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DinnerPartyYVR is coming back to Vancouver

March 6, 2016

The biggest, boldest, most philanthropic dinner party is coming back to Vancouver on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 with the fourth annual DinnerPartyYVR. In just over a month, Vancouver hobby chefs will open their homes, kitchens and hearts to host a simultaneous dinner party taking place all across…

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The Canning Kitchen Cookbook Review

August 25, 2015

It's time for another cookbook review and today it's all about empowering you to embrace the art of small batch canning. I'm joining a great group of food bloggers from across Canada as we try recipes from The Canning Kitchen by Amy Bronee and share our experiences working with this new canning …

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Where to Eat on Vancouver Island - Oceanside

August 11, 2015

I'm happy to be back again as a guest blogger with Food Bloggers of Canada as part of their 2015 cross-country restaurant round-up featuring great places to eat across Canada. When you're looking to really get into the food of a city or region, these overviews are a great way to catch of glimpse…

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Cooking and baking with RawSpiceBar Spice Delivery

March 31, 2015

Following up on my recent review of RawSpiceBar spice delivery service in Canada & the US, I'm sharing a little of my experience cooking with the themed spice boxes.

 Each monthly RawSpiceBar spice box has a theme as you travel around the spice routes of the world, from Native America to …

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Ugly vegetables are coming to Canada

March 13, 2015

Back in July a video from a French grocery store chain went viral around the world as Intermarche launched an Eat Ugly Vegetables campaign, encouraging people to purchase and eat blemished and misshapen fruits and vegetables (at a discount) to reduce food waste. And now Canada is joining in the …

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Freshly ground spice blends by mail with RawSpiceBar

March 10, 2015

Wouldn't it be great if a chef showed up at your door once a month to cook you a special meal with his or her own personal spice blends, freshly ground just for you? RawSpiceBar inspires you to be that chef with their spice by mail subscription service, sending you a package of unique spice blen…

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Learning the art of canning with Bernardin

December 1, 2014

 

Being able to actually conquer the skill of canning and preserving at home is easier that you might expect, it only takes a desire to try and the right tools to get the job done. Luckily those tools are all wrapped up in the handy Bernardin Home Canning Starter package.

I must begin the story o…

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Honeycomb Brittle and Butter Baked Goods Giveaway

November 26, 2014

 

Oh, I've been looking forward to this one for a while... It's time for the Butter Baked Goods Cookbook Roundup and Giveaway!

A diverse group of food bloggers from across Canada have been pouring over the pages of Butter Baked Goods - Nostalgic Recipes from a Little Neighbourhood Bakery. This ho…

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CAVU Kitchen Bar opens in Richmond

October 14, 2014

 

I recently attended the launch party of the new CAVU Kitchen Bar in Richmond, British Columbia located at the Vancouver Airport Hilton. (Must start by noting the gorgeous ice sculpture martini luge sitting on CAVU's bar, carved especially for the launch party, gorgeous!)

Seeking to bring a grea…

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Stop the madness and eat ugly vegetables!

July 20, 2014

We are lucky to have such a vast variety of fruits and vegetables in our North America grocery stores and markets. Perfect, ripe, shining produce with eye appeal to help convince you to buy it as far as the eye can see.

But what about the ugly, rejected ones? The weirdly shaped vegetables? Th…

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Live Below The Line Day 4 - Eating on $1.75 as a team

May 1, 2014

 

It's Day Four of the Live Below The Line Challenge poverty awareness campaign and Team Devour & Conquer Poverty is going strong (well, going anyway... we're a little weakened and lacking energy). With the end in sight and tomorrow being the final day of the challenge to eat only $1.75 each in fo…

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Getting ready to Live Below the Line

April 25, 2014

 

Next week is going to be a big challenge for this foodie, but I'm excited to see how it goes as I participate in the Live Below the Line Challenge - a world-wide fundraising initiative of the Global Poverty Project and Micronutrient Initiative. Myself and a group of six other brave Vancouver Isl…

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Vancouver Culinary Scavenger Hunt & Giveaway

April 24, 2014

Living on Vancouver Island, I'm so close yet so far away from Vancouver's vibrant foodie scene. I get to enjoy the odd lunch or dinner when I come into the city on business, but I really wanted to do some restaurant exploring in Western Canada's largest city.

Then the perfect opportunity popped u…

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Bacon Caesar Salad from scratch in 15 minutes

March 7, 2014

I love this Bacon Caeser Salad recipe, it's quick to make and crammed with great textures and flavours all infused with bacon-y goodness. This recipe also introduces one of my favourite recent inventions - Bacon-Fried Cripsy Capers - tiny, crunchy blooms that explode with salty spice when bitten i…

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Tea Sparrow Review, Discount and Giveaway

March 6, 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love getting things by mail. When I was little I always wanted to be the one checking our mailbox when the little red flag popped up (ah, days gone by when we all had a mailbox of our own). As an adult with the vast majority of my work being done in fro…

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Going high tech in the kitchen - A Nexus 7 review

February 12, 2014

I love trying new kitchen gadgets, but many that I try are of the 'funky grater' or 'unique pasta maker' variety. Bringing technology into my kitchen has been limited to me dragging my laptop onto the counter to follow more complicated online recipes and YouTube videos. So I was delighted when Sta…

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Pizza will never be "Meh"

January 28, 2014

The New York Times is dealing with what they obvious find to be an entertaining public and online backlash after putting pizza on their 'Meh' list on January 24th. Here's the original list:

1. “Hope you are staying warm”*
2. Pressi…

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McDonalds Poutine review

January 26, 2014

I am very Canadian in my ever-dedicated love for poutine, that perfect combination of fries, cheese and gravy. I've tried different versions all across Canada, everything from the traditional Quebec and strange regional versions like a West Coast poutine topped with seafood and chowder gravy.

I h…

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New Canadian foodie TV station casting call

January 21, 2014

There's a new Canadian television channel launching across the country to start off 2014 called Gusto TV. Focused around culinary adventures as well as travel and lifestyle, I'm looking forward to checking it out soon, especially since I see that one of my favourite Canadian actor turned foodie Ca…

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Foodie Gift Ideas 2013

December 12, 2013

 

Less than two weeks until Christmas, are you finished your shopping yet? I'm not even close, but I'll get there...

I wanted to share some of my foodie gift ideas from products I've learned more about or tried myself in 2013, all of which are easy to order online (what's that, less time in over-…

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