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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
Flourgirl: Vegan cinnamon buns that are hard to share

Flourgirl: Vegan cinnamon buns that are hard to share

Please allow me to introduce you to Flourgirl Baking, some of the best Vancouver vegan baking I’ve ever had. I will be honest, initially I was intrigued by the notion of a vegan cinnamon bun.  Would it be cinnamon-y, just the way I like? Will the texture be right? And let’s not forget the icing!…

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By Karen, April 24, 2019
The Batter’s Up Bakery: sugar cookies with plenty of soul

The Batter’s Up Bakery: sugar cookies with plenty of soul

Aren’t these beauties just the sweetest? To me, they say “Hello, welcome to Spring!” The Batters Up Bakery owner-operator Jessica van Delden has hit a home run with her sugar cookies. The taste, texture, and sweet design are outta this ballpark delicious! In December 2017 Jessica made a batch of Christmas themed sugar cookies for…

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By Karen, April 10, 2019
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Chocolate Arts: one of the most-liked handmade chocolate in Vancouver

Chocolate Arts: one of the most-liked handmade chocolate in Vancouver

As a big fan of chocolate, especially handmade chocolate with a focus on local flavours, recommending Chocolate Arts is a no-brainer for me. My headline isn’t lying: this is one of the most-liked chocolate in Vancouver. You’ll find Chocolate Arts on West 3rd in Vancouver.  These chocolatiers are no newbies, having been in business for…

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By Karen, March 20, 2019
Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Hoochy Booch Kombucha: Versatile and Natural, Perfectly Sweet and Pleasingly Sour

Kombucha is a fermented beverage. So is wine. I guess it’s no wonder I became a fast fan of Hoochy Booch Kombucha when I first tried it in 2014. Hoochy Booch was founded by Kristin Zerbin. Once upon a time she was a tired, bloated and moody woman who wanted to make a change.  Kombucha…

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By Karen, March 13, 2019
Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Health After 50: Type 2 Diabetes, Menopause Symptoms + Getting Real

Good news first: my brain fog finally started to lift in mid-January. Tough news next: health after 50 is a bit of minefield. In addition to managing my normal menopause symptoms at age 50 and beyond, I’m dealing with being on the diabetes spectrum. On a follow-up visit for my blood pressure with my GP…

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By Karen, March 6, 2019
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A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

A Whirlwind Trip to Downtown Indianapolis: The Alexander Hotel Indianapolis, Turkey Burgers, and More

When Ryland, Ali, and I arrived at The Alexander Hotel in downtown Indianapolis at 1:00 am after travelling all day, it was a treat to be greeted so kindly at reception. If you like, it was a good omen, and one that proved quite accurate. Our time in downtown Indianapolis did not disappoint. So why…

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By Karen, February 13, 2019
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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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