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Chocolats Favoris opens in British Columbia

Chocolats Favoris, the artisan chocolate shop and creamery opened it’s newest location this month in Victoria, B.C and we are celebrating with a chocolate giveaway!

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Chocolats Favoris a unique chocolate destination: a station dedicated to dipping soft-serve ice cream in one of 12 exclusive chocolate flavours, including Original Milk, Dulce de Leche, Cookies and Cream and Salted Caramel, canned chocolate fondue that customers can bring home to enjoy with family and friends, and a huge counter of chocolate (fine chocolate and bars).

About Chocolats Favoris

Chocolats Favoris was founded in 1979 in Lévis, Canada, located just outside Québec City. For over 36 years, the company has carved an enviable reputation for its exceptionally high-quality artisanal chocolate as well as its ice-cream dippings made out of pure, real chocolate and offered in 12 unique flavours. In 2013, Québec businessman Dominique Brown stepped down as President of Beenox, an internationally renowned video game studio, to inject his creativity and ambition into building a unique brand and concept of chocolate shops.

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Sprucing Up At The Glamoury

Looking For A One Stop Shop For Make Up and Hair? The Glamoury Delivers On Glam!

Over the years I have got a bit better at make up application and hair doing, but it’s not really my forte. I really do need serious help in this department and was super excited to discover a new one stop shop for hair and make-up right in Yaletown, The Glamoury.

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The room is gorgeous, lavish decorated NS designed by Ste Marie (Homer Street Cafe, Meat and Bread, Savio Volpe). Creative design firm Glasfurd & Walker (Meat and Bread, Wilfred, Boboli) led all creative direction for The Glamoury with both firms collaborating to create a space which blends art deco with a contemporary aesthetic.

The Glamoury

The ladies at the Glamoury can produce a plethora of looks for you, whether you want to go with a look that’s all “Bardot” all about the smoky with the “Smoke Show” or are “All About the Lips”. The are many looks to choose from and of course the stylists will then personalize for you.

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VOILA! GLAM!

Once you’ve slipped into your satin robe you fill out an experience card allowing you to tailor the experience. Are you in the mode for peace and quiet, or do you want to chat? They review look options and the team magically transports you to a more Glamorous time.

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The owner, AJ Woodworth,  has assembled a knock-out team from from Vancouver’s top beauty talent who have worked with brands including Charlotte Tilbury and NARS. She also created a house line of Glamoury makeup that is made in Canada, and The Glamoury’s makeup kits are a mix of industry picks such as MAC, Makeup Forever, Anastasia, and NARS.

Signature offerings at The Glamoury include a full 45-minute makeup application and specialty blow out. Also available are a range of touch up services for both hair and makeup.

The Glamoury is open from 7 a.m. until late and on weekends from 10 a.m. until late.

Brunch at Wildtale

Where to Brunch in Vancouver? We suggest Brunch at Wildtale

I’d love to go for brunch every weekend, but unfortunately I seem to be stuck in front of my computer far too often eating leftovers or toast with peanut butter and pickles; an odd combo but a good one. Once in a while I do get to go out for a treat, and I must say this day was pretty cool, as I got my hair done and I had an amaze meal.

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First up, thanks to Blo for my blow-out. I went for the Victory Rolls again. I love my hair when it’s straight and not the usual crazy curls.

Then off to Wildtale to meet up with some pals for a media brunch. Wildtale opened last spring and is owned by John Crook and Erik Heck, restaurants veterans and owners of Flying Pig. (Brunch is great here too, check out my post here). The restaurant is heavy on the seafood with a bit of a southern touch.

You might go for a Caesar, but I opted to sample a Fresh Start, a smoothie made from green apple, fennel, honeydew, kale and lime. Can’t have booze all day every day. Believe me, it’s not good.

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As the official pork ambassador for BC and Alberta Pork,  I of course had to sample the Maple Glazed Bacon with rosemary and thyme syrup.

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I chose a Chopped Salad as well as the Oyster Po’ Boy, since we were sharing so I didn’t have to take on the whole dishes myself. The salad was a tasty combo of veggies, cheese and shrimp, and the Po’ Boy was plush with those crispy deep fired oysters I love, with plenty of tartar sauce and a ton of wonderful fries.

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I also had to have the baked oysters, and was super pleased I made that choice. Never enough oysters, I say.

