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Why Canada Rocks: Reason #5

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To celebrate this year’s Canada Day Week, five reasons why Canada rocks!

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Reason #5: our TV is awesome. Besides such classics as SCTV and The Kids in the Hall, and besides the fact that Saturday Night Live was basically a showcase for famous Canadians (Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short, Mike Myers) we’ve also got a ton of shows you’ve never seen that will Blow! Your! Mind!

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Big Top Talent!

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Even more Big Top Talent!
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Then there’s the inimitable Mr. Dressup.
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The Littlest Hobo!
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Today’s Special!
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Ready or Not! In this episode, Busy becomes a woman!
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The greatest TV show ever made: Degrassi High!
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Even our commercials are awesome!
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Why Canada Rocks: Reason #4

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To celebrate this year’s Canada Day Week, five reasons why Canada rocks!

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Reason #4: our junk food is better. I’ll match up Canadian junk food against any other junk food on earth. Just look at the salty, sweet, bad-for-you, amazingness that Canada has to offer its hungry citizens.

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Timbits!

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They’re not “doughnut holes” – they’re Timbits!

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Adventurous potato chips!

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Okay, no one wants to eat roast chicken chips, but the
fact that they exist is what’s important.

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Best chips ever!

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Better candy!

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Maple candy!

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Butter tarts!

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Why Canada Rocks: Reason #3

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To celebrate this year’s Canada Day Week, five reasons why Canada rocks!

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Because you can play our national anthem on nothing but Molson cans and bottles.

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And for the record:

Reason #1

Reason #2

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Why Canada Rocks: Reason #2

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To celebrate this year’s Canada Day Week, five reasons why Canada rocks!

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Reason #2: because when an artist painted a portrait of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, naked and being served a cup of Tim Horton’s coffee, it was placed in a traveling art exhibit about sex that was designed for teenagers. This is how we do birth control up North – we simply make nudity look very, very confusing.

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Yes, the Canadian government pays to mount exhibits about sex that are geared for kids 12 and up. Because we care!

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Why Canada Rocks: Reason #1

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To celebrate this year’s Canada Day Week, five reasons why Canada rocks!

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Reason #1: Because when Radio Canada International ends its 67-years of shortwave broadcasts (June 22, 2012, RIP) the host goes out Canada style: lots of gratitude, a tearful breakdown, and at the end he gets applause, a hug, and a puppy.

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Why does he get a hug and a puppy? Because that’s how Canadians roll!

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Calling all customers…

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“We go in search of event spaces, my good man!”

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So going to you guys to crowdsource the Dirt Candy t-shirt design was nothing but win, across the board. So now I’m coming to you all again to ask: where should I have my book party? The Dirt Candy Cookbook comes out on August 21st, and I really want to have a party in town and invite regulars, food folks, and friends who live in the city. A ton of people helped me out with this book (not least of all my customers) and so I figure some free food and drink is a nice way to say “thank you.”

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Right now, I’m looking for a space and I wanted to ask all of you to chime in if you have a recommendation or two. It’ll be for a Monday night, and the space needs to be able to fit…a lot of people? 25? 1000? I’m flexible-ish. And it needs to be fun. I’ve gone to too many parties in an “Event Space” that turned out to possess all the charm and beauty of a hotel convention room. So anything that is off the beaten track would be great.

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Authors have to pay for things like this themselves, these days, so as long as it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg I’d love to hear about it. I can afford just an arm, or just a leg, but if it takes both of them then I’m going to keep tipping over. You can email your suggestions to me at:

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info at dirtcandynyc.com
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Thanks so much!

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Happy Canada Day Week!

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It’s only nine days until Canada Day which, as you all know, is July 1st. Happy Birthday, Canada! I’m a Canadian and so it’s only natural that this is the most important day of the year for me. If I was still in Canada everything would be free on July 1st, the rivers would all run with beer, and it would rain maple syrup. In America, I have to make my own party, so I’ve teamed up with the Consulate General of Canada to participate in Eat. Drink. Canada. Which I really think should be spelled Eat! Drink! Canada! In fact, let me rectify that right now:

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Eat! Drink! Canada!

