A Toronto Man Got Sent A Box Of Water In A Meal Kit & He'd Like Some Answers

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A Toronto Meal Kit Came With A Plastic Box Full Of Water & We're So Confused

Meal delivery services can often make cooking a lot simpler by separating and pre-portioning each ingredient, but one Toronto man is wondering if there is such a thing as too much pre-packaging.

Taylor Rivers posted a photo of this Toronto meal kit containing water in a tweet on December 8.

Rivers, a filmmaker and comedian in Toronto, said the packaged water was provided as part of a virtual cooking class his friend had ordered, to be used for a pan-roasted artisan Cornish hen recipe. 

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Jessica Rodrigues, Director of Communications for The McEwan Group, which manufactures the meal delivery kits, told Narcity over email that the implications of the tweet were out of context.

Rodrigues explained that the package was created in partnership with a client who asked that all parts of their recipe be included in the mail-out.

"They essentially asked that we assume nothing," Rodrigues said.

"This was a one-off and our team has ensured food is packaged properly to avoid any food wastage and to ensure proper safety precautions during this time," she added.

Rivers said he did not get to taste the water before his friend used it all in the recipe.

"Plain ol' tap water for me," he said.

The Government of Canada is ending its India flight ban next week, which has been in place since April 2021.

"Canada continues to take a risk-based and measured approach to re-opening the border while prioritizing the health and safety of everyone in Canada," federal officials said in a news release on Tuesday, September 21.

The ban from Transport Canada on direct commercial and private passenger flights was originally set to expire Tuesday, but will now be extended until 11:59 p.m. ET on September 26.

Once the flight restriction expires next week, there will be two rules in place for those travelling from India to Canada.

"Travellers must have proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular test from the approved Genestrings Laboratory at the Delhi airport taken within 18 hours of the scheduled departure of their direct flight to Canada," read the release. "Prior to boarding, air operators will be checking the travellers' test results ensuring they are eligible to come to Canada, and that fully vaccinated travellers have uploaded their information into the ArriveCAN mobile app or website. Travellers who are unable to meet these requirements will be denied boarding."

To test these safety measures, three direct flights from India will arrive in Canada on Wednesday, September 22 and passengers will be tested for COVID-19 when they land.

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Willie Garson Of 'Sex & The City' Is Dead At 57

He was set to appear as Stanford Blatch in the show's reboot.

Sex & The City actor Willie Garson has died at the age of 57, according to an Instagram post from his son Nathen Garson.

In the post from Tuesday, September 21 his son said "Love you more than you will ever know and I'm glad you can be at peace now. You always were the toughest and funniest and smartest person I've known. I'm glad you shared you're love with me."

According to Varietyand PEOPLE, the actor died after a short illness with his family around him during his passing.

The American actor was known for playing Carrie Bradshaw's best friend Stanford Blatch on Sex & The City. He also appeared in the first and second movies of the franchise and was set to appear in the most recent reboot, And Just Like That.

Garson's Sex & The City castmate Mario Cantone who played his character's partner was quick to post a touching tribute.

According to Variety, Garson was also known for his roles as Mozzie on White Collar, and Henry Coffield in NYPD Blue.

If you're already dreaming about those fall colours, then you'll want to plan a trip to this stunning spot in Toronto this season.

Rouge National Urban Park is a nature oasis that boasts forested trails, valleys, wetlands and more. The area explodes with colour every fall, and it's definitely worth exploring.

A particularly beautiful autumn trail is the Orchard Trail, which will take you along a rugged pathway lined with apple trees. You'll be able to soak up spectacular views of the vibrant foliage and Rouge Creek while you breathe in the crisp fall air along this 2-kilometre section.

Another popular autumn spot to explore is the Vista Trail, which will take you to a two-level lookout platform with views of the Rouge River Valley.

Parking is limited so be sure to plan ahead for your fall colours adventure.

Rouge National Urban Park

Price: Free

Address: Zoo Road, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wander along forested trails with breathtaking fall colours at this gorgeous park.


Premier Jason Kenney has just announced that the province will be taking measures to plan for a "worst-case" scenario as Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

During a COVID-19 update on Tuesday, September 21, the premier said that he'd been in touch with different agencies to plan what the response would be in dire circumstances.

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"We initiated planning with federal agencies for potential additional support, again, to plan responsibly for a worst-case scenario," Kenney said during the press conference. "Our planning includes potential aeromedical evacuation capability from the Canadian Armed Forces, including getting more personnel skilled in patient management and transfers that can help support relocating patients to hospitals outside of the province if needed."

"Let me be clear, we do not currently need the support and we do not have an imminent need of it, but it's prudent to plan for things in case we reach a worst-case scenario," he went on to say.

The news comes on the heels of the premier's cabinet shuffle earlier on Tuesday. Kenny confirmed that Minister of Health Tyler Shandro had resigned from his position and would be swapping jobs with the Minister of Labour and Immigration, Jason Copping.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during the Tuesday press conference that there have been 29 new deaths reported to Alberta Health in the past 24 hours and about 1,500 new COVID-19 cases.

