Cinco de Mayo isn’t an official major event in Canada, but that doesn’t stop people from celebrating the Mexican holiday on May 5th. This big fiesta has become very popular all over the world and has spread to many countries as a way to celebrate Mexican culture. Many local pubs and restaurants, especially Mexican and Latin American ones, typically go all out with their promotions.

However, since mid-March, most public events have been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Restaurants are either closed or offer only take-out and delivery. Bars and night clubs are closed, and festivals and events have been either cancelled or postponed.

We’ve waited years for Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday to collide, so not even a pandemic will stop festivities from happening, at least not on the food end – but it seems people will have to just celebrate and drink their Corona beers and tequila at home this year (but of course only in moderation)!

Here are some of our go-to websites for everything Cinco de Mayo liquids and solids!

If you are a fan of all kinds of Mexican food and drinks, then this site is for you. From guacamole to margaritas. Salsa to iconic Mexican desserts, you will find endless recipes to cook up something special for this Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Are tacos your jam? This site has not one dozen, not two dozen, but nearly three dozen different taco recipes!

33 Taco Recipes We Love

Not a fan of tacos? Try one of these 48 recipes for amazing Mexican dishes that are sure to be a mainstay at every Cinco de Mayo celebration.

48 Recipes for Mexican Foods That Aren’t Tacos

For some, part of the May 5th celebration includes Cinco de Mayo cocktails. As this next website says, “if your go-to liquor is tequila, you’re in luck”! Margaritas, mimosas, and other tasty tequila treats are just a click away!

24 Tequila Cocktails To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

No! It isn’t just any salsa! It’s Pico de Gallo! If you have always wanted to know how to make it, the time has come. Learn how to make a famous Mexican garnish made of tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lime juice. A must for any taco or tostada.

How to Make the Best Pico de Gallo

There is no wrong way to make ‘Guac’! But here are a few additional recipes made by others that you might want to add to your guacamole repertoire.

Guacamole Recipes

Is it a donut? Is it a funnel cake? What is a Churro!! Well, a churro is the best of both worlds. A fried-dough pastry coated in a cinnamon sugar mixture and served with chocolate, caramel or whipped cream or just eaten plain will be sure to win over your sweet tooth during Cinco de Mayo celebrations!

Churros

Looking for something that you can make for Cinco de Mayo that doesn’t have carne (meat), pollo (chicken) or pescado (fish), but still want a delicious taco? Try out these roasted cauliflower tacos.

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Do you love tacos, but are looking for something a little simpler to make this Cinco de Mayo? Check out this next site for a quick and taco-inspired rice skillet.

One Pan Taco Skillet

And last, but definitely not least, is the Mole Sauce! Mole is a traditional marinade and sauce used in Mexican cuisine. This Mexican delight usually contains a fruit, chili pepper, nut and various spices such as black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin.

Holy Mole Sauce

P.S. We just had to throw one more Mole Sauce in there for good measure!

Authentic Mole Poblano

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Cooking at home has likely changed a great deal in the last few months. It may be a sanctuary for some and a chore for others, but in an era of lockdowns, we will all sometimes be frustrated by not having this or that ingredient on hand – and no longer being able to just pop out to get it. While getting your hands on everyday staples is not always as quick and easy as it used to be, you can still use your favourite, tried and true recipes, just by making a few clever substitutions.  Here are a few tips on how to best substitute in, and swap out key ingredients while still creating delicious meals.

The Perfect Substitutes for 20 Common Ingredients

On lockdown and feeling the urge to bake, but missing something apparently vital? Cake has taken on a new significance now that most of us are stuck at home all day, every day. We’re comfort-eating and baking like there’s no tomorrow. But what do you do when you’re craving cake, but can’t find eggs, and the flour shelves are empty at your local grocery store?  Here are some recipes and ideas from great bakers, past and present, to get you through every ingredient shortfall.

23 Cake Recipes For When You’re Missing an Ingredient

Nothing signals the start of “everything good season” like the opening of Canada’s Wonderland. But since we don’t know when that will be, the park has gifted us with the recipe for its iconic funnel cakes so we can make them at home!

That crispy, yet chewy, light-as-air funnel cake, covered in a dusting of powdered sugar, smothered in that sweet, sweet strawberry sauce and topped with a magical swirly mountain of soft-serve vanilla ice cream. Mmmmm….

Baking has blown up, not just in Canada, but around the world as a fun quarantine activity to do at home – with sales of essential ingredients like flour and yeast in high demand.

Canada’s Wonderland Funnel Cake Recipe

 

Restaurants and bars in Ontario are temporarily allowed to sell alcohol with food takeout and delivery orders as part of new measures meant to help businesses and residents weather the COVID-19 pandemic. This new rule applies to bars and restaurants that already have a liquor licence, and it will remain in place through the end of the year.

