Where Do Poutines Come From?

A brief compendium of potatoes, gravy and cheese curds. These days you can find poutine at some of the finest restaurants all over the world. Even though it has been a significant francophone and Quebecois cultural dish since the late 1950s, finding the simple fast food dish outside of Canada or even the province of…

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Coffees And Kitties And Books, Oh My!

A Halifax-region used book shop lets clients play with and adopt rescued kittens. In Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia there is a one-stop shop for all the world’s most finest things. Coffee. Books. Community. And, most importantly, cats. At Otis & Clementine’s Books And Coffee visitors can find more than just thrifty literature and locally-roasted, organic…

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You Can Thank The Metric System For The Milk Bag

They look like plastic pillows or squishy rectangular balloons. Lined up in grocery store refrigerator rows, they can sometimes seem like a sci-fi space product to tourists (or even to Canadians from more westerly provinces). But to many folks in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, the squishy white sacs are a symbol of comfort and…

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12 Wild Snacks For Tundra Hikers In Nunavut

In Nunavut, the growing season for its native flora is so short that even the tallest plants will rarely have enough time and sun to get taller than a foot. For this reason, the leaves, flowers and berries of Nunavut stay quite miniature and lay low to the tundra ground. This is pretty fine though…

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The Ontario Small Town That Feasted On A Circus Giant

PT Barnum’s traveling circus shows were a well-known attraction in North America in the 1800s. Once you joined, fame, fortune or at least notoriety was sure to follow. However, in the case of Jumbo, the most famous elephant of all time, he didn’t need Barnum to be a star. He was born a star. Jumbo…

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Chicken Bones: The 135-Year-Old East Coast Candy (And Now You Can Drink It)

If you know – or have – a Maritimer grandma, you have probably seen chicken bones in her candy bowl. No, I don’t mean the actual skeletons of poultry. Ganong brand “Chicken Bones” are hot-pink hard candy sticks filled with bittersweet chocolate in little inch-long nubs. The cinnamon-flavoured confection sticks have been a New Brunswick…

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