Monday, April 12, 2010

Things I like that aren't available in Canada

Monday, April 12, 2010
My stat tracker tells me that most of you reading this are coming from Canada. I can even narrow that down to Western Canada, where most of my regular readers are located. This comes as no surprise - I live in Western Canada, and so do most of my friends and family.

A few more are in Ontario, and in the winter my parents travel to Arizona, so that state becomes quite popular in the data.

But I do know that several of my regular readers live south of the 49th parallel, some in Australia, and even one or two in places as far away as Azerbaijan and Korea.

So I thought I'd share with you a few things that I love but that my international followers might not realize aren't readily available in Canada.

1. Jiffy corn muffin mix. Making corn muffins from scratch is a drag, eh?

2. Fritos bean dip. Or any bean dip in a can. Tostitos recently released a jarred bean dip, but I'm not so sure about it.

3. Red Vines Licorice. Recently Gary found it at London Drugs by the University, but they don't have it at the downtown London Drugs.

4. Spezi - an orange-cola soda. Gary's cousins in Germany told us we could make our own by mixing coke and Fanta.

5. Fanta.

6. Johnson's Lavender Scented Stress-Relief Body Lotion. *Sob*

7. Most fat-free and low-fat snack foods.

8. Kix cereal. Maybe it's available, but I can't find it.

9. Ann Taylor Loft.

10. Beer at the Grocery Store. This should make sense, right? Canadians love beer. but you can't buy it at the grocery store, a convenience store...anywhere but a bar with offsale service or a liquor store.

11. Sonic, White Castle, Jack in the Box, Carl's Jr, In-and-Out Burger.

Now, on the contrary- a list of things that Canada has that you probably don't:

1. Harvey's and Swiss Chalet

2. Poutine available as a side at most fast-food restaurants

3. Ketchup flavoured potato chips

4. Rickard's Red beer...or beer with any real kick to it... (mmmm, beeeeeeer)

5. Saskatoon Berry Pie


CW said...

Just a couple clarifications:
- Fanta Red Tangerine can be found at most stores that are run by the company I work for. It's on our new POG
- Beer can be bought in convenience stores... you just have go to Quebec
That is all

Meg said...

Okay, true - Fanta can be found here, but it's not the same as Fanta in Europe. It's not even close!

Laurel said...

I stumbled across an Ann Taylor Loft in DC a few weeks ago. Never having been there before I popped in to take a peek. After buying a couple cute pieces I received two '$25 off your next $50 purchase' coupons. Score!

Unfortunately, it was only redeemable after I had returned to Canada.

Collective sigh...

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