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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Gifts for the Foodies in Your Life – As Seen on Global TV December 13, 2014

It’s that time of year again when you’ve got to sort out your gift list. If you’ve got a food lover to please chances are one or all of these ideas will bring squeals of joy once pulled from under the tree. Some great stocking stuffers and host/hostess gifts too!

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Jackson Triggs Entourage Grand Reserve Sparkling Chardonnay made in the traditional champagne method.  Shuck some oysters and your night is almost complete.

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Locally made Whisky from Urban Distillers.  Unique because it contains part of an oak barrel.  Leave the wine to age more (each week would equal 6 mos in the cask) or drink now.

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OMG (Original Mexican Gourmet) CAJETA. Canada’s only traditional Mexican caramel spread made with BC Goat’s Milk. In Vanilla, Espresso and Rum!

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Terra Breads Pecan Fruit Crisps and house-made sauces and spreads $5-$10.

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President’s Choice Mixing Bowl and Measuring spoons ($10/$6). Perfect for that college kid. Set them up with some tea towels and baking mix while you are at it.

Le Creuset

Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  Gorgeous colours, even heating, great for slow cooking and dishwasher safe. $150 at Williams & Sonoma. $255 BUT THIS WEEK 25% off until SUNDAY December 15, 2014

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Cocoa Nymph’s new confections line. One of Vancouver’s BEST Chocolatiers has crafted everything from English toffee to chocolate  espresso local Agassiz hazelnuts. These are the bomb for sweet lovers!  $9

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Ugly Sweater Beer by Parallel 49. Great milk stout pair it up with The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook for an excellent host/hostess gift. Beer $15.75 at Legacy Liquor. Cookbook Books to Cooks $29.95.

Missing Ingredient

The Missing Ingredient Monthly Subscription box from Angie Quaale from Well Seasoned – foodie extraordinare!  Online 3 month subscription $150. Not just food, but recipes and ideas.  Expand that culinary repertoire.

Victorinox

Victorinox Knives from www.swissarmy.com $42 Ergonomic Swiss Classic handles. Set includes two serrated knives, two straight edge knives and a mini wood block. Perfect for the countertop.

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Vitamix – I have one and my goal is to make flour in it this year because it even grinds grain.  Williams and Sonoma 300 series $675.29

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Metropolitan Chef rubs – make any meal flavourful. Edible Canada $3.95 Perfect stocking stuffer or in a food basket.

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Gorgeous maple or walnut chopping boards/serving trays from Kate Duncan $75-$180.

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Tea cup/brewer from Treasure Green Tea Company in Chinatown – Vancouver’s oldest tea company.Throw is some tea and you are set.

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian cookbook for all types of eaters from a woman who’s books taught me to cook when I was young, the talented Mollie Katzen. Full of vegetable recipes that will please everyone $45 Books To Cooks.

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From the foraging chef, Bill Jones, this excellent mushroom foraging and feasting cookbook. If you are in Duncan be sure to look him up and attend a class of his or head out foraging.  Mushrooms are hip and healthy. $29.95 Books to Cooks.

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Click to Watch the segment on Breafast Television with Cassandra Anderton and Jody Vance

It’s that time of year again when you’ve got to step up to the plate (pun intended) and get your foodie friends the best gifts out there.  Whether you want to spend some big money on appliances, or just get some stocking stuffers, we’ve got some suggestions that will make any gourmet jingle their bells!

The Vitamix® Professional Series 500

This is the ultimate in blenders, and is actually much more than a blender. It can actually replace several appliances in your kitchen, saving valuable countertop space.  It can quickly crush ice, process nuts into butter, juice whole fruits in seconds and even make steaming hot soup. This is the first Vitamix model with three pre-programmed settings – Smoothies, Frozen Desserts and Hot Soups – to help home chefs make gourmet meals like the pros.  CHEF APPROVED!

http://www.vitamix.com/


Breville Personal Pie maker

As pie popularity is on the rise, Breville is excited to introduce the Personal Pie maker that lets you bake four individual pies all at once in as little as 10 minutes. Why share a pie when you can have it all to yourself? A sweet or savoury pie is always a welcomed addition to any meal and Breville’s new Personal Pie maker makes it easy to create crowd pleasing treats.

