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BC Strawberries #Contest


BC Strawberries U-Picking Right at The Farm

Is there anything better than fresh strawberries? Well there’s a few things that come close, like fresh strawberry waffles, strawberry cake, strawberry sauce for pork chops and strawberry jam! But the whole process of picking your own strawberries out at the farm is really where it’s at.

Strawberries came early this year and we had to act quickly to ensure we got our share. There’s still lots out there, but they won’t last for long! There’s always the later crop too should you miss out on the first one. Sometimes the everbearing even go until October.

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The BC Strawberry Growers Association has 13 participating in their get fresh campaign this year, and they’ve got a great contest where you can win some very cool prizes.

1. Take a photo with BC strawberries! (on the farms, in a restaurant, at home)
2. Post your photo to your favourite social network using #bcstrawberries
3. Verify your social media entry here. http://enter.bcstrawberries.com/

honda accord

This past weekend we headed out to the farm to pick some strawberries of our own and I’ve been creating a few items with our loot! Gotta love this Honda Civic Coupe, we even passed the very same one on the road and waved! Thanks for the sweet ride Honda Canada!

BC Strawberries

After fueling up on strawberry waffles and sampling some strawberry wine, we headed out into the fields.

BC Strawberries

My pals Mary Sheridan from Van Bits and Bites, and my pal Tess , joined me! Amazing ladies that made for a super fun super fun day as we also visited several wineries in the area, a cidery and a cookshop for some cooking supplies. More on the whole experience in another post.

Strawberry Sauce for BBQ Pork Chops

1 cup strawberries, sliced
½ cup balsamic vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced;
1/4 of a large red onion
1/8 cup of olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 pork chops

Brine Pork in a mixture of 1/3 cup salt to 3 cups water for an hour or so.
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over a medium-high heat, and cook the garlic and onions for 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so.
Add the balsamic vinegar and ½ cup of the sliced strawberries, and bring to a boil. Puree in blender.
Marinate the pork in half the sauce for 3 hours.
Preheat BBQ and BBQ pork chops until just done. So easy to overcook so be careful. I’m not giving specific times as all BBQ’s and pork chop sizes will vary.

Reheat the remainder of the sauce and add the other 1/2 cup of strawberries and serve over pork.

BC Strawberrries

Another use for strawberries? Cupcakes. We spotted these at Well Seasoned. 

Contest Closed Zwilling Pro Carving Set #Giveaway #ZwillingHolidays

Congrats to Summer D.

Your turkey will never be the same once you’ve got this Zwilling Pro Carving Set

This set equips you with two essential knives from the exclusive Zwilling Pro collection. Tackle extended cutting tasks without hand fatigue, thanks to an ergonomically shaped handle and a special arched bolster, which promotes a perfect thumb grip for safety and comfort.

Each knife is precision forged using Zwilling’s Sigmaforge process, resulting in an exceptionally hard yet flexible blade.

  • Zwilling’s Friodur ice-hardening technique results in a harder, sharper blade that is corrosion resistant and highly elastic.
  • Precise lasers are used to ensure each blade’s edge is at the optimal cutting angle for maximum sharpness.
  • Arched bolster designed by architect Matteo Thun perfectly supports the thumb for ultimate comfort, safety and precise handling. Also allows the full length of the edge to be sharpened, from tip to end.
  • The sleek ABS resin handle is triple riveted to the blade and contoured for a secure, comfortable grip.
  • Made in Germany by Zwilling J.A. Henckels since 1731.

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Canadian Beef #GIVEAWAY with Hopcott Farms

Canadian Beef #GIVEAWAY with Hopcott Farms for a $100 GC to the storefront!

Thanks to all for the votes! I had thrown my hat in the ring Canadian Beef Ambassador, but didn’t read the rules properly (girl has to slow it down!), so have had to withdraw for now, although I’ll still be rooting for keeping it local and Canadian Beef.

I am still rewarding all my readers and voters with a giveaway! I have joined forces with one of my favourite CANADIAN BEEF producers, Hopcott Farms, to give readers a $100 Gift Certificate to their butchery and storefront in Pitt Meadows.

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Hopcott Farms

Hopcott Premium Meats sources meat and produce from local farmers, and is home to a butchery that crafts amazing sausages, premium meat cuts and a vast variety of well price and top quality meat. They partner with three BC beef farmers to bring the best of Canadian Beef to you!


Please shop local and BUY CANADIAN BEEF and please keep your eye out for some more work with Canadian Beef Farmers and I! Good luck to all the remaining ambassador competitors!

Barilla Pasta Giveaway Cookbooks, Cups, Apron and Salad in a Jar

To celebrate the kids going back to school we’ve got a Barilla Pasta Giveaway and some recipes for salads in a jar for you!

You’ll win Barilla pasta, Barilla branded apron and measuring cups and a David Rocco cookbook! WOO HOO! This is truly my fav pasta as it cooks up perfectly. Stick exactly to the cooking times and you’ll be good to go!

