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Subway Lobster Sandwich

It has chunks of lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise, customizable with any of Subway’s options.

What makes it Canadian?

It uses Atlantic Canada lobster, and it’s only available in Canada.

330 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 650 mg of sodium

Sub Lobster 1

McDonald’s BLT Bagel

Toasted bagel, bacon, lettuce, tomato, creamy sauce

What makes it Canadian?

Only available in Canada (and bacon!)

Description: Enjoy the taste of hickory-smoked bacon, sliced tomato and crisp lettuce, topped with creamy mayonnaise-style sauce served on your choice of one of our regular or multigrain bagels baked fresh daily.

500 calories, 19 grams of fat and 920 mg of sodium


KFC Big Boss

Two breaded chicken fillets, KFC’s special sauce, cheddar, lettuce, pickles and onions

What makes it Canadian?

It’s only available in Canada

600 calories, 30 grams of fat, 900 mg of sodium


KFC Poutine

KFC signature fries, gravy and cheese curds

What makes it Canadian?

You don’t really need to ask on this one

860 calories, 48 grams of fat, 2450 mg of sodium


Burger King Maple BBQ Whopper

A classic Whopper, alongside hardwood smoked bacon, Canadian cheddar and a maple barbecue sauce

What makes it Canadian?

Only available in Canada (and the maple flavour, of course)

As a limited-time option, no nutritional information is available, but a Whopper with cheese is 710 calories, 42 grams of fat and 1380 mg of sodium


McDonald’s McCafé Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Blueberry and pomegranate puree, ice and yogurt (optional)

What makes it Canadian?

Originally introduced in Canada, it’s now everywhere. But let’s just say blueberries

210 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 30 mg of sodium

McDonald’s McFlurries


Vanilla soft serve ice cream and a variety of “toppings” (like Oreo, M&Ms, Rolo, etc.)

What makes it Canadian?

It was invented in New Brunswick!

It all depends on your flavour, but if you get the Oreo option with fudge (pictured), it’s 630 calories, 20 grams of fat and 370 mg of sodium

Pizza Hut Cheesy Beef Poutine Pizza

Pizza Hut Beef

What’s inside: Pizza Hut crust with fries, cheese curds, steak and mozzarella on top
What makes it Canadian: The poutine idea (but it might stop there)
Can I still get it?: No, but you can get a Cheesy Poutine pizza
What’s the damage?: One slice has 320 calories, 15 grams of fat and 330 milligrams of sodium

Pizza Hut Creamy Butter Chicken Pizza

Chicken pizza

What’s inside: Pizza Hut crust with butter chicken sauce, grilled chicken strips, roasted red peppers, red onion and mozzarella
What makes it Canadian: We actually totally back this, because it represents one of the many foods Canadians really eat
Can I still get it?: Yes
What’s the damage?: Approximately the same as the poutine one: 320 calories, 15 grams of fat and 330 milligrams of sodium.

Taco Bell Fries Surpreme
What’s inside: French fries covered with seasoned ground beef, nacho cheese sauce, tomatoes, chives and sour cream
What makes it Canadian: Only available in Canada and Mexico
Can I still get it?: Yes
What’s the damage?: 530 calories, 30 grams of fat and 1690 mg of sodium

Zinger Double Down
What’s inside: Two double-breaded and spiced chicken fillets, spicy mayo, processed cheese and two pieces of bacon
What makes it Canadian: The bacon, we suppose (and KFC Canada invented it!)
Can I still get it?: No, it was available for a limited time
What’s the damage?: 600 calories, 35.7 grams of fat and 2058 mg of sodium, according to Lifehacker

McDonald’s Traditional Breakfast
What’s inside: Two eggs, three slices of bacon and two pieces of toast
What makes it Canadian: It’s only available in Quebec
Can I still get it?: Yes (but in Quebec)
What’s the damage?: 650 calories, 50 grams of fat and 1140 mg of sodium


McDonald’s McLobster
What’s inside: Atlantic lobster meat, celery, salad dressing and lettuce on a roll
What makes it Canadian: The Atlantic lobster
Can I still get it?: Probably not — it’s usually just in Atlantic Canada for the summer, though it was in Ontario last summer too
What’s the damage?: As a limited time edition, nutritional information is not available
Mc Lobster

McDonald’s Poutine
What’s inside: McDonald’s fries, gravy and cheese curds
What makes it Canadian: You know this one! (Also, only available at Canadian McDonald’s)
Can I still get it?: You bet you can
What’s the damage?: 510 calories, 30 grams of fat, and 1010 mg of sodium
Mc Poutine

