Food Fight: “Meteor” dollar store chocolate bar vs. Mars

I have a few personal rules about dollar stores. While some things are worth picking up at the local dollar emporium – stickers, crafty things for kids, party junk, any other kind of junk – I have typically stayed the hell away from 1) anything that involves electricity, and 2) unless it’s a guaranteed brand […]

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Arbitrary: How Not to Suck at Running a Food Festival Booth

It’s been a while since I was last at Taste of Edmonton. Having been in Calgary for the past few years (and now joyfully back in E-town, thank you very much), I’ve been out of the loop on Edmonton’s food festival developments, though I’m under the impression that efforts have been made to make it […]

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Review: Lay’s Wavy Milk Chocolate Potato Chips

When most well-adjusted, liberty-loving North Americans think “chocolate chips,” it’s the classic cookie that comes to mind, not potato chips drenched in chocolate. And yet here we have Lay’s Wavy Milk Chocolate Covered Potato Chips, an idea that seems certain to have come from a skunk-scented apartment in the college part of town. More curious […]

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Review: Kirkland Signature Maple Syrup

Quantity changes everything. With five dollars in your pocket, every expense is carefully considered; with a couple hundred readily available, a $2 item is an easy impulse buy. Abundance and scarcity both change your perspective on the world, and things that never would have been previously considered – splurging on Champagne or clipping coupons, depending […]

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Review: Stride Sour Patch Kids raspberry chewing gum

Whether you appreciate or loathe Stride’s new Sour Patch Kids raspberry chewing gum will depend less on the flavour and more on what you expect from a piece of gum. Should it freshen your breath and make you feel all cool and minty inside? Or should it be a chewable little low-calorie treat to add […]

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Review: Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy

It’s not every day you find a chocolate bar with “Carbon Dioxide” listed in the ingredients. As Dairy Milk continues in their frantic mission to add just about everything imaginable into a chocolate bar – toffee bits, cookie dough, pretzel chunks, cashews, coconut, etc. – this Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy bar stood […]

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Live Blog (Archive): Iain Tries Vegemite and Vegemite Cheesybite For the First Time

2:17 p.m.: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the first ever NEAROF! live blog! 2:19 p.m.: Yesterday was the four-year anniversary of NEAROF!’s launch, so I thought we’d try something different to mark the occasion. That’s what this live blog thing is. 2:23 p.m.: Other people cover elections and major world events in this format. I’m going […]

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Review: Vanilla Shake M&M’s from Australia

Over the years, I’ve tried M&M’s in all sorts of flavours and formats. Plain, peanut, peanut butter, pretzel, mint, coconut … . A few weeks ago, I even sampled some orange-flavoured M&M’s from Australia. This week, we’re back to another M&M’s flavour from that kangaroo-infested corner of the globe. Vanilla Shake, they say? Interesting. I’m […]

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