Honda Accord Hybrid Touring 2017 Getting To The Church On Time

Honda Accord Hybrid Touring – Touring the Okanagan

If you been watching our recent antics, we’ve been on the road a lot lately and this April were cruising around the Okanagan pre and post wedding testing out the newest Honda Accord Hybrid, the 2017.

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2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

The Accord is roomy and comfortable, perfect for packing everything up we needed for the nearly three weeks away. The rear seats don’t fold, but the trunk is spacious nevertheless.

The two-motor system includes both combustion and electric engines, a combination that meant the stops at the gas pump were few and far between. Definitely a plus. There are two electric motors, one is fixed to the back of the engine that charges the battery, and one powering the vehicle transferring power to the front wheel. The combustion is a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline four-cylinder engine.  The Accord provides 212 horsepower, one of the highest in mid-sized sedans out there.

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The car hugs the road and corners well, turns quickly and brakes strong. The 0 to 60 time is 6.9 seconds, we didn’t test it, but it certainly feels quick. Lanewatch is a really cool feature of this car, a camera located on the passenger rear-view mirror that provides extra visibility, eliminating those blind spots.

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It’s a stylish auto and quiet on the road, with a handy navigation option and a stellar stereo operated on a  7 inch touchscreen with front and rear parking sensors. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are provided, but we usually don’t hook up the phone as I’m in the passenger seat most of the time and can easily take calls from there.

This was a great car for touring the Okanagan and comes with a variety of options. The $26,385 selling price special currently on the Honda website (June 2017) includes the following.

  • 185-HP, 2.4-LITRE, 16-VALVE, DIRECT INJECTION DOHC, I-VTEC® 4-CYLINDER ENGINE
  • 6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION (MT) OR AVAILABLE CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION (CVT)
  • 17″ ALUMINUM-ALLOY WHEELS
  • 60/40 SPLIT FOLD-DOWN REAR SEATBACK
  • APPLE CARPLAY/ANDROID AUTO
  • HANDSFREELINK-BILINGUAL BLUETOOTH® WIRELESS MOBILE PHONE INTERFACE WITH STEERING WHEEL-MOUNTED CONTROLS
  • HEATED FRONT SEATS
  • DRIVER’S SEAT WITH 10-WAY POWER ADJUSTMENT INCLUDING POWER LUMBAR SUPPORT
  • LED DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS, LED TAILLIGHTS
  • MULTI-ANGLE REARVIEW CAMERA WITH DYNAMIC GUIDELINES
  • REMOTE ENTRY SYSTEM

This elegant and stylish car was a hard one to give back and we really wished someone would have generously bought this as a wedding present! One can dream.

Hand Crafted Spirits on TSN1410 – RauDZ Pistachio Rose Gimlet

Chatting Cocktails With Danielle Jeckel at RauDZ in Kelowna

We were up in Kelowna several times this spring for our wedding planning and festivities (no I won’t shut up about that yet) and I met up with bartender Danielle Jeckel of RauDZ restaurant for an interview about their cocktail program. This Kelowna favourite has superb food and a drink list with salutes to locally spirits, wines and beer.

Danielle whipped up at Pistachio Rose Gimlet with Long Table London Dry Gin. Simply divine!

To listen to the segment on TSN1410

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Pistachio Rose Gimlet

2 oz Long Table London Dry Gin
3/4 oz house made pistachio syrup
3/4 rose water simple syrup
1/2 fresh lime juice

Garnish with edible flower or rose petal!

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Photo David-McIlvrid

About Raudz

To see the backbone of RauDZ Regional Table, you only have to look as far as the kitchen where, behind the clear glass and stainless steel, a talented group of cooks put out hundreds of dishes on a daily basis.

Their work begins early in the day, with prep and carries on until well after the last guest leaves.

Talented, and hard-working, the staff in the kitchen are able to successfully carry out Chef Butter’s vision and their impact on the success of the restaurant cannot be understated.

