Food & Drink
IN THE KITCHEN: Meghan Attwater  & Lindsay Haley
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
How to Keep Your Resolutions
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
In the Kitchen: Trio at Novotel Hotel
At Novotel Vaughan's Trio Restaurant, a serene setting, award-winning service and scrumptious classics ring in the holiday spirit. More
In the Kitchen: bijoy's
In the Kitchen: bijoy's
Situated in a 150-year-old home just a block from Yonge Street in old Aurora lies a quaint little restaurant known to its regulars simply as bijoy's. Read More..
Gourmet Pizza at Home
Gourmet Pizza at Home
The key to a truly great pizza is the dough. This dough recipe may seem a little complicated but is actually quite easy— you just need to plan to start the dough 24 hours before your meal. The benefit of this dough recipe is that there is little kneading required; the increased resting time does the work for you. Read More..
Sip a Taste of Spring
Sip a Taste of Spring
We are all dreaming of spring. The first yellow daffodil, shy violet crocuses peeking from the earth, lime green buds on tree limbs signalling a reawakening of life. Read More..
Tapping for LIQUID GOLD
Tapping for LIQUID GOLD
Simcoe County has the perfect   ingredients for maple syrup  production. “We have the right soil conditions, mature forests with maple trees and the ideal climate,” says John Williams, a local maple syrup farmer and secretary of the Simcoe and District Maple Syrup Producers Association. “We may not be the biggest producing county in the province, but the conditions in this area are ripe for making maple syrup.” Read More..
Enjoying Sunday Brunch
Enjoying Sunday Brunch
Simcoe County is home to plenty of delicious brunch options. From à la carte creamy Eggs Benedict to bountiful buffets featuring anything from omelettes and indulgent French toast to carved roast beef and a full array of salads and sweets, there's something for every palette, every craving. Here is a sampling of some of the region's tastiest brunch spots. Read More..
Winter Wines
Winter Wines
Our lovable Canadian winters are custom made for skiers, snowmobilers and snowmen makers. The rest of us seem to develop thinner and thinner skins as we age. Read More..
In Search of Soup Superiority
In Search of Soup Superiority
The Students4Soup Challenge invited local high school students to hone their soup-making skills. Read More..
Selling Liquid Gold in Collingwood
Selling Liquid Gold in Collingwood
Collingwood is home to a gourmet tasting bar, specializing in olive oils and artisanal balsamic vinegars Read More..
Holiday jewels: Cranberries
Holiday jewels: Cranberries
Ruby red, tart-tasting cranberries make a simple sauce that is the perfect complement to the traditional holiday turkey. But they can also add some bright flavour to baked goods, salads and appetizers. Read More..
Mixing it up — Holiday style
Mixing it up — Holiday style
York Region bartenders offer their favourite holiday-inspired cocktail recipes. Read More..
GOURMET@HOME: Holiday Appetizers - Chefs share their favourite recipes
GOURMET@HOME: Holiday Appetizers - Chefs share their favourite recipes
With the holiday entertaining season revving up, it's the perfect time for an appetizer story. With that in mind, we asked a handful of chefs and food professionals to offer up their favourite recipes for festive hors d'oeuvres. The results are downright delicious! Read More..
Chocolate Food of the Gods
Chocolate Food of the Gods
The holiday season and chocolate go hand in hand. With that in mind, GoodLife tracked down various local chocolatiers to learn more about their mouthwatering creations. Here's a sampling of some of the region's best chocolate makers. Read More..
Matching Festive Food with Amazing Value Wines
Matching Festive Food with Amazing Value Wines
It's the festive season, when family comes first in our thoughts. Of course, friends dropping by for special weekend dinners and winter evening parties also come into vogue. Read More..
Chilled Wines for Salad Days
Chilled Wines for Salad Days
As summer slowly winds down, folks convene in their city backyards, cottage decks and porches to share light food that sings in the humidity and sizzling heat. Read More..
Take a Taste Holiday with These Winning Wines
Take a Taste Holiday with These Winning Wines
It's finally summer and the sipping is easy. Well, it should be. But finding a taste treasure is not so breezy. Thousands of bottles like unknown soldiers populate the store shelves. Which to choose? The process takes time, and dogs abound. So today I am uncorking my chosen wines suited to laid-back summer life. These were chosen from more than 1,000 wines recently tasted. It does not matter if you are on a city backyard deck, or basking at the cottage. Why spend $30 or more for fine wines if the same quality exists for much less? Besides, these lazy, hazy days are best spent having fun. Serious is out. Read More..