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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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Review: Hardbite Eat Your Parsnips chips

Would you pay twice as much for a vegetable chip made from a vegetable other than a potato? Looks like Canadian chip maker Hardbite is betting you will. The Pitch: From the back of the bag: “Not your mama’s parsnips. We know, parsnips have a bad rap – and it’s your mom’s fault. But this […]

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Review: Grolsch Non-Alcoholic beer

There are plenty of reasons for people to avoid alcohol. Being pregnant, being the designated driver, religious beliefs, childcare duty, weight or other health concerns, addiction, etc. For those who abstain from alcohol but still enjoy a cool, refreshing beer, there are non-alcoholic (NA) beers – the problem, though, is that the flavour track record […]

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Review: Jelly Belly Hello Kitty Favourite Flavours

Hello Kitty is adorable. Like anyone who isn’t a terrorist, miserable grump or talk-radio caller, I like cute, happy things. Smiles, rainbows, sunshine. The sorts of things a super villain would seek to ban if they took over the world. Which is obviously why I, like so many other people in the world, have a […]

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Review: Double Dutch Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders potato chips

The new Double Dutch line of potato chips from Old Dutch tries to draw attention away from the whole “chips” thing, choosing instead to bill them as “appetizers.” Flavours include Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders (sampled here), Burstin’ Onion, Calamari and Tzatziki, and Buffalo Wing and Blue Cheese. The calamari flavour is unique in the Canadian chip […]

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Review: Nabob Guatemala and Costa Rica coffee beans

I have a long history with Nabob. When I was a young lad, Nabob Tradition was the coffee I’d drink at my grandfather’s house, where it was boiled in a carafe on the stove until it was strong enough to stand a spoon in. It wasn’t always the greatest coffee, but it’s a memory that […]

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