Sun Peaks Resort Holiday Kick Off – A Resort For All Seasons

Sun Peaks – Way More Than Snow I’ve been up to Sun Peaks a few times over the years, twice for the Wine Festival, once for a harvest dinner in the fall, another for a summer visit and recently, just before Christmas, for the Holiday Kick Off Weekend. Each time the resort gets better, with more…

Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail

Visit Oakland Where Wines Aren’t Always Among the Vines Heading to California and looking for some wine tasting? There’s no need to venture right into the vineyards of Napa or Sonoma, (although we wouldn’t frown upon that) instead hit the new urban wine trail right around Oakland. Oakland’s a quick jaunt from the San Francisco Airport…

Cultus Lake Park and Marina

Summer’s Not Quite Over Yet at Cultus Lake Park and Marina One hour east of Vancouver BC, just south of Chilliwack you’ll find a ton of outdoor activities, camping and watersports and it’s still not too late to have some fun in the sun this season . Cultus Lake offers restaurants, golfing, sport fishery, water sports…

Sooke Harbour House

Staying in Sooke – Fall at Sooke Harbour House I adore fall and find there’s nothing better than a stroll on a  coolish day when the sun is still shining, yet there’s a crispness in the air and a need for an extra layer to insulate one from the impending chill. This is the best time…

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…

Semiahmoo Resort – Luxury Just Across the Border

Semiahamoo Resort – New Chef Brings Revamped Locally Sourced Menu Grab your passport and head south for a getaway just across the border at the Semiahmoo Resort. My pal Tess and I recently returned from a great night of relaxing, with some spa time and an amazing dinner prepared by Executive Chef Bruno Feldeisen and his team. The…

Exploring Abbotsford Tulips and Craft Beer

What’s up in Abbotsford these days? Blossoms and beer! Abbotsford is growing rapidly of late and the city is attracting all sorts of new and very cool businesses and festivals! We recently ventured out for the Abbotsford Tulip Festival (on until May 1, 2016), and on the way back stopped in for some craft beer and…

Osoyoos Oyster Festival – Even Oysters Need a Day in the Sun

Osoyoos Oyster Festival Events for 2016 April 20-24 For the fifth year in a row I am heading up to Osoyoos for their annual oyster festival and it’s Michael’s third year! We’re huge fans of bivalves and when they are paired with oyster friendly wines, beers and libations, we love them even more. The oyster festival was…