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The automat

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Travel is a great way to explore other ways of doing things, but sometimes it can also be a way to experience our own past as well. I am in the Netherlands right now, and one of the highlights so far was a visit to a FEBO automat. The automat, a form of dining in which food was purchased with …

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The Canadian Food Experience Project: Blackberry crisp

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October’s Canadian Food Experience Project challenged us to write about preserves; Canada’s foodways are of course deeply seasonal, and preservation of all types has played a major part in our culinary identity. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in drying, smoking and canning, and my family certainly does all of these things; however for at least half a …

Remembering carob, the chocolate of disappointment

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This morning I was riding on the train between Quebec and Montreal, and I was enjoying a small collection of snacks, including a promising square of chocolate with a brand name of theobroma. The chocolate lived up to its name; dark and silky, it delivered both flavour and a little dose of caffeine and theobromine, one of my favourite chemicals. …

The Canadian Food Experience Project: Salmon Tails

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I’m taking part in The Canadian Food Experience Project, which challenges bloggers to post each month about a Canadian culinary topic. This month the focus is on cherished Canadian recipes, which is a hard topic; Canadian cuisine in general focuses on ingredients over preparations, and so there aren’t a lot of truly Canadian recipes. However those that do exist are …

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Food and fun at the PNE

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I haven’t been to the PNE in many years, but when they offered free admission for a couple of hours on Tuesday to make up for Saturday’s closure due to a power outage, I couldn’t resist. Free? I can’t say no to that! It was a perfect chance to check out what is new and exciting in fair food, which …

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Pink lemons

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I’ve been away from my keyboard enjoying the last days of summer. This time of year Vancouverites are busy eating on patios, beaches, and in parks in an effort to absorb some vitamin D before the rain and work intervene. And what better way to enjoy a summer afternoon than with a pitcher of cold lemonade? I like mine with …

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Vat meat: A new era in food production

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On August fifth, 2013, roughly fifty million hamburgers will be eaten world-wide, but one of those burgers will mark a major milestone in agricultural science. For that one burger, which has cost almost a half a million dollars to bring to fruition, will be grown in a vat. I have been following the work of the New Harvest initiative for …

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Food travels: Rhubarb donut

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I’m a wanderer by nature, which is a handy trait given my work takes me to very out of the way corners of our very large country. I’ve dragged many friends and partners over thousands of kilometers of obscure highway, often for little reasons such as the rumour of an interesting food, a hint of a story of a new …

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Presentation: Why a food’s appearance matters

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I was at the market yesterday and I came across an amazing pile of baby purple artichokes. I like artichokes, but I don’t often make them as they are such a lot of work, but these ones were so striking I had to buy them, if only to put them out on the counter and cheer up the kitchen. I …

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Finger limes from Granville Island

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I have been busy marking papers and wrapping up my work here in town in anticipation of fieldwork, and so I haven’t been out eating quite as much as usual. I was thus happy when something interesting came to me; I was shopping at Granville Island and South China Sea Trading Company had a nice basket of finger limes on …