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American designer Cynthia Rowley will be showing at Toronto Fashion Week

Cynthia Rowley spring/summer 2012 (Image: Diana Beato)

There’s some exciting news for those who love Toronto Fashion Week, but hate Canadian talent: Cynthia Rowley, the American designer—who has made appearances on America’s Next Top Model and Project Runway—will show three never-seen-before signature looks on October 20 during Fashion Week. Rowley’s show is actually described as “Kellogg’s Special K Presents: Cynthia Rowley at LG Fashion Week Toronto” and we can only imagine how much Kellogg’s had to shell out to get her up to Toronto, since she just showed at New York Fashion Week. Whatever the amount, we’d argue that if Fashion Week (presented by LG, sponsored by Peroni, Rowenta, L’Oréal and more) needs one thing, it’s more sponsorship. At least this means there will be food (if only cereal), and that hundreds of media outlets will be taking part in the Special K challenge all week.

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Corey Mintz cooks dinner of Froot Loops and beets for Scott Thompson

In the latest instalment of his cooking for fairly famous people series, Toronto Star writer Corey Mintz invites Kids in the Hall star Scott Thompson over to dinner. Mintz jokes that eating a bowl of prop Froot Loops while on the original set some 15 years ago was the real reason the Kids disbanded. Endeavouring to reverse bad karma, he whips up a Froot Loop panna cotta from the Momofuku cookbook for Thompson. “The milk and cream are steeped in Froot Loops, sweetening the liquid into cereal milk, before being set with gelatin. It’s garnished with crushed Froot Loops,” he writes. Also on the menu: hamachi ceviche with yams and kumquats; rapini, potatoes and guanciale; and a leg of lamb with navy beans, hazelnuts and beets (which Thompson avoids). No comment from Thompson on whether the panna cotta is good enough to keep the Kids crew together permanently, but we’re not hopeful. “If I had my druthers,” Thompson tells Mintz, “we’d still be working together full-time.”

Cosmic imbalance and an ailing Kid [Toronto Star]
FED #20: Scott Thompson [Porkosity]

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Legalized bees, finger limes come to North America, goodbye to Toronto’s floating restaurant

(Photo by <a href=• Honey-loving New Yorkers are abuzz with the news that the city’s health department plans to lift a 10-year-old ban on keeping rooftop beehives. Bees are currently prohibited along with such other “wild animals” as crocodiles and lions; however, health officials have determined that honeybees, unlike their man-eating counterparts, are rarely harmful. This is good news for the over 500 New Yorkers who already keep hives despite the ban, claiming they do so not just for the honey haul, but also because beekeeping helps pollinate garden flowers and is just a plain old relaxing hobby. [Gothamist]

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Chocolate inhalers, the science of wine pairing, debunking swine flu food claims

Suck it, chocolate lovers

Suck it, chocolate lovers

• A new inhaler that allows users to taste chocolate without chewing or eating has struck a chord with consumers, having sold out in its first month. The French product known as Le Whif puffs micro-particles of chocolate into the imbiber’s mouth. Inventors say that inhaled chocolate is just the beginning, making us hopeful that a bacon inhaler is on the horizon. Le Whif should be available in North America by 2010. [Reuters]

• CBS interviews Jonathan Safran Foer, the author of Everything Is Illuminated and a new non-fiction book, Eating Animals. Here, he discusses factory farming and the importance of re-examining the way we eat. In writing the book, he found that “misery is built into the system” of factory farming, and that changing the system will require people to eat much less meat. [CBS]

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Top 10 food mascots, how to make Worcestershire sauce, Sarah Silverman urges Pope to sell Vatican

Robbed: Tony the Tiger did not make Slashfood's list of hot mascots (Photo by Codo)

Robbed: Tony the Tiger did not make Slashfood's list of hot mascots (Photo by Codo)

• Slashfood lists the 10 “most awesome” food mascots of all time. The selections are pretty solid—they include the Jolly Green Giant and Kool-Aid Man—but we’re not sure that the only cereal mascot mentioned, the pitiable Trix Rabbit, was the ideal choice. Surely he can’t compete with the inspirational Tony the Tiger or with the smooth, soulful crooning of Sugar Crisp Bear. [Slashfood]

•  In a new YouTube video, comedian Sarah Silverman calls on Pope Benedict XVI, “caped crusader,” to sell the Vatican and use the billions of dollars in proceeds to feed the world’s hungry. She also assures the pontiff a number of sexual victories, should he follow through on her proposal. The Catholic League has deemed the suggestion “obscene.” [CBC]

• Lea and Perrins may have perfected their omnipresent Worcestershire sauce by accidentally leaving it to ferment for a few years, but the New York Times claims anyone can whip some up in less than 10 minutes. In its examination of the sauce, the Times reveals that the essence of Worcestershire is umami—the fifth taste sensation of savouriness—brought about by the inclusion of tomatoes and fermented fish. [New York Times]

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