The TO Food Fest brings together top foodie-reviewed restaurants and local hidden gems into one event July 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.

Previous events have featured the best burgers, oysters, shortbread cookies and milk tea in the GTA. Established and aspiring chefs can be found at the TO Food Fest, giving the local community a taste of unique and delicious cuisine.

Admission is free, but a $2 donation or non-perishable food item for Second Harvest is accepted.

Visit http://tofoodfest.com/

Toronto Bastille Day 2015

Commemorating the taking of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the Fête de la Fédération of July 14, 1790, France’s Bastille Day is an annual celebration of French history and culture.

The Consulate General of France, the Alliance Française Toronto and Maille, a French mustard institution with more than 268 years of culinary creative traditions, are inviting Torontonians to celebrate the best of France. The event, which will be held on July 12 at David Pecaut Square, 215 King St. W.

In true Parisian spirit, guests are invited to picnic on the grass or purchase fare from the French market, including sausages, French wines, pastries and more.

The Maille Bistro will feature a mustard bar complete with five different flavours to help enhance your lunch. Guests will also sample innovative cocktails and macaroons made by French local chefs and mixologists. The Bastille Day celebrations feature an afternoon programming that highlights artists and bands, and will end with an official ceremony and a bal populaire, a traditional French dance, complete with a live DJ.

At the event, attendees will be able to purchase raffle tickets to win several prizes, including two airfare tickets to Paris provided by Air France. Guests can also enter the Maille photo contest that offers Canadians a chance to win a $5,000 Culinary Experience for two in Paris. To enter, foodies are invited to take photos of their memorable food moments (including those at Toronto Bastille Day) and upload them to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MailleMoment.

The event takes place Sunday, July 12 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Products

Carnivore Club

Those who like cured meat should check out the Carnivore Club.

The Carnivore Club is the world’s first curated cured meat of the month club featuring artisans from around the world. Each month members receive a box filled with four to six handcrafted cured meats from top artisans. Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats: French charcuterie, Italian salumi and Spanish chorizo are but a few.

Carnivore Club works with artisans that purchase ethically treated animals, employ humane slaughtering practices, use locally sourced ingredients and have a passion for making exceptional products.

Visit www.carnivoreclub.co

EatBy App

A Scottish couple is hoping to help reduce food waste and save people money.

EatBy App, a new money saving and environmentally beneficial smart kitchen app, which can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices, has been tipped to become the must-have app of 2015 as it promises to save it’s users up to $1,000 every year and help reduce food waste.

Husband and wife developers of the EatBy App, Steffan and Barbara Lewis, have been working on the EatBy project from their home in Scotland for more than a year and a half. Their passion for finding a solution to the environmental issues surrounding food waste has grown since the project began.

“We had the idea one lunchtime after we had to throw out the food we’d hoped to eat because it had passed it’s use by date. That led to a purge of all the out of date food in our kitchen. And quite frankly, we were shocked and disgusted with ourselves when we realized how much we waste.” said Barbara in a release.

The app is free to download and use with an optional shopping list that can be activated with an in-app purchase.

“It’s important to us that the app’s basic functions have to be free in order to gain and benefit the maximum number of users. Collectively we can all make a huge difference to the environment. And it’s an added bonus that we’ll save around £700 ($1,000) each year.”

And the numbers add up.

Recent reports state that the average household wastes $80 every month on uneaten food. With more than 123 million U.S. households that’s $9,840,000,000. With an equivalent amount in Europe, that’s a staggering $236 billion each year. It’s known that about one third of all food produced is discarded.

But the real cost is to the environment. This amounts to 1.3 billion tons of wasted food contributing 10 per cent of greenhouse gasses.

Many strategies for reducing food waste have been proposed by environmentalists, government agencies and industry specialists. But the pair claim their app will be the first practical personal tech solution to the problem of food waste. It is a simple to use Smart Kitchen App that effectively helps manage the food in your kitchen and lets you know when food items expire. The optional integrated shopping list will also help reduce buying too much food in the first place.

“We are under no illusion that our app will immediately solve this global problem,” said Steffan in a release. “But if only a few million people download and use it, then it’ll already make an impact and that’d be a great start.

Visit www.eatbyapp.com

Fuego Diablo, based in Nova Scotia, delivers premium steaks, shipped on a bed of dry ice, directly to any doorstep in Canada.

“Carnoisseurs, as we like to call them, like to try new things and are always interested in stepping up to a better quality beef,” said company founder Matthew MacQuarrie in a release. “Grilling a premium steak perfectly for yourself and a few friends is the ultimate trophy. It might be nice to go out for dinner now and then, but for our customers nothing beats a couple of perfectly grilled Diablos and a nice bottle of wine, enjoyed in your own backyard oasis.”

Based in Nova Scotia with an office in Ottawa, Fuego Diablo has a variety of premium steaks on the menu, such as USDA and Canadian Prime, USDA Choice and Alberta AAA (filet mignon, porterhouse, ribeye, strip loin, tomahawk and chateaubriand). For the ultimate indulgence, they also have imported Japanese Wagyu (Kobe style) steaks with an A-5 quality rating (Japan’s highest quality score). Gift packs come with great names: The Folsom Prison Pack, The Heisenberg, The Number of the Beast and The Adam & Eve Explorer Pack.

“These steaks won’t be found at your local grocery store or butcher,” MacQuarrie said. “We offer the quality made famous by the world’s top steakhouses, delivered direct to our customers door steps.”

Once a customer places an online order, the steaks are nestled in dry ice and then shipped.

