Eating Your Way Across Canada: Top 4 Must-Try Canadian Treats
O Canada! A beautiful country full of beautiful sceneries, beautiful people and incredible food. In Calgary alone, you can find over 20 different countries represented by it’s multiculturalism. With all the diversity, there are plenty of unique Canadian food items worth trying. What better way to start trying these items than by diving head first
O Canada! A beautiful country full of beautiful sceneries, beautiful people and incredible food. In Calgary alone, you can find over 20 different countries represented by it’s multiculturalism. With all the diversity, there are plenty of unique Canadian food items worth trying.
What better way to start trying these items than by diving head first on July 1st, 2017 as Canada celebrates her 150th birthday. In this two part series, we will provide some top picks of uniquely Canadian food items that anyone touring our country coast to coast should try. As you eat your way across Canada, whether you’re taking the train with the $150 train pass, flying from city to city by Westjet/Air Canada, or planning a good ol’ road trip across the provinces, here’s our Top 4 Must-Try Canadian Treats, and more importantly, where to find them!
1. BeaverTails Pastry
An addictive fried pastry with your choice of topping, Canadians have had the pleasure of enjoying this treat since its conception in 1978. Customers have the luxury of choosing from a multitude of toppings such as cinnamon and sugar, maple butter, garlic butter and cheese and many more. As you make your way coast to coast, rest assured that there are over 50 BeaversTails locations that can be enjoyed along the way.
2. Butter Tarts
A classic Canadian dessert made with butter, sugar, syrup and eggs filled inside a buttery pastry shell. You can get yours runny or firm, I personally enjoy them fresh out of the oven when they are still warm and runny. Traditionally, the tarts include ingriedients like raisins, or walnuts and pecans. If traditional is not your style, you can find bakery’s and farmers market’s that will add a modern twist by including different flavors like fruit or chocolate. As you refuel with coffee or tea during your trip, stop by a farmer’s market or bakery and pair your cup with a butter tart!
3. Nanaimo Bars
Originating in Nanaimo, B.C., these bars are typically made with graham-cracker crumbs, coconut, walnuts, vanilla custard and chocolate. Whether you are a fan of mint chocolate, fruity flavors, peanut butter or mocha, you are guaranteed to find the flavored Nanaimo bar that will make your heart sing as you stop by a local bakery or embark on the Nanaimo Bar Trail.
4. Maple Syrup
Who knew such a mouth-watering treat could come from a tree? As you quickly become addicted to maple syrup, you may be surprised that maple sugar and maple cream can also be incorporated into your everyday cooking or baking! Be sure to keep an eye out for treats such as the infamous maple-bacon donut, maple ice cream and maple glazed brussels sprouts that can be found all across Canada! If you happen to stop by Quebec, your trip will definitely take a sweet turn as they are the largest producer of maple syrup in the world!
What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday then by going out and trying as many different food items that Canada has to offer. As you journey across, and enjoy different things, let us know which Canadian treats are your personal favorites! Stay tuned for the next part of the “Eating Your Way Across Canada Series,” which comes out next week!
Why Valentine’s Day is Actually Designed for Singles
The holiday that we have all either come to love or hate, unsurprisingly, didn’t always revolve around cards and chocolates. The customs that we have all fallen into since we were kids, actually had very different origins than one would think.
Breaking down the holiday, there are actually many different facets that bring it all together. Various martyrdom stories are associated with different Valentine’s of the past. For the most part, the Catholic Church chose to honour them during the month of February, which then led to the naming of the annual celebration. Afterwards, it was all tied together with an ancient ritual celebrated by the Romans.
Lupercalia, the fertility festival, was a yearly celebration for the Romans in honour of the god of agriculture. According to myth, it was also a time to celebrate the Roman founders Romulus and Remus, who were both raised by a she-wolf. There were various aspects to the celebration, most of which, did not make the cut into the 21st century. One such practice involved cutting up animal hides into strips and dipping them into sacrificial blood. They were then slapped against the bodies of women, believing it would allow them to become more fertile for the year. Women would actually line the streets to have their turn as the progression passed through.
The fun part came towards the end, when singles throughout the city would pair off in honour of the festival through random selection via draw. Many times this resulted in successful marriages.
Today, the day is obviously celebrated a little differently, with no bloody whippings of animal hide required. People get to partake in the exchange of tokens of affections with their loved ones, and a plethora of money is spent trying to make that special someone in your life happy. After Christmas, Valentine’s Day is the second most popular holiday for sending cards to other people. Approximately 150 million cards are exchanged, and a total spending of $18.6 billion takes place every year!
So for those of you that will be single for this Valentine’s Day, don’t fret. In fact, relish in the fact that you’re not about to drop some mad cash on someone, just to say that you love them. Valentine’s Day can be a very exciting holiday when you have that significant other in your life, but remember, the day was originally for all the single people to hook up! So really, instead of being sad, what you should really spend the day doing is stripping apart goat hide and finding someone to smack it with…kidding.
Local Love for Local Laundry
As a stylist, a student, and super tired individual, I needed something simple. December is in full-swing. The holiday season has just begun. The weather is arguably way warmer in Calgary than I have ever witnessed in my lifetime; I have no complaints. It’s safe to say that this season I’ve fully embraced my city.
From the weather to the clothing, I’ve come full circle. More importantly, during this fine December I’ve taken it upon myself to shop locally.
I couldn’t be more ecstatic to have this opportunity to collaborate with HYPR Magazine and The Salt Co., to showcase Local Laundry’s new collection. With the brand being 100% established in Canada and that they also support a good cause, this season couldn’t get any better. With their goal to raise over $1 million for local Canadian charities, it’s something you can’t turn your back on.
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