National Iced Tea Day Cocktail With Teapigs

Celebrate National Iced Tea Day with Real Tea-infused Cocktails

Every day is National something or other day and June 10th just happens to be National Iced Tea Day.  I’ve kind of forgotten about iced tea as I don’t like those sugary versions, but I’m definitely going to make it at home and use it in some summer cocktails! Iced tea has a history dating to the 1870s when recipes first appeared, we’re told. The Buckeye Cookbook, published in 1876 and Housekeeping in Old Virginia, published in 1877 both contain iced tea recipes.  Iced tea started to appear in the United States in the 1860′s and became widespread in the 1870s where it was found offered on hotel menus and was on sale at railroad stations.  The popularity of refreshing iced tea drink grew rapidly after it was introduced at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.  Who knew?

In honour of ice tea we have a very refreshing and boozy version made with my favourite teapigs tea, Darjeeling Earl Grey. Thanks for the delivery teapigs, really enjoyed this one!

National Iced Tea Day

Iced teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey North Course

To celebrate National Iced Tea Day, and for all of your summer party needs, enjoy the Iced teapigs Darjeeling Earl Grey North Course, developed by Canadian Whisky Ambassador, Colin MacDougall. Inspired by Canada’s 150th birthday and the upcoming summer golf season, it’s a delicious yet unique take on the classic Arnold Palmer. This recipe serves one.

Glass: Collins Ice: Cubed
Garnish: Lemon wheel & bitters

Ingredients
6oz. teapigs darjeeling earl grey (1 tea temple) (chilled) 1 oz. Simple syrup
1.5 oz.   Lemon juice
1 oz. Lot40 Canadian rye

Method: Start by brewing a cup of teapigs darjeeling earl grey tea. Steep it for approximately 3 minutes. Remove tea temple and chill tea before use. In a tall Collins glass, add 6oz. (¾ of a cup) of the chilled tea. Next, in a shaker, combine the rest of the ingredients, shake and pour over the chilled tea. To serve, garnish with a lemon wheel and few dashes of bitters.

Featured Tea: teapigs darjeeling earl grey
The exotic, floral tones of Darjeeling tea are balanced with the sunny citrus taste of bergamot.

How to make simple syrup: Pour equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan. 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water will make 1 ½ cups of simple syrup once dissolved. Stir the simple syrup and place the saucepan over medium heat. Heat ingredients until dissolved.

Introduced in Canada in 2014, teapigs was created in England over 10 years ago by two passionate tea lovers who met working at a really big tea company. After spending years learning about (and drinking) tea, they realized there was an incredible world of quality teas out there that simply weren’t getting the attention they deserve. And so teapigs was born.

National Iced Tea Day

The team at teapigs is committed to ensuring every sip is full of flavour. Which means a commitment to tea of the highest quality: whole leaf tea, whole leaf herbs and whole flavours. Each leaf, herb and flower has been handled gently and with love, to maintain every drop of precious flavour.

What makes teapigs even more unique is the tea temple – a roomy, biodegradable mesh bag that offers all the space whole leaves need to infuse properly. The best part? No need to agree on one teapigs flavour to brew, everyone can have their own cuppa! teapigs products are available at select grocery retailers across Canada and online at teapigs.ca.

Expand Your Ingredient Repertoire With The Taste Box

The Taste Box Monthly Subscription Box

A few months ago I received a The Taste Box filled with some wonderful honey, and fragrant Saigon Cinnamon, Vanilla Bean and Baking Spice and I’ve cooked up a few tasty things since then. The Taste Box is curated by Jenni Hallihan and Matt Walkera, super foodies that want to elevate your homemade food by sending you a monthly box of great ingredients and some tips and recipes. Each month you’ll receive a curated box with 3-5 gourmet ingredients that are a little beyond the usual.

crowd pleaser sweet simple kitchen

muffins

They asked me to pass on the deal that you’ll receive 50% off your first Taste Box when they become a member.  You can cancel or skip a box anytime.

bbq sauce

The June Box theme is “Fire Up The Grill” Barbecuing is also about trying new things and this collection of sauces and rubs is sure to inspire your creativity and elevate any cookout. Recieve 50% off the first Box

 

 

mini apple spice breads wirerack hipfoodiemom.com

DOES YOUR DAD LOVE TO COOK?
This year, give him a culinary experience he won’t soon forget! 3 month & 12 month Memberships Available At A Special Father’s Day Price. Buy here.

