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Oh, snap. It’s on!

The “Nanaimo Bars in New York Story” has grown, peaked and now sparked a backlash, all in a matter of days. Something Canadian comes to America and all the haters start appearing, spitting mad lies and disrespecting. Canadian paper, the Times Colonist, published a letter from Martin Barnett, a so-called chair of theĀ  so-called professional baking and so-called pastry department at the so-called Vancouver Island University (located in Nanaimo) in which he writes of my Nanaimo Bars:

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…we must not be so hasty to celebrate this aberration of the classic recipe…We Nanaimoans must be vigilante and insist on true appellation for the delicacy (like Champagne or Parmesan cheese).

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My crew does not approve.

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Then, the paper itself runs an editorial in which they acknowledge that while I have “street cred” this time I have “gone too far” and suggest that because there is mint and sweet pea ice cream in my Nanaimo Bar, and because it is served on a square, rather than a round, plate that I am guilty of various Nanaimo “heresies.”

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Too gangsta? It’s just how I roll.

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For those who don’t know, Canada is like the hip hop industry in that there is a long-running East Coast/West Coast rivalry. It has rarely resulted in outright violence, but this is ill! And not in a good way. Are these haters trying to reignite an East Coast/West Coast feud? Do they really want to push me? Because I swear, I will get in my Barbie Dream Car and drive up to Nanaimo and I will begin slapping fools in the way that fools do not like to be slapped.

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When I get to Nanaimo, I’m going to get epic

on that editorial board.

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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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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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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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