Archive | September, 2011

Review: Alley Kat Full Moon Pale Ale

You can take the boy out of Edmonton, but you can’t take the Edmonton beer out of the boy’s beer fridge. Or something like that. I may be leaving Edmonton for a sweet new gig in Calgary, but province-wide distribution means I won’t have to give up this classic E-town beer that’s just about tops […]

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Review: Bounce Natural Energy Ball, fudgie walnut flavour

I’ve seen plenty of energy bars before, but an energy ball? Isn’t that just a polite way of selling a smaller, rounder energy bar? We’ll see … The Pitch: This Fudgie Walnut Brain Storm flavour is described as “a chewy mix of nuts, carob and seeds.” Also: GM-free and gluten-free, with no artificial preservatives, flavours […]

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Review: R.W. Garcia Thai Sweet and Spicy Tortilla Chips

Unexpected fusion foods tend to capture my attention. Combining one cuisine with another in a culinary mashup can yield both interesting results and unmitigated train wrecks; the results vary widely. In this case, R.W. Garcia Thai Sweet and Spicy Tortilla Chips combine Thai seasoning with tortilla chips, which sounded like a combination that would yield […]

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Review: Panago Butter Chicken Indian pizza

My experience with New York Fries’ butter chicken poutine convinced me that Indian fusion can work in mysterious ways, so was it any surprise I was drawn to the new Butter Chicken Indian pizza at Panago? Butter chicken must be the most widely available Indian dish in Canada, the result of a perfect combination of […]

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Review: Wild Rose Brewery India Pale Ale

I like hoppy, flavourful beers, so a quality India pale ale is a match made in heaven. I’ve found such a brew in Wild Rose Brewery’s India Pale Ale, a hoppy brewed creation from Calgary. And speaking of Calgary, now is probably as good a time as any to make an announcement of sorts. Here […]

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Review: Wonka Exceptionals Scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate bar

The Pitch: “Greetings to you from Willy Wonka himself!” says the wrapper, which describes the Wonka Exceptionals Scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate bar as “milk chocolate with scrumptious toffee, crispy cookie & crunchy peanuts.” Also, there’s an encouragement to read a book (Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, naturally), which is the first time I’ve seen a […]

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Review: Twix Coconut chocolate bar

Coconut is all the rage these days. Coconut water has spread far and wide from niche grocery markets catering to tropical tastes, Starbucks has brought their mocha-coconut Frappuccino from Hawaii to the wilds of Canada, and even chocolaty treats like M&Ms are getting in on the coconut action. (I tried some. They were good.) And […]

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Review: Popcorners butter flavour

Corn chips are about as commonplace as a snack food can get. There are countless tortilla chip varieties ready for dipping in salsa, along with pre-seasoned things like Doritos and Fritos. But chips made with popcorn? I’d never seen such a thing until I ran into Popcorners. The Pitch: “The new shape of popcorn. Popcorners […]

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