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5 things to do this weekend: Burlington beer festival & free yoga

CityNews | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015

As our regular series continues, we look at events happening in Toronto this weekend for a variety of ages and interests.

July 17-19, 2015

Yoga Meltdown: Part of the Festival of India, this free outdoor yoga class will have devotees saying ‘om’ on Centre Island. There’s also meditation, kirtan (call and response chanting), and vegan cooking demonstrations. Centre Island. Sunday. Free. yogameltdown.com

Sherway Farmer’s Market: For the Friday morning crowd, get first pick of Ontario-grown fruit and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, lamb, cheese and other goodies right outside Sherway Gardens. The market is open throughout mall construction. 25 The West Mall. Friday, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Free admission.farmfreshmarkets.ca

Shakespeare in the Park: Head out to Scarborough to see the Bard’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers in the open air. It’s the fifth year of performances at Guild Park’s Greek Theatre and this summer, actors are taking on Romeo and Juliet. 201 Guildwood Parkway. Performances run until August 9. Wednesday to Sunday, 7:30 p.m. $25, $20 for seniors and students, children under 12 free. guildfestivaltheatre.ca

Burlington Beer Festival: Step off the beaten path and take the one-hour drive to Burlington for this second-annual beer festival. Join 15,000 of your closest friends — and Batman! — to sample beer, wine, and cider on the shores of Lake Ontario. At least 30 breweries will be represented as well as dozens of local restaurants. Country music singer Beverly Mahood will perform. Spencer Smith Park, Burlington. Friday-Sunday. Tickets $35-75. burlingtonbeerfest.com

Panamania: Can’t wait for Kanye? Before the superstar closes out the Pan Am Games, check out homegrown talent all across the city. Colin James (Friday), Kiesza (Saturday), and Dragonette (Sunday) are playing free shows at CIBC Pan Am Park, while Eva Avila rocks the Distillery District on Friday. Various venues. Free. Click here for a full list of performers.

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Week of July 20, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015

Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Tune in Monday as it’s all about the meatless BBQ–you read that right!

On Wednesday, we learn how to avoid eating unhealthy snacks at work.

And to end off the week Friday, Jenn will be live at Camp Ooch in Muskoka.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Best of BT Weekend: July 16, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015

Weddings: Where to save and splurge

Alison McGill from Wedding Bells Magazine showed us where we should save and splurge on the wedding.


Grilling the perfect steak

Chef Natalie Cuda showed us how to choose and grill the perfect steak.


Ultra marathon runner Dean Karnazes

Dean Karnazes shares his tips on how prepare for a run.


Pan Am roundup: Canada picks up 14 medals on Day 6

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 17th, 2015

Team Canada earned itself some serious hardware on Day 6 of the Pan Am games, adding 14 medals – five gold, six silver, and three bronze – to their total.

Canadians grabbed gold in women’s wrestling, women’s doubles tennis, women’s badminton, and men’s and women’s team cycling.

Canada’s swimmers won three bronze and three silver medals, while its badminton players nabbed three silvers to go with their gold.

At the end of Day 6, Canada led the Pan Am pack with 97 medals in all, including 38 gold, 36 silver, and 23 bronze.

Below is a full look at Team Canada’s gold medalists from Thursday:

5 common grilling mistakes (and how to avoid them)

Chatelaine | posted Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015

Even if you’re a master of the grill, after a winter spent away from the barbecue, you may find your skills are a little rusty. And if you’re a grilling novice, these tips are a great place to start. It’s the perfect time to get acquainted with your barbecue; avoiding these common mistakes will result in a delicious summer filled with effortless eats.

Here are five common grilling mistakes, a few simple tips for avoiding them:.

1. Using the wrong grilling method.
There are two ways to grill: direct heat and indirect heat. The direct heat method cooks foods that are placed directly on the heated grates. This is the commonly used when you want a good char on your vegetables, like when grilling asparagus or green onions, or for when you want a golden crust on your meat, like burgers andsteaks. With indirect grilling you create a heated zone on one side of the barbecue and use residual heat to cook food evenly – this method works perfect for grilled pizza.

Direct heat: Cheesy sliders with red onion marmalade.

Indirect heat: Grilled margherita pizza.

