what’s good around the web!

This was last weekend, at an office near where I work. C’mon in, right?

What’s good around the web is a weekly series where I share some of what I’ve been reading around the web. Each week I’ll be posting links to five nutrition related articles, good recipes, and just general good reads. I hope you enjoy it! If you’ve got at article or recipe you’d like to see featured,please email me.


1. Vancouverites! Are you aware of your city’s new food strategy? Props to my home town!

2. ‘Compelling’ evidence that HFCS and sucrose do not increase liver fat in ‘real life’ circumstances. Hmm. I wonder where the funding for this study came from?

3. Lawns into gardens. As a city dweller, I’m big into this issue. What do you think?

4. Should you be keeping a food diary?

5. When you indulge in a sugary drink do you choose diet thinking it’s a ‘healthier’ option? Think again. ‘Diet’ drinks associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. 

All text and photos © The Muffin Myth 2013



  1. [email protected] says

    A couple of comments – all positive! I have a large-ish (for suburban UK) back garden, but now taken over by our sweet hens. Where we used to grow a modest crop of edibles we now have only hen-proof (non-edible) plants. So, we have put in some woven willow raised beds in the front garden – behind mature mahonia, hypericum, acers – where we grow kale, chard, herbs and beans. The kale has grown through the winter and provided us with fantastic cut-and-come-again greens when all else is dormant. You can’t see it from the street but it does surprise visitors. Also, although I am aware that diet sodas and alcohol do not mix (they make you more drunk than sugary mixers) I didn’t know of the type 2 diabetes connection. Most intriguing. Thanks as always fro your great links!

  2. Leanne says

    I LOVE the idea of lawns as gardens, and I wish I had gardening neighbors like the Helvenstons! I think the front looks lovely, but I’ve been hearing for years how much better it can be for the environment, particularly if you plant native (or similar) crops– coming from the desert southwest, that’s huge. Lawns take an enormous amount of water, and I’m always shocked to see row after row of green grass in Arizona, Texas, or SoCal. (And golf courses. What the H?!) It’s crazy!! In New Mexico, we see a lot of xenoscaping (lawns with rocks and cacti), but planting and growing food in that space is so much more lovely, sustainable, and practical. I’m planting our first garden this year, BTW!

    • themuffinmyth says

      Oh man, don’t even get started on golf courses! A few years ago there was this lawn beetle infestation in Vancouver which would weaken the roots and make it easy for raccoons and birds to pull up the lawn and find the delicious insects. It was destroying lawns, and people were spending a fortune trying to prevent it. I was kind of like, oh well, that’s what you get for having a lawn. Plant some veggies instead!

  3. Tessa says

    From Vancouver..
    Go to Carderos, The Fish House, Hapa Izakaya, Zefferelis for modestly priced food that is consistently good. It is easy to find high end restaurants in all parts of the downtown. Don’t overlook the street food which is diverse and considered very good daytiime fare.

  4. Tessa says

    A recent program on weight loss referred to the underestimation of calories consumed per day as one reason for not losing weight while dieting. Maybe a food diary for me these days. Much too easy to say that little bit o’ chocolate can’t possibly make that much difference….or that extra pasta in the pot…and that…

    • themuffinmyth says

      Most people tend to underestimate calories consumed and overestimate calories burned, so food journaling can definitely help with at least part of that. I find that tracking calories can be a bit of a head game, and a slippery slope in that respect, so it has to be done right, and consciously.

  5. Cammy says

    Oh that one just made me mad. As a homeowner who has about 25% of her front lawn devoted to vegetable garden I can’t imagine how I would feel if the city tried to crack down! Not only do I plan on expanding the garden, I find it has been a superb tool in getting to know my neighbours and building community. I’ve only ever had the most positive feedback from my neighbours (especially late summer when there is crop to go around). Okay, I’ll say it, “Food not Lawns!”.

    • themuffinmyth says

      Agreed! I thought of you and your front lawn garden when I read that article. Did you also scan the city of Vancouver food action plan? They’re planning to convert much more lawn and public space into food producing space. It’s the way of the future!

  6. Sandra @ Kitchen Apparel says

    I love your “What’s good around the web” posts! I actually have a question for you. After hearing that you are originally from Vancouver, I was wondering if you could recommend any restaurants downtown? I will be traveling to Vancouver this summer and I’ve been trying to find out some great places to eat! Thanks 🙂 – Sandra from Kitchen Apparel

    • themuffinmyth says

      Sandra, my absolute favourite restaurant in Vancouver is Vij’s. It’s modern Indian cuisine and is absolutely spectacular. They don’t take reservations, so people go and line up for the first seating. The best thing, though, is to miss the first seating and wait for an hour or so in their lounge. You can have drinks, and the staff will bring round little snacks for you while you wait. Also, as Tessa said, be sure to check out the street food. Last year on Sundays all of the street food vendors would gather in one location so you could wander around and decide what to sample. Hopefully they’ll do it again this summer. When in the summer are you heading to Vancouver? I’m also going to be heading back for a visit!

      • Sandra @ Kitchen Apparel says

        We are heading there in mid-July and will be hopping on a cruise to Alaska shortly after. We love Indian cuisine so I’ll give Vij’s a look. We won’t be spending much time in Vancouver so I need to optimize my visit. I love the idea of just sampling street food as well. Thanks for some of the suggestions!!!

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