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Skincare Masterclass with Aveeno!

Aveeno Masterclass | posted Wednesday, Oct 20th, 2021

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It’s the super ingredient for skin—prebiotic oats! Aveeno teams up with two beauty experts, Liv Judd and Bahar Niramwalla, to show you how you can ease your skin into winter.

Watch the videos below!

 

Unlock the benefits of oat for your skin

Ease your skin into winter with Aveeno, available at Shoppers Drug Mart!

Skincare Masterclass Series with Aveeno

It’s the super ingredient for skin—prebiotic oats from Aveeno! Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

 

SPONSORED: Content paid for & endorsed by Aveeno Canada.

Meat-free Thanksgiving Prep!

Kyle Mack | posted Tuesday, Oct 5th, 2021

 

 

Stressing about Thanksgiving prep? Chef Randy Feltis has a selection of meat-free recipes that are bound to make a believer out of even the biggest meat lover!

Plant-Based Shepherds Pie

Serves 6-8

Prep time 17 minutes

Bake time 50 minutes

Special tools 9×9 baking pan

 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup PC Plant Based Butter Alternative Salted
  • 1 medium diced yellow onion
  • 1 lb PC Plant Based Beefless Ground
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1.5 cups frozen veggies (peas, corn, carrots)
  • 1.5 lb mashed potatoes with extra PC Plant Based Butter Alternative Salted

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a medium cast iron pan, sauté onions and garlic in butter. Add ground beef and herbs, when browning starts add flour and tomato paste. Deglaze with wine and add veggies. Cook the liquid out a little bit keep the mixture wet but not too loose.
  3. Transfer to baking dish and top with mash potatoes. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden.

 

Plant Based Sausage Stuffing

Serves 6-8

Prep time 15 minutes

Bake time 60 minutes

Special tools 9-13 inch baking dish

 

Ingredients

  • 7 cups sourdough cubes
  • 1/2 cup PC Plant Based Butter Alternative Salted
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 400g PC Plant Based Sweet Italian Sausage casing removed and pinched into medium bits
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 stocks celery diced
  • .5 cup white wine
  • 2.5 cups veggie stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper

Method

  1. In a large sauté pan, melt butter and gently cook celery, onions and garlic.  Once softened add breadcrumbs to a large mixing bowl and pour overtop.
  2. In the same pan sauté sausage, once browned deglaze with wine and toss into bread mixture.
  3. Add remaining stock, herbs and season.
  4. Grease up your baking dish and top with stuffing.  Bake at 350 for 60 minutes uncovered or until top is golden brown.

 

Schwartz’s Potato Hash Plant Based

Serves 8-10

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook time 70 minutes

Special tools 9×13 inch baking dish

 

Ingredients

  • 2 lb diced cooked potatoes
  • 2 cups PC Plant Based Sour Cream Alternative
  • 1/4 cup  PC Plant Based Butter Alternative Salted
  • 1 tin cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 bottle PC Plant Based Ranch Dressing
  • 2 cups Plant based cheese

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease baking dish with butter,  mix up potatoes, sour cream, mushroom soup and ranch dressing.
  3. Transfer into baking dish and top with cheese.
  4. Bake for 70 minutes or until crispy on top.
  5. Serve with a smile

 

Plant Based Breakfast

Serves 4-8

Prep time 4 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tub PC Plant Based Cultured Oat Yogurt Alternative Yuzu Citrus Flavour
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves torn
  • 16 twists black pepper
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  1. Portion yogurt into a bowl, top with granola, blueberries, mint and maple syrup.
  2. Add a couple twists of black pepper.

Recipe: NIKKEI SASHIMI

BT Staff | posted Wednesday, Sep 15th, 2021

NIKKEI SASHIMI

Ingredients (1portion):

 

Yellowtail sashimi 60g/6slices

Serano chilli 4g

Red onion 6g

Red cherry tomato 5g

Yellow cherry tomato 5g

Micro cilantro 1g

Yuzu juice and soy sauce mix 30g

Purple potato chips 5g

Truffle oil 5g

 

 

Method:

  1. Slice and wash the red onion.
  2. Chop the chilli and wash for 20minutes under cold water.
  3. Slice the tomatoes in thin slices.
  4. Take the yellowtail sashimi slices and place into a small mixing bowl.
  5. Add yuzu juice and soy sauce, and mix using chopsticks.
  6. Add the red onion, chilli, tomatoes and truffle oil.
  7. Lightly mix again using chopsticks – Be careful not to break the fish.
  1. Garnish with purple potato chips and micro cilantro.

 

 

2021 Federal Election: Platform Breakdown

Kyle Mack | posted Tuesday, Sep 14th, 2021

As election day nears closer, we want to know…have you decided who you are voting for? It’s important to know which leader stands for what, and how they compare. Here’s the lowdown on some of the key campaign processes from each political party in Canada.

