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Photo Contest

“Like” our page on Facebook and submit your Canadian photos for your chance to win an awesome Canadian wine prize pack.

The photo can be of anything you like, but must be accompanied by a description telling us why it represents Canada.

Readers will judge the photos, with the help of a few Great Canadian Online Magazine volunteers. Every year I will post the top 5 photos and the winner will receive a Canadian Wine Prize pack.

Submit your photos via our Facebook page or e-mail them to greatcanadianmagazine@hotmail.com

Do you have an idea for a contest? What kind of prizes would you like to see? Leave a comment below or visit our Facebook page and let us know.

Vancouver Canucks 2011 Play-offs

With game five back in Vancouver, and the Canucks leading the series 3-1 over the sharks the flames look like they might take it all the way! It seems like now is the time for Canada and hockey. In 2010 we won gold at the Olympics, and in 2011 we are well on our way to winning the Stanley Cup.

Read ehrh-on or Ehrh-off? By Derek Jory

“Regardless of where or how you’re spending Victoria Day, odds are good you’ve given some thought to the availability of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Christian Ehrhoff for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final.” Read more here

Canada by Anita Stewart

This Canadian cookbook takes you on a journey with Anita Stewart across the country. It’s a collection of recipes from real Canadians. She has been called the Wonder Woman of Canadian cuisine and for good reason. This book’s easy Canadian recipes are flavourful and unique, and you learn lots about the history of the country. From the only truly Canadian method of cooking, to our immigrant population’s traditional meals, this book will keep you interested and full.

I give this book five-maple leaves out of five for doing such a great job telling Canada’s stories. Thank you Anita Stewart.

Nanaimo Bars

Chocolate, vanilla custard, and a wafer crust define the canadian classic, the Nanaimo bar. Sitting on the rack, behind the glass looking up at you.

“Eat Me”

How could you resist? I know you have all been in this situation more than once. And when you finally bit into it, all you can think is “this must be what heaven tastes like”.

Were going to help you get this little piece of heaven more often; by teaching you how to make this all canadian dessert at home.

Ingredients

In a bowl, stir together your graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Slowly pour in the butter and egg; stir until combined.

Press crumb mixture into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk until smooth, adding up to 1 tsp (5 mL) more milk if too thick to spread. Spread over cooled base; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Topping: In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter. Spread over filling; refrigerate until almost set, about 30 minutes.

With tip of knife, score into bars; refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 1 hour.(Make-ahead: Wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Cut into bars.

What is your favourite Canadian food? Did you like this recipe? Leave a comment and share your thought with us.

Great Restaurants in Calgary

Calgary’s famous for its beef and landed the nickname Cowtown. Where are the best places to dine in this city? How do they serve their beef? In this guide, we will give you the insider information you’re looking for. Here is our list of the ten most noteworthy Cowtown eateries

#1 RougeRouge on Urbanspoon

S. Pellegrino rated Rouge the #60th restaurant in the world in 2010. Rouge is in a class of its own. Serving vegetables from its private garden, and meat from local farmers. The dishes that come out of the kitchen here are world-class. Any trip to Calgary wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of Canada’s top restaurants.

#2 Il SongoIl Sogno on Urbanspoon

This four diamond restaurant is said to be the best fine dining in Calgary. Their attention to detail and flavourful takes on classic Italian food land them our number two spot this year.

#3 Char CutCHARCUT Roast House on Urbanspoon

This rustic chophouse just opened this past year and was rated Canada’s #6 best new restaurant. They put their own twist on nostalgia foods, by making everything in-house. They make pigs head mortadella, and other cured meats. And if you show up at ten o’clock PM on a weekend you can knock on the back door and ask for their famous Ally Burger.

#4 BelaroBolero Fire Grill on Urbanspoon

Brazil’s Goucho style cuisine. Urbanspoon rates them #1 in Calgary. The 12 kinds of meat they serve are slow roasted over a rotisserie and carved at your table. Any carnivore in Cowtown can respect this.

#5 River CafeRiver Cafe on Urbanspoon

An upscale restaurant located on an Island in the heart of downtown. You will feel like you’re far away from the city. Their farm to table philosophy, and ability to transport you out of the city is inspiring.

#6 TeatroTeatro on Urbanspoon

Located in the theatre district Teatro is a jewel. Opened by celebrity chef and educator Michael Allamier it has been a favourite in the city for years.

#7 PetitePetite on Urbanspoon

The modern European cuisine of petite is inspiring. With only six entrees to choose from you will see that the quality over quantity approach works for this small local hotspot.

#8 The CoupThe Coup on Urbanspoon

Vegetarian restaurants in Cowtown have to be pretty special to survive. The menu at The Coup is so damn good it landed a spot in our top ten list.

#9 CapoCapo Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Modern Italian Cuisine; fine dining at its best. This restaurant is located in the historical Inglewood, right down the street from our #1 pick Rouge. When you come to Calgary make sure you check it out.

#10 The BelvedereBelvedere on Urbanspoon

Stephen Ave is full of world-class restaurants, and toping that list is the Belvedere. The wine spectator awards them the Best of Award, and we award them our #10 spot.  Sleek and elegant are the two words that I would use to describe this restaurant. The food is local and unique; and the space is stunning. Worth the splurge.

Did we miss one of your favourite restaurants? Leave a comment and next year it might just show up on the list!