Grillhouses

Create the ultimate outdoor retreat from Scandinavia.

According to a release, Grillhouses are essentially indoor camp fires, with an array of features and details that have evolved from the Laplandic culture. The central barbecue grill is built in Finland.

The versatility of the adjustable cooking trivets allows for different foods to be cooked at the same time by adjusting the height to suit the cooking temperature.

Experience the finer details of Scandinavian culture, from hand-carved dinner sets, Beer-noculars, super-size wooden shot glasses, secret cold storage compartments for beverages, benches that convert to beds in case the fun makes you sleepy, genuine reindeer pelts for rustic comfort, and every grill accessory you never imagined.

The grillhouses are sold exclusively through Arctic Spas.

Visit www.arcticspas.ca/grillhouses/

Our Daily Red

Our Daily Red (ODR), a 100 per cent USDA certified organic, vegan, gluten-free California red that contains no added preservatives, is now available in Toronto.

According to a press release, ODR “has an approachable fruit-forward flavour and at $13.95 (and) is not only affordable, but perfectly suited for any event.”

Crafted from organic vineyards around California’s Central Valley, ODR is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Ruby Cabernet and Carignan grapes. The lighter-style wine is loaded with blackberry and black cherry flavours and topped with a hint of toasted vanilla, pairing well with an array of foods that compliment any occasion.

“With the rise of health-conscious consumers, Our Daily Red will provide Ontarians with a flavourful wine that uses certified organically grown grapes, and no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or chemicals are used in the vineyard,” said Kurt Lorenzi, head winemaker in a release. “Our Daily Red is both an eco-friendly and economical option for consumers.”

During the winemaking process most wineries add preservatives to their wines, called sulfites, but ODR does not.

This summer, ODR’s head winemaker, Lorenzi is set to bring a mobile wine bar to select LCBO’s across Ontario to host a series of outdoor wine sampling events. The transformed vintage trailer is also fully equipped with a functioning kitchen that will be cooking up some delicious bites to enjoy alongside a glass of ODR. The sampling events are scheduled between 4 and 8 p.m. at the following LCBO locations across the province:

July 8

LCBO Queens Quay & Yonge

2 Cooper St.

July 9

LCBO Summerhill

10 Scrivener Sq.

July 10

LCBO Eglinton & Laird

65 Wicksteed Ave., Toronto

Visit www.OurDailyRed.com

The Fun DeLentil Tour

Canadian Lentils hosts The FunDeLentil Tour, a cross-cross-Canada lentil restaurant competition.

Twenty-four restaurants from seven cities, including Toronto, have created signature dishes using the world’s best lentils grown right in Canada and have added those dishes to their menus for customers to order throughout June.

Canadians can dine on the creative dishes and vote online at fundelentil.ca for their favourite lentil dish and be entered for a chance to win a trip to one of seven Canadian cities (contest details are available online). 

Well-known Canadian food advocate, Food Day Canada founder and Canadian Lentils campaign ambassador Anita Stewart was instrumental in bringing on board the 24 restaurants, which are also Food Day Canada participants committed to using Canadian ingredients.

“Canadians are going to love the signature lentil dishes created by our incredibly talented chefs,” Stewart said in a release. “Just watch the videos online and you’ll see their passion for this humble ingredient; their creativity is astonishing. The resulting dishes are as varied as our Canadian landscape, which speaks to versatility of lentils. Putting considerable thought into the dish they hope will win over Canadians, the chefs used lentils to reflect their restaurants’ viewpoint, seasonality, and their personal culinary roots.”

Many Canadians do not know that Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of lentils, planting 3.1 million acres of lentils last year. Types of lentils produced in Canada include commonly known green lentils and split red lentils, and lesser known black or beluga lentils and French Green lentils. The chefs involved at each participating restaurant were invited to use one or any combination of lentils grown in Canada to create their signature dish.

Andrew Winfield, the executive chef from River Café in Calgary, is one of the 24 participants in The FunDeLentil Tour. His restaurant created Black Beluga Lentil Salad with Edgar Farms Asparagus on Silver Sage 64 Day Dry-aged Beef Carpaccio.

Toronto restaurants include: Boralia, 59 Ossington Ave.; Farmhouse Tavern, 1627 Dupon St.; George, 111C Queen St. E.; and Pangaea, 1221 Bay St.

Theracurmin

Theracurmin, a concentrated form of curcumin, the yellow pigment found in turmeric and the primary member of the ginger family, is being touted as a natural way to help a variety of problems.

Curcumin has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat inflammatory conditions. Many health practitioners, including Dr. Oz, are touting the superb anti-inflammatory healing benefits of ginger and turmeric, and for good reason. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant, ant-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that support neurological, cardiovascular and cellular health.

According to a press release, their turmeric is not easily absorbed by the human body.

Theracurmin, however, has been formulated to be the most bioavailable form of curcumin on the market, meaning it is easily absorbed by the body.

One capsule of Theracurmin is equal to 16,000 mg of regular curcumin powder.

“Theracurmin is 300 times more bioavailable than regular curcumin powder, ensuring more absorption and a therapeutically effective level in the blood,” said Dr. Michael Murray, ND, and director of product science and innovation for natural factors in a release. “Laboratory research has confirmed that curcumin can reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant protection to cells and reduce risk factors for chronic degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Theracurmin represents a major scientific breakthrough and is the No. 1 absorbed form of curcumin.”

