Topic: andrew coppolino columns

Trying Veganuary? Andrew Coppolino offers tips on plant-based proteins

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at Veganuary, a trend to move to a plant-based diet or even eliminating your use of animal products for 31 days.

Last-minute gift ideas for the foodie on your list from Andrew Coppolino

From an avocado sock to reusable drinking straws, here's a few gift ideas and ways to toast the season from food columnist Andrew Coppolino for any food lover on your list.

Popular Christmas spices come from all over the world: Andrew Coppolino

Many of the traditional spices that warm up your Christmas cooking may originate in places that don't even celebrate the holiday, but their historical links are deeply rooted in Medieval European culture, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino offers a sampling of mezze in Waterloo region

Mezze is a grouping of small, shareable plates that allows you to eat a meal with family and friends in a very laid back and comfortable way.

Unique drinks to warm up the coldest of days: Andrew Coppolino

From toddys to buttered rum and traditional tipples, food columnist Andrew Coppolino looks at the drinks you can find around Waterloo region to warm you up on a cold day.

Sales boom for this Portuguese tart treat in Waterloo region

Pastel de nata, a creamy, eggy and crispy tart, is growing in popularity across Ontario. Here in Waterloo region, thousands are sold every week from a closely-guarded recipe first developed by Portuguese monks.
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Andrew Coppolino takes a tour of Waterloo region's wild world of noodles

You'll find noodles prepared and eaten in a variety of ways across the region.

Tamales bring Central American taste to Waterloo region

Food that's cooked in its own serving dish, the tamale, is becoming a popular way to experience a variety of Central American flavours in Waterloo region, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Energy from restaurant waste unites downtown Kitchener, writes Andrew Coppolino

A pilot project in downtown Kitchener has reduced the amount of food waste from the food industry sent to landfill: the Organic Waste Diversion Pilot, initiated by the downtown Business Improvement Area.

Autumn is soup time, writes Andrew Coppolino

As the cold north wind blows, a lot of people turn to soup for comfort. Whether you make them at home or spoon them back at a restaurant, Andrew Coppolino takes a look at how autumn soups can produce a warm and satisfying eating experience.

Thanksgiving, harvest time and Oktoberfest blend cultural food cuisines

Harvest celebrations intersect this weekend as the Thanksgiving holiday begins and K-W Oktoberfest kicks off. For both, food is a central focus, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

At age 150, Kitchener Market thrives due to urban setting

Today, the Kitchener Market celebrates 150 years connecting rural farmers with urban customers. After a century-and-a-half it’s enjoying some of its best days, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

From corn mazes to new dishes, fall signals new beginnings for foodies, says Andrew Coppolino

The end of summer may signal the end of patio season but it's also the start of a bountiful season of food — including sweet dishes for Jewish New Year, writes columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Andrew Coppolino: Apple crops promising strong, tasty harvest

Apple growers in the region are looking at a strong harvest — which means a bounty of seasonal flavours in local restaurants and fruit markets, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Wide world of rice in K-W restaurants highlights globally eaten food

From sushi to paella, rice is a basic food for many people. It nourishes billions of people globally and can also have traditional and ritualistic importance. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes us on a global journey simply by tasting the rice dishes available in the region.

Corn makes tasty autumn appearance on K-W restaurant plates: Andrew Coppolino

It's the second half of corn season in the region, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino, and now the yellow vegetable has moved beyond the backyard barbeque to dishes in local restaurants.

Try this: Andrew Coppolino's guide to fusion food

From Japanese-Korean crossovers to southeastern Chinese cooking with an Indian twist, fusion dishes are a staple in many Waterloo region restaurants.

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino dishes on Waterloo region's Ethiopian restaurants

Waterloo region's Ethiopian restaurants serve up everything from popular dishes to lesser known delicacies from the Horn of Africa.

Andrew Coppolino on which cold dishes to enjoy on a hot summer day

What goes into a bright, lively and satisfying cold dish? Sometimes it's the usual suspects like salads, for example. But it can also mean fish and veggie dishes from around the world. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino has some suggestions.