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Others ordered up Crab Benny, Fried Beefsteak Tomatoes with basil aioli, chicken and waffles and a smoked salmon benny on a perfect pan-fried potato rosti and there was a definitely generally consensus that the kitchen was on its brunch game.

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Some wacko also thought we should have dessert, but I thought I’d burst if I had anything more. I remember when I was scolded by an editor when I went to a restaurant to review it, and didn’t sample the desserts, but this is my site now, so I can do whatever I want. Right? :o) In any case you can see they have some wonderful items on the sweets side, and I do remember having an amazing banana cream pie here last spring; click for that write up is here. 

Wildtale
1079 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9
(604) 428-9211
Weekdays: 11 am – Midnight
Saturday: 10 am to Midnight
Sunday: 10am – 11pm
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm and 9-Midnight every day at the bar and in the lounge

*Brunch was on Wildtale
**Featured Image by James Chung of Hellovancity – thanks for this!

What’s Good In July

It’s July and Vancouver is hopping! Here’s What’s Good In July in and around our fare city!

I can’t believe it’s July already, meaning we are half way through 2016! How’s your year going? I am overdue for a break and will be taking a few days off next week. However, that won’t mean I’m off the internets, so do tune in to our social feeds for some insight into what’s good in the Okanagan these days!

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July 7 – Britannia School Garden Fundraiser 

On Thursday, July 7th from 5-9, the Britannia Secondary sports field, next to the garden will be transformed into a lovely garden party. This year we are taking the annual fundraiser right to the garden where the high school & elementary, preschool gardening programs take place

Enjoy a gourmet meal of local fare, including veg and non-veg entree, salads, corn on the cob, nugget potatoes and more! PLUS, homemade pie and ice cream for dessert. Family friendly event with games and activities for all ages, live local music, a storyteller for the kids, a juice bar with homemade ginger beer (non-alcoholic), lemonade, kombucha and ice tea. Plus, we have over 50 items donated by East Van merchants, services, breweries, restaurants and cafes and more for the Silent Auction.

It’s going to be a great evening, with money going to a great cause- teaching East Van kids about the joys of gardening and of community Money raised will also go to supporting the Eastside Family Place “Little Sprouts” summer gardening and food skills program, and also all the way to the SEGA Girls School  in Tanzania, whose garden is twinned with the Britannia Secondary School

MENU  Fraser Valley free range, slow cooked pork shoulder,  Local assorted stuffed vegetables with rice, pumpkin seeds, spinach & feta cheese, Bean and cilantro salad,  Kale and cabbage coleslaw,  Corn on the cob with chipotle butter, Homemade gluten free cornbread, Medley of roasted nugget potatoes tossed in fresh herbs, Pie and ice cream for dessert.

PLUS 5 local performers (music & story-telling), Picnic games and activities for children and adults, Silent Auction from 50+ area merchants
Tickets $30; Kids 6-12, half price; under 6, free

Tickets are $30 for adults, half price for ages 6-12 and under 6 are free. Tickets can be bought at the Britannia Community Centre front information desk, register by phone 604-718-5800 (1),  or gwfcnetwork@gmail.com. We are excited to announce that the Commercial Drive Scotiabank branch is offering MATCHING funds, so your $30 will turn into $60!  https://www.facebook.com/BritanniaSchoolGardenFundraiser/

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July 9th – Pop-up truffle brunch with The Modern Pantry

Now if we were in town, we’d be here! Tickets are only $35 for a three course meal prominently featuring truffles and drinks.  Here’s the menu rundown: Tickets

Summer vegetable and truffle tart
Poached egg on brioche with truffle cream
Truffle and berry parfait
Juice
Coffee and tea

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July 11 – Keys to the Streets: Woodward’s Summer Jam Session  

Music will fill the atrium at Woodward’s for the inaugural Keys to the Streets: Woodward’s Summer Jam Session on Monday, July 11. From 6 – 8 pm, an incredible line-up of local musical artists will gather to tickle the ivories and raise their voices in support of Keys to the Streets, a three-year old program that places painted pianos on the streets of Vancouver for everyone to encourage play over the summer. Info here.

