Food & Drink

Seal meat on the rise, New Yorkers in the Junction, marriage linked to obesity

• Seal meat is the hot entrée at Montreal restaurants a month after the Governor General Michaëlle Jean horrified vegans by eating raw seal, proving that when it comes to good eating, diners are unmoved by cuteness. Perhaps PETA’s campaign to stop the consumption of fish—by renaming them “sea-kittens”—might actually backfire. [New York Times]

Corey Mintz strives to prove that there are good Mexican restaurants in Toronto. His weekend review of fancy Frida, mid-priced Milagro and straight-up Rebozos reveals that authentic Mexican can be found at every price point. But while he made us crave citrus ceviche, we’d like to point out that all the restaurants he visited are all north of St. Clair. Luckily, Milagro has a second location in the entertainment district. [Toronto Star]

• The New York Times is telling its readers to visit the Junction when in T.O. for a healthy dose of vegan food and hipster-cred. They recommend eating an olive-currant-nut and seed salad at Rawlicious or free-range chicken at Cool Hand of a Girl, before heading to Margaret for pints and ping-pong. In the article, Rawlicious owner Angus Crawford likens the Junction to Venice, California, so we’d like to alert our American readers that the closest thing the Junction has to a “beach” is the gully near the CP tracks. [New York Times]

• Members of China’s new bourgeoisie see drinking wine as one of the more glamorous aspects of the Western lifestyle. In fact, the People’s Republic has now surpassed both South Africa and Australia in wine production, thanks to strong domestic demand. With Beijing now in the grand crus knock-off business, maybe it’s only a matter of time before China’s bargains start showing up at the LCBO. [Toronto Star]

• Married people are three times more likely to be obese than those who are dating and live on their own, says a study in the journal Obesity. Domestic couplehood apparently leads to more TV, less physical activity and women eating larger portions. Dr. Arya Sharma points out that one partner’s weight loss is often derailed by their partner bringing home junk food. Finally, a proven way to blame love handles on somebody else. [Canada]


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