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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Review: Gummy snakes from Australia

From everything I’ve seen and heard, Australia is a beautiful country. Lush green areas, desolate expanses of scrubland, sandy beaches, sunny blue skies. Australia has a lot going for it, especially when I start spinning through Google Maps in Calgary in February, dreaming of emigrating to a place without icy scouring winds, snow drifts and […]

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Review: Orange M&M’s from Australia

The first of several items from Australia that I’ll sample in August, these orange-flavoured M&M’s prove that Canada regularly misses out on interesting brand extensions in major candy and snack lines. The U.S. regularly gets these curious variants, but I’d assumed Australia was in the same boat as Canada with stuff like this. Apparently not. […]

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Review: Ikea Choklad Lingon & Blabar chocolates

The Swedish food market at Ikea is a must-visit whenever I get to the big blue-and-yellow box store. Aside: How much do I love Ikea? I’m typing this on an Ikea desk while sitting in an Ikea chair. Next to me are Ikea bookcases and an Ikea Poang chair. I could keep going (Ikea coat […]

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Review: Cornish RB-Q Chips from Calgary Co-op

Since moving to Calgary nearly three years ago, I’ve acquired a soft spot for the Calgary Stampeders. While I find it hard to get worked up over sports in general, and I couldn’t explain the finer points of Canadian football to an American other than three obvious points – bigger fields, fewer downs and playoff […]

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Book Review: Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual, by Michael Pollan

It seems that the simpler it’s become to grab a bite to eat, the more complicated the food we eat has become. With single-income families increasingly a thing of the past, cooking healthy, from-scratch meals at home seems like more of a luxury with each passing year. And so we’ve gradually turned into a society […]

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Review: Dairy Milk Chips Ahoy! Cookie Dough chocolate bar

God bless giant multinational corporations. With Kraft’s 2010 acquisition of beloved British confectionary mainstay Cadbury, which subsequently found itself under the Mondelez International brand, both the Dairy Milk family of chocolate bars and the Chips Ahoy! brand of supermarket cookies fell under the control of the same company. Some blessed soul (who, I’d hope, got […]

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