We Heart Local 3rd annual awards 

Happy Thursday great foodie friends,

As you have probably noticed I am very fond of “buy local” “eat local” as well as getting to know your farmer and equally important where your food comes and what the practices of your food artisans are in growing and preparing your food. 

This great annual people’s choice awards is a great opportunity to vote for and share your appreciation for your favorite local advocate, farmer, artisan, restaurant and the list goes on! 

We Heart Local award page
Let’s hear it for local: it’s time for the We Heart Local Awards!
Get ready to show your favourite local food producer a little love: it’s time for the third annual We ♥ Local Awards! For the last three years, this people’s choice awards has highlighted the most popular food and agriculture businesses and organizations across the province. Your vote helps support the local economy, spread the word about why local is better…and it also tells your favourites- in a very concrete way- how important they are to your community. If you want to support your local butcher, baker, or ice cream maker, nominate them for a We ♥ Local award!
Anyone living in BC can nominate and vote for their favourites in the following 15 delicious categories (simply head on over to http://www.weheartlocalawards.ca!)
· Favourite Farmers’ Market

· Favourite Store to Buy Local

· Favourite Local Meat or Poultry Supplier

· Favourite Local Seafood Supplier

· Favourite Local Cheese Maker

· Favourite Local Sweet Treat

· Favourite Local Advocate

· Favourite Local Winery

· Favourite Local Brewery

· Favourite Local Food Truck

· Favourite Local U-Pick Farm

· Favourite Local Orchard/Fruit Supplier

· Favourite Local Restaurant or Chef

· Favourite Local Florist or Nursery

· Favourite Local Greenhouse or Veggie Grower
Ready to spread the local love? Here’s how the We ♥ Local Awards work: nominations start August 17th, and voting is open from September 7th to September 14th, 2015. And when you vote, everyone’s a potential winner: nominating and voting for your local BC favourites also enters YOU into weekly draws for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards to your local BC VQA store. Plus, you’ll be automatically entered in the Grand Prize draw for a luxurious three-night stay at Taku Resort and Marina along with your choice of a cooking course for two, valued at $1,800. This prize includes $300 gift card for BC Ferries to cover the cost of ferry transportation to Quadra Island. It’s an unforgettable way to experience local – especially once you hear Taku’s family story. Grand prize winner will be announced on September 15, 2015.
To cheer on your favourite local loves (and discover new ones), head to weheartlocalbc.ca, or download their mobile app to find what’s in season right from your pocket.

Teach your kids to cook – choices 

Happy Monday good foodie friends,

Just a short blog post to start off your week the right way. The title could easily read teach your kids to cook and re-teach yourselves to prepare real food that feeds the body and the mind. 

Processed processed processed hits us everyday for so many reasons. 

We are to busy, we didn’t have time, it’s really good, it was less money

Whatever the reasons are we always have to remember that everyday we have to fuel our bodies and minds why not do it with food that feeds the body rather than damages the body? 

I mean really tell me you don’t sometimes put more energy into whether to use premium gas or synthetic oil for your car so that it runs better! Is as much thought going into what you nourish yourself with? 

I don’t mean to preach but rather want to remind us all that as long as the burgers, fries and shakes are the exception and not the rule all should be good but don’t forget the rule should be to eat real food that feels good health for a long time.

Simply make it a weekly habit to plan your meals, visit a farmers market or a great corner market where you can buy the rights ingredients. Most cities and Vancouver Metro area is no exception is peppered with great farmers markets all year long as well as some great artisan farmers and producers of great quality choices. 

Get to know where your food comes from and I promise you the flavors will set a new level of expectations for you and your family!

When we cook with our kids it plants the seed of good habits and then we all realize that we have the confidence and ability to cook. Have fun and make things your own… Try different things and new spices or herbs to kick up dishes! 

We also have some great

Farm to Table” style restaurants that excel in local ingredient offerings prepared in healthy ways. Eating healthy doesn’t mean that your aren’t eating tasty delectable meals. 

Real flavor comes from fresh ingredients, spices and herbs. 

The dessert above is fresh pears with parmigiana cheese and 25 year balsamic and delectable isn’t a strong enough word for how good it was. 

Don’t get me wrong and please know that I am totally just reminding you all to try and think more about what you eat and where your food comes from… Balance is the spice of life and fun should be had but treat the body as well as you do your car- “garbage in=garbage out”.

Have a great rest of the week and do get out and enjoy! Just choose what you want after thinking about it! 

Finally a little humor! I don’t want to be a downer just a nudge in the right direction. 


