From the paddocks and pens to the dinner plate

From the paddocks and pens to the dinner plate

The country down under is still riding high on the back of its red meat exports Many Australians continue to live off the land and are taking pride in a red meat industry that delivers top-quality food from the paddock to the plate. But before it reaches its destination there will be all sorts of processes and rituals it has to go through. In the sales yards in Ballarat, in the southeastern state of Victoria,…

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MasterChef Eric Chong Makes His Mark

MasterChef Eric Chong Makes His Mark

Eric Chong’s journey from “MasterChef Canada” champion to chef and co-owner of R&D began in earnest on the not-so-mean streets of Oakville, Ont.  We sat down with the 25-year-old season-one winner to learn about his culinary pursuits, the experience of going into business with acclaimed restaurateur Michael Bonacini and partnering with Michelin-starred Chef Alvin Leung. Photo Credit: Cindy La On opening R&D “I never thought I’d open a restaurant. I had some chef friends before…

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Guest Blog: Fun Foods of Winnipeg

Guest Blog: Fun Foods of Winnipeg

There are plenty of towns in Canada where you can get a pizza. But only one place I know offers foodies the choice of a “nip,” a “goog” or a “shmoo,” and that’s Winnipeg. Salisbury House is a restaurant that’s been around for decades and is partly owned by Burton Cummings of the Guess Who — it showcases some of his old guitars and memorabilia. You can order up a nip, which the rest of…

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Why Everyone Needs to Try a Halifax Donair

Why Everyone Needs to Try a Halifax Donair

To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you 150 Travelzoo Tips — one per day until Canada Day — to help you explore and enjoy this great land. We’ve invited some of the country’s top travel writers to join in and share their favourite finds and expert advice.  Halifax has a lot of wonderful restaurants serving up beautiful food, but its most famous dish is one traditionally eaten after a solid night of drinking, scored…

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10 Reasons We’re Hungry for Toronto’s Winterlicious

10 Reasons We’re Hungry for Toronto’s Winterlicious

In Toronto, the cold weather can leave us searching for reasons to love winter. But it’s worth fighting the urge to hibernate, because Winterlicious presented by YP Dine is back. The culinary celebration — known for fantastic food at bargain prices — will take over the city’s top dining spots Jan. 27 – Feb. 9. More than 220 restaurants are joining this year’s iteration of the popular event, cooking up three-course meals for as little as $18 for…

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El Portal Panaderia – Come and Taste Colombia in Carrollton, USA

El Portal Panaderia – Come and Taste Colombia in Carrollton, USA

I discovered El Portal some time ago (maybe a year?) through a Venezuelan coworker. Ironic it wasn’t through a Colombian person, wasn’t it? After knowing there was a Colombian “panadería” here in the Metroplex, I immediately made time to go and buy some bread. We were beyond happy with what I got: an assortment of roscón, pan aliñado, and almojabanas. There has been no turning back since then. This place offers more than bread, however….

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The Secret Life of Sydney

The Secret Life of Sydney

An Insider’s Guide to the Real Sydney By Stacey L. Kernaghan One of the most visited capital cities in the world is Sydney, Australia, but beyond the traditional tourist “highlights” packages showcasing the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, lies a vastly diverse and oft-missed cavalcade of cultural, gastronomical and musical splendour which can be far more enriching than yet another snapshot in front of a world landmark. ART Australia is a nation with a blend…

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5 Coffee Shops In Amsterdam To Visit Before The City Goes Legit

5 Coffee Shops In Amsterdam To Visit Before The City Goes Legit

1) De Rokerij (‘The Atmosphere’) In three venues around Amsterdam, the mystic ambience of De Rokerij will surely leave you dazed at your very first sight. Their funky tobacco is first rate,  and the place is bustling with live DJ performances and people coming in from all walks of life. Though you will not be allowed to smoke straight tobacco, they offer great substitutes in the form of herbal products. The drinks are also reasonably…

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The Spice Of Balinese Life: Notes From A Cooking Class In Ubud, Bali

The Spice Of Balinese Life: Notes From A Cooking Class In Ubud, Bali

I am seated upon a bamboo mat on the ground, notebook in hand and appetite in tow. We have just returned to our lovely host home after an early-morning market excursion to purchase the necessities for our cooking lesson. Bundles of fresh tuna, ever-so-hideous jackfruit and ruby red tomatoes are just a few of the recognizable purchases. Lucky for us, the majority of ingredients we will be using can be found fresh in the garden…

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My Culinary Saga in Iceland

My Culinary Saga in Iceland

“You can eat as much as you want, because it’s already half digested,” said the man sitting to my right, smiling through his thick brown mustache and watching expectantly as I took another swig of Viking beer. I forced myself to smile back at him as I speared a gelatinous piece of yellowish whale fat with my fork. It quivered as I lifted it into the air. Before I could take a bite, our hostess,…

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