Month: July 2012


Stroke warning signs

July 31, 2012 No Comments

Stroke is a medical emergency, immediately recognizing and responding to its warning signs can significantly improve survival and recovery. This is the reason why the Heart and Stroke Foundation has launched a new awareness campaign, called “It’s time to have the S-TALK“.

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Stars for the striped bass

July 28, 2012 No Comments

In Canada, Chilean sea bass is the icon of non-ecological fish, since it is overfished, but there do exist other types of bass that can be eaten without worrying about the survival of the species and the environment. In fact, the term “bass” refers to several species of Atlantic fish, mainly from the Moronidae family, […]


For a tiny terrace: “BBQ and herb-garden in one”

July 27, 2012 No Comments

What does this seemingly ordinary flower pot hide? A small grill. The Black + Blum Hot Pot BBQ can be for US$125.

Few days left to enjoy the food-lovers “souk” in Montreal

July 24, 2012 No Comments

The Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, they have organized a whole-hog food fair of its own. “Souk” is an arab word for “open-air marketplace”, and the eating scene down in the Quartier des Spectacles is indeed bustling and a bit chaotic, just […]


“DSK” aphrodisiac drink to be launched in France

July 23, 2012 No Comments

A new drink with alleged aphrodisiac qualities and carrying the initials of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the disgraced head of the International Monetary Fund, is about to hit French night clubs this summer. Two French entrepreneurs came up with the idea of a saffron-based soda, because “this spice has been known to stimulate respiratory function, act as […]


Monkfish, “the poor man’s lobster”

July 21, 2012 1 Comment

Monkfish belongs to the anglerfish family. Supposedly it earned its name because people refused to purchase them and local monks would go down to the docks and collect them.


An apple a day…, genetically buffed

July 20, 2012 2 Comments

A small company located in the Okanagan valley, BC, is trying to bring to market a genetically engineered apple, called Arctic, that does not turn brown when sliced or bruised. It contains a synthetic gene that sharply reduces production of polyphenol oxidase, an enzyme responsible for the browning.


Sustainable fish in our supermarkets

July 18, 2012 No Comments

A few weeks ago, Greenpeace Canada has released its annual report on the state of Supermarket Seafood Sustainability. Greenpeace scored Canada’s eight major retailers against a set of criteria based on the strength, comprehensiveness and implementation of their seafood policies, the information they make available to their customers, and the number of harmfully-fished Redlist species.


The very controversial catfish, called “basa”

July 14, 2012 No Comments

Basa or Pangasius, also known as the “Mekong catfish“, is a boneless fine textured freshwater fish with white flesh and medium fat. Its mild-flavour compares favourably with that of sole. Developed by the Vietnamese in the 1990s, this fish is now easily found in the global markets. It is often sold fileted at a very […]


Mahi-mahi for deep-sea fishing

July 7, 2012 6 Comments

Mahi-mahi – also known as dorado, or dolphinfish – is a predatory fish that lives in tropical and subtropical waters of all the oceans. The average adult mahi-mahi is 1.5 meters long and weighs 20kg, but it can reach up to 2 meters and 40kg. This vibrantly coloured, incredibly fast and powerful fish (the term […]

Street food vendors in Montreal

July 6, 2012 No Comments

In keeping with an exploding North American trend, the appetite for truck grub is increasing in Montreal, where the city is now considering allowing food trucks and street food vendors to sell their delicacies downtown. Since the beginning of summer, a few vendors have been allowed in selected areas, apparently with great success. At the […]

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Aperol Spritz: a world record in Venice

July 3, 2012 No Comments

Earlier this year, I have already mentioned that “spritz” is the preferred alcoholic aperitif in Northern Italy. Last week, over 2600 people gathered in Piazza San Marco in Venice to attempt the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Aperol Spritz Celebration‘.

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