Month: October 2012

Quick & easy pumpkin cheesecake

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    To prevent the top from cracking, be careful not to overmix the batter, and do not open the oven door while the cake is baking or cooling inside the oven.

    For The Crust

    • 1 1/4 cups graham-cracker crumbs (from 10 whole crackers)
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • For The Filling

    • 4 packages (8 ounces each) bar cream cheese, very soft
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
    • 2 tablespoons pumpkin-pie spice
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 4 large eggs, room temperature


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in center. Assemble a 9-inch nonstick springform pan, with the raised side of the bottom part facing up.
  2. Make the crust: In a medium bowl, mix cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter until moistened; press firmly into bottom of pan. Bake until golden around edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Make the filling: With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar on low speed until smooth; mix in flour (do not overmix). Add pumpkin puree, pie spice, vanilla, and salt; mix just until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until each is incorporated before adding the next.
  4. Place springform pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Pour filling into springform, and gently smooth top. Transfer to oven; reduce oven heat to 300 degrees. Bake 45 minutes. Turn off oven; let cheesecake stay in oven 2 hours more (without opening).
  5. Remove from oven; cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours. Unmold before serving.

Cook’s Note

To make the crumbs for the crust, pulse graham crackers in a food processor until finely ground. Or, if you prefer, substitute the same amount of packaged graham-cracker crumbs.

Wag Jag- $379 for 15 one-hour laser hair removal sessions on any body part (a $3,375 value)

Wag Jag- $379 for 15 one-hour laser hair removal sessions on any body part (a $3,375 value)

Click the link above to take advantage of this offer.
Offer Details

  • Expires November 7, 2013
  • Limit 1 voucher per returning client, unlimited buys for new clients
  • Option 1: transferable between two people. May use hour for as many body areas as possible. May transfer unused minutes to future sessions
  • Option 2: May choose up to 3 body parts from stomach, love handles (each one counts as one), thighs (each one counts as one) and buttocks (each one counts as one)
  • Not valid with other offers
  • Does not include tax (tax charged on discounted price) or gratuity. No cash value. No cash back

  • Effective elos laser technology
  • Safe for all skin types
  • Caring, qualified aestheticians

If there’s one thing we can learn from the fabled Beauty and the Beast, it’s not to hudge a book by its cover – even if it’s a particularly furry one. Having said that, if you’re hoping to play the part of Beauty rather than the second-hairy protagonist, today’s WagJags from Stratique Hair Salon & Spa can help in the skin department:

  • $379 for 15 one-hour laser hair removal sessions on any body part (a $3,375 value)
  • $199 for 8 VelaShape treatments on applicable body parts (a $1,200 value)

Render skin flawlessly hair-free with 15 laser hair removal sessions. Administered by Stratique’s trained laser experts, the state-of-the-art elos laser service is a safe and effective way to remove hair. The beauty (aha, get it?) of these treatments is that you can split them with someone else, plus any unused minutes from any single one-hour visit can be used towards a future visit. Any body part is eligible for this hair removal treatment, and you can cover as many of them as you can fit in a single one-hour session.

To shape rather than de-fuzz skin, opt for Stratique’s VelaShape treatments, which help clients achieve the sleek, defined body contours they envision. Using an FDA-cleared equipment and techniques, VelaShape stimulates lymphatic drainage and shrinks fat cells, which results in the eventual smoothing and slimming of skin surfaces. A safe, effective and practically painless treatment, VelaShape is most beneficial when applied to the underarms, thighs, love handles, buttocks and abdomen. You’ll receive eight luxurious sessions to grace skin with an alluring curve.

4632 Yonge St.
Unit 202
Toronto, ON

Homemade Minestrone


Cherry tomatoes/ Mushrooms/ Garlic/ Onion/ Chives/ Green Beans/ Carrots/ Celery Potato/  Lentils/ Small pasta/ Parsley/ Vegetable stock/ Low Sodium V8 Juice/ Full Bodied Red Wine/ Salt & Pepper


Combine 3 cups of stock with 2 cups of V8 juice and boil/ Add in desired amount of vegetables chopped very fine and let them cook until soft/ Once everything is blended and cooked, add in pasta, not too much because it will absorb too much broth and make the soup too thick./ Add a touch of red wine to taste, as well as salt and pepper. Add in 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley , 1 tablespoon of chopped chives and a clove of garlic chopped fine at the end to add more flavor/Let this sit on the stove on very low heat for a couple of hours to blend all of the flavors together.