According to the release, Theracurmin’s benefits include:

• Heart Health

- Prevents LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized and thus damaging the arteries

- Prevents atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

- Lowers cholesterol levels

- Prevents plaque formation on the arteries

- Inhibits formation of blood clots

- Increases the flexibility of the arteries

• Brain Health

- Protects against age-related brain damage (i.e. Alzheimer’s)

• Joint/ Muscle/ Knee Health – Post Exercise Recovery

- Regarded as nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory (comparable to hydrocortisone and ibuprofen)

- Reduces tissue damage caused by inflammation

- Boosts post-exercise recovery

- Reduces exercise-induced oxidative stress

- Relieves knee pain due to osteoarthritis

• Cancer Prevention + Healing

- Enhances the body’s production of cancer-fighting compounds such as glutathione

- Improves quality of life scores in cancer patients

• Liver Health

- Promotes the liver’s detoxification of cancer-causing compounds o Improves and protects liver function

• Skin & Teeth Health

- Improves skin’s moisture content o Improves periodontal health

Theracurmin can be purchased at reputable health food stores across Canada. It ranges from $24.99 for 30 count to $39.99 for 60 count.

Wojo Nutrition

Whether your are training for a marathon, hitting the gym or just need to give your immune system a boost, Wojo Nutrition offers single serving liquid supplements that can be added to any drink and are each specially formulated to tackle a distinct problem head-on.

At Wojo Nutrition, they don’t see the multivitamin as a one size fits all solution to one’s nutritional needs. Every day is filled with its own challenges, and every challenge has its own solution. This is why they’ve developed a line of six liquid single serving supplements that can be added to any beverage.

From stress-filled board meetings to draining to-do lists to that pre-workout boost, with Wojo Nutrition users pick the convenient, travel-ready supplement to suit their special needs for the day and add it to their favourite beverage. Its light taste blends instantly with any hot or cold beverage for a quick pick-me-up that’s easy on the palette and can be taken at any time, said a release.

Each single serving formula begins with a base of 6 B vitamins that are essential to healthy nerve and cell development. It’s then enhanced with a blend of herbal extracts and naturally derived amino acids and vitamins specific to its intended use. As an added health benefit, all of their offerings are free of sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavourings and chemical masking agents.

Currently, there are two products available for purchase. wojoENERGY is their proprietary formula, which provides balanced, feel good energy and support throughout the day, while wojoCALM is a soothing way to remove stress before it gets out of hand. This summer they’ll be releasing four new offerings including wojoFOCUS, wojoSUN, wojoWELL and wojoMOOD.

Visit www.wojonutrition.com

Editor’s Note: Wojo Nutrition kindly sent me a package of WojoCALM and a holder that would fit several packages of Wojo inside. Each package comes with five single serve bottles. I easily teared off the top, adding it to my glass of water. WojoCALM offers ginseng and l-theanine. There was an earthy smell to it, but I didn’t notice a taste (although it said if you wanted to drink it straight up you could, but it wouldn’t taste very good). I am wary of energy drinks, but I liked the fact this one was natural and could be added to your drink. Did I feel calm? Not sure, but my coworker said she used it after her evening bootcamp workout. She usually takes a long time to fall asleep, but with WojoCALM added to her water, she fell asleep quite quickly.

Whitewater Cooks Sauces & Dressings

With four bestselling cookbooks on her shelf and a continuing passion for cooking and sharing her love, Whitewater Cooks author Shelley Adams has released a limited line of sauces and dressings. 

The new line of dressings and sauces are designed to build off her earlier and much-loved recipes.  

Glory Bowl Dressing is the perfect topping to Glory Bowl, arguably the most popular recipe from her first book, ‘Whitewater Cooks - Pure, Simple and Real Creations from the Fresh Tracks Cafe’.  The dressing is described as addictive with Adams also recommending it for any kind of salad greens and excellent on chicken, rice or noodles.

The Maple Balsamic Dressing will become your ‘house dressing’, with Emily’s Honey Curry Vinaigrette the perfect pairing for spinach greens. Inspired by a commercial fisherman, Blake’s Miso Marinade for Fish from ‘Whitewater Cooks with Friends’, will be a permanent item in your fridge especially with fish on the barbecue in this warm weather.

Visit www.whitewatercooks.com

Cookbooks

Tea, History, Terroirs, Varieties

Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais and Hugo Americi

Firefly Books, www.fireflybooks.com

$24.95

This second edition has improved and refined tasting notes with updated content about non-herbal tea, the plant Camellia sinensis. The book’s elegant design is a complete guide to the world’s second most popular beverage – only water exceeds tea consumption.

This book is now clearly the best book on this topic, concise and authoritative with dozens of photographs and images of the teas themselves, revealing the surprising variety of colour and opacity of each variety.

The Ultimate Student Cookbook

Tiffany Goodall

Firefly Books, www.fireflybooks.com

$14.95

Written by a chef who lived away from home on a limited budget while she was a culinary arts student, The Ultimate Student Cookbook enables college and university students to enjoy fresh and healthy food everyday.

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Lisa Day is a copy editor for insidetoronto.com and compiles four blogs, including this one - Book News, Book Time, Food News and Recipes. She loves to read and talk about books.

Clearly Canadian is coming back, learn how to eat for the Pan Am Games, green cleaning solutions and other food news

Blog Post Jun 23, 2015

By Lisa Day

Clearly Canadian

Often considered to be the “taste of the ’90s, Clearly Canadian is officially making its return this summer, thanks to the support of consumers.

With more than 30,000 cases ordered by nearly 12,000 nostalgic backers through an Indiegogo campaign, Clearly Canadian has met its goal and production of the iconic drink in the glass bottle has begun. The campaign originally sought 25,000 orders in order to revive the drink.

