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 ….

141 thoughts on “About”

  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!!

    1. 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 🙂


      1. 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 🙂

  2. 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?

    1. 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 😦

      1. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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:)

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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 !!

  15. 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!

  16. 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 “)

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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 🙂

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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…

  25. 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 😦

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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. 🙂

    I look for

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. 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…

    1. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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!!

  37. 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.

    1. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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 🙂

  40. 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 🙂

  41. 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

  42. Hey, liking food is a good thing.
    My own blog, which you’ve discovered at

    is a a real workmann like blog.

    Thanks for checking me out

  43. 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!

    1. 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

    1. 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

  44. 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.

  45. 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!)

  46. 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:)

    1. 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.

  47. 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! 🙂

  48. 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! 🙂

  49. 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)

  50. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  51. 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!!!

    1. 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…

  52. 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.

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