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Suja Juice Cleanse giveaway (US residents)

Are you curious about juice cleanses? Want to fill your fridge with fresh and healthy organic cold-pressed juices?

Suja Juice has kindly extended a giveaway to all Devour & Conquer readers in the US (sorry, Canadians, this one's just for your neighbours to the south). Enter below and one winner wil…

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Trying a Suja Cold-Pressed Juice Cleanse

I try to make most of what I cook at home from scratch, we eat lots of fresh things grown in my kitchen garden and found at local markets, and make an effort to eat as seasonally as we can. Does this mean my husband and I eat right all the time? Certainly not, I'm as guilty as the next person of i…

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Turf n' Turf n' Turf - A Turducken Review

Ah, Turducken - TURkey stuffed with DUCK stuffed with chickEN, hence the name. We've all heard the legendary stories of this triple stuffed fowl extravaganza. I've always been curious, but never taken the leap myself. Then Echelon Foods contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in reviewing a pr…

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DIY Olive Oil Tasting Party

Ah, olive oil. We use in our cooking, we drizzle it on our salads, but do we really take the time to think about what kinds of olive oils we like, and what flavours best match our personal preferences?

California Olive Ranch, the largest North American grower and processor of olive oils, wants to c…

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Pies cookbook review and giveaway

Holiday baking can either be a joy or a chore (or a little of both...), but trust-worthy recipes make all the difference when you're juggling a higher than usual number of dishes around the holidays.

A new Canadian cookbook has come to the rescue of home cooks with a gorgeous new resource focused…

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Simple & Crisp fruit crackers review and recipes

One of the new snacks of 2013 that I had the pleasure of sampling at the International Food Bloggers Conference was launched in Seattle just 10 months ago - Simple & Crisp dried fruit crisps.

I was kindly sent a variety of fruit crisps to try at home, with an invitation to create some perfect pairi…

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Oyster Mushroom update, Day 6

The mushrooms have arrived!

I'm on Day Six of my Growing Mushrooms at Home experiment with the Back to the Roots Oyster Mushroom kit. It is really amazing to see how rapidly the rate of growth is increasing by the day now. I can even see a difference in size from morning to evening, and I'm start…

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Mediterranean mystery at Seattle's Golden Beetle

Visiting Seattle for the 2013 International Food Blogger's Conference was a wall-to-wall food fest for the lucky 320 writers who attended. On Saturday evening we were all treated to a mystery dinner hosted by UrbanSpoon Seattle, who sent us out across the city in small groups to sample the creatio…

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Deez Bar & Grill for hot wings and good times

It's October Restaurant Roundup time, and this month Food Bloggers of Canada across the country are highlighting great spots to find that irresistible bar food - wings!

When I started asking around for recommendations of a good place for wings in Central Vancouver Island, one name popped up again a…

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Time for a 'Grate' Giveaway

I'm excited to announce that Devour & Conquer is going to get a lot more prize-filled in the near future, as I've got some fun giveaways and prizes planned for the coming months.

To facilitate the giving away of awesome foodie clothing, gadgets and artisan treats, I've decided to try out a giveawa…

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Bacon by the truckload from Extreme Eatz Food Truck

It's time for August's cross-country Restaurant Roundup from Food Bloggers of Canada writers and in keeping with summer travels and vacations, this month's theme is Food Trucks!

Vancouver Island's roadways are slowly being filled with a variety of restaurants on wheels, with the famous orange Tacof…

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The art of whole beast roasting

Note to vegetarians: This is a post on my experience learning about whole animal cookery - it is respectful but has pictures of how an entire pig is roasted. If you love barbeque, roasting and everything meaty, keep reading and get ready for your mouth to water.

Almost everything I know about coo…

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Vancouver Island ice cream with roof-top entertainment

When lists of 'what to do' on Vancouver Island pop up, Coombs' Old Country Market almost always gets a mention. And no visit is complete without a stop at the Ice Cream Shoppe and a viewing of the local on-site 'entertainment'.

The town of Coombs is located in Central Vancouver Island on the high…

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bioSnacky Sprouter Challenge Update: Days 2 to 4


After setting up my sprouter for the Ten Day bioSnacky Sprout Growing Challenge, I've had a busy weekend which included both celebrating my birthday and bike racing in a local team triathlon in the pouring Vancouver Island rain. Haven't had much time for gardening or plant care in general, so it…

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The 10 Day BioSnacky Sprouter Challenge begins!

 Being an experimental gardener of all things edible, I was thrilled to be chosen as one of thirty Canadian food bloggers to try out a new way to grow fresh sprouts at home.

The BioSnacky Sprouter from natural products company A.Vogel is an inexpensive, self-contained seed germinator that allows…

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RISOTTOBALLS - Product Review and Giveaway

When a new Italian product pops up on the Canadian market, I'm always intrigued as I can never get enough of those classic flavours. When it's a product made right here in British Columbia making its debut across Canada in 2013, all the better!

RISOTTOBALLS are a unique new Italian appetizer crea…

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The aroma of freshly roasted Karma Coffee


Vancouver Island is definitely a thriving part of the west coast coffee culture, as seen in the wide variety of independent coffee shops and roasteries that can be found throughout the Island.

The Oceanside area of central Vancouver Island is lucky to have just such a business right in their back…

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Nanaimo's best brunch at Longwood Brewpub

When looking for a new Vancouver Island brunch place to try, I asked around and kept hearing one name - the Longwood Brewpub in Nanaimo. My curiosity of why a brewpub was so popular for brunch increased when I discovered that they have been voted "Best Brunch in Nanaimo" the past six years running…

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Lefty's Pizza Fresh in Parksville


Lefty's Restaurants have been a tasty part of the Oceanside area of Vancouver Island since 1996, when a group of like-minded, left-handed foodies got together to create great dishes on Canada's Left Coast. With locations in Qualicum Beach and Parksville, most tourists and locals already know the…

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Menu & Shopping for Vij's Live Cookalong

Are you going to join the rest of Canada learning how to cook an Indian Family Feast live online with Vikram Vij?

I certainly am, and have been looking forward to learning what meal Vikram will be teaching all of us. Announced this week in newspapers across Canada, it's going to be...

Vij Family…

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