“We owe the entire comeback to the fans,” said CEO Robert Khan in a release. “Without their support and their pre-orders, Clearly Canadian would not be back. Now that we’ve successfully finished our pre-order campaign, we’re looking for more ways to restore Clearly Canadian to its original glory.”

To fans’ delight, commercial production is on its way. Glass bottle production began at the end of April, and Clearly Canadian’s signature blue teardrop bottles will be filled in July before they’re shipped to fans in August.

Now that Clearly Canadian is making its way back into the fridges of fans, the team behind Clearly Canadian is working to help the drink make an even bigger splash.

“Our goal is to scale into 13,000 grocery stores in Canada and the United States in 2016,” Khan said. “We’re encouraging fans to make their voices known and reach out to their local retailers to request that they begin carrying Clearly Canadian.”

Clearly Canadian, which was established in 1988 in British Columbia, is one of North America’s most recognizable premium beverage brands, with more than $150 million in sales in 1992. The iconic blue bottles made an appearance on leading television shows including Seinfeld, Friends, Beverly Hills 90210 and more.

Visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/clearly-canadian-14-927-backers-800k-pre-sold#/story. Stay up to date with Clearly Canadian updates on facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ClearlyIsBack.

Eating for the Pan Am Games

Canadian paddler Adam Van Koeverden has a tip for all athletes, including professionals training for this summer’s Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games – be flexible, especially when it comes to food.

“As athletes we need to be really flexible around competition days,” said Van Koeverden, who has won four Olympic medals in 500m and 1000m sprint kayaking in a release. “Race organizers or venues in Brazil or Mexico will serve totally different food than they would in Toronto, so the trick for athletes is to bring a little of what you need along, but be open to new things and different foods. The pickiest athletes usually end up going hungry.”

Loblaw’s Registered Dietitian Katie Southgate, who works out of the Etobicoke Burnhamthorpe Market and Humbercrest Market stores, said in a press release that flexibility is also important for everyday athletes.

“Sports nutrition doesn’t have to be difficult,” Southgate said. “Eating a balanced diet, full of healthy foods is an important first step for both athletes and those looking to lead an active lifestyle. Being flexible by incorporating new foods and seasonal variety is a great way to keep meals fresh and exciting.”

Southgate said the President’s Choice sponsorship team hopes an important legacy of the Games will be a greater awareness of nutrition, and Canadians will take some lessons from athletes on how to eat for success.

“Whether you are running around your neighbourhood or training to get on the podium, proper nutrition can help you feel and perform at your best,” Southgate said.

Southgate also points out food choices can also affect an athlete’s state of mind.

“There’s no need for athletes to deny themselves the food they love,” Southgate said. “Indulging in moderation is a valuable strategy for enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Van Koeverden agrees.

“Just because something is calorie dense and nutrient poor doesn’t mean it won’t help my performance,” Van Koeverden said. “If an indulgence makes me happy, and I can have it in moderation, then I think it improves my performance by improving my attitude and overall mood. There’s nothing wrong with having a treat in my books, and yes I love doughnuts.”

In addition to being flexible, Van Koeverden and Southgate offer the following food tips for both casual and serious athletes.

• Carbohydrates are key: The single most important source of energy for your muscles. Be sure to include carbohydrate-rich foods like grains, fruits, pasta and cereals at meals and snacks throughout the day.

• Foundations: There are three macronutrients protein, fats and carbs. Each plays an important role so you need them all.

• Timing: After training, the recovery clock starts ticking. Consuming carbohydrates and protein within 30 minutes helps rebuild muscle and restore energy. A quick Greek yogurt and piece of fruit can help to get these nutrients in time.

• Practice your sports nutrition like your practice your sports: Finding the foods, fluids and timing of meals or snacks that work best for you may take a little practice, so don’t give up.

Food Desert

In a country as prosperous as Canada, it’s hard to believe not everyone has consistent access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food and new research shows that one in five Canadians live in a food desert, an area where healthy, affordable food is not readily available, with only 50 per cent ever having heard the term.

In an effort to put an end to food deserts across Canada, Hellmann’s has launched the #MyTomato campaign to help bring the issue to Canadian minds.

Hellmann’s will be donating $75,000 to the Northern Farm Training Institute (NFTI) in Northwest Territories to help build a greenhouse designed for the northern climate and feed families through long-term food production.

Canadians are encouraged to join the movement by signing a petition for change at realfoodmovement.ca and Hellmann’s will be bringing the petition to the Canadian Food Summit in October. Canadians can also join the conversation by sharing the cost of fruits and vegetables in their area, specifically the price of a kilogram of tomatoes, online using the hashtag #MyTomato.

Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z8eX09_paM for details.

Green cleaning

World Environment Day was June 5, and Helpling, the leading global online platform for professional home cleaners, helps you clean green.

Distilled white vinegar

Vinegar is such a versatile cleaning substitute, it’s hard to find examples of what cannot be cleaned by this household staple. Store purchased vinegar typically contains five per cent acetic acid, the main ingredient for tackling grease and bacteria. Vinegar is especially good at decalcifying mineral deposits or cleaning non-waxed floors. Use it to clean your coffee maker to fight against oily residues and other deposits. Run a half vinegar and half water mixture through the coffeemaker and then just water a few times to get rid of the vinegar odour.

Olive oil

Not to be outdone by vinegar, olive oil helps to remove adhesives from wood, plastic, leather or any other smooth surface, add shine to dull wooden surfaces or help neutralize smells coming from your drains. Pour one tablespoon of olive oil with a little essential oil down your drain to remove the smell. Olive oil can also to be used to prevent water marks on your stainless steel kitchen sink, those annoying spots that make any cleaning job look undone. Wipe the kitchen sink with a light layer of olive oil to help prevent water stains.

