Category Archives: Canada

Hudson’s Canadian Tap House

Hudson’s in the West Ed Mall is kind of a Canadian theme restaurant. Better meals were probably waiting elsewhere, but I just couldn’t resist. The walls were adorned with snowshoes and the servers were dressed as various Indian maidens. Pierra … Continue reading

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Edmonton: Snow Cat

Although I hated to leave the fireplace in Maureen’s basement where I had been sleeping, we went to spend the rest of the week at Pierre and Olga’s. They have an outdoor cat that lives in the snow. Its name … Continue reading

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Edmonton: Vicky’s Bistro and Wine Bar

Vicky and George, first generation Greeks Have moved locations several times. Vicky’s is elegant and clean, with a warm, homey vibe. Pierre and Olga’ grand-daughter also happens to work there as a server. We started out with Saganaki, a baked cheese … Continue reading

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A Difficult Day all Around

Tuesday Maureen drove me, my mom, Loretta and Pat to St Paul for the funeral. It was 15 below (C) with biting winds. When I got up, everyone was throwing on sweaters and mittens and toques like they were preparing … Continue reading

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Snow!

We flew into Edmonton Sunday night and had a nice family dinner of comforting chili made by Maureen. I had sworn all the way there I would not complain about the cold. I walked out into the snow on my first … Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes on the Breland Family

My mother’s father, Alfred Breland, married twice, and brought 15 children into this world. I once extrapolated 72 first cousins from this, and goodness knows how many second cousins. For the sake of this visit, I am going to keep … Continue reading

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Visit Toronto! They Put Wacky Things in their Food!

Over the winter the Tourist Board of Toronto hosted a dinner at Highlands Hollywood with Toronto Chef, Guy Rubino. Rubino is co-host of Food Network Canada’s “Made to Order.” The purpose of the dinner was to promote Toronto’s “luxury hotel boom”, … Continue reading

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Vancouver: Ricky’s

We did stop at a chain diner for breakfast. Ricky’s diner has “evolved into one of Western Canada’s premiere, mid-scale family restaurants. And we’ve achieved this by offering a delectably impressive menu selection in a comfortably modern environment…” I had … Continue reading

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The Meat Shop

The trip back over the border was unremarkable, except for happening upon the Meat Shop, which totally blew my mind. It was conveniently located next to the tanning salon. Wrong kind of meat. Share on Facebook

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Vancouver: Wasabi Ice Cream

When I like something I cannot get enough of it. So after finding out that there was a shop serving wasabi gelato I was all over it. La Casa Gelato serves over 200 flavors of gelato, and has been for … Continue reading

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Vancouver: Obey Jonathan Gold at any Cost

Whenever I visit an aquarium they always have a gigantic King Crab. Part of me is standing there thinking about the wonders of nature, and part of me is thinking, “If not for these guards, buddy, it would be you, … Continue reading

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Vancouver Friday and Sat: Family

I have always loved visiting Granville Island ever since my Auntie Heather used to haul Starbucks coffee beans across the border to sell in her little coffee store. It also helped that she sold Smarties by weight and had a … Continue reading

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Oh Canada! Saturday: In Which Musical Theater Nearly Does Me In

Saturday my mom and I went to Niagara Helicopters Limited, but the copters were grounded due to inclement weather. On the way back, we passed by the Evel Knievel Daredevil Museum. My cousin said, “I suppose you want to stop … Continue reading

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Oh Canada! Friday Night: April Wine and May Poutine

At the Springilicious Festival in Niagara Falls, Ontario, we met up with my cousin’s work friends and started drinking. One friend introduced himself to me by saying, “Hi. I’m John. I play bass.” (Did I mention that I play guitar?”) … Continue reading

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Oh Canada! Sunday – I am not struck by lightning

Sunday Today I awakened to a strange whiny sound. My aunt asked, “Did the geese wake you up?” We’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. Actually, I guess we ARE in Kansas. Newmarket, Ontario, Kansas to be exact. My aunt’s grand-daughter, … Continue reading

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