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July 16, 2016 All You Can Eat Peruvian Street Meat Summer BBQ

– Vancouver, BC – CA$36

My friends at Chicha are cooking up a storm and we’ll be heading there after the track! There will be plenty of grilled assorted anticuchos (Peruvian street meat style skewers), costillos de cerdo (Peruvian aji panca chili bbq sauce baby back ribs), Pan Con Chicharron sliders (crispy pork belly and caramelized yam sliders), Peruvian style marinated grilled chicken…and just about anything else you think of fit for the BBQ!

Lots of great additions to the grilled meats; corn on the cob, a variety of salads, signature ceviche, empanadas and other signature Chicha dishes…and picarones (Peruvian style donuts made with pumpkin and sweet potato served with spiced honey and pisco raspberry couli)!

DJ’s spinning, lots of great local craft beer featured, lots of cocktail specials! Starts at 2pm and will go late! Bring your summer party vibes and your appetite…you are going to need both!

Chicha Restaurant – 136 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5T 1W2 – View Map
– Vancouver, BC – CA$36

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July 11 – The Greasy Spoon Vol 17. Featuring Chef David Gunawan of Farmers Apprentice tickets A Better Life Foundation

We’re excited to announce July’s Greasy Spoon dinner is hosted by Chef David Gunawan from Farmers Apprentice.

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!

The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month, which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four-course meal to remember.

Who we’re supporting:

Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause, which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

ABLF: A Better Life Foundation supports the marginalized populations of our city by providing stable meals and the opportunity for upward mobility through training and employment.

WHEN Monday, July 11, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE Save On Meats – 43 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G4 – View Map

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July 16 Deighton Cup

We wouldn’t miss this one. Not sure what we’ll wear this year, but last’s years dress thankfully came in handy for a picnic segment I did last week! Horses are rounding the bend, as the sounds of champagne bottles pop in the distance. Grab your finest fascinator & best silk bow tie, it’s time for a good old fashioned day at the races. Bet on the ponies & see where your luck takes you – shake your tickets harder ladies & gentlemen! It’s time to be entertained at the sport of the kings.

This year, The Deighton Cup is excited to open up the entire Marquee and Concourse as one complete VIP experience. Attendees will be given full inclusive access to traditional areas hosted by The Deighton Cup in years past including the Mile’s End Motors Field of Dreams, picnic area, cigar lounge & Veuve Clicquot champagne stage. Tickets!

New for 2016, we’re excited to announce an increased amount of space for derby-goers, festival activations and interactive attendee areas. Additionally, the entire festival grounds will be exclusive to Deighton Cup ticket holders only as well as an increased number of food tents throughout the entire venue.

July 15 Kaya Malay Bistro to Honour Dogs 

In honour of their much loved family dog Maya, who was tragically hit by a car and passed away, the Kwan family has chosen to both  celebrate and say goodbye on July 15 at their restaurant Kaya Malay Bistro (1063 W Broadway) with a fundraiser for the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) from 6pm to 10pm.

Admission is by donation ($5 minimum) to attend the event. Reservations can be made at kayamalay.com or by calling (604) 730-9963.

Recommended is the option of a three-course dinner for $35.00, and for an additional $5, pair Haywire Lunar wines, which were generously donated by Okanagan Crush Pad owner and long time PADS supporter, Christine Coletta.The evening will include live music, complimentary Southeast Asian tapas, and a 10% off Kaya discount card.

CONTEST CLOSED Secret Garden Tea Company – High Tea For Two Giveaway

The Secret Garden Tea Company is Expanding and Celebrating with a Giveaway For High Tea For Two

For two decades, the Secret Garden Tea Company in Kerrisdale has been offering a tranquil haven for Vancouverites to enjoy a spot of tea and delicious fresh-baked treats with friends and family.

WINNER- Congrats to Jill K!

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The First High Tea Served

Co-owner Kathy Wyder’s grandma was the inspiration for the tea room after lamenting there wasn’t one in Kerrisdale. So Kathy and a friend opened the tea room’s doors in October 1995. Since then, staff have poured countless cups of steaming tea in elegant china and served elegant sweets and scones, along with breakfast and lunch to anyone who simply want a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Secret Garden Tea Company Owners Kathy Wyder and Erin Wyder

Growing demand for a quiet, old-fashioned afternoon tea spurred the decision to move from its current home on West Boulevard to a larger location at 2138 West 40th Avenue. They will be able to serve more traditional high tea to customers later this summer when it opens, but the traditions you have come to love will remain the same.

