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10 Must-Have Canadian Foods


Nanaimo bars, Canada Day Cake, and poutine

Nanaimo bars, Canada Day Cake, and poutine

Rarely does a day pass when I don’t kick myself (metaphorically and sometimes literally) for not having indulged in some poutine during a semi-recent long weekend in Montreal. I’d read all about it and nothing sounded more glorious to me than a mound of fries topped with cheese curds and gravy.

The first place we stopped in for a quick desperation snack, about 30 miles from the city as we approached from the south, didn’t seem like the kind of place you’d want to experiment with, so I skipped the poutine there. Once we were in town, every time I saw poutine I’d just eaten. It wasn’t until we were driving back home that I realized I’d missed out on one of the more alluring delicasies I’ve heard about in a while.

So, you can imagine my frustration when I saw poutine right in the middle of iVillage’s recent Top 10 list of Canadian foods one must try.

A note of thanks to Yvonne Jones, for the tip on this list.

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The iVillage list is definitely worth checking out for photos and complete descriptions of these treats (for those unfamiliar), but what I’m looking for is some feedback from Canadians on what was left off the list (seen below), and/or recipes for how to make your favorites on this list.

In no particular order (I think), here’s their list:

Canada Day Cake: A basic sheet cake decorated like a Canadian flag to be eaten on Canada Day (July 1). Sounds simple enough.

Canadian Bacon: We already know and love Canadian bacon in the U.S., though it’s fun to know that in Canada, it’s just called bacon and our kind is the “different” one.

Tourtiere: A savory pie usually made with ground pork.

Nanaimo Bars: Non-baked, three-layer bars named after their B.C. city of origin. Base layer is usually crushed graham crackers with cocoa and coconut, middle layer is a sort of vanilla pudding, and it’s topped with a chocolate frosting. Sounds incredible.

Poutine: Alas, poutine.

Saskatoon Berries: About the size of blueberries, they grow wild in Western Canada

Spruce Beer: Sort of like Ginger Beer, but made with spruce roots and bark mixed with molasses.

Beaver Tails: Not the real animal tails. Sweet fried flatbreads that take toppings like cinnamon, and fruit compotes.

Salmon Candy: Yes, the real fish, sweetened with maple syrup, salt and smoked which sounds kinda gross, I have to say. Am I wrong?

Maple Leaf Cookies: A buttery sugar cookie made with maple syrup.

Alright, Canadians. In my quest to learn as much about the Great White North as possible, please comment below with thoughts on anything that’s missing from this list (recipes welcome!), and suggestions on how to make or obtain any of your faves.

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Celine’s Checking Account Goes On and On


Celine_Dion595Another day, another Quebecer topping a list.

Yesterday, we reported that Montreal’s Emmanuelle Chriqui took the top spot in AskMen.com’s 99 Most Desirable Women list.

Today, it’s Celine Dion of Charlemagne, Quebec, topping the L.A. Times’ “Ultimate 10″ list of top-earning musicians of the decade.

The Times theorized that Celine’s recipe for success was to hit it big, then “roll the dice, then stay put.”

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After tearing up the charts and scoring huge with “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine closed the decade with a five-year regular show in Las Vegas, which was — pardon the obvious pun — where she really hit the jackpot.

All told, the Times estimated Celine made nearly $748 million over this millennium’s first 10 years, besting Kenny Chesney ($742 million) and Dave Matthews Band ($737.4 million).

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The rest of the list:

The Beatles ($627.3 million)
U2 ($609.7 million)
Toby Keith ($591.9 million)
Bruce Springsteen ($588.3 million)
The Rolling Stones ($569.6 million)
Tim McGraw ($550.7 million)
Britney Spears ($494.3 million)

See how they did it at latimes.com.

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Celine's Checking Account Goes On and On


Celine_Dion595Another day, another Quebecer topping a list.

Yesterday, we reported that Montreal’s Emmanuelle Chriqui took the top spot in AskMen.com’s 99 Most Desirable Women list.

Today, it’s Celine Dion of Charlemagne, Quebec, topping the L.A. Times’ “Ultimate 10″ list of top-earning musicians of the decade.

The Times theorized that Celine’s recipe for success was to hit it big, then “roll the dice, then stay put.”

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After tearing up the charts and scoring huge with “My Heart Will Go On,” Celine closed the decade with a five-year regular show in Las Vegas, which was — pardon the obvious pun — where she really hit the jackpot.

