COOKING WITH HOPE – Souq & Sunshine In A Cup


COOKING WITH HOPE – Souq & Sunshine In A Cup

Are you still bored at home and looking for something different to do? Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure to a place with authentic, fresh and spicy flavours . . . where everything is only high quality, carefully hand-picked, fresh and local ingredients just for you. Somewhere with a focus on middle Eastern Cuisine and comfort foods — take a trip to Souq.

University of Windsor alumni, Ghasan Bassiso is the owner of this unique restaurant in Windsor. He informs us their focus is on traditional home cooked meals, rather than the idea of street food.

Offering you a menu full of options from fattoush, cauliflower tahini, numerous types of wraps, entrees and so many soups and sides — even desserts! As well a vegetarian and vegan section!

All menu items are only baked, roasted or grilled; never fried. There are so many healthy options to choose from that leave you feeling full yet still good.

Souq is known for their authentic dishes and passion that is delivered through the creation of each meal. Their menu has an abundance of options that will leave everyone with an option that they will love.

Bassiso takes pride in making everything from scratch in store, using only the finest ingredients, pledging to only use all Canadian eggs, dairy, grains and produce that they can and produce as the season permits.

Sunshine In A Cup: A refreshing breakfast or snack that is perfect for your summer day by the pool.

They recently just opened up their own smoothie bar using only fresh and wholesome ingredients to prepare each smoothie. With flavours from strawberry banana, triple berry to avocado banana. Perfect for your summer nights!

A full menu of catering options for your special future events. Browse through their shop online and in store where they offer prepared frozen foods, dressings and spices through their online store.

Souq is located in the plaza at 2651 Howard Avenue in Windsor. They are offering contactless free, local delivery and curbside pickup.

For more information on hours and to place an order, visit their website. Check out instagram and facebook to view all the delicious photos of their dishes they continually post.

This Week’s Recipe…

I was inspired by Souq’s smoothie bar and the hot, beautiful weather we have been having lately. This is a great breakfast or snack idea that everyone at home will appreciate.

Sunshine In A Cup
You will need . . .

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ an avocado
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional to make it a protein shake if wished)
  • 1 whole lemon- squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla yogurt
  • ¼ cup pineapple (canned or fresh)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1-2 ice cubes

How to:
1. Combine all ingredients into your blender and blend it up until it is the consistency that you like.
2. Add it to your cup with a lemon slice and a straw and enjoy!

Side Note
You may even add more ice cubes if you would like it to be a thicker consistency, or may enjoy it in a bowl like ice cream.

Be sure to tag me on Instagram @localplanteater if you try this out!

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Hope Monaco
Cooking With Hope Hope Monaco is a third year University of Windsor student studying a double major in Communications/Media and Psychology. She is a certified yoga teacher and has been on a plant-based diet for the last three and a half years. Since transitioning to a plant-based diet, she has become very creative in the kitchen and in food photography. This led her to create her own Instagram food blog — Local Plant Eater — and she has recently developed her own website,, where she promotes easy, simple, delicious plant-based recipes for all. She reviews local restaurants, creates her own recipes and shares her favourites as well as her preferred plant-based products. Contact Hope on Instagram @localplanteater or by emailing: [email protected]