Andrew Coppolino's 9 places to find non-alcoholic beverages in Waterloo region

More people are looking for non-alcoholic options when out on the town. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino says these locations in Waterloo region offer a number of non-alcoholic beverages — and it's not all mocktails and virgin Caesars.

Looking for a summery dessert fix in the Waterloo region? Andrew Coppolino has the latest

Local ingredients like berries, fruits and even herbs make for a great addition to any dessert dish. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino has a list of the 'berry best' desserts to try in the region.

From classic to crafted creations, Andrew Coppolino takes a look at local sandwich options

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at sandwich options around Waterloo region and there's something for every taste, from the basic to the creative.

Where did all the food trucks in Waterloo region go? Andrew Coppolino explains

While there are more food trucks around, they are less conspicuous, says CBC KW columnist Andrew Coppolino. Now, you will find groups of them at area churches, schools and even the odd corporate gig.

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino dishes on the best places to get burgers in Waterloo region

Hamburgers are a popular items on home grills or in restaurants during the summer months. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes us on a trip around Waterloo region's burger joints.

Where to get a nice glass of wine in Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at the local wine scene in a largely craft beer region. While the region may not have many wine bars, wine menus at many local restaurants are robust, he says.

No dairy, no problem: Where to eat vegan ice cream in the Waterloo region

As companies begin to create dairy free alternatives to ice cream and brand it as such, its not just vegans reaching for the tasty dessert.

Filipino cuisine builds flavour that's comforting and tasty: Andrew Coppolino

Filipino food used to be hard to find in Waterloo region, but it's getting slightly easier with the recent opening of a new restaurant, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Summer weather means it's time to hit the patios around Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Summer is a great time to hit your favourite patio and enjoy the weather along with some food and a beverage. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at some hot spots to check out.

Want all-day breakfast in Waterloo Region? Andrew Coppolino has you covered

When you want breakfast for lunch or dinner, these are the spots you go to in Waterloo region, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Asparagus season brings springtime creativity to K-W kitchens

It's a bit late arriving this year due to cool, rainy weather but food columnist Andrew Coppolino writes that local chefs are bursting with pent-up creativity for asparagus season.

Gourmet doughnuts put new spin on classic sweet treat in Waterloo region

From traditional glazed cake doughnuts to sweet treats topped with KitKats or cereal, there are many options for doughnut lovers in Waterloo region, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

From ice cream to hot dogs, warmer weather brings summer foods back: Andrew Coppolino

For most of the year they are shuttered and dark. But when the warmer weather finally returns, there's a smorgasbord of food stands and take-away joints open up to serve customers.

Where to go in Waterloo region for nut-free, gluten-free and vegan treats

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a trip around Waterloo region to find the best spots to find nut-free, dairy-free and vegan treats.

What's for lunch? Unexpected places to eat in and around the region: Andrew Coppolino

From pop-ups to small grocery stores. Businesses that you may not expect to be selling food are expanding the food landscape in Waterloo Region and surrounding areas.

Iconic dishes of Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Though they may not be as famous as the Philly Cheesesteak, Buffalo's wings or the meaty Miami Cuban Sandwich, Waterloo region has its own iconic dishes that give us both an understanding of our past and a view of how we've evolved as a community.

Plenty of fish dish options in Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Fish on Good Friday is a tradition for many, but it doesn't have to be of the deep fried variety. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino looks at where you can get all different kinds of fish, but be warned: you may want to pre-order.

Beyond martinis: Local distilleries shake (and stir) things up with gin

Gin has always been a popular spirit, but it's being made by more craft distilleries in Waterloo region and the surrounding area, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Winner, winner, fried chicken dinner: Hot spots in Waterloo region for this favourite dish

CBC Kitchener-Waterloo food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at the different ways fried chicken is served up in Waterloo region.

Farm gate sales a good way to get fresh produce on your dinner table: Andrew Coppolino

As spring starts to roll in, more fresh food and produce will be back in grocery stores and farmers' markets. But in the meantime, there's another tried-and-true method of sourcing local foods: farm gate sales.

