Monday, 28 December 2015

Episode #126 - December 26, 2015

Christmas is over but that doesn't mean you're not going to entertain for NYE or into the new year! Jitin Gaba (restaurant chef at TOCA in the Ritz Carlton) talks about creating the best cheese boards and how to make the better.

MY MOM AND DAD ARE IN TOWN and they reluctantly come on the show.
Find out what my dad things I do for a living and listen to their general discomfort at being on the radio.
Someone at the station was offered $1000 at Christmas if she loses 10-pounds. Would you?

Monday, 21 December 2015

Episode #125 - December 19, 2015

Looking for a great gift for the foodie in your life? Buy them a ticket to Chefs for Change taking place in the new year! A group of Canada's best chefs will be cooking and preparing food for 5 different events in 2016. It's your chance to meet top chefs and enjoy fabulous food at a top-notch event that raises money for Community Food Centres Canada. Nick Saul joins to the show to talk about the events and the work CFCC does in your community.

Don't call her the Grinch but nutritionist Theresa Albert has a list of things you really should avoid this holiday season and tips on how to still enjoy your favourite foods and treats.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Episode #124 - December 12, 2015

Do you know the difference between a yam and a sweet potato? How about the date of National Farting Day?
Professional Home Economist Mairlyn Smith (BT, Cityline) joins the show to chat about her latest cookbook, Homegrown, which celebrates everything that is grown and produced in Canada.
With recipes featuring ingredients from coast to coast, Mairlyn gives tips and info on getting the most bang for your buck and shares food trivia you may not have known!

Monday, 7 December 2015

Epsiode #123 - December 5, 2015

Could Toronto be the next King of Craft Beer?
Steve Himel of Henderson Brewery sure hopes so. Hear about Toronto's history of making good brew and how you can get in on the new brewery opening in the Junction area of Toronto.
Beer of the month clubs and new flavours honouring well-known Canadians are going to be available in the new year - so be the first to get in on it before they sell out!

Find out why you shouldn't reboil that pot of water for your tea and how long you're really supposed to steep it for. And what flavours can you expect more of in 2016? Lana Sutherland, CEO of Tealeaves shares her tips and trends for tea drinkers.

Want to pay it forward when you travel? Travel expert Mary Jean Tulley says not to buy candy when you go abroad, instead spend a few dollars on simple, inexpensive items that could really make a difference in someone's life (ok, one of the suggestions is to pack inexpensive reading glasses to give away).

Monday, 30 November 2015

Episode 122 - November 28, 2015

Is the Toronto real estate bubble going to burst anytime soon?
Are you barely making your mortgage payments?

Mortgage specialist, Ron Alphonso was recently featured in a Toronto Life article as someone who offers private second mortgages to people the bank don't want anything to do with.
He shares ways to avoid getting in over your head and what you need to know when thinking about getting another mortgage.
Find out where he'd buy a home in today's market and what he'd avoid purchasing in the city.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Episode 121 - November 21, 2015

What's replacing burgers and tacos as the new hot food in town?
Chef Rob Braganolo of Carver (formerly of Marben restaurant) talks about the pros of slow roasting your meats and how to get it right. What is porchetta and is it something you would make at home?
Chef Rob shares ideas on changing up your regular holiday meal and tells you the secrets to getting juicy meat and crispy skin.

NOW magazine's Ecoholic columnist, Adria Vasil, talks about the nasty things you should know about your favourite instant noodle companies and soft drinks. Hear what she has to say before buying your next pack of ramen or soda!

After Charlie Sheen's HIV announcement, a lot of people started talking again about HIV and Aids. Pay chats with someone from CANFAR about the current risks in Canada.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Episode 120 - November 14, 2015

Find out why more and more people are getting Type 2 diabetes when they're young.
Are you at risk? What are the symptoms? How can you keep your kids from getting diabetes?
There's an increase in young women being diagnosed and Dr. Richard Tytus, family physician in Hamilton, Ontario and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University, explains why this is happening and what you can do to protect yourself.
Mom of 2 and entepreneur, Tracey Ruiz, shares her experience with being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in her early 40's.

