Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Food I (still) miss from Canada

I try to not complain too much about my life in Australia (mostly because it's so amazing that I don't have much to complain about (honestly, I live five minutes from the beach. How can I complain when that's my life?)) but every once and a while I can't help but sigh and think about all the lovely food I left behind. 

Australia has great food, of course, even if it's a bit different. The produce is amazing and often local (my brother's elementary/primary school has a pineapple farm right across the road from it) and there's lots of health food places popping up everywhere. But every once and a while, I just want a box of Timbits. 

Food I (still) miss from Canada

1) Tim Hortons. It's completely accepted in Canada (and the States, too, I'd suppose (correct me in the comments, you Americans!)) to say "I'm going to Tim's" and everyone knows you mean Tim Horton's, not Tim from across the street. What I would give for a box of Timbits or a bowl of chicken noodle soup. (By the way, you Australians, that's how you make a doughnut. Crispy Kremes are not doughnuts.)


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2) Boston Pizza. Boston Pizza is the best restaurant to meet up with friends after church on a winter Sunday morning to watch the hockey game, get great pizza and reconnect. They have the BEST lasagne I've ever had in the entire world, and I've been to Italy. (Italy's got nothing on Boston Pizza's lasagne.) 

3) Cheerios. I realise they have Cheerios here in Australia, but it's not the same. I think you can only get whole grain cereal or something here, and it's just not good. I like my Cheerios plain and bad for you with lots of brown sugar and milk, thank you very much. We occasionally get our grandma to ship them over, which is totally not ridiculous, I promise. 

4) Goldfish. No, we don't pack live goldfish in our lunch (I'd have many awkward conversations with Australians when I tell them that I miss eating Goldfish), they're cheesy crackers of goodness that spread joy and love wherever they go. They're the snack that smiles back (Goldfish!) and I miss them ever so much. 


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5) Fruit pie. Dear Australians, meat pie is not pie. It is an abomination from the depths of hell and should be destroyed on sight with lasers, missiles and atomic bombs. I repeat, meat pie is not pie. Pie is fresh cherries from the Okanagan Valley in the warm months of July and August with a healthy dose of whipped cream and a scoop of ice cream, shared on the deck with friends and family as the sun sets and the cool breeze from the lake scurries onto the land. *flashback ripples*

We often get our food either from lovely friends/relatives who ship stuff over or from the O Canada website. We have, on more than one occasion, used Oh Henry bars as bargaining tools. (Never underestimate Canadians on a Oh Henry craving. (Or when their favourite team loses the hockey game. Seriously, run.)) But I'm finding more and more that I'm getting used to not having certain foods, especially when the food here is quite good anyways. 

What food could you not live without? Have you ever had meat pie? Which store had the best doughnuts that you've been to? 

Also, P.S. I'm still looking to trade critiques with someone for my WIP, Formulas. Feel free to contact me at victoriajackson9901@gmail.com if you're interested. 

14 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh--I love Tim Hortons! Great long johns and fantastic coffee! We tend to refer to it as "Hortons", at least in my experience. But most people around here are obsessed with Starbucks and they have no idea what they're missing.

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    1. Tim Hortons is life :) Although I don't drink coffee, so I can't comment on that. Yeah, Tim Hortons > Starbucks :D

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  2. MEAT PIE IS THE ONLY PIE. FRUIT PIE IS OK. Chicken and mushroom pie! Steak and ale pie! Beef and potato pie!

    ~runs around in a mist of pie love~

    Meat pie is like a staple British pub food. Do you know what a Cornish pastie is? MEAT PIE IS LIFE.

    I have to say I also love Krispy Kreme. I'm pretty certain original British doughnuts are like Canadian ones, from the look of things, as in round with jam in them. But I extend love to all doughnuts.

    It is so weird how cereal differs from country to country! It LOOKS the same, but it really isn't. Here in Singapore I'm eating Weet-Bix (which I understand is Australian?). Funnily I actually read about it the other month in Victoria's So Your Character is From Australia post. It looks like British Weetabix, but it really isn't. Though I think that's because the milk here is UHT? Which is a trial.

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    1. GET OUT. SERIOUSLY, JUST GET OUT. ;)

      Yeah, I seriously cannot grasp that concept. No offence or anything, but a Cornish pastie sounds terrible. (Then again, I am the type of person who could very easily become a vegetarian, so of course a meat pie sounds terrible to me.)

      Krispy Kreme is alright, but they're like ten bucks for four doughnuts here, and when you can get a box of Timbits for $2 and have them be much better anyways? Jam doughnuts are the best. THE BEST <3

      I totally understand you there. They seriously are different. Yep, Weet-bix is Australian, but I've never personally gotten into it. I've had them once or twice and they're pretty good, though. Ha, that's funny that there's two different types of Weet-Bix.

      I hope you're enjoying Singapore!

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  3. Rainbow Magic Fairy12 April 2016 at 20:51

    Meat Pies are amazing! Life does not get much better than getting out of the cold surf and shaking from head to toe, warming up in the heat of the day and then getting a beef meat pie from the local bakery to warm your insides... Meat pies are so gooooodddddd :)


    But those other foods sound so amazing! Tim Hortons look so good :)

    Awesome blog! Thanks :)

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    1. I don't understand :/ Who even thought of putting meat in pies to begin with? Where did that idea come from? Why would you do that? It's just so wrong. You enjoy it for me, ok? I'll sit back here and miss fruit pie.

      Tim Hortons is just amazing. I'll take you there one day and you will be amazed :)

      Thank you! :D

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  4. MEAT PIES ARE BRILLIANT!!! Nigerian ones. at least. I've never tried any Australian pies. Fruit pie? I call them fruit tarts. They look, eh okay I guess XD

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    1. NOT YOU TOO! I think I may be the only one on the Internet who doesn't like meat pies :/ Fruit pies are amazing. The best. The awesomeness. Just plain, all-round fantastic :)

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  5. Goldfish crackers are the best! Childhood memories all around!

    I've never been to a Tim Horton's though. I live in the US but. . . maybe I'm too far south?

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    1. *fist bumps for Goldfish*

      YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO TIM'S?!?!? Ashley, you are missing out. But I shall forgive you ;)

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  6. Haha, as a Canadian, I have to admit that I take these foods for granted. I love fishy crackers (I don't know why, but we always called them that) and I still buy them to take for my lunch, even as an adult.

    Thanks for making me appreciate what I've got, tehe.

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    1. I've heard people call them that as well, I think it just depends on your family.

      Anytime, Sunny. Anytime :)

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  7. YOU DON'T HAVE CHEERIOS OR GOLDFISH? HOW ARE YOU EVEN ALIVE RIGHT NOW ANYMORE? D: D: D:

    Seriously though. I have also heard a lot about Tim Hortons from a Canadian friend but we don't have any this far south so I have not eaten there. But considering what a cultural staple it is I can imagine how painful it is to be away from them.

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    1. I'VE ACTUALLY DIED. I'M TYPING THIS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE. PLEASE HELP ME, HEATHER.

      I just miss it. It's such a Canadian thing, too, and it's kinda like being cut off from my culture a little. You can't bring a box of Timbits to a meeting, you can't grab a coffee from Tim's in the morning, you can't meet someone there for lunch... But that's alright. I just appreciate it more when I get to eat there now. Thanks for commenting, Heather!

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