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 23 Edition

Events In And Around Vancouver

Hope y’all had a great long weekend if you got one. Michael worked all weekend sadly, as did I, so we stayed in Vancouver, but I did get out for an 8 km run through Shaughnessy on Sunday, took some strolls along West 4th and West Broadway and checked out some shops, visited with Tess, Jennifer, my sister and nephew and had another amazing dinner at Chicha. What did you get up to? Any new restaurants, beers or wines we should know about? Comment below if you’d like to share! This week there’s a ton to do food and drink-wise for all, and then we’re headed up to Naramata for the opening of our friend Victor Bongo’s new restaurant https://naramatainn.com/ambrosia-restaurant-lounge/ along with his wine launch at Serendipity Winery. I’ll be insta-storing that and more adventures so tune in and I’ll try to be entertaining. Summer is here! Well for now.

46south 8

Exploring Pacific Ocean with 46 South Fish CO at Heritage Asian Eatery – May 23 6pm

If you’ve been hanging out with us in person or online, you’ll surely remember the NZ Oysters that we often rave about! They’re brought in by our pal and fellow New Zealander, Mark Urwin. He also sources lots of other great sustainable NZ Seafood, such as the Hiramasa Yellowtail Amberjack and he’s partnered with Chef Felix Zhou of Heritage Asian Eatery for a dinner featuring this divine fish.

The menu is created using the whole fish to showcase the versatility, purity, texture, and flavour of the Hiramasa.  $35 per person excluding taxes and gratuity http://bit.ly/2pFDZLs

Hiramasa Sashimi, cucumber, tomato concasse, yuzu
Hiramasa Tartar, mustard emulsion, pickled onions, coal oil
Hiramasa Ceviche, lime, coriander, crispy shallots
Citrus cured Hiramasa Tataki, wasabi tobiko, ponzu sauce

Torched Hiramasa, yuzu beurre blanc, chives
Seared Hiramasa, white dashi, kombu seaweed, pickled shiimeji
Smoked Hiramasa, crispy potato, ginger yogurt

chefmeetsgrape

ChefmeetsBCGrape May 25, 2017

13th annual ChefmeetsBCGrape is Western Canada’s most exciting wine and culinary event—featuring the largest Grand Tasting of BC VQA Wines and a celebration of the best culinary talent in the Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver food scenes.

Award-winning chefs and BC winemakers will come together to bring a taste of BC Wine Country to each city. More than 85 BC wineries will pour over 350 award-winning Wines of British Columbia at Vancouver’s walk-around tasting featuring “pop ups” of the city’s hottest restaurants and chefs serving their signature dishes in small plate portions.  Tickets https://kiosk.eztix.co/kiosk-optimised-event/412001/420962

 

seafood

Low Country Seafood Boil at Mamie Taylor’s – May 23

Seafood lovers are in luck this week! Why can’t I be two places at once? Join the crew at Mamie Taylor’s for a Top Drop Low Country Seafood Boil, featuring spot prawns, lobster, dungeness crab, potatoes, corn, okra, cajun spices and an array of other delcious things to tuck into, while enjoying incredible wines and the company of the principals from the following international wineries:

Herdade do Esporão – Alentejo, Portugal w/ Pedro Vieira, Sales Manager
Fattoria Colmone Della Marca w/ Giovanni Meschini, Owner
Cambria Estate Vineyard and Winery w/ Denise Shurtleff, Winemaker
Gramercy Cellars w/ Greg Harrington MS, Founder/Winemaker

Tickets https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/low-country-seafood-boil-at-mamie-taylors-tickets-34278265214

barbarians feast cocktails

Barbarian’s Feast at The Cascade Room, May 29th

The dinner, presented buffet-style in the age-old tradition of the groaning board, will feature an 80 lb. whole roasted pig from Gelderman Farms in Abbotsford, in addition to irresistible offerings from Two Rivers Specialty Meats, including sausages, roast beef, turkey wings, game hens, and pork ribs. Sides will be served up as well, including potato salad, luscious greens and grilled corn on the cob and dessert is fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.

They’ll be whiskey tastings, and two casks of Jim Beam-infused Main Street Brewing Ale, and two special cocktails for the event, plus local band Garran will entertain the crowd with Celtic-themed music.

Each guest will receive a BBQ apron embroidered with logos from Jim Beam, The Cascade Room and Main Street Brewing, along with a pewter goblet and custom fork to use for the feast and take home.