Battle that awful winter skin with great tips from beauty expert Chantal Guertin (The Marilyn Denis Show). Chantal shares her picks for using oil to clean your skin and why this is becoming a hot trend.

If you need or want to cook more vegetarian or vegan dishes for the holidays, Chef Lauren Marshall, has ideas and suggestions on making delicious dishes that everyone will enjoy.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Episode 119 - November 7, 2015

Nutritionist Lianne Phillipson-Webb does some myth busting when it comes to winter health care. Does loading up on Vitamin C beat that oncoming cold? Can you get Vitamin D in your meals? Find out as she sets the record straight and learn what you need to boost your immunity as germ season rolls out.

Food writer, Corey Mintz, joins the show to talk about his recent story for the Globe and Mail where he uncovers a hidden secret in the restaurant industry. Why are the expensive restaurants barely paying their kitchen staff minimum wage and how do they get away with it? Think you can boycott those unfair employers? Well, good luck. Listen to find out what to ask the next time you eat out.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Episode 118 - October 31, 2015

New day and new time! The Pay Chen Show moves to Saturday at 3pm.

TV Host, cookbook author and chef, Mary Jo Eustace, co-hosts the show and chats about her days hosting "What's For Dinner?" with Ken Kostick, cooking on radio, and what inspired her to launch her latest cookbook. "Scared Wheatless" is a gluten-free book that won't make you crazy.
Mary Jo's 10-year-old daughter, Lola joins the show to chat best and worst things during Halloween, and her experience losing her hair.

Plus, find out about the bake sale being put on by Bonnie Gordon College to benefit the family that Pay is helping to sponsor from Syria!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Episode 117 - October 25

It's the last Sunday night show!
Next week Pay's show moves to Saturday's at 3pm but you can still catch the podcasts here.

Hassel Aviles (Toronto Underground Market) and Trish Magwood (author, Dish Cooking Studios) join Pay on the show to talk about their new project that will change the way you get lunch and dinner on the table. What's it like being an entrepreneur working on a start-up and how is this decision influenced by their kids?

Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr. Colin Ellard talks about the psychology of haunted houses and why we love to be scared! Plus, how to create the best spooky and haunted experiences. What makes us love ghost stories and jumping out of our skin?

Monday, 19 October 2015

Episode 116 - October 18, 2015

Do good when you eat out on October 21st with Restaurants for Change.
Nick Saul from Community Food Centres Canada and Ryan Donovan of Richmond Station talk about the great work done by CFCC across Canada and why it's important for the food community and diners to support the cause.

The man who has spent 38 years traveling the world to find the weird and the strange for Ripley's Believe It or Not! books and museums joins the show to talk about their latest book and the strange things he's witnessed over the years...oh, and HOW many two-headed animals does he have??

Easy entertaining tips with Shoana Jensen as we get ready for hosting people through the fall and winter season.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Episode 115 - October 11, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pay has a new name according to the superintendent of her condo.

What seafood should we be eating and what should we avoid? Chef Martin Kouprie of Pangaea restaurant tells us about OceanWise and how we can eat to protect our oceans.

Alison Fryer (formerly of the Cookbook Store) has put together a great Up Close & Personal Series of events at George Brown College that is open to the public and you can listen to and meet your favourite chefs and authors.

Pay and Vinney do a rapper name battle and it's pretty glorious. Also, if you lived somewhere where you didn't get all four seasons - would you pay to have coloured leaves shipped to you? Some people would.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Episode 114 - October 4, 2015

Pay found a new favourite pizza place in the east end of the city!

Peter Neal of Neal Brothers Foods brings wine to the studio to talk about the food business he started with his brother when they were in university and how it's grown to include amazing chips and condiments. Plus, their first cookbook, Goodness, hits shelves this month - they asked 37 chefs and good food advocates across the country to contribute recipes. 50% of proceeds from the book will go to the Community Food Centres of Canada to continue the great work they do.

Some of the best recipes from the Canadian Living Test Kitchen are in the NEW cookbook, Canadian Living: The Ultimate CookBook. Food Director Annabelle Waugh talks about how the tastes of Canadians have changed and evolved, what our favourite dishes are and ...butter tarts with raisins or without?

