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
A Culinary Adventure in Midland
A Culinary Adventure in Midland
Jen and Rob Reader opened Explorers Cafe in May of 2006 and look back every day — it forms their foundation for their restaurant on a daily basis. Rob is a historian and Jenn has worked in the industry for years. In fact, they met in Antarctica on a Russian research vessel in 1996 and, two years later, were married in the presence of 5,000 Gentoo penguins with a ship's Captain presiding over the ceremony — all in Russian. The Explorers Cafe is a celebration of exploration in all its forms ­— geographic, scientific, musical, artistic and culinary. Read More..
Fall Flavours
Fall Flavours
The harvest season is in full swing and with plenty of local food to enjoy, it's the perfect time to explore farm markets. With that in mind, we toured four nearby farms and asked growers to share their favourite fall recipes. Along with mouthwatering culinary submissions, the farmers interviewed offered up delicious details on their markets including the latest news on seasonal events, interesting crops and tips on enjoying this season's bounty. Read More..
GOURMET@HOME: Elevate Your Grilling Game - Ted Reader's new cookbook  is packed with fiery deliciousness.
GOURMET@HOME: Elevate Your Grilling Game - Ted Reader's new cookbook is packed with fiery deliciousness.
Want to fire up your skills on the grill? Ted Reader's Gastro Grilling offers recipes and tips to set your barbecue brilliance ablaze. “You'll get hungry just flipping the pages,” says Reader, an award-winning chef and food entertainer via telephone from his Toronto home. “It's packed with 135 amazing recipes and just loaded with mouthwatering photos.” Read More..
Farmhouse Maple Apple Pie
Farmhouse Maple Apple Pie
This scrumptious pie recipe is courtesy of Randy Feltis of The Farmhouse. It makes two beautiful pies, and tastes best with a dollop of vanilla ice cream. Read More..
Delicious Dips
Delicious Dips
Growing up in the '70s, a popular homemade dip consisted of a package of dried onion soup mixed with sour cream and mayonnaise. Served up with some ridged potato chips, this creamy delight held centre stage at every party. While this classic recipe remains a perennial favourite for many, today's dips have evolved into gourmet masterpieces bursting with flavour and colour. From creamy guacamole and zesty salsa to a fresh batch of hummus or roasted squash dip, it's easy to find a recipe to dive into. Read More..
Start thinking  of AMAZING Weather with these tasty drinks
Start thinking of AMAZING Weather with these tasty drinks
Tasty drinks for the nice weather ahead! Read More..
Soup's On - Local chefs reveal soup-making secrets.
Soup's On - Local chefs reveal soup-making secrets.
Nothing goes better with a fresh salad than a hearty bowl of homemade soup. We asked three Simcoe County chefs to disclose their soup-making secrets, along with sharing some favourite recipes. Read More..
Six Generations of Maple Syrup
Six Generations of Maple Syrup
The Shaw family has been tapping trees for over a century You might say Tom Shaw was destined to become a maple syrup expert. After all, his family has been producing the sweet staple for six generations. Read More..
GOURMET@HOME: Luscious Lemon
GOURMET@HOME: Luscious Lemon
Attention lemon lovers! Get ready to pucker up as this story features several tart treats. Zingy flavour aside, lemons are the perfect kitchen companion because they're available year-round and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. These yellow fruits are also rich in vitamin C and have low sugar content. Along with the flavourful rind, lemon juice is used in countless recipes. Because the citrus fruit produces more juice when warmer, always use juice lemons when they are at room temperature or place them in a bowl of warm water for several minutes before juicing. Rolling them under the palm of your hand on a flat surface will also help to extract more juice. Be sure to load up on lemons and try the following recipes. Read More..
GOURMET@HOME: Easy & Delicious
GOURMET@HOME: Easy & Delicious
With everything going on at the holidatys, the dessert tables help make it all a little sweeter. But with all the cookie choices out there, how do you narrow it down to just one recipe? It's not easy, but this issue we flipped through our personal recipe books to share some of our favourite indulgences. They're easy to make and delicious to taste, enjoy! Read More..
Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
Healthy Holiday Eating Tips
Here are more healthy eating tips to get you through the holiday season. Read More..
GOURMET@HOME: Shortbread Secrets
GOURMET@HOME: Shortbread Secrets
No holiday cookie platter is complete without shortbread, but finding that perfect recipe can be tricky. With that in mind, I quizzed some local bakers to reveal their secrets to perfect shortbread. Read More..
Romancing the Brunch Bunch
Romancing the Brunch Bunch
In February 2003, we hosted our first “brunch bunch”... Read More..
THE SLY ON WINE: Tony Aspler's Qs and As: Wine & Cheese
THE SLY ON WINE: Tony Aspler's Qs and As: Wine & Cheese
I really like Canadian goat cheese. Which wines go well with a soft, unripened chevre? Read More..
THE SLY ON WINE: Best wines with turkey
THE SLY ON WINE: Best wines with turkey
Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner, or your tenth, inevitably there can be some last minute nerves. One thing you don't want to worry over is your choice of wine. Read More..