All told, the Times estimated Celine made nearly $748 million over this millennium’s first 10 years, besting Kenny Chesney ($742 million) and Dave Matthews Band ($737.4 million).

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The rest of the list:

The Beatles ($627.3 million)
U2 ($609.7 million)
Toby Keith ($591.9 million)
Bruce Springsteen ($588.3 million)
The Rolling Stones ($569.6 million)
Tim McGraw ($550.7 million)
Britney Spears ($494.3 million)

See how they did it at latimes.com.

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Winnipeg, Edmonton Off the Table?


Monopoly595After a week of voting, a handful of Canada’s largest and well-known cities are in danger of not even making it on the board in a new version of Monopoly Canada.

Hasbro, the company that makes the game, has opened a public vote to decide which cities will occupy the 22 spaces on the board that were originally named for streets and areas in Atlantic City, N.J. (a la, Boardwalk, Park Place, St. Charles Place, etc.).

With 65 cities in the running for 20 of the spaces, Winnipeg and Edmonton aren’t making the cut, and Toronto is barely hanging on in 20th place.

The final two spaces — the “low-rent” spots occupied by Mediterranean and Baltic avenues in the original game — will be decided by a separate wild-card vote based on nominations of any and all cities in Canada.

People can vote for three cities each day until the vote closes on Feb. 7, 2010. The city that receives the most votes will be placed on the highest rent property traditionally held by Boardwalk.

The wild card vote for the two low-rent spaces will take place from February 8, 2010 until February 21, 2010.

Canadian of the Week thinks that in addition to the great cities that will occupy the spaces on the board, some uniquely named bergs might qualify as game pieces to go along with what’s sure to include a hockey player, a maple leaf and a totem pole:

    Medicine Hat
    Red Deer
    Wood Buffalo
    Whitehorse
    Yellowknife
    Moose Jaw
    White Rock

Here’s a look at the current leading cities and their percentages of the vote, as of midnight Wednesday:

    Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. 5.4

    Calgary 4.7

    Chatham-Kent, Ont. 3.7

    Quebec City 3.4

    Trois-Rivieres, Que. 2.9

    St. John’s, N.L. 2,8

    Kawartha Lakes, Ont. 2.7

    Medicine Hat, Alta. 2.7

    Montreal 2.6

    Victoria 2.5

    Windsor, Ont. 2.4

    Shawinigan, Que. 2.3

    Kelowna, B.C. 2.3

    Sarnia, Ont. 2.3

    North Bay, Ont. 2.1

    Vancouver 2.1

    Ottawa 2.1

    Gastineau 2.0

    London, Ont. 2.0

    Toronto 2.0

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Canadians Bring Home Gold … at Globes


GlobesCanadians came up big at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards, with director James Cameron taking home the top prizes as he won for Best Director and his film, “Avatar,” claimed the trophy for Best Motion Picture, Drama.

The Kapuskasing, Ontario, native who’s long lived in Los Angeles has had a heck of a year with the release of his long-awaited and highly anticipated adventure film to the far-off planet of Pandora. The film was Cameron’s first since a little thing called “Titanic” was released 12 years ago, and it seems the wait didn’t hamper the new film’s performance. In addition to claiming some major awards, it’s approaching $500 million gross revenue at the box office, according to boxofficemojo.com, putting it third place all time after “Titanic” ($600 million) and “The Dark Knight” ($533 million).

Elsewhere, screenwriter and director Jason Reitman took home a Best Screenplay award with co-writer Sheldon Turner for “Up in the Air,” which starred George Clooney. Reitman, of Montreal, also directed the film, but lost in that category to the aforementioned Cameron.

FInally, Calgary’s Cory Monteith was not nominated for an individual acting award, but his show “Glee” won the top prize for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy, knocking off heavy hitters such as “30 Rock,” “The Office” and “Entourage,” and another highly touted newcomer, “Modern Family.”

See all the Golden Globe results here.

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Canadian of the Week: Lemieux, Reitman, Young


YoungLemieux595In case you missed it, the Order of Canada honorees were announced this week and Governor General Michaelle Jean included NHL legend Mario Lemieux of Montreal, film director Ivan Reitman of Toronto, and folk rocker Neil Young of Winnipeg among the 57 honorees for the year,

All three men were given the honor of Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honors which recognizes “a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.”

We here at Canadian of the Week figure if they’re good enough for the Governor General, they’re good enough for us, and we’re therefore proud to bestow the additional honor of Canadian of the Week on all three of them.