Remember: this is just a short list of the party platforms! to see the full breakdowns, follow the links below:

https://liberal.ca/our-platform/
https://www.conservative.ca/plan/
https://www.ndp.ca/commitments
https://www.greenparty.ca/en/platform

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get this school year off to a great start

BT Staff | posted Thursday, Sep 9th, 2021

This BT feature is presented in partnership with Oxford Learning.

Many students are heading back to class after a long hiatus. And that can mean returning to school on different pages and with different paces. Children have been learning at different speeds. For some, computer skills have skyrocketed. For others, reading may have fallen off the home-school schedule. But Oxford Learning, can help tip the scales in your favour.

As parents, you’ve already dug up the backpack and topped up the school supplies. Kids have already brought uneaten lunches home and probably even lost a shoe or two. Here are some other helpful ways to help your family be prepared and stay prepared for the academic challenges coming our way. Check out our top 10 tips:

    1. Restore routines: kids love structure. A pre-and-post-school schedule can help keep everyone on track – especially when managing time around extra-curricular activities.
    2. Schedule reading time: reading skills are highly transferrable and the basis for all subjects. Adding some time in your book nook each day will help boost your child’s skills.
    3. Build better sleep habits: brains recover overnight, and new information is absorbed. Ensuring a solid sleep schedule keeps everyone’s moods in check and focus razor-sharp.
    4. Prioritize organization habits: keeping your child’s schoolwork organized is important so they can quickly find their papers and books at school, while also keeping their work tidy.
    5. Set goals for this school year: ask your children what they want to achieve this year and use that list as a check-in on a regular basis. It lets your children feel heard and helps you all point in the right direction.
    6. Be prepared for online learning: flexibility is the key to life these days. Don’t disassemble your home set up just yet. Be ready to be agile for potential sick days, school closures and more.
    7. Set screen time limits: many children will have to be close to their screens this year for school. That means a big focus on reducing tv, gaming and tablet time outside of school to keep those little eyes rested.
    8. Create a study studio at home: this goes hand-in-hand with creating a routine. When your child has a go-to location in the home where they know they can get their work done, it’s one less question to arise.
    9. Check in with mental health: don’t take this one for granted. Lots of changes create lots of emotions. Ask the obvious questions and the hard questions.
    10. Practice gratitude: it’s so easy to complain. Try swapping the negative conversation for a positive one and teach the next generation about looking on the bright side.

 

More about Oxford Learning:

When your child is struggling or doesn’t feel confident in their abilities, there’s always an underlying reason. Oxford Learning works hard to get to the root of the issue through a personalized program that helps your child with the building block skills they need and the confidence in their knowledge they deserve. Often, children react differently to tutors than they do to teachers and parents. Individual attention gives your child the support they need that they may miss out on in a crowded classroom. It also gives your child personalized challenges that help keep them excited about learning and driven to achieve their best.

Since 1984, Oxford Learning has been using a unique approach to tutoring. Their focus on cognitive learning helps students use their brains more effectively. This helps build fundamental skills and teaches your children how to learn.

Traditional tutoring uses memorization as the basis for their programs. But Oxford Learning believes in developing fundamental learning skills that propel students to better grades and deeper knowledge. This approach helps fill the gaps between your child’s understanding of the work and what is being taught in school:

  • Find the most effective way for a child to learn
  • Teach your child using a big picture approach so they can understand how smaller thoughts fit into larger ideas
  • Help your child retain and apply new concepts successfully and with ease

You’ve already planted the seeds for a new school year routine; Oxford Learning knows the first few weeks can be a key time for understanding what’s needed for the year ahead. They’re here to help you and your family get the academic support you need when the time is right. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help jump-start the school year.

For more information about tutoring, subject areas, programs and more, visit oxfordlearning.com.

 

Get this school year off to a great start

Kyle Mack | posted Thursday, Sep 9th, 2021

Many students are heading back to class after a long hiatus. And that can mean returning to school on different pages and with different paces. Children have been learning at different speeds. For some, computer skills have skyrocketed. For others, reading may have fallen off the home-school schedule. But Oxford Learning, can help tip the scales in your favour.

As parents, you’ve already dug up the backpack and topped up the school supplies. Kids have already brought uneaten lunches home and probably even lost a shoe or two. Here are some other helpful ways to help your family be prepared and stay prepared for the academic challenges coming our way. Check out our top 10 tips:

