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A Phil Scarfone-Paul Moran Collab: Adventures in Foraged, Italian-Inspired Deliciousness 

A Phil Scarfone-Paul Moran Collab: Adventures in Foraged, Italian-Inspired Deliciousness 

Picture this: it’s a super low key Friday evening at home with Russ. I pick up my phone, click over to Instagram, and see a post from Chef Paul Moran. It reads: 10 spots left for a Phil Scarfone-Paul Moran collab.  I sit up, say, “No way!” and see that the date is set for…

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By Karen, December 4, 2019
The Phamily Table: Vietnamese inspired sauces and catering that tell a family story

The Phamily Table: Vietnamese inspired sauces and catering that tell a family story

Brandon Pham, founder of the Vancouver Vietnamese catering company The Phamily Table, knew his calling at a young age.   He worked with his mom in the family kitchen at 12 years old, pickling vegetables using their Vietnamese heritage craft.  He never could shake the aromas of the spices that filled their house. Even at that…

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By Karen, November 19, 2019
Celebrating Baby Right: Hosting a baby shower to remember

Celebrating Baby Right: Hosting a baby shower to remember

Some say I like my fun with a tinge of stress. Maybe that’s why hosting a baby shower for my niece Becca this past Sunday was so enjoyable. Seriously though…I love hosting people for a meaningful event. Consider this post a resource for party host tips– if you’re as intense about the details as I…

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By Karen, November 6, 2019
Yoggu Foods’ Coconut Yogurt Will Help You Kiss Dairy Goodbye

Yoggu Foods’ Coconut Yogurt Will Help You Kiss Dairy Goodbye

(With Easy-Peasy Pumpkin-Spice Yogurt Recipe Just In Time For Fall)  Yogurt alternatives are becoming big, and luckily here in Vancouver, we have our own delicious dairy-free coconut yogurt, courtesy of Yoggu Foods.   Yoggu is the only dairy-free yogurt alternative in the marketplace that uses organic young coconut meat, in addition to our other clean ingredients…

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By Karen, October 23, 2019
Feast of Fields: Bring an appetite to this gourmet harvest festival featuring Vancouver’s local food producers

Feast of Fields: Bring an appetite to this gourmet harvest festival featuring Vancouver’s local food producers

When I picked up my wine glass and cloth napkin at Richmond’s Feast of Fields gourmet harvest festival, I knew it was going to be a great afternoon. The event, designed to show off Vancouver’s local food producers and allow the farm folk to mingle with the city folk (like me), is incredible. But here’s…

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By Karen, October 2, 2019
Rabbit River Farm Eggs: The Sunny Orange Colour of Compassion

Rabbit River Farm Eggs: The Sunny Orange Colour of Compassion

When you’re a foodie like me, so much boils down to outrageously great taste, to flavours and textures that just make you want to savour spoonful after spoonful, forkful after forkful. But really? Nothing tastes more delicious to me than food that feeds my conscience, satisfying my need for a more just and compassionate world….

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By Karen, September 25, 2019
Local Vancouver Pierogies Flavoured by Friendships

Local Vancouver Pierogies Flavoured by Friendships

One of my must-ask questions when writing about a local food producer is the story behind the name.  I love names.  When Yvonne, maker of local Vancouver pierogies, founded her company, she was encouraged to think of a name that has a personal meaning. I’d say the one she came up with – Nina’s Pierogies…

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By Karen, September 11, 2019
La Bottega Del Buon Caffe: A Florentine Michelin restaurant to remember

La Bottega Del Buon Caffe: A Florentine Michelin restaurant to remember

What can I say about  La Bottega Del Buon Caffe? It was a fabulous dining experience.  This Florentine one-star Michelin restaurant is the sister establishment to Borgo Santo Pietro, which is close to Siena. And you better believe I am going there at some point.  Hello?! they have truffle hunting and a cooking school and…

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By Karen, September 4, 2019
Delicious, Nutritious, Gluten-Free Toaster Waffles That Don’t Taste Like Cardboard

Delicious, Nutritious, Gluten-Free Toaster Waffles That Don’t Taste Like Cardboard

Imagine…nutrient-packed banana and spinach waffles that are stored in the freezer and popped in the toaster as needed. When it comes to eating clean and healthy, how much easier could it get? Wholesome Heart Foods was born out of the desire to create delicious, nutritious toaster waffles. I couldn’t have agreed more with their founder,…

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By Karen, August 28, 2019
Royal City Donuts: Artisanal New Westminster Made Donuts To Die For

Royal City Donuts: Artisanal New Westminster Made Donuts To Die For

It’s a good week. That’s because, this week, I’m taste testing donuts. What’s the verdict on Royal City Donuts (made by the incredible Jonathan Goodridge)? I give them a solid “yum.” Bonus points: these New Westminster made donuts are ultra local for me as I live in the Royal City myself.  My verdict came through…

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By Karen, August 14, 2019
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