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Arbitrary: The First Slurpee of the Season

There’s something magical about the first Slurpee of the season, isn’t there? The sweet, frosty, icy, slushy soft drink is a staple of the summer season in this part of the world, and there is much to celebrate on the first day warm enough to enjoy one outside, on a walk through the neighbourhood. Nothing […]

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Review: Grenache creamy maple spread

Another quirky find at Calgary’s fabulous Kalamata grocery store, this homely looking jar of Grenache “creamy spread” is mysterious, yet sounds yummy. It’s made by Smucker Foods of Canada, so it’s not some tiny artisanal product. And yet, this is the first time I’ve seen it. When I think Grenache, I think of the common […]

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Review: Kras Ki-Ki Jagoda Strawberry

Shortly after I moved to Calgary in the fall, my friend Jason introduced me to the most amazing little shop in the city’s Beltline area. It’s called Kalamata Grocery, and it’s an old-fashioned corner store – quite literally on the corner of 11th Street and 15th Avenue SW – with a Greek/European flavour to it. […]

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Review: Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs

They’re an Easter season staple in Canada and in many other parts of the world, yet they’re banned in America. While the Kinder Surprise menace is apparently clear and present, I’d venture there are at least a handful of greater threats to U.S. national security than chocolate eggs with toys inside them. And so, as […]

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Review: Reese Chocolate Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Eggs are great, aren’t they? But you know what would be even better? Eggs with chocolate shells, so that you could eat the shells instead of throwing them away or composting them. And wait … you know what would be even more amazing? If instead of having yolks and egg whites inside, they were filled […]

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Review: Porta Banane chocolate bar

Everyone knows bananas and chocolate are great together. Sliced bananas are a delight when dipped in chocolate fondue. The chocolate-topped banana split is an ice-cream-shop staple for a reason. Banana bread just isn’t the same without chocolate chips. And chocolate-covered frozen bananas? The Bluth Empire had to start somewhere, didn’t it? So why not make […]

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Review: Sezme Sesame Snaps

As one of the few sweet snacks considered nutritionally acceptable in my childhood home, I grew fond of Sezme sesame snaps. They made appearances in my lunch box, and were a frequent treat picked up at the supermarket checkout. That they’re still so easy to find today is a testament to the two things that […]

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Review: Dairy Milk Honey Roasted Cashews and Hazelnuts

My wonderful cousin sent me a text about a new series of chocolate bars from Dairy Milk that I had to check out. They had fanciful names like Honey Roasted Cashews and Hazelnuts, Pretzel and Peanut Butter, and Toasted Coconut and Cashews. Neat, right? The strangest part of this concept is that, in my mind, […]

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