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So Close, Yet So Far: Exploring the Wonders of Tofino

So Close, Yet So Far: Exploring the Wonders of Tofino

One of the many reasons I love calling British Columbia home is that there is always something special just around the bend.  Take Vancouver Island. At certain spots, this massive island is less than 20 km from the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver. Yet once you arrive, it’s as if you’ve been transported to…

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By Karen, October 21, 2020
Wild Foraging with Chef Paul Moran

Wild Foraging with Chef Paul Moran

The act of foraging: to search for wild food. When you are a chef and a fifth-generation forager, what do you do after restaurant life? You follow your roots and host foraging and food adventures in your town. Tofino, British Columbia – to be exact – where the seaweed is abundant, the mushroom game is…

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By Karen, September 21, 2020
Exploring Naramata’s Best

Exploring Naramata’s Best

The Okanagan adventure starts now Or so we thought. Unfortunately, this long-awaited road trip started a little rough. Just as we were leaving, we noticed that our car had a flat. We quickly filled it and raced over to our mechanic, hoping he’d be able to perform a quick fix and get us back on…

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By Karen, August 17, 2020
A New Obsession! CharBlue Spice Rubs

A New Obsession! CharBlue Spice Rubs

Local Chef Jeffery Young has designed a line of meat and seafood rubs, Char Blue Premium Spice Rub Co.   Chef Jeffrey works with small batches of freshly ground, premium sourced spices to ensure freshness and quality consistency in his locally made products. The line consists of unique blends for pork, beef, poultry, and seafood. Being…

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By Karen, July 22, 2020
Hosting a Virtual Gala: Pandemic Edition

Hosting a Virtual Gala: Pandemic Edition

History has been made.   Our Ambassador team rocked the socks off a virtual gala, and made history.  Not only here in the Royal City of New Westminster, but throughout the ‘sparklehead’ community. The Hyack Ambassadors is a Leadership Program open to young women, 16-18 years of age who reside in the Royal City of New…

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By Karen, July 16, 2020
Covid-19 + All. The. Things.

Covid-19 + All. The. Things.

I know the whole idea is to be upbeat and positive because “this too shall pass.”  But the truth is, I constantly go from spurts of “I’m all good’ to “WTF is this real?” Yet COVID has given me lots of things – health and fitness being number one. Health and Fitness I did a…

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By Karen, May 8, 2020
Living the Sweet Life with Kidd Bros. Honey

Living the Sweet Life with Kidd Bros. Honey

When a company you’re blogging about is just shy of the age of the city you live in you take some notes from the elders.  Or is that just me? No not just me, you’ll definitely want to hear about this long standing company that produces non GMO honey. My favorite way to have my…

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By Karen, April 9, 2020
What is an Indian pickle, anyway?

What is an Indian pickle, anyway?

Let’s talk Indian pickles.  Achaar Indian pickles are a sweet and spicy condiment that differs from your traditional pickles. Why? Because you will want to put these on everything. Every. Thing. In India, ‘pickles’ are what we North Americans call ‘chutney.’  Now that you’re up to speed, a little more about this incredible company… Meet…

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By Karen, March 4, 2020
Come, let us have some tea; Woash Wellness, a blend of holistic teas

Come, let us have some tea; Woash Wellness, a blend of holistic teas

Who knew that savoring a hot cup of tea with your Oma would become the thing that got you up every morning? No alarm clock necessary. That’s exactly how Cassy Vantriet began her love affair with tea. Soon, tea time became ‘me’ time for Cassy, and her innocent morning cups grew into an obsession (complete…

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By Karen, February 20, 2020
Eat your way around Mayakoba with these 5 restaurants

Eat your way around Mayakoba with these 5 restaurants

Nothing gets me more excited about a trip than planning where (and what) to eat. So, as you can imagine, when we booked a recent trip to Mayakoba in Mexico, I immediately started googling the best food to try while we were there. There was a lot of information online about eating in Mayakoba, and…

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By Karen, February 5, 2020
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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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