Wendy’s Poutine
What’s inside: Fries, sea salt, Canadian cheese curds and a “poutine sauce”
What makes it Canadian: The poutine. Plus, it’s only available in Canada.
Can I still get it?: Yes
What’s the damage?: 660 calories, 37 grams of fat, and 1410 mg of sodium
Wendys Poutine



A west end Ottawa Food bank is saying thanks but no thanks to food it considers unhealthy. Kraft Dinner, hotdogs and dozens of other items will be sent back. It’s a controversial approach to a touchy subject about donating food.

Read more: CTV News

On Reddit, people have noted that those complaining about the food bank’s rules probably don’t use the food bank themselves. Their solution? Just donate money, given that Secord is already doing the job of teaching her clients how to eat well on a budget and providing some healthier foods.

To make things a lot easier for people who are willing to donate, the Parkdale Food Centre, as well as many other food banks across the country, often have a list of preferred foods and products they need at their specific locations.

Parkdale Food Centre’s stance sparks backlash
Here’s just a taste of the bitter reaction.

“This story has made me furious,” wrote one Sun reader, who said she works hard every day, but boxed pasta or also-cited canned stew are staples of her family’s diet on a budget and if people who go to food banks aren’t grateful for them they should buy their own food.

Near the end of the article, there’s a poll:
Should food banks refuse to accept food they consider unhealthy?

Why is it considered a controversial move?
The question ought to be : Why should we give people poor quality food?
Everyone deserves to eat good quality food, even if they can’t buy it. It’s not right for food banks to give out unhealthy food that is full of fat, sugar and salt which will make them sick, which will increase the health care cost, something we all complain about. A good way to reduce that cost is to focus on preventive health care, i.e., good and healthy food.



MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 7, 2014 /CNW/ – After receiving more than one million flavour submissions from fans coast to coast, Lay’s Canada today revealed the four finalist flavours of its 2014 Lay’s Do Us a Flavour contest:

>> Bacon Poutine on Lay’s Original by Guillaume Lorrain from Trois-Rivières, Quebec
>> Cinnamon Bun on Lay’s Original by Gloria Melanson from London, Ontario
>> Jalapeño Mac N’ Cheese on Lay’s Wavy by Randall Litman from Calgary, Alberta
>> Tzatziki on Lay’s Kettle Cooked by Denise Vella from Cambridge, Ontario

It’s now up to Canada to decide the winning flavour by trying all four and voting for the yummiest from August 12 until October 15. Canadians can vote once per day on each of the following platforms:



The Kimchi Pountine
This may be the closest thing you can get to a Korean poutine. This one includes kimchi, soy sauce and cheese curds. Get the recipe from Honest Cooking here.

Thai Curry Poutine
This curry-infused poutine is super easy to make — only because it uses a store-bought demi glace sauce. Get the recipe from Dairy Goodness here.

Greek Poutine
Opa! This Greek-inspired poutine recipe include Kalamata olives and feta cheese instead of cheese curds. Get the recipe from Elva Jane here.

Butter Chicken Poutine
Chicken and a spicy buttery sauce. Intrigued?
Get the recipe from Suburble here.

Mexican Poutine
This Mexican-inspired poutine recipe includes sweet potato fries, chorizo and queso fresco — mmm. Get the recipe from Foodie with Family here.

Gnocchi Poutine
If you’re thinking Italian tonight, gnocchi poutine is the way to go. Instead of using French fries, this recipe uses gnocchi pasta instead. Get the recipe from Closet Cooking here.

Pizza Poutine
This may be more American than Italian, but this poutine recipe uses marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Get the recipe from Epicure Selections here.

Pork Confit And Foie Gras Poutine
Because poutine is originally a Quebec thing, French folk would love this foie gras addition to their fries and gravy. Get the recipe from Zeste here.

Curried Lentil Poutine
Lentils are a staple in several cultures — this curried poutine gets a wee bit of healthiness thanks to red lentils and baby spinach. Get the recipe from More Than Just Waffles here.

Sweet Potato Poutine With Miso Gravy
Going back to Japanese flavours, this miso gravy poutine with sweet potato fries will remind you of yam sushi! Get the recipe from Lynsey Loves Food here.

Poutine Nachos
Fine, this isn’t truly Mexican, but there’s just something appetizing about poutine shaped like nachos. Get the recipe from Cooking Channel here.

