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Greetings…My name is C. John Thompson. The ‘C’ stands for Christopher but most people, except for a few immediate family members, know me as John.

Sybaritica is a very food-centric blog but I am neither a professional Chef nor restaurateur and I don’t work in any food related industry. I am a lawyer by profession and my interest in food, and all things related, is as a very enthusiastic amateur.

I live and work in Canada’s northern territory of Nunavut. Currently, I reside in Iqaluit, the Territorial capital, which is located on the southern end of Baffin Island. For five years, I lived in the small hamlet of Pond Inlet, which is the fourth most northerly community on the whole Continent and sits some 600 km above the Arctic circle. Now, while living below the circle, I am still in a fairly remote location which means that most of my culinary adventures happen in my own kitchen. I am hoping, in this foray into the blogosphere, to include restaurant reviews wherever possible, but since there are so few restaurants within 2000 or so kilometers of my home (less than a dozen, in all), I will only get to do restaurant reviews in the couple of times a year that I get to travel south.

I still don’t have a clear vision of how this blog will develop but I welcome any comments or suggestions from friends with like interests ….

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  1. I would love to read and see pictures of how life is up north. Why not do a few posts with scenery, life in general. The grocery stores and such. I’ve subscribed to your blog and am looking forward to reading more!!

    March 12, 2012
    • Thanx Ben … I do have some plans to cover some aspects of life up here. In fact, several readers from Nunavut have suggested I do a bit more along those lines. I have just completed a little review of your blog which I plan to post in the next day or so. Two of your posts (well… one from Suanne) inspired me to do a food experiment that I just completed tonite … it will be several days before I post that but I think you will like it 🙂

      John

      March 12, 2012
    • Sounds like a great idea. 🙂

      October 26, 2012
      • I’ve actually posted quite a few now … check under the Arctic Life and Travel Menu 🙂

        October 26, 2012
  2. Hi John, thanks for liking one of my posts. I am hoping to be in Ottawa in a few weeks so your restaurant guide is very timely reading.

    May 17, 2012
    • Gary, if you visit any places I have reviewed I would love some feedback.

      May 17, 2012
      • I will do my best. The chance of travel is still about 50:50 and then the chance of eating out is less. I will try though 🙂

        May 17, 2012
      • Man… you gotta make time for food excursions. That’s the whole point of travel! … Hope it works out for you.

        May 17, 2012
  3. Thanks for liking my blog post. Love yours!! I will keep reading.

    May 18, 2012
  4. WOW.. you are way north. I’m working in Northern Manitoba. Worked as a chef at a fishing lodge for 2 summers now doing some mining camp cooking. Did you try my carrot soup?

    May 18, 2012
    • I haven’t yet. I am leaving tomorrow for Pangnirtung … be away all week. I’ll only be back 6 days before travelling again so my culinary experimentation tends to be limited in time 😦

      May 18, 2012
      • If you get a chance… try it and let me know how it turns out. It’s really a simple but tasteful soup! Feel free to pass it on as well!

        May 18, 2012
  5. Hi, thank you for stopping by and liking my blog, I’m enjoying looking through your recipes (I’m going to be giving the Pasta and Pollo Cacciatora a go!). Look forward to coming back and seeing more!
    All the best, Liz

    May 19, 2012
  6. Hi John,

    thank you for stopping by my blog and good luck with yours!

    Yulia

    May 19, 2012
  7. Hi, thank you for visiting my blog and for the ‘like.’ I’m enjoying perusing yours. Like attracts like, they say! I’ll be back to explore your kitchen side of the house. all the best…

    May 20, 2012
  8. Hi,
    thanks for stopping by my little blog and liking sex and thin walls. I should write a follow up to that because the next morning it got even more weird.

    thanks again, hope to see you soon.

    May 25, 2012
  9. Where you live sounds romantic and remote… so different from anywhere I have ever visited or lived!

