Archive for the ‘Food’ Category

Swiss chocolate…with wasabi?

Posted on July 20th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

When you think of Swiss chocolate, you probably think of slabs of sweet, light milk chocolate. Or perhaps you think of the global reach of Nestlé, the iconic Swiss company headquartered in Vevey, a small city overlooking Lake Geneva. But do you think of dark chocolate combined with lemongrass, pepper or wasabi? Likely not. Chocolatier […]

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Recipe: Tara Farms Pecan Pie Muffins

Posted on May 14th, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

OK, this is a first for this blog: a recipe! But when I recently stayed at Tara Farms, a bed and breakfast in Brenham, Texas, I fell in love with their pecan pie muffins (even though mine were made with walnuts, they still had a pecan pie vibe). I fell so in love, in fact, […]

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Curry udon soup in Richmond, B.C.

Posted on February 3rd, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

I arrived in Richmond, B.C., this morning for a conference jet lagged and hungry. So after checking into the conference hotel, the River Rock Casino Resort, I asked the concierge in the casino where I could find some good Asian food within a short walk. Even though the hotel lies on the edge of Richmond’s […]

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Guess we’re coming to dinner in Amsterdam

Posted on February 1st, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

My husband and I stood uncertainly on the front step of a tall, 17th-century canal house in Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District. We’d never done anything like this before, and we weren’t at all sure how it was going to turn out. We’d even come up with a signal we could use if one of […]

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Dine with locals in Italy

Posted on January 1st, 2009 by Laura Byrne Paquet

“Dispatches,” one of my favourite CBC Radio programs, recently re-ran reporter Nancy Greenleese’s piece about Home Food (scroll down to “Culinary wrongs made right”). The Home Food organization, which started in Bologna and has now spread to other parts of Italy, allows travellers to enjoy a meal in an Italian home for roughly the same […]

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Manhattan’s multicultural desserts

Posted on October 27th, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

Manhattan is much more than the Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, fun as those are. It’s also home, as it has been for centuries, to a miniature United Nations of immigrants. If you have a sweet tooth and a curiosity about NYC off the tourist trail, check out the desserts at […]

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Italian cooking school invites locals to dinner

Posted on October 21st, 2008 by Laura Byrne Paquet

In a recent posting, blogger Michele Morris lovingly describes–with yummy photos–her experience at a cooking school called The Awaiting Table in Lecce, Italy. The most intriguing aspect of the school, from my perspective, is that the students get to share their cooking efforts with the school’s neighbours. The Awaiting Table even touts its “meet the […]

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