Barbarian’s Feast Monday, May 29 7 pm
Tickets: $99 (includes all food, beverage, taxes and gratuity)
Purchase online at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/barbarians-feast-tickets-33854418477

prv1718 spot prawns news 1030x364

On until the prawns are gone! Start your meal off with the cool and refreshing Cucumber Gazpacho ($15) with poached BC spot prawns, or the Yellow Campari Tomato Salad ($15) with grilled BC spot prawns! Mains include BC Spot Prawn Poêle ($45) topped with crispy BC spot prawn headsm, Halibut and BC Spot Prawns ($45) or the BC Spot Prawn Duo ($45) with grilled and Provençal style prawns with tagliatelle and zucchini ribbons tossed in olive oil. View Full Menu

Chicha Spot Prawns

Spot Prawns at Chicha Restaurant

As mentioned, we had yet another great meal at Chicha along with one hell of a tasty Margarita. They’ve got a spot prawn trio dish that’s a must right now with prawn ceviche and tempura battered spot prawns with nori and wasabi aioli. Always a must is their octopus and chorizo skewers and at least one type of Causa (a whipped, seasoned potato dish).

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 17 Edition

Enjoy Vancouver This Week With These Tasty Events

What’s up for Vancouver this week? We highly recommend Dish n Dazzle, there’s some new rice to be tried and much more!

dishndazzle vancouver

Dish ‘n Dazzle May 18

You know by now that the 2017 Dish ‘n Dazzle spectacular is returning to the Convention Centre on Thursday, May 18, 2017, this year featuring Wines of Chile. TICKETS

The 2017 event will feature new premium Chilean wines served alongside plates prepared by Vancouver’s celebrated chefs and restaurants. Infused with live music and a vibrant atmosphere, the signature cocktail competition returns to wow the crowd with Chilean-themed offerings, created just for the evening. Also included is the famous raffle and silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind goods and experiences. The BC Hospitality Foundation looks forward to welcoming you back for a spectacular night of food, wine, cocktails and music, presented by the BCHF and Wines of Chile.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:30PM – 9:30PM
PARK VIEW TERRACE
vcc, EAST Canada Place

Thai Riceberry Tasting Week Starts May 15

Thai Riceberry Tasting Week in Vancouver

Thai Riceberry Tasting Week is organized by the Thai Trade Centre in Vancouver.

Why Riceberry is making its mark on the superfood list. Where to enjoy a Free Sample of this delicious nutrient-packed rice?

Boost your health with Thai riceberry at any of nine “Thai Select” restaurants in Greater Vancouver this May 15 – 21.

Nutty in flavour and fragrant, this purple-pigmented rice is packed with antioxidants such as carotenoid, gamma oryzanol and Vitamin E. Its chewy texture is akin to that of brown rice.

The new brown rice variety is a creation of Thailand’s Kasetsart University Rice Science Center.

Riceberry Benefits

  • Rich in Antioxidants and 0mega-3
  • High in Fibre and Bran Oil
  • Help Lower Risk of Diabetes

Enjoy a Free Sample of riceberry starting May 15. Riceberry supplies are limited, so visit the nearest Thai restaurant listed below soon.

VANCOUVER

Sala thai  102-888 Burrard St,
Sawasdee Thai 4250 Main St.
Take Thai Home Restaurant 1736 Commercial Dr.
Thida Thai Restaurant 1193 Davie St.
U & I Thai 3364 Cambie St.
Urban Thai Bistro 1119 Hamilton St,
LANGLEY
Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine 20563 Douglas Crescent
NEW WESTMINSTER
Thai Box 2Go 110-418 6th St.
SURREY
Sabai Thai 10391-150th St.

spot prawnyew

Science Odyssey Canada May 12 to 21

Ten days of discovery and innovation

I just came back from a Field Trip yesterday to help spread the news of a pretty cool Science Festival and got up to some very fun things on this day trip. Science Odyssey is Canada’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Canada and it starts officially today!  We started out a Science World with a lovely lunch and then set out to SFU where we tested out a hyper/hypobaric chamber, simulating diving to 150, tried on a bionic, energy-harvesting exoskeleton and meet some rare birds that have three very specific types of males that all mate differently . We then toured the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard and then headed back to Science World for a social and a tour of the new feature exhibit, Made in Canada, all things invented in this fine country. Get a little curious and join in on some of the events!

science odyssey

science odyssey
science odyssey
Into the Hyper/Hypobaric Chamber at SFU
science odyssey
science odysseySFU Locomotion Lab
science odyssey
Cross Dressing Birds – Ruff Sandpipers
img 20170511 170849304
SFU Trottier Observatory
hb4116
hb4116

Science World

Made in Canada at Science World

Be curious!

