Lamb Gnocchi | $18

O&B Canteen

This gorgeous restaurant is located in the TIFF Bell Lightbox building at the corner of King and John. It is a sit down restaurant as well as a canteen (grab and go). The atmosphere ranges from calm to busy depending on which dining option you choose. Our dinner experiences were pleasant and filling.

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Poached Tilapia with Alokozay Tea #TEAdays

Poached Tilapia with Alokozay Tea #TEAdays

Cook & Prep Time: 20 minutes  |  Feeds: 1 person

I’ve always wanted to try to poach fish because it seemed so effortless and easy. I looked up some recipes and they were all similar – make a simple poaching stock and simmer your fish for 5 minutes. Fool-proof way to make perfectly cooked, flaky fish.


5 bags of Alokozay’s Lemon Tea
5 cloves of Garlic, smashed
1 Onion, sliced
Sprigs of Thyme
Salt and Pepper
1 fillet of Tilapia

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Meaty Stew Recipe

Meaty Stew

Cook & Prep Time: 1.5 hours  |  Feeds: 6 people

I had to break-in my new Cuisinart Dutch Oven, so I decided to make a stew!


5-8 pieces of Pork neck bones
3 Spicy Italian Sausage
1 lbs Ground Veal
1 cup Red Wine
1 Bayleaf
Small can of Tomato Paste
2 cup Chicken Stock
2 cups Water
2 Carrots (cut into chunks)
2 medium Potatoes (cut into chunks)
Spinach (as much as you want!)

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Pork Dinner

Cha Me Cha

The restaurant is in the same plaza as T&T supermarket, so it’s pretty easy to find parking. Inside, you’ll find dark walls, hanging light fixtures and a refined taste in décor compared to a lot of Chinese cafes. Their menu focuses on afternoon tea and late night snacks. You’ll find lists of flavoured tea options, shaved ice, milk tea, snacks and a few main dishes. I came here with my family, grandparents, aunt and uncle.

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La Cantina

This local Italian restaurant is close to the GO station and the International Village in downtown Hamilton. There is plenty of street parking and parking lots around. The interior is dimly light with a cozy and romantic atmosphere. It was a busy Saturday night and we fortunately made reservations. We were seated immediately on the ‘fancy’ side (the other side is a lounge).

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Zpirit Infused Water

Zpirit Infused Waters (Updated)

Zpirit Infused Water
Zpirit Infused Water

Sometimes it’s difficult for me to hydrate myself, probably because I find the taste of water to be bland. Although I’ve made a conscious effort to drink more water, I still struggle to avoid those dehydration-headaches. Zpirit Infused Waters is exactly what it sounds like. They have four different fruit and herb combinations that’ll make your water refreshingly tasty. It contains no artificial ingredients making it vegan, gluten and preservative-free, plus you can find chunks of fruit floating around. I’m also drawn-in by their clean, bright and illustrative packaging!

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Vermicelli Bowl

Royal Pho

Whenever my friends and I don’t feel like driving down the Linc to Upper James for pho, we go to Royal Pho. It’s a great alternative if you’ve been to the same pho restaurants over and over again. The décor is interesting and authenic. The walls are covered in a pastel green with dark wood paneling and furniture. It’s a clean, brightly lit and family-friendly restaurant.

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