The little shop around the corner Newest café in Hamilton adds a burst of colour to Bold Street
Nov23

The little shop around the corner Newest café in Hamilton adds a burst of colour to Bold Street

On Nov. 6, Hamilton’s newest café, The Nook, opened its doors to the sleepy part of Bold Street just off James Street south. Those familiar with the area likely know the café’s location: a tiny space that has stood — or at least looked to be — vacant in recent history. With a dark exterior and darker windows, the spot was so uninteresting one could almost skip over seeing it without realizing a building was there. But Suad Abukamla...

Culinary class act: Mesa James Street Mexican restaurant offers large portions of nachos, tamales and burritos perfect for sharing
Nov09

Culinary class act: Mesa James Street Mexican restaurant offers large portions of nachos, tamales and burritos perfect for sharing

By: Hafsa Sakhi What is it?  I’m always looking for new places to eat, and Daniel, our Arts & Culture Editor, recently suggested Mesa, a Mexican restaurant tucked near the end of James Street North. Upon entering, I was awed by the beauty of the interior. Jewel toned light fixtures hung near the entrance, and a traditional mosaic pattern decorated both the walls and ceiling. A large cactus decorated with fairy lights sat next to...

In the kitchen with Henry Luan Home chef and food blogger Henry Luan joins us to share his recipe for "Honey Cinnamon Almond Hugging Bear Cookies"
Oct28

In the kitchen with Henry Luan Home chef and food blogger Henry Luan joins us to share his recipe for "Honey Cinnamon Almond Hugging Bear Cookies"

You can find the written recipe and a bit more backstory behind it over on his blog. Our full interview with him also features insights into the food culture of Vietnam and his life in Hamilton. Related Posts One step forward, two steps back for the environmentNot enough doughMac’s newest café...

Islands Caribbean Takeout Delicious and convenient Caribbean food for those late Friday night take out cravings
Oct26

Islands Caribbean Takeout Delicious and convenient Caribbean food for those late Friday night take out cravings

What it is On the Hess Street Village side of King Street West lie a number of take-out-oriented restaurants for residents in need of a quick bite and for the late-night crowds on Friday and Saturday evenings. The strongest recommendation out of all these locations easily goes to Islands, one of my favourite Caribbean restaurants in the city. Islands serves up great jerk chicken, oxtail, roti and curry goat. Their delicious range of...

A fusion of food cultures Home chef and food blogger Henry Luan shares his passion for food
Oct19

A fusion of food cultures Home chef and food blogger Henry Luan shares his passion for food

Food undoubtedly brings people together, and Henry Luan started his blog Henry’s Culture to do just that. He is sharing his food cultures, starting conversations around food and picking up inspiration from others along the way. Luan spends the daylight hours by a pristine counter as a financial service representative at a bank, but his nights consist of working over a kitchen table dusted with flour by the comforting heat of the oven....

Quick and easy recipes Haven't cooked yourself a meal since school started? These two recipes from a McMaster professor and student are impossible to mess up and cost-effective
Oct05

Quick and easy recipes Haven't cooked yourself a meal since school started? These two recipes from a McMaster professor and student are impossible to mess up and cost-effective

Recipes by Dr. Kee Young and Gabi Herman Prof. Yong’s Chinese Green Vegetables I will share with you how to prepare Chinese green vegetables, either with Bokchoi, Chinese Broccoli either Kailan or Yoy Choy. These are vegetables you normally order at any Chinese restaurants that normally charge you between $7 to $10 when you can actually cook it yourself for less than $2. This is not only a simple and nutritious dish but also extremely...