Alberta recently declared a public health emergency and implemented a series of new health rules to try and stop the swell in cases.

You don't need to get on a plane in order to soar over the fall colours this season. This chairlift ride near Toronto will take you flying above the foliage to the top of an escarpment.

Kelso Conservation Area is bringing back its fall colours chairlift rides starting on September 25, and you can enjoy the views of the surrounding escarpment as it transforms with shades of red and orange.

The chairlift is reduced to half-speed and takes about five minutes one way. You can also take the ride back down, an experience that is not offered during the winter months.

The area boasts lots of hiking and mountain biking trails where you can enjoy more autumn beauty. There is also a fall festival happening during October with local food and vendors.

Reservations for the park must be made in advance, and you can add the chairlift experience to your ticket when booking online.

Fall Chairlift Rides

Price: $9.50 admission per adult, $7.50 per person for chairlift ride

When: Weekends, September 25 - October 31, 2021

Address: 5234 Kelso Rd., Milton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Soar over the fall foliage on the scenic chairlift rides.


This Ontario house for sale might just be the cutest thing you see all day, and the price tag makes it even more appealing.

Located in Port Colborne, this charming yellow home has two bedrooms and is on the market for $349,000.

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The eye-catching exterior is vibrant and colourful, but as soon as you step inside, you'll find yourself surrounded by cool tones and rustic vibes.

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The decor gives the place an old-time, English countryside feel, from the beamed ceilings to the intricate mantelpiece.

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Upstairs features a cozy loft and bedroom with pops of yellow.

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The home has recently been renovated, with updated flooring, plumbing, vinyl windows, and more.

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Outside, you'll find a spacious yard with a low-maintenance garden. The front porch overlooks the Welland Canal where you can sit and watch the ships go by.

Yellow House

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Price: $349,000

Address: 87 Adelaide St., Port Colborne, ON

Description: This charming little home is straight off a postcard and boasts views of the canal.

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Ontario's ​Vaccine Passport Can Be Saved On Your Phone & Here's How I Did It In 5 Minutes

A new tool lets you store your vaccine certificate as an image, a PDF file, or as a card in your Apple Wallet.

Starting Wednesday, September 22, Ontarians are expected to show their proof of vaxx to enter certain non-essential businesses and settings. However, because enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes won't come into effect in the province until October 22, a team of volunteer software engineers and medical professionals created a tool that lets you store your proof of vaccination on your phone with a QR code.

"No personal data is sent to the internet. [The] QR code is for verification only, with no personal info," the team behind the tool told CTV News.

I tried the tool and am happy to report it was easy to use — it only took me five minutes to save my vaccine certificate to my phone as a PDF, an image, and a card in my Apple Wallet. Here's how you can do it.

1. Grab your health card and visit this link on your phone's browser to begin.

2. Click on the "Go to Ontario Ministry of Health" button. You'll be redirected to the government's proof of vaccine portal.

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3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and check off the "Terms of use" box.

4. Click "Continue."

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5. Fill out the following form using your date of birth, health card info, and postal code. Click "Continue."

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6. Next, you'll get two options: one for booking a vaxx appointment and another to access your vaccine receipts.

Click on the yellow box to get your receipts.

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Receipts for both your doses will be available for download.

7. Click "Continue" on either option to save it to your phone or iCloud as a PDF file.

I only saved my receipt for the second dose.

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Here's what your vaccine certificate will look like:

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8. Now that you have it saved, go back to this link and select the PDF file from your phone.

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9. Next, you'll get to save it as an image or add it to your Apple Wallet. I first downloaded mine as an image.

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But because I use my Apple Wallet pretty much every day, I went ahead with the "Add to wallet" to make accessing the vaxx pass even faster on the go.

The following card was added to my Apple Wallet.

It contained no private data except my name, the vaccine I took, and the date it was administered. Plus, a QR code!

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I scanned the QR code from another phone to test it out.

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And it worked! I had my proof of vaxx in three forms — a PDF, an image, and an Apple Wallet card — within five minutes tops.

Trying to eat at a hot restaurant in Toronto can cost a pretty penny, but it doesn't always have to break the bank. Narcity spoke to six renowned chefs and restaurateurs from all over the city, who shared their top cheap eats in the 6ix.

From slurping on scrumptious ramen bowls to enjoying an incredible Indian lunch combo, there is a wide variety of cheap eats for you to check, and they won't burn a hole through your wallet.

Mermaid Fish & Grill House

Price: 💸- 💸💸

Cuisine: Seafood

Address: 44 St Clair Ave. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Chef Anthony Rose (behind Schmaltz Appetizing, Fat Pasha, Big Crow BBQ Rose And Sons, and Fet Zun) told Narcity he is loving this place right now and deems it a place of "deliciousness of grilled fish and shrimp and squid."

"Best place for a fourth date in the city. Maybe fifth," Rose continued.

At the Mermaid Fish & Grill House, you get to choose your fish from the restaurant's catch of the day, say exactly how you want it cooked, and on top of that, choose two side orders between fries, salad, or seasoned rice.