http://www.breville.ca/

Kitchen Aid Food Processor KRP1333

Top of the line food processor with a huge work bowl, externally adjustable slicing control allowing you to adjust without having to remove the blade assembly and three in one feed tube.  The heavy duty base is slip resistant and the there’s even two speeds to the pulse to give you great results with various foods.

http://www.kitchenaid.ca

All-clad 5.5 Quart Brushed Stainless Dutch Oven

All-Clad’s d5 Stainless Steel line incorporates five-layer bonded construction as well as functional advances that make it the finest stainless-steel cookware to date. Induction stove safe.  With this Dutch oven you can brown dishes on the stovetop, slow-cook them in the oven, and then present them at the table. * Each of the five bonded layers serves a specific purpose, creating a noticeable difference in cooking performance. stainless-steel interior for easy cleanup.

http://www.all-clad.ca/

 

Nothern Divine Canadian Caviar

Local and sustainable caviar from the Sunshine Coast.   Delicious and Ocean Wise sturgeon caviar.  Serve atop mini potatoes with sour cream.

http://www.northerndivine.com/

Memphis Blues Sauces and Rubs

The real deal.  These are the sauces and rubs that make those ribs, pork and all of those delicious meats taste delicious.

Available at the restaurants.

http://www.memphisbluesbbq.com

Golden Olive Olive Oil Products

From the Koroneiki olive groves of Greece’s Peloponnese region comes Golden Olive Eleni®: certified organic extra virgin olive oil. Produced by Basil Olive Oil Products Limited, Golden Olive Eleni® is in a league of its own. Having won countless awards for colour, flavour and aroma, this olive oil is well-loved by foodies and chefs alike. The olives are hand picked and first/cold-pressed to ensure the freshest olive oil possible. This is a product of certified organic farming and has not been blended or adulterated. No additives, preservatives, sulphates or artificial flavours or colours have been added. Liquid gold!

http://www.basiloliveoil.com/

Beta 5 Chocolates

BETA5 chocolates are produced in small batches using ethically sourced estate chocolates and premium ingredients. Careful alignment of the BETA5 matrix results in our chocolates’ distinctive shine and crisp snap.

http://shop.beta5chocolates.com/

Sea to Sky Salt

Flavours ranging from Bacon to Cinnamon, these salts liven up any dish.  Try bacon on popcorn.

http://seatoskyseasonings.com/

 

Hills Foods Pate

Don’t forget to pre-order your Brome Lake Duck Pate to have for Christmas & New Years. These 80 g jars make great hostess gifts, customer appreciation gifts as well as stocking stuffers!

Choose from Port Wine Liver Pate, Township Rillettes, Orange Liquor Liver Pate, Cranberry Duck Rillettes, Cider & Apple Duck Rillettes, Perigord Liver Pate and Authentic Duck Rillettes.

Dirty Apron Gift Baskets

A variety of quality ingredients packed into one easy box.

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XFour chocolate vodka

Chocolate and Vodka made with local vodka and xoxolat chocolate.

http://vonalbrecht.com/

http://www.xoxolat.com/

Tassimo 

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The TASSIMO System: How it works…

· Innovative home brewing system by Bosch: Each T DISC contains ground coffee, tea, chocolate or concentrated milk product, and is sealed to protect the flavours inside. All the brewing happens inside the T DISC’s ‘mini brewing-chamber’. Your drink pours directly from the T DISC into the cup so you can prepare different drinks, one after the other with no taste transfer.

· TASSIMO uses Barcode Technology
· Each beverage has its own single-serve T DISC equipped with a unique barcode. the barcode tells the TASSIMO brewer exactly what it needs to know to brew the perfect cup. The brewer adjusts the temperature, water volume and brew time according to these precise instructions – all at the touch of a button.

· Brand Variety
· T DISCs come in NABOB, MAXWELL HOUSE, CADBURY, and TWININGS®, to name a few of the varieties, and can make over 30 beverages, from coffee, tea and espresso to cappuccino, chai tea latte and hot chocolate.

For more info on the product, visit www.TASSIMO.ca