    May 25, 2012
  10. I am planning to do some posts about the place …. Some of the food specific to the region is pretty interesting as well as the place itself!

    May 25, 2012
  11. Loads of posts – will take some time to read all… Most blogs evolve along the individual’s personality and character… so just go along. You seem to be living in the most exotic and interesting place:)

    May 25, 2012
  12. Thanks very much for following me …. I still can’t tell where this whole project will go 🙂

    May 25, 2012
  13. I love your blog John! The best part is that you don’t know where it’s going…..I don’t know what I’m doing 1/2 the time either! 🙂 My old high school friend is a tax attorney living in Canada now with her husband who is from way up there. My son just graduated from law school 2 weeks ago and is studying for the Bar as we speak………..I am now following you and look forward to reading through many of your posts this long weekend! KK

    May 25, 2012
  14. Thank you so much! I will be posting some articles about life up here, touching on food where possible, but also detailing my circuit court travels… it is an interesting way to practice law!

    May 25, 2012
  15. Hi John!
    Thanks for stopping by my site and liking, “A Pen In Hand.” I like your intro and look forward to watching/reading how your blog will grow. It’s a process, but when you find your spot, you will grow like crazy.

    May 25, 2012
  16. Hi John!
    Thank you very much for stopping by my blog. Yours is fantastic 🙂 !

    May 26, 2012
  17. Wow, I’ve always been fascinated by Nunavit but have never visited. I do hope you post some blogs about life in the far reaches of Canada. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve subscribed to yours and am looking forward to reading it.

    May 26, 2012
  18. Hello, I’d love to learn more about where you live! I like what you do now – identifying food items and giving lovely sounding recipes.

    I shall enjoy following your blog 🙂

    May 27, 2012
  19. Thanks for liking our blog. Mom said that we have never eaten many of the things you write about, but we love food! Mom said to tell you that she thinks your blog is fascinating and wishes you lots of luck with it.

    May 27, 2012
  20. Thank you so much… I hope you will continue to enjoy. We have five cats here who are quite vocal in their criticisms of any food that is not up to par 🙂

    May 27, 2012
  21. Hi John, thank you for the like in my posto on the Risotto with Asparagus . . . I’m sorry that there were some mistakes from the translation ( not done by me this time) . . . I have corrected all mistakes and now you can acutally follow the recipe !!! I am also half canadian – my mother lives in Toronto . . . small world !!

    May 28, 2012
  22. Thanks John for stopping by and liking my post
    Just followed
    🙂

    May 28, 2012
  23. Dew #

    I’ve loved every one of your posts I’ve come across so far 🙂
    keep blogging!

    May 28, 2012
  24. Wow, it’s so nice to “meet” you! Looking very forward to getting know you better and reading some posts!
    anne

    May 28, 2012
  25. Delightful! I am also wildly fond of food, as you will notice quickly enough in just a couple of visits at my blog, so I will clearly enjoy my visits here. I look forward to learning a bit about Nunavut, too. Glad you’re here!
    Cheers,
    Kathryn

    May 29, 2012
  26. Thank you very much … It is actually travelling around Nunavut that is keeping from writing about it at the moment. However, I do have a couple of weeks at home coming up fairly soon so I will be working on some posts “)

    May 30, 2012
  27. Hello John, thank you for reading and the “Like” of my post. Look forward to reading your blog!

    May 30, 2012
  28. John
    Thanks for “Like-ing” my blog “Love Not Chicken Nuggets”
    Since you are so far north you may want to check out rwbalzer.com and enjoy the pictures from the American Southwest and the sunsets from Oregon. They just might warm you up.
    RW

    May 30, 2012
  29. Hello, C. John Thompson, from R. Doug Wicker

    May 30, 2012
  30. Hi John
    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking the Afelia recipe – it’s an unusual combination, I wasn’t sure how people would take to it. I was fascinated to read you visit remote Arctic communities as part of your work as a criminal lawyer. As a lawyer (non practising) myself, I would love to hear more about that. You must have some interesting tales to tell – mentioning no names, of course! Good luck with your blog.