Irish influence on Canadian cuisine celebrated on St. Patrick's weekend

There’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than leprechauns, green beer and massive student parties, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino. You'll find traditional fare but also a growing number of dishes that take Irish influences to new places.

Tips from the pros on how to make the best pizza dough at home: Andrew Coppolino

Looking for a new pizza place? It might be in your own kitchen. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at what makes a good, homemade pizza dough.

Andrew Coppolino's six unusual desserts you have to try

Food columnist Andrew breaks down 6 unusual post-dinner snacks, plus where you can find them in Kitchener-Waterloo.
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Milk and dairy sidelined in Canada Food Guide: Here are alternatives

Canada’s Food Guide has changed dramatically — a revision more than a decade in the making — and a major component is all but gone: milk and dairy. Andrew Coppolino looks at alternatives.

How to eat your way through Black History Month in K-W

Honouring Black History Month in Waterloo region can include a celebration of food and culture in local restaurants, suggests columnist Andrew Coppolino. And you don't have to limit it to just one month per year.

Done like dinner: Where do K-W restaurant staff go to eat after work?

After 10 to 12 hours on their feet working with food and cooking dozens of dishes, where do restaurant staff go to eat after hours in Kitchener-Waterloo? Food columnist Andrew Coppolino put that question to cooks in the region.
Opinion

Super Bowl food: where K-W chefs line up on halftime snacks

The Super Bowl may have pitted east versus west, young versus old and the deserving versus the lucky in Sunday's big matchup. CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's food columnist Andrew Coppolino has found unity by polling local chefs about their halftime food choices.

Andrew Coppolino's recommended 'hidden gems' and hole-in-the wall eateries in Waterloo region

Waterloo region is full of hidden gems when it comes to mom-and-pop restaurants and quick takeout shops. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino went on a treasure hunt to find them.

Cut costs and reduce food waste at home? There's a simple recipe, experts say

Food waste in Canada has been targeted as an environmental, social and economic concern. Columnist Andrew Coppolino asked experts how people can make inroads at home.

How to ditch cold cereal, for a more tasty, nutritious breakfast: Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino shares some easy recipes for breakfast time — ones that don't involve cereal.

Edibles, 'simple food' and plant-based eating: Andrew Coppolino's food trends for 2019

Andrew Coppolino asked a few chefs and food entrepreneurs in the area what they anticipate seeing in the industry — their answers ranged from a variety of plant-based foods to non-alcoholic craft cocktails.

2018 year end reflection: Andrew Coppolino

CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look back at what food trends made 2018.

Toast, juice and tartare: Costing out the value of gourmet

'I could make that cheaper at home,' many diners think about simple specialty foods like fresh-pressed juice or fancy toast. But food columnist Andrew Coppolino asks if that's a false economy.

4 ways to de-stress your holiday dining out experience

The pressure's on when dining out at holiday time. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino hears from restaurants on how to accentuate the positives and minimize the negatives.

Eating alone: Where and why diners go solo in Waterloo region

Open Table, the popular online restaurant reservation system, says reservations for one guest have grown 85 per cent since 2015.

Andrew Coppolino on how to spice up your life, and your next meal

As the cold weather sets in, we may be looking to add more spices to our meals to bring us comfort and incredible smells, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.
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Meal delivery apps a 'game changer' for diners and industry, say restaurateurs

Software apps to order restaurant food for delivery are a multi-billion dollar industry disruptor that have forced restaurants into an introspective rethink of what they're for, writes Andrew Coppolino.

How local restaurants keep up with change: Andrew Coppolino

Andrew Coppolino looks at how restaurants in Kitchener-Waterloo cope with evolving industry pressures and trends.

International cuisine finds a home in Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

Oktoberfest's meat and potatoes are popular Waterloo region dishes in the fall. But it's a wide wide world of food out there. Whether it's southeast Asia, various regions of China, Ethiopia and Latin America, international cuisine has found a home here.

