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My Spin on Things

These posts are part of Mair’s “My Spin on Things” blog.

What I learned in Chianti

If you want to make sure that the Chianti you choose is spectacular and not the wine that Hannibal Lector drank, always look for the big black rooster on the label.  Its the Chianti Classico Consortium’s seal of approval. Everyone Chianti Classico we tried was brilliant, and trust me I drank of a lot of […]

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What I learned in Rome

– never eat the bread on the table before you ask if it’s included in the meal or you may end up paying 6 euros for one measly piece of stale bread – remember if you ask a question in Italian they will answer in Italian. Which is a good thing if understand Italian – […]

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Where is home?

They say that “Home is where your heart is”; but I have two homes; does that mean I have two hearts too? I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and as a West Coast girl my roots run right into the deep blue pockets of ocean that surround my home town. Mountains and ocean, […]

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How to Throw a Tea Party for Twelve

I am a believer in traditions. Whenever we honour our roots, we embrace our past and where we came from. This is especially true for me when I honour my family’s foodie traditions. That’s why as a healthy eating advocate I still make shortbread at Christmas, Pumpkin Pie at Thanksgiving, Lemon Meringue Pie for my […]

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

As a food writer who was once solicited to be a famous foodie’s  ghost writer I felt that it was time for me to weigh in on all of the hoopla surrounding the New York Times article I was a Cookbook Ghost Writer.  I turned the “opportunity” down because quite frankly my ego was way […]

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An Apple a Day

The health news about apples keeps getting better and better. An apple a day not only may keep the doctor away but add in the cardiologist. In a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association eating an apple every day may be just what your cardiologist would recommend. This study was the […]

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Freezing Peaches

My favourite method of preserving fresh peaches is to freeze them. Right around the beginning of January through until March when I am losing hope that Spring will ever come back to Toronto, I get a container of my frozen peaches out of the freezer, thaw them and serve up the taste of summer. Here […]

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Go Fish in Vancouver, BC

Nothing tastes better than fresh seafood, unless you’re eating that fresh seafood in Vancouver at an outdoor fish stand called Go Fish across the harbour from Granville Market Public Market. Go Fish is a Vancouver treasure. They make the best fish and chips I’ve ever had.  My father who was a fish and chip expert […]

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When the Cook is Away

Let’s face it as a professional foodie I do all of the cooking at my house. My husband Scott is my assistant – okay – he’s more like a helper who needs lots of directions. But I love it when he comes into the kitchen and we cook together, even though there’s more water on […]

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Snacks vs Treats

Somewhere in foodie evolution the word snack has become the word treat. That small word play has turned into a 570 calorie increase in our diets which could explain the unhealthy weight gain Canadians are experiencing. When I was growing up the word snack meant a piece of fruit or some veggies. And you had […]

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