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Food for Thought from TVO’s The Food Chain and Girl Eat World #feedYourMind

One of the reasons my wife and I travel is because we choose never to stop learning about the world around us. While the distance between the small...

Christmas Dinner at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

Giveaway: Celebrating 30 years at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival – updated

This year, festival-goers heading to this popular foodie event are in for a special treat. The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In this...

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Starting a Conversation about Canola with Spanish Tapas #eatWellCanolaOil @brandandbuzz

One rule of etiquette advises never to discuss politics or religion in “general” company. This is because, without some familiarity, lively debate can devolve into heated arguments and...

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Food for Thought from TVO’s The Food Chain and Girl Eat World #feedYourMind

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One of the reasons my wife and I travel is because we choose never to stop learning about the world around us. While the distance between the small suburban neighbourhood we call home and the exotic locales described by magazine articles or showcased in a major movie production may be large, the world is made smaller by increasingly affordable methods of transportation (taking us to the places we want to visit) and increasingly rich methods of communication (connecting us with people from the places we want to visit). The wonders of the online world aside... | Continue reading article

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Giveaway: Celebrating 30 years at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival – updated

Christmas Dinner at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival Christmas Dinner at the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

This year, festival-goers heading to this popular foodie event are in for a special treat. The Ottawa Wine and Food Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary. In this day and age with festivals coming and going, a lingering recession, and fickle diners, staying in business for 30 years is laudable. Joan Culliton, producer for this esteemed festival, feels that the event has helped shaped Ottawans’ sophisticated tastes in food and wine. “This 30th anniversary celebration will not only pay homage to that evolution, but will continue to challenge and educate palates by putting ‘the world... | Continue reading article

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Starting a Conversation about Canola with Spanish Tapas #eatWellCanolaOil @brandandbuzz

#eatWellCanolaOil #eatWellCanolaOil

One rule of etiquette advises never to discuss politics or religion in “general” company. This is because, without some familiarity, lively debate can devolve into heated arguments and hurt feelings. Today, a number of inflammatory topics could be added to the list. Sex, for instance, has graduated from taboo topic to “something” one should be mindful to discuss in polite company. However, people tend to speak passionately on subjects about which they are passionate. So, with the fairly recent diversification of North American food culture, food tends to be a favourite usual suspect conversation starter.... | Continue reading article

#PlantitForward into Summer

Promoting #PlantitForward on Rogers Daytime Ottawa Promoting #PlantitForward on Rogers Daytime Ottawa

It’s been a gorgeous summer so far. A good mix of hot and cool temperatures, rain and lots of sunshine have made this year’s planting of herbs and vegetables a dream here at the foodiePrints household. While Don and I have always planted our own crops of food, this year we really got into it thanks to the #PlantitForward initiative from Kashi Canada. The Kashi Plant it Forward campaign is a partnership between Kashi and Evergreen, a national not-for-profit organization that inspires action to green cities. The goal of the campaign is to support and... | Continue reading article

Fresh Taste of Urban from Sobeys: Oasis in a Downtown Food Desert

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“Better Food For All,” states Sobeys’ marketing material, be it in ad-space online or in print-space on flyers or free commuter newspapers. Even two-rung bicycle racks in Ottawa’s downtown core have been pressed into service. Those of us in the National Capital Region who readily consume increasingly location-specific social media, our feeds seem replete with Sobeys-sponsored mentions lately. “Better Food News.” “Better Summer #summerofsizzle” “Eat Better, Feel Better and Do Better” … with Jamie Oliver “#BetterBurgers,” all chuck… neither additives nor preservatives Founded in Stellarton, Nova Scotia by John W. Sobey in 1907, the now... | Continue reading article

#PlantitForward: Kashi #Giveaway

Weather-wise, May was a strange month. Hot summery temperatures were followed by cool brisk days and frosty nights. My principal raised her eyebrow when I turned up to work one day in shorts and a tank top, only to laugh when she noticed black dress pants and a tailored shirt over my arm. We had two frost warnings. Don and I saw people walking around in their North Face jackets in the evenings. I had a few seedlings wither away during the second frost because I forgot to cover up my pots. I really should... | Continue reading article

Let’s Talk Flavoured Maple Syrup: Not a Case of Cultural Appropriation #PureInfused

Maple Char-Siu Pork Back Ribs Served with Brussels Sprout Leaves and Double Cooked Chips Maple Char-Siu Pork Back Ribs Served with Brussels Sprout Leaves and Double Cooked Chips

Every year, during the weeks leading up to Halloween, there echoes a familiar warning to anyone cobbling together materials for their costumes. Be wary of promulgating tired stereotypes by appropriating another culture’s dress. Accordingly, “Indian brave” outfits of tan-coloured chaps, colourful beads, primary-coloured face paint, and faux feathered headdresses are cliché. They should be avoided, especially if made from Dollar-store gleanings. Along the same lines, you’d best not opt for a mash-up of traditional Japanese geisha and 1980s supermodel. Keep that fluorescent pink bath robe in the bedroom. Food-wise, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver faced public... | Continue reading article

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My Name is Cheesecake… Jarlsberg “Cotton-Style” Cheesecake #giveaway – updated

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Ever since the Dairy Farmers of Canada‘s Anyday Magic challenge ended, I have been itching to work on a recipe project with a dairy product. Anyday Magic operated under the following parameters: there was a monthly challenge, usually themed like “Sunday brunch” or “party food”; participants signed on to compete with a maximum of three per individual “theme”; recipes had to employ cream (or milk), butter, or cheese, preferably Canadian; the Internet-going public weighed-in by voting for their favourite dish. Mostly, the prize was bragging rights. We at foodiePrints participated since the challenge’s inception, vowing... | Continue reading article