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      Toveren Takes Over Toronto.

      Our interview with local jewelry designer, Carleton Eckhardt. Ever since she was a little girl, playing dress-up with her grandmother’s jewelry, Carleton Eckhardt has had an eye for design and beauty. After graduating from fashion management at George Brown College, she set out as an entrepreneur launching her very own Toronto based jewelry line: Toveren. Chatting with this budding designer, we found out more about these all natural, high-end statement … Continue reading

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      A Moment With Eddie.

      Catching up with Much Music comedian and dear friend, Eddie Della Siepe. There’s something about Eddie Della Siepe that seems different these days. Following his path as a stand-up comedian, we’ve watched him grow from a Yuk Yuk’s Amateur Night teen to Much Music‘s Video on Trial host, and now, to headlining specials on Comedy Now. He’s maturing; growing into his act and enticing his audience with a humble and … Continue reading

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      Keeping Within Reach.

      Our interview with Toronto’s hottest kite boarder, Dan Steiner! He’s been featured in several magazines and commercials, and is now starring in his first movie role as a professional kite boarder. But Dan Steiner is still the same long-time friend and biker buddy I know and love – zipping around Toronto on his Aprilia Mana, embracing the outdoors and living life to its fullest. Chatting together, I learned more about … Continue reading

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      Talking Footy with Farqy.

      Our interview with The Score’s Footy Show associate, Will Farquharson. The Toronto FC is back with a new coach and a new outlook on their fifth season. But will it make any difference? Talking with The Score‘s Will Farquharson (no relation. Yes, really.), I learned about what to expect from the team as they draw inspiration from the unrelenting support of their fans.

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      Portrait of a Boss

      Toronto’s most eligible bachelor gives us a few essential tips on menswear. When it comes to menswear, it’s all about looking suave without trying too hard. So instead of consulting an expert in the fashion industry, we decided to turn to one of Toronto’s top bachelors instead – one who always looks impeccable without breaking the bank, and who’s always got a babe dangling off each arm.

    Shrimp Tacos with Tabbouleh

    The perfect party meal – as much fun to put together as it is to eat.

    Tacos are a trending dish right now in Toronto.  And until recently, the standard way of making them at home was with a box of Old El Paso. But with competition rising, more and more people are experimenting with creative twists for this Mexican staple. Here’s how I went about it:

    TACOS:
    - 1 Bag of frozen shrimp
    - 1 Avocado
    - 1 Mango
    - 1 Handful of Parsley
    - 1 Box of Panko® bread crumbs
    - 1 Egg
    - 1 Small bowl of flour
    - 1 Bag of small soft-shell tacos
    - 1 Lime

    Defrost your shrimp and set up three small bowls – one for the flour, another for the whisked egg, and the third for the bread crumbs. Start dipping the shrimp in each bowl (in that same order) and lightly coat them all around. Dice up some mango and parsley, heat the tacos in the oven or microwave, and thinly slice the avocado. When ready, heat a frying pan with some olive oil (light heat, the shrimp are already cooked) and lightly toast the outside of the bread crumbs. Serve as picture indicates with the lime juice drizzled on top.

    TABBOULEH:
    - 1 Tomato
    - Handful of Parsley
    - 1 Onion
    - Tsp Virgin olive oil
    - Tsp Lemon Juice
    - Tsp of Grated Ginger
    - Tbsp of Sesame Oil

    This dish could not be easier to put together – simply dice up everything and mix together in a bowl with the various juices and oils. Tabbouleh keeps well, so make sure you refrigerate the left-overs for tomorrow’s lunch.  It’s a nice, light alternative to a side salad which works well alongside a filling main dish like tacos. Give it a try! And let me know how it goes in the comments section.

    – Emma Farquharson

    Category: Food & Drink, Home · Posted by: Mushy Pony

    Lemony Chicken Parmesan & Gnocchi.

    A delicious, afforable, and easy-to-make dinner for date night.

    Lemon Chicken Parmesan

    This meal is quickly becoming my go-to recipe for a cozy night in. It’s healthy, cheap, and packed with flavor. Plus, the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store:

    - Gnocchi (whole wheat preferably)
    - 2 Chicken Breasts
    - Parmesan
    - 1 Lemon
    - Olive oil
    - Flour
    - Panko® Bread Crumbs
    - Pesto (I recommend Jamie Oliver’s brand)
    - 1 Egg

    First, cut the chicken breasts length-wise to thin them out – you can also flatten them by rolling them out against some parchment paper (I substitute the roller with a wine bottle. Works great.). Then, in three small bowls place: a whisked egg, flour, and bread crumbs (Panko makes the crunchiest variety, although other brands are fine).

    When ready, take each chicken part and lightly coat it in flour. This will help seal the chicken for the next layer (egg), and ultimately the bread crumbs. Next, boil a pot of water for the gnocchi and heat a frying pan with some olive oil (medium heat). Gnocchi cooks at rapid speed, so it’s important to get the chicken going first. You’ll know the pasta has cooked when all of the dumplings have floated to the top – it’s that easy.

    Flip the chicken at your own discretion. When the coating is lightly toasted, the meat is usually ready by that time as well (3-4 minutes per side). Plus, the egg keeps the natural chicken flavors intact and prevents it from drying out. For extra parmesan, add some to the bread crumbs prior to cooking.

    Once ready, place on plate with grated parmesan and lemon juice on top. Mix the gnocchi with your pesto and presto! A delicious meal for two awaits.

    Have a suggestion or alternative method? Leave your suggestions below!

    – Emma Farquharson

    Category: Food & Drink · Posted by: Mushy Pony

    Toveren Takes Over Toronto.

    Our interview with local jewelry designer, Carleton Eckhardt.

    Courtesy of Toveren.ca

    Ever since she was a little girl, playing dress-up with her grandmother’s jewelry, Carleton Eckhardt has had an eye for design and beauty. After graduating from fashion management at George Brown College, she set out as an entrepreneur launching her very own Toronto based jewelry line: Toveren. Chatting with this budding designer, we found out more about these all natural, high-end statement pieces, and how we can get our hands on them!

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    Category: Fashion, Interviews, Interviews · Posted by: Mushy Pony

    A Moment With Eddie.

    Catching up with Much Music comedian and dear friend, Eddie Della Siepe.

    Courtesy of Eddie Della Siepe

    There’s something about Eddie Della Siepe that seems different these days. Following his path as a stand-up comedian, we’ve watched him grow from a Yuk Yuk’s Amateur Night teen to Much Music‘s Video on Trial host, and now, to headlining specials on Comedy Now. He’s maturing; growing into his act and enticing his audience with a humble and playful approach.

    Continue reading

    Category: Home, Interviews, Interviews · Posted by: Mushy Pony
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