Here are their citations from Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean:

Mario Lemieux
For his contributions as one of hockey’s most gifted players, as an inspirational role model and mentor, and for supporting charitable initiatives through the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

Ivan Reitman
For his contributions as a director and producer, and for his promotion of the Canadian film and television industries.

Neil Young
For his contributions as one of Canada’s greatest musical talents whose unique voice and iconic songs have influenced generations of musicians, and for his support of educational and charitable organizations.

See the full list of honorees here.

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Canadian of the Week: SHATNER


Shatner595It was only a matter of time before The Shat was named Canadian of the Week.

The Montreal native has entertained us in some form or another for more than half a century, and in a revealing and fascinating interview with GQ this month, William Shatner opens our eyes to what makes Shatner SHATNER.

In the article, he opens up about giving in and joining the joke that had become of his career after years of trying to be taken seriously as an actor.

Unsuccessful at shedding the Capt. James T. Kirk aura, Shatner bought into it and embraced the Trekkies, and also developed his own aura in the form of an eccentric and dramatic spoken wordsmith who has taken on Priceline commercials and, more recently, Sarah Palin speeches.

And now, at age 78, Shatner is hotter than ever.

You’ll have to get your hands on a copy of GQ to read the full article, but to hear some audio excerpts of the interview, click here.

Photo: BIO

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Canada’s Team: Habs or Leafs?


The Habs or the Leafs?
That’s the question at hand as Canadians try to nail down, once and for all, which is “Canada’s Team.”
According to a new poll, one-third of Canadians believe the Montreal Canadiens are Canada’s team, while 47 percent of them consider the Canadiens to be “the greatest hockey team in history.”
On top of that, 65 percent of those polled said that the Canadiens are to Canada what the New York Yankees are to the United States. Yankee haters would agree that’s not necessarily a compliment.
“To a large number of Canadians, hockey is Canada and the Montreal Canadiens are hockey’s greatest success story,” said Andrew Cohen, president of The Historica-Dominion Institute — which is dedicated to promoting Canadian history and conducted the poll, which was reported by The National Post.
Meanwhile, the lead singer of the band Glass Tiger (you might remember the ’80s hit, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” — that was them) is facing some heat from folks outside the Greater Toronto area for the song, “Free to Be (a.k.a. “The Leafs Song”).
Alan Frew wrote the song as an anthem for the Maple Leafs, and it has been used to rile up the crowd at home games this season. But one line, in which he sings, “Oh! Oh! Oh! This is Canada’s team. Go Leafs Go!”
“I knew full well what I was getting into with the ‘Canada’s team,’ ” Frew told The National Post. “I grew up with the Glasgow Rangers and Celtic (Scottish soccer rivalry), and I didn’t know you were supposed to write a song for your team that pleases the other guys. It is about antagonizing the other guys. And the other thing is, if you don’t like my song: too bad. Write your own song.”
Finally, the NHL approved the sale of Canada’s Team — that’s the Montreal Canadiens, in this case — back to the Molson family (yes, the beer people), which will take control of the team for the third time, according to the CBC.

Canadiens_MapleLeafs595The Habs or the Leafs?

That’s the question at hand as Canadians try to nail down, once and for all, which is “Canada’s Team.”

According to a new poll, one-third of Canadians believe the Montreal Canadiens are Canada’s team, while 47 percent of them consider the Canadiens to be “the greatest hockey team in history.”

On top of that, 65 percent of those polled said that the Canadiens are to Canada what the New York Yankees are to the United States. Yankee haters would agree that’s not necessarily a compliment.

“To a large number of Canadians, hockey is Canada and the Montreal Canadiens are hockey’s greatest success story,” said Andrew Cohen, president of The Historica-Dominion Institute — which is dedicated to promoting Canadian history and conducted the poll, which was reported by The National Post.

Meanwhile, the lead singer of the band Glass Tiger (you might remember the ’80s hit, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” — that was them) is facing some heat from folks outside the Greater Toronto area for the song, “Free to Be (a.k.a. “The Leafs Song”).

Alan Frew wrote the song as an anthem for the Maple Leafs, and it has been used to rile up the crowd at home games this season. But one line, in which he sings, “Oh! Oh! Oh! This is Canada’s team. Go Leafs Go!”

“I knew full well what I was getting into with the ‘Canada’s team,’ ” Frew told The National Post. “I grew up with the Glasgow Rangers and Celtic (Scottish soccer rivalry), and I didn’t know you were supposed to write a song for your team that pleases the other guys. It is about antagonizing the other guys. And the other thing is, if you don’t like my song: too bad. Write your own song.”

