Month: August 2011

Post-Vacation Stress: Three tips for a smooth return

August 31, 2011 No Comments

Are you suffering from the post-vacation blues? Here’s how to ease your re-entry into regular life. 1. Plan a smooth transition When you get back home, there is unpacking, laundry, an empty refrigerator, and … all the rest. Leave yourself at least one free day after vacation before returning to work in order to get […]

Have you tried a Piadina yet?

August 29, 2011 No Comments

Piadina is a thin Italian unleavened flatbread, typically prepared in the Romagna region. It is usually made with white flour, lard or olive oil, salt, and water. After cooking, the piadina is folded and filled with a variety of savoury or sweet fillings (ham, cheese, nutella, etc.). Nowadays, very good piadinas can also be enjoyed […]

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Drinking Green Tea for Good Health

August 27, 2011 No Comments

Although green tea has been part of traditional Chinese medicine for over 4,000 years, it is only in the past two decades that this thirst-quenching and invigorating beverage has become a fad in the West.

A sandwich with an [almost] unlimited shelf life?

August 26, 2011 No Comments

Your favourite sandwich could soon remain unspoiled for years in your bag. Scientists at the University of Minnesota have discovered the astonishing properties of ‘bisin’, which is produced by naturally occurring, nontoxic bacteria, and which doesn’t cause any allergy. The beauty of this compound is that it kills harmful bacteria, including salmonella, listeria and the […]

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Why you should go easy on red meat

August 24, 2011 No Comments

Already criticised for its saturated fats and its impacts on cardiovascular health, red meat is also responsible for several types of cancers, especially colorectal. Processed meats, such as cured meats for example, also increase the risk of cancer. Red meat includes beef, veal, pork, lamb, duck, goose, rabbit, horsemeat as well as giblets. Processed meats […]

From sprint to marathon

August 23, 2011 No Comments

Note by Cinzia: Our regular readers already know our team member Éloïse, through the articles that she has written here on Pestoblog. In her latest article here, we learn two things: Firstly, that her university course at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy keeps her super busy. And secondly, that the members of the […]


A non-alcoholic beer called spruce beer

August 20, 2011 No Comments

Contrary to what its name suggests, spruce beer is a fir-flavoured, non-alcoholic fizzy drink. Native Americans were already brewing a coniferous decoction that they thought had medicinal properties, when Jacques Cartier borrowed the recipe from them in 1536 to treat his sailors who were suffering from a mysterious disease. This was, in all likelihood, scurvy, […]

Want to live 15 years longer? Follow the Mediterranean diet!

August 18, 2011 No Comments

The benefits of the mediterranean diet have been known for quite a while already. A recent study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has demonstrated that combining this diet with a healthy lifestyle, i.e. regular exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight, can add up to […]

Kick start your day with a cappuccino

August 13, 2011 No Comments

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on August 13, 2011. Cappuccino is made from espresso, hot milk and a topping of steamed-milk foam. It gets its name from the Capuchin monks, known as Cappuccino in Italian, because of the colour of their habit and also because of its hood of foamed milk.

Canadian cheese makers win big at the American Cheese Society competition

August 11, 2011 2 Comments

The American Cheese Society hold its 2011 conference and competition in Montreal, last week. Many Canadian cheeses made from cows’ milk were named as category winners, and Louis D’or, a firm, organic, farmstead cheese produced by Fromagerie du Presbytère in Quebec, placed third overall in the ‘Best of Show’. You will find the complete list […]

Healthy and Yummy Food Substitutions

August 10, 2011 No Comments

Did you know that one tablespoon of mayonnaise has 100 calories, while one tablespoon of yogurt has 10 times less? Dilute your serving of mayonnaise with an equal amount of yogurt, as in our Tartare Sauce, and you will cut down your calorie and saturated fats intake, while preserving the flavour. Also, did you know […]

Our “Heart-Healthy” Meal Plans snagged top spot of Best Diets Rankings

August 8, 2011 No Comments

A panel of 22 health experts including nutritionists and specialists in diabetes, heart health, human behavior, and weight loss, reviewed detailed assessments of the 20 most popular diets, and top-ranked the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. We are very excited about this result, which proves the effectiveness of our Heart-Healthy Meal Plans. Indeed, […]

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