It’s been over a year since I started writing Local Flavour. Starting off with elk burgers, and working through important topics like nacho etiquette and crème brulee, visiting farms, restaurants and meeting a ton of great people.
For the past 6 years, Thunder Bay has been my home, but after much deliberation the family and I have decided to move back to my home state of Minnesota. This Friday will be my last day of work. While I am glad to return to my family down south, I really hate to leave Thunder Bay behind. In my years here, I have made some of the best friends of my life, gained a good 60 family members (seriously there’s like a million Allard’s here,) and have had the chance to do something I love… I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read every week.
I will still be writing about food, at my new site Minnesota Eats (or Facebook). I invite you to follow me there, though I certainly understand it is not quite as relevant as Local Flavour… not being local and all.
Scott Paradis will be taking over. He is a great writer and an adventurous cook. I know that you will love following him on his food-ventures. I’ll certainly be sure to read his column every week. Having to hand Local Flavour over is very hard and I know that leaving will be as well.
I am amazed at how much I have learned about food and life here in Thunder Bay. This is where I got married and started my family. I had my first poutine and ketchup chips here. I was introduced to the sport of curling and all of the beer drinking and Chinese food that go along with it. I’ve had way too many Persians, and far too little icewine. I’ve been able to experience berry picking during the sweetest days of summer and frigid winter nights at On Deck.
It has been an absolute pleasure to write here every week. I thank you for reading, and wish you all the best.
Thank you, Thunder Bay!
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