    May 31, 2012
  31. ‘The Northern Lights do see strange sights ….’ 🙂

    May 31, 2012
  32. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the like, much appreciated. Your blog is great, and I love how you are willing to mix things up and try new ways to create a dish! I will definitely be checking back here again to see more of your wonderful looking food 🙂

    June 1, 2012
  33. Thank you … Just make you sure you read the ‘Verdict’ at the end of my experiments. Some are occasional disasters 🙂

    June 1, 2012
  34. Glad you stopped by my blog to enjoy some spicy road food! Do you road trip or just fly when you explore the southern parts of the world (which, from where you are, is most of them)? You’ll have fun seeing how your blog evolves. See you again soon.

    June 1, 2012
  35. Flying is the only way out of here… a few summers ago my wife and I did some driving around souther Alberta but basically my travel south is a flight to one of the major cities (Ottawa or Montreal generally) and spending time within the city.

    June 1, 2012
  36. Hello, John. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’d be curious to hear the”Twinkie” story one day.

    As I explored your blog, I was surprised to see you live in Nunavut. I had to look it up! Wow, that’s far. And sounds pretty exotic too. I had to ask my sister, who’s from Vancouver, how to correctly say it.

    Just want you to know that back in the late 80’s,when I was an intern at the Children’s Hospital in Ottawa, my husband and I had dined at Al’s. I am so shocked to read that it’s still there! Wow! Unfortunately, it sounds as though they have not really kept up with the times, huh?

    We do travel quite a bit and when I can remember, I do feature some notable places to dine. I just started doing A few times and am still wondering about proceeding.

    Thanks again. I noticed you’re quite into things Asian and the classic steak! Hope you’ll get a chance to visit our neck of the woods one day!

    June 1, 2012
  37. Hi … thanks for dropping by. I am glad you like what you see so far. BTW, the ‘Twinkie defence’ came out of the Harvey Milk story. Apparently Dan White claimed, in his defence’ that he was suffering depression. It was mentioned in the course of the trial that eating ‘Twinkies’ and other high sugar foods was a symptom of the depression but popular lore twisted the story and it is often incorrectly claimed that ‘Twinkies’ were blamed as the cause of the murder!

    June 1, 2012
  38. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the “like.” I would also like to see pictures of life where you live. Keep up the good work.

    June 1, 2012
  39. Hi John — Thanks for liking my “Keilbasa” post… Believe it or not, I have a certain fondness for lawyers, so look forward to following your travels, kitchen experiments and whatever comes along…

    June 2, 2012
  40. Thank you for the comments and the follow. You are probably in the minority with a fondness for lawyers though 🙂

    June 2, 2012
  41. We’re really far apart, you and I. I’d love to hear about your life up there. I live in a place that’s hot and humid all the time.

    June 2, 2012
  42. More posts to follow! My wife was actually in Singapore last year. I’d love to visit for the incredible food but the heat and humidity would be a trial for me 😦

    June 2, 2012
  43. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy blogging!

    June 8, 2012
  44. amb #

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I will be doing the same – this looks fantastic! (Love your background image, btw)

    June 9, 2012
  45. It’s always good seeing other lawyer foodies blogging about what they like. Look forward to reading your blog.

    June 10, 2012
  46. Great blog. I look forward to reading more. 🙂

    June 13, 2012
  47. Hello John. Thank you for visiting my blog. I have just discovered yours and I love it. Recipes look so exciting – and I want to learn more about the area where you live so I will be following your blog. I have never visited Canada and it all sounds so interesting. A bit different to living here in Queensland.

    June 13, 2012
    • Thank you and welcome aboard. It’s all a matter of perspective I suppose. Australia seems pretty darned exotic from these regions!

      June 14, 2012
  48. Thanks for liking My Wife is Fat post. I just read your About and I’m intrigued that a lawyer would choose to live so remotely! Do you practice way up there??? Would love to hear more about the life you have chosen.

