3 Impressive Ways to Peel Oranges This Chinese New Year

CNY Oranges

Chinese New Year is near. Cue the number of tangerines, mandarin oranges, clementines and oranges being displayed as decoration and gifted as presents to friends and relatives. Odd? Yes.  In reality, it just comes down to a play on words. Tangerines (桔子 (gat zi) or 柑橘 (gam gwat) in Cantonese, 桔 sounds similar to the word “luck” and 柑 sounds like the word “gold”. These sweet orange nuggets are; therefore, used as a symbol of abundance and good fortune, or when gifting them, wishing your family and friends luck and wealth.

Have you ever noticed that when you hand Grandma or Grandpa an orange, they roll it around the table before peeling it? Believe it or not, this was recent lunch table conversation when we witnessed our very own R&D chef rolling his orange on the table before peeling. When we asked why he did what he did, he was not able to offer any proper answer but that it was passed down by his mother, and was told it was easier to peel. After a bit of research READ MORE [»]

Sum-m! Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Favourite Foodie


On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… It’s December 1st tomorrow and it’s time to post our holiday gift guide! Some stores have had Christmas decorations for sale since the end of summer. So it’s time to start planning that Christmas gift for that foodie friend of yours, or if you are like some of us here at Fine Choice Foods, just buy it for yourself! We have 12 items on this holiday gift guide for you, aside, of course, from gifting Sum-m! products to your friends and family. They vary in price and some of these have actually been tested and are products that we own or our family and friends own and rave about.


10 Food Items You Should Avoid If You Have a Nut Allergy

10+ Nutty Items

Do you have a nut allergy? Know someone that does? Here are 10 food items that may contain nuts!

First of all, you do not have to avoid any Fine Choice Foods’ products.  We are a food manufacturer that is MSG free, trans fat fee, artificial ingredients free, and nut free!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we got our inspiration for today’s blog while working on the packaging of a few new products coming out. We clearly label our product as “nut free” but what happens when we’re at a café or a restaurant? And let’s not forget that some of our friends who are allergic to peanuts may also be allergic to other tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, hazel nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachios, pecans and cashews (just to name a few).  So what should you keep an eye out for when you are out? And what should you be mindful of when cooking for friends? READ MORE [»]

Inside Sum-m! Kitchen: Pear Crisp Recipe

PEAR crisp

A few years ago, I went through a phyllo phase. We’re talking about Chicken Pot Pies with a phyllo pastry top. Apple turn overs made with phyllo. Oh, and phyllo wrapped brie. All within a couple weeks of one another. Pear Phyllo Crisp was something I made with my left over phyllo pastry.

Now after researching and writing our last blog, For the Love of Pear, I thought, why not pull out one of my favorite pear dessert recipes and give it a Sum-m! twist! We’re replacing phyllo with spring roll wrappers! READ MORE [»]

For the Love of Pears

Photo by Watchcaddy

Why is it that Apples get a whole lot of attention when fall comes along? First we have back to school season with children bringing their teacher a big shiny apple in hopes to impress them at the start of the school year. Then we have apple pies, apple crumble, caramel apples and more throughout Thanksgiving and Halloween. Yes, we all know that apples are in season between August and November, and that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But least we forget there is another fruit out there that is often a little greener and sweeter, and most definitely nutritionally equal – The Pear! READ MORE [»]

Fine Choice Foods Wins Sustainability Award

We are pleased to announce that Fine Choice Foods was awarded the Sustainability Award at FoodProWest last week in recognition of our leadership in sustainability and for making a positive contribution to the environment through our sustainability practices. During a recent expansion of our facilities, energy efficient technologies and systems were installed to reduce the company’s footprint. This new planet design saves 384,000 kWh per year – enough to power 35 homes for a full year!

Dean at FoodProWest


How to Host Your Own Dim Sum Brunch

Everyone loves a good brunch, but trying to fight the crowds can be a drain. Instead of going, host your own brunch with an Asian twist and enjoy some homemade dim sum. A Chinese version of Spanish tapas, the key to a homemade dim sum brunch feast is variety. Many of these dishes can be made ahead of time and just steamed or cooked in the morning for an easy start to the day.

Dim Sum Go Go

Photo: Robyn Lee

Here are a few classic dishes that normally grace the dim sum table and simple recipes to help get you started: READ MORE [»]