Next time you come in, look behind the frosted glass and see Canada’s next top chefs.

Chef Butters along with Executive Chef Brock Bowes and Chef de Cuisine Robyn Sigurdson ensure only the best is served.

National Aboriginal Day Fry Bread Recipe

Fry Bread Recipe With Serving Suggestions

Lately I’ve been extremely fortunate to have several experiences where I’ve learned just a little bit more about Indigenous culture. I was first invited to share in a Cooking For Reconciliation Feast at Skwachays Lodge with Chef Rich Francis who had recently spent his first visit in British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities filming a series about the spirituality, culture and history of the Yuquot, a coastal area of Nootka Island where the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation call home.

Sea to Sky GondolaMore recently I joined one of  the Talking Trees Cultural Experiences at the Sea to Sky Gondola and Michael and I were honoured to walk with a guide who shared snippets of her family stories, discussed the areas plants and how they were used historically. It is a very important time in Canada’s history as we head into celebrating Canada’s 150, while also desperately need to honour the years and the peoples that came before. We will certainly look forward to the opportunities that come my way to learn more about our country’s history.

Today is National Aboriginal Day, which will soon be changed to National Indigenous People’s Day, a fact I just learned while tuning into the news (imagine that).  The recipes comes from Nk’Mip Winery in Osoyoos, from the winery’s first Aboriginal winemaker, Justin Hall. The winery is North America’s first Aboriginal owned and operated winery, and we’ve enjoyed many of their wines, in particular, their Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay, which would pair very well with this fry bread. Nk’Mip also makes a stellar Riesling Ice Wine should you be going for the sweeter version.salmonIf you don’t want to make your own Fry Bread I recommend heading out to Salmon and Bannock on Broadway for their version, along with many other items that are inspired by traditional Indigenous cuisine.Nk’Mip Cellars

For a less traditional meal, try to Bin 941 on Davie Street for their Fry Bread and the Trio of Dips including Chickpea and Kalamata olives Hummus; Oven Dried Tomato and Goat Cheese Salsa & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Perhaps a very small way to celebrate the diversity of our Canadian culture.
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Fry Bread Recipe

2 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 to 1 tsp. yeast
1-¼ cups warmish water
Vegetable oil for frying (enough to allow the dough to float in the pot)

In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients

Form a well in the center and add your warm water. Mix until ingredients are combined.

Cover and let it sit in a warm place until it doubles in size. This process can take between 1 – 2 hours.

When the dough is ready, you can start by heating your oil in a saucepan to 200 degrees Celsius.

Thinner pieces seem to turn out better, so place a small amount of oil in your hands and on the counter, then pull off a piece of the dough using your own weight to thin it out before cooking. Repeat this process until all of your dough is in small, thin rounds.

Depending on the size of your pot, place your dough into the hot oil and watch it carefully.

It will begin to bubble immediately and turn golden brown within 1 minute, showing the oil is hot enough. If it doesn’t bubble or brown quickly, your oil is too cool. Remove this piece and allow the oil to heat up before starting again.

Each piece will take about 4-6 minutes to cook. Half way through the cooking process, you will need to flip the dough so it cooks evenly.

Serving Suggestions

Sweet: Dust it with cinnamon sugar, Top with chocolate sauce and fresh fruits, Keep it simple with butter and homemade jam

Savoury: Enjoy it as it comes out of the pan! Top with local smoked or cured salmon, fried capers and herbed cream cheese

What’s Good This Week June 20 Edition

What To Do In And Around Vancouver This Week

It’s the first day of summer and I’m feeling rather out of sorts for some reason. It’s actually the kind of weather I like today, so that can’t be it, although I know a lot of my friends would be happier with a little more sunshine. However, I’ll soldier through and maybe I just need a night at home or a hug or something. As for my recommendations, there’s lots this week. I’ll be heading off to Chase to a Bison Ranch and catching up with what’s new in Kamloops this weekend, so stay tuned on social for reports on my journey.

