Category Archives: Other Media

Ann Arbor – Vitamin Daily

I journeyed to Ann Arbor, Michigan last winter and highly recommend you check this lovely city out during the holiday season. My full article published on Vitamin Daily. A snippet here.

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Fly into Detroit and continue on to lovely Ann Arbor, Michigan, for a unique blend of Midwestern U.S. charm, including a lively theater scene, stellar art galleries, great boutique shopping, excellent restaurants and many many (many!) microbreweries.

stay: With free Wi-Fi, a fitness room and pool, a lobby bar that serves local craft beer and large, luxe rooms, the Courtyard Ann Arbor is a solid choice (with plenty of things-to-do-on-site-between-sightseeing options) for those who aren’t keen on a bed-and-breakfast experience. Courtyard Ann Arbor,  3205 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor, 734-995-5900, www.marriott.com

drink: Start sipping at one of two Arbor Brewing Company locations, where stellar ale and a great menu are served. Jolly Pumpkin is a must for lunchtime brews and chews, while nearby Chelsea boasts both the aptly named Chelsea Alehouse Brewery and, for those who prefer vodka, the Ugly Dog Distillery (where you can actually meet Ruger, the distillery’s namesake who’s more cute than uncouth). Grizzly Peak, Original Gravity and Wolverine State Brewing, which specializes in lager, are also musts for craft-beer lovers. Local wines are featured at VinBar on West Liberty, and tea lovers ought to visit TeaHaus for a different sort of brew—after all, you can’t live on alcohol alone … or can you?

 

Kamloops Wine Country – Vitamin Daily

We visited Kamloops Wine Country and reported our adventures on Vitamin Daily and the story got picked up by the Huffington Post.

Once home to fur traders, gold miners and infamous train robber Billy Miner, Kamloops, B.C., now boasts lush farms, a stunning riverfront and the recently created Kamloops Wine Trail. Not one to miss out on a day of wine tasting (not to mention exploring, shopping and spa-ing), we packed our bags and drove straight there.

Kamloops Wine Country

stay: The Plaza Hotel, Kamloops’ oldest tall building, is right in the thick of downtown, with spacious rooms and beds we were hard-pressed to leave in the morning (had it not been for the promise of wine). Check out the hotel’s Fireside Steakhouse & Bar for delicious, locally sourced beef. The Plaza Hotel, 405 Victoria St., Kamloops, 250-377-8075, www.theplazahotel.ca

explore: Downtown Kamloops exudes a cool “antique” feel, meaning every visit should include a stop at the Kamloops Museum & Archives, where you can currently catch a fascinating exhibit by Mary Spencer, one of Canada’s first female photographers. Kamloops Museum & Archives, 207 Seymour St., Kamloops, 250-828-3576, www.kamloops.ca/museum

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Santa Monica: Where the City Meets the Sea – Darpan Magazine May 2015

LOVE Santa Monica and went this spring. The article below was published in Darpan Magazine print and online. More travel writing please!

Heading to Southern California has never been easier with many direct flights a day into Orange County, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. While the larger cities may sound tempting, we suggest that you take a true beach-side escape and head to Santa Monica, where you can experience a touch of Hollywood glamour in an outdoor paradise where the city meets the sea.

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View The Vibe – Escape The Coast And Discover Phoenix

PhoenicianGetting to Phoenix from YVR is so easy many Vancouverites have a second place there when in need of a little vitamin D pick-me-up. And while real estate is surprisingly affordable, we prefer to live the good life and book into one of the city’s best resorts where we don’t ever have to lift a finger other than to dial room service. Check out a few of our top go-to picks when it comes time to partaking in a does of desert R&R…

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View the Vibe – Vancouver’s Best Ceviche

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Whether you spell it ceviche, cebiche, or seviche, there is no denying that this marinated fresh raw fish dish – often loaded with bright, tart, and tangy tropical flavours – has the makings of a perfect summer meal.

Paired with a cocktail or crisp glass of wine, it’s the perfect patio-friendly dish you’ll want to savour all season long… which is exactly what we found ourselves doing when out on the town in search of Vancouver’s best ceviche spots… MORE HERE ON VIEW THE VIBE

View the Vibe – “The Way We Pour”

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Other Media – JOEY Cocktail program on View the Vibe.

When a restaurant wins one of only three Platinum Awards at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, you know they are doing something right on the beverage front. JOEY Restaurant is now further satisfying thirsty diners with its newly-released cocktail line-up focusing on classics with a JOEY twist. They’ve introduced a Fresh Juicing Program where all of their cocktails are crafted with juice that is squeezed right in-house.

