WTF?


What’s that food? Look around the root vegetable section of your grocery store and you may come across this versatile vegetable. Jicama is also known as Mexican turnip, sweet turnip, Mexican potato, or Mexican yam bean and is, quite obviously from those names, native to Mexico. The ‘Pachyrhizus erosus’ is from the bean family and the vine grows best in…

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CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING CROPS


Canada is a world leader in the production of pulses and PEI could be on track for even greater production, thanks to an unlikely ally—climate change. Rising sea levels, more extreme hot days, changing precipitation patterns—Prince Edward Island can expect to experience a number of negative impacts from climate change. But, the prospects aren’t all negative. “In the last 15,…

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WINTERDINE OFFERS FINE DINING AT A FIXED PRICE


In the dead of winter downtown Charlottetown restaurants benefit from 14th annual food event Shorter days, longer nights, windchill temperatures that dip into the minus twenties (or colder); late January and early February can be challenging, especially for businesses trying to entice customers out of their cozy homes. After all, it’s easy to arrive home after a day at work…

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HITTING IT OUT OF THE PARK


Restaurateur determined to serve local community year-round “I’m not confident about my looks, I’m not confident in my teeth, but I am confident about my cooking.” Refreshingly self-effacing, when I sat down with Caroline Farrell, she quickly revealed her determination to make a go of The Home Plate, a recently opened restaurant in Murray River, PEI. On the corner of…

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THE SALTY CHEF


EGGS 101 There is nothing like the question, “How do I cook the perfect egg?”, that is more likely to devolve into a heated argument about one’s pedigree. A perfectly cooked egg is special. A little package of flavour, nutrients, and energy with one of the most pleasing shapes in nature and the cause of countless kitchen battles about the…

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LOVE COFFEE AND PEI? THIS BREW’S FOR YOU


Celebrating Island culture through a fresh new brand of locally-roasted coffees and specialty teas If you’ve dreamed of launching your own business you may be familiar with some common advice given to aspiring entrepreneurs: start a business that solves a problem. Jen Vandermaar saw her problem and promptly started a business. Only a year ago, PEI Coffee Company was just…

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SHIP TO SHORE-BOOK REVIEW


I first met John Bil when we worked together at the Stanley Bridge Country Resort in the early 90s. He was also working at Carr’s Lobster Pound, and at that point in his fish career I was already sure he was some kind of fish genius (jedi/guru/master). John is the reason I love oysters and quahogs today and I imagine…

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BEHIND THE LINES


New Year edition-rules for dining out It’s the New Year so let’s start off on the right foot shall we? We have one quick story this month, and then a couple of lists for diners and hospitality staff to keep in mind when it comes to dining out. But first the quick story: Alana When I was working in Jasper…

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DME DEMISE STUNS BREWING COMMUNITY


Brewery equipment supplier tanks, leaving some customers empty-handed and looking for alternatives The sudden collapse of DME has left a lot of brewers in limbo, but some are better off than others. On November 26 the Supreme Court of PEI appointed Alvarez and Marsal Canada Inc as receiver of DME and its various companies. The Royal Bank of Canada made…

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WTF?


(what’s that food?) Take a look around the root vegetable section of your grocery store and you will probably see some cassava tucked in amongst the potatoes. This brown tuber is also called manioc, yuca, and macaxeira along with other names, and is native to Brazil. It is a starchy root that is a major staple for many people worldwide,…

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