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Art in The Vines June 25

Did you know my talented mother is an artist? She and many others are presenting Art In The Vines on June 25 from 12- 5  at Impressions Art Show on 925 Crawford Rd. at Deb Martin’s Vineyard.  Have a glass of wine and find some amazing original art priced at ‘event’ options.

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Cibo Chianti Dinner – June 21

The famed wines of Tuscany take centre stage on the longest day of the year when General Manager and Wine Director Mark Taylor plays host to a four-course Chianti Dinner at Cibo Trattoria on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will pair a rustic four-course Italian-inspired feast from Chef de Cuisine, Josh Gonneau, with an array of Chianti and an overview of the region and its wines courtesy of Taylor.

Pesce Marinato e Fagioli Bianchi
cured halibut on cannellini beans with charcuterie stuffed olives, dressed rucola
Le Rote Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2012
Pappardelle al Ragú di Cinghiale e Funghi
wild boar and mushroom ragu, preserved tomato
Fattoria di Rodáno Chianti Classico ‘Vigna Viacosta’ 2010
Fattoria di Luiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Agnello Due Volte
grilled peace country lamb loin, Tuscan spice braised lamb belly, potato purée, cipollini agro dolce
Rocca delle Macìe ‘Riserva di Fizzano’ Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Riserva 2012
Budino di Panna Biologica
organic crème fraîche panna cotta, fruit preserve, almond biscotti
Vin Santo del Chianti, 2008, Rocca delle Macie

 $89 per person plus taxes and gratuity. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 604-602-9570.

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Deep South Meets Down Under at Mamie Taylor’s – June 20

Mamie Taylor’s Restaurant is teaming up with Australia’s Alpha Box & Dice winery for a Deep South Meets Down Under Winemakers Dinner on Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm.

The intimate evening will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Dylan and Justin Fairweather, whose laid-back Aussie attitudes and love for the unusual led to the founding of Alpha Box & Dice. The brothers’ winery won internationally acclaim for its “The Alphabet of Wine” — the construction a different wine style to represent each letter of the alphabet. (In case you’re wondering, they’ve just put the finishing touches on number 17.)

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Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest – June 24

Here’s where I am headed (sadly solo). Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest with Chef Chris Whittaker, Forage Restaurant & Timber Vancouver, and his colleagues Alex Chen of Boulevard, and Robert Belcham of Campagnolo, who will be delivering a bison BBQ experience like no other. Local chef Jared Summers, from Jack Sams, Quaaout Lodge, will also share his creations. Celebrate the best flavours the Shuswap has to offer.

Located in beautiful Turtle Valley, just 6km east of the Trans Canada Highway at Squilax, we are a short 25 minute drive to Salmon Arm, and one hour drive to Kamloops. To learn more visit www.turtlevalleybison.ca, or call  1.780.231.5007 Tickets HERE! 

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Strathcona Street Party June 24 – 11am to 6pm

Strathcona and Vancouver Mural Festival join forces for a vibrant street party to kick-off the summer season. Nine massive murals will come to life on Cordova as you can enjoy local food, the beer garden, live music, family friendly activities, and your favourite Strathcona businesses.

Live Mural Painting & Graffiti Jam
Beer Garden by Vancouver Craft Beer Week
All Ages Hip Hop Jam w/ Ninth Wave Radio
Chapel Sound DJS
A Giant Full-Building Wrap-Around Mural @ CBR
Longboarding Demos & Sprint Bike Challenge
Food Trucks

FREE + All Ages + Good Times More Info

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Joy of Feeding – UBC June 24

