Articles written by: Barry Lazar

Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to
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Flavour Guy: Going the distance so you don’t have to

I write about food because I could never figure out how to write about politics. Journalists are supposed to be able to write about politics, to speak truth to power, to drill down and decipher the talking points, to explain which stakeholder can separate the wheat from the chaff inside […]

Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons
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Flavour Guy: Charred chicken vs. suburban BBQ wagons

A simple question: why does Montreal have so many places—restaurants and restaurant chains—featuring barbecued chicken? We have St. Hubert BBQ, Chalet BBQ, Côte St Luc BBQ, dozens of Portuguese chicken rotisseries. Scores, and a score of others. Chicken is an easy dish to make at home and there are hundreds […]

The world's largest lobster sculpture located in Shediac, New Brunswick. (Photo by JAKclapclap47)
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Flavour Guy: No tears for lobsters in Mom’s kitchen

Mom. Mom in the kitchen (have I told this story before? Well maybe not this way). Mom at 80, well 80-something. Mom in her housecoat, the walker at her side. Mom with a chef’s knife raised perfectly, lined up over a live lobster. No shaking, no hesitancy, the concentration of […]

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Flavour Guy: Finger lickin’ good asparagus

I wasn’t hungry this winter. Soup was good, thank you. Soup for lunch, for dinner. What the heck, as I eat steel cut oats on most wintery days, you might say I eat soup for breakfast too. Nothing wrong with a good soup. Take last night’s meal: Roast chicken, leftover […]

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Flavour Guy: The cat, the kitchen, some tofu … and me

The kitchen is the most dangerous room in the house. Sure, you could conceivably drown in the bathroom, and I will leave hypothetical scenarios to your imagination. But that’s about it. It is the kitchen where true chaos can reign. Knives—blunt ones—bounce off fruit and cut through thumbs; sharp ones […]

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Flavour Guy: My affair with the iron sous-chef

We start with nothing. The pan is empty. The head often more so. The heart yearns for something, but what? The pan sits there on the burner. Stainless, immaculate. Tempting. It must be a pan and at least a hand’s breadth. So why not get out a pot? Ahh, but […]

Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me
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Flavour Guy: Latkes vs. fruitcakes, and the winner is … me

Every once in a while Chanukah and Christmas arrive at the same time. This year is not one of those times. Hanuka is early this year, about a month before Christmas. This brings to mind a frayed Jewish joke: When is Hanukah this year? It is the 25th of Kislev; […]

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Flavour Guy: Our heroes are the architects, builders and teachers of peace

On Remembrance Day, November 11, we recall our heroes. We honour them as exemplars of the virtues that we hope to attain: patriotism, strength, commitment. In the U.S., the same date is called Veterans Day. It celebrates those who have been in military service. Memorial Day south of the border […]

Need eggs? Call a neighbour and you might get a few apples in the deal.
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Flavour Guy: CookedIn could help keep us linked in with neighbours

Melanie has new communication skills. George is now doing video production. Sigfried and Dominique have updated their profiles. Sam, Susan and someone from Albania have endorsed my skills – whatever they are. I know all about this, even if I don’t know or even remember who these people are, because […]

Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400
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Flavour Guy: Back to the future with the Roto-Broil 400

Rare beef is red, Roquefort is blue. Carrots are orange, but I love a brown roux. As the theme of this issue is colour, I was planning on adding to this doggerel with a full colour-pleasing palate. However, while raw foods come in many colours, the Flavour Guy knows that […]