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Friday, July 3, 2009

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By Fresh Bites


Senses Restaurant, one of this year's Summerlicious participants!

Happy Friday, and the end of a great holiday week!  Today is a great day for all you fans of great Toronto restaurants, and local foodie experiences.  It is also the night before the big 4th of July activities for all of our friends in the United States.

Today, we are opening up the debate of Cellared in Canada wines with the first of a two-part series by Alan McGinty.  Alan provides us with an investigative report on the impact this policy has had on wine in Ontario.  Pricing, crowded markets, and consumer preferences all have a role to play in this controversial issue.  Click Here to read the first part of his report.

Not even 3 weeks after the premiere of the movie Food Inc., we have a major beef E. coli outbreak.  The meat, being sold under the President’s Choice banner apparently came from the USA.  According to the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency had been “investigating meat from JBS Swift Beef Co. in Colorado because of a potential E. coli contamination that so far appears to have affected at least 18 people in the United States.”  President’s Choice beef comes from a production facility in Colorado?  What message does this send?  Well, once again we are looking at our supply system for food and questioning the reliability.  While President’s Choice is a Loblaw brand, we cannot give them a full “bad-boy” score for this particular outbreak.  After all, many of their Toronto and area stores now sell local Beretta Farms organic beef and their “Free” line of chicken and pork products are from local suppliers using organic and responsible methods for production.  Too bad their entire range of meat and poultry products cannot be of this quality.  Just stay clear of some of the PC-branded products, and you should do fine!  For details on the alert, Click Here.

Finally, Toronto’s annual Summerlicious begins today!  This year, 150 of Toronto's top restaurants are offering residents and tourists alike the opportunity to get out and try new cuisines, experience new flavours, and discover the great culinary opportunities in our multi-cultural city!  Each restaurant offers a variety of diverse and innovative cuisines through prix fixe menus.  For more information on the event and a link to the Web site, Click Here.

With Summerlicious starting today, we had to make it our DISCUSSION TOPIC OF THE DAY.  We want to know if you plan on attending a Summerlicious participating restaurant, if you have in the past, and what you think of the festival.  Share your thoughts on our discussion thread:  Summerlicious, do you plan on attending this year?



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