Canadian's vegetables-only restaurant a hit in New York ..............!
Amanda Cohen's passion is vegetables, so it's no surprise to find her in the open kitchen of her popular restaurant, Dirt Candy, spending an hour each day husking baby corn, one small piece at a time. The corn is destined for her latest hit dish, a corn boil, her take on the Southern specialty usually built around fish.
Born in Ottawa and raised in Toronto, she moved to New York for university and never left. She studied the top chefs at the time, who were working with fish and meat, but she kept being drawn back to unlocking the potential of vegetables.
But while vegetables are the stars of her plates, she doesn't want Dirt Candy labelled a vegetarian restaurant.
"Vegetarian restaurants, I think, tend to be a little bit more healthier, maybe a little bit more political, or a little bit more environmental. We just really want to serve good food."
Cohen's food isn't the only thing that sets her apart. She made headlines earlier this year when she announced she would do away with tipping. Instead, the check includes a 20 per cent administrative charge, allowing her to pay staff well above the average rate.
"I think it's absolutely wonderful. The service commands a certain style and you don't have to worry about tipping."
For Cohen, it's just another part of what makes her restaurant unique.
She also says she misses Canada terribly and would love to bring her unique take on vegetables north of the border. (This might work well in places like New York, Toronto or B.C.........., but I wouldn't bet on it in places like Wiarton or Flin-Flon! -Ed.)
HERE IS POSSIBLY THE BEST ADVICE WE HAVE EVER GIVEN, FOLKS: [I don't necessarily follow this advice myself because I basically don't give a shit! :>) ]
Last week hackers made good on a threat, publishing the data belonging to over 30 million accounts from adultery dating website Ashley Madison. The impact this breach could have on millions of marriages — not just of celebrities and politicians but people typically out of the public spotlight — could be historical. While the implications of a data breach like this have been analyzed in the past, the lessons have been largely ignored.
Take this moment to consider the five laws of your life online. Like laws of the state, whether or not you choose to learn these laws is irrelevant, as you will be tried by them regardless.
1. Assume everything you do and say will be made public.
2. Do not be seduced by privacy settings and passwords, which are temporary illusions that distract from the reality of the previous point.
3. Understand that context and data are often one in the same. When you enter information on the internet, assume that you include the who (you), the what (the data), the when (the time of data input), the where (the site on which the data is being placed), the how (the device on which you input the data), and the why (the purpose of the site).
4. Believe that all of your credit card transactions are being kept in a colossal, searchable ledger that one day will me made available for all to study.
5. Believe that data does not disappear when you delete it.
Everything goes mainstream eventually. Soon you'll be able to say you were paranoid before it was cool. Take solace in knowing everyone may now join the ranks of celebrities, who have lived for decades in constant fear of the infringement of their privacy. Now, we will all be celebrities, and our gossip-worthy dramas will be of our own doing, should we not consider our actions — in the real world and online — have repercussions.
GEE FOLKS, BACK IN THE EARLY 70'S A FRIEND OF MINE RENTED THIS HOUSE ...., BUT IT SURE DIDN'T LOOK LIKE THIS BACK THEN!
House of the week: 63 Admiral Road
Like others in the area, this property has been renovated over time with much of the original character still intact. Minus the mishmash of flooring (marble, hardwood and parquet!), the main floor features stain glass windows and multiple fireplaces (there's even a fireplace in the dining area). Double French doors lead to the upgraded kitchen and landscaped backyard.
The original staircase is a steep but worthwhile climb to the second and third levels. The third floor is the combined master suite and office, with a cute and very private rooftop deck. The basement features a separate entrance, along with a finished apartment for the nanny, teenager or visiting relative.
Thanks to heritage designations and city bylaws, you won't find the typical knock-downs and glass boxes on this street. Just well-preserved, stately homes in an area filled with history and lost treasures.
- Address: 63 Admiral Road
- Price: $2,650,000
- Lot Size: 25 x 141 FT
- Bedrooms: 3+1
- Bathrooms: 5
- Parking: 2
- Taxes: $14,270
- Walk Score: 96
Notable neighbours. Admiral Road boasts Canadian star power with famous neighbours like novelist Margaret Atwood and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. If you need a mayor selfie, John Tory lives just around the corner at Bloor and Bedford.
MOVE ON IF
For the hefty price tag, the bathrooms and bedrooms are dated and there's no garage. Still, there's two car parking in the back, a rarity even in this upscale neighbourhood.
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