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Is It Rude to Specify End Times for Parties?

Good grief, no; it's not rude. It's common sense and no reasonable person who is trying to balance their life in this current society and employment jungle would be anything but grateful for such a 'guideline.' It could determine whether I would host a party or not!

Aug 31, 2011
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Original Canadian Foods? Eh!

Does Canada have green-tomato/venison mincemeat? My mom used to make/can it by the quarts when we lived up in the north woods wa-a-y back when, when lots of Michiganders lived on venison and whatever else ran past in the woods.

Jun 06, 2011
OldGrayWolf in General Topics

Original Canadian Foods? Eh!

Michiganders will know what you mean when you say 'pop' On our first trip to NYC, my brothers and I asked for pop and the waitress had no idea what we were asking for, she finally said, Oh, a soda and brought my brother a bottle of cherry soda-pop...what he was trying to order was what we call a 'soda' in Michigan (50's) ice cream floating in cherry pop...ice-cream soda = float = cooler, Confused yet? I learned to call soft drinks with carbonation "soda" when living in NH, but I'm 50/50 now back in Michigan between 'pop' and 'soda'....but if I wanted an ice cream float (cherry pop with ice cream scooped in), I'd still be very specific about what I expected to arrive at the table, tall glass, long spoon, long straw and all. And iced tea down south? Bluchhh...I still can't drink sweet ice tea unless it's strongly raspberry flavored...sweet tea, either hot or cold is just 'sick and wrong' to my tastebuds. Cream soda in Michigan is clear but you can also find red cream soda, too. Yup; we who live near the 45th Parallel share a lot of things besides the Great Lakes...

Jun 06, 2011
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Which brands are you loyal to?

Del Monte stewed tomatoes
Miracle Whip salad dressing
Coke vs. Pepsi (although I've recently boycotted them due to human rights issues)
Vernors ginger ale
Freshlike canned/tinned vegetables
Dannon yogurt vs. store brand
Mooville milk (non homogenized, 'cream line', organic local farm)
Blue Diamond nut/rice crackers
Hellman's mayo
Hershey's dark cocao powder
Smithfield bacon
Smithfield babyback ribs

Jun 06, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

I've also had Five Alive in the past but can't recall if it was in Michigan or New Hampshire; either is possible. If NH would have been up in the White Mountains...

Jun 06, 2011
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what foods does your city have that mine doesn't?

OH yeah; the Maple candy company up in St. Johnsbury that makes and sells it; nothing can beat their stuff. "Lobster rolls" from NH would be a 'grinder' in Michigan or a 'sub' and most would call it a sub. The lobster would be hard to find here, though!! Definitely not at McD's. We do have a thing called crazy potatoes in this village...shredded fries, cheese, mushrooms (w/or w/o) and maybe something else, but I don't order them so can't remember...

Jun 06, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Okay; time to go out and renew my passport (isn't that just a pain in the border-crossing butt?) because I am way overdue for my usual 'run' across Ontario and this year, I have a list--courtesy of this forum--of special things to look for during the adventure. I must confess to never having a TH's anything...deprived I've been. OOPS! I just lied; the last time I came across ON, a counter person in one of the Service Centre restaurants surreptitiously suggested I go on down the line to the TH's to get the coffee that otherwise I'd pay an arm and leg for; she said theirs was a lot less expensive and better. My kind of lady! What is the ONE food item at THs that I should try first?

Jun 05, 2011
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Nasty Little Treats

Peanut butter and Miracle Whip sandwiches! Yeah...they're good, really they are. Add crisp bacon if you need a change-up.

Jun 04, 2011
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Nasty Little Treats

Purchased limburger only once in my life; had to pull over on the highway and toss it out the window (apologies to the DNR)...bluuuuck. Nasty treats? Hmm...the appearance of nasty: I sprung a 'nasty' treat on my children when they were very young...stuffed dates with cream cheese and pecan halves...told 'em they were June bugs as I bit into one. My older son (about 11 then) gagged and ran from the room.

