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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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Food Fight: “Meteor” dollar store chocolate bar vs. Mars

I have a few personal rules about dollar stores. While some things are worth picking up at the local dollar emporium – stickers, crafty things for kids, party junk, any other kind of junk – I have typically stayed the hell away from 1) anything that involves electricity, and 2) unless it’s a guaranteed brand […]

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Live Blog (Archive): Iain Tries Vegemite and Vegemite Cheesybite For the First Time

2:17 p.m.: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the first ever NEAROF! live blog! 2:19 p.m.: Yesterday was the four-year anniversary of NEAROF!’s launch, so I thought we’d try something different to mark the occasion. That’s what this live blog thing is. 2:23 p.m.: Other people cover elections and major world events in this format. I’m going […]

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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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Experiment: Skittlebrau

Homer: I’m feeling kind of low, Apu. Got any of that beer that has candy floating in it? You know, Skittlebrau? Apu: Such a product does not exist, sir. I think you must have dreamed it. Homer: Ohh. Well, then just give me a six-pack and a couple of bags of Skittles. Ah, Skittlebrau — […]

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Review: Coffee made by a robot

Who doesn’t remember the coffee vending machine at the skating rink or swimming pool, serving up mediocre hot beverages for parents to sip on while passing the time with the newspaper, waiting for little Betty to finish hockey/swimming lessons. In the last few decades, I’d like to think coffee tastes have improved more than a […]

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Gear: Cuisinart Griddler, first look

A couple of months ago, our household George Foreman Grill gave up the lean, mean ghost. It couldn’t be saved. We mourned its loss, and we took it as a sign – it was time to trade up to a Cuisinart “Griddler.” To say I have a thing for Cuisinart is like saying the Queen […]

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Experiment: Organic blue agave nectar as coffee sweetener

When it comes to calories and coffee, it’s the extras that’ll get you. While coffee itself is almost calorie-neutral, the amount of milk and sugar you add can take a mug of brewed coffee from a handful of calories to more than 100. If you have a few mugs throughout the day, that splash of […]

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