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Joy of Feeding: a unique inter-generational, international food festival and fundraiser for the UBC Farm – where we celebrate home-cooked dishes from around the world. Joy of Feeding is a roaming feast where you can sample from 13 cooks from 13 countries in the fields of the UBC Farm. Chefs from Vij’sCacao, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and UBC Food Services have brought together home cooks of different cultural backgrounds – from Cameroon to Colombia, Indonesia to Iran and beyond – to offer a taste of their favourite recipes.   What will you do at Joy of Feeding? Roam from cook-to-cook, and back again. Learn about the home cooks’ cultures. Connect with your local, sustainable food community. Kick up your heels to live music. Take a guided tour of the UBC Farm. Buy fresh, organic UBC Farm produce. Enjoy local craft beer and wine, available for purchase (must be 19 or older). Check out interactive booths featuring children’s activities and local culinary culture – kids welcome! All the recipes will be available here on our website, so you can recreate your favourites at home.

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Dinner With Chef Jonathan Chang And Open Apron

Open Apron Brings Chefs To Your Home For Exceptional Meals

We were lucky enough to win a dinner for Valentine’s Day this year with Open Apron. Open Apron is a catering service where you can search out chefs and meals and have them come to your home and cook you a meal. Our Chef was Jonathan Chang and his menu was absolutely fabulous, all the items thoughtfully chosen and delicious.

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First up a trio of oysters.

Open Apron

Our kitchen is open and as we’re pretty friendly folk, we chatted with him as he prepared the meal, observed the process and learned a trick or two. Next up perfectly seared scallops with a cream, caper and caviar sauce.

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Open Apron

Steak and lobster for the main course. Perfectly cooked and another generous portion.

Open Apron

Dessert was precious and beautifully plated. The chocolates were a divine, and much of this was packed away for later as we were already so full.

It was a unique experience to have a chef cook in our home and Chef Chang was super professional, approachable and planned an excellent menu for such a special day. It’s surprisingly reasonable price wise, $150 for this meal for two, and you can purchase your own preferred beverages, without mark up.

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We’re looking over the other chefs and menus, but with this particular meal being such a delight, thinking that we may just go for a second serving!

Metropolis at Metrotown Launches Virtual Reality 360 degrees Exhibit to Celebrate Canada’s 150th

Head to Metropolis at Metrotown for a contest – $1,000 grand prize/$250 weekly 

We partnered with Metropolis to bring you some news on this exhibit that sounds like a pretty cool way to get to know Canada! And they’re easy to get to via sky train too! Thinking we’ll head out and try to nab that grand prize too!

From June 12 to July 3, Metropolis at Metrotown will be hosting Canadian Compass: Adventures in Every Direction, an interactive, virtual reality 360° exhibit that takes shoppers on a cross-country adventure and allows them to experience the sights and sounds of Canada’s iconic landscapes.

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The free exhibit, which takes shoppers on a 2-minute journey from the crashing waves of Niagara Falls to the rugged Rockies, to Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories, is open to the public daily from 12pm-7pm in the Grand Court.

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During the 3-week exhibit, shoppers will have plenty of opportunities to receive free Canada 150 giveaways and snap selfies with Canada’s iconic landscapes. Visitors can donate and print digital postcards on the spot at Metropolis’ photo booth, with all proceeds being donated to Burnaby Community Services (http://www.bbyservices.ca/). In addition, all proceeds from the Metropolis Express train will be donated to Burnaby charities.

Shoppers are also encouraged to drop by one of Metropolis’ contest kiosks to enter for a chance to win a grand prize $1,000 shopping spree or one of three weekly prizes of a $250 Metropolis at Metrotown gift card.  More details can be found here: http://ow.ly/YIc930cBqA3

*Post brought to you by Metropolis at Metrotown

Where To Take Your Dad This Father’s Day

Events For You And Dad For Father’s Day

It seems people tend to plan a little further ahead for Mom, but good old Dad doesn’t seem to mind more last minute plans. I’m still getting emails on events that aren’t yet sold out, so here’s a few for you should you not have decided on where to celebrate your Father this Father’s Day. Sadly mine is in Kelowna, and Michael’s on the Island, so we’ll have to celebrate and give hugs later, but we’re still crashing Chef Juno Kim’s event, and going farther-less. Hope no one minds, but the deal was too good!