Seafood platters range from $16 to $25, and their fish and chips start at $14. You can also order calamari or shrimp as an appetizer for $8.

"So unassuming and always hits the spot," Rose called it.


Aburi Tora

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Japanese

Address: Right inside Yorkdale Mall, 3401 Dufferin St. #612B, North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: "This is one of the best-kept secrets in the city for high-quality sushi and authentic Japanese cuisine without the fancy price tag," Suzanne Barr, chef, author, and judge on Food Network Canada's Wall of Chefs, told Narcity. "Chef Young Son's menu always has a great balance of simple and sophisticated options."

According to the restaurant's website, owner Seigo Nakamura hails from Miyazaki, Japan, and created a traditional-style sushi restaurant (known as Kaiten) to Toronto here at TORA. This restaurant also happens to be a sister restaurant to Miku, the well-renowned sushi spot in the 6ix's financial district.

"You can get everything from their signature oshi sushi and uni to udon noodles and yam fries," Barr added. "I love going there with my family — they have a great kid's menu and it feels like we've been transported into a futuristic sci-fi movie with all the high-tech laneways and gadgets."

The priciest item on the menu is a plate of Chu-Toro sashimi — a fine cut of tuna that comes from its fatty underbelly but not the fattiest part — which comes out to $18.00, and prices for plates start at just $2.25.



Price: 💸

Cuisine: Filipino

Addresses: 707 Dundas St. W., and 2986 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Executive Chef of Aburi Hana Ryusuke Nakagawa chose Kanto as his top pick for cheap eats because it is "Filipino street food at its finest."

"The Lechon Kawali (deep-fried pork) is my go-to every's super crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and perfectly seasoned, all on a bed of simple garlic rice," Nakagawa told Narcity.

"On the sweeter side of things, I like the cassava cake for something light and in the summer, you have to get the Halo Halo," Nakagawa continued.

Kanto describes Halo Halo as a blend of tropical fruits, coconut jellies, and beans, and it's filled with creamy condensed milk and shaved ice. It's then topped with purple yams, crispy rice, and Kanto's homemade leche flan.


Banjara Indian Cuisine

Price: 💸-💸💸

Cuisine: Indian

Addresses: 796 Bloor St. W. and 164 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Craig Wong, hef and owner of Patois and Bar Mignette, loves this restaurant but finds their Shahi Shrimp particularly scrumptious.

The Shahi Shrimp comes with giant tiger prawns cooked in creamy coconut milk and onion gravy with spices, and it'll cost you up to $17.99.

"It's a huge tray of food, and you get a large medley of everything you could want," Wong told Narcity.

Banjara's menus are extensive, and they even come stocked with lunch and dinner combos at a decent price. Their seafood combo lunch, for example, comes with rice, naan, daal, veggie pakora, aloo gobi, rice pudding, and a seafood dish of your choice — all for the price of $15.50!


Banh Mi Boys

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Address: 392 Queen St. W., 399 Yonge St., 2365 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, and 95 The Pond Rd., Unit C10, North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: "Banh Mi Boys has to be my favourite non-Italian sandwich in the city," Massimo Capra told Narcity. Capra is a restaurateur and author, a judge on Chopped Canada, and a chef host on Food Network's Restaurant Makeover.

"[T]he right amount of well-seasoned sweetmeat (pork belly), the right amount of pickles, and a well-made bun are extremely satisfying to me," Capra added.

Banh Mi Boys offers up steamed baos, tacos, banh mi, and iconic kimchi fries, ranging in prices from $4.25 to $9.00.


Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Price: 💸- 💸💸

Cuisine: Japanese

Address: 91 Dundas St. E., 2057 Yonge St., and 515 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Founder of The Food Dudes, chef Adrian Niman chose this drool-worthy ramen spot as his top choice. It also happens to be one of Massimo Capra's picks, so it's doubly chef-approved.

"...[T]he ramen [is] crunchy, the broth is rich and unctuous and the service is fast, serves me well when I visit Cityline," Capra told Narcity.

Coming straight from Japan and opening up shop at multiple locations across the 6ix, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka serves up some delectable soups.

The Dundas St. Santouka offers seven different kinds of ramen plus a salad version, ranging in prices between $14.50 to $20.95. For a few dollars more, you can opt for one of their combos which serves up a rice bowl on the side.



Price: 💸- 💸💸

Cuisine: Thai

Address: 18 Duncan St., 229 Richmond St. W., 2335 Yonge St., Toronto, ON, and 935 The Queensway, Etobicoke, ON

Why You Need To Go: "I love to go to Pai for a very tasty Thai dinner," Capra shared with Narcity. "I love this place for the young driven atmosphere, the great cocktails and the food is extremely pleasing, Chef Nuit and her husband Jeff are an awesome couple and most gracious hosts all the time."

This Northern Thai kitchen offers a variety of staples from Pad Gra Prow — a holy basil stirfry topped served on a bed of jasmine rice and topped with a fried egg — to Khao Soi Noodles, which is a golden coconut milk-based curry with fresh egg noodles and your choice of protein, from short rib to tofu and veggies.