Garagiste North Wine Festival

Garagiste North Wine Festival Announces 2017 Tour Dates: Vancouver/ Parksville/ Penticton

If you’ve ever felt that you don’t get to try the smaller wine producers from around BC, this is the chance for you to sample these hard to find wines. Founders of the Garagiste North Wine Festival, Jennifer Schell and Terry Meyer-Stone, started this unique gathering to celebrate the artisan winemakers that are often too small to join the big festivals. The inaugural festival in 2014 held in Okanagan Falls captured the hearts of the wine-loving crowd who were delighted to taste these exclusive wines and have the opportunity to talk directly to the winemaker. The Garagiste Guild Members together make for one heck of a wine party!

GARAGISTE – (gar-ah-jeest) noun, Fr. : The garagiste originally refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, producing “vins de garage” or “garage wine”. They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. synonyms: Rebels, pioneers, renegades, individualists, mavericks, driven by passion.

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DATES for this year

VANCOUVER: Saturday April 22nd 4-6:30 pm
Art Works Gallery – 225 Smithe Street
Wine tasting+ live music + Tacofino taco truck + Marquis Wine Cellars pop up shop selling Garagiste wines on site = coolest wine festival ever!
$49 –CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
TRADE invited from 2-3:30pm pm click to RSVP HERE
(*2 guests per organization please)

PARKSVILLE: Saturday, July 29th 4-6:30 pm
Parksville Museum – 1245 East Island Hwy+ pop up wine shop selling Garagiste wines on site= coolest wine festival ever!
Wine tasting+live music+yummy food
$49 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Trade/Media please contact for complimentary pass

PENTICTON: Sunday, August 27th 3-5:30 pm
Canadian Tire Garden Centre – 960 Railway Street
Wine tasting+live music+yummy food+Fairview Liquor Store pop up shop selling Garagiste wines on site = coolest wine festival ever!
$49 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Trade/Media please contact for complimentary pass

Partial proceeds from the Festivals will benefit our Garagiste North Wine Study Scholarship at Okanagan College, helping people in our community get involved in this industry! 

For more information please contact co-founder/co-organizer: Jennifer Schell 250-469-4549 or email garagistenorth@gmail.com

Melting Moments in Morocco

Touring Morocco – A Taste of Moroccan Cuisine

Last year my parents were on the road a fair bit and one of their trips took them to Moroccan. My mother, Suzanne Anderton, was kind enough to contribute this article to GLV!

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Aching for the exotic? Willing to explore sights and foods you’ve only read about? Then go to Morocco-a well-spring of antiquity about to propel itself into the 21st Century.

In this amazing country  the true meaning of Moroccan food hits you. A blend of French, Berber and Arabian cuisine is cheaply available at in local street side cafes, elegant hotels, kitchens where the women chefs (Dadas) prepare traditional dishes, and  the market food stalls where you may not eat unless you have an iron constitution.

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With eyes wide open and an accepting mind, travel the expanses of sand, rock and stone deserts, the High Atlas Mountains, and rolling coastines, where you’ll witness the nomads tending  goats and sheep while a donkey stands patiently by. There’ll be a cluster of beehives among native herbs or mimosa trees and that same honey will be at your hotel table to be poured on spongy pancakes,  or fried bread made from delicious squares of folded dough.

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Traditional tagines of chicken, lamb, fish and beef are loaded with local vegetables – always the onions at the base where they burn a little and give a smoky flavour to the whole dish.

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Casablanca  was our jumping off point for a three week circuit of the country.    Bargain for some loose clothing in the market,or just buy a scarf or two and you’ll feel like, and be welcomed like, a local.

You may not eat a severed camel’s head, cow’s brains, or chew on a goat leg at the souk in Fez, but the couscous and tagines will wow you with their intense spices and regional variations.

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Fez is the gourmet centre of the country.  Espresso is divine, Nos Nos –a latte served in a small glass is addictive and any place in the middle of nowhere will serve an excellent coffee.  Iced mint lemonade  replaces a cold beer which is sadly hard to come by.  Mint and green teas are a traditional welcome – ask for the non sweet version if you don’t like to drink sugar disguised as tea!  Morocco has an emerging wine industry and reasonable reds are offered at more expensive restaurants. Olives red, green and black are served at every meal.