Pay is not happy with her Uber passenger rating and what would you do if your cab driver was checking Facebook and Tinder while he was driving you home?

Monday, 28 September 2015

Episode 113 - September 27, 2015

Did you catch a glimpse of the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse?
Food blogger and Master Chef Canada Season 1 contestant Julie Miguel joins the show to talk about being a "mompreneur" and creating the job she wants.

If you love food and film (who doesn't) The Eatable Film Festival is Toronto's first food film festival that will combine top food and drink with interesting films.

And one budding entrepreneur is looking for funds to help produce his fitness protein beer - plus Pay almost gets gassed out of the studio.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Episode 112 - September 20, 2015

Ruth Tal, the founder of popular vegan restaurants, FRESH, joins Pay to talk about their new cookbook called SUPERFRESH. The recipes and food aren't just for vegans and vegetarians but you can find great inspiration to get more veggies into your diet.
Ruth chats about the hot super foods and healthy trends and why you don't have to give up meat to enjoy them.

The Furniture Bank is having a great fundraiser called Chair Affair - it's your chance to bid on a one-of-a-kind celebrity designed piece of furniture. Hear about the great work they do and how you can donate your gently used furniture to help someone create a home.

And I'll tell you about the guy I almost punched (and wanted to punch) a few weeks ago and whether or not it's really 'assault" or like, deserved.

Plus - the dirtiest spot on an airplane isn't what you think it is.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Episode 111 - September 13, 2015

TIFF has taken over the city! Pay spots one celeb during the walk in the rain.
Chef Mike Ward talks about organizing your kitchen like a chef and making use of everything you have without waste.
Plus, the downside of food porn and the celeb chef culture.
And - Mike says you DON'T always have to buy the best.

Pay receives an apology 20-years later and wonders if it's ever too late to say you're sorry.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Episode #110 - September 6, 2015

 Happy, happy long weekend show! What's the best job Pay can recommend for your kid?

Brady Lowe from Cochon 555 talks about the importance of heritage breed pigs, what makes them different, and how you can enjoy some during the Toronto Food and Wine Festival.

Vince Antonacci, a restaurant consultant shares inside info about how restaurants price their menu, pet peeves from owners, and why you SHOULD send back food you're not happy with.

And Pay admits the weird and unusual thing she collected as a child. A million bucks says you would have never guessed.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Episode #109 - August 30, 2015

Another extended show tonight as Chef Rob Rossi (Bestellen, Top Chef Canada Season 1) and Devin Connell (Delica Kitchen) talk about helping clueless cooks and making better meals with their new Food Network Show, Chef In Your Ear.

Find out the biggest mistakes cooks make, the essential items you should have, and what these professional chefs want you to experiment with.

Nutritionist Lianne Phillipson Webb shares meal planning ideas, back to school lunch ideas and talks about your favourite milk alternatives.

Did you know kids used to be sent home from school if they ate garlic in Ontario? Up until the 70's it wasn't welcome in most households. Peter McClusky wrote "Ontario Garlic - The Story from Farm to Festival" and looked into the history of how garlic made its way into homes and restaurants. Plus, he shares tips on growing and how to store the bulbs. And check out the Toronto Garlic Festival September 20th at Whychwood Barns.

And if you thought you'd never make money from your stupid idea - other people are cashing in! A few guys out west are selling bottled air, and people are buying.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Episode 108 - August 23, 2015

It's an all comedy lady panel for the first hour of the show tonight!

Canadian comedians Amanda Brooke Perrin, Aisha Alfa and Nelu Handa join the show to chat about DIY solutions, stalking Tom Cruise, whether destination weddings are selfish, and a segment called, "Racist or Not Racist?"

Chef Ricardo talks about apple season, what you should be eating and cooking with now, lunch solutions for back to school, and the importance of eating together.

What's the dream job at the Ex as a teen? Ed Keenan may have had it...

Monday, 17 August 2015

Episode 107 - August 16, 2015

Pay is back from a family trip in Halifax and reveals the shocking thing her mother admitted, and the person she ran into after 30-years.