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The larger Secret Garden will allow for milestone events and large gatherings such as bridal showers, birthdays and other celebrations in their customers’ lives.

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In honour of the move we are doing a giveaway for 2 for an afternoon tea. Tea Includes.

  • Secret Garden Egg Pinwheels
  • House Caesar Roast Beef on Mini Croissants
  • Smoky Caramelized Bacon on Petit Kale Muffins
  • Scone with Raspberry Jam and Devonshire Cream
  • Tea Cake Slices
  • Tangy Mini Lemon Curd Tart
  • Summery Upside Down Nectarine Cake with Salted Caramel Whip
  • Chocolate “Peanut Butter Cup” Tart
  • Pot of premium tea

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Picnicking in Style on Global TV

June 30 Global TV talking picnicking in style.

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1) Canadian Tire – outdoor Shelter, portable coolers, picnic blanket

2) Picnic Items from Bacci’s on 12th and Granville – Place Settings & Cutler and Picnic food from Dirty Apron

3) Picnic Items from Real Canadian Superstore and Picnic food from Presidents Choice and Pete’s Meats on 12th and Arbutus

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Start at Canadian Tire where you can pick up a shelter, coolers and picnic table clothes.

ShelterBeach Blanket, Picnic Coolers, Table Cloth

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If you are looking for some unique items, head to Bacci’s on 12th and Granville.

Picnic Blanket, Plates, Bowls and Cups, Tablecloth and Napkins, Picnic cutlery.

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Dirty Apron has a complete picnic, everything you need in Gourmet Picnic.

Sandwiches  Prosciutto with figs, watercress, Brie cheese, and balsamic onions on fresh-baked baguette and  Confit albacore tuna with citrus mayonnaise, smoked paprika, fennel, basil, Parmesan on fresh-baked baguette

Salads Roasted mushrooms with puffed black rice, shallots, Thai style chimichurri and a sherry vinaigrette – Israeli cous-cous, fire roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes, grilled eggplant, asparagus, zucchini and lemon vinaigrette

Desserts Triple chocolate chip cookie, Oatmeal coconut raisin cookie, Chocolate pistachio cream cheese brownies

Charcuterie + Cheese Boards – Oyama Meat’s Italian prosciutto and mild soppresata salami – Comte and Brie cheese from France – Elsa’s Story Rosemary & Olive Oil Crackers – House-made hummus Organic fruit

Beverages – Flavoured San Pellegrino – Limonata and Aranciata

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Real Canadian Superstore a great place to pick up picnic essentials

PC Home Essentials Salad caddie, bamboo plates, glasses, napkins, tray and serving tongs.

PC Insiders Collection PC Organics Lemonade, PC Beet Hummus, PC Pico De Gallo and PC Chia & Quinoa Baked Pita Crackers

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Stop in at Pete’s Meats for some bread, cheese, rillettes, charcuterie and mustard and you are set.

Where to Picnic in Vancouver

It’s the season of picnicking! We’ve got the details on where to picnic in Vancouver

We love grabbing a baguette, some cheese and pate or perhaps some leftover BBQ chicken and heading out to eat outdoors. Our summer sunshine is limited, so when the sun is out we celebrate while we can. I teamed up with Expedia.ca to bring you a few places we love to dine el fresco.

English Bay

If you are into people watching, this is the spot for you. While it’s often crowded, there is almost always a spot for a blanket or two, and if you didn’t pack something from home, there are plenty of restaurants offering take-out. Views are stunning, boats float by and joggers pass along the seawall. Be sure to check out the Inukshuks.

Chaldecott Park
Over on the west side of Vancouver at 4175 Wallace Street at Dunbar you’ll find Chaldecott Park. This is a great spot to bring little kids and splash through the water park, but big ones can escape the noise at one of the park’s picnic tables as well. Huge cedar trees provide shelter and there’s baseball diamonds should you need to bring the whole team.

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Queen Elizabeth Park
Enjoy the sunset in central Vancouver at Q.E. Park. Explore the gardens or play tennis or pitch and putt, all with some of the best views of the city. Although it’s easy to access via car, bike or bus, this popular spot has many nooks where you can escape for a little bit of privacy.

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Kite Festival, Vanier Park, Vancouver

Vanier Park
Avoid the crowds of Kits Beach and instead head further east to Vanier Park. The lawn surrounding the Museum of Vancouver has ocean views, tons of parking, and plenty of options should the weather turn against you. Watch the boats launch, the kites fly, and runners and cyclists cruise by.

