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December 2011 Archives

By Kyla Hanington

It was like sex. I mean, drunken sex. I mean, sex with a stranger one night, home from the bar. His home or your home? Whichever is closer.  It was,...

The CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize

Only one month left to submit to the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. Get writing!...

The Canada Writes Top Three of 2011

As the year draws to a close, we're looking back on our three favourite features so far on Canada Writes....

George, Neil, Two Chickens and Me by Signe Langford

I gave up meat at 13 as an act of hero worship. George Harrison was vegetarian, so I would be too.Dinner that night was Mother's boiled chicken - something I...

Les Petits Mitrons by Mylène St-Pierre

"You will go into les Abbesses and find Rue LePic.  Then, up the street towards Basilique Sacré Cœur. Find a pastry shop called Les Petits Mitrons. Purchase a savory and...

Don't You Like Our Food? by Jorlene Thiessen

The bowl makes a complete circuit, no takers this time around. "What's wrong? Don't you like our food?" It's a standing joke in our family now, but it originated with...

Alan Bradley takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

The Arthur Ellis Award-winning writer offers up murder, mayhem and mistletoe with his latest Flavia de Luce mystery -- but now it's our turn to do the sleuthing.About the Laferrière...

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Ilana Weitzman: The vegetarian editor

In her final Food for Thought blog, the editor-in-chief of Air Canada's enRoute magazine explains why you don't have to eat a food to write about it....

Desperation Scones by Penelope Dewar

During those few fine years of my childhood when we lived in a thatched cottage near one of the oldest inhabited spots in England, I developed a fondness for scones....

Robert J. Wiersema vs. Timothy Taylor: Review or eschew?

We've teamed up with The Next Chapter to present The Canada Writes Literary Smackdowns, an essay series in which authors sound off on various writing topics. No writers were injured in the...

Braai by Veronica Sharpe

We call it a Braai. It's the equivalent to a barbecue. The cost of meat is ridiculous in Zimbabwe and therefore, it's a treat. Family gather in the front yard...

Brotherly Reflex by Nina Kabatoff

Nina, help me put the food on the table, my chubby mama yells to my bedroom.I come out wearing a yellow happy face t-shirt, a bothersome training bra and wide-legged...

Lost and Found by Eleanor Thomas

My partner and I strode through the saloon door side by side and paused just inside. The buzz of conversation died like air escaping from a balloon, and dozens of...

Nobu Adilman takes the Edible Nonfiction Challenge

The culinary Renaissance Man and Food Jammer throws his hat—or in this case, octopus—into the ring with his piece of Edible Nonfiction, "Getting Squiggly on the Beach." ...

Baba's Holopchi by Jo-Ann Samo

Christmas was always an extraordinary time when Baba was alive. My mother, aunt and I would gather a day in advance at the crack of dawn to make holpchi (cabbage...

Food writing: The good, the bad, and the regurgitated

For the latest course in our Food for Thought series, we have a chat with enRoute magazine editor and Edible Nonfiction Challenge judge Ilana Weitzman on the highs and lows...

Risotto by Danielle Gregoire

When we were in love he made me risotto. I was twenty years old and this was the only risotto I knew. He made it with Texas long grain rice....

Taras Grescoe takes the Laferrière Questionnaire

We hook some writing wisdom from the author of the seafood-tastic Bottomfeeder in our very own version of 20 questions, courtesy of Canadian author Dany Laferrière. About the Laferrière Questionnaire: We asked...

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Mango by Paul Mitchell

The mangoes glistened like gold bullion in the African sun on this desolate stretch of no man's land in Ethiopia.  Weary, parched, hungry, in the waning afternoon we had not...

The Pantry by Glynis Sharpe

The Pantry was much bigger once you stepped inside. The enchanting smell of garlic escaped every time the door opened. Food in our home was mostly homemade. Homemade sauces, cookies and...

Food writing wisdom from Christine Cushing

The award-winning cookbook author and host of Fearless in the Kitchen on the most important ingredient in good food writing: the writer....

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Five tips for better food writing

The editor-in-chief of Air Canada's enRoute magazine, Ilana Weitzman, has served up features so delicious, they've won a slew of honours—including a Bert Greene award, the gold standard in food...

Adam Gopnik: Questions of food

In this excerpt from his book, The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, The New Yorker columnist and 2011 Massey Lecturer Adam Gopnik reflects on the...

Maggie Panko's first job

Like many teenaged Canadians, my first job was at McDonald's.  Unlike the majority of those same Canadians, I got fired.   Back then I wouldn't talk about it. McDonald's was the...