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis (The Toronto Star, National Geographic Traveler) has road trip tips for making it more enjoyable and civil. Having just done a 30-day road trip with her family, Heather shares her thoughts on making the trip smoother.

You can vote for your favourite restaurant with EnRoute's Canada's Best Restaurant 2015. New restaurants from coast to coast are on the short list and you can have your say for a chance to win a trip and other prizes. Plus, it's a great way to discover and support businesses in your area.

Pay and Vinney chat the death of Columbia House and without shame, Pay talks about the first CD she every purchased.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Episode 106 - August 2, 2015

What one guy said that irritated the hell out of me!

Pay chats with Daniel Millar from Bee Keepers Naturals about the plight of bees and how this is affecting the food we buy and the cost of our groceries. Plus, what you can do to help!

Ecoholic, Adria Vasil from Now Magazine talks about the chemicals in your shaving cream and gels and shares an easy DIY solution (hint: it's in your kitchen).
Plus, how car seats rank in terms of toxic chemicals and the better options that exist for your kids.

And the selfie generation has lead to an increase of makeup artists and hair stylists being booked to standby in the delivery room. Tune in to find out more!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Episode 105 - July 26, 2015

Pay broadcasts live from Montreal with her best friend, radio announcer Nat Lauzon!

Their friendship spans over 20 years and this is the first time they've done a show together despite working in radio and television for two decades.

They chat about your public pet peeves  (people who clip their nails in public, drivers who don't signal, people who use their cellphones in movie theatres) and listeners shared some good ones!

Take a listen to their take on things that p*ss people off!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Episode 104 - July 19, 2015

Would you go back to a restaurant if the food and atmosphere were great but you encountered a rude staff member?

Summer entertaining and cottage meals made easy with Chef Jason Rosso!

Plus, a unique program brings international students to Canada to work on research projects that will improve our lives in the areas of science, engineering, health and more. Pay chats with one 20-year-old student from India who is working on a research project at York University and finds out how these students are giving Canada a global reputation!

And, what men need to know before hitting the gym.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Episode 103 - July 12, 2015

The most expensive hotdog in the world sold out at $100 each. What and why..?

Toronto real estate agent Paul Greenberg shares advice and tips for potential buyers and sellers in the city. How do you figure out the up and coming areas and snag that deal? Find out about the Starbucks effect and the simple ways to increase the value of your property!

And if you want to support more Canadian businesses, Pay discovers a list of unique and great companies in the country that will make your shopping and gift-giving much easier.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Episode 102 - July 5, 2015

Comedian Ali Hassan co-hosts with Pay for the first hour of this extended show!
Pay's review of Magic Mike XXL and why she's not a pervert.

Nutritionist Lianne Phillipson-Webb ( shares picnic food tips, and why your low-fat food might make you fat.

Pay and Ali debate whether borrowing a bathing suit is like sharing underwear.

Chef Natalia Machado from the Argentinian steakhouse L'Atelier d'Argentine in Montreal, talks about creating a restaurant that is popular with women and the trend of Argentinian flavours.

Ecoholic and NOW magazine columnist Adria Vasil tells us what we should be aware of when it comes to dry-cleaning, and what those green or organic claims really mean.
Plus, what do we need in our sunscreen and what are our best eco-friendly options?

And get ready for the $125 Twinkie.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Episode 101 - June 28, 2015

"Meh" and "hot mess" are now real words according to the Oxford English Dictionary! Find out what other words have made their way onto the list.

Nutritionist Theresa Albert shares summer fit tips and the surprising number of vegetables we're actually eating.
Consumer technology expert Amber MacArthur talks about smart technology trends and how they're making our lives easier!
And MS affects more people in Canada than any other country in the world, making it Canada's disease. Find out symptoms and treatments with Dr. Karen Lee.
People are looking for "functional calories" with their drink choices. Learn about the hot trend of cold brew coffee and where you'll find it this summer.
And Taste of Toronto returns to Fort York this week - hear about what you can expect at the festival!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Episode 100 - June 21, 2015

It's the first day of summer! Pay is back from a week in Scotland and chats about her adventures in Edinburgh and Glasgow (including a place where you can drink beer in church).