Jun 04, 2011
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Nasty Little Treats

Ah ain't ridin' in no car with no feller what eats raw liver...he just might get ta lookin' katty-corner at me...and mine.

Jun 04, 2011
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Nasty Little Treats

Ouuuu; rice with milk and sugar is good...add a little nutmeg and it's even better. Okay, I'm a few (decades) over 21, but I've eaten boiled/steamed rice this way since 'forever' and I'm barely south of the 45th Parallel...but my parents were wed during the (earlier) Great Depression, both of traditional farm families with extended circles of family and friends from many countries and cultures, so we have eaten it all (just about.) Once, and only once, I did purchase a carton of brains but when I opened them, the odor was more than my senses could bear; now with a nursing career under my belt and several family members in police, emergency services, and hospital care careers, I just don't "do" organs....except heart and liver...and then only when I cook them myself on the rare occasion. Brains and eggs is rather 'normal' in a lot of cultures...did I say Grandma was from Denmark by way of Tennessee...my granddad was one of those very old TN families who used every part of the pig, and I'm afraid to (gag) say, the practice of drinking blood was part of the butchering ritual on some farms. (I hope/pray not on his....it was NOT on ours...) Raw brains? Hmmmm....sure sounds like a way to acquire chronic wasting disease (Mad Cow disease), good grief....rolfffffff.

Jun 04, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Ah, I see now what is happening; the lines are getting blurred on both sides of the 45th Parallel...at least in the border states/provinces. Michigan has Timmie's, too; have several young relatives working at one of them. Hot turkey (chicken, beef, pork) sandwiches are a staple of home-cookin' in The Big Mitten. I guess this is a universal phenomenon; my Danish grandmother made "Danish fruit soup" but it's exactly the same ingredients/method as that in one of my German cookbooks that therein is called "German fruit soup." You guys own hockey, though, and proved it in 2010 at Vancouver.

Jun 04, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

O, no!!! Yer killin' me....not a traditional Canadian delicacy?! I have to rethink my entire Eastern Townships experiences...Beebe, Stanstead, Cedarville...OMG, does that mean that I'm just fooling myself if I think I have to drive over/up to Coaticook to the cheese-curd factory to get The Real Thing and then learn that my taste buds have been deceived? So, are you telling us that poutine is younger than Vernors? My world has been knocked off its axis. Sniff....

Jun 04, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Eh, buttertart; we transport it to family and friends in New Hampshire by the case. You should see the looks we get from BPAs at Customs...they no longer question it, though. And yes, we also took along stock for my brother when he lived in Brooklyn four years. The "Boston Cooler" is our traditional family-reunion drink/dessert. (Vernors w/Briar's vanilla ice cream float). You can tell how close a family friend someone is if they're from Somewhere Else but are hooked on Vernors...

Jun 04, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

buttertart, I'm with you on this one; while it's sold here, it doesn't taste like that my friends serve me in the True North!

Jun 02, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

I'm working on the poutine issue in Michigan; have spoken to the owner/managers of a Mom-and-Pop place in the nearest town of any size and strongly encouraged them to add it to their menu and be a truly unique place to eat! I promised to return with a couple of recipes for The Real Thing (Quebec style) and they were interested. Hoping, hoping, hoping...

Jun 02, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Habitant pea soup has been available in Michigan for at least the past 50 years; my mom loved it and I've asked our local grocer to stock it...not always available in every store, but it's down here and it's still great!

Jun 02, 2011
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"Only in Canada" food items: add to the list

Vernors ginger ale (only the very best ginger soft drink on Earth) is wonderful, but not Canadian. It was originated by James Vernor (a pharmacist from the Detroit, Michigan, area) quite by accident; he started a batch of ginger ale, had it in the oak barrels, then went off to the American civil war. When he returned, voila, the wonderful "flavor-aged (4) years in oak" soft drink that is available in only a few places in the US (but hey, I'm really glad to know it's available in Canada, my favorite 'get away to' spot on Earth). We share the Great Lakes, so it's only right we also share a love of Vernors!

Jun 01, 2011
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