24 Apr 2020

The Great Canadian Baking Show

As the real news plays through like a horror movie, some of us are looking for lighter, happier fare in our leisure viewing. Cue: The Great Canadian Baking Show. Now canvassing for amateur Canadian bakers for its Season 4, The Great Canadian Baking Show has maintained many of the core

05 Apr 2020

Frosting Flowers

Talk to the frustrated flour seekers inching down barren baking aisles. They’ll tell you just how many people are passing their days in lockdown baking new and elaborate family treats. If you’re looking for gorgeously decorated inspiration from a local creator, check out Coco Cake Land – website, instagram, cookbooks

22 Mar 2020

Virtual Cocktail Parties

It’s Covid 2020 and I’ve been invited to my first Zoom Cocktail Party. Hard to imagine, yet here we are. But, I am fully in agreement with those who say that it’s physical, not social, distance we need. So: hair done, outside top, inside bottoms, here we go. But, what

10 Mar 2020

Huckleberry Hand Pies

‘Huckleberries are one of my favourite summer treats,’ DL Acken writes in Cedar + Salt, the cookbook she created with fellow author Emily Lycopolus. Their focus? ‘Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field, and Sea.’ Acken, a recipe developer who also took the gorgeous photos in this 2019 tome continues:

01 Mar 2020

Cookies Of Cookies + Cream

You don’t have to walk far in Vancouver to see another beloved business owner boxing up their wares – rent hikes too extreme, condos coming, people shopping online, retirement dreams. Hats off to those entrepreneurs who forge in with their new small business plans. We’ll stop when we can to

11 Feb 2020

Sweet Art

Fear not. The week might have started with Oatmeal Day, but sugared hearts and molten lava cake are on the way. Meanwhile, some sweet artwork to ready your brain. . Osias Beert. Still-Life with Cherries and Strawberries in China Bowls. 1608 . Adriaen Coorte. Four Apricots on a Stone Plinth. 1698

29 Dec 2019

Turmeric Trending

Turmeric. That’s the flavour that Consumer Trend Reports tells us will surge in popularity on 2020 menus. . . One place you can be sure to find a host of 2020 flavours? La Casa Gelato. You’ll find turmeric in their Nut Kufi and Akbar Mashti gelatos. This pink house of

29 Nov 2019

Countdown To CandyTown

Hiding from all the Black Friday madness? If you dare venture back out into the world tomorrow, November 30th, you might check out Candytown. Running along Mainland, Hamilton and Davie Streets, from 12 to 7 pm, this Yaletown holiday festival features live music, carolling, stilt walkers, holiday characters, lights, vendor snacks,

22 Nov 2019

Plantain Chips + Johnny Cakes

Plantain chips and Johnny Cakes. That’s how we start our lunch, soaking up the colours and scents of the Caribbean. A dear friend and I are at The Reef on Main Street to celebrate our parents – three West Indian by birth, one in spirit. The green plantain chips are

12 Nov 2019

Deep, Dark Chocolate Fudge

It’s Holiday Craft Fair season, and one of our favourites – Christmas at Hycroft in the gorgeously decorated Macrae mansion – is on this weekend, from Thursday, November 14th to Sunday, the 17th. After winding upstairs and downstairs through the manse, admiring all of the artisanal creations, be sure to