Nine people from the same family have died from eating noodles kept in a freezer for a year. Each suffered food poisoning after consuming a fermented thick noodle dish called Suantangzi, which is considered a delicacy in China.
Food & Drink
If you’re upset about an illegally parked car, it’s probably a bad idea to hit the sauce. A Mamma’s Pizza employee was fired after dashcam video surfaced on social media showing a worker tossing what appears to be a pan of tomato sauce onto the windshield of a vehicle in north Toronto.
If you’ve been wondering why Calgary’s tap water smells and tastes different lately, you’re not alone. Ward 1 Coun. Ward Sutherland said he started getting calls from neighbours and constituents almost three weeks ago complaining that the city’s water tasted and smelled strange, like pond water. “It’s quite interesting,” Sutherland said. “This is the first time, especially in northwest Calgary, that this has happened — to my knowledge anyway — in the past 20 years.”
Ontario marks Small Business Week this week, and there has never been a more important time to recognize and support these establishments. Like many businesses, Ontario’s convenience stores have faced unprecedented challenges this year resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Fewer customers and increased costs have impacted our already small margins.
If Toronto can’t have Shake Shack or In-N-Out Burger, we can at least have Matty’s Patty’s. Canadian food personality Matty Matheson — who was the executive chef of Parkdale’s Parts and Labour until it closed on New Year’s Day 2019 — has launched a pop-up burger shop near Trinity Bellwoods Park with Pat Tenore, the founder of Cali clothing company RVCA.
She’ll have a McDonald’s hamburger — but hold the burger. A Toronto woman’s bizarre fast-food order is making the rounds on social media after she requested one hamburger sans bun, with no mustard, onions, pickles or beef patty.
“Why don’t people want to pay for cake?” Professional chef and baker Reshmi Bennett often wonders why people she doesn’t know will ask her to bake an Insta-worthy cake free of charge. The London-based baker runs Anges de Sucre, and she’s created a bit of an online storm by calling out social media influencers who’ve asked for freebies. “I wrote this blog on Instagram because I’m sick of influencers asking for free cake all the time. After the pandemic it got worse and it started upsetting me.” Like many businesses during Covid-19, Reshmi has seen a change in her customers’ behaviour. Although many people cut back on unnecessary purchases, her bakery was busy as people carried on ordering her celebration cakes. Yet she also noticed influencers were asking for more freebies too.
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There are regular onions, and then there are onions too sexy for Facebook, a Canadian seed and garden supply store recently discovered. The Seed Company by EW Gaze, in St John’s, Newfoundland, had wanted to post a seemingly innocent advert for Walla Walla onion seeds on Facebook. But to their surprise, it was rejected for being “overtly sexual”. In a statement on Wednesday, the social media company apologised for the error made by its automated technology. The ad flagged by Facebook showed Walla Walla onions, known for their size and sweet flavour, piled in a wicker basket with some sliced onion on the side. It took store manager Jackson McLean a moment to realise what the issue was with the posting, he said. Then he figured out that “something about the round shapes” could be suggestive of breasts or buttocks.
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A tweet from a UK-based academic calling an Indian comfort food “boring” has sparked an amusing food war on Twitter. “Idli are the most boring things in the world,” historian Edward Anderson tweeted. The idli is a steamed rice cake that is usually eaten with a lentil-based vegetable stew called sambar. It is regarded as a gut friendly staple breakfast and comfort food, popular with south Indians, living in India and abroad. Food writer Vir Sanghvi calls it the best known South Indian dish in India and perhaps, the world. Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris – who has an Indian-born mother and Jamaican-born father – has fondly recalled that her mother was keen to instil in her a “love for good idli” during her holidays in the south Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras).
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Ontario will allow licenced restaurants and bars to continue offering alcohol for sale with food takeout and delivery, Small Business Associate Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria announced Wednesday. The temporary measure to help businesses survive the pandemic will be made permanent under regulatory and legislative changes, including the new Main Street Recovery Act, he said. The government also intends to permit ongoing, 24-hour truck deliveries to businesses that include retail stores, restaurants and distribution facilities.