The Main Menu: Three great tomato recipes

When I was a kid, my favourite summertime sandwich was a slab of beefsteak tomato on fresh white bread generously spread with mayonnaise. The tomato was sprinkled with salt and fresh black pepper and another slice of bread topped the whole thing off. You cut the sandwich in triangles and devoured it immediately. This simple […]

Reel Beach: Movies Made in East Toronto

How do you feel about the movie trucks which are often parked on our streets – a nuisance or a boon to the economy? If you’re a Twilight fan, you may be thrilled that heart throb Robert Pattinson was in town filming Cosmopolis for director David Cronenberg. As well, the biggest movie in Toronto’s history […]

White-tailed deer are a common sight in the city

It was a warm sunny Saturday, with blue skies when Carol and I went for a drive by the park.  As I backed up the car to turn around, I saw through my side mirrors a four- point white-tailed buck resting on the grass behind the tree.  Oh he was so beautiful.  The deer was […]

Summer market remains strong in Beach

By the time you read this article, summer is into its final month. And hasn’t it been a fantastic summer weather wise so far. Wow, two great summers in a row! Unbelievably, July and the Beach Jazz Festival are already behind us, and the back to school sales pitches are very close at hand. You […]

Defining what the Beach means to me

People from outside the area often ask me, “What is the Beach?” I have pondered and asked myself the same question, and in answer, this is what I think is the Beach – or, at least, my Beach. The geological beach was created about 10,000 years ago after an ice age formed a large lake […]

High time for heavenly hydrangeas

I have a confession to make. I used to hate hydrangeas. Top-heavy things on skinny stems that showed up in corner stores around Easter. The giant blue and pink blooms reminded me of cotton candy on sticks. No, thanks. Then I discovered something called a lacecap hydrangea, a thing of delicate beauty like a piece […]

Natural sun skin protection

Skin cancer is a growing epidemic As we are into the summer season, many people are wondering how they can protect themselves from the sun naturally. This is in light of the fact that the incidence of skin cancer is increasing every year, as well as the growing concern of the safety of sunscreens used […]

Glenn Cochrane: Memories of a kinder, gentler time

When I was but a lad growing up in Hamilton, I used to hang around with my contemporaries at the Shorty Green, which was located a few blocks from where I lived. Shorty Green was the popular name which we called the small water fountains that were a fixture on many street corners in my […]

Bottoms Up: Enjoying wines al fresco

Ah summer! Living shifts to outdoors and the patio, deck and pool beckon. The BBQ is all fired up. The steaks and salmon are grillin’, and almost all is right with the world. The only thing missing is a glass of vino. Not just any wine will do. You’ll want cool, snappy whites and robust, […]