Book Launch

In Cuisine, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

After many years of research, writing, editing, and more editing, I am very excited to announce the upcoming launch of my book, Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey. The book launch will be held on Thursday, January 12th at the University of British Columbia. Presented by the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, the launch will begin with …

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ALR Loss: The Story so Far

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I recently published a paper with Dr. Denver Nixon of Oxford University that gives a sweeping overview of ALR protection in our corner of the world over the last four decades. The full paper is available in Land Use Policy, but as academic papers are notoriously hard for non-academics to access, I decided a short summary was in order. This …

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Local Yu Choy

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One of lesser known gems of Vancouver’s excellent culinary scene is the availability of fresh local Asian vegetables. We are one of the only cities in North America where a wide diversity of crops from East Asia are grown, creating a source of delicate greens to enjoy. Sadly many of these wonderful vegetables don’t make it to our local farmers’ …

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What’s Up? Hot Dog!

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The hot and sultry weather has banished the usual Vancouver evening chill, sending us out of our stuffy rooms to prowl the night. One of these walks took us past What’s Up? Hot Dog! on Hastings, and we decided to indulge in the great hot dog trend. Hot dogs are having a moment on the West Coast these days, perhaps …

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Toronto roti, Vancouver style

In Cuisine, Toronto, Vancouver and Region by Lenore NewmanLeave a Comment

I lived in Toronto for seven years, and there are things about Canada’s largest city I still miss. Simple things, like the sound of the streetcar wires on a cold morning, or the way the thunderstorms lash the old brick buildings with cooling rain on baking summer days. I miss the Herculattes at Moonbeans coffee in Kensington Market, and I …

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Trout Lake Market turns 20

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I’ve been taking some time away from blogging to work on some other projects, but the 20th anniversary of the Vancouver Farmers’ Markets deserves some celebration. It is hard to imagine how much has changed in Vancouver’s food scene since 1994. At the time there was no mechanism for direct sales in Vancouver, and so the small band of farmers, …

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The origin of birthdays

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My birthday was two days ago, and I managed to celebrate a little even though I had to give a final exam. Most of the celebrations involved food, and I started thinking about how odd birthdays are. Why do we celebrate them, and where did these rituals come from? It turns out that birthday celebrations arose in Greek and Roman …

Changes to the ALR: An exercise in bad timing

In Agriculture, Vancouver and Region by Lenore Newman3 Comments

Agriculture in California is in trouble.  Nearly 95% of the state is in a severe drought condition, and 71% is in an extreme or exceptional drought condition. Farmers are leaving fields unplanted as there simply isn’t water to raise a crop. As the drought drags on, farmers are going bankrupt, and recovery to pre-drought levels is beginning to look unlikely. …