Just over a week until Christmas and still looking for that perfect gift for the food lover in your life? Here are some great gift ideas!
Savour Toronto Gift Certificates
Savour Toronto offers specialty food tours, with an emphasis on independent restaurateurs, food shop owners and artisan food makers. Winner’s of the 2014 Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience Award, several tours are offered including:
- Kensington Crawl
- Best of the West
- Le Tour de Cafe
Treat your special someone with a gift certificate (one for you, one for them!) and discover some of Toronto’s best restaurants, cafes and food shops.
Given that I’m working towards more of a plant-based diet, here are two I’m most excited about and recommend:
In 2008, Angela Liddon started a blog, “Oh She Glows“, to document her recovery from an eating disorder and transition from processed foods to a plant-based diet. After 5 years of running a very successful blog, Angela launched the Oh She Glows Cookbook, featuring over 100 plant-based vegan recipes that use real, whole food ingredients. Indigo named it the “Book of the Year 2014” and the recipes I’ve tried have turned out great!
Chef Doug McNish is a Toronto-based executive vegan chef, whose motto is #EatRealFood. I learned about Chef Doug and his commitment to organics and health earlier this year during a visit to the Evergreen Brickworks Farmers Market. Since then, I’ve become a big fan of his work and try to visit his Public Kitchen whenever I get the chance. His new cookbook Vegan Everyday isn’t out yet, but is available for pre-order through Amazon. Having sampled many of his dishes, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy to try my hand at making some of my favourites!
Looking for something non-vegan? Here are a few cookbooks that top many year-end “best of” lists that I have either purchased or hope will be waiting for me under the Christmas tree!
- Bitter, by Jennifer Mclagan
- Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, by Marcus Samuelsson
- Nordic Bakery Cookbook, by Miisa Mink
- Street Food Diaries, by Matt Basile
There are cooking classes for everyone in Toronto, no matter what your tastes or skill level. I’ve attended one of Arvinda’s Indian cooking classes and it was fantastic, but here are a few additional Toronto-based classes that have received great word-of-mouth and are sure to please the foodie in your life:
- Arvinda’s Specialty Indian Cooking Classes: Classes include: Curries, Curries & More Curries
- Marni Wasserman – Classes include: Totally Thai, Scrumptious Sea Veggies, Guiltless Desserts
- Chef Doug McNish – Classes include: Gluten-free, Dairy-free Protein Dense Breakfasts
- The Healthy Butcher – Classes include: Knife Skills, Sausage Making, Intro to Fish
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!
Photo Credit for “Enchanted Christmas”: Ian Muttoo