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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!



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

single malt whisky


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.


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.

Presidents Choice

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

cocoa nymph

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 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.


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.

tea cup

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.


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.

Williams-Sonoma June Cookbook Club BBQ Addiction by Bobby Flay

bobby flayJUNE COOKBOOK CLUB BOOK: Barbecue Addiction by Bobby Flay
June 12, 2013
The man who got America fired up about grilling now extends his serious outdoor skills to low and slow barbecue and the intoxicating flavors of wood smoke. Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction is the new outdoor cooking manifesto for fellow worshippers of smoke, fire, and good times.
On the menu:
Guasacaca with Tortilla Chips
Coconut-Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Green Onion-Peanut Relish
Grilled New Carrots with Maple and Dill
Jicama-Radish Salad with Grapefruit-Ginger Vinaigrette
Note: This class is taught by a culinary instructor.



Foodie Fridays on NEWS1130 April 5, 2013

oyster8Foodie Friday April 5, 2013 – click to listen

If you are looking to escape Vancouver’s rain no need to go too far.  The Okanagan sunshine calls from April 17-21 when Osoyoos and Oliver celebrate all things Oyster.  Travel up through the Similkameen Valley, book into some great rates at Walnut Beach Resort and whi

le the lake may be too cool but the pool is heated. Slurp and sip with Oyster Dinners at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Winery and Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek.  On the April 19th enjoy an oyster and brew party and on the 20th sample oyster creations from some on the area’s best restaurants all paired with local wines.  There is also an amateur shucking contest and a cooking class at Hester Creek.  Check goodlifevancouver.com for details.


Spring is just the time to brush up on your cooking skills with some fantastic culinary classes.

At Quince food shop and cooking studio on West 3rd near Burrard Chef Andrea Carlson presents

Due Risottos & Thin Crusted Pizza
Saturday April 6th, 2013 1:00-4:00pm

Pull out the pizza stone, fire up the oven, mix the dough and while we wait we can start the mis-en place for the risotto – one squid and the other a Spring English Pea. Little side salad of Arugula & Mint and a glass of Italian white and we will be lost in our Italian travels somewhere between Naples and the Adriatic Coast. Cost: $120.00

Show me the Wholegrain Dough
Saturday April 13th, 2013 1:00-4:00 pm

Meant to be a follow up class from The Bread Baking Essentials, this class will explore the use of sourdoughs and whole grains. In this workshop you will make a Walnut Whole Wheat Loaf; Multigrain Buns and Sourdough Currant Rye. There will be a short break (kitchen style) to enjoy Warm Soup and Crusty Quince bread. Cost: $115.00

Quince.ca for more information

One of my favourite South Granville shops, Williams and Sonoma hosts weekly and monthly cooking classes.  Their April Cookbook Club focuses on the book the Kitchen Garden on April 10 and you’ll learn to cook and also dine on.

Radishes with Butter & Herbed Salt
Warm Asparagus & Israeli Couscous Salad
Fennel Seed-Crusted Chicken with Fennel & Herb Salad
Strawberry Hazelnut Shortcakes

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Those with a sweet tooth will be pleased to hear the Baker’s Market is back with handmade chocolates, brownies, cupcakes, organic muffins, gluten-free, vegan baked goods, preserves and much more

The artisan market is at  Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre,on Prince Albert Street, (2 blocks east of Fraser St. at East 60th), every Saturday until May 4, 2013 11 am – 3 pm.
Bakers Market

April Cookbook Club at Williams-Sonoma


April 10, 2013 South Granville

For home cooks and vegetable gardeners alike, this book is the go-to guide for anyone looking to connect the virtues of the homegrown and homemade to your everyday table.

On the menu:
Radishes with Butter & Herbed Salt
Warm Asparagus & Israeli Couscous Salad
Fennel Seed-Crusted Chicken with Fennel & Herb Salad
Strawberry Hazelnut Shortcakes