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The Canadian lemon bar

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Bob and Verna Duncan’s house in Saanich, British Columbia doesn’t look overly unusual from the road, that is, until you notice the lemon tree. And this semi-tropical interloper is just a hint of the wonders waiting in what might well be the most interesting backyard in Canada; serving as a demonstration orchard for their company “Fruit Trees and More”, it …

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Pi(e) Day

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March 14th is Pi day, as the date matches the first three digits of the mathematical constant Pi: 3.14. As someone who once studied physics, and someone who loves pie the dessert, Pi day is a great excuse to have a sugary snack. So I headed to Granville Island to visit À La Mode, one of my favourite Vancouver pie …

Broadleaf Maple Syrup

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I’m a huge fan of maple syrup. Nothing quite says Canada to me like a stack of waffles or pancakes covered in butter, syrup, and some fresh berries. I’m not alone; “sugaring off” is one of the most popular food rituals in Eastern Canada. People flock to rural sugar shacks to walk on the woods, watch the sap being boiled …

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Comfort foods: Cherries Jubilee

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This time of year when the rain and darkness envelops the coast, I like to spoil myself with a nice late night treat. I will admit, however, to being rather jaded by the current crop of desserts being half-heartedly served by restaurants these days. I’m sick of foams, sick of chocolate lava cake (which is about as subtle as a …

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Outpost: Mini donuts kicked up a notch

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One of the things I love about doing field research is that there are always wondrous and unexpected discoveries to be made. This last week I was taking advantage of the lovely weather to do some groundwork for a paper I am writing on Steveston, BC. The research involved walking through the town to document every restaurant and what they …

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Beignets come home to Lucky’s Doughnuts

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I’ve been hanging out at Lucky’s Doughnuts on Main lately, as they are emerging as the best of the gourmet donut craze with their well-crafted and delectable products. Their location inside of 49th Parallel coffee offers  a great atmosphere, a nice patio, and, of course coffee and donuts. I’ve been intrigued by the beignets on the menu, and finally decided …

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Forgotten food moments: Hot apple pancakes

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Cuisine is an interesting concept. It can be regional, it can be national, but it can also be a personal thing; no two people have quite the same relationship with food. This Sunday morning I decided to try to cook up a bit of my own culinary history; a helping of hot apple pancakes. Apple pancakes appear in many shapes …

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Sno-balls come to Vancouver

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In my travels, I am always looking for interesting food techniques and trends that I think would work well in Vancouver. Food and cuisine remain highly regional, despite the impact of globalization. Innovations tend to spread only slowly, leaving the travel for cravings that can only be met in certain places, usually places far from home. I was thus really …

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Butterscotch pie

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As the summer draws to a close I find myself thinking of the many exciting and exotic foods that I ate in my travels in Atlantic Canada, and I can’t help but wonder which foods might be popular in the rest of the country, if they only had a chance. I’m thinking the various seal flipper dishes are probably out, …

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Daytrips: Roberts Creek

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It’s an ill wind that blows no good, and one advantage of this year’s hot, sticky, foul smelling summer is that we have been getting out of the city to explore some of the wonderful areas that are an easy daytrip from the city. A few days ago we decided to take the ferry to Langdale, and then head up …