Archive | April, 2011

Review: McVitie’s Jaffa Cakes

Unless you’ve spent the past month in solitary confinement in a North Korean prison, watching the same two pirated I Love Lucy DVDs over and over again on a black and white T.V. you paid for with a kidney, you’re no doubt aware that there’s been a special occasion today on a small island nation […]

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Review: Sweet Onion Kettle Chips

If the Maui onions used to flavour Maui-style potato chips like riding the waves and hanging out on the beach, what about sweet onions? Do they bake scones for elderly veterans? Do they hold the elevator door for you as you sprint through the lobby? When you cut them, do they make you laugh, not […]

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Review: Savi Seed

One bite of Savi Seed and you’ll appreciate Mary Poppins’ view that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Though in this case, more than a spoonful is needed to distract from the awful taste of this latest health-craze snack. Having clearly learned nothing from my experience with Trader Joe’s Chocolate Covered Edamame, […]

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Review: Vegetarian chicken wings? Who knew?

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the whole point of chicken wings the bones? The amount of work necessary to pick away every last strand of meat from the bones always struck me as a waste of time and effort, but that silly inefficiency defines the wing-eating experience. The journey, not the meat-to-effort […]

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How To: Use up spare milk before it expires

Buying groceries is all about estimation. You do your best to judge how much lettuce you’re going to use between trips to the store, or how many bowls of cereal you’ll shovel down your gullet before the next trek to the Save-On. Sometimes you get it right, and sometimes you get it wrong. With canned […]

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Review: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

When was the last time you plopped a spoonful of uncooked muffin batter into your mouth, or eagerly chowed down on a chunk of raw bread dough before putting a loaf in the oven? But cookie dough? Who hasn’t tasted (and savoured) raw cookie dough? Cookie Dough Bites aims to recreate the blissful experience of […]

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Review: Steinlager Classic beer

When I think of Steinlager beer, I think not of its native New Zealand, but of Hawaii, where it seems to be about as readily available as Bud Light. While you couldn’t call it a local beer (it isn’t), you could probably fit it into a category between import and domestic. It’s sort of like […]

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Company’s Coming, newspapers, and the byline rush

Given enough time, deadlines and stories churned out, plenty of writers turn cynical about what they do. The repetition of shuffling words from brain to screen by way of fingers, day after day, is a tedious process far less romantic than first-year journalism students believe it to be. For some writers, a byline quickly loses […]

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