How do you know which method to use? Go for the indirect method when cooking foods that require more than 25 minutes of grilling, for cuts of meat over 2 inches in thickness or for highly delicate foods that can burn or scorch quickly.

2. Overcooking meat, poultry and fish.
It can be difficult to precisely control the level of heat on a barbecue, which can lead to dry, overcooked food. The best way to avoid this is to use an instant-read thermometer to check doneness. Fish can be a little trickier; a great tip is to grill fish at five minutes per 1/2-inch of thickness.

3. Food sticking to the grates.
There are a few steps you can take to prevent food from sticking to the grates. Start by cleaning the grates before each use and follow-up by brushing them with cooking oil (this will season the grates and allow food to release). Be sure to preheat the grill for at least ten minutes before grilling and allow the food to cook long enough to form a sear before flipping.

4. Vegetables falling through the grates.
Grilling adds a unique smokiness and complex flavour to vegetables. They cook quickly, but depending on their size, they are notorious for falling through the grates. Try using a veggie basket, or a favourite trick of the Chatelaine Kitchen is to create veggie packets out of aluminum foil like in our warm potato salad.

 5. Over-marinating the meat.

Marinating is one of the easiest ways to add a ton of flavour to meats and vegetables. Unfortunately, it is also easy to over-marinate leading to tough meat. Marinating times are impacted by the cut and size of the meat, but here are a few to keep in mind:

Flank, skirt and brisket: These tougher cuts should be marinated at least two hours, but can withstand up to 12 hours (keep in mind that brisket can be marinated for up to 24 hours).

Steak and chops: These cuts of meat benefit from a shorter marinating time as they will become tough if left in the marinade too long. Thirty minutes to four hours is plenty of time to soak up flavour. Try a shorter marinating time with our tandoori lamb chops.

Chicken: If you’re tight on time, 20 minutes will make a difference to chicken, but try to marinate for two hours or overnight for optimal flavour. For an easy weeknight dinner, try this citrus grilled chicken.

Fish: The acidity will start to cook the fish, so marinate for 15 minutes and no longer than an hour. No time to marinate? Try this cedar-plank salmon recipe – the flavouring is brushed on just before cooking.

Pan Am Games roundup: Canada going for gold on Day 5

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jul 16th, 2015

What a day, eh! Team Canada continues to dominate the gold medal table holding strong to the top podium spot with a total of 33 medals, at the end of day five.

Team Canada collected 18 medals in just one day.

The women’s quadruple sculls won gold, the men’s lightweight four won gold, the men’s eight won gold and Robert Gibson won a silver in the men’s single sculls.

Ellie Black is cleaning house in gymnastics with a total of five medals: three gold, one silver and one bronze.

There was also a plethora of medals won in the pool.

Team Canada lost its number one spot on the total medal tally to Team US by just three medals.

Canada has a total of 82 medals, the United States holds the largest amount of medals with 85.

Below is a full look at Canada’s gold medallists from Wednesday:

Pan Am roundup: Gold rush for Canada on Day 4

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Jul 15th, 2015

It didn’t matter if it was in water or on the water — Canada continued to dominate at the Pan Am Games on Tuesday.

Day 4 featured 23 medals for the hosts, including eight gold medal performances — three in the pool, and five from rowing, canoeing and kayaking.

Canada also added eight silver and seven bronze to see their Pan Am-leading medal total rise to 64 — with 25 gold, 22 silver and 17 bronze to their credit after four days of competition.

Below is a full look at Canada’s gold medallists from Tuesday:

Safe home remedies for garden pests

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Jul 14th, 2015

We love animals, but they’re not always welcome in the garden — especially when they’re eating your plants! Carson Arthur shares his solutions for keeping creatures out without harm.

For cats:

  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 rosemary spears (or lavender)
  • 1 litre boiling water

Method: Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle. Let cool before applying to areas where cats have been.

For deer and rabbits:

  • 6-8 rhubarb leaves
  • boiling water

Method: Pour boiling water over rhubarb leaves in heatproof container. Let cool before applying to inedible plants, like cedar trees. The leaves are toxic, so the mixture shouldn’t be sprayed on vegetable  or fruit plants.

For aphids:

1 regular-strength Aspirin
1 litre water bottle

Method: Dissolve Aspirin in water and apply to aphid-infested plants.

For more tips, watch Carson’s segment below!

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