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Watch women peel shrimp at the docks of Essaouira where sardines are the largest export fish or sit in the shade and witness  this fascinating mix of Berber/ Arabian/ French/old and new ,tastes and social mores go by.

Don’t miss Morocco!

Travel with tour guides Denys James of www.DiscoveryArtTravel.com, or arrange a personal  tour with Experience It Toursaaron@experienceittours.com

What’s Good This Week – Easter Weekend Special

What To Do in Vancouver for Easter Weekend?

Folks I’ve been so wrapped up in wedding thingies and my big weight loss challenge that I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head chopped off! AND yes, they sadly do that and really, so do I. I don’t even think I told you I won the challenge, but more about that later. However, I can’t let Easter go by without at least a couple suggestions as I believe in fully celebrating each and every holiday. It’s something I got from my mother, who went out of her way to make my sister feel loved and festive during each season. Thanks for all those little (and big) gifts and for instilling that spirit in us!

I’ll be celebrating this weekend again, as for one it’s my bachelorette party (can’t wait) and for two Easter. Since I can’t invite you all to the girls day/night, you’ll have to make do with some Easter events that I can.rocky

Easter Celebrations at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

A little family suggestions this time around at one of the most tasty pizza places in town, Rocky Mountain Flatbread.

Easter Brunch features for Saturday, April 15 & Sunday, April 16:

  •  Three Eggs Scrambled with Local Ham, Crimini Mushrooms & Red Peppers served on Toast with Fresh Avocado.  Heirloom Tomato Salad on the Side. $13
  • Caesars. $5

Easter Holiday Party, Sunday, August 16, 5 – 7 pm

RM is entertaining the kids during dinner while so you enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer with the pizza or pasta of your choice. The kids will be busy making their own pizzas with fresh, local and organic ingredients and dyeing Easter eggs with natural veggie dyes! I want to be a kid again! The Easter egg activity is complimentary with the purchase of any entree. Pizza making is $7.95 per child and includes their dinner.  To Reserve: Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street: Call 604-566-9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca

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Ancora Easter Brunch

Treat yourself to a decant Easter Brunch featuring Peruvian style paella, Windberry Farm chicken and waffles, dungeness crab benny and duck confit cassoulet.

Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde will be adding special Easter Weekend features to the other menus to celebrate the occasion. In addition, he is extending his popular  Peruvian Tasting Menu priced at $75 per person (not include wine pairings; available at an additional cost) for the month of April. To reserve, please click here or call the restaurant at 604.681.1164

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SWEET POP UP at Les Amis du Fromage! 

The Salty Cookie will be hosting an Easter Weekend Sweet Pop-Up on Saturday April 15 from 11am to 4pm at the East Vancouver les amis du FROMAGE.

The Salty Cookie Company is the dream child of pastry chef Meredith Kaufman. Having been a pastry chef since 1999 and a mom since 2004, cookies have always been a part of her life. What started off as a hobby of dropping off cookies to friends and loved ones, turned into a full time venture. Thus, The Salty Cookie Company was born. Drop by the East Vancouver les amis du FROMAGE between 11am-4pm on April 15 to sample and buy some of her classic cookies,

  • Salty brown sugar
  • Spicy ginger molasses
  • Brown-butter chocolate chip
  • Oatmeal with apricots, candied ginger & white chocolate

Meredith will also be featuring Lemon Hibiscus cookies and a seasonal Whoopie pie.

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WildTale and Flying Pig

Our friends at WildTale have brunch available Friday thru Monday from 11am to 3pm AND their Surf and Turf Sunday will still be available Sunday April 16 as usual, should ham, lamb or turkey not be your thing!

Their sister restaurants, The Flying Pig, in Yaletown, Gastown and Olympic Village celebrate Good Friday with brunch from 11am to 3pm and are open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm Brunch, and Easter Monday 11am to 3pm. AND for those pork lovers  (ahem), they’ve got Sunday Porchetta Dinner still available on Sunday April 16.

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TEA with TWG

TWG Tea’s gorgeous tea room is serving afternoon tea sets complete with recommended tea pairings this weekend.