Lemons

Lemons act as natural disinfectants due to citric acid. Use lemon juice and boiled water to kill household germs for any kitchen or household items requiring sterilization such as baby toys. Lemons can also be used as a whitening agent for dish towels and linens instead of bleach. Soak the whites in a one-part lemon and four part-water solution overnight and dry in the sunshine the next day. Lemon juice can also be used to remove soap scum and hard water deposits in your bathroom. Apply the lemon juice with a cleaning sponge on the trouble areas and let it sit for a couple of hours before rinsing.

Baking soda

Some of your favourite fruits and vegetables like celery, peaches, blueberries and greens need thorough washings to get rid of hidden traces of dirt and pesticides.For fruits and vegetables that require washing, soak them in cool water for about five to 10 minutes with a few tablespoons of baking soda while occasionally scrubbing with a vegetable brush. Baking soda is also a gentle, but effective abrasive and works well for removing grimy layers built up on toasters and other kitchen appliances made of chrome or stainless steel. This layer of film can be removed by dipping a soft damp sponge in a little baking soda and applying to the surface.

Essential oils

Essential oils as a cleaning product work together with their aromatherapeutic benefits. For example, soak the smell of eucalyptus oil to your bedding by adding 25 drops into your wash cycle. Dust mites hate the smell. Essential oils such as lavender or lemongrass oil can be used to clean your windows due to its antiseptic nature. Add a few drops to water to clean grime away from windows.

Coffee grounds

Used coffee grounds are great for absorbing unpleasant smells from your trash bins, your refrigerator and even your hands after handling onions and garlic while cooking. Place small batches in smelly trouble spots instead of using chemical freshener sprays. Coffee grounds can also be used to help scrub hard to remove leftovers from your dishes. Simply soak your dirty dishes in mixture of warm water and 2 to 3 teaspoons of coffee grounds for an easier wash.

Bread

The most unlikely pairing comes from these two; a heirloom oil painting and the soft insides of a piece of bread. First, lightly dust the painting and then dab it with the doughy part of the bread to gently remove accumulated dirt and other particles. The bread easily breaks apart as it picks up the dirt. Use a soft brush to wipe away the breadcrumbs afterwards. Dampened bread is also a good way to pick up small pieces of broken glass.

Salt

Salt can be used to scour stains from teacups and coffee mugs and as a grease absorbent. Sprinkle salt on food spills in your oven to keep them from hardening. Before washing greasy iron pans, add salt to absorb the grease and then wipe away. Salt can also be used together with baking soda and vinegar to unclog shower drains. Pour 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of baking soda and half a cup of white vinegar down your bathtub or shower drain. After 10 minutes, pour two litres of boiling water.

Visit www.helpling.com for details.

Grilling tips

Attention grilling greenhorns, backyard bumblers and cookout connoisseurs!

Achieving rich flavours on the barbecue and creating an unforgettable food experience takes finesse, grilling know-how and a couple of tricks from one of Toronto’s Chef Hidde Zomer and The Carbon Bar.

Technique

- Invest in quality charcoal – it makes a big difference! Zomer likes the Green Egg charcoal as it burns long and is even in size. Uneven charcoal will burn in different temperatures and will require more management when cooking.

-To have better control of your fire, try adding two stone bricks inside of the barbecue to control where the charcoal will sit inside. This allows you to have a hot zone and warm zone to use for bigger cuts or a whole chicken.

- Char whole vegetables until they are black, then remove the smoky and tender meat from the inside to serve with roasted fish or steaks. This technique can be applied on many different vegetables to give the meal that extra oomph.

Wood

- Grilling on a wood fire pit is Hidde’s favourite. Experiment with different wood chips to start knowing the difference in their characteristics. Pecan, apple, hickory and mesquite are all great woods if you are smoking meats and fish.

- It takes a fair amount of practice and patience grilling with wood – from sourcing the right hardwood with the right amount of humidity to starting a fire pit and waiting to allow the wood to turn into ambers before you start cooking.

- Slower burning ambers are great for vegetables and slow roasting meats, while the higher heat is great for grilling steaks and fish or charring vegetables that cook fast, like peppers and asparagus.

Grilling recommendations

- Always make sure to pull the meats from the fridge before you are about to grill and allow it to get to room temperature for at least 45 minutes to one hour.

- Toss the flimsy tongs you get with the barbecue and get yourself a good set of stainless steel kitchen tongs. Zomer always has two on hand: a longer one for large meats and a shorter one for the smaller cuts and vegetables.

- Leave a lasting impression at your next barbecue party. Try to experiment with the bigger “dinosaur”/ “Flintstone” cuts of meat. Zomer’s favourites are 30 oz Bone-in Cowboy steaks (aka Tomahawk steaks). For an equally delicious alternative ask your butcher for some bone-in strip loins.

- For better flavour, go with the dry age beef. The process of dry aging meats is making a great come back; the complexity of these meats are fantastic, and you get a hint of blue cheese and nutty flavours.

Events

Summer Craft Beer Fest 2015

The Summer Craft Beer Fest 2015 returns to Liberty Village Thursday, July 9 from 5 to 10 p.m.

#SCBF2015 features some of the best craft brewers on the planet and big bites from Liberty Market Building Food Vendors, said a release. 

