A Brief History (And Sampling) Of Ketchup Chips

They leave your fingers as red as our maple leaf flag. Cover art by: Megan Hunt, an Inuk artist and animator based in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Find more of her work on Instagram: @mutecutes Just like their sweet and sour flavour powder’s propensity for staining fingertips, the precise origin of ketchup chips is a little messy.…

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8 Vegan-Friendly Sugar Shacks For Sap-Tapping Season In Quebec

At this time, only two are strictly all-vegetarian but most have several completely plant-based options. Now that spring is just around the corner, it is sugar bushing time again. With their heavy and homey tourtières and cretons, pancakes dripping in maple syrup and elaborate brunch spreads that leave you unbuckling your belts by noon, “cabane…

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Fogo Island Inn Is What Happens When A Luxury Hotel Prioritizes Sustainability and Community

One of the most remote luxury inns in the world, Fogo Island Inn, was created by a tech entrepreneur to help preserve one of Canada’s older rural cultures. A spectacular glass haven built on stilts, Fogo Island Inn overlooks a salty, rocky and windswept subarctic landscape on its namesake remote Canadian island. The hotel is…

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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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10 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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