The Brunch Tea Set is priced at $52 per set and is available on April 14, 15 and 17 from 10:00am to 11:30am, and with 90-minute seatings from 9:30am to 11:30am on Sunday, April 16.

The Easter Tea Set is priced at $58 per set and is available on Sunday, April 16, with 90-minute seatings at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm.

Children 12 years old and under can enjoy the Mad Hatter’s Tea Set, priced at $30 per set and available on Sunday, April 16 from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

Reservations: Call 604-692-0071 or make an online reservation through OpenTable

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Easter Dinner at The Cascade Room, April 16

Head to Main Street for a Sunday Roast dinner with a delicious “Easter Feaster” three-course menu, available during three seatings — at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm.

Along with a choice of soup or salad to start, the menu will feature Cascade Room’s popular mustard-crusted roast beef, served with all the trimmings, including green beans, braised kale, carrot puree, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding and rosemary gravy. Roasted butternut squash will be available as a vegetarian option. The meal will finish on a sweet note with a double chocolate brownie topped with rum caramel and vanilla ice cream.

The Cascade Room team has also listed thoughtful wine pairings (available by the glass) for each course. The menu is priced at $32 for three courses (also available a la carte) or $56 with wine pairings.

Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at thecascade.ca/ or by calling the restaurant directly at 604.709.8650.

Easter Feaster at The Cascade Room
Sunday, April 16 at 5, 7 and 9 pm

First Course
$10
fire roasted tomato soup
micro basil, crème fraiche, brioche crouton
suggested pairing: hugging tree viognier 5oz.
or
organic mixed greens
goat cheese, almonds, 20 year balsamic
suggested pairing: bartier bros. semillon 5oz.

Second Course
$18
roast beef dinner
mustard crusted roast beef, green beans, braised kale, carrot puree, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding, rosemary gravy
suggested pairing: lock & worth merlot 5oz.
or
roasted butternut squash
green beans, braised kale, carrot puree, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding, mushroom gravy
suggested pairing: church & state bordeaux blend 5oz.

Third Course
$8
double chocolate brownie
rum caramel, vanilla ice cream
suggested pairing: okanagan crush pad narrative fortified syrah merlot 2oz.

Gin and Tonic Day With Bombay Sapphire East

Gin and Tonic With Bombay Sapphire East

What’s in your glass today? April 9th is national gin and tonic day, so why not mix one up, hit the patio and catch some of the sunshine we are currently experiencing, and quickly before it disappears! The army of the British East India Company is credited with the creation of the drink. In India malaria was a persistent problem and thankfully a Scottish doctor discovered that quinine could be used to prevent the disease. The habit was to drink in tonic water, but the bitter taste was unpleasant so they then added water, sugar, lime and gin to the drink and voila, a g and t was born!

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We have a lot of favourite very locally made gins, but since Bombay Sapphire East gin was created to specifically compliment the taste of tonic and we just happen to have some handy, we’ll be toasting with something more international today. Bombay added two new botanicals, crisp Thai Lemongrass and spicy Vietnamese Black Peppercorn to this newer bottle and we actually do prefer it over the original. Here’s an easy recipe for you just in case you can’t figure it out on your own.

Bombay Sapphire East Gin & Tonic

  • 1.5 parts Bombay Sapphire East Gin
  • 3 parts premium tonic water
  • Lime wedge
  • Lemon wedge
  • Lemongrass sprig (optional)

Method: Build all with cubed ice. Squeeze one lime wedge and add one lemon wedge and a sprig of lemongrass for garnish.

The Dailey Method – Catching Up With Vancouver Studio Owner Jey Wyder

What Exactly Is This Dailey Method All About?

I’ve been working out at the Dailey Method since about September and I’m totally addicted to their Dailey Cycle Classes and go at least 2 or 3 times a week. The cycle class is 35-40 minutes cycling and then 20 minutes of floor exercises such as planking, bicep curls, sit ups and stretches and I love the combination. These classes are a huge reason I’ve dropped 35 lbs this past while and I love the way the exercises shape my body and the intensity of the cycle gets my heart rate way up!

