Canada Journals

At the table: New World

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A March 2010 trip to Canada by MagdaDH_AlexH

Lobster in Nova Scotia Photo, Canada, North America More Photos
Quote: Food in Canada, Australia and New Zealand (the dstination is tad misleading).

Eating the world

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Ice Cream Factory, Vancouver  Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Food is part of culture and one that is accessible to even the most casual visitor. People try ''local grub'' on holiday, and although many may content themselves with a bastardised version for the tourist market, others will go out of their way to find authentic local places and try real food of places they are visiting. In the last two years our family have travelled to North America, Australia & New Zealand and many countries in Europe. We travelled on the budget, so we didn't try fine-dining restaurants, but we often CouchSurfed, and were often fed by the host families. This journal recounts some of the better restaurants and other more-or-less authentic food experience...Read More

Eating New Zealand

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Gibbston Valley winery Photo, New Zealand, South Pacific
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Although Maori have their own culinary tradition (of which we had no chance to try as we visited southern parts of the South Island), the food that is eaten by the Kiwis of European origins appeared to be along the lines of traditional English food. With our CouchSurfing hosts we had basic roast lamb, boiled corned beef (corned beef here being cured beef, not the tinned mushy stuff that goes into horrid sandwiches in the UK) and pork hot pot (as well as amazing purple soup, made with purple sweet potatoes, but this was in a vegetarian multi-national student household so doesn't really count). When staying in paid accommodation, we self catered a lot, and when not doing that we pretty much lived on fis...Read More

Aggy's Shack

Restaurant | "Awesome fish & chips"

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Aggys Shack is indeed a shack rather than a restaurant (though there are some seats outside), but the fish and chips that he sells are fantastic.

Not cheap by Kiwi standards (fish & chips are still a cheap food here normally) at 12 NZD per portion, but simply wonderful.

Nice fish, lovely, crisp, not too greasy batter and excellent chips with a great sauce tartare.

Huge portions, too, with one portion enough for two not too hungry people. I scoffed a whole one though.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2011

Aggy's Shack
Church Street and Marine Parade
Queenstown, South Island
(03) 4424076

Eating Australia

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Barossa Valley Photo, Australia, South Pacific
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Visions of Australian food didn't exactly excite our imaginations before we went. Although Sydney is known for its excellent fusion-focused fine dining, we didn't envisage doing much of that, and didn't fancy the idea of ''bushtucker'' either. Considering its antipodean location, food in Australia is incredibly, amazingly just-like-in-the-UK, with a retro twist. Yes, there are some exotic fruits available in the tropical regions, but not really that many that are not well known and easy to find in European supermarkets (custard apple was the only one we tried in Oz for the first time). Fish that go into fish-and-chips are different (barramundi was a passable equivalent of haddock) but the ...Read More

Jasmin Lebanese Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Luscious Lakemba Lebanese"

Jasmin Lebanese Restaurant Photo, Sydney, Australia
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Sydney is one of the most multi-cultural cities in Australia and among many of the nationalities that Sydneysiders originate among, Lebanese make quite a contribution. On the gastronomic front this can be plainly seen at one of the Sydney's many Lebanese eateries. Lakemba is a centre of Lebanese Australian life, with about 15% of the population claiming Lebanese ethnicity, but with the whole district having predominantly Muslim character (despite the fact that only a third of Lakemba inhabitants are Muslims), with shops, take-aways and restaurants catering to the Middle-eastern clientele. We were taken to Lakemba by our Sydney host not to research ethnic districts of Sydney tho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 11, 2010

Jasmin Lebanese Restaurant
30B Haldon St, Lakemba
Sydney, New South Wales 2195
+61 (0)2 9740 35

Eating Canada

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Lobster in Nova Scotia Photo, Canada, North America
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Canada is a country created by immigration – a surprisingly high proportion of it from the Old World countries other than the United Kingdom – and Canadian food culture is a result of mixing these various traditions the immigrants brought in over the last four hundred years (yes, that's how old is European settlement in Canada), the environmental conditions of the land and some – but admittedly very slight – influences of the original inhabitants of the land, the latter noticeable more in what is eaten then how. The US influence is strong – or perhaps it's an American thing in general – and portions, particularly of anything sweet or fast-food related – are enormous.Most big c...Read More

Gojo Cafe

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Restaurant | "Amazing African flavours"

Gojo Cafe Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Five minutes walk from our Vancouver hosts' house, and ten minutes from Commercial/Broadway intersection and Skytrain stop is Gojo cafe. We saw it on the way to the train several times, always closed at the time, and became intrigued by the fact that it was an Ethiopian place – and as we never had Ethiopian food before, we were rather curious about it. Coming home late one night we saw it open, not too busy but not completely empty either, and decided to walk in. The place is friendly, comfortable, cosy even (but without any of the twee implications of the concept of cosiness), with a lovely ochre-red-and-yellow décor and a very authentic feel to it (although I can't judge the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2010

Gojo Cafe
2838 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
604-708-5394

Eating Quebec

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Maple syrup on snow Photo, Canada, North America
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Quebec has its own culinary tradition and culture which one one hand is similar to one of the whole of Canada, and indirectly thus to the North American eating habits; but on the other shows a surprisingly strong French influences, in what foods are eaten, but even more so in the habits, customs and behaviours associated with eating, from eating hours to the existence – and popularity – of neighbourhood restaurants that uncannily resemble local restaurants in France.This is particularly obvious in Montreal, where the French influence is strong and clearly visible in very continental cafés with very French patisserie and even coffee that differs from the standard Canadian dishwater. Other c...Read More