Gordon Ramsay’s unfavourable reviews, eating on $50 a week, coffee addictions justified

Gordon Ramsay’s unfavourable reviews, eating on $50 a week, coffee addictions justified

Eating cheap doesn't have to mean Kraft Dinner (Photo by Sharla Sava) 

• Perhaps we shouldn’t be so anxious for Gordon Ramsay to open his new Toronto spot: the critics are bashing the foul-mouthed chef’s new Parisian venture, calling it boring, pompous and a producer of “Xerox food.” [Guardian]

• Trimming the weekly grocery bill doesn’t have to mean dining on Kraft Dinner. Some of Canada’s top chefs tell Chris Johns how to eat well at home for $50 a week. [Maclean’s]

• Ladies, stop feeling guilty about frequenting Toronto’s slew of new cafés. Spanish and American researchers have found that coffee drinking can lower a woman’s risk of stroke. Sorry, boys. [eCanada Now]

• The Heart and Stroke Foundation is arguing that food companies cannot be trusted to reduce the trans fats in their products. The organization is urging Ottawa to implement concrete regulations instead. [Canadian Press]

• After a year of food scandals, Reuters predicts that we can expect industry trends to revolve around food safety in 2009. The news service names five trends to watch for this year, including alternative sweeteners, recession diets and fat taxes. [Canada.com]