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Kitsilano couple vow to eat only local food for a year.
Kitsilano couple Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon
Imagine 365 long days without food or drinks containing staples such as sugar, olive oil and wheat. For an entire year, Kitsilano residents Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon embarked on a new regime in eating, vowing to exist on food produced within 100 miles of their home. The pair said sayonara to many of their favourites, including olives, chocolate and beer.
Thursday, November 25, 2010, 7 p.m.
Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vanier Park, Vancouver
What started out as an experiment has grown into a worldwide movement in local eating. So-called “100 milers” are cropping up in cities and towns everywhere and sharing their success stories and recipes on www.100milediet.org. A group in Powell River has took on an ambitious 50-mile diet for a month, and a rebel Sunshine Coast farmer has started growing his own wheat. He’ll soon be able to satisfy 100-milers seeking some hot-buttered toast with their local free-range eggs in the morning.
What Smith and MacKinnon thought might be a trial in meagre eating actually opened their eyes to local delicacies such as spot prawns and sunchokes, along with a new appreciation for the selection of local flavours that are practically on their doorstep.
Listen to an interview with Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon on BookLounge.ca
Did the couple cheat and sneak a sip of yeasty brew or a taste of tapenade? Find out in their recently published book, 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating (Random House Canada, 2007. $32).