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My Top 10 Local Food Finds at Vancouver’s Farmer Markets This Summer

My Top 10 Local Food Finds at Vancouver’s Farmer Markets This Summer

Vancouver farmer’s markets are a must for me from May to October. Are you kidding me? An open-air venue packed with Vancouver’s local food? That is my happy place. So I visit a variety of Vancouver’s farm markets (and those close to Vancouver) during the summer—as many as I can, depending on my schedule. The…

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By Karen, July 11, 2018
The Power of Giving Back:  4 Charities Worth Supporting

The Power of Giving Back:  4 Charities Worth Supporting

What does giving back mean to you? For me, the power of giving back is all about empowering other individuals on their journeys. When I donate to charities worth supporting, I specifically picture how the money is going to take people that much closer to where they need to go. It’s like we’re all climbing…

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By Karen, July 5, 2018
My 10 Favourite July Things

My 10 Favourite July Things

When Canada Day rolls around, it’s like everybody and everything just throws up their arms and says, “Woo hoo! Welcome to summer vacation!”  It’s time for bathing suits, pools and towels, backyard hangouts with friends and family, fish and chip picnics on the beach, long evenings on the patio, and pier jumping. Yes, the lazy…

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By Karen, July 4, 2018
My 10 Favourite June Things

My 10 Favourite June Things

This is a month with so much to love, don’t you think? The warmth starts creeping in as June unfolds. Fewer layers of clothing. Longer hours for play time. Less hectic schedules. Homemade popsicles. Sprinklers. One of my favourites: making preserves. The flats of sweet smelling strawberries on the back porch waiting to be made…

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By Karen, May 27, 2018
10 (Mostly British Columbian) Wines I’m Loving Right Now

10 (Mostly British Columbian) Wines I’m Loving Right Now

Pop that cork; it’s wine time. Let’s get sipping.   I started my 24-year love affair with wine by drinking dry imported white wine. (Sounds quite sophisticated doesn’t it?) That was back when my kids were young. From Chardonnay, it was a slow progression to reds. Why wine? Because kids. Just kidding. Trying different styles…

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By Karen, May 23, 2018
Best Airplane Snacks to Avoid Bloating After Flying

Best Airplane Snacks to Avoid Bloating After Flying

My top picks for foods that don’t cause bloating—and what you should avoid Why am I thinking about foods that don’t cause bloating? Well, I’ve been flying a lot lately. After a tough experience of relocating from one university to the next my daughter Delaney started playing lacrosse for the University of Indianapolis. (It’s a long…

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By Karen, May 23, 2018
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Fine Dining Our Way Through Napa Valley – A Culinary Travelogue

Fine Dining Our Way Through Napa Valley – A Culinary Travelogue

A Culinary Travelogue I can officially check off a big bucket list item. I’ve now dined at ALL of Thomas Keller’s restaurants. Here are the quick highlights, which mostly occurred during my July 2017 trip through Napa Valley. The French Laundry The French Laundry (a Michelin 3 Star restaurant) was my first stop. I had…

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By Karen, May 22, 2018
The Best Wine Food Pairing Blogs for Budding Connoisseurs

The Best Wine Food Pairing Blogs for Budding Connoisseurs

My top picks for learning about wine food pairing In my opinion, if you want to live life to the fullest, wine food pairing is where it’s at. It’s one thing to sip that funky, smoky, perfectly aged Châteauneuf-du-Pape on its own. But when you taste it after a bite of juicy roasted game, you’re…

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By Karen, May 21, 2018
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At this point, I understand myself well enough to know exactly how to cultivate joy on my own terms. So I savour life like I would a 9-course meal…with wine pairings, naturally. This is where you can draw inspiration for living your most adventurous, courageous, luxurious, and beautiful life—one delectably guiltless mouthful at a time.
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