Chinese Poutine
This Chinese poutine is made with a garlic black bean sauce, soft tofu and Szechuan pepper. Get the recipe from No Face Plate here.

Guinness Braised Lamb Poutine
This beer and lamb poutine is the perfect combination of meat, potatoes and cheese. Get the recipe from the Small Boston Kitchen here.

Tunisian Poutine
This North African poutine recipe is topped with spicy merguez sausage made with lamb. Get the recipe from the Food Network here.

Jackfruit And Kimchi Sweet Potato Poutine
There are all kinds of international flavours going on with this poutine recipe — we love the idea of adding jackfruit. Get the recipe from The Taste Space here.




Fee And Chee
Fish and chips, usually made with salt cod.

NF 1

Salt pork fat, also called fatback; can be used for frying foods or fried itself in small pieces to use as a side dish or garnish.

NF 2

Fish And Brewis (Pronounced “Brews”)
A traditional breakfast dish combining boiled salt cod and reconstituted brewis or hardtack biscuits. To make, soak salt cod steaks or fillets overnight in water. Separately soak brewis (very hard oval biscuits about 7.5 cm by 4 cm/3 inches by 1 1/2 inches, made of flour and water and a bit of salt) overnight to reconstitute to three or four times their size. Boil fish and brewis separately, then saute together with onions and scruncheons. The biscuits will have a dumpling-like texture.

NF 3

The same as Scandinavian lingonberries; tart red berries related to cranberries but smaller and juicier; grow in the dry, acidic soils of the province’s barrens and coastal headlands; a special favourite of Newfoundlanders.

NF 4

Called cloudberries elsewhere; they look like small, round, amber raspberries and their flavour is rather like apricots with honey, somewhat floral and earthy, musky tart-sweet; grow in bogs, marshes and wet meadows in mainly mountainous areas; also a provincial favourite.

NF 5

Jiggs Dinner
A one-pot dinner of boiled salt meat and vegetables. Probably got its name from a comic strip called “Bringing Up Father” (also known as “Maggie and Jiggs”) that started in 1913; Jiggs was an Irishman transplanted to the U.S. whose favourite meal was the somewhat similar corned beef and cabbage.

NF 6

Fruit Dough (Pronounced And Often Spelled Duff)
A steamed pudding, often made with blueberries; traditionally but not necessarily boiled in a cotton bag in the same pot with a Jiggs dinner; may be served with a brown sugar or rum sauce.

NF 7

Figgy Duff
Traditional Christmas pudding made with dried fruits, raisins, walnuts, breadcrumbs, a bit of flour, sugar or molasses and spices (no figs).

NF 8

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Change in cost between March 2010 and March 2014, according to Statistics Canada.

10: Apples – up 20%
One kilogram of apples rose 20 per cent to $3.95 since March 2010, when a bag cost $3.30.

9: Wieners – up 21%
A 450-gram pack of wieners spiked 21 per cent to $3.60 in March, up from $2.97 in the same month in 2010.

8: Corn Flakes – up 21%
A 675-gram box of corn flakes jumped 21 per cent from $4.15 in 2010 to $5.02 this March.

7: Eggs – up 22%
The cost of one dozen eggs climbed 22 per cent in the four year span from $2.67 to $3.23.

6: Onions – up 23%
A one kilogram bag of onions rose 23 per cent to $1.93 this March, compared to $1.57 in 2010.

5: Pork chops – up 25%
The price per kilogram of pork chops is up 25 per cent or $2.22 to $11.24 per kilogram.

4: Oranges – up 27%
A one kilogram bag of oranges rose 27 per cent from $2.54 in March 2010 to $3.46 in the same month of this year.

3: Potatoes – up 32%
The cost of a 4.54 kilogram bag of potatoes shot up 32 per cent to $5.59 in March, compared to $4.24 in the same month of 2010.

2: Canned sockeye salmon – up 37%
Prices are up 37 per cent rising from $3.23 per 213 g can in 2010 to $4.44 per can this March.

1: Beef – up to 43%
Prices have risen an average of 27 per cent per kilogram since 2010. Ground beef prices rose the most at 43 per cent per kilogram, followed by strewing beef, with a 39 per cent price hike.




Poutine flaunts Quebec origins while Nanaimo bars boast their British Columbia roots. Other tasty treats

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Nanaimo bars
Butter tarts

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Do the residents of Nunavut really pay a lot when compared to the rest of Canada?