Find an event close to you: http://bit.ly/2pPQHHq
Do science with your children: http://bit.ly/2pf6CLt
Have fun with your students: http://bit.ly/2pPZCIT

Science Rendezvous – May 13

 
Over 300 free events will take place in 30 cities across Canada for the 10th edition of Science Rendezvous on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Described as Nuit Blanche for the sciences, Science Rendezvous is Canada’s largest nation-wide science festival. This year’s festival will celebrate 10 years of Science Rendezvous and 150 years of Canadian science.

Science Rendezvous continues its tradition of partnering with research and community organizations to give the public one-of-a-kind experiences: Explosive stage shows, 3D viewers, non-Newtonian fluid, encounters with live animals and tours of labs, observatories and even a brewery.

All events are free and open to the public, with most taking place between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

For more information about Science Rendezvous events in your city visit: http://www.sciencerendezvous.ca/event‐sites/

This year’s Science Rendezvous activities will launch the ten-day Science Odyssey series in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

NOT OFFICIALLY PART OF – There is a cost but thought I’d add this as then you can go see the exhibit I mentioned above. Science World at TELUS World of Science, Vancouver, British Columbia – Meet a Scientist 10-2 pm on May 13 and 14! Connect with local scientists, researchers and other science professionals! Engage in hands-on activities and conversation to develop a better understanding about what these scientists and researchers do. More info.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Langley Campus (11am – 3pm)
KPU Langley will be transformed into a family-friendly science festival where the public will get a chance to participate in hands-on experiments, magic shows, tour high-tech patient simulator nursing labs and the state-of-the-art craft brewing lab (19+). Check out the robots, dancing fire display, face painting and walk the campus labyrinth as part of World Labyrinth Day.

Simon Fraser University – Burnaby campus (11am – 3pm)
Discover the seemingly bizarre behaviour of gases and how they fit in our natural world at the science magic shows. Celebrate International Astronomy Day with tours of Trottier Observatory, astronomy presentations and astronaut photo shoots. Come get your hands on hundreds of other exciting activites including Let’s Talk Science’s game show, Science Chase, liquid nitrogen ice cream making, molecular viewers and more.

Let’s Talk Science with the University of British Columbia – The Old Barn Community Centre (10am – 2pm)
Join UBC’s Let’s Talk Science for a hands-on day of science discovery. Make edible DNA and DNA bracelets, and finish the day off with slime.  Discover the future of touch screens, the foldable technology, and a glimpse into the future.

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – May 11 Edition

Enjoy Vancouver This Week With These Tasty Events

What’s up for Vancouver this week? Lots! We are back in town and settling back in from our honeymoon and have plans to hit the Spot Prawn Festival on Saturday for our 2 week anniversary celebration (joking). There’s a ton of Mother’s Day Celebrations and I did an entire post here, and have some gift suggestions and a GIVEAWAY for a Philips Airfryer here, you can join Daniel Sedin and Canuck Place for a Blanket Fort or try out some new menu items at Lift.

spotprawn webgraphics 170406 vanaquaeventpage 1

Spot Prawn Pop Up at Vancouver Aquarium

Ocean Wise® Executive Chef Ned Bell and Chef Rob Clark of The Fish Counter are kicking off spot prawn season with this first-ever collaborative dinner at Vancouver Aquarium’s Pop-Up café.

Join these top Vancouver chefs for a decadent five-course dinner with wine pairings as they put the spotlight on sustainable spot prawns.

Menu

Chilled Marinated Spot Prawns
Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa, Spicy Crema
Chef Robert Clark
Sea Star Vineyards – Stella Maris, North Pender Island BC

Spot Prawn and Razor Clam Soup
Brown Butter, Lime, Smoked Vancouver Island Sea Salt
Chef Ned Bell
Road 13 – Chenin Blanc, Oliver BC

Spot Prawn Ravioli
Cowichan Pasta Co, Peas, Asparagus, Ricotta
Shaved Parmesan, Lemon and Olive Oil
Chef Ned Bell
Sumac Ridge – Un-oaked Chardonnay, Summerland BC

Sake Poached Spot Prawns
Roasted Northern Coho, Spring Radish, Black and White Sauce
Chef Robert Clark
Tantalus – Juveniles Pinot Noir, Kelowna BC

‘Sugar Kelp’ Chocolate Mousse
Blood Orange Marmalade
Chef Ned Bell

Spot Prawn Festival Vancouver

Spot Prawn Festival

11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival organized by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC.

