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In the kitchen with Brandon Jackson   The ultimate student hack on carbonara with instant ramen
Nov29

In the kitchen with Brandon Jackson   The ultimate student hack on carbonara with instant ramen

Photos by Kyle West Influenced by Jackson’s ramen restaurant, Slurp Ramen, this recipe incorporates the fresh and high quality produce found at his fingertips at the Hamilton Farmers Market. While Slurp Ramen’s kitchen is steps away from some of the city’s best local produce, cheese and meat vendors, you too can be inspired by the ingredients and flavours of the downtown market. This recipe takes your instant ramen noodles to the next...

Getting back to chocolate basics Westdale’s The Casual Gourmet hosts a chocolate workshop with Cake & Loaf Bakery chef
Nov22

Getting back to chocolate basics Westdale’s The Casual Gourmet hosts a chocolate workshop with Cake & Loaf Bakery chef

Photos by Kyle West By: Andrew Mrozowski Nestled away on the corner of King Street West and Paisley Avenue South lies a small storefront with kitchen accessories on display in the windows. Peering through, you are sure to see a cute boutique filled with cutlery, appliances and cookware. Only if you go into the store, will you find a functioning kitchen and breakfast bar tucked away in the back-right corner. The Casual Gourmet has made...

Culinary Class Act: Hakka Hamilton Hamilton Hakka is the perfect place for those missing Hakka cuisine or hungry for something new
Nov15

Culinary Class Act: Hakka Hamilton Hamilton Hakka is the perfect place for those missing Hakka cuisine or hungry for something new

Photos C/O Kyle West What it is I’ve lived in Hamilton for a few years now and while I appreciate the city, I still occasionally miss living in the greater Toronto area. One of the things I miss most is Hakka food, a staple in GTA strip malls. While Hakka food is the cuisine of the Hakka people, chances are if you’re eating Hakka food in the GTA, you’re probably eating the South Asian take on it. A cuisine unto itself, Indian Hakka...

In the kitchen with Grant Whittaker Simple yet decadent mushroom ragù recipe
Nov13

In the kitchen with Grant Whittaker Simple yet decadent mushroom ragù recipe

Photos C/O Hannah Walters-Vida, Sasha Dhesi Print recipe here! This mushroom ragù recipe is multi-purposeful and versatile. While simple to make, it looks and tastes decadent and earthy. Mushroom ragù is traditionally prepared as a main course and paired with chicken, pork or beef but this recipe calls for a vegetarian twist. It can also make a great appetizer served with toasted points or crostini. Any variety of cheese will work...

Community kitchen series unites generations NHCHC and Speqtrum Hamilton have created a LGBTQ2S+ intergenerational community cooking series
Nov08

Community kitchen series unites generations NHCHC and Speqtrum Hamilton have created a LGBTQ2S+ intergenerational community cooking series

Illustration by Roushan Tabassum From sitcoms to home improvement shows to commercials, the kitchen is assumed as the central space of a family. It is shown as a spot where its members gather, whether they’re grabbing a quick breakfast or cooking a multi-course holiday dinner. However, since family can define so much more than just blood, it is only fitting that kitchen spaces be found in the community as well. The North Hamilton...

Culinary Class Act: Taqueria Marina Downtown authentic Mexican restaurant with a modern twist
Nov06

Culinary Class Act: Taqueria Marina Downtown authentic Mexican restaurant with a modern twist

Photos C/O  @marinayhm What it is Taqueria Marina is the above ground counterpart to Shaolin, the underground Southeast Asian restaurant with whom it shares a kitchen. The sister late-night food spots make up two thirds of the James Street North restaurants owned by Born and Raised Restaurant owner, Chef Vittorio Colacitti. You can order from both Taqueria Marina and Shaolin’s menu from Taqueria Marina’s space. Once you walk into...