    1. Restore routines: kids love structure. A pre-and-post-school schedule can help keep everyone on track – especially when managing time around extra-curricular activities.
    2. Schedule reading time: reading skills are highly transferrable and the basis for all subjects. Adding some time in your book nook each day will help boost your child’s skills.
    3. Build better sleep habits: brains recover overnight, and new information is absorbed. Ensuring a solid sleep schedule keeps everyone’s moods in check and focus razor-sharp.
    4. Prioritize organization habits: keeping your child’s schoolwork organized is important so they can quickly find their papers and books at school, while also keeping their work tidy.
    5. Set goals for this school year: ask your children what they want to achieve this year and use that list as a check-in on a regular basis. It lets your children feel heard and helps you all point in the right direction.
    6. Be prepared for online learning: flexibility is the key to life these days. Don’t disassemble your home set up just yet. Be ready to be agile for potential sick days, school closures and more.
    7. Set screen time limits: many children will have to be close to their screens this year for school. That means a big focus on reducing tv, gaming and tablet time outside of school to keep those little eyes rested.
    8. Create a study studio at home: this goes hand-in-hand with creating a routine. When your child has a go-to location in the home where they know they can get their work done, it’s one less question to arise.
    9. Check in with mental health: don’t take this one for granted. Lots of changes create lots of emotions. Ask the obvious questions and the hard questions.
    10. Practice gratitude: it’s so easy to complain. Try swapping the negative conversation for a positive one and teach the next generation about looking on the bright side.

 

More about Oxford Learning:

When your child is struggling or doesn’t feel confident in their abilities, there’s always an underlying reason. Oxford Learning works hard to get to the root of the issue through a personalized program that helps your child with the building block skills they need and the confidence in their knowledge they deserve. Often, children react differently to tutors than they do to teachers and parents. Individual attention gives your child the support they need that they may miss out on in a crowded classroom. It also gives your child personalized challenges that help keep them excited about learning and driven to achieve their best.

Since 1984, Oxford Learning has been using a unique approach to tutoring. Their focus on cognitive learning helps students use their brains more effectively. This helps build fundamental skills and teaches your children how to learn.

Traditional tutoring uses memorization as the basis for their programs. But Oxford Learning believes in developing fundamental learning skills that propel students to better grades and deeper knowledge. This approach helps fill the gaps between your child’s understanding of the work and what is being taught in school:

  • Find the most effective way for a child to learn
  • Teach your child using a big picture approach so they can understand how smaller thoughts fit into larger ideas
  • Help your child retain and apply new concepts successfully and with ease

You’ve already planted the seeds for a new school year routine; Oxford Learning knows the first few weeks can be a key time for understanding what’s needed for the year ahead. They’re here to help you and your family get the academic support you need when the time is right. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help jump-start the school year.

For more information about tutoring, subject areas, programs and more, visit oxfordlearning.com.

 

Celebrate Local!

Kyle Mack | posted Friday, Jul 16th, 2021

 

In partnership with Scotiabank, Breakfast Television launches ‘Celebrate Local’!

With the lockdowns ending, we have to remember to support our local businesses. Each day, Breakfast Television will place a spotlight on a Canadian business deserving of recognition! 

Check back Friday mornings for a freshly updated list!

Stay safe, and support local!

 

CELEBRATE Local: Week 1

SOLE BURNERS

@soleburners

Creator and Owner Camille de Leon took her passion for sneakers and started designing candles that look like your favourite pair of sneaks. From Yeezys to Jordans, she’s got you covered.

 

OLA BAMBOO

100 rue Quesnel, Victoriaville QC G6S 1K9

@olabamboo

Inspired to help end plastic waste, OLA Bamboo is a company from Quebec that specializes in all types of Eco-friendly products made from bamboo. From Toothbrushes to straws, to kitchen utensils, they have you covered.

 

 

CABANO’S COMFORT FOOD

75 St Nicholas St #104, Toronto, ON M4Y 0A5

@cabanoscomfortfood

Cabano’s Comfort Food is known for exactly what it says – comfort food (which is very much needed these days!). From homemade burgers, to classic chicken sandwiches, to never-frozen chicken wings and iconic sauces, they offer classic items, made with quality ingredients. Everything is fresh, local, cooked to order, and very affordable.

 

 

REIMAGINE DESIGNS

326 Queen St, Fredericton, NB E3B 1B2

@reimagine_designs

Reimagine Designs is a boutique interior design company offering residential design services and online furniture that is available throughout Canada.  They strive to provide personalized customer service online, and in the showroom, highlighting well-designed, unique, and quality products such as furniture, rugs, art, lighting, and decor.

 

 

REBELS REFINERY

49 McCormack St. Toronto, ON M6N 1X8

@rebelsrefinery

Rebels Refinery specializes in lip balms, essential oils, sanitizer, and much more. Having a knack for design, their produts come in all different shapes and colours. From Cactus to skulls, these lip balms are unlike any other.

 

 

BY ANNALAY

@byannalay

Created in 2013, By Annalay is a family Jewellery company that centres around personal self-empowerment Produced in Toronto, Canada, By Annalay focuses their products on the women who want it all and accepts that the journey is just as important as the destination – also, she is set on looking and feeling her best on that journey!

 

 

ROOKS TO COOKS

40 Kodiak Crescent Unit 3, North York, ON M3J 3G5

@rooks2cooks

Rooks to Cooks is an innovative culinary school based out of Toronto, Ontario. It was founded by Chef Shai Mandel in 2015. Rooks to Cooks was developed to be first and foremost student-centered and flexible. We know that each student is unique with their own learning goals. For this reason, we make sure that any course, class or program offered through Rooks to Cooks accommodates all students and their individual needs. Our mission is simple: we will empower our students to become more independent by building self-confidence and supporting self-expression through culinary education.