Matty Matheson (host of 'Keep It Canada' on Munchies, and chef at Parts & Labour) joins the show to talk about his travels across the country meeting food producers and chefs, and learning about the great things we make and grow in Canada.

Nervous about having people over? Lifestyle Expert, Shoana Jensen, shares tips for easy outdoor entertaining and ways to take the stress away.

What was Pay doing in Scotland? Enjoying drinks and a play in church, swinging on a trapeze at a circus school, and making haggis pakoras in an Indian restaurant in Glasgow. Also, in Perthshire...she was looking for a tea plantation. Yes, Scottish tea.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Episode 99 - Toronto Taste June 7, 2015

Pay broadcasts live from the 25th anniversary of Toronto Taste with Zane Caplansky as they celebrate some of the city's best chefs and restaurants, and raise money to help Second Harvest. Guests include Food Network stars: Roger Mooking, John Catucci and Bob Blumer!

Listen to their conversations with chef and musician Roger Mooking (and why Zane owes Rogers a lifetime of knishes).

Owner of Dufflet Pastries, Dufflet Rosenberg, talks about being one of the "original 6" chefs for Toronto Taste; having supported the event for 25 years. And what cake recipe has never changed?

Learn more about the work Second Harvest does by rescuing perishable food around the city and who they help. This includes a group of kids at a Boys and Girls Club who had their first meal of the day at 4pm because of Second Harvest. And find out how you can volunteer by helping them deliver small quantities of food in your neighbourhood!

Afrim Prisine from the Cheese Boutique talks about Toronto's changing cheese palate and tells us the one cheese you should be eating this summer.

John Catucci from "You Gotta Eat Here" talks about the next season of the show, what he'd like to eat more of, and how you can send in your favourite restaurant ideas.
Food Network host Bob Blumer, raised how much money that night with his live auction prize? And he shares his love of finding the best food around.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Episode 98 - May 31, 2015

Pay's  most awkward conversation with her mother. The worst.

What are the strangest things a vet has seen a pet eat? Turns out dogs often eat the evidence...
Find out how you can attend some great seminars as part of a mini vet school and learn about the options and ways to ensure your pet lives their best life.

Toronto Taste is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. Pay chats with chef Mark McEwan about his involvement with the event and how to get food to hungry people instead of throwing it in the garbage.

Plus, the story of a Colorado teen who's spent her life in foster care, puts out an online ad looking for a family to celebrate her birthday with.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Episode 97 - May 24, 2015

Pay went to check out a new Taiwanese snack bar in Cabbgetown AND visited an asparagus farm in Norfolk County. Do you know how much asparagus can grow in one day??

Nutritionist Lianne Phillipson-Webb shares tips on taking care of your skin through the decades without using any chemicals or expensive products. How to keep your skin in top shape, naturally!

Canadians throw out over 30-billion dollars of food a year! Hear about one organization trying to rescue this food and distribute it to people in need. Second Harvest is also holding one of their biggest fundraising events on June 7th, Toronto's your chance to meet and try food fem 50 of Toronto's top chefs! Find out how you can help by donating money, food, or time!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Episode 96 - May 17, 2015

Pay has two new favourite restaurants you might want to try - including a popular Martime-inspired place serving Halifax donairs! It's the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada and the garden shops were a zoo! Outdoor design expert and host on HGTV, Carson Arthur, has tips on renovating your outdoor space with the most return on investment. Before you decide to build or plant something - hear what Carson has to say about boosting your property's value!

And how do you take one restaurant meal and turn it into two meals? MealShare has expanded in Toronto and 18 local restaurants make it easy for you to enjoy your night out while also donating a meal to someone in need!

