I was so happy to see the Berry Mobile today at Whole Foods Market! Berry Mobile Fruit Distribution is a true farm-to-market company. It sources fruit and veggies from B.C. growers, with all of its produce being CanadaGAP-certified. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices, and certification means that companies meet strict food-safety standards. The company also pays its fruit pickers living wages, which really ought to be the norm, right? Earlier this month Berry Mobile h
Lunges. Lots and lots of lunges. Today, I got to attend a workout hosted by KIND Snacks, a New York-based company that makes healthy, flavourful bars and other guilt-free treats. We had a 45-minute sweat session at the Westin Bayshore with a killer view: the pool, Coal Harbour, StanleyPark, the Lions Gate Bridge, and the North Shore mountains: talk about inspiration! Led by a handful of YVR fitness and yoga instructors, the workout included a strength-training component by ki
Had a blast talking about ramen this morning on BT Vancouver with Tara-Jean Stevens. Didn't have time to mention ramen etiquette: eat that ramen as soon as your bowl hits the table, whether or not your friends have been served or not. It's an insult to the chef to wait, and you don't want the noodles to get soggy. Slurping is encouraged. When you're down to the last few sips, pick up the bowl and drink from it. Get right in there! Slurptastic stuff. Now, ramen may or may not
Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t even have time to have a shower, shampoo, and shine before she got up on New Year’s Day and sent out her latest Goop newsletter all about detox. Come on, GP, give us a chance to soak up the hangover with some bacon and hash browns, would ya? While of course I agree that January is all about fresh starts, healthy eating, and clean living, I’m certainly not pious about it. My New Year’s resolutions include a key one: cooking more. All too often I find mys
Every November we go to Tofino for a dual-family surf trip, and every year we take turns making dinner, eight of us cozily packed into a one-bedroom hotel room. This year was a first for us in establishing “date day” for each set of parents, with both couples picking Wolf in the Fog for lunch. Voted recently as Best New Restaurant in Canada by EnRoute, it’s got an upstairs dining room for dinner and a smaller bear den downstairs for lunch. The den has a quintessential West Co
With ebola taking so many lives, it's easy to get overwhelmed by current events. And headlines often draw our attention away from ongoing global issues like hunger. According to the World Food Programme, there are 805 million people on this planet who are hungry. To bring that number down and raise awareness of the campaign for zero hunger, the UN agency has proclaimed October 16 as World Food Day. The voluntarily funded WFP sends foods to areas experiencing emergencies such
Check out these treats I discovered at the Shipyards Market in North Vancouver's LoLo neighbourhood recently: all-natural hard candies from Germany's Candy Meister and exquisite truffles by Richmond-based Coconama.
Made by a couple from Berlin, Candy Meister's traditional, hard candies don't just sound good; they are good. We sampled a few (like Green Woodruff Leaves) and came home with three bags: Little Fruities, Sweet Raspberry, and everyone's favourite, Sour Apple.
I have the good folks at Fix--in particular Florida BBQ Association Judge Robyn Medlin Lindars--to thank for this super-duper guide to grilling veggies.
I had a handle on peppers and asparagus, but have to admit I didn't know the trick about removing the silk from the corn before throwing them on the barbecue, nor have I tried barbecuing artichoke hearts.
With so many vegetables still growing in our back yard (thanks to my husband, a self-taught gardener), this guide com
You know you're in Vancouver when there's a lineup for organic cotton candy.
We stumbled upon the confection craziness last night while strolling around Canada Place, where lululemon's SeaWheeze Half Marathon warm-up party was taking place.
Mostly young, fit women were standing in line for other things too, such as temporary tattoos. But with two kids in tow, I had to beeline it for the Cloud Nine food truck.
Surely the company must get the odd eye-roll; I mean, c'mon,
My kids have always been great about helping me bake. Cakes, cupcakes, muffins, banana bread, granola bars; both boys have helped measure, scoop, stir, and taste.
