Food and drink blog: Easter eats

Ah, early April. The birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and Easter is just around the corner. Unfortunately, most of us will be spending the holiday holed up in fire-safety-ambiguous apartments dragging ourselves through the last weeks of the semester. (Well, not me—I’m in journalism, so I’ll be done long before then, but I’ll extend my sympathy.) Easter seems to be one of the holidays students forget about. It gets overshadowed by St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re usually too busy to care. Some of us might buy a bunch of discount Easter bunnies the day after, but that’s kind of sad, right? In my first year at university, I remember eating dinner on Easter Sunday at McDonalds. I forgot […]

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Food and Drink blog: Balance your budget—and your diet

Ah, March . . . when there’s too much school year at the end of your money, and you’re starting to think twice about how much you accidentally bulked up in winter. Few things make getting through the end of semester more difficult than fuelling yourself with junk food and sleeping from 3 a.m. to noon every day. Here’s how to make the last bit in your bank account stretch, to help you feel your healthiest—before you find out your shorts don’t fit like they used to. Extend your [shelf] life One of the hardest things about being on your own at university is grocery shopping for one person. It’s hard to estimate how much food you should be buying […]

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Food and Drink: How to balance textbooks and cookbooks

There’s something about being a student that’s several stages removed from being a cook. You’re probably poor, strapped for time, working with a crappy kitchen, and only making single servings. Also, your roommate made pancakes last week and your counters are still covered in gelatinous goop. The temptation to eat cereal or frozen pizza at home, then grab food on campus whenever you can, is strong. Everyone tells you that preparing your food at home is one of the most effective ways of eating healthier and saving money, but there are so many barriers to making your own food that’s just as yummy as your favourite fast food joint. Here are some ways to stop waiting for Christmas to eat […]

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Food and drink blog: Growlers, a Lansdowne luxury

In case you are wondering, the best LCBO in Ottawa is at Lansdowne. It used to be the one at King Edward and Rideau—but with the new renovations at Lansdowne they managed to build beer-topia. First of all, the store is huge. Second of all, this LCBO has something I’ve never seen outside of bottle shops attached to breweries: they have a growler station. For those not aware, a growler is basically those giant bottles they often have in Bugs Bunny cartoons with “xxx” on them. The difference is that in the real world they are usually not in the hands of some cowboy character—well, not that I’ve seen. Growlers are 1.89 litres or a half-gallon in size, and are […]

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Food blog: Warm bread for winter days

Is there anything as nostalgic and comforting as a bowl of soup and a slice of hearty bread?  Growing up, I have fond memories of this classic pairing, and the smells of freshly baked bread and rich soup are two of my favourite aromas.  It’s no wonder that this meal staple has lasted centuries. With nostalgia in mind, I’d like to share one of my favourite recipes to pair with a bowl of soup: rosemary focaccia bread.  I honestly believe the humble bread does not get enough credit for its versatility and taste. But not this time. The unique flavor and texture of this focaccia will definitely make it the star at your next soup pairing.   I suggest munching […]

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