Obama gets a taste of Canada
Thursday, February 19, 2009 | 02:58 PM ET
by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca
A trip to Canada's capital wouldn't be complete without a bit of maple, and it appears U.S. President Barack Obama wasn't one to miss out on the specialty during Thursday's visit.
In a surprise stop at the historic Byward Market, Obama made sure to pick up some maple leaf-shaped cookies for his daughters. He tried to pay for the treat, but the store owner refused his money.
It was also reported he was seen carrying a box from a nearby BeaverTail vendor, though no one knows for sure if he sampled the popular local deep-fried pastry. While BeaverTails are typically sprinkled in cinnamon and sugar, the company has created a special Obama Tail with a chocolate and maple syrup "O."
Earlier in the day, Obama sat down for a healthier and more formal meal with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It featured regional specialties from across the country. Here's what they ate for lunch:
- Pacific Coast tuna with a chilli and citrus vinaigrette
- Maple and miso-cured Nunavut Arctic char
- Lightly pickled vegetables and an organic beet relish
- Applewood-smoked Plains bison
- Winter root vegetables and local mushrooms
- Cauliflower and rosemary purée
- Juniper and Niagara red wine jus
- Saugeen yogurt pot de crème with a lemon and lavender syrup
- Wild blueberry and partridgeberry compote
- Acadian buckwheat honey and sumac tuile
Looks delicious, except for maybe the beets. Obama is widely reported to have an aversion to the root plant, though he's also known to give most foods a chance. So, who knows if he politely ate it or pushed it to the side of his plate.
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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