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Summer movies


Here are the highlights of some of the movies coming out this summer. This list is sponsored by Variant Edition Comics & Graphic Novels. June 7, The Secret Life of Pets 2. June 7 Dark Phoenix June 14 Men in Black, International June 21, Toy Story 4 July 2 Spiderman, Far From Home July 19 …Read More

Five things about nachos


Yes, say it in “Mexican” —In Mexico, they are known as totopos, which refers to the corn tortillas that form the base for all nacho variations. Along time ago, in 1943 —The snack was invented circa 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya at the Victory Club restaurant in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico.  The original recipe consisted of …Read More
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Yes, say it in “Mexican” ---In Mexico, they are known as totopos, which refers to the corn tortillas that form the base for all nacho variations.


Along time ago, in 1943 ---The snack was invented circa 1943 by Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya at the Victory Club restaurant in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico.  The original recipe consisted of fried corn tortillas covered with just melted cheddar cheese and pickled jalapeño  peppers.


They're that popular ---International Day of the Nacho takes place every October 21 and was initiated by the United States and Mexico as a way to commemorate the invention and its international popularity.


Cravings ---Nachos are said to be the food most commonly craved by pregnant women.


An inventive twist ---If you want to get a little more creative than the basic toppings, other popular varieties include bacon, shrimp, chorizo, pulled pork, artichoke hearts, cilantro pesto, fried chicken, feta cheese and blue cheese.

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Five things about candy and caramel apples


When they came to be —The origin of candy or caramel apples is unclear, but references to dipping apples in melted caramel date back to the 1800s. Bad apples —The apples became a popular Halloween treat in the ’60s, but due to the fear, real and exaggerated, of them being tampered with, children have been …Read More
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When they came to be ---The origin of candy or caramel apples is unclear, but references to dipping apples in melted caramel date back to the 1800s.


Bad apples ---The apples became a popular Halloween treat in the '60s, but due to the fear, real and exaggerated, of them being tampered with, children have been encouraged not to accept homemade Halloween treats.


Tart ---Tart apples, such as Granny Smith or McIntosh, are the favourite choices for caramel or candy apples.


So Hot! ---The liquid candy coating must reach approximately 150°C (300°F), before the apples are dipped,  and will harden within one hour.

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Four things about hot dogs


The biggest! —The Guinness World Record for the world’s largest hot dog goes to the Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo, which was 60.3 m in length. Mind your manners —There is hot dog etiquette. Use tongs when picking hot dogs up from a serving tray. Puncturing them with a fork causes juices to get out. …Read More
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The biggest! ---The Guinness World Record for the world's largest hot dog goes to the Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo, which was 60.3 m in length.


Mind your manners ---There is hot dog etiquette. Use tongs when picking hot dogs up from a serving tray. Puncturing them with a fork causes juices to get out.  When dressing a dog, add liquid toppings like ketchup and mustard first, then toppings like cheese, onions or relish. It is best to apply toppings to the dog, not the bun.   


Variations on a classic ---Exploring the world of hotdogs, you will find some creative ideas.  Some unique ideas include, The French-fry-encased frank in South Korea, which is sold at road-side artisan stands. In New York, you can find a $14 hot dog called The Ditch Dog in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. The hot dog is encased in a potato bun and topped with Gruyere/American/Parmesan mac 'n cheese.


First class dog ---Looking to splurge on your hotdog purchase,  Serendipity 3 on Manhattan's Upper East Side goes for $69. The “haute” dog is a 12-inch-long pure beef frankfurter grilled in white truffle oil. It's then served on a salted pretzel bun from Germany and coated with white truffle butter. The condiments are extravagant and include duck fois gras, black truffles, caramelized Vidalia onions, heirloom tomato ketchup and Dijon mustard with more black truffles.

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Five things about cotton candy


The good old days —Cotton candy was originally called fairy floss and was introduced to the public on a large scale at the 1904 World’s Fair in St Louis. Simple recipe. —Cotton candy is 99 percent air. Sugar is the only ingredient, along with a small amount of food colouring. Better than soda. —There is …Read More
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The good old days ---Cotton candy was originally called fairy floss and was introduced to the public on a large scale at the 1904 World's Fair in St Louis.


Simple recipe. ---Cotton candy is 99 percent air. Sugar is the only ingredient, along with a small amount of food colouring.


Better than soda. ---There is less sugar in one serving of cotton candy than a can of pop.


Everything has its day ---National Cotton Candy Day in the United States falls on December 7.


Spin me right round baby, right round. ---The rotating bowl at the top of a cotton candy machine spins at 3,450 revolutions per minute.


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Five things about ice cream


It was huge! —On July 24, 1988, Edmonton’s Palm Dairies made a 24-tonne ice cream sundae. It contained 20,270 kgs. of ice cream, 4,394.4  kgs. of syrup and 243.7 kgs. of toppings to total 24,908.8 kgs. Milk = ice cream — To make one gallon (3.8 litres) of ice cream takes12 lbs. (5.4 kgs.) of …Read More
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It was huge! --On July 24, 1988, Edmonton’s Palm Dairies made a 24-tonne ice cream sundae. It contained 20,270 kgs. of ice cream, 4,394.4  kgs. of syrup and 243.7 kgs. of toppings to total 24,908.8 kgs.


Milk = ice cream -- To make one gallon (3.8 litres) of ice cream takes12 lbs. (5.4 kgs.) of milk.


Spicy ice cream? -- Can you imagine an ice cream made with an ice cream base, hot sauces, pequín, habanero and Thai chili peppers?  If you can and you want to try it, Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream will ask you to sign a waiver before eating it.


Favorites -- According to the Canadian Dairy Information Centre, the favourite ice cream flavours in Canada are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch, coffee, milk chocolate chip and maple walnut.


Brain freeze --the scientific term for an ice cream headache is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia.

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Top 10 for Art/Music-Lovers


They don’t call it Festival City for nothing. Edmonton is home to some of the country’s most spectacular art, music, and theatre festivals. From visual art displays, to alternative theatre and melodies under the stars, these art-focused events will fill your summer calendar with equal parts inspiration and entertainment.   Freewill Shakespeare Festival      …Read More

Top 10 for History Buffs


Take an historic tour of Alberta with these commemorative sites. For a comparatively young city, Edmonton and its surrounding area is packed with history. From living museums to important sites and cultural festivals, this list is your ticket to a historic tour of Alberta.   Albert Grain Elevator Park     4 Meadowview Drive     St. …Read More

Top 10 Adventurous Activities


Get your blood pumping with this thrilling summer bucket list. With beautiful weather and seemingly limitless locales to explore, summer is ripe for adventure. Whether that means testing your bravery on a ropes course 50 feet in the air, or opening your palette to new cuisines, the city has an exciting summer activity for you. …Read More