Its latest findings revealed that as many as four in five (79 per cent) Thai consumers living in the cities would like to have a healthier diet, just over three in four (76 per cent) would like to have a better work-life balance while 73 per cent to exercise more. The survey was carried out in May this year among 1,500 internet users, aged 16 and over, living in the metropolitan areas of Thailand. Almost half (48 per cent) of metro Thai consumers plan to adjust their diets over the next 12 months for their personal health and wellness. Of these consumers, the majority (90 per cent) plan to eat more fruits or vegetables, over half (53 per cent) are looking to reduce their meat intake and 45 per cent to follow a plant-based, vegetarian or vegan diet. Rising income “Amidst rising income and rapid urbanisation, consumers in Thailand are embracing the benefits of personal wellness, and, as a result, are increasing their efforts towards self-betterment—be … [Read more...] about On the road to self-betterment
By Amy Pataki Restaurant Critic Fri., July 27, 2018 Restaurant critic Amy Pataki and her family decided to rent chickens this summer. This is the eighth in an occasional series on backyard livestock. I’m not the first restaurant critic to fall under the spell of a backyard chicken. Back in 2001, William Grimes of The New York Times adopted a runaway black Australorp hen who appeared outside his Queens home one winter’s day. Grimes found the chicken to be “the ideal pet,” an undemanding animal that produces an endless supply of fresh eggs. So it is for me. Chickens have become fun and useful, not just fodder for restaurant reviews. Article Continued Below Like Grimes, I sought to know if our eggs taste better than store-bought. We collect two eggs a day from our flock of three. This is normal. (A hen ovulates almost daily, regardless of a rooster.) Our eggs come in a range of speckled browns. They are medium in size, although … [Read more...] about Supermarket brands vs. backyard flock. Which egg tastes better?
By Claire Tansey Special to the Star Tues., May 1, 2018 Why does restaurant food often taste better than what we cook at home? It’s tempting to blame excessive quantities of butter and cream—and occasionally that is the case—but more often the chefs know things that home cooks simply don’t. Don’t feel bad! They do this for a living, so chefs are bound to have all sorts of tricks. Here are a few to steal and incorporate into your own cooking. Time Without a doubt, time is one of a chef’s best tools and most valuable ingredients. It’s long, slow cooking that produces the richest broths, the sweetest caramelized onions and the most tender braises. Alas, this precious resource isn’t easy for us home cooks to come by. So what can we do? Accept the fact that rushing rarely does any good, and choose recipes wisely: Don’t start making caramelized onion pizza when the family is already hangry, or pop a pot roast in the … [Read more...] about These chefs’ secrets will make your food taste better
By Amy Pataki Restaurant Critic Fri., April 6, 2018 Tanto Address: 74 Ossington Ave. (near Queen St. W.), 416-546-3022, tantorestaurant.com Chef: Julian Iliopoulos Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Article Continued Below Reservations: Yes Wheelchair access: No Price: Dinner for two with wine, tax and tip: $125 “Tango” is how my smartphone autocorrects the name of well-run new Argentine restaurant Tanto. Perhaps it’s no accident. Tanto (“so much ” in Spanish) shows mucho amor for the South American country. Argentina permeates every aspect of Tanto, from the whiff of gaucho wood smoke greeting you at the door to the final send-off of alfajores, dainty shortbread rounds sandwiching dulce de leche. It’s there in the black-and-white photos of famed Argentine women on the walls. Former first lady Eva (Evita) Peron is amongst them, of course, looking glamorous in diamonds, … [Read more...] about Tanto-lizing tastes of Argentina
caption House Speaker Paul Ryan toasts with a Guinness during the Friends of Ireland luncheon source Kevin Lamarque/Reuters During a Friends of Ireland luncheon, House Speaker Paul Ryan cracked a joke about Guinness beer and trade fights. “The Guinness does taste better in Ireland, but I realize this isn’t the year to bring up trade issues,” Ryan said. Ireland is part of the European Union, which is threatening to retaliate against President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum. During the annual Friends of Ireland luncheon with members of Congress and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, House Speaker Paul Ryan decided to crack a few lighthearted, Irish-themed jokes. One of those jokes appeared to make reference to the ongoing international disagreement over President Donald Trump’s recently imposed tariffs. “The Guinness does taste better in Ireland, but … [Read more...] about Paul Ryan jokes that Guinness beers taste better in Ireland, but ‘this isn’t the year to bring up trade issues’