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Bidgood’s: Temple of Newfoundland cuisine

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I love visiting grocery stores that feature the foods of other cultures; I love the strange smells, the exotic spices, the unusual fruits and vegetables. I sometimes wonder what a store specializing in Canadian cuisine might look like, and what treats might hide on its shelves. In the specific case of Newfoundland cuisine, however, I no longer have to wonder. …

Is red velvet cake Canadian?

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In my work I often study the seasonality of food, but there are also longer term trends in a food’s life cycle. Foods become popular, inspire variation, spread geographically, and then can be forgotten, only to be rediscovered decades later. This makes culinary anthropology rather difficult; saying where a food is from definitively is often just not possible. I was …

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Blueberry Lassi

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Response to the debate with Pierre Desrochers has been wonderful, and it has raised a few really interesting questions, including a number of inquiries as to whether I believe we should only eat local food, and whether I agree we should stick to local food traditions and preparations. I may get around to posting a long answer at some point, …

Guest Blog Post: Pierre Desrochers

In Agriculture, Commentary by Lenore Newman7 Comments

My last two blog posts have both been responses to The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet, and can be found here and here. Dr. Pierre Desrochers, one of the co-authors of this book, has been kind enough to engage with my critique. This blog post was originally posted as a comment to my last entry, but …

Pierre Desrochers and local food

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Pierre Desrochers and his new book “The 10,000 Mile Diet” are, predictably, getting a large amount of press these days, adding to the unfrotunate false dichotomy of local versu global in the food system. As a food security expert, I cringe when I see these sorts of poorly researched (on both sides) arguments, and so I think it is time …

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Halifax Donair

In Canada, Cuisine by Lenore Newman1 Comment

I’ve often heard displaced Haligonians lament the lack of “proper” donair in the rest of the country, so I was excited to try the real thing. Donair is a dish of beef roasted on a vertical spit and then shaved and wrapped in a pita, served with a sweet creamy sauce. It is the meal of choice on a night …

Found architecture: The hydrostone district

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Today we took a little break from eating to go visit the Hydrostone District in Halifax, a lovely example of history writing itself spatially upon an urban landscape. History, in this case, was the 1917 Halifax explosion, in which the collision of two ships, one of which was loaded with pretty well everything that could possibly explode, led to one …

The many faces of the partridgeberry

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Berries are a critical part of Canadian cuisine. All across the country we spend our summers gathering wild berries or enjoying the fruit of berry farmers’ labours. Canada has a lot of berry-rich land, and there are at least a dozen wild species that are gathered intensely. Newfoundland is in particular a land of many berries. There might not be …


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I love breakfast, even though I really don’t eat it very often. When I do, I want it to be big, warm, and comforting. Pancakes are one of my favourite foods, and I’ve certainly consumed my share of that most Canadian of foods, maple syrup. I was thus pretty happy to discover that Newfoundland has a breakfast food of its …