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Our food supply is neither secure or sustainable

Small, local mixed-crop farmers are a dying breed. The average age of a BC farmer is 59 years. Despite the great urban farming efforts of good people like Sole Food Street Farms and Fresh Roots, making a living as a…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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Video: Eating the PNE

For most kids with a fairly normal upbringing, fair food is comfort food. Gorging yourself on too much sugar, too much fat and too much fun was a right of passage. Sure, the elegant food snob has transcended that greasy…

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Posted by: on Friday, September 13th, 2013
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The Protester’s Guide to Good Eats

I would like to personally thank the protestors of Gastown and Downtown East Side restaurants. If it were not for the haute couture balaclava clad fashions and poetic typographic masterpieces on placards, it may be…

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Posted by: on Monday, July 15th, 2013
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Chinese Soul Food

I finally got around to making renditions of some favorite dishes of mine from the Yunnan and Hunan cuisine, as well as a Hakka dish that I learned from my father. I had invited a few friends who share my love for spicy…

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Posted by: on Thursday, July 11th, 2013
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Tyranny of Craft Beer

 London, UK –  How did craft beer come to rule our taps?  Who allowed the pleasure of a simple pint to drown under barrels of manhandled complexity?   This insincere and insidious “movement” of macho…

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Posted by: on Sunday, June 30th, 2013
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The Art of Stinky Seafood

Today I made a dish called “Tum Bhu Pla Ra.” After I finished, I realized that in one dish I put in not 1, not 2, but 3 different ingredients that by Western standard would be considered “stinky”: Fish sauce,…

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Posted by: on Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
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Communist Ales

  Beer has long lifted the burdens of the working class, and so it is fitting that Karl Marx who toiled to relieve the working class’ burdens was oft to lift an ale himself .  However, back in my economic…

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Posted by: on Friday, March 29th, 2013
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Russian Tea: A Soulful Experience

Russians love tea more than vodka. Even though it is vodka, bears and Siberia that became the ubiquitous symbols of Russian culture in North America, for Russians it is the tea drinking that stands at the very core of…

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Posted by: on Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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The Truth About Sriracha

Every foodie seems to know what Sriracha is—the hot sauce with a cock on the bottle. It has become associated with Vietnamese restaurants, yet the current version was created in LA, and you can’t find it in…

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Posted by: on Friday, March 15th, 2013
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Ten Commandments of Dining Around

When it comes to Dine Arounds, Dine Outs or any “Eat At [INSERT CITY NAME HERE]!” complaints tend dominate the accolades. Why? In my experience, diner criticism goes along these lines: The service was…

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Posted by: on Monday, March 11th, 2013
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Vodka Saves the Day

There are moments when you get slapped out of apathy and assumption-making that resonate a while. Meeting Elena was one such moment. In a few spoken words she shattered our first impression of her as merely the Korean…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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YOU be the chef

I’ve had a few conversations regarding some customers wanting to customize their food to such an extent that it drives chefs up the wall and begs the question…who’s the chef here? In another part of the world,…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
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Striking French Gastronomy

Many revolutions start in the belly. Empty stomachs and bare cupboards feed rhetoric, ideals and slogans. Sparked by food prices too high or food stocks too low revolution hungry citizens rally to the streets toppling…

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Posted by: on Thursday, January 17th, 2013
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Blue Dragon Heat

The ‘heat’ referenced in the post title is as much about competition as it is about spice At Foodists, we get a fair amount of attention from PR people pitching all manner of restaurants, products, etc. As a…

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Posted by: on Monday, December 17th, 2012
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Naples: Authentic, Gritty + Raw

When my friends and I decided to go to Naples we were warned by others who had visited not to stay for too long because it was gross, dirty and disgusting. To the contrary we found Naples an authentic Italian experience…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
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