Finally, the NHL approved the sale of Canada’s Team — that’s the Montreal Canadiens, in this case — back to the Molson family (yes, the beer people), which will take control of the team for the third time, according to the CBC.

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Canada's Team: Habs or Leafs?


The Habs or the Leafs?
That’s the question at hand as Canadians try to nail down, once and for all, which is “Canada’s Team.”
According to a new poll, one-third of Canadians believe the Montreal Canadiens are Canada’s team, while 47 percent of them consider the Canadiens to be “the greatest hockey team in history.”
On top of that, 65 percent of those polled said that the Canadiens are to Canada what the New York Yankees are to the United States. Yankee haters would agree that’s not necessarily a compliment.
“To a large number of Canadians, hockey is Canada and the Montreal Canadiens are hockey’s greatest success story,” said Andrew Cohen, president of The Historica-Dominion Institute — which is dedicated to promoting Canadian history and conducted the poll, which was reported by The National Post.
Meanwhile, the lead singer of the band Glass Tiger (you might remember the ’80s hit, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” — that was them) is facing some heat from folks outside the Greater Toronto area for the song, “Free to Be (a.k.a. “The Leafs Song”).
Alan Frew wrote the song as an anthem for the Maple Leafs, and it has been used to rile up the crowd at home games this season. But one line, in which he sings, “Oh! Oh! Oh! This is Canada’s team. Go Leafs Go!”
“I knew full well what I was getting into with the ‘Canada’s team,’ ” Frew told The National Post. “I grew up with the Glasgow Rangers and Celtic (Scottish soccer rivalry), and I didn’t know you were supposed to write a song for your team that pleases the other guys. It is about antagonizing the other guys. And the other thing is, if you don’t like my song: too bad. Write your own song.”
Finally, the NHL approved the sale of Canada’s Team — that’s the Montreal Canadiens, in this case — back to the Molson family (yes, the beer people), which will take control of the team for the third time, according to the CBC.

Canadiens_MapleLeafs595The Habs or the Leafs?

That’s the question at hand as Canadians try to nail down, once and for all, which is “Canada’s Team.”

According to a new poll, one-third of Canadians believe the Montreal Canadiens are Canada’s team, while 47 percent of them consider the Canadiens to be “the greatest hockey team in history.”

On top of that, 65 percent of those polled said that the Canadiens are to Canada what the New York Yankees are to the United States. Yankee haters would agree that’s not necessarily a compliment.

“To a large number of Canadians, hockey is Canada and the Montreal Canadiens are hockey’s greatest success story,” said Andrew Cohen, president of The Historica-Dominion Institute — which is dedicated to promoting Canadian history and conducted the poll, which was reported by The National Post.

Meanwhile, the lead singer of the band Glass Tiger (you might remember the ’80s hit, “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)” — that was them) is facing some heat from folks outside the Greater Toronto area for the song, “Free to Be (a.k.a. “The Leafs Song”).

Alan Frew wrote the song as an anthem for the Maple Leafs, and it has been used to rile up the crowd at home games this season. But one line, in which he sings, “Oh! Oh! Oh! This is Canada’s team. Go Leafs Go!”

“I knew full well what I was getting into with the ‘Canada’s team,’ ” Frew told The National Post. “I grew up with the Glasgow Rangers and Celtic (Scottish soccer rivalry), and I didn’t know you were supposed to write a song for your team that pleases the other guys. It is about antagonizing the other guys. And the other thing is, if you don’t like my song: too bad. Write your own song.”

Finally, the NHL approved the sale of Canada’s Team — that’s the Montreal Canadiens, in this case — back to the Molson family (yes, the beer people), which will take control of the team for the third time, according to the CBC.

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Canadian Space Clown Bigger than Afghan War?


For $35 million, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte became Canada’s first space tourist and spent 11 days in space, wearing a red clown nose to promote saving water.

According to the CBC, Lamliberte, a billionaire from Quebec, hired a Montreal media firm to determine the value of his trip in terms of media coverage, and the firm found that nearly 41,000 reports about Laliberte’s appeared in newspapers and television news outlets around the world. By comparison, there were only 1,812 stories about Canada’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan.

The firm determined that it would have cost Laliberte more than a half a billion dollars to buy the kind of advertising that compared to the amount of media coverage he received around the world, giving him a 1,500 percent return on investment.

Laliberte, an environmental advocate, spent time on a shuttle and at the International Space Station holding events that were designed to raise awareness about the planet’s dwindling water supply.

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