Farm-owned stores a growing trend in food marketing, says Andrew Coppolino

The food landscape, made up of many niche markets in southwestern Ontario, is evolving. Growth in business for on-farm stores reflects that, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

More than sausage and sauerkraut: Andrew Coppolino's take on German fare

You can get a real taste for Bavarian culture in Waterloo region this weekend thanks to Oktoberlicious, writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Dining out: Andrew Coppolino looks at the food culture in Waterloo region

There are multiple food sub-cultures in Waterloo region, Guelph and Stratford, writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.
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Who grew your garlic? Andrew Coppolino on market vendors versus farmers

What's the difference between a grower and a produce reseller? Food columnist Andrew Coppolino breaks down what to look for when you hit the farmers' markets this fall.

Beyond corn and 'taters: fall is the time to expand your taste

The autumn harvest presents the perfect opportunity to try new and varied bounty from local producers, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

School lunch prep: 7 tips from Andrew Coppolino

CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino shares some things parents can think about when it comes to preparing weekly school lunches.
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Walkable grocery shopping on rise as consumers explore options

Large grocery stores are rethinking their interior look and layout to provide a small-market feel that copies a smaller neighbourhood feel, observes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Power bowls a nutrient-dense healthy meal, writes Andrew Coppolino

Power bowls, also known as Buddah bowls, are a great way to try new foods and get a full mean of veggies and protein, writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Bounty of basil? Andrew Coppolino has tips to make most of this herb

It's been a particularly good summer for basil, writes CBC Kitchener-Waterloo food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Braised ribs and the blues: a delicious match, says Andrew Coppolino

This weekend marks two food events in which barbecued ribs play a role. Professional ribbers will ply their craft at Cambridge Ribfest and there is an indirect but nevertheless strong link between blues and barbecue — so a few participating "12 Bar Blues" restaurants are playing along as part of the Kitchener Blues Festival.

Andrew Coppolino on how to celebrate Food Day Canada in Waterloo region

Saturday is Food Day Canada and Elora-based food writer and activist Anita Stewart wants people to cook, shop and share their experiences 'like a Canadian,' writes CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Kitchener Public Library recommends 5 books for hungry summer readers

​The lazy, hazy days of summer are here in Waterloo region and that makes a good opportunity to set aside a bit of time to do some leisure reading. What better topic is there to dip into than food?

How we're eating cherries in Waterloo region: Andrew Coppolino

The season for fresh Ontario cherries is a very short one indeed. CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at the cherry industry and how cherries are being used in food around Waterloo region.

Watching the FIFA World Cup? Here's where to find food to match the teams

Combine 32 teams from around the world, add a healthy dollop of soccer and sprinkle a lot of pride and you have a smorgasbord of global cuisine, writes food columnist Andrew Coppolino.

Taste of Woolwich connects eaters with producers: Andrew Coppolino

The Taste of Woolwich kicks off Saturday at the Elmira Farmers' Market.

Toast Father's Day with a list of beer cocktails, says Andrew Coppolino

Sunday could be a good a time to toast fathers with a refreshing beverage such as a beer cocktail, and food columnist Andrew Coppolino has a list of local suggestions.

Propane woes? Dry burgers? Andrew Coppolino releases his summer cooking hacks

As warmer summer weather heads into Waterloo region, it's time for some cooler outdoor cookery and the festivities that go along with it when the kitchen moves to the backyard.

It's time to find crab apples a-peel-ing, says Andrew Coppolino

The crab apple of their eye — a Wellesley family is turning the long neglected tart fruit into sweet success, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Warm weather and wings: Food columnist Andrew Coppolino hatches a plan for dinner

If you're feeling peckish and need to hatch a plan for dinner, CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino says you can't go wrong with wings.

How to eat like a royal this Victoria Day long weekend: Andrew Coppolino

This weekend is a double whammy of royalty, from celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday to the wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. To celebrate, maybe indulge like a royal.

Cooking for mom: Andrew Coppolino gets tips from local chefs

For their Mother's Day menus, local chefs talk about nostalgic dishes and what they'll prepare for their own moms.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these 3 Mexican-inspired recipes

You won't find many Cinco de Mayo celebrations happening in Waterloo region this Saturday, so food columnist Andrew Coppolino suggests making the day special by whipping up three do-it-yourself Mexican recipes.

