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We are what we eat, eh?

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We are what we eat, eh?

For much of this past summer and fall, I religiously followed Ian Brown's foodie journals in the Globe and Mail, chronicling his experiences as he eats his way across Canada. And much like my favourite TV miniseries, I go back and revisit earlier entries that stick with me. Like a favourite meal, you just don't forget it. Brown digs into everything from apple pie to rural small-town Canada’s version of Chinese food in various roadside stands and food emporiums across the country. It got me thinking about some of my own favourite noshing spots in Canada. Here are three of my most memorable dining spots in Canada - and, believe, it's pure coincidence that two of them are named after pigs: [caption id="attachment_402" align="aligncenter" width="259" caption="Le Cochon Dingue, Quebec. You'll be crazy for it!"] Le Cochon Dingue, Quebec. You'll be crazy for it![/caption] In Quebec City, you can't go wrong at Le Cochon Dingue if you're looking for a taste of French cuisine in Vieux Quebec. It's been so popular that three other locations have opened throughout ville de Quebec. But to get the most truly Quebecois experience, head to Le Cochon on boulevard Champlain in Old Quebec. [caption id="attachment_403" align="aligncenter" width="375" caption="Chez Piggy, worth the trip to Kingston!"] Chez Piggy, worth the trip to Kingston![/caption] In Kingston, Ontario, Chez Piggy is imprinted on my taste buds forever since I chowed down on a smokey beef burger brimming with guacamole, jalapeño, havarti, bacon and watercress. [caption id="attachment_404" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Vij's, Vancouver: delicious and decidedly local"] Vij's, Vancouver: delicious and decidely local[/caption] And you haven't had proper Indian food in Canada until you've eaten at Vij's, located in Vancouver's Granville neighbourhood. The restaurant's menu is influenced by various cuisines throughout India. Vij eschews tandoori simply because it's so popular elsewhere in Vancouver. The trick is: no reservations are accepted. Should Vij's be crowded when you arrive, just be patient. It's well worth the wait. So what's your favourite foodie memory from your travels across Canada?
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