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Roadfood review - Sam's Eatery in Airdrie, Alberta

May 2, 2016

It's been a long month of driving as my husband and I zip back and forth across Western Canada by car to various business meetings and work projects. Our latest trip took us from British Columbia to Saskatoon, via Alberta. After many, many truck stop coffees and drive-thru plastic burgers and fr…

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West coast farm-to-table dining at Radius Food Co.

March 16, 2015

When I first heard word of the March 2015 opening of Radius Food Company, Central Vancouver Island's newest local restaurant, I was immediately intrigued. It's the kind of fresh, farm-to-table British Columbia cuisine I've been craving, and instead of opening hours away in a Vancouver, Victoria …

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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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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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Mediterranean mystery at Seattle's Golden Beetle

October 9, 2013

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

October 3, 2013

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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Hiking to a wine tasting in Okanagan Falls

June 14, 2013

I had the palate-pleasing privilege to spend last weekend at the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference during its first visit to Canada in Penticton, BC. The weekend was so filled with great wine experiences that it's almost hard to know where to begin. But one of the most memorable tastings of the weeken…

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A Canadian's first Philly Cheese Steak experience

June 13, 2013

When I told my friends and family I was going to Philadelphia for the Eat Write Retreat food writing workshop, the most popular response was "Are you going to try a Philly Cheese Steak?", to which my response was "Hell, yes!"

But the weekend was packed with engaging sessions and activities withou…

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The aroma of freshly roasted Karma Coffee

May 10, 2013

 

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

May 2, 2013

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

April 5, 2013

 

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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Wine pairing lunch at Mission Hill's Terrace Restaurant

March 23, 2013

Okanagan Wine Sub-Region: Kelowna / Lake Region, known for Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling & Chardonnay

In preparation for this summer's Wine Bloggers Conference  in British Columbia's Penticton Wine County in June, I'll be revisiting some of my favourite Okangan wine and food pairi…

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76 Years of Argentinian Pizza Expertise at El Cuartito

March 13, 2013

In tribute to today's annoucement of a new Argentinian Pope, here is my review of one of Buenos Aires' oldest and best pizza joints which I visited in 2010, El Cuartito.

As I planned my trip to Argentina, I imagined myself eating succulent, juicy steaks from morning ’til night. Sadly, the reality…

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Parksville food trucks satisfy carnivore cravings

December 17, 2012

I adore food trucks and try to visit a few whenever I travel to a new city. But as fate would have it, I've been missing out on exploring food trucks close to home in Central Vancouver Island. So when I heard that our local trucks would be gathering at an outdoor Christmas market in Parksville on …

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