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Greek yogurt now available at Tim Hortons

- July 17th, 2014
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Strawberry or vanilla Greek yogurt parfait is now available at Tim Hortons. (Meghan Mitchell/QMI Agency)

Tim Hortons’ customers can now experience a taste of the Mediterranean.

The company recently added Greek yogurt to its menu in the form of a parfait, and in combination with their Fruit Smoothies.

“Greek yogurt has become increasingly popular among our guests and whether they are looking for a great breakfast option or a more satisfying snack, it’s now easier than ever to enjoy this delicious and healthy yogurt while on the go,” said Tammy Martin, Tim Hortons’ vice president of marketing, food and merchandise in a press release.

The Greek Yogurt parfait combines either strawberry or vanilla yogurt with almond granola and mixed berries and contains 6-grams of fibre and 13-grams of protein.

“The introduction of Greek yogurt to the Tim Hortons menu is just one example of our commitment to offering better-for-you options to our guests and we know they are going to love it,” said Martin.

Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest is back

- July 7th, 2014
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Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest is back. The winner will receive $10,000 and their doughnut will be featured on the menu. (Mark Daniell/QMI Agency)

Think you have what it takes to design a doughnut worthy of being on the Tim Hortons’ menu?

Well then you are in luck.

Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest has returned following the success of last year’s event.

“With over 63,000 entries in our inaugural Duelling Donuts contest, we were amazed by the creativity of the entries, and we saw firsthand just how passionate our guests are about donuts,” said Tammy Martin, Tim Hortons’ vice president of marketing, food and merchandising in a press release.

From now until August 1, participants can submit their designs at DuellingDonuts.ca and eight finalists will get the opportunity to pitch their creation to a panel of celebrity judges, featuring Jason Priestley, Jann Arden, Ben Mulroney and Anna Olson.

“Judging Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest last year was a donut day made in heaven, so I didn’t have to think twice about coming back this year to eat more donuts and spend the day with Ben, Jann and Anna,” said Jason Priestley in the release.

“Last year showed that Canadians go wild when it comes to donuts. I can’t wait to see what people create this year.”

The celebrity panel will select four finalists and then Canadians will have the opportunity to vote for the winner on August 18.

The winning doughnut will be featured on Tim Hortons’ menu later in the year and the winner will receive $10,000.

Yum? Taco Bell introduces Cool Ranch Doritos shell

- July 4th, 2014
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Taco Bell will be launching the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos in Canada July 7. (Photo: Handout)

Taco Bell Canada says, “it’s worth the wait.”

After Nacho Cheese Doritos taco shells were introduced last summer, the company says Canadians have been eagerly anticipating the chance to try their tacos on Cool Ranch shells.

“This bold combination brings together one of the most popular Doritos flavours with Taco Bell’s classic taco to create an exciting experience for Canadian customers from coast-to-coast,” PepsiCo Foods Canada marketing director Susan Irving said in a release.

The Cool Ranch shells will be available starting July 7.

I can’t say this sounds appealing to me. I e-mailed the news to my husband – a Taco Bell fan – and said “sounds gross.” He wrote back to inform me I misspelled “delicious.”

Starbucks is shaking things up

- June 26th, 2014
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Oliver Stern pours a sample of Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade at a Starbucks in Toronto on June 24, 2014. (Meghan Mitchell/QMI Agency)

Starbucks is shaking things up this summer with its new shaken iced teas and iced tea lemonades.

Starting June 24, the Teavana Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade and Teavana Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade will be added to the menu, but only for a limited time.

So does shaking a beverage really make a difference?

Apparently it does.

When you use a shaker, the ice breaks causing it to dilute, bringing it to a cooler temperature and ensuring the flavours are evenly dispersed, according to Oliver Stern, the owner and bartender at Toronto’s Temperance Society.

Stern showed off his shaking skills at a tasting event in a downtown Toronto Starbucks recently and says the process gives the beverage a lighter, airier quality.

But if you want to try shaking your own iced tea at home, make sure you brew the tea stronger than you typically would.

Starbucks double brews the tea used in its shaken drinks, so that the bold flavours aren’t diluted during the process.

And to ensure their iced beverages are the ideal chilled temperature, baristas shake them 10 times, using their fingertips, because placing palms on the shaker would add unwanted heat.

For a list of Starbucks’ Teavana Shaken Iced Teas, click here.

Free food for Canadians at Mandarin on Canada Day

- June 25th, 2014

Are you the type of person who looks for freebies on your birthday?

Or maybe you are just a person who likes to eat for free.

Mark Canada Day on the calendar because Mandarin restaurants across Ontario are serving up free buffet meals to Canadian citizens.

You read that right – free buffet (!)

The Chinese restaurant chain is serving up chicken balls, rice and so much more to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the restaurant chain and and of course, Canada Day.

“Most of us at Mandarin immigrated to Canada. We have enjoyed the opportunities and freedoms provided by this country,” a notice on their website reads.

The buffet is free from noon to 8:30 p.m. July 1, to those who show a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, or Canadian citizenship card.

Lineups will start early and they don’t take reservations that day.

Are you hungry yet?

More details here.