Stroll through the cobblestone galleria of Liberty Market Building, 171 Liberty St. W., and discover your new favourite craft beer while you jam to live music “busker style”. The Deep River Snacks street team will be sharing samples of kettle cooked potato chips including Sweet Maui Onion and Rosemary & Olive Oil.

Each sample voucher is $1 and most samples cost the same.

Visit www.summercraftbeerfest.com

TO Food Fest

The TO Food Fest brings together top foodie-reviewed restaurants and local hidden gems into one event July 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E.

Previous events have featured the best burgers, oysters, shortbread cookies and milk tea in the GTA. Established and aspiring chefs can be found at the TO Food Fest, giving the local community a taste of unique and delicious cuisine.

Admission is free, but a $2 donation or non-perishable food item for Second Harvest is accepted.

Visit http://tofoodfest.com/

Toronto Bastille Day 2015

Commemorating the taking of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the Fête de la Fédération of July 14, 1790, France’s Bastille Day is an annual celebration of French history and culture.

The Consulate General of France, the Alliance Française Toronto and Maille, a French mustard institution with more than 268 years of culinary creative traditions, are inviting Torontonians to celebrate the best of France. The event, which will be held on July 12 at David Pecaut Square, 215 King St. W.

In true Parisian spirit, guests are invited to picnic on the grass or purchase fare from the French market, including sausages, French wines, pastries and more.

The Maille Bistro will feature a mustard bar complete with five different flavours to help enhance your lunch. Guests will also sample innovative cocktails and macaroons made by French local chefs and mixologists. The Bastille Day celebrations feature an afternoon programming that highlights artists and bands, and will end with an official ceremony and a bal populaire, a traditional French dance, complete with a live DJ.

At the event, attendees will be able to purchase raffle tickets to win several prizes, including two airfare tickets to Paris provided by Air France. Guests can also enter the Maille photo contest that offers Canadians a chance to win a $5,000 Culinary Experience for two in Paris. To enter, foodies are invited to take photos of their memorable food moments (including those at Toronto Bastille Day) and upload them to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MailleMoment.

The event takes place Sunday, July 12 from noon to 5:30 p.m.

Products

Carnivore Club

Those who like cured meat should check out the Carnivore Club.

The Carnivore Club is the world’s first curated cured meat of the month club featuring artisans from around the world. Each month members receive a box filled with four to six handcrafted cured meats from top artisans. Each month’s box is themed around one producer specializing in a particular style of cured meats: French charcuterie, Italian salumi and Spanish chorizo are but a few.

Carnivore Club works with artisans that purchase ethically treated animals, employ humane slaughtering practices, use locally sourced ingredients and have a passion for making exceptional products.

Visit www.carnivoreclub.co

EatBy App

A Scottish couple is hoping to help reduce food waste and save people money.

EatBy App, a new money saving and environmentally beneficial smart kitchen app, which can be downloaded on Android and Apple devices, has been tipped to become the must-have app of 2015 as it promises to save it’s users up to $1,000 every year and help reduce food waste.

Husband and wife developers of the EatBy App, Steffan and Barbara Lewis, have been working on the EatBy project from their home in Scotland for more than a year and a half. Their passion for finding a solution to the environmental issues surrounding food waste has grown since the project began.

“We had the idea one lunchtime after we had to throw out the food we’d hoped to eat because it had passed it’s use by date. That led to a purge of all the out of date food in our kitchen. And quite frankly, we were shocked and disgusted with ourselves when we realized how much we waste.” said Barbara in a release.

The app is free to download and use with an optional shopping list that can be activated with an in-app purchase.

“It’s important to us that the app’s basic functions have to be free in order to gain and benefit the maximum number of users. Collectively we can all make a huge difference to the environment. And it’s an added bonus that we’ll save around £700 ($1,000) each year.”

And the numbers add up.

Recent reports state that the average household wastes $80 every month on uneaten food. With more than 123 million U.S. households that’s $9,840,000,000. With an equivalent amount in Europe, that’s a staggering $236 billion each year. It’s known that about one third of all food produced is discarded.

But the real cost is to the environment. This amounts to 1.3 billion tons of wasted food contributing 10 per cent of greenhouse gasses.

Many strategies for reducing food waste have been proposed by environmentalists, government agencies and industry specialists. But the pair claim their app will be the first practical personal tech solution to the problem of food waste. It is a simple to use Smart Kitchen App that effectively helps manage the food in your kitchen and lets you know when food items expire. The optional integrated shopping list will also help reduce buying too much food in the first place.

“We are under no illusion that our app will immediately solve this global problem,” said Steffan in a release. “But if only a few million people download and use it, then it’ll already make an impact and that’d be a great start.

Visit www.eatbyapp.com

Fuego Diablo, based in Nova Scotia, delivers premium steaks, shipped on a bed of dry ice, directly to any doorstep in Canada.

“Carnoisseurs, as we like to call them, like to try new things and are always interested in stepping up to a better quality beef,” said company founder Matthew MacQuarrie in a release. “Grilling a premium steak perfectly for yourself and a few friends is the ultimate trophy. It might be nice to go out for dinner now and then, but for our customers nothing beats a couple of perfectly grilled Diablos and a nice bottle of wine, enjoyed in your own backyard oasis.”

Based in Nova Scotia with an office in Ottawa, Fuego Diablo has a variety of premium steaks on the menu, such as USDA and Canadian Prime, USDA Choice and Alberta AAA (filet mignon, porterhouse, ribeye, strip loin, tomahawk and chateaubriand). For the ultimate indulgence, they also have imported Japanese Wagyu (Kobe style) steaks with an A-5 quality rating (Japan’s highest quality score). Gift packs come with great names: The Folsom Prison Pack, The Heisenberg, The Number of the Beast and The Adam & Eve Explorer Pack.

