Food For Thought

Food For Thought

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On Eating “Canadian”

On Eating “Canadian”

My first few years in Canada were widely focused on adopting new cultural traditions. My parents and I wanted to feel as “Canadian” as possible, taking every opportunity to rake autumn leaves (whether or not they were ours), drink warm beverages at Tim Hortons, and […]

Breakfast vs. Brunch vs. The World

Breakfast vs. Brunch vs. The World

I first learned about the decadent concept of brunch from the Simpsons. As part of his seduction tactic on Marge, the flirtatious homme fatale Jacques insisted on a brunch date, calling it “not quite breakfast, not quite lunch; but it comes with a slice of […]

Vista Hermosa at Playa Hermosa

Vista Hermosa at Playa Hermosa

I finally understood the expression Pura Vida exactly one week after arriving in Costa Rica. Last Monday, as everyone loaded up on cafecítos, quoted Garfield, and made their way to work, I had the privilege of being taken on a day trip to Playa Hermosa […]

The Problem With Pupusa Pedigrees

The Problem With Pupusa Pedigrees

I’ve come to realize, the hard way, that San Jose was not built for pedestrians. Whether skirting the edge of an unmarked road along cracked, uneven or missing sidewalks, or dodging oncoming traffic without the help of cross signals, getting around the city can be […]

The Golden Flower of the Faubourg

The Golden Flower of the Faubourg

The word “kinka” means “golden flower”, which symbolizes happiness in Japanese. How fitting to have found myself entering the golden glow of Kinka Izakaya’s downtown pub on my last blue February evening in Montreal. Within 24 hours I would be embarking on a 3-month voyage […]