 

 

KINDRED CULTURES

@kinderedcultures

Kindred Cultures take their probiotic-rich kefir water and infuse it with a rainbow of organic fruits + botanicals for a delicious beverage that makes your body feel great. Low in sugar and calories, packed with probiotics, infused with the natural goodness of real foods.

 

 

CELEBRATE Local: Week 2

CARLA’S COOKIE BOX

Online Business – GTA Based

@carlacookiebox

Carla’s Cookie Box is known for their cookies, smash cakes and most importantly their visually stunning and delicious butter tarts. Available online, ship throughout Canada and The U.S.

 

 

ai TORONTO SEOUL

Online Business

@aitorontoseoul

ai (Eye-E) Toronto Seoul which is a proudly Canadian, family-run, sustainable fashion brand that carefully curates PETA-approved vegan leather handbags and accessories made in small batches. Founded by a mother and her trio of fashion-obsessed Korean-Canadian daughters, the brand works with local artisans in Seoul to create sustainable-luxury pieces shipped directly to consumers, worldwide, from their Toronto-based HQ.

 

 

BELLE’S BAKERY 

262 Dupont Street, Toronto

@bellesbakery.to

Belle’s Bakery specializes in Sourdough breads, Montreal Style Bagels, savory pastries like croissant’s, empanadas, quiches, and sausage rolls. Also, from their homemade soups and Broths, they have you covered there. And obviously, no bakery is complete without the sweet stuff. With a variety of cakes, lemon bars, tiramisu, Portuguese custard tarts and so much more, you’re not going to leave Belle’s hungry.

 

 

MUMGRY 

Online Business

@mumgry

MUMGRY takes the guesswork out of snacking. We make plant based snacks using only the good stuff. Made with love and integrity, our snack foods are flavourful, dairy free, gluten-free, low in sugar, high in protein, iron and calcium. Good for everyone, especially Mums. Keeping you nourished and energized is our greatest goal.

 

 

KANDL

88 Avenue Road, Toronto

@kandlartistique

KANDL is a family-owned business and has been one of the world’s top candle makers for almost 50 years. KANDL Artistique is home to a line of small-batch, hand-poured, soy-based wax candles. At KANDL we bring you the first fully customizable candle Lab experience in North America. Guests can choose, combine and create custom fragrances to create their own personalized scented candle, from start to finish. We are the first lab experience where you can take your fully cured candle home in just 90 minutes.

 

 

THIS IS J SLEEPWEAR

Online Business

@this_Is_j

This Is J Sleepwear is a Canadian made, ethically made, comfort-driven brand that makes ultra-soft sleepwear & loungewear. Best known for their soft, breathable bamboo fabrics and fun hand-printed patterns, This is J knits, dyes, prints, cuts, and sews their products right here in Canada and have since their inception, 20 years ago.

 

 

ERNIE’S ICEBOX

Online Business – Toronto Based

@erniesicebox

Ernie’s Icebox makes handmade ice cream sandwiches in the heart of downtown Toronto. Founded by Julia Haist, Ernie’s is proudly local and made completely from scratch. New flavours are introduced regularly, and announced on instagram @erniesicebox along with weekly pre-order drops!

 

 

EVERYDAY HEROES KIDS

Online Business

@everydayheroeskids

EHK is an online source connecting families to pediatric professionals & organizations in health, mental health & education.

 

 

 

DOM

Online Business

@athomewithdom

DOM develops design-forward products for a post-pandemic world. Launched in April of this year, the brand’s first products are a duo of organic hand sanitizing sprays.  The inspiration for Dom was born out of frustration with the lack of safe, effective and aesthetically pleasing products on the market, especially during a time when hand sanitizer has become such an integral part of our daily lives. Dom’s hand sanitizer sprays are vegan; completely free of silicon, phthalate, paraben and sulfate, and are never tested on animals. The bottles are created using post-consumer recycled material and, they smell and feel really good!

 

 

REWORKS UPCYCLE

West Kootenays, British Columbia Based

@reworks_in_nelsonBC

Reworks Upcycle features a one-of-a-kind selection of recycled, zero waste locally made products. Reworks stocks a wide variety of products made from recycled or upcycled materials diverting thousands of pounds of waste from the landfill each year. Most of the products are made by individuals from Calgary and across Canada. ReWorks strives to make lives more sustainable by encouraging waste reduction and maintaining a large selection of eco friendly products. They’re also launching Bear Springs Eco Retreat nestled in the West Kootenays, the retreat offers novel canvas tents and A-frame glamping accommodations in a beautiful mountain setting with stunning views.

 

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL WEEK 3:

REBEL AND BEAUTY

1300 Bay Street, Toronto

@rebelandbeauty

Rebel+ Beauty is a Toronto-based beauty company that specializes in eyebrows, lashes makeup and education. Located in Yorkville, the Rebel + Beauty name is synonymous with professionalism, expertise, and high quality services. The Rebel + Beauty beauty brand was founded 7 years ago by Olga Onulov. The brand and its owner are extremely passionate about women’s empowerment and giving back to the community.

