Restaurant Day is a unique ‘culinary carnival’ that takes place 4 times a year, in which people have the opportunity to open their dream pop-up restaurant, cafe, or bar for one day. What began in Helsinki four years ago, has since spread across the globe and become an international food event. I had the pleasure of attending the most recent Restaurant Day last week, on Saturday, May 17th, in Montreal. Fifteen restaurants popped up this time, three of which I visited around my neighbourhood. Not only did I get the chance to try some delicious new dishes, but I also got to meet some amazing new people, all of whom shared a passion for food, cooking, and community.
This comprehensive and accessible video explains the differences between large-scale conventional agriculture vs. small-scale organic agriculture, helping dispel the myth that industrial agriculture is necessary to feed the world. Understanding where our food comes from and how the agricultural industry works (or doesn’t work) allows us to make healthier, more environmentally-friendly choices as consumers each day. We can choose to support a more equitable and sustainable food system by purchasing local, organic or small-scale produced food as well as adopting a plant-based diet, low in animal products-which have the highest eco-footprint. We can also be mindful of buying direct or fair trade speciality items like coffee, tea, and dark chocolate that are grown in accordance with sustainable practices. Considering these factors is part of a holistically-healthy diet and life!
I was inspired by this brilliant video by Michael Stone talking about the simple yet powerful experience of ‘paying attention’. By paying attention, you can tune in to yourself and your environment, helping you see what aspects of your life are working and which may not be serving you best. As Michael mentioned, we are often distracted – by technology, our never-ending ‘to-do list’, by our habitual thoughts. This distraction can hinder us from paying attention to our immediate experience, both internal and external. Paying attention is central to the process of adopting healthier diet & lifestyle habits. As you stand back and become a greater witness to your habits, there is more space and opportunity to intervene in the cycle of behaviour and make healthier choices. Being that we are all bio-individually unique, the idea that one diet or lifestyle can suit everyone is inherently flawed. By observing the ways in which you are affected by your daily choices – paying attention to your thoughts, body sensations, relationships and environment, you can gain a better understanding of what optimal health means for you. Try paying attention from an observational stance, without self-judgement, just getting comfortable in being more aware of your moment-to-moment experience.
Martin Morales is a Peruvian/British chef who has introduced the UK/Western world to Peruvian cuisine through his restaurant & cookbook named Ceviche. This beautiful, fresh and simple salad is not only delicious but also highly nutritious! packed with plant-based protein from the butterbeans (aka lima beans) & quinoa, healthy monounsaturated fat from the avocado, vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants from the tomato, coriander, red onion and chili pepper. The unique ingredient used in this dish is Physalis peruviana (aka ground cherries or cape gooseberries), an exotic fruit that is part of the nightshade family, related to the tomatillo. This distinctly flavoured sweet & sour fruit is bursting with iron, vitamin C, Vitamin A, B Vitamins. Studies have also found that Physalis contains strong anti-inflammatory properties and may help prevent diabetes and hypertension.
This video was produced by Inhabitot, a fantastic website/resource on sustainable living and eco-friendly design for children & parents, created by the good people at Inhabitat. Watch 3-year old Petey Rojas, a star pâtissier, demonstrate how to make healthy, raw, vegan no-bake cookies using whole nuts and fried fruit. This sweet and simple recipe is a delicious AND nutritious holiday treat! […]
Action for Happiness was founded in 2010 by Richard Layard, Geoff Mulgan and Anthony Seldon. The organization is committed to building a happier society, connecting with and educate the public on the components of happiness, drawing on the latest research backed by experts in the fields of psychology, education, economics, and social innovation.
The Albany Park garden is a one-acre organic farm that was created to help integrate refugees into their new lives in Chicago. The 83 individual family plots are divided between 75 families, mostly of Burmese and Bhutanese origin, who fled violence and life in refugee camps.
Ella Nemova is the Founder and Chief of The Regal Vegan, an artisan food company based in Brooklyn. Her Faux Gras™ and Basilicotta spreads are delicious AND nutrient-dense! Faux Gras™ is made from toasted walnuts, lentils, caramelized onions, organic miso, organic gluten-free tamari, mirin, ume plum vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper and […]
Jo-Anne McArthur with her dog. Liz Marshall with her dog. The Ghosts in Our Machine is the most recent doc from director, producer, and award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall, exploring the complex relationship between humans and animals. The film follows acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories […]
The Sylvia Center is a farm-to-table culinary program that teaches kids about whole-food cooking and sustainable agriculture. Their program is offered both at schools and community centers in NYC, and at Katchkie organic farm in upstate New York.