Maple syrup, manners, hockey, Justin Trudeau — Canada conjures up many things for many people, and food should be at the top of the list. The people’s passion for poutine alone should be a giveaway, eh?
Being that Canadians are total foodies — and how could they not be with culinary meccas like Toronto, Montreal and Halifax (the list goes on) — they naturally like to share the foodie love. And happily for the rest of us, that means that Canada is turning out some incredible food bloggers.
From sea to sea, here are the Canadian food blogs we simply can’t resist.
Dinner with Julie
Julie Van Rosendaal’s love for cooking stretches back just as far as she can remember — when her mother told her she had to learn how to read before she could cook on her own, the budding foodie carried off a stack of cookbooks to teach herself to read.
It’s no big surprise, then, that her adult life revolves around the culture of food. In addition to being the food columnist for the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC, she is the contributing food editor of The Globe and Mail and has written 10 cookbooks. But her favorite thing to do is feed others, and her blog is full of the kind of “real meals” that will help you do just that.
If the name Tara O’Brady rings a bell, perhaps you’ve picked up a copy of her Seven Spoons cookbook. Or read her super-popular blog by the same name. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s because you tuned into the episode of Iron Chef Canada on which O’Brady was a guest judge.
Suffice it to say, this southern Ontario-based foodie is kind of a big deal in the Canadian food-blogging world. Spend any amount of time browsing her tasty recipes and beautifully written stories and you’ll quickly see why.
With nearly 1 million followers on Instagram alone, Angela Liddon’s Oh She Glows is one of Canada’s most popular food blogs. Liddon’s goal? To inspire families to incorporate more plant-based meals in their lives — a vegan, most of her recipes are meat-free and gluten-free, and many are allergy-friendly.
Liddon’s personal story makes the success of her food blog even more inspiring. In 2008, she was recovering from an eating disorder when she decided to write about her journey. Through the simple act of sharing her experience and the transformation food can make in our lives, Liddon has resonated with readers to the tune of nearly 1 million unique visitors each month.
Ashley Fehr’s food blog is precisely what it sounds like — a place where the fearless foodie creates dishes her way. Creative and admittedly fast and loose with her measurements, Fehr cares less about instructions than she does about creating easy, mostly healthy, fun and yummy recipes that fellow foodies and home cooks can create.
She’ll win you over with her honesty and true passion for food, but you’ll stay for the mouthwatering recipes (and stunning photography of them).
Are you stuck in a food rut? Tired of eating the same few dishes over and over? Then you already have something in common with Closet Cooking creator Kevin Lynch. In fact, that’s why he started the blog — to encourage himself to shake up his stale culinary routine.
In doing so, Lynch discovered a true passion for cooking and desire to help others find that same fire. Plus, it’s hard not to relate to him as he shares stories and recipes from his “closet-sized kitchen.”
If being a fit foodie is your thing, you’re going to love 20-something Toronto food blogger Taylor Stinson. Fun and down to earth, Stinson hopes to help bring other people around to a more wholesome, handmade lifestyle through her blog, The Girl on Bloor. Bonus? She understands not having a whole lot of spare time, so she’s a huge proponent of meal planning.
Aimée Wimbush-Bourque believes in the power of food to bring family together, which is precisely why she started Simple Bites. She aims with each recipe to focus on helping readers prepare unprocessed, nourishing food they can enjoy with their loved ones.
Not surprisingly, this urban homesteader also features her own family on the blog and often shares her honest insights on life.
Marian Poirier’s recipes aren’t just sweet treats — they are literal works of art. It’s quite literally impossible to look at her blog and not feel flooded with joy. If staring at her incredible sugar art cookie creations makes you doubt your abilities, well, don’t. Poirier offers tutorials for everything from icing and design, to baking terms and tips on her blog, Sweetopia.