GELADONA

Online Business

@geladona.toronto

Geladona brings one of Brazil’s Pop Culture’s best kept secrets to Toronto. Handmade with love daily, these frozen delights will have you experience a true tradition & flavours of Brazil. With delicous flavours like passionfruit, acai, sweet corn, avocado, acai and many more, Geladona uses only fresh, whole fruit or frozen pulp blended with water, sugarcane and milk for their products. Available for delivery in the GTA or check their website for locations on where to purchase.

SACRED FOODS

Online Business

@eatsacredfoods

Sacred Foods is a Vancouver-based company that makes healthy snacks out of popped lotus seeds. The founder, Mika, first discovered this snack when she was a little girl growing up in India. Her mother used to make it for her at home, and it was her favourite snack. When she moved to Canada when she was 13, she noticed that she couldn’t find her beloved snacks anywhere. Over the years, she struggled to find good snacks that were both healthy and still tasted good. Her quest to find the perfect snack kept bringing her back to the one of her childhood and she felt compelled to create Sacred Foods. After spending almost two years developing the product and brand, she launched the brand in the middle of the pandemic lockdown. Since then, Sacred Foods has sold over 30,000 units in its first year and the brand is quickly growing across Canada.

MARY RATCLIFFE DESIGNS

Online Business

@maryratcliffestudio

Mary Ratcliffe Studio is a longevity-minded lifestyle design studio that crafts furniture and homeware. Based in Toronto, the brand meticulously handpicks all materials and expertly handcrafts each and every piece (think coffee tables, dining tables, benches, console tables and much more!). Mary Ratcliffe Studio focuses on the reincarnation and repurposing of raw materials to bring their work to life, valuing the world around them and seeking out sustainable materials and practices.

SPYCE GIRLZ

Online Business / At Markets in Ottawa

@spycegirlzseasonings

Spyce Girlz was founded on a vision and passion for healthy food by Ottawa teen girl Lillian Bond in 2017. Starting off in a couple local farmer’s markets, Lillian continues to grow her “spyce” empire as she expands into local grocery stores. Spyce Girlz all natual, gluten free seasonings are tasty, healthy and incredibly versatile.

 

AWAI SWIMWEAR

Online Business

@awaiswim

Awai Swim is a eco-friendly swimwear line specializing in made-to-order pieces. By combining conscious efforts of using biodegradable shipping bags, recycled fabric and minimizing overall waste, Awai Swim is proud to call themselves a sustainable brand. Awai Swim uses eco-friendly fabrics made from regenerated nylon. Awai Swim’s bikinis are minimal, sleek and are offered in a wide assortment of colours and styles. Awai Swim also prides themselves on being size inclusive. If you don’t fall between their XS-XL sizing range, simply send them your measurements and they’ll be happy to create a handmade bikini just for you!

 

THE YUKON SOAPS COMPANY

Online Business

@yukonsoapscompany

So much more than soap. Indigenous-owned and operated, The Yukon Soaps Company creates beautiful, hand-crafted soaps, shampoo bars, essential oil blends, and so much more. Featuring wild rose petals, juniper berries, a Yukon-shaped press, and the beadwork of Indigenous artisans, these soaps are literally infused and imprinted with the spirit of the Yukon.

RELEVE CLOTHING

1727 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

@releveclothing_

Relevé is Toronto’s ultimate destination for luxury activewear and loungewear. Relevé opened briefly in March 2021 before the second wave of COVID hit, then pivoted quickly to operate as an online shopping destination. Now, the store is officially open and offers fashionable options that are easy, comfortable, and flattering for every day. Brands are carefully sourced to create a cohesive, one-stop-shop for women who are looking for the best quality and style when it comes to athleisure and loungewear. Brands carried include alo, lack of color, TKEES, The Upside, Solid & Striped, DAYDREAMER, L’urv, Aviator Nation, P.E. Nation, On and many more!

CREME CREAM PUFFS

Online Business / Based in Calgary

@cremecreampuffs

Crème specializes in making beautiful, unique, and most importantly DELICIOUS desserts. All of our Signature Cream Puffs are made with a choux pastry base topped with a delicious crunchy cracquelin crust. Our cream puffs are made fresh daily and filled with perfectly smooth pastry cream! Finished with a variety of toppings and decorations these cream puffs are the perfect addition to any party or celebration. Our menu changes seasonally so be sure to check back on the regular as we are constantly adding new delicious flavours!

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL WEEK 4:

 

TRESOLZ

Online Business (Toronto)

@tresolz      

Judy Stewart, Treslolz’ founder, always struggled to find shoes to fit her beautifully wide size 11 feet. As a 5’10” woman, professional, mother, wife and athlete, she had a passionate desire for shoes that ‘fit’ the diverse aspects of her life. Shoes that were stylish. Shoes that were affordable. She decided to be part of the solution so she started Tresolz. A company that specializes in stylish affordable shoes for women with large feet sizes 9.5-15.