    June 15, 2012
    • Post about northern practice coming within a week…

      June 15, 2012
  49. Hello up there! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for thinking enough about my recipe for spinach salad to press “like” and leave a comment. Glad to make your e-acquaintance!

    June 15, 2012
  50. Thank you for liking my post on making your own stamps. I’m looking forward to more pictures of the north.

    June 15, 2012
  51. neuralgear #

    Hi, John. It’s nice to meet you.
    Thanks for stoping by my neuralgear blog. and forr the “like.”
    I would love to learn more about you, and your career. I know my wife will also want to visit your blog and swap cillinary info with you.
    Take care, and happy blogging. 🙂
    Michael

    I look for

    June 16, 2012
    • Thank you very much…. I have another ‘Nunavut’ post coming up in 4 or 5 days.

      June 16, 2012
  52. Hi it’s Jacobs mummy here…looks really interesting what your up to…between your travels. I’ll read out to Jacob some of the simpler posts you have and see if he fancies making one of yours to taste. : )
    http://macaulayspecialities.wordpress.com/about/

    June 18, 2012
    • I’d be happy to hear any comments Jacob has 🙂

      June 18, 2012
  53. Look forward to more of your epicuriosity. Thanks for the like:)

    June 18, 2012
  54. Enjoying your blog John. What a wonderful country you live in, and the small communities must have been great fun. Thanks for visiting http://www.foodwinetraveltips.wordpress.com
    G

    June 19, 2012
  55. touchemacky #

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post on the new-to-me world of vegetarianism. Hopefully you’ll continue to find read-worthy material on my blog. Best of luck on yours!

    June 20, 2012
  56. Hi John, thanks for checking out my blog, as it gave me a chance to visit yours. Wow … your lifestyle is amazing … so remote! Discovery Channel should do a show about you. I can imagine a blog really gives you a reach into the bigger world. Like what I see so far! Cheers, mate. Keep warm!

    July 6, 2012
    • Hey thank you!! Now word from Discovery yet 🙂

      July 6, 2012
  57. John, thanks for popping in today to my blog… being a native californian, i wold love to read/see more about your neck of this large woods we live in… 😉 and your food photos look fabulous!

    July 11, 2012
  58. I’ve been following your blog for a while now, John, and shamefully, I’ve just now read your bio. Ohhh, now I understand so much more! ha ha ha! I’ll have to catch up with you and read some of your past posts. Even though it sounds like you’re writing a lot about food, I hope you have posted some pics of your town…..it sounds enchanting! What a pleasure to meet you, new friend! xo Julia

    July 15, 2012
  59. I have enjoyed reading your blog and have nominated you for the Sunshine Award as your posts always bring a little sunshine into my life even though it’s cold where you are. 😉 Thanks for taking the time to share. 🙂 More information is available at http://remcooks.com/awardsacknowledgments/

    July 18, 2012
  60. I’m interested in food, Canada and out-of-the-way places. I look forward to exploring more with you!

    July 22, 2012
  61. Very nice to meet you! We need more male bloggers ’round here!

    August 5, 2012
  62. I love your blog name. I also love food. Keep it up!

    August 6, 2012
    • Thank you very much… and welcome back anytime 🙂

      August 6, 2012
  63. I did follow your blog but never really looked around to know you. I just realized that your book reviews are all on Asian cooking, especially Chinese. Is there a reason of this preference! Just curious. You know my blog is named…curiosita…

    August 10, 2012
    • I have a huge collection of cookery books and over half are Asian… I love the cuisines of both China and India especially. My next book review will actually be an Italian cookbook.

      August 10, 2012
      • Good for you. I just posted ” how to steam a fish”. Please review!

        August 10, 2012
  64. It’s amazing to meet people this way, so completely virtual. I would love to see photos of where you live. I never heard ot Nunavut. Thanks for visiting my site.
    I love to cook, especially when it’s cold. Adventure on!

