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

header photo

Blog posts : "vancouver island"

Snakes & Lettuce

June 29, 2013

I mentioned on the Devour & Conquer Facebook Page the other day that I was happy to see that a local Garter snake that was considering adopting my garden as home. I went out to do some weeding today, and there she was (no idea if it's male or female, but she looks like a 'she' for some reason and …

Read more

Quick pickled carrot and mixed sprouts salad

June 28, 2013

This salad is simple and incredibly fast to make, looks beautiful, tastes great and is packed with healthy ingredients. The vinegar gives the carrots a light pickled flavour, while retaining their colour and crunch. This salad is crammed with beta-carotene, vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, iron, p…

Read more

Checking up on the backyard kitchen garden

June 25, 2013


I've been traveling so much over the past few months that my backyard kitchen garden has been pretty much left to its own devices. When I've been home I'm rushed out to throw a few new plants in the ground, feed, stake, water, then off I go again. It's been interesting to see what flourishes wit…

Read more

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…

Read more

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…

Read more

Evolution of a $1 packet of salad seeds

April 18, 2013

On the very last day of the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market in late October of 2012, I walked by the Omega Blue Farms booth and noticed a sign saying "All Seeds - $1.00", their end of the year sell-off. Between the price and the potential growing challenge, I couldn't help stopping to investigate.


Read more

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…

Read more

Rainy Day Salmon Chowder

February 6, 2013

I am a New Englander on my father's side, and spent my childhood summers swimming in the Rhode Island waves, followed by snarfing down clam cakes and warming up with a hot cup of clam chowder. It's in my blood, so much so that when the weather gets to just the right combination of cold/stormy/gray…

Read more

One of my Vancouver Island Local Food Heroes

January 25, 2013


Bon Vivant on Vancouver Island recently launched a great promotion to show some love to the local food heroes of Vancouver Island. From chefs and restaurants to farmers and seafood providers, there are so many different people on the Island who make the western edge of Canada such an amazing loc…

Read more

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 …

Read more

New cookie making in progress...

December 3, 2012

My local group of friends has a record 18 people coming to our yearly holiday cookie exchange this year. So I'm neck-deep in ingredients and fighting the humidity of a west coast rainy day (anti-meringue making weather) as I whip up 17 dozen meringue cookies, plus more for the tasting competition. R…

Read more

A few thoughts on losing wild mushroom ecosystems to Vancouver Island clear-cutting

November 19, 2012

Devour and Conquer is supposed to be about my adventures with food around British Columbia, and although I've been conflicted about my feelings on the ever-present logging and clear-cutting issues on Vancouver Island since I moved here, I didn't expect food and clear-cutting to come alarmingly toget…

Read more

The annual fall Chanterelle craving begins...

October 9, 2012

My love affair with Chanterelle mushrooms began five years ago, just after I moved to Vancouver Island. I was shopping at the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market when I happened across a huge bag of them brought to town by a local picker. The price was a jaw-dropping $10 for the entire bag, I would hav…

Read more

13 Blog Posts