Saturday, May 13, 11 am – 3 pm at  Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1E8

  • 11:00 am the Spot Prawn Boil service begins
  • 11:00 am demonstration cooking stage opens
  • 12:00 am Spot Prawn boats arrive to the wharf

lift

Lift Has a New Menu

Executive Chef Soojin Park has just released a new menu at Lift, one of the most scenic restaurants in the city and highlights include:

Ahi Tuna – with mascarpone stuffed piquillo, summer vegetables and fennel marmalade
Mahi Mahi – with Hawaiian salsa, beurre blanc, carrot puree, roasted fingerling potato and vegetables
Pork Ribeye – with plum vinaigrette, onion velute, mashed potato, red wine jus

graphics cp homepage artboard 24 e1470430217429

Canuck Place to host Vancouver’s largest blanket fort at their “Best Day Ever” event 

On Saturday, May 13, Canuck Place will transform the corner of Seymour and Georgia with the construction of Vancouver’s biggest blanket fort that will span almost 2,000 square feet. Event attendees will enjoy interactive musical performances, childhood culinary delights (like Earnest Ice Cream and Mom’s Grilled Cheese), and family-friendly games and activities. There will also be special appearances by Daniel Sedin and beloved Fin. Ever celebrates the favourite ways that Canuck Place families spend time together, from quieter moments spent in the Canuck Place Hospice gardens to exciting adventures on recreation therapy outings. Join us on Saturday to reflect on and share how you would spend your best day ever.

Event:                   Best Day Ever Blanket Fort
Date:                     Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time:                    11:00am to 3:00pm

Location:             Outside TELUS Garden at 510 West Georgia Street (corner of Seymour and Georgia) in Vancouver, BC

Hashtags:          #BestDayEver #CanuckPlace
 
Daniel Sedin will be on-site at the fort and available for photos between 11:00am- 12:00pm to launch the event:

  • 11:00am – 11:05am: Ribbon cutting with Canuck Place child Charlie-Anne
  • 11:10am – 11:20am: Candid photos inside the blanket fort
  • 11:20am – 12:00pm: Photos and autographs with fort attendees

Fin will be there from 12:00-1:00pm and available for photos.

May 13 – EAT GRAIN pop up shop at MAIN STREET BREWING 12-6pm

grain

Join EAT GRAIN for a FLOUR SHOP pop-up! Freshly milled flour has been available to orrder for select restaurants around the city, and now it’s available to you at the launch of Vancouver’s first micro flour mill with a pop-up shop!

There will be selection of freshly milled flours, along with sourdough bread and baked goods made exclusively with EAT GRAIN flour.

Mother’s Day To Do’s In Vancouver

Where to Treat Your Mom on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the busiest day for restaurants in the year, so make sure you get organized and book a table soon. AND! Happy Mother’s Day to my mother, Suzanne and my mother-in-law Bev, if you two were in town I promise we’d take you out!

h2 rotisserie and bar chicken

The Westin Bayshore brunch feature on Sunday, May 14

What better way to say “Thanks, Mom” than brunch at the Westin Bayshore’s new H2 Rotisserie & Bar where the rotisserie keeps slowly turning, transforming chicken into the divine dish that is H2’s signature.

The brunch features all kinds of other items Moms are sure to adore, as well as games and contests for children, gifts for all mothers, special Mother’s Day cocktails, and live music. And because Moms are always thinking about other people, at this event, children under the age of five eat for free, and The Westin Bayshore is donating 5 per cent of its Mother’s Day brunch sales to the BC Women’s Foundation.

