Tag Archives: imported

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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Review: Vanilla Shake M&M’s from Australia

Over the years, I’ve tried M&M’s in all sorts of flavours and formats. Plain, peanut, peanut butter, pretzel, mint, coconut … . A few weeks ago, I even sampled some orange-flavoured M&M’s from Australia. This week, we’re back to another M&M’s flavour from that kangaroo-infested corner of the globe. Vanilla Shake, they say? Interesting. I’m […]

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Review: Orange M&M’s from Australia

The first of several items from Australia that I’ll sample in August, these orange-flavoured M&M’s prove that Canada regularly misses out on interesting brand extensions in major candy and snack lines. The U.S. regularly gets these curious variants, but I’d assumed Australia was in the same boat as Canada with stuff like this. Apparently not. […]

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Review: Jelly Belly Hello Kitty Favourite Flavours

Hello Kitty is adorable. Like anyone who isn’t a terrorist, miserable grump or talk-radio caller, I like cute, happy things. Smiles, rainbows, sunshine. The sorts of things a super villain would seek to ban if they took over the world. Which is obviously why I, like so many other people in the world, have a […]

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Review: Hawaiian Host Macadamias Glazed with Kona Coffee

In the deepest days of an Alberta winter, I allow myself to fantasize about sunny places with beautiful beaches, Starbucks patios sheltered by the shade of palm trees, and easy access to the Sunday New York Times. I know some find it corny, but I adore Hawaii. It ticks all my boxes in terms of […]

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Food Fight: International Delight vs. Starbucks Frappuccino cold coffee beverages

As far as I’m concerned, Starbucks popularized the cold, sweet, milky coffee market, and brought it into the mainstream. Sure, some of us knew about Mr. Brown Iced Coffee before the Frappuccino landed, and other products innovated long before Starbucks decided it wanted a piece of the action. That’s a given. But since the Frappuccino […]

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Review: Jelly Belly Chocolate Dips

I like Jelly Belly jelly beans enough to be able to pick my way around the nasty flavours in a bowl of assorted beans. Popcorn? Yuck. Same with just about all the “creamy” ones. And yet these new Dips Jelly Belly candies are new to me. NEAROF! was gifted a bag from America a few […]

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Review: Cadbury Digestive cookies

Digestives are, to me, a quintessentially British invention. They’re sort of a scratchy hybrid of cookie and cracker often sold at U.K. import shops, and they typically pair well with a lovely cuppa tea. London Drugs continues to confuse and delight me. Their food section feels so beautifully random: an assortment of household basics with […]

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