    August 11, 2012
    • Take a look at my ‘Arctic life and Travel’ blog menu .. it lists several posts with many pictures 🙂

      Thanx for stopping by 🙂

      August 11, 2012
  65. Thanks for visiting my blog! Sounds like you could get up to some major kitchen hijinks where you are. Looking forward to reading about your culinary adventures.

    August 13, 2012
  66. Hello John! I have nominated you and your blog for a couple of awards from the blogosphere. Enjoy them and spread the joy. Here’s the link: http://bluejellybeans.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/apologies-thanks-and-awards/
    Greetings!

    August 22, 2012
  67. Wow, this blog is great!! For an amateur, this site looks so professional!! Thank you for visiting my blog, and I hope you do not mind me taking some ideas from you blog to use on my own. Good luck in all of your future food endeavors!!

    August 22, 2012
    • Well thank you very much … and please feel free to use whatever inspires you 🙂

      August 22, 2012
      • You are so welcome, and thank you! 😀

        August 22, 2012
  68. Hi! Thank you for stooping by my blog! Although I love the tropical climate to live in, I am soo curious about the arctic north! It must be amazing.

    August 27, 2012
  69. Thanks for following my blog. You live in a very interesting location! I’m impressed you still get to cook so many different things, as I’m sure many ingredients are not anywhere near local.

    September 2, 2012
    • LOL … aside from caribou, seal, char, walrus, turbot and bear and Narwhale almost nothing is local. There is no agriculture here whatsoever. As we only occasionally eat the wildlife just about all our food travels a minimum of 2000km to get to our plates.

      September 2, 2012
      • Turbot is nice. I’ve had reindeer once, but never walrus or bear 😉

        September 2, 2012
      • I’ve only had fermented walrus (called Igunaq) … REALLY REALLY awful 😦

        September 2, 2012
  70. Hi John, thank you for stopping by my blog and the comment was much appreciated. I love the photos of the food in here.. 🙂

    September 2, 2012
  71. Must be a difficult place for a foodie to live. What’s the need for lawyers like up there?
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting on the rock sugar post.

    September 3, 2012
    • In a few weeks, I will be the only resident lawyer in private practice… lots of government types. I only practice criminal law so there is a major need for civil types.

      September 3, 2012
  72. ankoku1331 #

    Ola, I am a horrible person I nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award yesterday and am just now letting you know. I blame my children. 🙂 I really enjoy all of the food related posts especially since they seem to be so timed with things I am or want to learn about-use.

    You can find the details here: http://muketsuhanagames.com/2012/09/14/this-isnt-multiple-choice/

    Congratulations.

    September 15, 2012
    • Thank you very much for the nomination… and Congrats on yours!

      BTW … good choice with A. Bourdain as a lunch companion 🙂

      September 15, 2012
  73. Hi !
    I have nominated you/your informative/creative blog for the Liebster Award!
    Congratulations!
    Pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch at:
    http://vinca11.wordpress.com/category/my-first-award/

    October 10, 2012
  74. sowninpeace #

    Thanks for the like on my Kasha article on Rogue Pastry chef. It’s nice to know that there are others out there with the same passion and stree releif as i and in Canada at that. All be the other end lol but canada still the same…. Anyway i look forward to what you come up with and will be following along 🙂

    October 14, 2012
    • Thank you so much. The great thing about food blogs is that there is rarely any shortage of inspiration or material to blog about 🙂

      October 14, 2012
  75. Thanks so much for posting a comment on my blog! I appreciate the readership!