 

 

SMITH FARM SKINCARE

Online Business (Quebec)

@smithfarmsproducts

Sisters, Julia and Rebecca started Smith Farms Skincare in 2009 at their family farm and have been lovingly making their products there ever since. Amazingly effective natural skincare products proudly made in Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec, using natural, plant-based ingredients.This all natural skincare line creates chemical, paraben, detergent, artificial fragrance, synthetic preservative-free products that are gentle on your skin as well as being gluten and cruelty free.

 

 

LAZY DAISY’S CAFE

1515 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4L 2A4

@lazydaisysto

Lazy Daisy’s cafe serves up locally sourced, naturally raised, hand-made and farm fresh food. Friendly staff serve up a fantastic array of sandwiches, bagels, homemade soups, chili, quiche, salads & signature jams. Our coffee is micro roasted locally in small batches and is sourced via DIRECT or FAIR TRADE. A great place to meet up with friends and family!

 

 

AMANDA HAMILTON INTERIOR DESIGN

227 11 Ave SW Unit 110, Calgary, AB T2R 1R9

@ahidstudio

Amanda Hamilton Interior Design is a team of female-led credentialed designers that produce smart, soulful design that’s never recycled. Standing behind a meticulous process that enables the team to get widely creative, every space is rooted in exploration that embodies the values and character of every client. With over a decade of experience, she has earned a diverse and extensive portfolio including custom residential homes, multi-family developments, restaurant, office and retail design.

 

 

KACAO REPUBLIC

Online Business (Toronto)

@kacaorepublic_alfajores

Kacao Republics gourmet dark chocolate alfajores are handcrafted from scratch with the finest ingredients. Two cookies filled with Argentinian dulce de leche, coated with real belgian dark chocolate. Always fresh, always decadent! Available online or at Kiss my Pans on College Street.

 

 

CAFE FIFTY FOUR

3643 Portage Rd #16, Niagara Falls, ON L2J 2K8

@cafefiftyfour

Owner Olivia Mollica has had a passion for baking for years and is a French-trained alumni of Ducasse education. With a goal of combining classical French pastry techniques with a comforting variety of North American treats from our childhood, Olivia opened Café Fifty Four in August 2019. Café Fifty Four wants everyone who walks through the door to feel like they are at home, a place where friends and family can enjoy fresh daily made desserts and savoury treats. Signature favourites include their cinnamon buns, butter tarts, cakes and smoked turkey croissant sandwiches.

 

 

MAISON T BISTRO

1071 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6G 3N4

@maisontbistro

Owned and Operated by Chef Masayuki Tamaru and his wife Carolina Avaria, Maison T is a cozy French bistro delivering classic French dishes that showcase Chef Masayuki Tamaru’s decades of professional experience and culinary finesse. Their aim is that you taste delicious food, paired with wonderful wines, feel comfort in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the friendly and knowledgeable service of their fantastic team. Throughout Chef Masayuki’s classic French dishes, you will find touches of his Japanese heritage.

Some of the staple highlights are Chef’s Duck Confit, the Red Wine Braised Short Ribs and the unbelievably delicious Icelandic Arctic Char with a to-die-for crispy skin and amandine sauce.

 

GRAYDON SKINCARE

Online Business (Toronto)

@graydonskincare

Graydon Skincare offers you results-driven skincare formulated with clinically-proven superfood ingredients. Owner Graydon Moffat’s personal involvement in the wellness world as a vegan chef and yoga practitioner led her to discover that the topical application and bioavailability of superfoods on her client’s skin had noticeable results. This sparked the evolution of her minimalist, luxurious brand of high-performing skincare where you’ll find all your favourite actives like botanical retinol, collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, probiotics, niacinamide, vitamin C and even gemstone crystals.

 

CELEBRATE LOCAL WEEK 5:

ONE ARROW

Online Business (Vancouver)

@onearrowyvr  

https://www.facebook.com/onearrowyvr

One Arrow is 100% Indigenous Owned & Operated by Chef Heat Laliberte of Cree & Metis heritage.

Specializing in handmade, locally sourced, naturally smoked bacon, flavoured with unique dry rubs in 4 iconic flavours: Black Pepper & Honey, Hickory Smoked Maple, Chinese Five Spice, and Salt & Smoke (100% Sugar Free) Every batch is hand cured and smoked fresh to order.

 

ROOTS + RAVEN

Online Business (Ontario)

@rootsandraven

https://www.facebook.com/Roots-Raven-105189115052889

Hot baths and nature have always served as helpful tools during difficult times. Owner Tanya Gluvakov wanted to combine creativity with her inherent love of nature and all things that make one feel hopeful and joyful, and so, Roots and Raven was born. With products like Botanical Bath Bombs, Bath Salts, Smudge Kits, Vegan Bath Milk, Roots and Raven has everything you need for the ultimate bath experience. Their hope for all of our customers is to remember that you are never alone. We are all connected to each other and to the natural world. May these products remind you to take a moment to relax and take some time to enjoy the moment.