Beer, wine and liquor can also be sold for takeout or delivery through a third party, such as a food delivery service or app, as long as it is acting on behalf of a licensed establishment, but the holder of the liquor licence is responsible for making sure no alcohol is sold to anyone under 19 OR who is already intoxicated.

The licence holder or staff carrying out the delivery, including third-party agents, must have completed Smart Serve training, however, those who do not yet have that certification can start delivering now as long as they complete the training by April 25th.

There is no limit on the quantity of alcohol that can be purchased for takeout or delivery, but the drinks must be sold in sealed and unopened containers, and sales must take place between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Grocery stores and liquor manufacturer retail stores are also temporarily allowed to sell alcohol as early as 7 a.m. to accommodate early shopping programs for vulnerable people.

LCBO

  • New Store Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, they are now CLOSED on Mondays

  • Online Orders

Canada Post is no longer delivering packages directly to homes. Home delivery orders will be sent to your nearest Canada Post office and you will be notified where and when you can pick it up.

Due to high order volume your order may take 2 weeks or more to ship.

People are changing their grocery shopping habits amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as day-to-day changes are being made in the stores.  With everyone practicing social distancing and staying at home, they are now turning to the option of ordering their groceries online and picking them up or having them delivered.   It’s a good thing that many of the major supermarkets as well as a number of third-party companies offer this service!

 

PC Express – Pick Up

Shop your favourite grocery store online with PC Express. Personal shoppers will fill your order and you choose when and where you want to pick it up.  Pick up fees are between $3 and $5.

Choose a pickup location near you – grocery store, transit pick up (available at select TTC and GO stations), self serve pickup (available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Maxi & No Frills locations) or neighbourhood pickup (a range of pickup locations from trucks to lockers in your local area) and start shopping.

PC Express Pick Up – No Frills

PC Express Pick Up – Zehrs

PC Express Pick Up – Loblaws

PC Express Pick Up – Real Canadian Superstore

PC Express – Delivery

Order fresh groceries online, schedule the delivery and get it delivered to your doorstep.

PC Express – Delivery

PC Express Pickup APP

You can also download the PC Express Pickup App.

PC Express Pickup App

 

Metro

Metro is a family-friendly grocery store that offers all the basics through their online ordering and delivery/pickup system.

Shop online for the same assortment of products as in the store. Order your products in a few clicks.  It’s easy and secure.  Receive your order delivered to your door or pick up for free at your convenience.

Metro

Amazon

This global retailing giant is your go-to for anything and everything including a fantastic range of grocery supplies for everyday usage. Amazon offers one of the most convenient shopping experiences the world has to offer and stocks products to suit every budget too.

Amazon

Walmart

Arguably Canada’s most popular online grocery store, Walmart offers everything you need to keep your household running smoothly including all your everyday grocery essentials.

Restock your kitchen cupboards from the comfort of your own home here.

Walmart

Costco

This extremely popular grocery specialist is now offering a home delivery service in Canada.

Skip the line and shop from this members-only club in your PJs, then get two-day delivery, though there’s no guarantee it’ll improve your chances at snagging any toilet paper.

Costco

Toronto GTA – Delivery by Neighbourhood

Toronto grocery stores with online delivery and pickup options are a great way to avoid the madness of shopping at bigger supermarkets, and odds are there’s one in your neighbourhood. Not only does ordering from a small business support them, you might just happen upon some great products you wouldn’t have normally.

Here are some local grocery stores offering delivery and pickup options in Toronto.

Delivery by Neighbourhood – Toronto GTA

Consumers flipping through printed pamphlets full of deals from stores are a retail tradition, but experts say the practice may not survive the new hygiene requirements brought about from the coronavirus pandemic.  Here is in an interesting article about how printed store flyers may not come back as COVID-19 changes retail habits.

Grocery Store Flyers and COVID-19

 

Flipp

Find it on Flipp. This is your one-stop marketplace for value and savings and is the easiest way to browse through flyers and save money. Quickly browse the brands you love, clip items straight to your shopping list, and highlight top deals.

https://flipp.com/

 

Flipp App

Say goodbye to your paper flyers. Flip delivers digital flyers from more than 1000 retailers so you can find the best deals in your area every week.

This shopping app delivers your weekly circulars, digitally, directly to your phone…whether it’s a supermarket, big box electronics store, clothing chain or home decor outlet.

https://app.flipp.com/?_branch_match_id=372725019949363147

 

Canada Flyers and Deals

If you want the best specials and sales, then the Canada grocery & retail store flyers are great for saving money on food, appliances, electronics, household products, groceries, home decor, toys, clothing, footwear, furniture, tools, beauty products, and more.