Find out what one guy received from the man who bulled him 20 years ago!
Plus, one of the most popular stories of the night...sending someone a jart. That's right....a jart.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Episode 95 - May 10, 2015

Have you ever had to lecture your parent?
What lies have you told someone you were paying money to help you? (A dentist, plumber, or in Pay's case...personal trainer)
Find out about the biggest awards night for...cheese. Yes, the Oscar's of cheese awards some of the tastiest and stinkiest products in the country. Maybe you need to try something other than cheddar the next time you're at the grocery store.
Chef Julian Bond has tips on buying, what you should ask, how you should store your cheese and how to make it last.
It's almost time for the big Yard Sale for the Cure to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Have stuff to get rid of? Host a yard sale and raise some funds, or find the sales in your area and take some a new treasure.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Episode 94 - May 3, 2015

Pay is back from a trip home to Nova Scotia and a quick food and farm trip to Winnipeg!
Tune in to hear how many times her parents were robbed in just a year and a half.
Find out about a great giveaway AND what all the hype is about fermented foods. Toronto nutritionist Meghan Telpner joins the show to talk about the fermented foods we should include in our diet, and why.
Mother's Day is coming up and what better gift than one that helps a mother who is taking care of abandoned and orphaned children? Singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez talks about her experience with SOS Childrens Villages and the work they do around the world to care for children.
Should a woman be fined for feeding hungry deer in the winter? Pay doesn't think so!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Episode 93 - April 19, 2015

The topics may be serious but the people are funny!
Could you live on $1.75 a day?
Over 1-billion people around the world do.
Actor Ennis Esmer (The Listener, Red Oaks, Dark Matter) and actor and comedian Colin Mochrie join the show to talk about the Live Below the Line Challenge where they will feed themselves on only $1.75/day for five days to raise awareness and funds for organizations fighting extreme poverty.

Do you know the truth behind the shrimp you're eating? You should.
Food writer and Toronto Star columnist Corey Mintz and Dan Donovan, co-owner of sustainable seafood shop Hooked Inc, tell us why you should avoid shrimp from many East Asian countries. 
Find out what countries offer safer seafood.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Episode 92 - April 12, 2015

Comedian Ron James joins Pay to co-host the first hour of the show. He talks about his years of comedy, traveling across the country and his love for performing in Canada. Ron is performing in Toronto at Massey Hall on Thurs. April 23rd.
How do you feel about renting chickens to keep in your yard? A Toronto company wants to give you the opportunity to have fresh eggs and will let you rent chickens to raise! A Toronto woman shares her experience raising chickens in her downtown backyard.
Aussie-born chef and owner of El Gastronomo Vagabundo food truck, Adam Hynam-Smith, has a new cookbook with recipes of his most popular dishes. Find out how you can attend the launch party and dine on his delicious food.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Episode 91 - April 5, 2015

It's another extended show this week as MasterChef Canada judge and chef Alvin Leung and Season 1 winner, Eric Chong, pop into the studio to talk about what lead them to open a restaurant together. The Rebel (Eric) and the Demon (Alvin) get ready to launch R&D in Toronto's Chinatown, but not after spending a lot of time together. So what IS the Demon Chef really like? Eric dishes on his softer side and what it takes for two former engineers to switch careers.
DNA testing for your dog? Why not? Pay talks about one condo complex gathering a DNA database of pets to catch lazy owners who don't pick up the poop!

Pay talks to a Toronto mom about suspicions something was wrong with her baby and the process of getting it diagnosed and learning to adjust to the news. Tune in to hear about baby Brielle and her life with achondroplasia. You'll definitely learn something you didn't know before!

FREE YOGA CLASSES! At the public library? Who knew? Find out what great free programs are available to you and how young professionals can access exclusive events with New Collection.

And there's a great way to expose your kids to a live orchestra! The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has a young people's concert series for kids ages 5-12. Let them experience the magic of live music with a performance geared towards them.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Episode 90 - March 29, 2015

Do you really know what's in your "healthy" cereal/breakfast/protein bar? you REALLY know? Nutritionist and founder of, Lianne Phillipson-Webb talks about the alarming amount of crap and calories in some of the popular healthy snacks you're packing for work and lunch.
Plus, what some of your not-so-good-for-you food cravings might really mean - Lianne helps you find the source and the problem.

Toronto is full of secret menu items and you won't find them advertised. Huffington Post Canada's associate editor, Arti Patel, joins the show to reveal some of the city's best hidden menu items.

And do you know what toxic chemicals are lurking in your mattress? Ecoholic columnist, Adria Vasil shares her discoveries about mattress companies and the questions you need to ask, plus the chemicals that are still legal but bad for you and your family. And you need to STOP using that face wash with the microbeads. It has drastic consequences and is affecting your health.