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DORSET FINE ARTS

Online Business (Ontario)

@dorsetfinearts

https://www.facebook.com/Dorset-Fine-Arts-192563710888113/

Dorset Fine Arts is the marketing division for The West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, which has enjoyed an international reputation for the exquisite prints, drawings and carvings created by its Inuit artist members while promoting Kinngait culture. Dorset Fine Arts is responsible for interfacing with galleries, museums, cultural professionals, Inuit art enthusiasts and the art market globally. Basically, they’re responsible for spreading the word about this amazing art. From Sculpture, Prints, and Drawings, they have you covered. DORSET FINE ARTS does not sell directly to the public, but if you are interested in purchasing any of their artwork, you can go through one of their listed galleries on their website.

TOMAHAWK CHIPS

Wholesale Business (Manitoba)

@tomahawk.chips

https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=tomahawk%20chips

The Founder of Native Canadian Chip Corporation, Alfred Lea, is First Nations from Pine Dock Manitoba. Alfred’s business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit lead him to launch his TomahawkChips company in 2015 with distribution in Canada and the U.S.A. With art designed by Indigenous artists, the chips come in flavours Plain, Salt and Vinegar, Ketchup, BBQ and Fire. Recently signing a country-wide deal, Tomahawk Chips will soon be available in stores nationwide.

 

SPIRIT BEAR COFFEE COMPANY

Wholesale Business (BC)

@spiritbearcoffeecompany

https://www.facebook.com/spiritbearcoffeecompany

Specializing in Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic quality coffee, Spirit Bear Coffee Company is known for its quality cup. Available in 600 locations across Canada, This indigenous-owned business has been growing since it began in 2006.  Environmentally forward-thinking, Spirit Bear Coffee Company was one of the first companies in Canada to invest in compostable coffee pods.

ANISH BRANDING

Online Business (Ontario)

@anishbranding

What do you get when you cross two former NHL players, one who has a passion for helping Indigenous youth and another who has a keen interest in business and the promotional products industry? The answer – Anish Branding! Anish Branding is a communications company that specializes in providing promotional items, printing, graphic design, and branding. The duo also is heavily involved with the charity, firstassist.ca which delivers education and sports integration programming for youth in northern Indigenous communities across the country.

SISTERS SAGE

Online Business (BC)

@sisters_sage

Owned and operated by sisters, Lynn-Marie & Melissa-Rae Angus, Sisters Sage is an Indigenous brand that hand-crafts wellness and self-care products inspired by their culture and traditions. Sisters Sage is committed to producing beautiful, Indigenous-inspired products that not only highlight their rich culture, but also promote environmental sustainability, and inspire future female and youth entrepreneurs. Their handmade soaps, bath bombs, salves, and Smokeless Smudge Sprays pay homage to our ancestral teachings of Sage, Cedar, Sweetgrass, Tobacco, Lavender, and much more.

CREATIVE FIRE

Online Business (Saskatoon/Ontario)

@creativefire_canada

A 100% Indigenous communications, strategy, research and design agency with offices in Saskatoon and Burlington, Ontario, Creative Fire helps provide value to their clients by creating prosperity, employment and opportunity for the community of English River while opening doors for more Indigenous people and companies. They believe in building a more diverse, inclusive Canada, and are particularly focused on creating meaningful local impact and fostering authentic engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and organizations.

CELEBRATE LOCAL INDIGENOUS: Week 7

SRIRACHA REVOLVER HOT SAUCE INC.

Online Business (Vancouver)

@sriracharevolver

https://www.facebook.com/sriracharevolver

Sriracha Revolver Hot Sauce Inc. makes Premium, small-batch hot sauce from natural ingredients.

Owner Jordan Hocking is a mom, wife, and Indigenous entrepreneur who founded the business in 2017.  All of her hot sauce recipes have been inspired by flavours or ingredients she has enjoyed while traveling or by wanting to eat something that didn’t exist anywhere else. Available in 6 different flavours,

Avocado Ginger, Chili Garlic, Clean Mango, Cilantro + Lime, and Beets + Tequila and now Habanero. Shipping is available across Canada.

RAVEN READS

Online Business (Vancouver)

@raven_reads

https://www.facebook.com/ravenreads/

Raven Reads is a subscription box featuring literature and goods from Indigenous authors and entrepreneurs across North America. Several times a year, curated boxes containing a new book by an Indigenous author, as well as jewelry, art, and beauty products from Indigenous makers, are delivered to customers across Canada, the United States, and Europe. To many, reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in this country, For that to happen, there must be aware of our collective past, and action to change our behaviour,”. Raven Reads hopes to help that initiative.