New offers are available every week for your favorite stores, from Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Hamilton, Windsor, Montreal, Quebec City, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Halifax, to St. John’s.

http://www.flyerca.com/

 

Save.ca

Check out daily, weekly, and monthly deals, flyers, and coupons in your area. Find bargains and save money on groceries, electronics, clothing, and more!

https://www.save.ca/flyers

Also available as a downloadable app so you can have Save.ca right there with you, on your phone.

https://www.save.ca/mobile

Although many of us have more time on our hands for cooking right now, that doesn’t mean everyone is making a five-course meal every day.  Of course, we’d like what we’re making to be nourishing, as staying healthy is more important than ever.  We have gathered together a few great sites to make it easier to find easy and delicious recipes to choose from for your daily meals.

Tasty

The official home of all things Tasty, the world’s largest food network. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever – all in one place!

https://tasty.co/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFp8uSYCjXOMnkUyb3CQ3Q

 

All Recipes

Find and share everyday cooking inspiration on All Recipes. Discover recipes, cooks, videos, and how-tos based on the food you love and the friends you follow!

https://www.allrecipes.com/

 

Kraft Canada

Stop by Kraft Canada and get great recipes that the entire family can enjoy that are easy to make and even easier to love.

http://www.kraftcanada.com/recipes

 

Make Good

From desserts to dinners to on-the-go meals, Make Good has recipes that your family will love and will make them say Yummm.

https://www.makegood.ca/recipes#scrolltop

 

The Food Network

Need a recipe? Get dinner on the table with Food Network’s best recipes, videos, cooking tips and meal ideas from top chefs, shows and experts.

https://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipes/

 

Taste of Home

Browse Taste of Home recipes by course, cooking style, cuisine, ingredient, holiday and more categories to find a new family-favorite recipe.

https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/

 

Delish

For home cooks who are hungry for something good. Find thousands of tested recipes, menus, cooking shortcuts, dinner ideas, family meals, and more.

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/

 

Hungry? Get the food you want; from the restaurants you love!

The best local restaurants now deliver. Get breakfast, lunch, dinner and more delivered from your favorite restaurants right to your doorstep with one easy click.  And check out our HomeWurx Entertainment category to invite friends and family to a dinner out, without leaving home.

 

Uber Eats

Download the app to scroll through the feed for inspiration or search for a particular restaurant or cuisine. When you find something you like, tap to add it to your basket.

When you’re ready to check out, you’ll see your address, an estimated delivery time and the price of the order including tax and delivery fee. When everything looks right, just tap Place order – and that’s it.  Your order will be delivered at “uber” speed!

https://about.ubereats.com/en/

 

Skip the Dishes

Order food delivery & take out from the best restaurants near you. Download the app today!

Skip the Dishes is Canada’s leading and largest food delivery network, with tens of thousands of restaurants coast-to-coast in hundreds of communities across Canada.  They know you deserve great delivery. Their world-class, unparalleled technology powers millions of orders every month to bring hungry Canadians the food they want, delivered, fast.

https://www.skipthedishes.com/

 

DoorDash

Order from the best local restaurants with easy, on-demand delivery.  DoorDash regularly offers free delivery for new customers via Apple Pay.  Download the app and experience peace of mind while tracking your order in real time.

https://www.doordash.com/

 

Meal Kit Delivery

Hello Fresh

Whether cooking for yourself or your household, Hello Fresh has a flexible plan to match your lifestyle.

Each week, you’ll receive simple step-by-step recipes complete with nutritional information and fresh, pre-measured ingredients to get you whipping up delicious dinners in no time.

The “what do you want to eat?” conversation is about to be banished from your life. Welcome to a world where dinner is always planned, simple, and delicious.

https://www.hellofresh.ca/

 

Chef’s Plate

Skip the trip to the grocery store and cook easy, affordable meals in 15 to 30 minutes. Save time and enjoy the best part — eating!

Get meal prep kits delivered to your door. You decide when you want to receive your deliveries. Skip or cancel any time.  Free Canada-wide delivery!

They provide simple step-by-step instructions to help you cook dinner, no matter what your skill level. Choose from the classic, family, vegetarian or 15-minute meal plans. Pre-measured ingredients are sent in an insulated box to ensure your food stays fresh.

https://www.chefsplate.com/

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced restaurants across the nation to shut their doors to everything except delivery and takeout service, a new initiative is starting, with an aim to bring the nation together once a week to support your favourite local eatery.

It’s called Canada Take Out Day and it encourages Canadians to use Wednesday nights as a chance to take a break from cooking and order takeout or delivery – and also to “share” their meal with family and friends on their social media platforms.

Restaurants are doing their part by staying open for takeout. Now it’s our turn to take an active part in the support of an industry that employs millions of people in this country.

To celebrate the first three Canada Takeout Days – the first one being April 15th, there will be a livestream called Canada’s Great Kitchen Party at 8pm EST that will feature live music from Tom Cochrane, Jim Cuddy, Alan Doyle and others!!

https://www.facebook.com/GreatKitchenParty/