Chef Ricardo talks about his best tips for introducing Indian flavours into your home, and Pay reveals her encounter with an A-list Hollywood celeb.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Episode 89 - March 22, 2015

It's Spring! It's Spring! It's freezing.

Do you want to get the best travel deals and find out what the frequent fliers do? La Carte Magazine editor Maryam Siddiqi joins Pay to share her travel tips. From her favourite sites for deals, to the underrated European destinations, and top picks for Canadian travel. Plus, new direct routes from Toronto might make traveling to new cities more appealing.

Odin is the 13-year-old boy who ended up having a great birthday on the weekend after his story went viral. His mom posted on FB asking people to wish her son a happy birthday after realizing none of the kids invited to his party were showing up. But not all parents think this was a good idea.

Finally! Coffee...delivered! How to win at laziness. And now a new option for getting rid of your body when you die. Yay..?

Monday, 16 March 2015

Episode 88 - March 15, 2015

Back from a safari in Namibia, Pay talks about her adventures and how she got her luggage back after the airline forgot it somewhere.
More than half of Canadians lie about their financial situation, surprised? A Debt Relief Professional from BDO Canada talks about the results of this survey, what we're lying about and how to fix our spending habits.

Toronto Star columnist and cookbook author, Jennifer Bain, joins the show to talk about her family's buffalo ranch, raising and eating bison and why you should think about including it in your meals. Her new book is: "Buffalo Girls Cook Bison".

Kudu, oryx, springbok, impala...what are these?

And Pay fills you in on the food company that was forced to change the name of the meatballs to just "balls" because they don't contain enough real meat. Buyer beware!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Episode 87 - February 22, 2015

It's hard to believe, but Spring IS around the corner...really.

Pay talks about her recent experience at a travel clinic and all the fun shots and medications you can get there.
Would you like an app that lets you lock yourself out of your phone for hours at a time to keep you from being distracted? What about using it to lock the phone of your kids or your easily-distracted partner? Pay talks to one of the Toronto co-founders of Flipdapp to find out how it works and why you might want to use it.

Vivian Maier spent her life as a nanny in the US and took photos as a hobby. When she passed away, storage lockers of her belongings were discovered full of over 100,000 negatives. What was found on those rolls of film captured the interest of people around the world and her mysterious life even resulted in a documentary. A Toronto gallery has a few of Vivian's pieces and an upcoming event will you the opportunity to bid on one.

A growing trend among parents is to crowd-fund for their kids birthday parties. Some just want a bigger and better bash than they can afford and are asking you to contribute money so their toddler can have a giant blow-out of a birthday. Writer, Emma Waverman talks about the story she wrote for Today's Parent.

And a mermaid school might be coming to Toronto. Would you?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Episode 86 - February 16, 2015

It's a sassy lady show as comedian Amanda Brooke Perrin co-hosts! Pay and Amanda talk about Fifty Shades of Grey, the handcuffs you should leave at home and the body parts you shouldn't put into a toaster.
Chef Christine Cushing celebrates 10 years of growing olives and producing olive oil. She talks about the olive oil shortage expected in the next year and how to spend your cash wisely on the good stuff.
Mark Bylok wrote "The Whiskey Cabinet" and pops by the studio to give the girls a whiskey tasting and and Whiskey 101 with the basics on buying, ordering and tasting whiskey.
And...The Toronto Artist's Project is coming up - find out how you watch 16 artists battle it out live, and bid on their artwork.
In between, Pay and Amanda talk about Amanda's worst comedy moment, and cheese.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Episode 85 - February 8, 2015

What are the new flavours and foods you can expect to enjoy in the city soon? Trevor Lui chats about his two food companies that do global flavour mash-ups. His new restaurant Kanpai Snack Bar will serve Taiwanese street food and introduce people to some of the trendy foods from Taiwan's busy night markets.
Chef Ricardo joins the show to talk about the latest issue of his cooking magazine which highlights 13 different areas across Canada with unique soup recipes. What's better on a cold, winter day than a bowl of hot soup? Spice up your meals with one of Ricardo's easy recipes.
And Pay and Vinney chat about the woman who will never win Mom of the Year...she organized a kidnapping of her child to "teach him a lesson". Take a listen to her terrible kidnapping plan.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Episode 84 - February 1, 2015

