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Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s campaign, along with founder Brian Finch.  He joined at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network  (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.


Good Eats

Monday, 26 July 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Bob Leahy - Publisher

An appetizer or lunch plate like this - samosas with fruit, and some chutney on the side- -sounds a bit odd, but it works. 

An appetizer or lunch plate like this - samosas with fruit, and some chutney on the side- -sounds a bit odd, but it works.  This household in particular loves their samosas and we’ve devoted considerable time over the years, even when we lived in Toronto, to finding  the perfect samosa.  I’m not sure it even exists – it has to have just the right mix of potato, veggies and spices – but these ones are good.  We buy them in Ajax, of all places - on the outskirts of Toronto.  Pair them with two of my favourite fruits – cherries and seedless watermelon, as in the photo above  - and I’m happy.

You city folks are lucky when it comes to edibles.  Living in the country is a wondrous thing, you know,  but we pay for it in when it comes to good food.  True, we get things like fresh, unbelievably sweet corn picked an hour or two ago that city folks can only dream of.  There is a difference too.  But then our restaurants tend to be boring, unless you’re a big fan of club sandwiches or wing night at the local roadhouse.  Even in our grocery stores, we tend not to get the same range of fine fruit and vegetables that city folks do.

Anyway, when I’m in Toronto, I shop, including for food.  I love that little grocery on the east side of Church just south of Wellesley, which is probably nothing outstanding, meh even, to Torontonians, but that stocks better quality fruit and veggies than I can get anywhere near our little village of Warkworth, Ontario (pop 700).  We don’t even have a grocery store here, after all.

So last week I picked up some of the Rainier cherries (those are the peachy looking ones shown above) that come  from Washington State; they’re sensational.  I  also bought a bag of  Bing cherries there too,  great big sweet muthas from BC, which I also love, even though the  Rainier ones beat them hands down.   Expensive, but when it comes to fruit, you get what you pay for.

Odd that it’s taken me a long time to become a real fan of fruit.  I’ve always had a sweet tooth, and still have a daily hankering for anything chocolate-y, but fruit has increasingly become a  most welcome part of my diet.  Even apples, a fruit I used to think was kind of blah, I’m rediscovering.  Must be a “getting old” thing.

I wouldnt say I'm a health food nut.  My daily grilled-cheese sandwich for breakfast sees to that.   Anyway, I hear fruit is healthy.  But I eat it anyway.