DEVOUR & CONQUER

Exploring, eating and writing about good food on Canada's west coast

header photo

Blog posts : "travel"

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

The best meal I've ever eaten

September 9, 2014

I've taken a little time away from blogging during the summer to focus on some other projects, but it's nice to be back here again. I've got some exciting fall posts planned, including an overview of my first canning experience with Bernardin canning coming soon.

I wasn't sure what I wanted my fi…

Read more

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…

Read more

An Okanagan farm-to-table al fresco dining experience

May 21, 2014

I recently attended the 2014 Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop, taking place this year in Kelowna, British Columbia May 9th-11th. The weekend of writing workshops and local food and wine tasting experiences is organized annually by talented writer and book author Jennifer Cockrall-King. She wo…

Read more

An epic Thanksgiving feast at the farm

October 15, 2013

Every fall something magical happens at a Central Vancouver Island farm, and I was once again lucky enough to be invited this year to be part of a unforgettable Thanksgiving feast.

Nestled in the forested foothills of Mount Arrowsmith, our foodie friend Jesse's Outrageous Edibles & Bedibles plant …

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

Goodbye, Vancouver Island - Hello IFBC in Seattle

September 18, 2013

I'm heading south tomorrow, leaving behind my beautiful Vancouver Island for the weekend to attend the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, Washington.

I've been looking forward to this conference since registering almost a year ago, and it's hard to believe the food and writing-fil…

Read more

The International Food Bloggers Conference is coming to Seattle

August 14, 2013

 

It's been an exciting year of food writing-related travels, as I've had the pleasure of attending Eat Write Retreat in Philadelphia and the Wine Bloggers Conference in British Columbia's Okanagan Wine Country. But the big kahuna of food blogger events this year is yet to come, just down the Paci…

Read more

Bacon by the truckload from Extreme Eatz Food Truck

August 11, 2013

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…

Read more

Vancouver Island ice cream with roof-top entertainment

July 14, 2013

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

Penticton welcomes the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference

June 7, 2013

 

After a whirlwind cross-country visit to Philadelphia, I'm back in British Columbia as my back-to-back food blogging/wine blogger conference travels continue. I had a quick two days rest at home on Vancouver Island after returning from Philly, then (still a little jet-lagged) I hopped in the car…

Read more

Off to Eat. Write.Retreat in Philadelphia

May 27, 2013

I'll be hopping on a series of cross-country flights later this week to attend Eat.Write.Retreat in Philadelphia, where I'll be spending the weekend with foodie writers from across North America exploring great cooking, photography, products and writing... along with lots of eating, of course! And…

Read more

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…

Read more

Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop showcases Kelowna this April

March 12, 2013

Have you always dreamed of writing about food and wine, but have never known quite where to start? Or are you a well-seasoned writer who needs a little inspiration to keep your stories fresh in 2013? Then the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop (OKFWWW) is just the thing to sink your teeth into …

Read more

20 Blog Posts