Mother’s Day at H2 Rotisserie & Bar
The Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver Sunday, May 14 Menu and more details:
Two seatings: 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Cost: $70 per adult, $35 for children 6 – 12
Reservations: 604.682.3377
dimsumSai Woo Dim Sum Brunch & Bubbles and a A 2 hour Chinatown Walking Tour

Join local Historian Judy Lam Maxwell  for a dim sum brunch and bubbles and then a walking tour through Vancouver’s Chinatown. Call 604-568-1117 or doyou@saiwoo.ca for reservations $75 pp.

mimosa

Mother’ Day at Well Seasoned in Langley

Join Well Seasoned for Brunch! Mother’s Day brunch class starts at 11 AM. Mimosas’s and Duck Confit…need we say more?  View the full menu here! Still looking for the perfect gift? Why not get Mom a beautiful gift basket? or a cooking class voucher? cooking class calendar here.

bauhaus

Celebrate Mom with Bauhaus & BC Women’s Hospital Foundation

Bauhaus will be donating 5% of food sales on Sunday, May 14th, so you can treat Mom and help women and babies across British Columbia. Enjoy a 3 course menu for the event, available only this Sunday.

bauhausmenu

oysters2
Bubbles and Oysters for Mom this Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 14
WildTale and The Flying Pig (Gastown, Yaletown, Olympic Village) are offering the following to all Mom’s on Mother’s Day, during brunch hours:

WildTale
Brunch Hours: 11 am to 3 pm
Mother’s Day promo: Half-Price 1 dozen Chef’s Choice Oysters
Half-Price bottles of Prosecco and $20 GC (valid May 15 – June 15)

The Flying Pig
Brunch Hours: 10 am to 3 pm
Mother’s Day promo: Complimentary glass of Prosecco for every Mom

brownie

Mother‘s Day Brownies at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

In honour of Mother’s Day, Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be treating all the moms who visit our Vancouver restaurants for lunch, brunch or dinner to a complimentary warm double chocolate brownie! ​

mothers dayMother’s Day at Cibo

In honour of Mother’s Day, Cibo Trattoria will be offering an extended brunch service from 8 am to 3 pm. The new a-la-carte brunch menu features a variety of sweet and savoury dishes including classic breakfast fare (whole grain and nut granola, vegetable frittata, panettone French toast) and seasonal Mother’s Day specials such as spaghetti carbonara with house-cured lamb bacon and Triangle Sound halibut with parmesan polenta and asparagus.

dirty apron breakfast

Dirty Apron Mothers Day Breakfast in Bed For Two Kit

Pick up your pre-ordered* Breakfast in Bed For Two Kit ($115) on Saturday, and surprise mom first thing on Sunday morning! The gourmet kit includes Belgian Waffles served with seasonal fruit compote and fruit salad, a mini bottle of Noble maple syrup, a decadent Mink ‘Girls Favourite’ Chocolate Bar and mimosa fixings- a small bottle of organic Villa Teresa prosecco and Chaser’s orange juice. And to make you look really, really good, the kit also includes a beautiful small succulent plant as well as a Rifle Paper Co. Greeting Card.  *Pre-orders only- all orders will need to have been placed by 3pm on Friday, May 12th. Availability only while quantities last. In-store pick-up on Saturday afternoon, May 13th.  Pre-Order Now

wildebeest

Mother’s Day at Wildebeest

At brunch, Wildebeest will serve her delicious avocado toast, thick-cut bacon, bone marrow & eggs, fresh oysters, mimosas aplenty, and their watermelon negroni slushie. For dinner, seared scallops, bison carpaccio, line-caught halibut, 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, Mom will be thrilled. Tables available at www.wildebeest.ca.

CONTEST CLOSED Cheers to Mother’s Health – Mother’s Day Gifts and A Giveaway

Mother’s Day Gifts For a Healthy Mom

Why not give Mom something that will keep her healthy and make her happy this Mother’s Day? Sure chocolates and flowers are nice, but if you really love your mother you’d do the right thing and keep her future wellness in mind. Here’s some suggestions for Mother’s Day Gifts that are sure to please and a giveaway brought to you by Philips!