Do you know someone who is a disaster in the kitchen? A new Food Network show wants to pair them with one of Canada's top chefs to create a restaurant-quality dish! Apply or nominate someone for "Chef In Your Ear". Producer Daniel Gelfant talks about the kind of clueless cooks the show is looking for and tells you how to apply.
La Poutine Week is back until February 7th. Listen to some of the mouth-watering creations that are being offered up by local restaurants this week.
And celebrity chef and Food Network star, Anna Olson is the cupcake crusader for National Cupcake Day where cupcakes can help animals at local SPCAs and Humane Societies across Canada.

Make sure you listen to nutritionist Lisa Cantkier before going gluten-free! A life-long celiac, Lisa explains why some people GAIN weight when they go on a gluten-free diet and the big mistakes we make. Find out how to do gluten-free the right way.

Bet you didn't know the Glycemic Index was invented by a Toronto doctor! Dr. David Jenkins joins the show to explain why we should pay attention to the foods that spike our sugar levels.

And if you had the cash, would you pay $32,000 to have a company help you create a unique baby name? The company exists....

Monday, 26 January 2015

Episode 83 - January 25, 2015

It's a 2-hour show this week and Cory Vitiello (The Harbord Room, THR & Co.) co-hosts for the first hour. The Harbord Room is celebrating their 7th anniversary with a social media contest where you could win dinner for you and 6 friends in your home, and Cory will come over and do all the cooking (and clean-up, he says.)
There's a new app that lets you create a fake boyfriend or fake girlfriend...complete with real-time text messages and phone calls to keep relatives from getting up in your business.'ll never guess who makes the most money from their youtube channel. It's a random woman who made almost 5-million dollars last year.
In the second hour, nutritionist Theresa Albert compares the pros and cons of popular diets and has tips on making reading food labels easier.
What is social entrepreneurship and why should you care? The co-founder of See Change Magazine explains.
And if you're looking to escape winter and want a warm destination. Think about Scottsdale, Arizona - they've got everything you're looking for.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Episode 82 - January 18, 2015

Do you have room for a cool, new friend? Yes New Friends thinks you might. Maybe things in your life have changed and you find yourself wanting a fun person to hang out with. Amy Wood, the creator of stops by to talk about the success of her website which helps (mostly women) find potential new friends in the city.

If you're a runner (or aspiring runner) chiropractor and running coach Clara Leung has tips on getting the most out of your run and how to avoid injury. Also, what do you need to winter running and when should you stretch? Clara has all the answers.

How do you feel about a restaurant who offers free meals to the most attractive people in the room?

Monday, 12 January 2015

Episode 81 - January 11, 2015

Health Sciences expert and University of Alberta professor Tim Caulfield looks at the impact of celebrity and media on our health decisions.
His new book is called, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?
Tim tries Gwyneth's Clean Cleanse, changes his beauty regime to use expensive products with huge claims of anti-aging and looks at the trends in cosmetic surgery.
He finds out the truth about cleanses, juicing, detoxes, and popular beauty products.
Also...just HOW influential are Pamela Anderson's breasts? You might be surprised!

Monday, 5 January 2015

Episode 80 - January 4, 2015

Happy New Year!
Pay returns from being a parent to her parents during their holiday trip to British Columbia and dining at A&W because a travel guide said so.
Registered Nutritionist Lianne Phillipson-Webb stops by with tips to shed the holiday bulge and get you on track if you've made it a goal to eat healthier or drop some pounds.
She also gives us the pros and cons about those popular cleanses and detoxes. And do those juice cleanses really work? Lianne has the answer!
Getting healthy and losing weight are always the most popular New Year's resolutions...but this year, many Canadians wish to reduce stress! And guess what the most popular resolution for the family is?
And tune in to find out the most popular period for online dating (the best chances to meet someone new!) and the top 10 reasons to NOT call 911.