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 Chef Juno Kim’s 6-course menu for Father’s Day

We just bought tickets to this even though we are going fatherless as it sounded so good! Sunday, June 18th there’s still room at 1:15 pm for brunch at Field & Social. Inspired by staff meal and dim-sum style feasts, Chef Juno Kim will be creating a tasty 6-course menu meant to be shared and served as the dishes are ready. His cuisine focuses on using high-quality, ethical ingredients with bold flavours and balance in mind. Doug Stephen of Merchants Workshop will be tending the bar with a limited, but thoughtful menu.

Sourdough tartine with coppa, grilled beets, pickled carrots, goat cheese
Cucumber medley with buttermilk, leek ash, prosciutto oil
Triple cooked potatoes with cheddar espuma, egg yolk gel, nasturtiums
Crêpes with 63° egg, rhubarb, pickled ramps, crispy cheese bits
Fresh chorizo with Easter egg radish, spring herbs, prosciutto gremolata
Macerated early summer fruits with spruce tip yogurt, toasted rice tuile, white chocolate

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Well Seasoned BBQ Class June 18th, 2017 12:00 PM

Learn BBQ skills with House of Q while sipping on three of BC’s local brewing companies – Dogwood Brewing, Red Arrow & Raven’s Moon, who will be featured as BBQ Brian grills up a paired menu that includes :

  • Carne Asada Tacos,
  • Chicken Lollipops with a Raspberry Glaze
  • Savoury Stuffed French Toast – and yes it involves BACON…and the BBQ.

Seating is limited. Buy your voucher online, or call the store 604.530.1518 to reserve your space!

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Glass House Estate Winery & Well Seasoned

Father’s Day Weekend: June 17th & 18th 12PM-6PM.

The Glass House Estate Winery is located in South Langley, and is a perfect setting for a Sunday afternoon with the important men in your life! Well Seasoned will be cooking up a delicious feast all day long! Spend a delicious day with Dad at Glass House Estate Winery enjoying local food, sipping fantastic local wine and hopefully soaking up the Fraser Valley sunshine!

Grilled Wild BC Salmon with a Summer Salad of Quinoa, Fresh Herbs & Vegetables with Grilled Focaccia Bread – or -Grilled, Sliced Alberta Sirloin with Blue Cheese Butter served with Chopped Vegetable Salad with house made BBQ Ranch Dressing and Grilled Focaccia Bread (Vegetarian Options also available) &Homemade Cheesecake with Fresh Berries for Dessert.
For the kids (under 10): Bonetti’s All Beef Hotdog, Kettle Chips and Juice

Join us at Glass House for this special event! Tickets are $40 per person and must be pre-purchased.

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Father’s Day at Flying Pig and Wild Tale

Father’s Day Brunch Special at The Flying Pig: Steak and Eggs – 5oz “AAA” Sirloin, 2 Free Run Eggs, hollandaise, hash browns and toast — $18

Father’s Day Prime Rib Dinner at The Flying Pig: 
Slow roasted “AAA” prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and au jus — $30 per person

Three locations:  168 Hamilton Street, Yaletown, 102 Water Street, Gastown, 127 West 2nd Avenue, Olympic Village,
www.theflyingpigvan.com

Father’s Day Brunch Special at WildTale: Braised Beef Short Rib Benny with Lobster hollandaise $17.50

Surf & Turf Sunday for Father’s Day Dinner at WildTale:
28-day-aged “AAA” beef, creamy mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and au jus, with one of the following: Caribbean Lobster Tail, Grilled Jumbo Prawn Skewer, Scallop Skewer a la Plancha, or our Pan-Seared Prawn & Scallop Combo — $24.95 per person

1079 Mainland Street, Yaletown www.wildtale.ca

Drink special at all restaurants: Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve Scotch – $6 glasswildebeest3

Treat Dad to an epic meal at Wildebeest!

