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Food Bytes says goodbye

A look at how the Food Bytes blog started -- and a farewell from the crew. This is our last post.

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World's 100 best restaurants

In an unassuming heritage house in Calgary, the young staff of Rouge restaurant are celebrating one of the food world's biggest honours.

Rouge placed 60th on S. Pellegrino World's 100 Best Restaurants list -- announced on Monday in London -- and is one of only two Canadian eateries to crack the roster.
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McDonald's goes McMini

McDonald's invited me to a tasting of the McMini, their newest product last week. I never thought I'd see table service and real china in a McDonald's but that's how my samples were served to me, along with a cup of the chain's apple slices.
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Baking and delivering joy

Through rain, sleet, snow and chinooks, Aviv Fried would bike through downtown Calgary every Monday and deliver his homemade organic loaves of bread to anyone on his 700-strong mailing list who put in an order that week. He sold about 70 loaves every week with all proceeds going to a charity that builds schools and libraries in Africa.

But Calgarians are temporarily saying goodbye to Fried, 36, as he and his girlfriend pack up to move to a Buddhist monastery in Nepal, at the foot of Mount Everest. For the next year, they'll be running the bakery there and setting up an organic garden to protect the area's medicinal plants and spices.
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Got milk?

By Andree Lau, CBCNews.ca

I hate the taste of milk. Every time my parents made me drink it as a kid, I got a stomachache. They didn't believe me, thinking I was up to childhood hysterics.

I remember my aunt — in trying to coax me to drink my milk — adding Ribena to my glass, turning it pink. It worked for a day.

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Melon heads

By Andree Lau, CBCNews.ca

Grey Cup fever has gripped Calgary, as has a run on watermelons, as the championship game approaches on Sunday afternoon.

Fervent Saskatchewan Roughriders fans have been snapping them up — to turn them into helmets as a show of support for their team.

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Chinese restaurant awards

By Andree Lau, CBCNews.ca

I was a very spoiled teen growing up in Vancouver, especially the few years preceding 1997.

That's the period when uncertainty over the British handing sovereignty back to China prompted many Chinese people to immigrate to Vancouver.

Among the city's biggest gains were the professional chefs who combined their culinary skills with fresh seafood from the Pacific Ocean to present ridiculously lip-smacking dishes.

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Fighting world hunger

By Andree Lau, CBCNews.ca

With recent news that the number of hungry people in the world could soon hit a record one billion, a couple of campaigns here in Canada to help combat hunger caught my eye.

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Gourmet food on campus

By Andree Lau, CBCNews.ca

Gourmet goods, fresh baked pastries, and beautiful cuts of meat — all produced by students — are now for sale at a new food store on the campus of Calgary's SAIT Polytechnic.

The Market Place, which opened on Tuesday, is designed to be both a retail store and a classroom for the institute's students in the baking and pastry arts, professional cooking and meat operations and management programs.

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Double happiness without shark fin

By Andree Lau, CBCNews.ca

One of our closet doors is covered with Post-it notes, a daily reminder there's less than a month left until our wedding and many more tasks left to complete before that walk down the aisle.

However, one of the items that got crossed off first was the matter of food.

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