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Like Voltron, seven Canadian-owned and/or operated restaurants in New York City will join up to form one mighty mega-bargain, offering deals, discounts, and excitement all next week in the run-up to Canada Day on Sunday, July 1st. Restaurants like Dirt Candy, Mile End, and Flex Mussels will form…

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Only, you know, Canadian.

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So all next week, from Tuesday, June 25 - Saturday, June 30, Dirt Candy will unleashing the following awesomesauce:

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1) Order any dessert, no matter what country you’re from, and get a free Nanaimo Bar. And that’s not a Dirt Candy Sweet Pea and Mint Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar, but an authentic Nanaimo Bar from Canada. I even had to order ingredients from overseas to make sure I got it right, but I want you to have the authentic taste of Canadian Pride!

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Every Canadian loves Nanaimo Bars (and yes, that’s some of
Ryan Dunlavey’s awesome art from the Dirt Candy Cookbook).

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2) Every Canadian gets 10% off his or her bill. Simply present a valid Canadian ID (passport, valid student ID to a Canadian university or high school, Age of Majority card, valid Canadian driver’s license) and get 10% off your bill. So if you bring a Canadian with valid ID to Dirt Candy, as long as they present their ID your whole table gets 10% off the bill.

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It’s “Take a Canadian to Dirt Candy” Week!

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Canada is so cool! It’s even friends with
states like South Carolina!
(And that’s even more of Ryan’s art from the cookbook)

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(Host your own Canada Day celebration!)

(More info at the Eat! Drink! Canada! Facebook page)

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Every heart has room for one Canadian!

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Summer Break!

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Dirt Candy will be closed from today until June 19th for SUMMER VACATION! It can’t come soon enough. This past month has seen a tidal wave of family problems swallow me and my staff whole, so it’ll be nice to get away and relax.

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See you guys on the 19th!

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T-Shirt Heroes!

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The Great Dirt Candy Logo Mutation T-Shirt Contest has drawn to a close and we have a winner. Which doesn’t mean that the dozens of other entries we got were losers. In fact, there were so many awesome designs that it took me a week to pick the best one, and even then there were three that I loved. So there are three winners!

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The first winner, and the person whose t-shirt design is going to be the standard-issue DC shirt once they go on sale, is Chris Andrews! His design is super-simple, but I wanted something that wasn’t too bizarre or funky to be the basic shirt. However, I needed the DC logo to pop more than it does, and he solved it. Behold! This will be on a white shirt when it’s ready, and it’s going to be the main Dirt Candy t-shirt:

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Two other people turned in designs that I loved, however. Lindsay Cave turned in several submissions that were some of the most mutagenic, colorful, crazy things I’ve seen. I’m going to talk to him about picking one, but for now his gallery of graphics got him into this spot as winner #2. And Gregory Jericho turned in a logo that was, hands-down, the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

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I’m going to be releasing Lindsay’s shirt and Gregory’s shirt later on this year as limited editions and you’ll see how awesome they are then. But for now, bask in the mighty power of Chris Andrews‘s design. Simple, but it just looked right to me.

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And THANK YOU to everyone who sent in designs. Truly, you guys are the most creative bunch of customers a girl could ever want. You all did Dirt Candy proud!

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James Beard Dinner in Denver

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If you live in Denver, and you can’t come to Dirt Candy, relax. Because this month, Dirt Candy will come to you. On Wednesday, June 13 at Linger Restaurant in Denver, CO I’m cooking dinner with a Dirty half-Dozen of other chefs, including Frank Bonanno, Ann Cooper, Samm Sherman, and Justin Cucci. It starts at 6pm, and I am 100% positive that I will need to be on an oxygen tank to work at the high altitude (I’m a sea level kind of girl).

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The dinner is a way to spread the James Beard dinners throughout the country, and you can find full details here.

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If any of you who read the blog manage to make it, definitely say “hi!” I’ll be the one over by the stoves cooking up a storm with my sherpa.

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“I am ready to cook your dinner now.”

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Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Spinach $13
spinach & grapefruit mille-feuille,
with smoked pistachios and ricotta

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll $10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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Gift Certificates

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