Bon Appetite!

Wabora Fusion Japanese Restaurant – Thompson Hotel C$40 for Two-Hour Sushi-Making Class ($100 Value)

Wabora Fusion Japanese Restaurant – Thompson Hotel C$40 for Two-Hour Sushi-Making Class ($100 Value)

Like the earth, sushi consists of layers and was apparently invented by someone who really liked the ocean. Explore waves of flavour with this Groupon.

$40 for a Two-Hour Sushi-Making Class ($100 Value)

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Inside Wabora Fusion Japanese Restaurant, an upscale sushi restaurant located in theThompson Hotel, classes of about 40 students learn to make two rolls. The first is a sweet-potato tempura roll topped with avocado and served with tempura dipping sauce, and the second is a crispy valentine roll, which is a california roll topped with spicy salmon and shredded crunch potatoes and served with Wabora special sauce. At the end of the class, students dine on their creations.

Classes take place Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Mondays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Monday, November 12.

Wabora Fusion Japanese Restaurant

It seems Min Soo Kim is always on the move. The Wabora Fusion Japanese Restaurant owner came to Canada from his native South Korea at age 15 to play minor-league baseball, a gig that took him across North America and, incidentally, exposed him to all kinds of regional cuisine. Now that he’s traded bats and balls for knives and rolls at Wabora, he’s still on the go. Each day he travels to Toronto to pick up fresh ingredients and bring them back to Wabora’s Bracebridge location, not even stopping to answer a hideous troll’s riddles in exchange for hardware-store gift cards.

Min Soo takes his customers places, too. He designed his menu to mimic the flavours of South Korea and Japan, with some subtle influences from other cultures thrown in for good measure. The 6-ounce centre-cut tenderloin steak is served with both wasabi and house barbecue sauce, and the dozens of sushi rolls are made from crabmeat, baked eel, and marinated rib steak. The approach seems to be working. The restaurant has expanded as rapidly as a balloon blown up by Pavarotti, having recently taken up residence at the Thompson Hotel. There and at the other locations, chefs not only prepare meals but also teach diners how to make their own rolls during two-hour sushi workshops.

Groupon Deal- $34 for a chocolate-making workshop for one (an $82 value)

Groupon Deal- $34 for a chocolate-making workshop for one (an $82 value)

See the link above to take advantage of this offer.

Like crayons, chocolate comes in many varieties and tastes better when unwrapped before consuming. Scribble out cocoa cravings with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $34 for a chocolate-making workshop for one (an $82 value)
  • $65 for a workshop for two (a $164 value)
  • $89 for a workshop for three (a $246 value)

A master confectioner narrates the history of chocolate at the outset of the 90-minuteworkshop, tracing its evolution from an obscure tropical bean to a ubiquitous pantry staple. As the storyteller drums up intrigue, four platters of sample chocolates circulate from student to student, causing mouths to water with happy tears. When the history lesson concludes, the instructor helps participants handcraft various delicacies—Belgian specialty bonbons, truffles, mould chocolates, and more. Finally, the delicacies are nestled into a box, fastened with a ribbon, and sent home with their maker.

Chocolate Tales

Chocolate Tales owner David’s childhood crush on confections multiplied each time his father would bring home chocolates after trips throughout Europe. Years later, David’s unconditional love for chocolate would resurface during his own exploration of the Old World, eventually leading him to open Chocolate Tales with his wife and fellow chocoholic. The enthusiastic chocolatiers share their knowledge of generating fine, cocoa-based creations as well as tasty tidbits of chocolate history. Their typical 90-minute workshops engineer impressive sweets such as Belgian bonbons and chocolate soufflés. Chocolate Tales provides all necessary chocolate-building materials, including kitchen utensils, high-grade Belgian chocolate, and cages for chocolate bunnies.