Father’s Day is fast approaching and Wildebeest is the restaurant your dad wants to be taken to this Sunday, June 18th – brunch or dinner! At brunch, we’ll serve him delicious house-made sausages & thick-cut bacon, bone marrow & eggs, cocktails aplenty, and our already-famous Wildebeest brunch. For dinner, we’ll spoil him with bison carpaccio, seared scallops & pork belly, roasted elk loin, and a bone-in ribeye that’s considered by many to be the very best steak in Vancouver. With excellent wines, beers, and award-winning cocktails to pair, there’s really no better way to celebrate and spend some time with your dad.

Father’s Day Brunch served from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Dinner service starting at 5:00 pm.

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Dads Rule the Roost at H2 Rotisserie & Bar on Sunday, June 18

The Westin Bayshore’s vibrant new H2 Rotisserie & Bar is giving props to Pops by launching its Sunday Supper Series on June 18 with a Father’s Day Feast. This family-friendly meal will be featured every Sunday from 5:30 pm onward. Each Father’s Day Feast is designed for two people for $27 per person:

Starter: H2’s signature cheesy bread.
Main: full rotisserie chicken with jus, buttermilk and chive mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and roasted carrots.
Dessert: dessert plate, featuring potted chocolate mousse with cookie crumble, house-made s’mores, gelato and salted caramel popcorn cheesecake.

Dad, and his adult kids might enjoy a flight of four 5-oz. craft beers for an additional $9 per person, or a choice of three 3-oz. pours of BC wine for $16.

H2 Rotisserie & Bar The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver 1601 Bayshore Drive Reservations: 604.691.6966 or online.

What’s Good This Week – June 15 Edition

A Few Events We Recommend In and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Well it’s been a busy couple months for us and I finally feel I am getting somewhat caught up after the wedding, but then I find a whole lot of other things I want to do! I’ve been trying to stay home more, and get our home together as it’s a bit of a disaster lately. It’s never dirty, but there’s lots of stuff around that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Good news is that there’s a Les Dames d’Escoffier Culinary Garage Sale coming up in September, so that should help me  declutter! In any case, here’s a couple things we recommend in our What’s Good weekly post, a few of which we’ll be at. There will also be another one for Father’s Day suggestions shortly.

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Food, Fun and Your Favourite Cookbook Authors – June 17 12-3 pm

Join Dames Meeru Dhalwala, co-author of Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes, published by Penguin Canada, and Denise Marchessault of British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season, published by Whitecap Books who’ll dish on their best culinary tips and treats. Get your cookbook signed, enjoy featured recipes and cooking demonstrations by the authors, plus receive an Inspired to Taste Canada cookbook of choice with a $75 purchase from Hudson’s Bay kitchen and cookware department at the event. Enter into a draw for a $500 Bay gift card AND the event is free! RSVP today Follow along on social media: #HBxTasteCanada

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Cooking Class – A Taste of South India – June 17 3-5:30 pm

Feed Life presents an authentic Taste of South India with a ‘hands-on’ cooking class in which you’ll get you comfortable with spices, curries and some delicious dishes.

  • Discover the power of spices, their health benefits and understand how to use them in your own pantry
  • Learn how to make delicious vegan protein rich dishes that will satisfy even the meat lover in your family
  • Get an overview of foundational knife skills and cooking techniques
  • Leave with a full belly and lunch for the next day

Get $30 off your seat if you use code loveindian at checkout. Register Now

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Bard On The Beach – Much Ado About Nothing June 1 – September 23

We’re off to this tonight for the opening. Will have to dress very warm, so much for our weather! I’m reading ahead and they’ll be no wine for me before this as I always get lost in the plots if I don’t have my wits about me. Always tricky stuff and I’m easily confused! The plot? It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll. Excited to see this one!

project empty bowlProject Empty Bowl Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

Since its inception in the early 1990’s Project Empty Bowl has fed thousands of individuals with HIV/AIDS locally and tens of thousands globally. It began when John Harton, a teacher in Bloomfield, MT, asked his high school ceramic students to make enough bowls to give a luncheon for the school staff. For $5 each, the guests received a simple meal of soup and bread, served in one of the handmade bowls. The money raised was donated to the local food bank.  Tickets.