MAHIKAN TRAILS

Tours / Excursions (Clearwater County, Alberta)

https://www.facebook.com/Mahikan-Trails-195419397198641

Located in Clearwater County Alberta, Mahikan Trails is a Metis organized tour company specializing in promoting a greater understanding of the rich history of the traditional lands through group excursions. While exploring the breathtaking landscape, visitors are offered real-world lessons in medicine walks, designed to educate people about how their ancestors survived off the land for millennia. Workshops like Soap Making, Crafts, Making your own Medicine, and many more are offered year-round.

RAVIN RISING CHOCOLATES

Online Business (Sudbury Ontario)

@ravenrising.ca

https://www.facebook.com/RavenRising.ca/

Chef Tammy Maki is an Indigenous baker making her mark on the culinary arts scene with her decadent hand-crafted chocolates. A Saulteaux Ojibwe from White Bear First Nation, Tammy received formal training as a Red Seal Journeyman pastry chef and baker and has worked all across Canada at some of the best resorts and hotels in the country. Her chocolates are not only delicious but also beautiful and available for shipping across Canada.

CELEBRATE LOCAL: Week 8

CANNOLI CRUNCH

850 King Street West, Toronto

@cannolicrunch

https://www.facebook.com/cannolicrunch

Cannoli Crunch creates Cannoli like you’ve never seen before with flavours like Pistachio, Pumpkin Spice, Matcha Tea, Carnival Nuts, and Smartypants. That’s not all, they also make savoury cannoli like the Mama Italia that has a tiny meatball on top. Chef Maria and her business partner, Mignonne launched Cannoli Crunch online with over 250 flavours ready to be revealed.  Each month, 12 new flavours are introduced.  Always Innovating, they have also created the Signature Jelly Filled Cannoli Collection which is trademarked and has a patent-pending.

TURNSTYLE GLASS

43 Towns Road (Unit B), Etobicoke

@turnstyleglass

https://www.facebook.com/TurnstyleGlassStudio/

Turnstyle Glass is a glassblowing educational studio and rental space. Right now, they are offering beginner classes starting this month after an extended closure due to Covid restrictions.  Now is the time to book, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a professional, Turnstyle wants to help you create! Owner, Clayton Haigh also has a variety of pieces he’s created that can be purchased on the website, from art to wine decanters, he’s got you covered.

FIELDTRIP CAFE

3 Westmoreland Ave, Toronto

@fieldtripcafe

https://www.facebook.com/fieldtripcafe/

Fieldtrip Café is a hidden gem, homey, neighbourhood cafe with a great private patio that is available to rent for your next special occasion. Serving amazing coffee of all kinds and fresh baked goods like cookies and scones, Fieldtrip prides itself in carrying local products from some of the city’s best bakeries and markets.  Whether you’re coming in for a morning coffee, an empanada, salad or wrap for lunch or a mid-afternoon snack or alcoholic drink, Fieldtrip has you covered. Coffee till Beer is their model. Open from 730am till 5pm on weekdays and 8am-7pm Friday and Saturday, their friendly staff is ready to serve you some of the best coffee and treats in the city.

STUSH PATTY

Online Business

@stushpatty

https://www.facebook.com/stushpatty

Stush Patty is known for elevating the Jamaican patty. One night, two years ago, Owner Opal Rowe had a craving for a Jamaican patty but wanted something a bit healthier. Not being able to find anything, she decided to create her own which led her to start Stush Patty. Stush Patty is transforming the humble snack patty into a premium product. The patties are made with natural ingredients and have a flakey pastry filled with your choice of traditional beef, jerk chicken, spicy lentils or jerk soy chic. Stush is the 1st gourmet patties found in select grocery stores and cafes across the province of Ontario in over 30 locations and in 6 cities with various pop ups and bars and breweries.

GRAMMY GRUB: MC Hammer Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Trevor Lui | posted Friday, Mar 12th, 2021

MC Hammer Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken

Recipe by: Trevor Lui

Instagram: @trevorlui

Prep: 5 Minutes, plus 8 hour marinating time

Cook: 5 – 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 3 cups canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 8 Thai basil leaves
  • Chilli sauce or plum sauce to serve

Customers always asked about the name of this dish. When I was growing up in the eighties and nineties, MC Hammer was a popular music artist and, at one point, a brand celebrity for a fried chicken company. I recalled his Hammertimne dance promoting popcorn chicken, and hence the name MC Hammer Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken. the dish, derived from Japanese Karaage and makes for a great party snack or side dish.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine garlic, mirin, sesame oil, soy sauce (or tamari), and sugar. Add chicken to the marinade, stirring to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Put potato starch in a medium bowl. Add chicken and stir well to ensure all pieces are thoroughly covered.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Using a metal slotted spoon, slowly lower chicken into the oil and deep-fry for 5-6 minutes until golden, crispy brown and internal temperature is 180ºf. Transfer chicken to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

In a large bowl, combine chicken, salt and pepper.

using a metal slotted spoon, lower basil leaves into the hot oil and deep-fry for 6-8 seconds. Transfer leaves to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain.

Garnish popcorn chicken with the basil leaves and serve immediately with chilli or plum sauce.

 

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