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The Dailey Method opened its first Canadian location in Vancouver in the summer of 2010 and is is owned by local sisters Karen and Jey Wyder.  Along with the cycle classes they have Dailey Barre, Dailey Fusion, Dailey Interval, an others such as the French spine re-alignment technique, Eldoa,  MELT Method and LifeStretch. I’ve tried samples of them all, but prefer the cycle for the cardio blend. Something like a combination of pilates and yoga, with ballet and barre added in, their classes are an ever-evolving mix of movement and offer the benefits of these many different disciplines.

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From the website……

Each class begins with high rep movements in a very small range of motion, effectively toning, elongating, and isolating the muscles. They focus on the triceps, biceps, shoulders and chest, back, seat, and legs. After working each muscle group, they stretch, shaping and leaning out the muscles, and bringing balance through increased flexibility.  The Dailey Method studios are each led by Dailey Method Master Teachers, ensuring that no matter where your studio, you will experience the most efficient and effective group workout on the planet.

Recently I interviewed the owner, Jey Wyder, to find out a little more about the method here in Vancouver.

What is your fitness background?

Fitness has always been a part of our lifestyle, even before we took this on. Previously, we got our kickboxing yellow belts together and trained and completed a half marathon. I am Vancouver and Canada’s first certified master instructor of The Dailey Method! I was personally trained and certified by founder Jill Dailey, studied yoga and am a certified Pilates Mat instructor teaching throughout Vancouver prior to opening The Dailey Method. I am also certified as a Level 2 The MELT Method instructor and a Lifestretch instructor. Karen is also a trained instructor of The Dailey Method and Level 1 The MELT Method instructor.

Karen discovered The Dailey Method while she was in charge of US Operations for Lululemon and on a business trip in San Francisco. She knew I would love it and it became our dream to bring it to Vancouver. Our passion for fitness, love of working with people and Karen’s expertise in business all came together with this project! JW

Why did you decide to open the Kitsilano Dailey Method studio?

Community is a huge part of this business and when we saw how thrilled the Dunbar community was to have The Dailey Method accessible to them – we wanted to share that in Kits – which, in our opinion, is Vancouver’s fitness mecca. 🙂

What changes have you seen in the fitness world since you opened your first studio?

We have seen more boutique fitness studios and barre studios pop up since we first opened. We have also noticed cycle studios becoming a huge trend.

How are you adapting your classes to the new fitness knowledge that comes out?

Our classes are an ever-evolving mix of movement responding to what exercise science is discovering. We help clients find their neutral spine and pelvis and train their core muscles around this. Our core engagement exercises emphasize our quest for ultimate alignment, learning to stabilize the muscles closest to the spine, improving the natural, functional spine position.

In response to the newest findings about fascia we have developed our Beyond the Barre offerings that enhance client’s workout through restorative, self care classes that address the fascia for life long optimal performance and overall well being. Our Beyond the Barre classes are: The MELT Method, ELDOA, Lifestretch and Yoga. We have also added classes over the years such as Dailey Interval, Dailey Fusion and Dailey Cycle to bring cardiovascular benefits to our client’s workouts.

What is your favourite part about owning The Dailey Method?

Working with each other has been the thrill of a lifetime. And then to be able to get to know and enhance our communities has been the ultimate gift.

What class do you recommend for beginners?

It depends how much of a beginner – Dailey Barre is appropriate for all levels as modifications are offered. Dailey Basics is designed for Beginners or for clients who like a more focused workout. Dailey Gentle is for those who are recovering from surgery, illness or injury and for seniors and new practitioners to provide relief from disabilities and chronic conditions – eg arthritis, back pain and other musculoskeletal issues.

I totally recommend you check this studio out, and can’t wait to my current cold is better so I can get back in there! The first month is only $79 and and after that it’s $225 for unlimited classes and it’s oh so worth it!

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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – March 29thish +

Events in and Around Vancouver

WHAT? It’s almost April, and this is our Vancouver weather? Well, at least Vancouver is a city that knows how to function in the rain and whether it’s pouring or sunny, we’ve always got a ton to do to distract us. What to do this week? Here’s just a few suggestions.

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March 30 Dining Out For Life

HELP OTHERS ONE SPOONFUL AT A TIME!