Minted Sacrificial Lamb by Deborah Whelan

It's our third date and Malcolm has invited me to dinner at his apartment in downtown St. John's. I smell mint, rosemary, thyme as he opens the door. Bonus, I...

Ilana Weitzman: Get them to the Greek

In her second blog entry, the editor of Air Canada's enRoute magazine savours her favourite food story in the magazine—and the matchmaking between an eccentric restaurateur and a notoriously prickly food...

A Street Meet Food Adventure in Bangkok by Allen McAvoy

It's just past dusk as we round the corner on one of the narrow side streets off Bangkok's Sukhumvit Road and frantically scan the neon-filled, bustling soi for street meat.My...

Adam Leith Gollner takes the Edible Nonfiction Challenge

The author of The Fruit Hunters gets us salivating with his celebrity entry, "Breakfast in Ischia." Never has a still-live crustacean sounded so good. ...

Food for Thought & the Edible Nonfiction Challenge

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Ilana Weitzman: Food writing to die for

As part of our "Food for Thought" series on great food writing, the editor-in-chief of Air Canada's enRoute magazine serves up some lethal food writing, courtesy of Carol Shields....

New food writing series launches today

Sharpen your knives... and your pens. From Dec 12 to January 3rd, we're tucking into a deliciousnew food writing challenge (Edible Nonfiction challenge) and online master class (Food for Thought)....

Amy Rosen takes the Edible Nonfiction Challenge

The National Post food columnist tugs at our heartstrings with her celebrity entry, "The Yellow Fluff that Binds."...

The Canada Writes Edible Nonfiction Challenge

Presented by Canada Writes and Air Canada's enRoute magazineDoes food play an important role in your writing? Is it a living, breathing character whose presence gives us a glimpse into your...

Writer to watch: Oisín Curran

GG-winner Peter Behrens wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Oisín Curran as a writer to watch. Read what Oisín has to say about what inspires him...

New challenge launches Monday

Get ready Canada! Hot on the heels of our True Winter Tales challenge, we're launching another writing competition this Monday, December 12.We've teamed up with Air Canada's enRoute magazine to...

True Winter Tales: We have a winner!

Adam Gopnik has handed us the envelope and we have a verdict: find out about the winner (and surprise runner-up) of the Canada Writes True Winter Tales Challenge....

True Winter Tales: Meet the winner

We talk to the winner of the True Winter Tales challenge, Katrina Johnston from Victoria, B.C., about her winning story,   ...

Girls Versus Janitor by Katrina Johnston

During the winter of 1963, I joined a gang of grade-four girls who plotted schoolyard domination. We laid our sieges upon the ice and snow of Mount View Elementary in...

Inside Out Under a Winter Sky by Chris Nelson

It seemed a reasonable decision at the time. Never having worn skates, joining the company hockey team would be a good way to learn to skate. I thought it odd they'd even...

Your true winter tales

By Sarah Gilbert ...

Writer to watch: Robert W. Gray

GG-winner Douglas Glover wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Robert W. Gray as a writer to watch. Read what Robert has to say about what inspires...

Marco Polo by Robert Christopher

It was cold at the top of that mountain.  They called it the top of the world.  My last hunter died and because of that we never got paid.  Worse...

Announcing the shortlist for the True Winter Tales Challenge

Well you did it again. You totally exceeded our expectations with more than 1,500 entries for the True Winter Takes Challenge!! All entries were read, and a shortlist of 15...

Christmas in Japan by Rhonda Collis

In Sendai, Japan, close to the epicentre of the most recent earthquake, winter is very similar to our own in southern Canada with temperatures dipping below freezing and snowfalls that...

A December night in Quebec by Jamie Mason

A December night in Quebec, and not the pretty kind. Rust-eaten vehicles howl the ice-choked highway as salt smeared road-signs stand guard. The air hangs humid-cold, the kind that creeps...

Kid in a Candy Store by Ronald Kurki

Our "Over 50 Hockey Team" begins playing on Sunday night and I heard that there was adult skating at the arena this afternoon.  Thinking that I should get a jump...

Writer to watch: Maggie Gilmour

GG-winner David Gilmour wrote a winter tale for us. He also recommended Maggie Gilmour as a writer to watch (full disclosure: Maggie happens to be his daughter). Read what Maggie...

An Instant on Lake Temagami by Philip LiWei Chen

Let's stop here. I have never guided winter outdoor experiential education the way I am this time: more aware of the environment.  Doesn't it sound like an obvious thing to do?...

Girls Versus Janitor by Katrina Johnston

During the winter of 1963, I joined a gang of grade-four girls who plotted schoolyard domination. We laid our sieges upon the ice and snow of Mount View Elementary in...