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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
San Diego Easter Weekend at the Grand Del Mar: 5 Stars All ‘Round

San Diego Easter Weekend at the Grand Del Mar: 5 Stars All ‘Round

A while ago, Russ and I tossed around the idea of heading out of town for Easter weekend since we knew the kids wouldn’t be around. And then, when we thought about it again, it was a week away…so we booked the vacay and 3 days later we were on a plane.  Vacationing in San…

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By Karen, June 5, 2019
Sriracha Revolver: a local Vancouver hot sauce blending cuisines and bringing the heat

Sriracha Revolver: a local Vancouver hot sauce blending cuisines and bringing the heat

Isn’t it cool when a notion to make others happy turns into an entrepreneurial adventure?  Jordan of Sriracha Revolver started out by making hot sauce for her friends who loved heat and now her hot sauce can be found across Canada. And as a fellow heat-lover, I was excited to try this local Vancouver hot…

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By Karen, May 29, 2019
Kiki’s Vegan Kitchen: The difference-makers behind the ultra tasty vegan soup in Vancouver

Kiki’s Vegan Kitchen: The difference-makers behind the ultra tasty vegan soup in Vancouver

Kathryn and Michelle are the lady bosses behind Kiki’s Vegan Kitchen, makers of vegan soups and entrees in Vancouver. They are women making their mark and doing their part to make a difference in our world.  And making a difference sits very high on my list of priorities. High five, ladies! I first encountered Kiki’s…

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By Karen, May 15, 2019
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