Deer Lake Park
Take a trip out to Burnaby for an afternoon or evening in one of the province’s more interesting parks at Deer Lake. Here you’ll find walking trails, the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, and Burnaby Village Museum. Time your trip with one of the summer festivals or concerts, or bring a row boat and conquer the lake. Beware of beavers, turtles, and frogs.

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Crab Park
On the east side of town you’ll find some oceanfront greenery at Crab Park at the foot of Main Street. Watch the port activities and enjoy urban tranquility just outside of the bustling downtown eastside. Dogs can go off-leash, kids can romp in the playground, and you can enjoy your time by the sea with a thermos full of “grape juice.”

 

Halibut at the Wedgewood Hotel’s Bacchus Room

Halibut Season – It’s What’s Fresh at the Wedgewood Hotel’s Bacchus Room

There’s a new chef in town at the Wedgewood, Executive Chef Simon Bolsover and he’s sourced some Haida Gwaii Halibut, featured daily on the menu.

We stopped in for a leisurely Friday lunch, but as my pal Melissa is not only gluten free, but also dairy, poor thing, we had to switch it up from the fish and chips that day.

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Melissa’s BC Steelhead Salmon with spiced quinoa, root vegetable, caper raisin & orange vinaigrette was perfectly seared and full of flavour.

Bacchus Halibut

I made my own creation, modifying the Alaskan Weathervane Scallops with kabocha squash risotto, beet greens, so I could enjoy a bit of halibut as well.

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This is truly an often forgotten gem. The room is old school cool, we sat in the regal lounge and the service is always top notch. Their afternoon tea is one of the best in the city and we’ll be back to chronicle that soon. Best of all this is a family-owned and operated boutique hotel an one of the only Relais and Chateau properties in British Columbia.

Halibut Specials

Monday Haida Gwaii New Season Halibut olive crushed potato, shrimp caper, parsley butter sauce

Tuesday Haida Gwaii New Season Halibut corn chowder, pod peas, chorizo sausage braised gem lettuce, clam

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Wednesday Haida Gwaii New Season Halibut with Puy lentils, chanterelle mushrooms scorched cauliflower, iberico pork lardo

Thursday Haida Gwaii New Season Halibut cauliflower cheese risotto, curried cauliflower fritters vine tomato, pine nut dressing

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Friday Granville Island Beer Battered Halibut hand cut fries, crushed peas, tartar sauce

Roman Countryside Culinary Adventure and Olive Oil Recipes

Join Chef Dana Reinhardt in Tuscania for a Roman Countryside Culinary Adventure

Is their anything better than traveling, enjoying good food and learning to cook better. Well, I think not. We are lucky enough to have Chef Dana Reinhardt in our midst, she’s a friend and a fellow Les Dames d’Escoffier member, and an amazing cook. I’ve take a few cooking classes with her and have the recipes to prove it! Recently I joined a group of food lovers at Siena restaurant where Dana revealed the details of an amazing trip to Italy and served up some very tasty olive-oil based dishes. Recipes below!

Last year she’s sussed out a stunning farm in Tuscania, Lazio, Italy and she is now hosting culinary tours there. You can join Chef Dana Reinhardt in exploring the incredible bounty of Casa Caponetti.  Casa Caponetti, is situated on a stunning 125 acre olive farm and home to an ancient Etruscan necropolis, comprising one of the largest single ruins on private land.  On the tour you will harvest seasonal produce from the extensive biodynamic vegetable gardens (27 varieties of tomatoes!) and use meat from their heritage breed cattle, pigs and chickens located directly on the property.

Learn to make pizza and bread in the wood fire oven; master the tricks of hand-made pasta and forage for wild herbs and mushrooms in the surrounding woodlands.  The trip will also include visits to local vineyards for wine tastings, artisanal cheese makers and the fresh fish market in Civitavecchia.  A whole week of exploration, cooking, learning and laughing.


