03 Jun 2016

Spiked Coffee

I’m not sure if the doctor would approve, but three sips of this and you might forget what ails you. Blasted Brew is the coffee creation of Doug and Dawn Lennie, spouses and owners of Legend Distilling in beautiful Naramata. Doug brews up interesting small batch concoctions in a distillery

24 May 2016

Lethal Lemon Loaf

I am always conflicted by demo booths at the grocery store. On the one hand, the free food might be delicious. On the other hand, the free food might be alarming and I will still feel obligated to buy a package or two. The demo lady is nice, just doing her job

01 May 2016

Tasting Tofino

If you are ranking the best beaches in the world, you might want to consider Chesterman Beach. The Guardian has this Tofino beach rated as #1 in the Wild and Remote category, 33rd overall. There is something so remarkably peaceful about walking from one end to the other, watching the dogs, surfers, swimmers,

22 Apr 2016

Thierry’s Treats

He had worked for some of the top restaurants in London – Le Gavroche, Marco Pierre White – and wowed Gordon Ramsey. His work at Vancouver’s CinCin and West garnered him multiple awards. Finally, in 2011, Chef Thierry Busset decided to venture out on his own. He was looking to put his serious French

01 Apr 2016

Macaron Madness

As I make my way to the newly opened Ladurée Vancouver, I spy a line, east of Burrard, on Robson. People are sitting on foldable chairs, behind red velvet ropes. I had heard about the three hour Ladurée lines last week, but this would be madness. The macarons are blocks

06 Mar 2016

Triple Chocolate Mousse Tricks

“Can I bring anything? Dessert?” In my eager olden days, that would have meant rifling through cookbooks, sifting flour all over the kitchen and topping the much ado with a flourish of chocolate. In my droopy older days, the bringing of dessert means trolling bakeries and sampling slices. One of the

26 Feb 2016

Bon Bon Ton

What does ‘bon ton’ mean? Merriam Webster gives us a definition that fools us twice. First: this most fashionable of words is rated in the bottom 30% of words in popularity. Second: our search has been inspired by Bon Ton Bakery in Vancouver. The very reason we have sought out their goodies

17 Jan 2016

Hot Chocolate Fest

All hail the steaming hot chocolate on a bitterly cold day. Some may argue that we Vancouverites rarely suffer a cold that can be called bitter. We do, however, take our hot chocolate seriously. This weekend marks the start of the 6th annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival. It is presented by CityFood

08 Jan 2016

Bigsby’s Happy Pills

Of course. It makes sense. Happiness will not be found in foul tasting, liver wrenching, dried roots. Happiness comes via tiny meringue tears that have been blessed with colour sprinkles. The most addictive egg white sugar joy drops are baked and housed at Bigsby The Bakehouse in Mackenzie Heights. The

11 Dec 2015

Toasted Mallows

It is not so glamorous tottering through the mall with 3 toasted marshmallows on a stick. The man with the boiled wool coat and leather clutch veered clear into oncoming holiday mobs to avoid me. But, the gooey, charred lemon meringue, vanilla sprinkle and toasted coconut were well with the