    Take care

    MC

    October 16, 2012
  76. Thanks for stopping by and liking my Aussie Onion Soup! I’ve just had a quick browse through your blog and we really live worlds apart! What an interesting and eventful life you appear lead, quite the opposite to my own. I’m looking forward to exploring your world in a little more detail once I have some time on my hands…and trying out some of your ideas when my kids are away 🙂

    October 16, 2012
    • I’d love to hear if they work out alright for you… thanks for dropping by. Always nice to see visitors from so far away 🙂

      October 16, 2012
  77. Hi John – I’m quite new to blogging and reading blogs and have to say this is one of my favourites so far. Lawyer and Arctic are not two words I’ve ever strongly associated until now! I feel my mind has been gently expanded this evening. Thanks, T

    October 19, 2012
    • Thanks Taissa … your blog is starting it out very nicely. I hope you get as much pleaure out of the experience as I do 🙂

      October 20, 2012
  78. Hey, liking food is a good thing.
    My own blog, which you’ve discovered at
    messingaboutinthekitchen.wordpress.com

    is a a real workmann like blog.

    Thanks for checking me out

    October 26, 2012
  79. Oh my! I am going to have to google where you live! I wonder what kind of law you practice? Environmental, Indigenous Rights, Divorce? 🙂
    Love your recipes. I do cook a lot of Asian dishes, but need to improve my Asian cooking, which came to my attention when I was eating the most incredible Asian food ever, in of course, Canada (Montreal to be specific!) Man, can those French Canadians cook killer Asian food! I have yet to be able to replicate it, but your blog is going to help. Thanks for posting!

    November 3, 2012
    • Criminal law only …hence the regular travel.

      Vancouver and Toronto are the cities for Asian Food in Canada 🙂

      November 4, 2012
    • Have to agree about Montreal. spent a very nice week there and had some great food. Then I got bounced off my flight to Salt Lake City, got $500 of flight vouchers, a free upgrade to business class and a whole day at large on my own in a city I loved.
      Food in Seattle is damned good too. Seattle reminds me of Montreal; they seem to be spiritual twins

      November 4, 2012
  80. Hi John

    I was referred to you by Melissa Hartfiel, I’m hoping to chat with you about something but I couldn’t find your email address, could you send me a quick email (grace at gracessweetlife.com) so that I can send you my request?

    November 8, 2012
    • e-mail sent … let me know if it doesn’t arrive.

      November 8, 2012
  81. ankoku1331 #

    Hello,
    I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award again because I believe that everyone could learn a thing or two from you about cooking and food. If you would like to participate click this link http://muketsuhanagames.com/2012/11/08/eleven-x-4-more-than-44/. If you do not want to participate, no worries.
    Nate

    November 8, 2012
    • Hi Ankoku ….

      Thank you very much. I really do appreciate it when readers like what I do. I have actually received quite a few nominations but I decided quite a long time ago not to accept any more and wrote a blog post explaining my reasons… basically, the main one is that for most of the awards, the sheer geometric progression of re-nominating quickly means that more nominations are given than there are bloggers. I suggested I might try and come up with a new award to address this issue but that is still a project I have yet to get to 😦

      Anyway, thank you very much again for considering me.

      John Thompson

      November 9, 2012
  82. Thanks for visiting my blog; you have very interesting things to say in yours and I’ll be reading through..

    December 13, 2012
  83. Happy New Year! In retrospective mode… Simply wanted to inform you that I’ve nominated you for the “Blog of the Year” Award. You can read more about it here: http://wp.me/p1pWgv-c2. Cheers!

    January 2, 2013
  84. I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.

    March 2, 2013
  85. Hi John, Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve just been browsing through yours, which is really interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading more about a very different part of the world.
    (I can’t begin to imagine having just a dozen restaurants within a 2000 mile radius!)

    May 20, 2013
  86. Hey John! You liked a post on my blog so I thought I’d check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I can’t imagine living in a place with so few restaurants! Going out to eat is one of my greatest joys in life. I have to admit, however; since going vegan just over a year ago I feel as if I live in a place with few restaurants because so few cater to vegans. Oh well, it’s forcing my husband and me to travel on the weekends to discover new vegan-friendly restaurants and this is a blast! Thanks so much for checking out my blog, hope to see you again! Celeste:)

    May 26, 2013
    • Vegetarians have a difficult time here. It’s not so bad here in the capital these days, but in the smaller communities, fresh veggies are hard to come across and are usually very poor quality by the time they arrive via air-freight.

