HAL’S KITCHEN: Give the gift of the restaurant gift card


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With Christmas less than seven weeks away and supply chain chaos causing shortages of just about everything, I’d like to suggest a simple solution for giving holiday gifts. Buy gift cards for your favorite restaurants and give them to your friends and family. I know gift cards are sometimes seen as a lazy gift idea, but they really make a lot of sense, especially this year. Whoever receives the gift card will love it, trust me. And you will also be helping local restaurants and all the people who work for them. I would also like to take this opportunity to tell you about a special gift card promotion that I am participating in that begins on November 15th. Italian Restaurant Pasquale, Silver Heights Restaurant, East India Company and Brazenhall Kitchen will all donate 20% of their gift card sales to help with treatment and mental health resources at Victoria General Hospital and Behavioral. Health Foundation. The goal is $ 50,000, so if you like my idea of ​​giving away restaurant gift cards for Christmas, consider waiting a week and buying your GCs at these great restaurants.

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RISE IN FOOD PRICES

Food prices are on the rise here and around the world. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, global food prices have not been so high for a decade. The FAO food price index climbed for a third consecutive month in October, jumping 3% from September. Food price increases are felt by everyone, but are particularly difficult for the poorest households who have to pay more of their income to eat.

DEATH OF TIRAMISU’S FATHER

The governor of the province of Treviso in northern Italy said the region had lost one of its gastronomic stars, restaurateur Ado Campeol. He is widely known as the father of tiramisu. While the 93-year-old man and his family never copyrighted the recipe, historians believe the dessert was invented at Le Beccherie de Campeol restaurant in the early 1970s. means lift me up in the local dialect. It is made with egg yolks whipped with sugar and mascarpone, layered on boudoir cookies soaked in coffee and covered with cocoa powder.

COFFEE & SEASONAL DEPRESSION

A pumpkin and spice latte can help you avoid seasonal depression. A new study from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee found that drinking coffee every four hours helps improve seasonal affective disorder. The study indicates that regular coffee consumption could also increase alertness and improve cognitive behaviors.

STARBUCKS HOLIDAY DRINKS

Holiday drinks are back at Starbucks. The popular coffee chain says this year’s line-up includes fan favorites like Peppermint Mocha, Toasted White Chocolate Mocha, and Burnt Caramel Latte … as well as a new addition, Milk Latte. almond and sugar.

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PEPPERS IN SPACE

NASA astronauts picked peppers in space for the first time on the International Space Station. Hatch’s chilli seeds arrived at the space station on a SpaceX resupply mission in June, and they were quickly planted by Shane Kimbrough. Her fellow astronaut Megan McArthur tweeted this. “Finally, I made my best space tacos yet: beef fajita, rehydrated tomatoes and artichokes, and HATCH CHILI.” Learning to grow fresh produce millions of miles from the earth will be the key to longer missions.

DOUG THE POTATO

A couple in New Zealand discovered a 17-pound potato while weeding their garden. The giant potato they named Doug because of the way it was dug up could be the biggest in the world. A request has been submitted to Guinness to formalize it.

FOOD COMPASS

Scientists at Tufts University’s School of Nutrition Science have developed a new diet guide called Food Compass. The goal is to help people make healthier food choices. It ranks the nutrients in over 8,000 foods and drinks according to their quality or quality for you. Articles that score between 70 and 100 are encouraged. 31 to 69 should be consumed in moderation. From 1 to 30 should not be consumed very often. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of ​​how it works.

• Raw raspberries 100
• Salted Almonds 91
• Cafe 73
• Grilled skinless chicken breast 61
• Peanut Butter Jelly Whole Wheat Bread Sandwich 32
• a small fast food cheese burger 8
• a hot dog with beef 3

– Hal has been writing columns for years. He is also the host of Connecting Winnipeg on weekday mornings from 10 am to noon on 680 CJOB. You can email him at [email protected]

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