Food and Drink- by Charles Clayton 
Back bacon : Canadian bacon. Same as any other bacon. Sometimes rolled in peameal ( I’ve been taken to task for saying it’s the same as any other bacon! I’m informed that “Canadian” bacon is better than any other bacon in the world! So there!)
Brown bread : In most of Canada, whole wheat bread.Actually has some taste as opposed to the South African version.
Bun : A bread roll.
Can or Tin?: Older Canadians eat out of tins while younger ones nwo eat of cans. Tincans are apparently not part of the vocabulary
Canadian Bacon: We call it back bacon.
Pie: Mostly refers to fruit rather than meat. Meat pies are not a big hit in North America.
Donair :A pita containing spiced meat and a sauce made from sugar, vinegar, milk, and garlic.
Glosettes : Brand name for chocolate-covered raisins.
Homo milk  : A pretty interesting name and drunk by everyone. Your sexual proclivities having nothing to do with the ability to drink it. It is merely a shortening of homogenized.It takes some getting used too on  hearing a request for 2%Homo!
Ketchup : Tomato Sauce. I think it is sweetened and with the new “Green” variety even more nausiating
Kraft Dinner (or KD) : Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The staple of most Canadian students and immigrants too poor to buy “real” food!  I am told that there are different varieties available but that so far no one has managed to taste the difference. Canadians eat a lot of Kraft. No one seems to know why.
Nanaimo bar : A confection, named for the town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, that resembles a brownie but is topped with a layer of white butter cream icing and another of solid chocolate. The brownie part usually has coconut. I have seen many different flavours here in Ontario.
Napkin: what we poshly refer to as a serviette.
Pop  : Cool Drink. Cold Drink. Coke etc…You get used to it after a while but the first few times you are asked if you want pop sounds rather licentious. Don’t even bother asking for a “cool drink”…they haven’t a clue!
Poutine : Pronounced poo-TEEN.  Quebecois specialty. French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy. Actually rather tasty once you get over your initial hesitation.
Rockets  : Small chalk candies packaged in rolls wrapped in clear plastic. A staple at school and Halloween.
Smarties : Taste different to the South African version. I don’t know why but there is some deep seated Canadian need to eat the Red ones last.
Timbits : Despite the claim that these are in memory of the founder Tim Horton and were started after he was killed in a car accident, my belief is that some suit at the head office worked out that they were losing money by throwing away the centre bit. Small little munch size doughnuts.
Tortière : A kind of mincemeat pie, most popular in Quebec.
Whitener : That chalk stuff you put into coffee or tea if you can’t stand the thought of “Homo” milk. “It’s not inside…it’s on Top etc.”
DoubleDouble : Double helping of cream and sugar in your coffee.Canadians Loooove coffee! You might as well learn too.
Butter tart : A very small (single-serving) pie.
Beer Store  : For some reason you have to buy beer here.
Bloody Caesar  : Just like a Bloody Mary, except it’s made with Clamato (clam and tomato) juice instead of plain tomato juice. Tastes weird. Clamato is very popular here.
Case : A case of beer here consists of twelve (12) beers. If you want 24 beers it is known as a “two-four”. Very literal the Canadians.
LCBO : While it stands for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario it is generally used to refer to the Provincial Government run chain of stores where you can buy your booze. You can get Castle and sometimes Lion here. The question is…Why? With the range of different and better beers the only reason to buy Castle is the price. They also sell liquor in litre and 1.5 litre bottles as well and then spend most of Christmas putting on advertising that advocates responsible driving.
Pogo : A brand name for a corn dog (hot dog dipped in batter and then deep fried).
Joe Louis : A cake much eaten by school children. No nutritional value. Looks like it may be chocolate flavoured.
Twenty-sixer: 26 ounce bottle of booze (aka twixer)
Two-four: case of 24 beers


Mickey: 13 ounce bottle of booze
Chips : Can mean potato crisps or french fries. The term “Crisps” is totally unknown here
Forty: 40 ounce bottle of booze (also known as a ‘forty pounder’)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

five + 8 =

  • Ubuntu Cafe and Bakery

    Our coffee shop and bakery serves, among other, typical South African treats, including coconut i...

    • October 3, 2014
  • The Cook Sista

    “We hope that the flavour, texture and aroma of our freshly baked goods will bring back treasured...

    • October 3, 2014
  • Toronto & G.T.A Real Estate and RelocatioN Services

    Are you moving to Toronto? Are you looking for a property to rent or purchase? My team has succes...

    • February 3, 2014

    The one and only in Canada!! -lime milkshake and many more. -choc 99 -pot pies with pepper steak...

    • October 23, 2013
  • Frantastic

    Frantastic Treats & Events is a specialty bakery and catering service providing Unique, Custo...

    • October 21, 2013