I'm going to let the photos tell their story, but I was invited to photograph the Tangoo gathering of influencers at the Secret Location brunch. Not only was I super excited about Secret Location's marvelous plating and food offerings; since arriving in Vancouver, I had walked by the concept store with my face plastered against the window of this curated showroom & tasting space, thinking “this is the Dream!”.Read More
The event has been rescheduled for Friday, the 1st of April at Stanley Park.
Taste with your eyes, we dare you to come experience how taste perception is shaped by the bloom of colours on the blossoms as it floods your surroundings at the Sakura Illuminations.Read More
Tonight marks one of the more exceptional dinner experiences in Vancouver, and that holds some weight because there is great food and many fine meals shared here. The Acorn has been a place on my list since before moving here months ago, their Instagram plates had already captivated me. Beyond that, when I heard that they cook tasty food that happens to be vegetarian I convinced I had to try it.
The dining experience is more than just a hokey description of abstract elements that surround your perception of taste. It begins with a story, which transcends the service experience, as well as the conversation and company - that carry you through the meal. A carefully curated dish considers the flavours, aromas, and textures, but if we don’t have a greater story, it is just a well-made dish. Remember your most memorable meal? yes, it was one that illicit emotion and connection with a story.
Shira, told us a story about how the whole collaboration started with a comment on their instagram feed. Instagram is the beginning of all things, clearly. A couple months later, they are boarding a flight; bags full of dehydrated carrot crumb and sea kelp to meet their shipment of curated BC wine on the other side (suffice to say only 2 boxes got delayed, success). Not only was it a great opportunity to skill share and be in a new city, but also be featured as a pop-up in the biggest food city with other like-minded veggie chefs and the who’s who of food and wine writers. Best, day, ever.
just one thing.
One thing they don’t tell you when doing pop-ups is the extent of the element of 'surprise'. The thing that stood between 'Acorn + Exhibit C collaboration' and execution was a.) a functional stove and b.) a kitchen with hot water. Never taking these things we take for granted again, the 2-days of prep time turned to just 6 hours. A few f-bombs and lots of sweating later they did it and without any negative tweets or social media (we all know how critical we can be on the other side).
I bought into their story now, but then they lead diners through a VEGAN tasting menu, sans dairy and egg! They paired it with BC wines to showcase the industry we have in BC to show the New Yorkers how we bring our A-game (in groves of Okanagan desserts and interesting minerality). Great story, great company and great conversation. I had it all.
2012 Tantalus Riesling
2012 Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay
2013 Meyer Family Pinot Noir
2011 Laughing Stock Blind trust Red
2012 Martin's Lane Riesling
This letter to the city to discuss the development of adaptive and evolving policies in Vancouver. The issue: a neighbourhood food hub and community member who sells packaged and prepared food, has been asked to comply with zoning bylaws that do not allow a neighbourhood grocery store to serve food. An overwhelming response from the community has framed the discussion - what do you think?Read More
Pomegranates have always been one of my favourite fruits, they're exotic and have terribly staining juice and exploding seeds. What's not to like? - here's the simplest way to get your pom seeds out!Read More
If you're like me, you feel the need to vote and yet a sense of apathy for the lack of action we see in government. I've been getting more acquainted with how policy works, which means how 'decisions' are made. Bills in parliament turn into decisions, regulations, or directives.
Policy is made through all interested parties expressing their interests; government, industry, and civil society. - we are responsible for making sure our MP is responsive to the needs of our riding.
Get informed: Resources
I attended an informative voting evening where non-partisan groups spoke about some of the issues surrounding environment. Why that matters to me: because healthy ecosystems give us healthy food.
Dogwood Initiative - though environmentally-swayed, the interesting part is Dogwood sent out surveys to all BC candidates re: key issues. They did the leg work, you just need to read and decide who you align with in your riding.
Pollenize - breaks down each issue point-by-point and has a fun interactive method of engaging young voters. Click 'likes' to things you agree with and at the bottom it shows a bar representing the party you align with. PRO: super visual platform
CBC Vote Compass - it took me less than 10 minutes to complete the quiz that reflects my values and which party I should select, but downside is you don't know how responsive your MP is going to be in the case you want to communicate with them about an issue. PRO: it will represent your values on a 3D x/y graph (well worth the 10-minutes of reading) and bonus it will recalculate your results weighted on the issues you care about most!
1. identify what issues do you care most about
2. don't vote 'strategically' vote for what you believe
3. feel empowered - change starts with you.
What is my 'Canadian' identity
I can see that the decisions we make at the polls reflect what happens to our country. My specific interests are the sustainability of environment & food, balanced with health and industry. I still want funding to arts and community.
I also consider 'What I hold to be true as a Canadian.' I value our parks and fantastic natural beauty of our country, I want to preserve that while considering industry. There's lots to know and understand but that's my last-minute take in a nutshell.
Couldn't think of a better way to leave you, than this hilarious video with John Oliver. Perhaps it's that the piece ends with a singing beaver mocking Harper with a moose receiving a colonoscopy from the single pay healthcare system or the fact they likened the three-way race to 'Canadian three way' you will have to watch to find out why that's funny!
It started on a road trip in the magical West of Ireland with our friends visiting from Canada. We heard a recent talk on BBC Food program that talked about how sustainable oyster cultivation could be; so in light of all this, we went on a wild goose chase … or perhaps better-termed a wild [oyster] chase.Read More