Tag Archives: arbitrary

Experiment: Writing a Letter for Nutritional Information (Updated!)

While writing the last review I posted for Tic Tac Mixers, I noticed there was a lack of nutritional information on the package. Being a modern gentleman, I responded to this information deficit by googling Tic Tac Mixers. This returned the company website, which had the info on it. Easy enough. But if you read […]

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Arbitrary: How Not to Suck at Running a Food Festival Booth

It’s been a while since I was last at Taste of Edmonton. Having been in Calgary for the past few years (and now joyfully back in E-town, thank you very much), I’ve been out of the loop on Edmonton’s food festival developments, though I’m under the impression that efforts have been made to make it […]

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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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Arbitrary: Lessons from the spectacular failure of Lay’s Maple Moose potato chips

Not too terribly long ago, we wrote about the Canadian edition of Lay’s Do Us a Flavour promotion, in which the nice people at Lay’s asked for public suggestions for new chip flavours, selected four finalists from these suggestions, then turned those four ideas into chips that the public could taste. It was a contest, […]

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Arbitrary: Why I bake bread

Bread is cheap. For a little more than a buck, I can buy a sale-priced loaf of basic white bread at my local grocery store. If I boost my budget to a couple of bucks, my choices increase. And for a bit more than $5 per loaf, I can get some pretty fantastic bread from […]

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NEAROF!’s 3rd Annual Christmas Gift General Ideas

It’s that time of year again, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe this is the third annual NEAROF! gift guide. Every year, it’s getting harder to write this thing, probably because I’ve included all sorts of great stuff in prior years. Be sure to check out the 2010 guide, as well as the 2011 guide. […]

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Arbitrary: The return of hot coffee season

Remember when coffee shops sold coffee? If a bump on your noggin prompted the loss of all memory prior to May, you’d be forgiven for thinking that coffee shops sold only pastries, iced coffee, frozen hot chocolate and decaf grande mocha Frappuccinos (hold the whip). The hissing of summer lawns? Sorry, Joni, but these days […]

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Arbitrary: Why I love my balcony garden

Until moving to Calgary, the closest I came to balcony gardening was the flower bed in front of our old apartment in Edmonton’s Belgravia neighbourhood, which the owners actively encouraged us to plant with veggies and herbs. Try as we might, the soil was kind of grotty, and the local rabbits trashed much of the […]

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