Cooking has been another story. Little interest has been shown in helping me make dinner, and I haven't pushed it. Maybe because by the time supper rolls around, I'm more ready for Pinot Parenting (can I TM that?) than Parboiling 101. So I wasn't sure how they'd react to being informed they were coming along to a
Every November, my family goes to Tofino for a few days of surfing, eating, reading, walking, and relaxing. The pilgrimage that we share with friends has become an annual highlight. And every time we’re out that way, we go to SoBo Restaurant (unless it’s closed, which it is at some point every winter, which results in us being very, very sad).
The place started out as a food truck selling fish tacos and has gone on to become the best place to eat in the area: delicious fare
If love can come in many forms, food is chief among them. This blog came to a screeching halt a little while ago when my world was turned upside down, again, by cancer. It was my husband’s third go with the C-word, and even having experienced and “battled” it before, we were equal parts blindsided and devastated. It unites people not only during celebratory times. Nowhere does the term “comfort food” apply more than when a meal is left on a front step in times of worry, pain,
Trevor Bird is chef and owner of Vancouver's outstanding Fable Restaurant, located in Kits. He was runner-up on the second edition of Top Chef Canada. Shoulda won. He nails the farm-to-table concept on his ever-changing menu and manages to fit in regular exercise despite his gruelling schedule. Trevor Bird What do you do to stay physically and mentally healthy? Being healthy is a very important thing to me--to live a happy and as balanced a life that I can. I try and be activ
Heather Cunliffe opened Cafe Bliss in 2008 in Victoria with a simple goal: to provide pure nourishment. Her brother, Joe Cunliffe, joined the team in 2011 and together the siblings have drawn a loyal following of health-conscious individuals who come to Bliss for unique local, raw, organic food. They've gone on to open Be Love, a Blanshard Street resto with raw and cooked food. Heather Cunliffe She shares a recipe for Carrot Curry Coconut Soup from her book Blissful.
Marc-AndréChoquette is executive chef at Tableau Bar Bistro as well as the Homer Street Café and Bar. Chef MAC, as he's known, hails from Montreal and is an avid hockey player. Chef MAC He shares a recipe for a dish that can only be found at Tableau and that combines abundantly healthy quinoa with fresh pan-seared trout.
Fit Foodie's Chefs' Wellness Series features top chefs from throughout B.C. discussing their take on health and healthy eating.
What do you do to stay ph
Every year, my local Whole Foods has a one-day sale on organic blueberries. I stock up, buying as many cases as I can fit in my downstairs freezer. I use them mostly to make blueberry-based smoothies year-round. (The kids are happy with a simple mix of blueberries, strawberry yogurt, and ripe banana; other times I'll add kale, pineapple, and roasted and pureed beets.)
The berries are a great source of anti-oxidants, which I'm always trying to get more of (and more into my h
Four Seasons Vancouver executive chef Ned Bell brought the farm-to-table philosophy to YEW seafood + bar. He dishes on his approach to well-being and shares one of his favourite healthy recipes, a quinoa dish that's loaded with superfoods.
Fit Foodie's Chefs' Wellness Series will feature top chefs from throughout B.C. discussing their take on health and healthy eating. Chef Ned Bell and son. What do you do to stay physically healthy? I stay physically fit by running, cycling
Foodies love garlic. Aside from being a standby in kitchens everywhere, it turns out the superfood might play another key role: making some types of infant formula safer.According to a new study from the University of British Columbia published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, two compounds derived from garlic – diallyl sulfide and ajoene – significantly reduce the contamination risk of Cronobacter sakazakii in the production of dry infant formula powder.The discove
Seriously? I wasn't planning on stopping in for lunch anyway, but three spelling mistakes in 18 words is pretty sad. What's a lux sandwich anyway? ;) Maybe you find yourself editing menus and sandwich boards all the time too. Hopefully this kitchen is better with the panini maker than its dictionary. #Restaurants #Food
There's nothing better than a night spent sipping fine wine and sampling fine food. Even better when your entry fee goes to a good cause. The 12th annual North Shore Food and Wine Festival happens Saturday (October 19) at Park Royal North, with funds supporting the North Shore Youth Safe House. Sixty bucks gets you the chance to taste of 134 wines from 27 wineries in B.C., California and around the world, including some of my faves, Blasted Church and Okanagan Crush Pad; fo