      May 26, 2013
      • Hmmmmm… Don’t think I’ll be visiting soon! 🙂

        May 27, 2013
  87. Hi John! I just discovered your blog via Stefan’s Gourmet… so glad that I did. You are a wealth of culinary information! You write very well; your recipes and tips are inspiring. I’m looking forward to reading more of your archived posts (one of the perks of discovering a blog late!). Anyway, following you from now on. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    June 10, 2013
    • I’m so glad you have found it interesting. Welcome aboard 🙂

      June 10, 2013
  88. I am now laughing as I see how *wee bit colder* you are up there!! HA! STAY WARM!!

    December 11, 2013
  89. gemma hagen #

    Hi there – really interested in speaking with you for a documentary I am making fro British TV about Arctic flying, are you able to email me directly please? ghagen@blastfilms.co.uk

    March 7, 2014
  90. I am a fellow attorney and food blogger on the other end of the N.A. continent, Florida. I ran across your blog digging around UrbanSpoon and I absolutely love it! Keep the interesting posts coming! 🙂

    March 20, 2014
    • Glad you enjoyed 🙂 … I am guessing your weather is just a wee bit warmer than ours 🙂

      March 21, 2014
      • Just a bit! Highs in the mid 70s today in the Panhandle. 🙂

        March 21, 2014
  91. Tim Smith #

    Christopher! Oops, John!! My mom wanted me to search for you, and low and behold we recognized the patch of face you have exposed. Stay warm of course. Love to hear from you, your dancing walrus holds a permanent place of honour in the Centre of mom’s mantelpiece. Regards, Tim ( Fredericton)

    September 25, 2014
  92. Looking forward to your updates!

    March 9, 2015
  93. Hans Susser #

    Congrats to your 500.000th hit 🙂 Cheers !

    December 21, 2015
  94. Gwen #

    I soaked a package of black fungi to make a veggie dish from. However, I ended up with way too much fungi. Can I freeze it safely? Please let me know asap. I’ll put the bowl in the fridge for now and hope for the best.

    February 7, 2016
    • I almost always end up with a little more than I intended… but usually enough that I can easily add the remainder to a single dish. They always keep for several days in the fridge. I haven’t tried freeing them to be honest… I suppose the texture might suffer a little from thawing but I doubt it does them much harm. Let me know how it went 🙂

      February 9, 2016
  95. John, I was intrigued with your 2012 marinated clams recipe. Several posts I’ve seen elsewhere have questioned how one can marinate raw clams (because the shells are closed). You modified your recipe to use pre-cooked clams, but I wondered if you had any insights on how to marinate raw clams in the shell? Thank you!!!

    June 25, 2016
    • To be honest, I’ve never really considered the issue. I rather doubt that the fact that the clam shells appear ‘closed’ would actually prevent penetration of a marinade. Since raw clams are alive, you would, of course, likely be killing them, so any marination would have to be fairly short, otherwise you will end up cooking a lot of dead clams. This would not merely affect the general quality (they are best when cooked live) but would be potentially hazardous too. I am rather curious as to why you ask…

      June 26, 2016
  96. normknuff #

    John. I was there in town last month for a week working on the new airport buildings. Found you site while looking for “the end of the road to nowhere”. I didn’t get to see it.
    I suddenly found it fascinating that someone in Iqaluit would be writing a food blog. My food experience there was work camp food. (Food is not one of the best things I remember about Iqaluit.)
    Also had a quick tour of Northmart to buy a pillow. Saw some shocking prices in the grocery section.

    December 5, 2016
    • LOL .. Yes, Iqaluit is not known for fine dining generally. I actually live out the Road To Nowhere ,,, when I first came North there really *was* nothing out here

      December 7, 2016

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