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Canadian Delicacies: BeaverTails
For the uninitiated, a BeaverTail is a sweet treat frequently spotted at fairgrounds, theme parks, ski hills and tourist hot spots. Created by Ottawa’s Pam and Grant Hooker in 1978, BeaverTails have become a leisure time tradition. The deep fried whole-wheat pastry resembles the shape of a beaver’s tail (hence the odd name), and is served steaming hot with a variety of yummy condiments including the classic sugar and cinnamon topping, butter and jam, chocolate, apples—basically, whatever your heart desires.
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Canadian Delicacies: Timbits and a “Double Double”
It would be nearly impossible to find a Canadian who hasn’t sampled a donut, coffee or sandwich from Tim Hortons. The humble coffee shop was launched in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964 by Tim Horton, a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey player. Donuts and hockey—you can’t get more Canadian than that. Over the years, Tim Hortons has become synonymous with the Great White North, and today it boasts more outlets than any other restaurant in Canada. With its menu of steaming hot coffee – the “Double Double,” a brew featuring two sugars and two creams, is a national favourite—and bite-sized Timbits, Tim Hortons is a treasure trove of taste.
Canadian Delicacies: Newfoundland Screech
Living on the windy ocean swept Rock, Newfoundlanders are a hearty bunch, so it’s hardly surprising that their rum of choice contains 40 per cent alcohol. Other drinkers may flinch at the potent alcohol content, but not this bunch. Newfoundland Screech apparently got its unique name after a visiting American WWII serviceman downed the rum in one quick toss. His howls of distress caused a bystander to rush to his aid, only to discover that he wasn’t injured or ill, he was merely ‘enjoying’ Newfoundland’s prized rum. The funny name stuck, and today the rum and its place in Newfoundland’s culture have become legendary.
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