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Recent articles by Rita:

Food Network host John Catucci shares the best of his bucket list

What happens when a pandemic gets in the way of your bucket list? “You make bread,” laughs famed actor-comedian and TV food personality John Catucci. “Growing a garden came in second.” Catucci’s gearing up for the second season of his mouth-watering Big Food Bucket List, which recently premiered on Food Network Canada, taking fans on […] → Read More

Well-known Canadian tech investor paralyzed in Markham biking accident

When news broke last week that well-known Canadian tech investor John Ruffolo was severely injured in a bike accident, leaving him paralyzed from the waist… → Read More

Reach for a can opener next time you're making meal plans

Do you remember when the COVID-19 pandemic came into our lives, and we started hoarding everything from toilet paper to canned foods? And now you’re looking in your kitchen cupboard and wondering… just what were you thinking? If you’re like me, I’m sure there are plenty of canned goods in there – tomatoes, lentils, fish, […] → Read More

Preserving your summer memories in a delicious jar of jam

It’s Labour Day weekend – why not make it a labour of love in your kitchen? By preserving the glorious Canadian bounty. All you need is a handful of ingredients and a touch of patience. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to make jams and jellies – just follow the directions and don’t […] → Read More

Time to break the butt habit and get up off your assets for a healthier life

They say that sitting is the new smoking. The way this whole COVID-19 pandemic has panned out recently, especially for those working from home – heck! Many of us have developed a three-pack-a-day version of sitting on our butts all day. It may sound amusing, but the reality is, we’ve been sitting way too long […] → Read More

Back-to-school breakfast ideas

We’re heading back! School is looming high up on the horizon and debates as to whether kids will be filling the hallways at school or at home are still taking… → Read More

We're living with a global obesity epidemic

We’re pretty sure a sense of dread comes over people when they read yet another story on the COVID-19 pandemic, sort of like coming from the oh wait! – there’s more! – headline news. → Read More

With its intense flavour, colour and health properties, Thailand's Riceberry rice rocks the food world

Thai cuisine is one of the most vibrant, exciting cuisines in the world. Being invited to a Thai kitchen is an honour, and an opportunity for your tastebuds to go on an unprecedented flavour-driven journey. The amazing diversity of the food scene makes Thailand one of the most exciting countries in the world to visit. […] → Read More

Internationally acclaimed Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto restaurant closing

One of Canada’s most critically acclaimed restaurants has become the latest to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the formal announcement that Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is shuttering its doors permanently. → Read More

Give us a cheer! It’s National Rum Day

If there was ever a spirit that was a vacation in glass it would have to be rum. A byproduct of molasses (or sugar cane juice) production, rum has a decidedly island flavour, especially when blended with coconut and pineapple juice, or a spritz of your favourite citrus flavour – even a shot of... → Read More

Drastic measures for a good night's sleep

I recently took part in an overnight polysomnography test, also also known as a sleep study, to figure out why I have such bad insomnia. I’m not the only one suffering this problem. The National Library of Medicine reports that sleep disorders affect 40% of Canadians, with the main culprit being insomnia. And yes, sleeping […] → Read More

It’s a real peach of a fruit season this summer

Biting into a fresh, ripe peach is like biting into a summer day. So aromatic and juicy, the peach has such a delicate blush to it, a wonderfully rich pulp, and you really can’t stop at one, especially when they’ve just been picked off the tree. → Read More

Time to stop and smell the roses, Toronto

If you are looking for a beautiful distraction from all the uncertainty going on thanks to COVID-19, get yourself over to Yorkville, where, starting Wednesday and for the next few days you’re encouraged to stop and smell the roses at one of the most glorious flower exhibits in the world. → Read More

Check out Canada's largest dock-to-dock party with a purpose all in support of CNIB Lake Joe

There’s a special fundraising summer event taking place across Canada on Aug. 15, and you’re all invited. And it checks off all the boxes: It’s virtual, socially-distanced and it’s a party-with-a-purpose – raising funds for the CNIB Lake Joe one-of-a-kind camp famous for its innovative programs to help not only those with sight loss but […] → Read More

Canada gives a big hand in the fight to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic

Canadians were asked to give their nation a hand – and they did. Over and over again. Thanks to the recent pandemic, we’ve become a country of successful hand-washers and, coupled with responsible mask-wearing, it appears we’re well on our way to flattening the COVID-19 curve. In fact, handwashing has become a point of pride […] → Read More

Celebrate Food Day Canada by enjoying the tastes and flavours of our great nation

Throwing a party during these extraordinary times may be considered difficult at best – but not impossible. So say the organizers of the iconic Food Day Canada, coming up this Saturday, Aug. 1, and an opportunity for everyone across the nation to unfurl the picnic blanket and set a feast to celebrate all the great […] → Read More

Let’s celebrate the festive holidays at the halfway mark

It’s July and I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. Why not? – officially we’re at the six month mark for Christmas Eve, and Christmas proper is only 154 days away. → Read More

Watching out for Mama Mosquito while enjoying the summer season

When the warm weather hits – so do the bites. Ever feel like bugs see you as one big buffet? Ticks, spiders and yes, mosquitoes, all that itching and scratching and pain? Days later you’re still tearing the skin off with the incessant scratching.It is the season, after all. → Read More

Watching out for Mama Mosquito while enjoying the summer season

When the warm weather hits – so do the bites. Ever feel like bugs see you as one big buffet? Ticks, spiders and yes, mosquitoes, all that itching and scratching and pain? Days later you’re still tearing the skin off with the incessant scratching. → Read More

COVID-19 has allowed us to embrace our inner chef and newly-decluttered home

By now, many of us have embraced our inner chef and created all sorts of culinary delights – dishes we never thought we’d be capable of making.Yet, here we are, able to whip up a decent coq au vin, or a decadent chocolate mousse and even know how to shuck oysters properly. → Read More