“These steaks won’t be found at your local grocery store or butcher,” MacQuarrie said. “We offer the quality made famous by the world’s top steakhouses, delivered direct to our customers door steps.”

Once a customer places an online order, the steaks are nestled in dry ice and then shipped.

Grillhouses

Create the ultimate outdoor retreat from Scandinavia.

According to a release, Grillhouses are essentially indoor camp fires, with an array of features and details that have evolved from the Laplandic culture. The central barbecue grill is built in Finland.

The versatility of the adjustable cooking trivets allows for different foods to be cooked at the same time by adjusting the height to suit the cooking temperature.

Experience the finer details of Scandinavian culture, from hand-carved dinner sets, Beer-noculars, super-size wooden shot glasses, secret cold storage compartments for beverages, benches that convert to beds in case the fun makes you sleepy, genuine reindeer pelts for rustic comfort, and every grill accessory you never imagined.

The grillhouses are sold exclusively through Arctic Spas.

Visit www.arcticspas.ca/grillhouses/

Our Daily Red

Our Daily Red (ODR), a 100 per cent USDA certified organic, vegan, gluten-free California red that contains no added preservatives, is now available in Toronto.

According to a press release, ODR “has an approachable fruit-forward flavour and at $13.95 (and) is not only affordable, but perfectly suited for any event.”

Crafted from organic vineyards around California’s Central Valley, ODR is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Ruby Cabernet and Carignan grapes. The lighter-style wine is loaded with blackberry and black cherry flavours and topped with a hint of toasted vanilla, pairing well with an array of foods that compliment any occasion.

“With the rise of health-conscious consumers, Our Daily Red will provide Ontarians with a flavourful wine that uses certified organically grown grapes, and no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic fertilizers or chemicals are used in the vineyard,” said Kurt Lorenzi, head winemaker in a release. “Our Daily Red is both an eco-friendly and economical option for consumers.”

During the winemaking process most wineries add preservatives to their wines, called sulfites, but ODR does not.

This summer, ODR’s head winemaker, Lorenzi is set to bring a mobile wine bar to select LCBO’s across Ontario to host a series of outdoor wine sampling events. The transformed vintage trailer is also fully equipped with a functioning kitchen that will be cooking up some delicious bites to enjoy alongside a glass of ODR. The sampling events are scheduled between 4 and 8 p.m. at the following LCBO locations across the province:

July 8

LCBO Queens Quay & Yonge

2 Cooper St.

July 9

LCBO Summerhill

10 Scrivener Sq.

July 10

LCBO Eglinton & Laird

65 Wicksteed Ave., Toronto

Visit www.OurDailyRed.com

The Fun DeLentil Tour

Canadian Lentils hosts The FunDeLentil Tour, a cross-cross-Canada lentil restaurant competition.

Twenty-four restaurants from seven cities, including Toronto, have created signature dishes using the world’s best lentils grown right in Canada and have added those dishes to their menus for customers to order throughout June.

Canadians can dine on the creative dishes and vote online at fundelentil.ca for their favourite lentil dish and be entered for a chance to win a trip to one of seven Canadian cities (contest details are available online). 

Well-known Canadian food advocate, Food Day Canada founder and Canadian Lentils campaign ambassador Anita Stewart was instrumental in bringing on board the 24 restaurants, which are also Food Day Canada participants committed to using Canadian ingredients.

“Canadians are going to love the signature lentil dishes created by our incredibly talented chefs,” Stewart said in a release. “Just watch the videos online and you’ll see their passion for this humble ingredient; their creativity is astonishing. The resulting dishes are as varied as our Canadian landscape, which speaks to versatility of lentils. Putting considerable thought into the dish they hope will win over Canadians, the chefs used lentils to reflect their restaurants’ viewpoint, seasonality, and their personal culinary roots.”

Many Canadians do not know that Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of lentils, planting 3.1 million acres of lentils last year. Types of lentils produced in Canada include commonly known green lentils and split red lentils, and lesser known black or beluga lentils and French Green lentils. The chefs involved at each participating restaurant were invited to use one or any combination of lentils grown in Canada to create their signature dish.

Andrew Winfield, the executive chef from River Café in Calgary, is one of the 24 participants in The FunDeLentil Tour. His restaurant created Black Beluga Lentil Salad with Edgar Farms Asparagus on Silver Sage 64 Day Dry-aged Beef Carpaccio.

Toronto restaurants include: Boralia, 59 Ossington Ave.; Farmhouse Tavern, 1627 Dupon St.; George, 111C Queen St. E.; and Pangaea, 1221 Bay St.

Theracurmin

Theracurmin, a concentrated form of curcumin, the yellow pigment found in turmeric and the primary member of the ginger family, is being touted as a natural way to help a variety of problems.

Curcumin has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat inflammatory conditions. Many health practitioners, including Dr. Oz, are touting the superb anti-inflammatory healing benefits of ginger and turmeric, and for good reason. Curcumin has powerful antioxidant, ant-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties that support neurological, cardiovascular and cellular health.

According to a press release, their turmeric is not easily absorbed by the human body.

Theracurmin, however, has been formulated to be the most bioavailable form of curcumin on the market, meaning it is easily absorbed by the body.

One capsule of Theracurmin is equal to 16,000 mg of regular curcumin powder.