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, our fantastic restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to A Loving Spoonful. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services they provide free-of-charge, including:

  • An average 100,000 meals per year delivered by volunteers to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver and surrounding regions
  • Nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • Easter Sundays where chefs donate their time to cook for a group of 50-60 people
  • Family Pantry Program where families receive fruits, vegetables, and other pantry essentials.
  • Snack Packs all clients receive: fresh fruit, yogurt, bread, juice, milk and more.

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Vancouver International Burlesque Festival  March 31 and April 1

The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival  is Canada’s most prestigious and longest running burlesque festival. Showcasing the finest local and international talent since 2006, the VIBF brings global talent and local superstars to downtown Vancouver every spring.

Our City has a rich history of burlesque and cabaret dating back to the Golden Age of Burlesque.  Vancouver has honoured this colourful history by becoming an incubator of cabaret talent and innovation.  The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival was founded in 2006 with an aim to showcase this talent and expose the wonderful people of Vancouver to the intricate art of burlesque. Over the last 10 years this project has grown into a world class cabaret experience. Each year we produce two showcase events highlighting many of the world’s most sought after burlesque performers alongside International Legends from the Golden Age of Burlesque and the best of Vancouver’s Glitteratti. Information.

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Angels of America Until April 23

Hailed as one of the most important works of 20th-century theatre, Angels in America is a timeless tale of companionship and abandonment that takes place when the personal became political. Set in New York City at the height of the Reagan era and the beginning of the AIDS crisis, Tony Kushner’s modern masterpiece contrasts the lives of five individuals struggling with identity issues alongside the crippling effects of stereotypes and an incurable diagnosis. Through spectacular staging, their stories intersect and crescendo in an exhilarating conclusion that will leave you breathless.

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Sakura & Sake Menu

Market by Jean-Georges is celebrating the changing of the seasons with a sakura-inspired tasting menu, available from 1 to 30 April 2017. Created by executive chef Ken Nakano, the Sakura tasting menu pays homage to his Japanese heritage, and is inspired by his mother. Reservations are recommended, and can be made online or by calling 604 695 1115.

Sake-Based Cocktails

As an aperitif to the Sakura menu, guests are encouraged to try the sake-infused cocktails, such as the Sakura Sour made with Junmai Nama Nigori Sake, sakura-infused brandy, lychee, Japanese plum wine, and Strawberry Mah Kwan bitters.  Each cocktail uses award-winning Osake sake from Artisan SakeMaker, handcrafted on Granville Island by sakemaker Masa Shiroki. Osake is Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium

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Burdock & Co’s Harvest lunchtime pop-up Wednesday, March 29 – 31 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Burdock & Co, 2702 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3E8.  Burdock & Co is bringing the spring harvest to Mount Pleasant. Stop by and grab a bowl of hot ramen, crafted by Chef Gabriella Meyer of Harvest Community Foods using fresh local produce and sustainably sourced meats. Noodle bowls include classic ramen creations and vegetarian options. Menu includes: Burdock & Co’s famous Fried Chicken and Duck Tonkotsu Ramen with Onsen Egg and Bacon Tsukemen with Dipping Noodles and Harvest Pork Ramen with Candied Bacon and a Vegetarian option Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis

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BMISmart Weight Loss Challenge

My BMISmart Journey to Better Health

For those who’ve been following me of late, you may have noticed a lot more posts on health, fitness and good food on Good Life Vancouver and on our social media accounts. AND you may have noticed pictures of me where I appear, slightly smaller, AND that’s because I am, and it’s thanks to BMISmart.

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Since January 18th I have had the good fortune to have been selected to participate in a Weight Loss Challenge, sponsored by BMI Smart, that included using their weight loss supplement, I-REMOVE. I’ve been taking I-REMOVE since then and their representatives kindly set us up with both an awesome nutritionist, Ashley Freeman, and a very nice, but certainly tough, trainer, Kate McNulty. We also met this superb women who became like a sister to us, Amber B., who, along with the winner from the Utah Challenge, Amy E., were are biggest cheerleaders along the way. Amber had our back so many times and virtually held our hands along this path! BMISmart is all about promoting a healthy lifestyle in conjunction with taking the supplements, because they know it’s a life long habit changes, and not just a quick fix, that will bring you success.