Night at The Aquarium – June 15

This will be one fantastic event. Ticket are $350 and there are a very few left! The festivities begin with the Taittinger Champagne Reception and delectable canapés amidst the stunning backdrop of aquatic creatures followed by a collaborative Ocean Wise four-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s top chefs, paired with premier wines and spirits.

Once-in-a-lifetime live and silent auctions will inspire you to support ocean conservation efforts while music and entertainment will transport you into the mysterious depths of our aquatic world. Online registration is now closed. Please contact us to inquire about tickets:
604.659.3473 | nightattheaquarium@vanaqua.org

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Chef Chris Whittaker at Edible Canada on June 19

Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Vancouver will be joining Edible Canada – June 19 in their 2017 Canadian Table Dinner Series. The evening, titled Celebrate: Foraged, will offer up five courses devoted to regional and sustainable foraged ingredients, paired with wines from Mooncurser Vineyards and cocktails from Wayward Distillery. The evening will run from 7 p.m. until late and will be hosted in Edible Canada’s glass enclosed demo kitchen, where guests can interact with the chef first hand.Chef Whittaker has made a name for himself in Vancouver by truly embodying his philosophies on sustainable cuisine. Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. With this event, guests are invited to ‘taste the wild’.”Foraging is an important part of Canadian cuisine but many Canadians wouldn’t know where to start” shares Edible Canada President, Eric Pateman. “Our goal with this dinner is to educate our guests about foraging locally while being able to taste and experience the products that result.”

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Duck Egg Weed Tart Alpindon cheese, Saskatoon Berry Dressing
Potato and Sunchoke Wild salmon roe, nettle vinaigrette, sea asparagus, caramelized onion crema
BC Spot Prawn Dandelion ash cavatelli, crispy legs, prawn head hollandaise, crispy shallot
Turtle Valley Bison Butcher Board cat tails, burdock root, morel mushroom soil
Elderflower and Fromage Frais Cheese Puff ice cream, cordial, Whittaker honey compressed strawberries

Loblaws CityMarket In-Store Dietitian Consultations

Keep Cardiovascular Health Top Of Mind And Stay Healthy With Loblaws CityMarket

I’ve been a little more liberal with my food choices since I completed my weight loss challenge, but I’m still keeping healthy eating a priority.  Recently I met up with Brittany Thomas, one of the in-store dietitians available at local Loblaws CityMarket. I live right by the Arbutus store, so it’s super convenient for us to pop in there for groceries, and this time for some additional shopping advice.

The dietitians offer one-on-one consultations tailored to your health needs, can provide heart-healthy recipes, do cooking demos, and can assist you with food choices to help you eat healthy, maintain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Most of us know that lifestyle changes and improved nutrition can help with prevention of cardiovascular disease, but sometimes we need a little bit of help with strategies. I know I do.

For my consultation, we decided to best use the time to review new items in store that would help me eat well at home, a sort of what’s on trend tour of Loblaws CityMarket.Loblaws CityMarket

First up Skyr (pronounced “skeer”),  my new go to yogurt! It has even more protein than Greek yogurt. It’s thick and creamy, high in protein, fat-free and lactose-free. I’ve been mixing up berries and a sprinkle of granola for breakfast, made into a tzatziki for a dip for chicken souvlakia and using it to top fruit for a healthy dessert.

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Next up we ventured to the bread aisle for a look at breads that are made with the edition of legumes, way more nutrition in each slice.

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In the frozen section there’s kale, all prepped and ready for your smoothies, I often buy fresh and it gets old before I remember to use it. Plus, lots of berries for dessert, muffins and smoothies too.

