Category: Food

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7 Things About Canada That Surprised Me

Moving to another country brings us a lot of new experiences and takeaways. Today, let’s take a look at the things about Canada that surprised me in my first week as an immigrant. Sunny does not necessarily mean warm. Canada is a cold country. I guess everybody knows that. So, I prepared myself for the winter weather. But a girl from a tropical country does not know what “cold weather” means without experiencing it. Therefore, the weather still lands on top of my list of things about Canada that surprised me. On my first week in Canada, I walked to...

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10 Things That I Love About Canada

I love Canada. I truly do. In this post, I will tell you 10 reasons why. Notes: There is an exception to almost everything. So, this list contains general observations only. If you have a different experience or opinion, please leave a comment. I would love to learn from you, too. This post is not meant to criticize my beloved country of birth or any other country. Rather, it is more of a list of best practices from Canada that I wish others will emulate. So what are the things that I love about Canada? Clear Air One of the...

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Food Shopping in Canada to Satisfy Every Lifestyle

“Food shopping in Canada!”, said my colleague when I asked him what he wished he knew more of when he was a new immigrant. It’s completely understandable. Don’t we all need food for survival and comfort? The thing is, regular people here have to do all household chores including meal preparation. Fortunately, there are many food shopping options in Canada catering to various culinary skill levels, budgets, and lifestyles. Here are a few options apart from buying from restaurants and cooking from scratch. Deli and Ready to Eat Food Stores such as Real Canadian Superstore, Walmart, and Save-on-Foods offer salads,...

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5 Ways to Overcome Decreased Accessibility and Affordability of Imported Food in Canada

Imported food in Canada has become less accessible and affordable during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This is the reality that my recent trips to groceries have shed light on. If you are like me who finds comfort in the familiar taste, texture, and aroma of the food I grew up with, this is a sad scenario.  But, immigrants are known for their resilience, creativity, and self-sufficiency.  We always make ways. Today, I will share 5 ways to cope with this situation. Before that, let us first look at factors that lead to decreased accessibility and affordability of food from our native...

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Beautiful Vancouver: A City with Many Crowns

The beautiful city of Vancouver wears many crowns.  Its breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped mountains and sparkling blue waters have made it a mainstay in multiple lists of “Most Beautiful Cities in the World.” Its stability, culture and environment, infrastructure, healthcare, and education have allowed it to be named as one of the most livable cities in the world multiple times. Vancouver is also known as Hollywood North due to its popularity as a filming location. I love this city. Let me tell you why. Geography Vancouver was incorporated only in 1886 and is, therefore, a very young city. In fact,...

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Shopping in Canada Can Be Fun with These 7 Tips

Shopping in Canada can be a different, surprising, and pleasant experience for newcomers.  Here are 7 things to know to elevate your shopping experience. 1. Sales Tax The price tags of goods sold in Canada do not include taxes. These taxes are added at the till or upon checkout. Types of Sales Tax There are three types of sales tax in Canada: GST – Goods and Services Tax PST – Provincial Sales Tax HST  – Harmonized Sales Tax, which is a combination of GST and PST The Retail Council of Canada has a table of sales tax by province.  Sales...

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Asian Groceries in Canada That Bring Me Joy

My trips to Asian groceries in Canada always bring me nostalgia, adventures, and joy. Walking through each aisle is like treasure hunting that ultimately brings me a reminder of home.  Here are my current favorite Asian stores in Canada. Henlong Market Henlong offers a broad selection of Asian foods from Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.  It also sells fresh produce from Hawaii.  It is conveniently located along 104 Avenue in Surrey, BC. What I find impressive in this store is their wide variety of fish products, processed meat, and frozen vegetables.  They offer frozen, marinated, dried, and smoked...