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Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar

  • 2/3 cups  elbow pasta
  • 1 tablespoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup  fresh mozzarella, diced
  • 1/3 cup  cherry tomatoes
  • leaves of basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon  balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup  cooked ham, julienned 
 Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions; drain. Drizzle with a tiny amount of olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together, then lay it flat on a platter to cool down.

Toss pasta with olive oil, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and ham; serve in Mason jars.

Farfalle Pasta Salad with Smoked Salmon and Yogurt

    • 2/3 cups  farfalle pasta
    • 1 1/8 teaspoon  extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/3 cup  cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 2 tablespoons  plain yogurt
    • hardboiled egg, sliced into rounds
    • 1/3 cup  red onion
    • 1/3 cup  smoked salmon

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions; drain. Drizzle with ⅛ teaspoon olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together, and then lay it flat on a platter to cool down. Sauté red onion with remaining olive oil over high heat in a small skillet for 2 minutes, then set aside to cool.

Toss pasta with olive oil, cherry tomatoes, yogurt, eggs, red onion, and smoked salmon. Divide into Mason jars and top each with 10 capers.

Asian Pasta Salad with Seaweed

  • 2/3 cups  orzo pasta
  • 1/8 teaspoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cups  prepared seaweed salad
  • 1/2 cup  edamame
  • 1 tablespoon  low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon  sesame oil
  • large shrimp, cooked

Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions; drain. Drizzle with olive oil to prevent the pasta from sticking together, then lay it flat on a platter to cool down.

Toss orzo pasta with olive oil, seaweed salad, edamame, soy sauce, sesame oil, and shrimp; serve in Mason jars.

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CONTEST CLOSED #Win 2 Tickets to Van Opera Sweeney Todd April 25 and $30 @whitespot GC

Sweeney-Todd2Winner of countless awards, Sweeney Todd is darkly comical and endlessly entertaining. The indelible cast of characters and the evocatively grimy setting combine with Sondheim’s unmatchable lyrics and complex orchestral score for a rich theatrical and musical experience.

Starring real-life husband and wife Greer Grimsley, one of the great bass-baritones of his generation, as Sweeney Todd, and acclaimed mezzo-soprano Luretta Bybee as Mrs. Lovett.


Win 2 tickets Vancouver Opera’s Sweeney Todd on April 25, 7:30 PM. In addition to that, a pre-show dinner for two worth $30 at White Spot Dunsmuir is also included!

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#Giveaway 2 Tickets = $250+ #CanadianFlavours Gala EAT Vancouver

AWESOME GIVEAWAY ALERT! We’ll be there, will you? 

Make space in your schedule for the Canadian Flavours Gala at Terminal City Club on Thursday, April 30 2015.

Guests will enjoy an evening with 15 INCREDIBLE chefs from some of Canada’s best-known restaurants, sampling delicious Canadian cuisine paired with spring releases from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.

Thursday April 30th 2015
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Tickets: $125 available at http://eat-vancouver.com/canadian-flavours-gala/ 
Terminal City Club 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Win 2 TICKETS – 3 ways

  • Leave a comment naming one of the Chefs participating in EAT Vancouver
  • Share/comment on/or like this post on Facebook (1 entry) (must also like Good Life Vancouver’s page)
  • Follow @GoodLifeVan on twitter and post the tweet below (1 entry)

“RT to #win 2 tickets to #CanadianFlavours GALA = $250+ @eat_vancouver @GoodLifeVan”

Winner announced April 25, 2015

Participating Restaurants:

Charcut Roast House and  River Cafe (Calgary); The Westin Edmonton (Edmonton); Lemeac (Montreal); Hillside Winery Bistro, The Vanilla Pod and The Kitchen (Naramata); Wolf in the Fog (Tofino); The Black Hoof, DaiLo and Richmond Station (Toronto); Edible Canada, Vancouver Aquarium. YEW seafood + bar and Bella Gelateria (Vancouver); TIA Yukon (Whitehorse)

Participating Wineries:

Bench 1775 Winery, Black Widow Winery, D’Angelo Estate Winery, Deep Roots Winery, Elephant Island Wines, Hillside Winery, Howling Bluff Winery, Kettle Valley Winery, La Frenz Winery, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Lang Vineyards, Misconduct Wine Co., Monster Vineyards, Moraine Estate Winery, Perseus Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Quidni Estate Winery, Red Rooster Winery, Serendipity Winery, Terravista Vineyards, Therapy Vineyards, Tightrope Winery, Upper Bench Winery, Van Westen Vineyards

There is an impressive roster of critically acclaimed chefs and their restaurants participating at the event.  It includes Andrew Winfield of Calgary’s , Nicholas Nutting of Tofino’s  (chosen by  as Canada’s number one restaurant), and Jeremie Bastien of Montreal’s .  From Toronto, both Chef Jesse Grasso of – known for attracting movie starts to its nightly lineup – and Nick Liu of newly opened will participate.  Two alumni from  Carl Heinrich (Toronto’s ) and Connie DeSousa (Calgary’s ), will also attend.  Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn from the  will recreate his winning dish from the 2015 Canadian Gold Medal Plates chef competition.Win 2 TICKETS – 3 ways

Local participants include Executive Chef Ned Bell from The Four Seasons’ YEW seafood + bar, Eric Pateman of Edible Canada and Bella Gelateria’s hand-made gelato, named the best in the world at the international gelato competition held in Florence, Italy.

