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I thought I knew olive oil. I was wrong.

I thought I knew olive oil. In fact I’ve always sort been an olive oil snob, willing to pay extravagant prices for “the good stuff”, most often from Italy, Spain or Greece, but Famiglia Creanza Olive Oil…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
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Jaew Bong: Magical Laos Chilli Paste

I was completely hooked the first time I tasted Jaew Bong and knew I had to figure out how to make it at home.

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Posted by: on Sunday, May 12th, 2013
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Salted Smelt with Cumin and Thyme

Growing up in Ontario, my dad used to come back from wintertime east-coast work trips with a bag of frozen smelt, but I never really understood where they came from (river? ocean? lake?) or why they were so delicious.…

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Posted by: on Monday, February 11th, 2013
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Kale & Nori Turchetta with pumpkin seed salsa verde

Our latest new contributors are Lauren Mote and Jonathan Chovancek who are the co-owners of Kale & Nori Culinary Arts, and makers of Bittered Sling Extracts. This holiday season a bunch of us asked Jonathan to cook…

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Posted by: on Friday, January 4th, 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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Blueberry Almond Financier Cake

My favourite part of the summer harvest season is eating through all of the different types of fruits. The beginning of summer (whether the Vancouver weather knows it or not) means strawberries in June, to be followed by…

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Posted by: on Monday, September 3rd, 2012
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A Taste of Delhi: Chole Bhature

The vegetarian Punjabi dish chole bhature—curried chickpeas with fried bread—is one of the most popular breakfasts in North India. It’s not tough to understand why: It’s a spicy plate of legumes paired with puffy,…

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Posted by: on Sunday, January 8th, 2012
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In Praise of Sardines

Today’s guest post is courtesy of Ana Simeon, who works as a communications coordinator for SeaChoice, Canada’s most comprehensive sustainable seafood program. Working in collaboration with the Monterey Bay…

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Posted by: on Friday, August 12th, 2011
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Artichokes: The Heart of Gold from Langley’s Glen Valley Farms

Artichokes: the ubiquitous filler that’s served in spinach dips throughout sports bars and portion-cup restaurants everywhere; those cretaceous-looking flowers that could be Audrey’s evil offspring in the Little Shop…

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Posted by: on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
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Midsommarafton Orphans Grill – Expats Banding Together

Midsommar is one of the most important holidays in Sweden, second only to Christmas. Unlike the 2pm sunsets and sub zero temperatures in December, however, the Midsommar celebration is met with warm weather, lush…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011
Categories: Meditations | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Red, White and Bundt

Whether you’re celebrating Canada Day or the 4th of July, there’s something about this weekend that inspires people to gather together and celebrate over food (and fireworks). Pretty great holiday, right? So…

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Posted by: on Monday, July 4th, 2011
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The Copper Mug Club

  Today, I’m feeling very official. It’s officially my first post as a Foodist contributor, it’s officially summer, and I’ve officially declared the Moscow Mule my new drink of choice! While it’s flavors…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011
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Translate This: Hervé This

Mark Busse told me on our first meeting that through a chain of events, he ended up with a whole bunch of original recipes directly given to him by Hervé This, the grandfather of molecular gastronomy. I was sufficiently…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
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Damn You Chex And Your Delicious Gluten-Free Yumminess

I hate feeling obligated or manipulated. Who doesn’t? And I refuse to write about anything on Foodists unless I genuinely enjoyed it or found it to be an interesting story or experience. Period. So when a packaged…

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Posted by: on Monday, June 13th, 2011
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I dream about Yew’s Chef Grant Macdonald

Confession time: I dream about Grant Macdonald, Chef at Yew Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. OK, I don’t actually dream about Grant specifically—though he is a really charming guy—but rather his…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
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