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Savouring the Garden

The pathway that leads to the front door of Savour in the Garden, the new restaurant headed by Chef Alex Haun, is winding and a bit rocky. That’s fitting, actually, given how Haun ended up here. It’s no secret…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, June 11th, 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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A Totally Offal Experience

When a friend of mine found out I’m writing a magazine piece on offal in the Maritimes, he said, “You have to meet Jesse Vergen.” Well, last week I had the chance to eat at the Saint John Ale House,…

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Posted by: on Tuesday, February 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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Winemaker’s Grape Cake

If you aren’t familiar with Patricia Wells, you should be. She’s the doyenne of bistro cuisine, and runs what I’ve heard is the best cooking school in Provence. She has a pied-à-terre in Paris where…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
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Silken tofu, chocolate torte and a revelation

Last week I was sent on assignment to Halifax, Nova Scotia* and stayed with friends. It was a glorious visit, and we made some pretty spectacular food, including a handmade orecchiette served with a…

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Posted by: on Thursday, January 17th, 2013
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Life of a French Stagiere

One dark morning last week, I made ham and eggs for one in a tiny skillet on an industrial range. Now, this has its pros and cons: Pro: With the high heat that comes out of that Italian thoroughbred, all stainless steel…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
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Eventail d’aubergines à la provençale

In this first week of my French stage, I’ve learned all kinds of tips and tricks . This ranges from suspending a soupy salad (like bulgur-less tabbouleh) in a tamis (sieve) set over a bowl, so as to preserve the…

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Posted by: on Thursday, August 30th, 2012
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What Do You Believe In? (Nice To Meet You!)

When asked to become part of the Foodists community, I was flattered and somewhat surprised. Sure, my life is food, I know how to cook and I have strong opinions about food. But for most of my journalistic career…

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Posted by: on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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