“Theracurmin is 300 times more bioavailable than regular curcumin powder, ensuring more absorption and a therapeutically effective level in the blood,” said Dr. Michael Murray, ND, and director of product science and innovation for natural factors in a release. “Laboratory research has confirmed that curcumin can reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant protection to cells and reduce risk factors for chronic degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Theracurmin represents a major scientific breakthrough and is the No. 1 absorbed form of curcumin.”

According to the release, Theracurmin’s benefits include:

• Heart Health

- Prevents LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized and thus damaging the arteries

- Prevents atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

- Lowers cholesterol levels

- Prevents plaque formation on the arteries

- Inhibits formation of blood clots

- Increases the flexibility of the arteries

• Brain Health

- Protects against age-related brain damage (i.e. Alzheimer’s)

• Joint/ Muscle/ Knee Health – Post Exercise Recovery

- Regarded as nature’s most potent anti-inflammatory (comparable to hydrocortisone and ibuprofen)

- Reduces tissue damage caused by inflammation

- Boosts post-exercise recovery

- Reduces exercise-induced oxidative stress

- Relieves knee pain due to osteoarthritis

• Cancer Prevention + Healing

- Enhances the body’s production of cancer-fighting compounds such as glutathione

- Improves quality of life scores in cancer patients

• Liver Health

- Promotes the liver’s detoxification of cancer-causing compounds o Improves and protects liver function

• Skin & Teeth Health

- Improves skin’s moisture content o Improves periodontal health

Theracurmin can be purchased at reputable health food stores across Canada. It ranges from $24.99 for 30 count to $39.99 for 60 count.

Wojo Nutrition

Whether your are training for a marathon, hitting the gym or just need to give your immune system a boost, Wojo Nutrition offers single serving liquid supplements that can be added to any drink and are each specially formulated to tackle a distinct problem head-on.

At Wojo Nutrition, they don’t see the multivitamin as a one size fits all solution to one’s nutritional needs. Every day is filled with its own challenges, and every challenge has its own solution. This is why they’ve developed a line of six liquid single serving supplements that can be added to any beverage.

From stress-filled board meetings to draining to-do lists to that pre-workout boost, with Wojo Nutrition users pick the convenient, travel-ready supplement to suit their special needs for the day and add it to their favourite beverage. Its light taste blends instantly with any hot or cold beverage for a quick pick-me-up that’s easy on the palette and can be taken at any time, said a release.

Each single serving formula begins with a base of 6 B vitamins that are essential to healthy nerve and cell development. It’s then enhanced with a blend of herbal extracts and naturally derived amino acids and vitamins specific to its intended use. As an added health benefit, all of their offerings are free of sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavourings and chemical masking agents.

Currently, there are two products available for purchase. wojoENERGY is their proprietary formula, which provides balanced, feel good energy and support throughout the day, while wojoCALM is a soothing way to remove stress before it gets out of hand. This summer they’ll be releasing four new offerings including wojoFOCUS, wojoSUN, wojoWELL and wojoMOOD.

Visit www.wojonutrition.com

Editor’s Note: Wojo Nutrition kindly sent me a package of WojoCALM and a holder that would fit several packages of Wojo inside. Each package comes with five single serve bottles. I easily teared off the top, adding it to my glass of water. WojoCALM offers ginseng and l-theanine. There was an earthy smell to it, but I didn’t notice a taste (although it said if you wanted to drink it straight up you could, but it wouldn’t taste very good). I am wary of energy drinks, but I liked the fact this one was natural and could be added to your drink. Did I feel calm? Not sure, but my coworker said she used it after her evening bootcamp workout. She usually takes a long time to fall asleep, but with WojoCALM added to her water, she fell asleep quite quickly.

Whitewater Cooks Sauces & Dressings

With four bestselling cookbooks on her shelf and a continuing passion for cooking and sharing her love, Whitewater Cooks author Shelley Adams has released a limited line of sauces and dressings. 

The new line of dressings and sauces are designed to build off her earlier and much-loved recipes.  

Glory Bowl Dressing is the perfect topping to Glory Bowl, arguably the most popular recipe from her first book, ‘Whitewater Cooks - Pure, Simple and Real Creations from the Fresh Tracks Cafe’.  The dressing is described as addictive with Adams also recommending it for any kind of salad greens and excellent on chicken, rice or noodles.

The Maple Balsamic Dressing will become your ‘house dressing’, with Emily’s Honey Curry Vinaigrette the perfect pairing for spinach greens. Inspired by a commercial fisherman, Blake’s Miso Marinade for Fish from ‘Whitewater Cooks with Friends’, will be a permanent item in your fridge especially with fish on the barbecue in this warm weather.

Visit www.whitewatercooks.com

Cookbooks

Tea, History, Terroirs, Varieties

Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais and Hugo Americi

Firefly Books, www.fireflybooks.com

$24.95

This second edition has improved and refined tasting notes with updated content about non-herbal tea, the plant Camellia sinensis. The book’s elegant design is a complete guide to the world’s second most popular beverage – only water exceeds tea consumption.

This book is now clearly the best book on this topic, concise and authoritative with dozens of photographs and images of the teas themselves, revealing the surprising variety of colour and opacity of each variety.

The Ultimate Student Cookbook

Tiffany Goodall

Firefly Books, www.fireflybooks.com

$14.95

Written by a chef who lived away from home on a limited budget while she was a culinary arts student, The Ultimate Student Cookbook enables college and university students to enjoy fresh and healthy food everyday.

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Lisa Day is a copy editor for insidetoronto.com and compiles four blogs, including this one - Book News, Book Time, Food News and Recipes. She loves to read and talk about books.