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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
Florence: A delectable balance of adventure and serenity

Florence: A delectable balance of adventure and serenity

During our whirlwind trip to Italy, my sister-in-law Linda and I arrived at the Florence train station in the late afternoon. Across the street, after a few lefts and rights, we found our home for the next 5 days: the hotel Sina Villa Medici Autograph Collection, a refurbished 19th-century palazzo.   The Sina Villa Medici Autograph…

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By Karen, August 8, 2019
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BobAli Foods: Local Vancouver dips and spreads with full-on flavour

BobAli Foods: Local Vancouver dips and spreads with full-on flavour

Are you as interested as I am as to how the local Vancouver food producer BobAli Foods got their name?  It was the first question I asked them. Inquiring minds need to know, right?! Well, Moe, one of dips and spreads company BobAli’s partners, has the answer: its homage to their parents. Moe’s dad’s name…

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By Karen, July 24, 2019
Simply Delish: Handmade, local food in Langley, BC that’s unmissable

Simply Delish: Handmade, local food in Langley, BC that’s unmissable

Simply Delish provides vegan, handmade, local food in Langley, BC, and you’ve got to try it.  I’ve met owners Chelsey and Brad Hawkings in the Fraser Valley food scene and I just love how bubbly and friendly they both are.   Seriously, watch Chelsey’s insta stories– her sweet personality will make you laugh.  My favourite…

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By Karen, July 9, 2019
Traveling in Venice: Taking the scenic route, always

Traveling in Venice: Taking the scenic route, always

My trip to Venice started with a rather hasty departure from YVR. Our original flight was delayed and after a reschedule my sister in law Linda and I needed to be at the airport fast.  So we hustled our butts to leave 5 hours earlier than anticipated.  Arriving in Venice, it was overcast but warm…

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By Karen, July 3, 2019
Hippie Snacks: Whole food snacks with a hippie twist

Hippie Snacks: Whole food snacks with a hippie twist

When you hear the name Hippie Snacks, does your mind race back to sixties flower power and the smell of the earth after the rain on a hot summer day? Personally, I like those associations. And I love what Hippie Snacks does.  Back in 2005, Ian Walker created Hippie Snacks out of the desire to…

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By Karen, June 26, 2019
NutMeg Mylk: Vancouver nut mylk that’s all killer, no filler

NutMeg Mylk: Vancouver nut mylk that’s all killer, no filler

Are you as intrigued by nut mylks as I am? It took me a long time to realize that my body doesn’t like cow’s milk. When that bell finally went off, I looked for alternatives.  You know I love to create in the kitchen but the idea of taking on yet another “thing” by making…

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By Karen, June 11, 2019
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