The Met Dining Room isn’t just a student-run restaurant at Toronto Metropolitan University, it’s also a kind of secret but totally open to the public place to get one of the most affordable multi-course menus in the city.

Food fans in Toronto wait months for the prix fixe deals that come around at famous restaurants during Winterlicious and Summerlicious, but at Met Dining Room you can actually get similar deals throughout the year.
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“We don’t have the traditional overheads of a restaurant, so we pass those savings forward to the guest who dines with us,” Met Dining Room executive chef

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Festival food has contributed to my life journey – not only as a chef and food writer but also personally. By learning about flavours, methods, techniques and rituals, I’ve enhanced my knowledge and connected with all sorts of exciting people from all over the world. 

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s was so different to how things are now for my daughters. We had fewer worries: no social media pressured us to look good, and we were nowhere as materialistic as many people are now. We didn’t need to prove anything to anyone apart from our families, whose main

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Your grocery bill is much higher than it used to be.

The latest inflation numbers from Statistics Canada show that while overall inflation fell to 5.9 per cent in January, food prices are up 10.4 per cent compared to last year. That number is up slightly from December’s 10.1 per cent.

“Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many factors have impacted prices at the grocery store, such as supply chain disruptions, labour shortages, changes in consumer purchasing patterns, poor weather in some growing regions, tariffs, higher input costs and higher wages,” StatsCan said in a Nov. 2022 report about 

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Roast Chicken with Asian slaw.

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Roast Chicken with Asian slaw.

Match Asian flavours with succulent chicken and the results are invariably tasty.

Whenever I make roast chicken, I marinate the whole chicken for at least 24 hours so that all the good flavours go into the chicken. For this slaw you can also add Chinese cabbage (hakusai), roasted peanuts or cashew nuts if desired.

* This week’s dinner sorted: Five easy Asian-inspired meals
* Recipes: roast chilli chicken, red slaw and nutty apple crumble
* Recipes: Thai basil chicken, roast chicken with Asian slaw, chicken nibbles with Korean spicy sauce

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