Transparent Kitchen peels back layers of a dish: Andrew Coppolino

An online platform called Transparent Kitchen is helping restaurants tell the stories of their dishes and connects diners with chefs and farmers.

Ice cream-macaron sandwiches and vegan, gluten-free ravioli win at food competition

They may not be ready for grocery store shelves or a spot on restaurant dessert menus just yet, but you could see lucuma bites, chocolate mochi morsels and artisanal bliss crisps for sale in the future after a successful demo at the Innovative and Emerging Foods Competition and Showcase in Guelph.

Sweet ways to use maple syrup in savoury dishes: Andrew Coppolino

Maple syrup is an obvious choice to have with pancakes, but have you thought of adding it to your salad or dinner?

Passover and Easter turn food into an experience: Andrew Coppolino

From fish on Good Friday to four cups of wine at Passover Seder, food becomes an ritual that helps some people mark the holiday, while others see it as the kickoff to a busier time of year.

Irish diaspora and its impact on food around the world: Andrew Coppolino

Food columnist Andrew Coppolino looks at the Irish influence in food that stretches from Jamaica to New Zealand, Canada and right here in Waterloo region.
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Andrew Coppolino on why you might like green eggs with ham

Green eggs and ham, Who pudding and roast beast - food is part of many Dr. Seuss books. Columnist Andrew Coppolino suggests you can use Seuss as inspiration in the kitchen.

Cooking on cast iron offers unique connection to the past

That heavy cast iron frying pan collecting dust in your cellar or the rusty skillet you picked up on a whim at a garage sale last spring may have a story to tell, but it may also be the perfect tool for your next meal.

Andrew Coppolino on why you need to try a dosa

The dosa is a favourite dish of south India that is similar to a crêpe but packs a lot of flavour. CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino went on the hunt for dosas in Waterloo region.

Soul food dishes in Waterloo region inspired by tradition

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino takes a look at soul food in Waterloo region and area and learned how history has come to inspire today's chefs.

Top bakers offer top tips for tasty croissants

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino talks to top bakers about how to make the best croissants.

Food-ordering apps, more veggies and playing with food are the new trends

Is the food scene changing? CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino gives his take on the latest food trends in Waterloo Region.

Andrew Coppolino's top dishes of 2017 — and what you should try in 2018

CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino offers up his top dishes in Waterloo region — and beyond — in this list.

A toast to the New Year and beyond with sparkling wine

Waterloo Region-based sommelier and wine consultant Rebecca Pettigrew says sparkling wine is the perfect compliment to any mean, not just your New Years Eve appetizers.

Andrew Coppolino's list of last-minute gifts for the Kitchener kitchen

With the gift timer counting down to Christmas, there’s precious little time left to do your last-minute gift shopping. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino has these last-minute ideas for the kitchen person on your list.

The real ragu: Andrew Coppolino's recipe for a great Bolognese

The classic pasta dish is doused with a heavy and rich meat sauce, but you may not have ever had a true Bolognese. CBC K-W's food columnist Andrew Coppolino offers up a recipe so you can make the delicious dish at home.

Chefs from The Culinary Studio share classic shepherd's pie recipe

Keep it simple - that's the mantra of Jody O'Malley and Kirstie Herbstreit, owners of The Culinary Studio.

Restaurants ponder value of publishing sodium content

Packaged foods show it. But restaurauters tell Andrew Coppolino that it might be shaking up the food industry too much if the sodium content in their dishes was published on the menu.

Take a tour of new eateries in Waterloo region with Andrew Coppolino

The food landscape is constantly changing in Waterloo region. CBC K-W food columnist Andrew Coppolino gives his take on some new spots you may want to try.

Korean bibimbap makes a hearty, warming meal on dreary days

The iconic Korean rice dish bibimbap has an interesting history that bridges eastern and western cultures at the supper table. It's a warm comfort food dish for cool autumn days, writes Andrew Coppolino.

Ode to the Pumpkin: Andrew Coppolino celebrates favourite fall gourd

The pumpkin is a rare fruit, popular both for its decorative potential and its edible versatility. Food columnist Andrew Coppolino looks at the history and use of the giant orange gourd.