The evening will include an exclusive Silent Wine Auction benefitting Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ sustainable seafood program, which will also receive partial proceeds from the evening.

CONTEST CLOSED Epicure Holiday #Giveaway $300+ in Kitchenware and Spices

Congrats to Sean Neild on the win!

Believe it! With Epicure you can make a holiday dinner in 60 minutes OR LESS and we’ve got a giveaway to help you with this easy peasy meal! See our full post on the dinner here.

Epicure Holiday Dinner

Epicure is a company who’s motto is “Good Food. Real Fast.”and products include a massive range of pre- blended spices, gorgeous kitchenware and  many recipes for you to make it all happen in your kitchen.

Epicure Holiday Dinner (ready start to finish in just 60 min) Easy recipes in the links

Mulled Wine
Hot BLT Appy with crudité

Epicure Holiday Dinner

Easy Roast Turkey
Roasted Root Vegetables
Steamer Stuffing
Herb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Egg Nogg Cheesecake Bites with rum ganache


Epicure Turkey Feast Seasoning

Epicure Mulling Spices

Epicure Mulling Spices

Epicure BLT

Epicure BLT Dip Mix

Epicure Turkey


Epicure Turkey Seasoning

Epicure Holiday Seasoning

Epicure Sage & apple Stuffing

Epicure Herb & Garlic Dip Mix

Epicure Cheesecake
Epicure WFD Eggnog Cheesecake

Epicure cookware

Epicure Multi-Purpose Pot

Epicure Multi-purpose pot

Epicure Bake & roll

Epicure Baker
Epicure Baking Sheet

Epicure Silicone Basting Brush

mini baker

Epicure Mini baker

Epicure Dip & Spreader

Epicure Square Steamer

epicure knife
Epicure En garde Knife
Epicure Baker (make great serving ware)

Perfect Petites

Epicure Perfect Petities with Lux Decorator for star-worthy cheesecake dessert

To win!

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CONTEST CLOSED Happy Planet Soup for a Month #Giveaway

3-0-29939-Organic_Chicken_Landing_PageContest Closed. Congrats Emily!

It’s chilly out there folks and thankfully there’s soup for those cold days. Happy Planet has just launched two new soup flavours and would like to share their soup with you. In fact you can win THIRTY gift certificates for soup and you could have soup for an entire month, or space it out a bit as the certs don’t expire until October 2015! Thai Chicken high-res JPEG Horizontal

New for fall? Thai Chicken and Kwartha Chicken made with organic chicken and all good for you ingredients! We’ve sampled and love them! In order to win comment below on your favourite fall soup, whether it is one from Happy Planet, or homemade or perhaps from somewhere else! Random winner picked November 3, 2014.


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Congrats to Karen! Winner of the knife set. We are jealous!

In honour of Thanksgiving, we’ve got a giveaway of ZWILLING Five Star Knives Includes a 7-piece knife set, a sharpening tool, a pair of scissors and a knife block.

To get your own set of ZWILLING Five Star Knives, head to Safeway to check out their latest in-store promotion where you can redeem stamps for ZWILLING knives. Perhaps you can pick up some Thanksgiving supplies while you are there! Safeway promotion here.

COMMENT on this post as to your favourite Thanksgiving tradition or dish!!!!

Zwilling knives are precision forged from a single piece of a special formula high performance “No Stain” German stainless steel

Wedge-shape blades merge seamlessly into the innovative new design which offers comfort, balance and safety without compromising the cutting edge

The handle shape enables a calm, controlled grasp leading into a professional pinch-grip

  • your local Safeway grocer promotes eating and buying locally and are committed to purchasing produce from local communities
  • Shop for all of your Thanksgiving needs at Safeway and earn stamps to collect a wide range of professional Zwilling five star knives that I’ve used here today for free for a limited time!
  • During the promotional period you can collect stamps for every $10 you spend and the promotion runs now until February 12th, 2015
  • The Zwilling range available in the offer consists of high quality five star knives, knife block, sharpening steel and scissors

Valid only in Canada, not available to those who only enter contests, one entry per person please, not to be used for any harm! :o) Good Luck!



CONTEST CLOSED #Giveaway Ticket to TEDxVancouver Oct 18


CONTEST CLOSED Congrats to Loren and Mark! See you there!

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. On October 18 TEDxVancouer hosts a day of speakers and discussion around the theme of TILT – exploring ideas from another angle. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDxVancouver, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

Looking at things from another perspective is difficult and uncomfortable, but often yields revolutionary leaps in personal evolution. This year’s event will tilt your axis and put you on new ground.  See the full list of speakers here.  Tickets ($99 + tax) are limited. PURCHASE

To win a ticket to TEDxVancouver TILT comment below on how you have gotten out of your comfort zone with FOOD, SPA TREATMENTS, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY  or TRAVEL experiences?

Did you eat some chicken feet, complete a marathon, travel somewhere off the beaten track or get a pedicure where fish ate dead skin of your feet? Tell us here!