As summer quickly approaches, Scarborough residents will come out of hibernation in search of the best patio to spend their time.
In her book, The Heavy, author Dana-Lynn Weiss recounts an incident in which a mother takes a hot chocolate from her seven-year-old daughter’s hand and throws it into the garbage in front of her. The depiction has generated controversy about childhood dieting. According to Thomas Warshawski, a doctor and chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation in British Columbia, childhood obesity is a growing problem in Canada. “In 1978 only 15 per cent of children and youth had unhealthy weight as demonstrated by the BMI (Body Mass Index),” Warshawki said. “By 2011 that number had doubled to 30 per cent.”
In an area famous for shawarma, Koreans are wrapping things up in their own style. Makkal Chon, which opened in 2008, is located at Lawrence Ave. East on Warden Ave. The Scarborough restaurant specializes in Korean food. It is especially well known for ssam-bap which is rice, sauce and meat wrapped in a leafy vegetable.
It is difficult enough to find a vegetarian restaurant,but to come across a vegetarian food bank is a pleasant surprise. Scarborough is the home to the only vegetarian food bank in North America.
“Just a simple change like changing the mashed potatoes over to Ontario-fresh mashed potatoes would have a huge impact on the patient clientele,” said Leslie Carson. “We’re basically replacing a frozen entrée type product with a freshly-made Ontario product.”
In a little corner at 2060 Ellesmere Rd. sits a small cupcake specialty shop, the first of its kind in all of Scarborough.
The Dad’s Cookies Outlet Store sells Kraft cookies and crackers to the public at kooky prices.