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June 2012

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1) Portland vs. Seattle food fight: Two Northwest titans duke it out for the title of best food city

2) Nature: ‘Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals is a global issue’

“Farmers around the world routinely feed antibiotics to their animals, not only to prevent and treat infections, but also to make their animals grow faster. This leads to drug-resistant bacteria in the animals, and this resistance can spread to the bacteria that infect us”

3) The ‘Busy’ Trap

4) What Really Makes Us Fat

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Holy-Moly-Guacamole 2

Since I love avocados, it’s no surprise that I adore guacamole. The fun name for this Mexican avocado dish is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words: ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce).  I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect guacamole for quite some time, since a great guacamole is much more than just some mashed up avocado. Well, holy moly guacamole :) This is quite simply the best guacamole I have ever had. It is creamy yet slightly chunky, incredibly flavorful, smoky, and packs a little bit of bite. The crunchy roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect topping to round out this delicious guac. You can eat it as a dip, a topping, or on its own. But no matter how you choose to eat it, you simply have to try it.

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Peckinpah-Beef-Combo-Platter

Who doesn’t love BBQ? Well, I guess vegans, but we won’t go there. Peckinpah has been on my radar for a while. But I was slightly hesitant to venture over as the reviews are mediocre, and poorly executed BBQ can really suck. But I was in Gastown enjoying a cool event called Make Music Vancouver and I was hungry – Peckinpah’s time had come.

Peckinpah

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Thierry-Chocolate-Caramel-Cadeau

Up until recently, Vancouver’s dessert scene was pretty barren. Luckily a few fantastic bakeries have popped up, with some top notch pastry chefs at the helm. My two favourites are Thomas Haas and Thierry. Both make chocolates, pastries, macarons and desserts that make the occasional cheat somehow more easily justifiable. Don’t worry, I haven’t gone off the deep end, I only indulge in gluten free treats, which both luckily offer.

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Shangri-La-Farmer's-Market-Entrance

Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel hosted its first farmers’ market this weekend. If you’re not from around here, allow me to explain why this is significant. The Shangri-La is one of Vancouver’s fanciest hotels, which is home to one of Vancouver’s top restaurants, Market by Jean-Georges. (“Market” hosts a farmers’ market – pretty clever). But really, only in Vancouver is no one surprised when a shmancy hotel decides to put on a farmers’ market. After all, isn’t a farmers’ market the complete opposite of luxury? Well, perhaps judging by the steep prices at some of the farmers’ markets I’ve been to around here, it’s not that much of a leap. But that’s not the point. It’s not exactly a logical fit. But I do think it’s an awesome idea. An idea I liked all the more once being handed one of their delicious complimentary cocktails…

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