Au Pied de Cochon – - my birthday dinner

I apologize for not posting last week, but I've been quite busy lately. I've spent the better part of the last two weeks playing drums for a college production of the musical "Hair" and I also celebrated my birthday last week. Noshette kindly took me out to an early dinner (I had a 7pm curtain call) at the...

Montreal Community Gardens Contaminated

By this time last year, I had already cleaned up my community garden plot and sowed my seeds, after laying down a few bags of organic manure bought from a farmer in the Eastern Townships. Here is what my plot looked like the first week of May, 2006. You can see Noshette and my garden partner Marc hard at...

Chocolate is in danger – please help!

My beloved chocolate, whose place in my heart (and stomach) is eclipsed only by the lovely Noshette of the North, is in grave danger. I was alerted to very serious situation by The Center for Food Safety, from which I receive regular alerts via email. You can get yourself on their email list by joining...

‘Bacon, the film” ~ this Sunday in Montreal

  Montrealers should be aware that a documentary about large-scale hog producers that was produced in 2002 will be screened this coming Sunday afternoon: Bacon, the film Sunday, April 22, 2007 at 4pm Redpath Museum Auditorium 859 Sherbrooke West Montreal, Quebec, Canada French with English subtitles...

Toronto, Ontario – Part Two

Note: This is the second part of a 2-part series about my visit to Toronto, Ontario. Part One can be found here. "Pass the peas!" "Pass the chicken!" "Pass the matzah!" One thing about visiting family: You eat A LOT. Trying to work off some of the unnecessary calories that we had ingested at the uncountable...

Canadian hog farmers are greedier than their pigs

It seems that Canadian industrial hog farmers have forgotten why food exists. They have forgotten that food is for eating, and not just for selling. It just so happened that due to the industrial revolution, and the creation and eventual popularization of city living, that many people who eat food stopped...

Hurray for Hogtown (or as some call it, Toronto)

To celebrate Passover, a time when the Jews wandered 40 years in the desert searching for the land of milk & honey, Noshette and I wandered 4 hours westward in search of organic milk and wild honey (and some other sustainable foods). Noshette was born and raised in Toronto, so we were going there to...

Focus on Florida Food – Part II

Josh's Organic Market - Hollywood, Florida After our 1-nighter in the Gulf Coast of Florida, where we saw a memorable Leon Redbone concert and enjoyed a good meal of local fish and seafood, Noshette of the North and I drove back to the Atlantic coast along the famous "Alligator Alley", where we saw plenty...

Eating local in the sunshine state – Part I

Noshette and I packed up the sled dogs and shed our parkas to spend some time in warm, sunny Florida. We were there to visit with my mom and to relax a bit before I had rotator-cuff surgery, but also to eat some good food.   (Here is a shot of Noshette and a friend sitting by the beach after lunch. This...

Montreal profile: A tale of tofu

Eating ethically isn't especially easy. For one thing, it means cutting down on my meat consumption, at least until I find more sources of meat that my stomach can stomach, now that it is actually attached to my brain. Also, Noshette is a born-again omnivore and it still getting her meat-feet wet, so we are...

Quebec election 2007: Time to vote with your vote.

Residents of the United States (and many politically ignorant Canadians) may not know about the upcoming Quebec provincial election, but on March 26 over 7.5 million Quebecers will decide which group of politicians will be making the rules for the next little while. I commented last week on some campaign...

Quebec Election strives for a “plus vert” Quebec (official English translation not available at this time)

A provincial election was called here last week, which would be the equivalent of state elections in the USA. It will be held on March 26, 2007, and the campaigns have obviously begun. There are 3 major political parties in Quebec: The Liberals, the "Parti Quebecois", and the ADQ, which is an acronym for...

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