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Here’s Kate and I at the Wellness Show where she was showcasing her Vidadish portion control dish. Isn’t she cute? Yes she is, but she is also very tough and knows how to maximize your time in the gym!

How it works – I-REMOVE Reduce Fat absorption

I-REMOVE includes the patented Litramine Fat Binder — a proprietary blend of enriched cactus prickly pear and acacia-based fibre complex, scientifically demonstrated to reduce dietary fat absorption. The binding properties of Litramine Fat Binder attract fat molecules and increase their elimination by up to 28.39%, promoting weight loss with results up to three times more effective than dieting and exercise alone.

For an incentive they are choosing two winners at the end of the 12 weeks, who will become brand ambassadors, receive $1,000 cash and wardrobe valued at $500 as well as more I-REMOVE to use for the rest of the year. If you know me, I play to win, so I am busy keeping my eye on the prize, while also enjoying the real prize, which has been a healthier, happier, and smaller me! To win it’s not all about the weight, the criteria include body fat and weight statistics (and those have been dropping too, along with weight), ability to motivate and share (and you know I love to share), strong screen presence (ahem), use of the product (why on earth would I even miss a dose?), participation in weekly fitness and nutrition (made almost all the meetings, there were a couple schedule conflicts because, you know, life), ability to attend the final photo shoot (that’s NEXT WEEK and I’ve already got an outfit planned, actually two!), and agreement to allow images to be used for marketing (of course I agree, I’m darn proud of my results).

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It’s been an interesting 10 weeks, that is for certain as I’ve learned so much more than how to portion properly, or how to hold a squat for a lot longer, just samples of the things I thought might be the most important.  The whole process involved a group of women, some of whom I’ve really gotten to know, and as the weeks went on, I began cheering so much more for them as well as my self, because I have really become happier and have learned more empathy for myself and, in turn, have the ability to empathize with others, especially those in my situation. We’ve sweated together, shared our nutritional challenges, taken funny pictures and really let our guard down around each other. This became so much more than a competition I wanted to win; I now want us all to win and I know the other ladies wish so too.

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We’ve shared ups and downs on social media, shredded tears on group calls, met up for additional bonding over yoga and smoothies and truly supported each other along the way. Do I still want to win? Well, of course I do, but I feel there’s so much more than the cash that is driving me, as I am learning I’m inspiring my friends and those around me and although the journey isn’t easy, this system works and I’m here as proof! I have so many good things to share that I know will help people change their attitude and therefore their health. I’m learning a ton of self-love and I want others to feel their worth too!

Amber fom the BMISmart team is so nice that she even made a video of the first part of my journey.

We’re now in week 10 and I’m a little scared the journey is coming to the end, but I also know that this is not the end of anything. I’ve got new habits and new attitudes and I know I’ll be seeing these ladies again as we are now like sorority sisters (or something like it)! We’ve been through so much together, and learned to lean on each other and I know we’ll want to keep track of how much further we will all be going!

So wish us all luck for the next ten days and for next Thursday for when the winners will be announced. I certainly hope you think I’m worthy and I know I’ll be inspiring others whether I become an official ambassador or not!

Most important lessons I’ve learned:

Don’t weigh yourself any more than once a week! The scale does not determine your value or your health. Muscle weighs more than fat. Rely on your clothes and how they feel.

Losing weight is even harder when you’re older. #WERK

Don’t let trying to be perfect get in the way of being very damn good.

Switch up your exercise and do those short pushes of intense workouts and make them damn hard and work!

You can’t just eat a little more and exercise it off (unfortunately) = food is REALLY KEY!!!!

All sugars aren’t equal.

Empathy for myself and for others!

Group support is gold! Both in this group and when I go for my long runs! I need support so very much more now and I am relying on other people more in a very good way.

AND despite going in to this really wanting to win, I care a lot more about everyone else in this group being happy than I ever thought and winning matters WAY LESS. Although I still do want to win as I really feel I have a great message to share!

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As they say in yoga…..NAMASTE! AND as I say DON’T BE AFRAID TO SWEAT!

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Alfa Renaissance and the HydraFacial MD Treatment

Start Fresh With a HydraFacial

When you are choosing a skin care provider, especially when it involves procedures on the most visible and sensitive part of your body, your face, it’s essential that you choose someone very reputable and a clinic that explains everything to you extremely thoroughly.

