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Boomtown Butcher Shops

Boomtown Butcher Shops Business was booming in BC from the 1890s up to the Great War.  Two butcher shops opened in 1908-1909 in the Lower Mainland: James Inglis Reid Meats in Vancouver, and P. Burns and Co. Butcher Shop in Port Moody. Each one played out a different story of success. The history of Reid’s […]

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Soda Water

Soda Water in BC As food history researchers we never know what might pique our interest. Recently I was looking at the collection of food images in the BC Archives Royal BC Museum website[i]. When I came across an advertisement for Thorpe’s Soda,  I immediately wanted to know what it was all about. It turns out that […]

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Love that chocolate…

Love That Chocolate… Love that chocolate? Here we are in February also known as a chocolate month and the month of love.  How did this association happen and what should we know about the widespread current passion for chocolate? These are some of the questions I’ll explore in February’s blogs and re-visit some writings on […]

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Apple Packing in BC

Apple Packing in BC How d’you like them apples? When you are doing food history research it is so easy to get distracted.  I was looking for information on another topic when I happened to come across the above heading in the History of Metropolitan Vancouver website.[i] It was part of an excerpt from the […]

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BC Sugar and Alberta Sugar Beets

BC Sugar and Alberta Sugar Beets   “Sweet “ dreams come true: Recipes you’ll relish is a  small 16-page pamphlet. No date or publisher is indicated. The foreword states that the recipes in the booklet were all made with PURE ALBERTA SUGAR (capitals in original) by some of Western Canada’s leading dieticians. Contributors included  Hesperia […]

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Cuban Lunch

Cuban Lunch ** (see note at bottom re comments)   The Cuban Lunch is a true Western Canadian chocolate bar and hasn’t been made for almost thirty years. Thanks to a Camrose woman and her mother’s love of this chocolate-peanut candy, it’s available once again. Winnipeg claims to be the original source (this is hardly […]

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Women and Okanagan-Shuswap Dairies

Women and Okanagan-Shuswap Dairies Laura Rose, author and dairy instructor at Ontario Agricultural College in the early 1900s believed that the operation of dairies should be women’s work.  Marjorie Cohen (1984) reviewed the decline of women’s participation in the dairy industry primarily in Eastern Canada and concluded that: “While women remained in dairying in the […]

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Okanagan Dairy

Okanagan Dairy Searching for information on the North Okanagan Creamery Association (N.O.C.A.) led to finding a huge collection of information[i] and many online resources about the Dairy Industry in British Columbia. In 1925, NOCA was a dairy operating near Armstrong BC and struggling to find its way forward. It could either fall into supervision and […]

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