August 2008 Archives

Listeria hysteria?

by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca

I don't typically buy cold cuts. In fact, I usually avoid them, having hated sandwiches since elementary school.

But, for some reason, I absentmindedly grabbed a package of turkey breast over the weekend, thinking it would be handy to have sandwiches for lunch. This in the midst of listeria hysteria.

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Ode to brunch

by Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca

I recently attended one of those raucous, close-down-the-hall wedding receptions for which I was lucky enough to have been seated at the "fun" table that was packed with friends and located in the primo spot right next to the freely flowing bar.

Though it would eventually take me two days to recover from the festivities, the one thing I did look forward to the following day was enjoying a solid brunch from a casual local diner.

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Will the grouse fly in North America?

by Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca


Famous Grouse has been offering free whiskey tastings on Prince Edward Island this summer, part of a plan to reclaim some market share in North America.

Famous Grouse bills itself as Scotland's favourite whisky, but sales have been a bit stagnant in the last few years in North America, and the distillery turned to the gentle island of P.E.I. for help.

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The colossal appetite of Phelps

by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca

Michael Phelps surprised the world with his gargantuan win of eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, but it's his caloric intake that's now stunning everyone.

At 23 years old, he consumes a gut-busting 12,000 calories a day. About 2,000 a day would be typical.

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The incredible shrinking groceries

by Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca

A few months ago I grabbed my regular cheese purchase out of the grocery store fridge and it seemed thin in my hand. It was not my imagination. It was a smaller package, but the price remained the same.

I am not the only one to have noticed this trend.

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In praise of old kitchen gadgets

by Tara Kimura, CBCNews.ca

I have become an eBay stalker, hunting listings for retro, obsolete kitchen gadgetry. I mostly blame my friends Brad and Erin who recently introduced me to the now defunct Ice Pet — a hand-cranked machine that expertly shaves round blocks of ice into ultra fine slivers of ice.

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Carnivores in love

by Andree Lau, CBCNews.ca

All through university, my friend Chinta was a hard-core vegetarian. My solution of "Why don't you just eat salad?" was not usually welcome in response to her concern that the restaurants I wanted to eat at didn't offer meatless options.

Fast forward almost 10 years to a dinner celebrating Chinta's wedding.

Her parents are roasting a whole pig in the backyard of their cottage in Nova Scotia — and my former vegetarian friend has requested that a chicken be stuffed in its belly.

I wondered if falling in love with a carnivore had anything to do with it.

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Canada's stamp of disapproval on U.S. food labels

by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca

With several grocery stores a mere bicycle ride away, I have the luxury of choosing one based on my moods. But often, the one that wins out is the one with the eclectic selection … and more importantly, labels on its produce. In an age of environmental awareness, I want to know whether my carrots are from Ontario and how far my peaches travelled.

In two short months, our neighbours south of the border will have that luxury. But not all Canadians are envious of the change.

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See, Change: food investigations in film and books

by Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca

With a day-job reporting on the vast world of arts and entertainment, I'm lucky in that part of my work involves keeping tabs on upcoming projects, including movies heading our way.

A recent Toronto film festival missive highlighting documentaries included one entry that immediately piqued my interest: a U.S. movie called Food, Inc. that builds on the work of two journalist-authors, Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma).

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