Toronto’s new street meat, Parkdale’s food co-op start-up, the popification of wine

Toronto’s new street meat, Parkdale’s food co-op start-up, the popification of wine

Grip it: New portable munchables hit the streets yesterday (Photo by Alpha) 

• Toronto’s ethnic street food program officially launched yesterday, with the $32,000 carts dishing out portable food across the city. The Globe reports on the hits and misses. [Globe and Mail]

• Bizarre news on recession purchasing trends continues to pour in. Sales are up for running shoes, gardening seeds, lipstick, laxatives, stomach remedy tablets and chocolate. Is the chocolate the cause of digestive troubles or the consolation for having to endure them? [Hamilton Spectator]

• What’s air sensitive, comes in many flavours and can be sipped from recyclable cans? Wine. An Australian company, Barokes, is now selling rosé, chardonnay and “cabernet-shiraz-merlot” in 250-millilitre cans. [Daily Mail]

• Organizers are planning a food co-operative that will serve Parkdale by giving low-income members shopping credits in exchange for volunteer work. The goal is to pay farmers fair prices while providing access to food for those who need it most. [Toronto Star]

• Supermarket giant Metro is going green with a new five-cent fee for plastic bags at its Ontario and Quebec stores. The change will allow the company to invest $2 million into the Green Apple School Program, an initiative to develop environmental consciousness within the educational system. [Newswire]