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Back in the dairy section the Happy Planet grass-fed milk is available. Grass-fed products have a healthier ratio of 3:1 (omega 6: omega 3), as well as lower levels of saturated fatty acids, and total fat in general.  AND they taste so much better.

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Quick cooking grains are ready in 10 minutes.Loblaws CityMarket

The local section is a great place to find innovative local products. This hot sauce adds flavour without calories, fat or sugar.

You can email Brittany Thomas at brittany.thomas@loblaws.ca to book a free appointment and for more information on food that help to support good cardiovascular and general health. When you book your consultation, mention that you heard about the dietitian services on Good Life Vancouver.

**Loblaws provided a gift card so I could healthy-shop in exchange for this post. Thanks!

Father’s Day Gifts For Cool Dads

Unique Father’s Day Gifts

Whenever we ask our Dad what he wants for Father’s Day, he says socks, and we listen, but we know that there are some Dad’s out there that really don’t want or need another pair of socks, so we’ve sussed out a few other things that sophisticated Dads might appreciate. Here’s a few culinary gems as well as some suggestions should Dad need some pampering.

sousvidesupremeequipmentSousVide Supreme

You may have seen some behind the scenes cooking at our house as we’ve got this magical device and recently Michael just made some ribs that were to die for! Sousvide is a culinary technique in which vacuum-sealed food is immersed in a water bath and cooked at a very precise, consistent temperature.  The SousVide Supreme water oven has made it easy for any home cook to use this cooking technique! The pictured promo package includes everything Dad needs to start cooking sous vide today, including the SousVide Supreme water oven, a vacuum sealer, 2 rolls of pouches, and Easy Sous Vide cookbook. Save $100 by using promo code “Dad” 

sodastream fizziSodaStream

Up Dad’s cocktail game with the  SodaStream’s FIZZI! The SodaStream FIZZI allows Dad to conveniently transform tap water into sparkling water at home, at the touch of a button, without electricity.  FIZZI Black Sparkling Water Maker SodaStream.

 

all cladAll-Clad BBQ Tool Set 

Take Dad’s BBQ game up a notch with the All-Clad 4-piece grilling set. Each piece is made with premium stainless steel and comes in a metal carrying case – perfect for those who take pride in what they grill at home or on the go.

pastaPhilips Compact Pasta Maker

Make delicious pasta in a quick, easy and healthy way. The Pasta Maker’s seamless and compact design with smart, built-in storage makes it easier to keep on the countertop or store in a cabinet.

  • Enjoy fresh, homemade pasta in just 18 minutes with the Pasta Maker’s fully automatic mixing, kneading and extruding, guaranteeing superior texture and taste
  • The unique design stirring bar ensures flour is mixed evenly for a smooth, consistent outcome
  • Featuring three shaping discs – spaghetti, penne and fettucine – the possibilities are endless as to what you can make

$279.99, available at Hudson’s Bay and Amazon.ca

project skinProject Skin MD® Refining Treatment for Men

Project Skin MD® provides medical-grade treatments on South Granville and CF Richmond Centre Mall. This particular treatment is specifically designed to target a male’s most common skincare concerns, including ingrown hairs brought about by shaving and will help Dads of all ages achieve healthy, younger-looking skin. Your Dad will receive a targeted facial featuring a carefully selected combination of SkinCeuticals products, followed by a cutting-edge exfoliation technique called dermaplaning for the upper face.  50 minute treatment available for $120.

truefittTrufiitt and Hill BOTANICAL GROOMING RANGE

Head to the world’s oldest barbershop for the gift of grooming this Father’s Day.  Pick a few products from the new line, the Authentic No. 10–a botanically based formulation. How about the NO.10 FINEST SHAVING CREAM, enriched with Willow Bark, Borage Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Olive Oil to provide optimum results. Dad can then lather up for a smooth and comfortable shave, while also moisturising and softening his skin. $32.00.

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