Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Canadian Chef - Lynn Crawford

As a foodie I like following Canadian chefs. Lynn Crawford is a Canadian born chef who trained at George Brown College in Toronto. She became the executive chef at the Four Seasons in Toronto then moved to New York where she was also executive chef of the Four Seasons there. From 2005 to 2008 she became known for her appearances on the hit Food Network show Restaurant Makeover. In 2007 she appeared on Iron Chef America in a battle with Iron Chef Bobby Flay (March 7, 2007). In 2010 she debuted in a new Food Network Canada series Pitchin' In.

In late Novemeber 2009 The Citizen Lynn Crawford and Cherie Stinson (Restraurant Makeover, international interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg ) announced they are taking over and revamping the Riverdale bistro. The Citizen is located 730 Queen St. E. (at Broadview) in Toronto. The restaurants new name has not been announced nor has it been confirmed whether her former Truffles protégé Lora Kirk join them. The restaurant will emphasis supporting local growers, farmers, andfishermen.” Cherie Stinson plans to complement Crawford’s socially conscious food with an eclectic interior design featuring communal tables to create a relaxed neighbourhood restaurant atmosphere. The restaurant is scheduled to open in March 2010. Joey Skeir (Cherie's husband, business partner) will manage the restaurant.

Ask a Host with Lynn Crawford: What Are You Working on Next?

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Joannie Rochette Wins Bronze

Joannie Rochette won Bronze! Her performance was outstanding, well beyond expected given that her mother passed away just after arriving in Vancouver to watch Joannie compete. Despite this Joannie with her father watching on went on to win a Bronze medal. Well done Joannie!

To watch her perfomance click here

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Joannie, her family and community go through this difficult time.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans

NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw explains the relationship between Canada and the United States, in this excellent video that aired prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia on Feb. 14th, 2010.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Canada's Standing Day 8 of Olympics

As of today Canada is in 4th place for Olympic medals (full medal standings) with a total of 8 medals. We have 4 gold, 3 silver and one bronze. They are:

  • speed skating women's 1,000 m, Christine Nesbitt, gold
  • short track, women's 500 m, Marianne St. Gelais, silver
  • women's snowboardcross, Maelle Ricker, gold
  • men's snowboardcross, Mike Robertson, silver
  • freestyle skiing, men's moguls, Alexander Bilodeau, gold*
  • speed skating, women's 3,000 m, Kristina Groves, bronze
  • freestyle skiing, women's moguls, Jennifer Heil, silver
  • skeleton, men's, Jon Montogomery, gold
* first Canadian to win Olympic gold on Canadian soil

Monday, February 15, 2010

"I Believe" by Nikki Yanofsky (Vancouver 2010 Music Video: Olympic Torch Relay)

Oh my gosh wasn't that display for the Olympics' Opening just absolutely spectacular? Talk about Canadian pride!