Highlights
  • Hands-on cooking classes with two master chefs:  Chef Dana Reinhardt of Vancouver and Chef Mark Medina-Rios of Casa Caponetti.
  • Exploring the Roman countryside with amazing trips to local wineries, cheese makers, fish markets and ancient walled villages.
  • Working with sustainable, biodynamic and organic ingredients direct from the farm and learning traditional and modern Roman dishes.
  • Time to wander or hike the pastoral and beautiful grounds of Casa Caponetti and discover the site of ancient Etruscan ruins.
  • Pamper yourself with a massage from the in-house masseuse or a trip to the Roman Papal baths and spa in Vitterbo.


Includes:

  • 6 nights and 7 days private guest accommodation
  • 7 day guided culinary tour
  • Visits to wineries, cheese makers, fish market including transportation
  • Tastings of local cheese, wine, olive oil and breads
  • All lunch and dinners with wine at offsite excursions are included
  • All meals and wine
  • All applicable taxes

 

SEPTEMBER 25-OCTOBER 1, 2016
TOUR: $3099.00

To inquire about the experience, contact Chef Dana Reinhardt directly at: cookitalytours.com or by mail: reinhardtdana19@gmail.com

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Chilled Radish and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Soup Yield: 4 portions

2 pounds          red radishes, rinsed, trimmed and chopped                        (keep 2 radish aside to thinly slice and use as a garnish)
2                      shallots, finely chopped
2 Tbsps            extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp             butter
3 cups              chicken/vegetable stock
kosher salt and pepper to taste
extra virgin olive oil for garnish

In a medium saucepot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat.  Add the shallots and sauté for 2 minutes.  Add the radishes and sauté for about 8 minutes.  Cover with chicken stock and bring to a simmer.  Simmer for about 10 minutes until the radishes are cooked through.  Puree the soup in a blender and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Chill for 6 hours or overnight.  Serve garnished with sliced radish and extra virgin olive oil.

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Fresh Pea and Basil Panna Cotta  – 6 – 2 ounce portions

1 cup               fresh or frozen peas
1 Tbsp             butter
1 Tbsp             shallots
¼ cup              chicken stock
¾ cup              milk
¼ cup              whipping cream
1 T                fresh basil, chopped
2 sheets           gelatin
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsps            extra virgin olive oil
fresh basil leaves

Soak gelatin in mixture of milk and cream.  In a small skillet, over medium heat, sauté shallots in butter and add peas.  Add chicken stock and simmer for 3 minutes or until peas are just cooked.  Puree in blender with fresh basil.  Pour into a medium mixing bowl.

Remove gelatin from cream mixture and pour into a small saucepan.  Squeeze out excess liquid from the gelatin into the saucepan and set the gelatin aside.  Heat the cream over medium heat until warmed through.  Do not boil.

Remove the cream mixture from the heat and whisk in the gelatin until dissolved.  Whisk into the  pea puree and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.  Pour into tall shot glasses, cover each one with plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Serve topped with extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil leaves.

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Honey Semifreddo Yield:  8 – 2 oz ramekins

120 grams                   egg yolks
150 grams                   honey
300 grams                   whipping cream

In a medium saucepan with a candy thermometer, heat the honey over medium heat until it reaches 115C.  Meanwhile whip the egg yolks until pale in a stand mixer.  Once the honey reaches temperature, whip the honey slowly into the yolks.

In a separate bowl, whip the cream into soft peaks.  Fold the cream into the yolk mixture and pour into the ramekins.  Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.

Uncle Ben’s Rice & Grains Recipes

The UNCLE BEN’S® brand serves up new RICE & GRAINS – Uncle Ben’s Rice & Grains

UNCLE BEN’S® brand now offers Rice & Grains, a combination of rice with ancient grains, such as quinoa and couscous and we’ve got some great recipes from local restaurants to inspire you to add more than just rice to your plate.

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“Our team is always looking for ways to create gourmet flavours everyone can enjoy, and Rice & Grains has been a strong addition,” says Sommai Gordon, owner and head chef at Super Thai Food. “Canadians will be able to get creative in the kitchen with this product, just like we did with our recipe.”

The UNCLE BEN’S® Rice & Grains product comes in seven flavours:

  • Brown Rice & Quinoa – Roasted Red Pepper
  • Basmati Medley – Savory Herb
  • 5 Grain Blend – Savory Quinoa Pilaf
  • Brown Rice Medley – Roasted Garlic and Herb
  • Spicy Wholegrain & Quinoa – With Chili
  • Wholegrain & Wild – Garden Herb
  • Wholegrain & Quinoa – Garlic Flavour

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