The numbers coming out of Nunavut last week were staggering: $14 for two litres of milk; $19.29 for a jug of orange juice; $104.99 for one measly case of water. It’s no wonder residents have taken to protesting, crying out over the high prices for food.

In Nunavut, food is expensive, but how much does it cost in the rest of the country? With data from Statistics Canada, here’s how food prices stack up among the nation’s provinces and territories.

* StatsCan data current as of the latest comprehensive nationwide survey, conducted in 2009.

13. Saskatchewan

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 9.1%

The average Saskatchewan household forks over $6,344 per year for food. Of that, 24 per cent is spent at restaurants, a higher amount than the national average.

12. Alberta

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 9.2%

Albertan households spend $84,980 per year on consumer goods, the most of any province in the country. Out of this large overall amount, spending on food is just a blip on the radar. Alberta households spend $7,570 on food each year — the most among Canadian provinces — though that accounts for just over nine per cent of total consumption.

11. Ontario

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 9.5%

Each year, Ontario households spend $7,284 on food, with $1,645 of that doled out at the province’s restaurants. That’s only $137 a month at diners and eateries, on average, but it’s also the third-highest such mark in the entire country.

10. Manitoba

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 9.8%

In theory, Manitobans should all be sleek and slender. According to Statistics Canada, the average Manitoba household spends just $6,520 on food annually, the third-lowest amount in the country. Amazingly, the residents of one of Canada’s territories (you’ll read about them soon) is forced to spend more than double what Manitobans do each year on food.

9. British Columbia

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 10.3%

British Columbians must be the most social people in Canada. That, or they don’t like to cook. The average B.C. household spends $1,818 in restaurants each year, according to Stats Canada, the highest total in the entire country.

8. Yukon

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 10.7%

Yukon is the one territory that doesn’t have ‘territory’ food prices. Unlike Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, many items, like those spotted in this recent Whitehorse Shoppers Drug Mart flyer, cost just as little in Yukon as they would across the rest of the country. The average Yukon household spends less than $7,500 on food each year, fewer than what households in provinces like B.C. and Alberta do.

7. New Brunswick

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 10.9%

The average New Brunswick household spends just $6,691 per year on food. But then, when your household spending totals just $61,210 — one of the lower marks in the country — that $6,691 makes up nearly 11 per cent of total annual spending.

6. Nova Scotia

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 11.0%

The amount Nova Scotians spend on food, just under $6,700 per year, might seem like a lot, but in fact food spending is below average by a number of measures. Total food spending in Nova Scotia is less than the national average ($7,262), as is what Nova Scotian households spend at grocery stores ($5,273, compared to the national average of $5,658) and restaurants ($1,369, compared to the national average of $1,577).

5. Newfoundland and Labrador

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 11.3%

Households in Newfoundland and Labrador might not spend the least each year on food but the eastern province does hold one distinction. Newfoundland and Labrador households spend just over a grand each year ($1,001) at restaurants, the lowest mark in the country by more than $250.

4. Northwest Territories

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 11.5%

Households in the Northwest Territories spend over $9,500 per year on food, which is 31 per cent more than what Ontario households spend. But even though NWT food costs are the second-highest in Canada, the territory falls just fourth on this list thanks to a high total household spending ($82,970 each year, the country’s third-highest amount).

3. Prince Edward Island

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 11.8%

If you told a family in, say, Quebec or B.C. that yours only spends $6,720 on food each year, they’d say you must be able to retire at 40. But in P.E.I., where total food spending is low, residents are not necessarily enjoying the good life. P.E.I. households spend just $56,900 in total on consumer goods each year, the lowest rate in all of Canada.

2. Quebec

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 12.0%

The cost of food takes up 12 per cent of the average Quebec household’s yearly spending, which is the second-highest rate in Canada. But such a mark seems to be the effect of low overall household spending, not high food prices. Quebec households spend $7,215 per year on food, less than the national average; however, they spend just $60,120 on total consumer goods each year, the fourth-lowest rate in the country.

1. Nunavut

Amount of annual household budget spent on food: 17.5%

The loudest protests over Canadian food prices come from Nunavut. While Nunavut households spend $84,440 on consumer goods each year (the highest amount in Canada), food is by far the greatest drain on the resources of the territory’s consumers. Nunavut households are forced to spend $14,815 on food each year, more than double what households in eight provinces (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador) need to feed themselves.