Read More – View the Vibe

On View The Vibe – Chicha

quinoaOther media – Chicha on View the Vibe.

While Vancouver has finally made some progress in the Mexican food department, the Latin food scene had tended to drag well behind. Enter Chicha Restaurant to tempt our taste buds by serving up all things Peruvian.

Chicha is named after the beverage Chicha Morado, a drink made from purple corn, spices, pineapple, and citrus that is crafted fresh at Chicha, just like everything else at the restaurant.

More of my article here View the Vibe

My First Authentic Canadian Food Experience

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I was invited to participate in The Real Canadian Food Project and our first topic is “My First Authentic Canadian Food Experience”.

The Canadian Food Experience Project began June 7 2013, but as an expert in procrastination I’ve unfortunately just got to this now. As we (participants) share our collective stories across the vastness of our Canadian landscape through our regional food experiences, we hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity through the cadence of our concerted Canadian voice. Please join us.

My First Authentic Canadian Food Experience

My family immigrated to Canada when I was four and my sister two. We’d come over from New Zealand so my father could continue his medical studies and moved to Burlington, Ontario.  I have a memory of arriving in late at night and there being no restaurants open or food available so we had to eat some stale potato chips.  This certainly couldn’t be an authentic food experience of any sort, let alone my first real Canadian food experience.

The next year we travelled to Montreal and I have a distinct memory of huge crepes with sausages and maple syrup.  I remember the crepes almost covering the whole table and my mother being completely disgusted that something so sweet would be poured atop meat. In New Zealand we have pikelets, a small pancake that we would serve at afternoon tea, so I must have compared it to this and been completely in shock.  I asked my mother about this recently and she said that at the time my sister and I even turned our noses up at Tim Hortons donuts, so we took a while to become real Canadian kids.  Later on we would move to BC where Tim Hortons were less prevalent than in Ontario and beg to drive to the next city for a walnut crunch.

Are crepes Canadian?  Is maple syrup?  I say oui, yes!  So there it was my first real memory of anything that I associated with the new and strange country that I’d come to.  Later on my mother would frequently prepare these delicacies, getting fancier over the years, and we often went out for crepes for dinner as a special treat.

Basic Crepes

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. white sugar
¼ tsp. salt
3 eggs
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp. butter

Sift together the flour, sugar and salt.  In another large bowl beat eggs and milk together with an electric mixer or rapidly whisk.

Heat and butter a crepe pan or griddle over medium high and drop 2 Tbsp. of batter for each crepe, tipping and rotating the pan to spread thinly.  Brown on both sides and serve hot with a liberal pour of real Canadian Maple Syrup.

News 1130 Foodie Fridays June 28, 2013

Vij'sKhatsahlano Arts and Music Festival

I’ve been visiting restaurants on Vancouver’s 4th Avenue to find out what they will be doing for the upcoming July 13 Khatshalano Festival and found a few new ones I worth checking out.  Tractor Healthy Everyday Foods has opened at 1903 West 4th and serves a range of fresh and healthy salads, sandwiches, soups and stews in a informal cafeteria-style format. I loved their beet and green bean salad, beef stew and gluten-free chocolate cookies

Further west Peaceful Restaurant is now open at Balsam and West 4th and features dishes from Northern China such hand-crafted noodles Szechuan Green beans.

I’m also monitoring the progress of the soon to open August Jack, a new craft beer-focused spot on 4th that had been posting their menu testing pictures on facebook, making me very hungry.  Certainly more than just pub food coming here  with dishes including Butternut squash, hazelnut & goat mozza perogies.

Go to www.khatshalano.com for more info about the July 13 arts and music festival line up.

Joy of Feeding

This week UBC Farm turns into one big outdoor kitchen with Joy of Feeding Sunday, June 30th, 2013. 16 cooks of different ethnic backgrounds offer you tastes of their family comfort foods at this third annual international food fair and UBC Farm fundraiser.

www.joyoffeeding.com for details

Indian Summer Festival

The Indian Summer Festival launches Thursday, July 4 @ 7:30pm at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen gardens where Vikram Vij talking about his restaurant and inspirations.

Celebrate the first day of Indian Summer with festival artists, and a culinary tour of South Asia featuring multiple food stations, offering dosas, momos and other delicacies.

http://indiansummerfestival.ca/

Vancouver Foodster Pizza challenge

Pizza Lovers with want to check out the Vancouver Foodster pizza challenge on now until July 14.  Visit restaurants around the city and sample their official challenge pizza and vote at www.vancouverfoodster.com I may have found a favourite yesterday at Bibo Restaurant, but there’s certainly some other tasty ones out there.