Food & Drink
Despite blustery conditions outside, RIPE Juicery in downtown Barrie busily serves up a steady stream of customers on a cold and snowy January day. We thought it would be a bit slow today, observes Meghan Attwater, 29, who runs the local business with Lindsay Haley, 27, as she welcomes a visiting GoodLife reporter into the shop. But we have been hopping today. People will trek out in any weather for juice. After a brief tour and menu rundown, I sit down with Attwater over energy balls and Yoga Warrior smoothies to hear the story of the raw, organic, cold pressed juicery, which opened in May 2015. We believe in getting a day's worth of fruits and vegetables in one glass, says the young entrepreneur with More
Let's face it. Despite the best of intentions, most health-oriented New Year's resolutions fall by the wayside long before February rolls around. So, what's the secret to keeping your resolution to shape up and eat better? To find the answer, we sought some expert advice from local personal trainers, nutrition consultants and dietitians. Here's what they had to say about battling the January bulge and keeping those fitness, nutrition and weight loss resolutions on track. More
How does the saying go? Ginger and spice and everything nice...just a few of the ingredients that capture our attention and our senses during this time of year. So, too, will the artisanal delights from Vaughan's unique pastry shops. Step into any one of them and you'll meet passionate pastry chefs and their teams busy at work, just like the elves in Santa's workshop, positioning delicate layers, swirling toppings, piping fillings and tying bows on a ridiculously delicious assortment of holiday pastries, cookies, cakes and pies. Each shop brings a specialty to the dessert table and each brings tidings of comfort and joy to the customers and their guests who are lucky enough to savour them. Meet six of Vaughan's sweetest shops. Read More..
A taste of Tuscany was the theme for the past Curb Appeal event, hosted on the patio of Bayshore Landing on September 11, 2015 overlooking beautiful Kempenfelt Bay. Round tables were adorned with old-world style linens, Italian influenced centerpieces courtesy of Art in Bloem, and baskets of artisan breads from Wanderlust Baking Co. Guests then enjoyed gourmet cheese was served from J'adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate, and balsamic and olive oil provided by our very own Barrie Olive Oil Co. Read More..
Collingwood's Canadian Mist Distillery began producing fine Canadian whisky in 1968 and internationally renowned whiskies in 1971 after spirits powerhouse Brown-Forman bought the operation. However, the downtown distillery itself remains rather unknown. Read More..
The cottage feels strangely quiet without the rush of weekend warriors in dripping swimming suits and the roar of the outboard motors. It's that time when the dock is out of the water, along with the boat and the kids are back to school. Each year, as summer ends and autumn arrives, it feels like the world is starting to fade, but as you look out the window, the majestic colours of fall remind you that the change of seasons is not only inevitable, but beautiful. As autumn takes hold, temperatures drop and we get ready to gas up the snowmobiles, sharpen our skates, and lace up our snowshoes to embrace a Muskoka winter, we can also take a moment to explore some of the great seasonal beverages produced by our Ontario Craft Brewers. Read More..
When judging a culinary challenge, one must arrive hungry. With that in mind, I drove my growling stomach to the Barrie Fair to eat my way through the Egg Farmers of Ontario Road to the Royal (Agricultural Winter Fair) Chef Challenge in late August. Read More..
With the holiday season upon us, it's time to start thinking about festive fare. With that in mind, we asked various local chefs to share some of their favourite yuletide recipes. From creative appetizers and colourful cocktails to tasty entrees, must-have condiments, scrumptious side dishes and mouthwatering sweets, the chefs delivered big time! Check out these recipes and here's to holiday entertaining. Read More..
Eggnog and oliebollen couldn't be more traditional holiday flavoursspicy nutmeg and cinnamon, balanced by thick, creamy indulgence and perfectly fluffy doughnuts. Read More..
Holiday traditions meet new food trends in this selection of appetizers Read More..
With the approach of the holiday entertaining season, chances are you'll be serving and eatingcheese at least once or twice in the coming weeks. With that in mind, GoodLife consulted three York Region cheese experts to ask about their favourite cheeses and how to serve them. Read More..
GoodLife asked four York Region experts in design and decoration to provide tablescapes inspired by a favourite holiday song. Read More..
Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday feast. I love the savoury dishes, roast birds and pumpkin pie for dessert. At my mother's table, there was always something new along with the traditional recipes. Whether it was roast duck with orange sauce or a spread with 23 different vegetables (we counted), it was always a meal to be remembered. I would like to carry on her tradition and update the classics while still creating a Thanksgiving meal with the same comforting flavours. Changing the type of fowl you serve can be a wonderful way to update your menu. There are many different varieties of birds readily available, whether at the farm gate or at the butcher. Cornish hens are a great choice as they are quick to cook and beautiful to serve whole on a platter. Traditional sides are updated with a new ingredient or two cider and spices for a mulled cranberry sauce or mascarpone for a richer mashed potato. We finish it all off with a pumpkin cheesecake and pear crisp. All these recipes serve 4 to 6. Happy Thanksgiving! Read More..
Historically speaking, for craft beer lovers, we are in the age of enlightenment. It has simply never been a better time to love craft beer. Worldwide brewers are handcrafting exceptional quality beer, while pushing the boundaries of the beer lover's pallet on a daily basis. Here in Ontario, the craft beer market is booming. New breweries are starting up on what feels like a monthly basis. Any bar, pub or restaurant that is even halfway respectable has craft beer on tap. The LCBO is firmly behind our craft brewers providing help with marketing and distribution. Even the Ontario government is trying to get on the bandwagon by updating beer distribution laws to open the market for our local breweries. While things have never been better, I ask the question, where did is all start? Read More..
The local harvest season is in full swing. From orchard crisp apples to garden fresh zucchini, Simcoe County growers have plenty to offer. With that in mind, we asked a handful of food producers, restauranteurs and farmers to share some of their favourite fall recipes. Here's what they served up. Read More..