#TasteofIndia, #IndiaFoodfest, #SchoolofFlavours, #FoodfestToronto, #TorontoFoodfestToronto
Aug. 8 (Canadian-Media): Taste of India Food Festival was celebrated in Nathans Philips Square, Toronto, Ontario on September 5, 2018 between 10 am to 10 pm.
Organized by the Young Canadian Alliances and School of Flavours, the festival this year had about 100 + different Indian cuisines with all the participants food vendors offering a sample plate of their most popular dishes for just under $10.
From biryani to Dosas, samosas to hakka noodles, you name it, they had it.
Inspite of the sizzling heat and the sun the spirit of the festival was in no way dampened. People young and old, of all nationalities colourfully attired, filled the festive place with joy, with everyone busy eating their favorite dishes.
People were not discouraged by the long lines to get to their turn with each vendor. Children were seen singing and dancing with joy to have different items of their likings. The whole atmosphere was filled with the hustle and bustle of the laughters, with a number of babies crying due to the unbearable heat.
But undaunted food lovers marched in line for their turn to get the food of their choice and off they went to another vendor to try the food items and so on.
Then there were interactive street performers and activities that lent fun and charm to the atmosphere filled with smell and flavours of your favourite street food.
The unique feature of this festival is that it was a street food festival. Street food culture, is reportedly a relatively fresh idea in Canada. This factor, to a large extent, contributes to the economic, social and environmental fabric of the country as it blends the joyful celebration with a bustling bazaar.
Consul General of India, Toronto Dinesh Bhatia lit the ceremonial lamp and greeted the crowd and asked everyone to be present at the India Day parade on August 19.
In a relaxed, happy, and joyful environment producers, manufacturers, food vendors and restaurants showcase what they have with an opportunity for interaction, communication and shared experiences, the keys to understanding different cultures.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj and Sayantan Banerjee with Satarupa Biswas)
#Toronto, #Ontario, #Canada; #Summerlicious; #JohnTory; #MichaelThompson; #Winterlicious
Toronto, Jul 16 (Canadian-Media): Delicious meals of Summerlicious, produced by the City of Toronto, at some of Toronto's favourite restaurants can be enjoyed during the final week, media reports said.
Summerlicious offers three-course, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at exceptional value until July 22.
Mouth-watering meals with lunch menus priced at $23, $28 and $33 and dinner menus priced at $33, $43 and $53 are being served this year by 200 Toronto restaurants.
The list of participating restaurants and menus is available at http://www.toronto.ca/summerlicious. Visitors to the website can locate and sort restaurants by price, neighbourhood and cuisine.
"Summerlicious is one of the city's most popular annual events," said Toronto Mayor John Tory. "With 200 participating restaurants to choose from, and a week to go until this year's Summerlicious is over, there is still time to enjoy this opportunity to try something new."
"Summerlicious is a special opportunity for people to experience the breadth and depth of the city's extraordinary, diverse cuisine," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee. "By bringing more people to the table across the city, the program has generated over $311 million for the local restaurant industry."
Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made directly with the participating restaurants with reservation availability updated daily at the Today's Reservations tab on the Summerlicious webpage: https://bit.ly/2L09pan.
Summerlicious can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/LiciousTO, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LiciousTO and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/LiciousTO. The event hashtag is #LiciousTO.
The Summerlicious and Winterlicious programs are produced by the City of Toronto. In order to boost Toronto's restaurant industry during typically slow periods of business, the Licious programs began in 2003.
Since then over seven million meals have been served by participating restaurants during the promotion which have generated more than $311 million in economic activity for the local restaurant industry.
The Licious programs were ranked in the top three all-time favourite festivals, fairs and events in Field Day's sixth annual Toronto entertainment survey.
Reporting by Asha Bajaj
#Healthbenefitsofchocolate, #PubMed, #RanaDaoud, #AlexMarangoni, #Guelph, #ontario, #Canada
Ottawa, Apr 4 (Canadian-Media): More than 4,000 studies have been conducted on the health benefits of chocolate since the 1970s, according to a quick search of the online medical database PubMed, with more coming out every year, media reports said.
PubMed is reportedly a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.
Registered dietitian Rana Daoud believes chocolates, do not have any health benefits.
A 2017 systematic review of 35 studies on chocolate and blood pressure found a “small but statistically significant” lowering of blood pressure in otherwise healthy people.
These studies being of short duration, none of them measured the effects of chocolate on the health consequences of blood pressure like heart attacks or strokes, were considered unreliable.
Chocolate contains flavanols which have antioxidant properties, but Daoud and the Mars Center for Cocoa Health Science (affiliated with the Mars chocolate company) said many of those can be destroyed in the manufacturing process.
The same compounds are also found in ordinary foods like tea and blueberries.
Dark chocolate is not that much better, from a calorie point of view. In the labels for dark chocolate versus milk chocolate, the calories are the same.
The health benefits of chocolate’s flavanols could be had by adding cacao powder to a skim milk latte rather than eating a chocolate bar, said Daoud and added that it can be enjoyed as a treat.
The main reason for researching on chocolates is reportedly due to its marketing tool.
“Really, you could argue that people are using the health side of it as a marketing tool. To tell you, ‘Hey, buy our chocolate because it’s also healthy for you,’” said Alex Marangoni, a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Guelph’s department of food science.
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An analysis by Vox found that of 100 studies sponsored by Mars, 98 of them had positive results. “Industry-funded studies tend to come out with results favouring the sponsor’s interests,” said Marion Nestle, a professor emerita of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University in an email.
“Everybody LOVES chocolate. Wouldn’t it be great if it were a health food, not a guilty pleasure?” she said.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)