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The good, the bad and the cholesterol

You can go healthy or spin off into a saturated fat-laden, junk-food journey at the McGavin's Bread Basket at 770 Bay Street. The Little Debbie snacks might not have much nutritional value but talk about dollar value.

Cherry-picking time

Sweet or sour taste is a reminder of summer's flavourful bounty

In search of Spicy Thai Salad

Our colleague DaveO recently had a vexing experience with McDonald's. He wanted to try their new Spicy Thai Salad. At Outlet 1, they had the salad but not the dressing that's supposed to go with it, so he settled for the Ranch dressing.

More favourite places - tamales, joong, pork buns, and ferry food

I went to the Mexican festival at Centennial Square on the weekend, listened to the music, watched the dancing, and ate a tamale. This is embarrassing to admit, but I think it might have been my first-ever tamale.

Q is for Qualicum Beach scallops

Q is for Qualicum Beach scallops

Tim Hortons arrives in New York City in blaze of publicity

Tim Hortons is bringing its Canadian-style coffee and doughnuts to New York City, displacing Dunkin' Donuts. This is huge news, judging from the volume of stories.

Cheap date debate

Dave, after taking his wife out for Whoppers at Burger King, was reflecting on whether he's cheap. The conversation shifted over to whether it's a good idea to use a discount coupon on a date.

This McDonald's doesn't look like a McDonald's

Tokyo has a McDonald's outlet with a high-style architectural design that might be mistaken for a trendy night club. The Golden Arches logo is nowhere to be seen.

More favourite Victoria places for a not-all-that-expensive meal

Zambri's 110-911 Yates Street (Closed Sundays and Mondays) I had one of my best meals ever here. Maybe it was just a plain good day – everything going right and all. But I'm pretty convinced that the food was good too.

Beer-can chicken . . . it's a beauty

Beer and grilling have long fascinated me. Combine them and you get beer-can chicken which is quick and tasty. Preparation is easy, beginning with a whole chicken, spice rub and beer.