Archives — 11 / 2011

  • From the Tree

    Money Really Does Grow On Trees

    hillary — 5 years ago

    I seem to have a knack for killing plants. That green thumb of my mothers never quite passed down to me. However, I do have one plant that is flourishing- my money tree! It's still growing, not like the orchid that shrivelled up and retreated from my house. This money tree got me thinking... does money grow on trees? Well, I am happy to report it does! Err, it did. Cacao beans were once used as currency by the Aztecs and Mayans.

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  • Old Country Charm

    hillary — 5 years ago

    Old Country Gift Shop
    Had a lovely interview with two chatty old gals from Old Country Gift Shop in Roncesvalles on Friday. The two German sisters were the classic European Grandmother with their, "Eat, eat, you're so skinny" and "Oh, you young people!" euphemisms. Don't let their age fool you, they had the vigour and whit of a young buck! The store has had some trouble with the construction woahs of the Roncey neighbourhood and I was more than happy to chat with these ladies and cover their store that has been around for 51 years.


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  • bagel shop

    Q: What do you call a seagull when it flies over the bay? A: A bagel.

    hillary — 5 years ago

    I love me a good Jewish bagel. You can find me on most Sunday mornings scowering the Forest Hill area for the best bagel in Toronto. So when someone told me there is a bagel shop in Ottawa (off all places) selling the best bagels in the WORLD you better believe I had to check it out.

    Now if having the best bagels in Ottawa (or the planet, as coined by the ‘Robb Report’ isn’t enough, the bagel shop also has the biggest selection of dark chocolate in Ottawa. Yes, this is where it all comes together. I suddenly became a lady on a mission- chocolate and bagels- the absolute best things to eat, sign me up!


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Choco-locate in the Media

Choco-locate in Ontario Business Report

When award winning filmmaker Lalita Krishna was in Silver Springs, Maryland, pitching PBS on her new documentary "Semi-sweet," she found herself in a mall looking for some of the sweet stuff to take to the meeting. That's when she had a "light-bulb moment" about the perfect "transmedia" extension to her documentary about "the world of chocolate," which she was proposing to shoot at locations in Africa, Europe, the US and Canada. To read more click here.

Semisweet on the Radio

  • Listen to Director Michael Allcock speak about the film on 570 News Kitchener Waterloo click here.

  • Check out Ron and Nadine being interviewed live on Moose FM 93.5 Radio

  • Tune in live on June 6th to Haliburton Radio (Canoe 100.9 FM)

  • Tune in live on June 8th to the CBC's Lang/O'leary show

Semisweet in the Press

Semisweet in the Globe and Mail


'Film tells the not-so-sweet side of chocolate'

What do you think of when you think of chocolate? Decadence? Dieting? An industry rife with exploitation and labour abuses?

Toronto director Michael Allcock offers a peek at the various sides of chocolate in the new documentary Semisweet: Life In Chocolate, airing on TVO on June 6. The film tells four stories – of Ron Obadia and Nadine Artemis, two raw food enthusiasts; of employees who live and work in Hershey, Pa., known as “The Sweetest Place on Earth” and more. To read more click here.

Did you know?

Chocolate is rich in phenolics, the same heart protective antioxidants found in wine. Indulgence? I call it self preservation!

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