ICYMI: Poutine Pizza Pops, potential banning of bee-killing pesticide, Toronto's new 25,000 square foot food hall and more

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It wasn't just turkeys (i.e. Thanksgiving in America) that people were talking about these past few days. From Canadian geese to vegetables, the historic perogy to lacklustre poutine Pizza Pops, a potential bill to stop junk food advertising targeted at children to bee-killing pesticide, a lot happened this week in the food world across the country.

Here are eight of the most interesting news stories to get you all caught up before the weekend.

Pusateri's new 25,000 square-foot food hall opens in the lower level of Saks Toronto


Start celebrating #nationalespressoday early! Stop by our Pusateri's Cafe for one of our special treats.

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Go big or go home.

While that may not be the official slogan of Pusteri's new food hall inside the Toronto location of Saks, it's easy to get lost in the gigantic space that boasts anything from a casual cafe set-up to a rotisserie meat counter, and a ton more.

Read about and see the lavish set-up in Toronto Life's feature here.

Bee-killing pesticide on track to be banned in Canada

Say it with us: "No to neonicotinoid!" Seriously though, it was fantastic to see this little news nugget from the CBC on Health Canada moving to ban a bee-killing pesticide from use in the country. We've all read about the fluctuating bee population in North America, some of which due to chemicals such as neonicotinoid.

See the full CBC News story here.

What's a perogy bee?

Julie Van Rosendaal delved deep into the history of perogy-making in Canada for an edition of The Globe and Mail earlier this week. The article brims with facts about the century-old Ukrainian-Canadian comfort food. Did you know there's a drive-thru perogy restaurant in Saskatoon? Now you do!

Read the full The Globe and Mail story here.

Poutine pizza pops hit grocery store shelves to mixed reviews

What? You mean the poutine-flavoured frozen food product isn't amazingly delicious? We can't say we're too surprised, but word on the street is that this new flavour of Pillsbury's popular pizza snack is not hitting the spot with almost everyone. It just feels so wrong on so many levels.

Read about people's reactions to the new Pizza Pop here.

Canada's first aquaponic food bank farm launches

How cool is this? Mississauga is now home to the first Canadian aquaponics farm that's dedicated solely to a local food bank. The closed system process for growing vegetables without using soil produces approximately 40 heads of lettuce a week. As well, the fish in the tanks that act in a symbiotic relationship to the growing produce will be cycled out every 6 months, filleted and served through the food bank as well.

Find out more about this fascinating food initative here.

Canadian Senate bill proposed to ban junk food advertising to children

If we're lucky, we will be seeing a lot less junk food advertising in the near future due to a proposed bill currently up for discussion in the Canadian Senate. If passed, the bill would make it illegal for food companies to market unhealthy foods (i.e. chips, candy, soda) to anyone under 13 years old. Unbeknownst to many, it has been illegal to market these types of things to kids in Quebec since 1980 and as such, studies note that children obesity rates are lower in the eastern province.

Read the full article on the proposed bill here.

Vancouverites love ordering their dinner online

Forget pizza or subpar Chinese food, people living in Vancouver are all about utilizing sites like Just Eat, Lazymeal and DoorDash to get dinner on the table from a long list of restaurants. Though the idea of online ordering isn't anything new, the ability for a person to choose between quality delivery options instead of the usual suspects continues to gain momentum and this area of the country is the fastest growing region for almost all online food ordering concepts. 

See the full Vancouver Sun story here.

Have a bite of Canada goose and black bear at an upcoming dinner in Edmonton


A group of Alberta chefs, including Eden Hrabec of Canmore's Crazyweed and Brayden Kozak of Three Boars, are collaborating with Slow Food Edmonton on a wild game multi-course dinner on Sunday, December 11, 2016. By wild game, we're not just talking venison or moose. The chefs have apparently got their hands on some pretty unique proteins, including Canadian geese and black bear.

For more information on the chefs involved and tickets read the full Edmonton Journal article here.