There’s a lot of “deals” out there and some are very worthwhile, but a lot of them are merely a hook to get you into more and are the clinics rush so they can fit more clients in to cover their costs. I’ve had a few of these experiences, so when it came to planning on a spring skin regime in preparation for my wedding I wanted to deal with someone who could see the whole picture, and not just the short term fix that could ultimately cause longer term problems.

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I met with Eva from Alfa Renaissance, conveniently located in downtown Vancouver, to discuss my concerns, and the goal of looking the freshest for April 29th, for our wedding day. Originally I thought that laser would serve me best, as I want to reduce the redness in my face from rosacea and broken capillaries, and I’d been for one treatment already elsewhere. After we met, she explained it would take longer that a couple treatments to get the results I wanted, and there were better ways of putting my best face forward. IPL Photo Rejeneration isn’t recommended once spring hits as if you do go in the sun your skin can react negatively, so we decided to put this off to the fall. Alfa Renaissance recommended firstly a HydraFacial to start with a clean base and then a few skin Tightening and Clear Lift Treatments as the best way to get the maximum results.

My first treatment, the HydraFacial MD, is good for all skin types,  improves overall skin health, and is also excellent for remedying Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and improving Elasticity & Firmness, Skin Tone Evenness & Vibrancy, Skin Texture, Brown Spots, and treating Oily/Congested, Enlarged Pores, and Signs of Aging.

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It’s a unique multi-step treatment that first cleanses, then evenly exfoliates and extracts to remove impurities and dead skin cells and then replenishing vital nutrients including Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. Thanks to the devices’ superior delivery system, these performing ingredients are able to more effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles for results you can see and feel instantly.

Step one is Exfoliation with a serum removing dead skin cells to uncover healthy skin, then a Peel with a serum, that is a mixture of Glycolic and Salicylic Acids delivers the benefits of a peel without post-peel flaking. Step three is Extraction and four deliver a dermabuilder, skin re-builder to minimize fine lines, and improve skin tone evenness and texture. Finally a serum is delivered to nourish and protect skin with Antioxidants, Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid.

The procedure is pain free and you feel a slight suction of your face, and I was a bit red afterwards, but my skin calmed down within an hour or so. The next day I looked healthier, and was even told I was glowing. This can be done as often as once a month, so we’ll be getting another treatment in before the wedding as a refresher.

Alfa Renaissance has a number specials on right now for HydraFacials, IPL and skin tightening, so I’ll report back once I’ve tried a few more treatments. Wedding countdown is on!

What’s Good March 14 – What to do In Vancouver This Week

Vancouver Events This Week

Hard to believe we are half into March! C’mon cherry blosoms! But I think I boringly say it’s always hard to believe we are at “some particular date”, as time tends to fly by for me every day. I should try a better intro. However, back to the weather, it’s a little warmer out this week, although by the weekend it looks like temperature may cool. At least there’s not constant rain in the city so you can get out for a walk or two.  I’m doing a long run Sunday morning so say a little prayer! Here’s some suggestions to keep you occupied this week while we’re waiting for those blossoms!

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March 18 – Real Talk Summit at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Great speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk, Danielle Laporte, Brian Scudamore, and many more! Real Talk Summit is a full-day conference on entrepreneurship offering real and raw conversations on what it takes to succeed in business, profit with purpose and elevate brands. Real Talk Summit brings together entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals from across North America interested in positively impacting the world through the work that they do. The inaugural conference features a keynote by American entrepreneur, investor and Fortune 40 Under 40 influencer, Gary Vaynerchuk. Known for his direct, tell-it-how-it-is business insights, this is the first time the prolific speaker and internet personality is speaking in Western Canada. realtalksummit.com

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Blue Plate Specials – Lunch at Joe Fortes

Looking for a meal that will fill you up without breaking the bank? Joe Fortes  Blue Plate Bonanza is for you! Usually the Blue Plates are set for each day, but from March 13th to March 24th, you will be able to choose ANY Blue Plate for lunch – at just $9.95 each!  The choices are endless: Seafood Pot Pie, Thai BBQ Chicken, Panko Crusted Haddock, Crispy Fried Chicken and West Coast Fish Cakes. *Monday-Friday lunches only. While quantities last.