Scroll down for the Airfryer Giveaway. CONGRATS to Anastasia!

philips sonicare

Philips Sonicare Toothbrush

Who doesn’t want whiter teeth? Certainly your mother would! The Philips Sonicare DiamondClean’s advanced technology removes 10X more plaque than a manual toothbrush, whitens teeth in just one week and improves gum health in only two weeks. It comes in a variety of beautiful colours including rose gold, amethyst and pink!

inspired cooking final 640x828

InspiredHealth Cookbook

InspireHealth and Vacay.ca have teamed with Fresh Air Publishing to create a cookbook focused on providing healthy recipes and expert nutritional resources for all Canadians.Twenty amazing chefs from across Canada contributed to this gem! Proceeds will be used to fund InspireHealth’s initiative of providing top level supportive cancer care for Canadians. Purchase.

philips airfryer

Philips Airfryer

Philips just released their newest Philips Airfryer, now 20% smaller, a perfect fit for your mother’s kitchen counter top. Heat is evenly distributed throughout the cooking chamber in thus healthy Airfryer as it fries, bakes, roasts and grills with little to no oil. A perfect solution for fast, tasty and healthy meals and snacks! $299 at Best Buy.

hydrafacial

Hydrafacial MD™ at Alfa Renaissance Skin Care Center

I’m addicted to these facials and just booked my third at Alfa Renaissance Skin Care Center. The HydraFacial MD™ takes less than 30 minutes and delivers long-term skin health and instant, noticeable results with no downtime or irritation. The HydraFacial MD® treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously bathing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating and moisturizing serums. Your mother will leave glowing!

best buy vitamix

Vitamix A3300 1.89L 1500-Watt Stand Blender 

Mom will be thrilled to receive a Vitamix, I know because I just gave my mother one! This new fab blender makes short work of smoothies, soups, peanut butter, and even grinds grain. It comes with Variable Speed Control and Pulse blending, and also features a programmable timer, touchscreen controls, and hardened laser-cut blades. Enroll her in a Vitamix Cooking Course at Cook Culture s she’ll really  get the most out of this kitchen staple. I just took one and have so many more ideas of how to use this awesome machine. $699

apothekari

Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish

Mom’s deserve great skin, and I’ve been using Apothekari these past months and love it. Why not spoil her with the Apothekari Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Polish that revitalizes and invigorates skin with walnut shell powder, powdered bamboo and a light, refreshing essential oil blend of lemongrass, mimosa, and litsea. Apothekari.

wellness tea gift box 512px 512px

Silk Road Tea Wellness Tea Gift Box

My Mom loves Silk Road Tea and so do I, maybe I’ll send her this one! Contains a selection of expertly blending teas to soothe, comfort and uplift, packaged in an signature, eco-friendly red gift box.
The 6 tea assortment contains: Lullaby Tea (soothing sleep tea), BeauTEAful Skincare Tea (for a healthy complexion), Quench (electrolyte rich, replenishing tea) and Happy (uplifting, stress-reliever), Winter Warrior (cold & flu fighter) and Allergy & Hay Fever Defense. All teas come in 40 cup tea tin size. Purchase.

NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY! Winner must pick up in Vancouver (Kitsilano).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wedding Registry at Best Buy

What’s The Best Gift – Best Buy

What to buy for the bride and groom who have everything? We’ve asked for Best Buy Gift Certificates and think this is a very smart idea. We don’t feel comfortable asking for straight out cash (it’s not for everyone) and rather than do a registry, we simply included the following on the invite “While it’s not necessary to bring a gift, we are working on renovations and replacing our kitchen appliances and would appreciate a gift card to Best Buy. ”  They’ve also got a great online registry here – Best Buy Wedding Registry should you go that route and if you need ideas, start with their Starter Registry. Oh the things you can get at this store; everything from speakers to dishwashers and everything in between.

So what’s on our “registry”. We have some needs that must be met. First up some new kitchen gadgets (when a food writer is marrying a chef, that’s kind of a given) and then some luggage for all those trips we’ve got planned! Here’s our favourite Best Buy items on our shopping list right now.

best buy kitchenaid mixer2

KitchenAid Food Processor – 11-Cup – Onyx Black $269.99

We used to have one of these and it’s our favourite processor because it does all sorts of cool tricks.  The large bowl is super handy and makes short work of slicing veggies, grinding nuts, kneading dough, and more.  It has a variety of options for speed and the ExactSlice system with an external lever that lets you switch from thick to thin with a simple slide of the lever is very handy. More info.

best buy kitchenaid spiralizer

KitchenAid Spiralizer Plus with Peel, Core and Slice Stand Mixer Attachment

Spiralizing is all the rage and I’ve been making zucchini noodles and more with my hand held one, so it’s time to kick it up a notch with the real deal. This one peels, cores, and slices and attaches to our stand mixer.  5 blades that allow for 9 combinations of slicing, peeling, coring, and spiralizing and it works with all KitchenAid stand mixers and includes a 2 spiraling blade, 2 slicing blades, and 1 peeling blade. $219.99. More info.

