Month: September 2014

The Great Canadian Chip Taste Test


Beavers tails, Nanaimo bars, Timbits and… Bacon Poutine Chips? Behold a potentially new, uniquely Canadian snack. Lay’s “Do Us a Flavour” potato chip contest is back and they’ve received 1.25 million submissions. The winner gets a cool $50,000 plus one per cent of future sales. We tested out “Bacon Poutine,” “Cinnamon Bun,” “Jalapeño Mac N’ Cheese” and “Tzatziki” chips.  Amongst us, no clear winner and no clear loser emerged. Everyone had a personal favourite. Mine? Bacon Poutine. Bold poutine perfection captured in a crisp chip. My least favourite? Cinnamon Bun. Sweet chips just ain’t my thing but it was a solid #1 for a few colleagues.

You have until October 15, 2014 to pick the next great Canadian chip. Click here to vote.



Montreal’s Jean-Talon Market


“Here, try this,” was a familiar refrain heard during my visit to Montreal’s Jean-Talon Market. Vendors smiled widely and extended their arms to offer taste-tests of plump Peruvian figs, crisp Lobo apples, hunks of decadent Gruyère cheese, slices of juicy oranges and the promise of “The best tasting mangoes in the world.” They tasted as promised.

The market was opened to the public in 1933 and is the largest open-air market in North America. During the peak summer period, between May and October, its open-air stalls are occupied by about 300 vendors, mostly farmers from Montreal’s countryside. The market is open year-round and walls are placed around the central section of the market to keep Montreal’s brutally cold winters at bay.