Tastes of home
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 07:14 AM ET
By Elizabeth Bridge, CBC Digital Archives
Knowing my roots in Winnipeg are deep, my boss recently called my attention to an ad in the Jewish Tribune (page 12, bottom right). It was for Nostalgia Foods, an outfit that will source, process and package virtually any taste from the 'Peg and ship it to homesick exiles across North America.
Cinnamon buns from Winnipeg's Tall Grass Prairie Bakery: worth a special trip.
(Photo: Tall Grass Prairie Bakery)
There are a few delicious things I'll make a special trip for when I visit family in Winnipeg, whole-wheat cinnamon buns from Tall Grass Prairie Bakery chief among them. And I was thrilled when Old Dutch potato chips became readily available in Toronto supermarkets. But there would have to be legions of Winnipeggers with insatiable cravings to make this venture worthwhile. Who else would pay almost $80 for overnight delivery of a Jeanne's cake? (For the uninitiated, Jeanne's Bakery is famous within city borders for its rectangular cake with tooth-achingly sweet icing and a shortbread base. I'll just say it isn't for me.)
Any ex-Winnipegger, gone four months or 40 years, will recognize the restaurants on Nostalgia Foods' roster. While some of the foods are indeed unique to the city — smoked goldeye, City Bread, Morden's chocolates — others are standard Italian, Ukrainian or delicatessen fare that one can expect to find in any Canadian city. And while I love the Goog Special (a blueberry/hot fudge/ice cream concoction) from the Bridge Drive-In, it would never occur to me to have one shipped to me. It's just one of those things that makes a trip back to Peg City that much more sweet.
What are some of the special tastes of your hometown? And how far would you go to recapture them?
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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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