best buy vitamix

Vitamix A3300 1.89L 1500-Watt Stand Blender – Pearl Grey Metallic $649.99

Vitamix has just released this new fab sleek, stylish, and feature-packed, blender that makes short work of smoothies, soups, peanut butter, and even grinds grain. It comes with Variable Speed Control and Pulse blending, and also features a programmable timer, touchscreen controls, and hardened laser-cut blades. Be sure to take a Vitamix Cooking Course at Cook Culture to get the most out of this kitchen staple. I just took one and have so many more ideas of how to use this awesome machine. More info.

best buy vitamix dry goods

Vitamix 32 oz. Dry Grains Container $195.95

In addition to the container it comes with, we do need this dry grains container from to help prepare homemade breads and cereals. Sporting a 32oz. capacity with clearly marked measurements, this container grinds whole grains into fresh flours, mixes batter, and even simulates the kneading process to prepare dough for baking. Homemade bread here we come! More info.

best buy breville smart oven

Breville Smart Oven Air Convection Toaster Oven 1 Cu. Ft. – Stainless Steel $599.99 

Yes we have an oven and a microwave, but we often have something in both, so we do need this excellent addition to the kitchen. You can bake cookies, proof dough, or even airfry your favourite meals in this air convection toaster oven. This countertop oven can roast a large roast, air-fry crispy French Fries & snacks and dehydrate a wide range of healthy foods.  More info.

best buy samsonite

Samsonite Pinsky 21.5″ Hard Side 4-Wheeled Carry-On Luggage – Pink $169.99

Of course we need new luggage in a variety of sizes and I adore this Samsonite Pinsky luggage. It’s lightweight and strong, and has a push-button locking handle, and four 360-degree spinner wheels. Fully lined interiors and zippered compartments will keep my belongings secure. More info.

best buy swiss gear

Swiss Gear Tannensee 3-Piece Hard Side 4-Wheeled Expandable Luggage Set – Chili $399.99

We both need our own set for longer trips, so this one’s for Michael. Since it’s red we won’t miss it coming off the luggage carousal and it has expandable design so he can add any gifts or things such as growlers and beer that he tends to want to take home. Each luggage is equipped with 4 spinner wheels and a retractable handle, so we can zip around hotels, airports, and city sidewalks. More info.best buy samsonite2

Samsonite Tech Series 3-Piece Hard Side 4-Wheeled Luggage Set – Green – Online Only $599.99

I have to have green so these ultra-durable hard-sided luggage pieces are perfect and as I am away a lot, the fact that they are put through rigorous tests to ensure long-lasting strength and reliability is key. They’re each equipped with 4 spinner wheels, a must for any traveler and a locking handle. More info.

We’re super excited to add to our kitchen and will, of course, be posting our culinary and travel adventures with these new items that we may just be lucky enough to pick up one or two of if those gift certs materialize!

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Carrot Romesco

Pork Tenderloin and Carrots Pack a Nutritional Punch

This was one of the best things I’ve made this year. Take from Bon Appetit, I changed a couple things around and we had the tastiest meal, and full of nutrition too.  Be sure to use local pork and know where your meat comes from. For more on pork, check out Passion for Pork, the website for Western Canadian Pork.

img 0338.jpg

Ingredients

4 SERVINGS

¼ cup almonds
1½ pound small carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise if larger
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large pork tenderloin (about 1½ lb.)
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, divided
2 cups spinach

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes; let cool.

img 0325.jpg

Increase temperature to 450°. Toss carrots with 1 Tbsp. oil on another rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and black pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until softened and browned, 15–20 minutes; let cool slightly. You may want to roast your potatoes at this time too; they take a little longer.

Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Season pork with salt and black pepper and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 10–15 minutes. Transfer skillet to oven and roast pork until a thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145°, 8–10 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Pulse almonds, garlic, and remaining 3 Tbsp. oil in a food processor to a coarse paste. Add pepper flakes, one-fourth of carrots, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. water. Process, adding more water as needed, to a coarse purée; season romesco with salt, black pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.

img 0334.jpg

img 0331.jpg

Toss greens with remaining carrots and remaining 1 Tbsp. vinegar in a large bowl; season with salt and black pepper. Serve pork with romesco, salad and roast potatoes.

Good Life Vancouver is all about the good life in and around Vancouver and often far beyond!