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February 18 – Free BC VQA Wine Tasting at

Everything Wine

On Saturday, March 18th, 2017 consumers can celebrate the taste of British Columbia with a FREE tasting of BC VQA wines at all 3 locations of Everything Wine stores in BC.  This is a fantastic chance to discover new favourites among a range of top-quality locally grown wines.

#ExploreBCWine Free Consumer Tastings

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2:00 – 6:00pm

The event will take place at the Everything Wine stores in North Vancouver, Langford, and Surrey.  The wine bar at each location will pour up to 6 BC VQA wines, paired with bites from local purveyors who share a focus on quality:

      • Langford – Little Piggy Catering (plant-forward menus, ethical meats and sustainable seafood)
      • Morgan Crossing, Surrey  – Beast & Brine (locally raised and made meats and cheeses with a nose-to-tail philosophy)
      • North Vancouver – Oyama Sausage Co. (handmade gourmet meats, local cheeses and charcuterie)

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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish on Friday, March 17th St. Patrick’s Day at CRAFT

Grab your crew and be sure to dress in your best green attire for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day!

All Day Features:

  • $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • $6.50 O’Hara’s Irish Stout

Plus $5 Happy Hour features from 3-6pm.

Make sure to ask your server how to win O’Hara’s “Pot of Gold” giveaway! Arrive early to snag a table or reserve contacting craft.

DID YOU KNOW? Over 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day. We say, cheers to that!

#nofilter 2017

NoFilter Crushes the LOL of TMI

Starting March 2, late Thursday nights at The Improv Centre on Granville Island are going to be ‘so lit.’ #NoFilter, Vancouver TheatreSports’ newest show, uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or tweeted) to drive the action.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 pm at The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. It replaces OK Tinder which has moved from Thursday nights to the 11:15 pm time slot on Fridays and Saturdays. Show details and tickets vtsl.com.

Bacon Wrapped Cajun Spiced Pork Tenderloin With Apricot Glaze

Cooking Up Local Spiced Pork Tenderloin In Bacon Ensures Moist Meat

This post is part of the Virtual Potluck menu, a fun project created by Piquant Marketing, scroll down to the bottom for more recipes from the potluck and click the image below for more information. OR HERE!

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Growing up in Kelowna we had both an apricot orchard and a few pigs on our farm, and I still love the combination of pork with tree fruit as the meat is already a bit sweet and it’s a natural complement.  As an official pork ambassador for BC and Alberta Pork you know that we’re cooking with local meat and encourage you to buy local too! This dish makes a great weeknight meal, we just roast some veggies or steam up some broccoli and carrots and a bit of rice, polenta or mashed potatoes and we’re set. Roast veggies need a bit longer than 15 mins so get them going first. Leftovers are great thinly sliced in a sandwich spread with a little more of that apricot jam and mayo. Make extra for a picnic.

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For more on BC and Alberta Pork and recipes click here for our Passion For the Passion For Pork Official Blog.

Serves 8

2 1 1/2 pound pork tenderloins
2 tbsp store-bought cajun seasoning
1/3 tsp Salt and Pepper
4 tbsp brown sugar
12 strips bacon
6 tablespoons apricot jam
3 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard

Pork Tenderloin

Preheat oven to 400F. Mix cajun seasoning, salt and pepper and brown sugar together and spread evenly on each pork tenderloin. Let sit for an hour or so if you have time, put in the fridge overnight if you would like. Wrap in pork bacon and secure with toothpicks.

Combine apricot and mustard.

Sear the pork in a heated, oven proof skillet on all sides for about 10 minutes and bake in a 400 F over for 10 minutes, brush with apricot glaze and then bake another 5 mins. Let it rest and slice.  Drizzle with pan sauce if there’s some when you serve.

If you’re following the virtual potluck, perhaps you’d also like to try the Coconut Chicken Curry from A Day With Lauren?  Click the last dish below for that recipe. Coffee, Campari and Cannoli also has a great recipe for Butternut Squash Pasta with Ricotta and Spinach. Click the next dish image below for that dish. Happy cooking!
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