It’s #PiratePakDay at WhiteSpot Restaurants #CONTEST

Westcoast Foodie Blogger:

A worthy cause! Have you done your part today? Come on who doesn’t like a White spot pirate pack?!

Originally posted on Vancouver Bits and Bites:


WhiteSpot’s annual fundraiser for Zajac Ranch for Childrenis back on August 12th, 2015. This is the one day a year when anyone can relive their childhood and order a Pirate Pak at any participating WhiteSpot restaurant, and feel good about it -For every Adult and Kids Pirate Pak that is sold on this day, WhiteSpot willmake a $2 donation to the Zajac Ranch for Children – a BC based summer camp that brings joy to children and young adults with serious medical conditions. Over the years The restaurant hasraise $347,172 for this worthy cause.

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All Adult Pirate Paks include creamy coleslaw & ‘endless’ fries plus a soft drink, theirfamous chocolate coin and a scoop of premium rich ice cream. Available for dine-in & takeout.

The choice of burgers include:

The Legendary Burger
Thetraditional 1⁄4 lb. beef burger with signature Triple “O” sauce.

Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger
A6 oz. beef…

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2015 Lay’s Canada Do Us A Flavour Canada Finalists

Happy Canada Day to All of our Canadian foodie friends! 

Happy Canada Day to All! 

Enjoy this day as a proud Canadian and celebrate our awesome countries 148th Birthday! 

Enjoy the day with family, friends or quietly with a loved one. Grill, swimming, watch fireworks or a parade or simply head downtown and bump in to a festivity 

Below is a link from Vancity Buzz of top activities going on in the city.

Click here for a list of things to do.

Fable Kitchen – Chef Trevor Bird

Happy Monday Fellow foodie friends,

I truly can’t believe that this blog has taken me so long to post!
I truly recommend that you get down to Fable Kitchen and try what is sure to be one of those happy shuddering culinary moments for you!

As I have mentioned before we are so very fortunate to have a culinary disneyland unfolding more and more each day in the Vancouver lower mainland. Trevor Bird – one of Top Chef Canada’s top competitors opened Fable in approx April 2012.


The restaurant is is the perfect size and laid out in a comfortable way for you to enjoy food and drinks with friends or co-workers as well as a nice romantic dinner with your love.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to sit at the “chefs wood” then you are in for a treat.
Whether you see Chef Trevor Bird or any of his team commanding the kitchen you will see the workings of a well oiled (olive probably) kitchen machine.
You will watch the Culinary magical fun unfold right in front of you. There is a definite order to what happens from the start right to when the plate is set to come to your waiting a eyes and taste buds. I saw every plate inspected and quality checked and siting for no longer than maybe a minute before it was lovingly delivered for your enjoyment.
I was lucky enough to visit Fable a few times and happily waited for the chefs wood.
First up, was “canned tuna“. Don’t be fooled or timid about what you see on the menu. Trust your waiter or chef recommendations, you won’t be disappointed.


Another fantastic appetizer was the halibut collar lettuce wrap
If they were out of collars, it was halibut cheeks up next. This magical twist on lettuce wraps was truly a culinary tantalizer of an appy!

Served with butter lettuce and a perfectly balanced sweet chili sauce (housemade of course) it was the perfect tasty start to our meal.

Next up was the Steak Frites
Triple cooked potatoes, mushroom, broccolini
for $24. It was perfectly cooked to order and melt in your mouth tender served over And unbelievably mouth tantalizing black Pepper Jam- (buy some to take home, you won’t regret it I promise) 



If the flavor a that just danced across our taste buds weren’t enough it was now time for desert! Yes desert but “must try” unique offering. 

S’mores –

Yes a campfire special but done Fable style with house made brownie and marshmallows- delectably and perfectly rich. 

Lemon Meringue pie- 

Also Fable style- a perfect balance of creamy lemon, crumble and toasted Mirengue. 

   A perfect end to a memorable meal.

Thank you Fable & Chef Trevor Bird for a great all around experience. 
My opinion is my own and Always a reflection of my own experience and tastes. It is always meant to share my true reflections and meant with respect.

You Gotta Try This! 

Fable Kitchen on Urbanspoon

Cookina – BBQ Grilling Sheet 


The days of BBQ or grilling are here and if you haven’t discovered the magical BBQ tool you need to search it out NOW! 

The Cookina BBQ reusable grilling sheet will change the way you feel about BBQing forever. 

Even if your a BBQ purist you can’t deny the fact that this sheet allows you to keep all of the perfect things that you love about BBQ- grill marks? YES. Stop all of the little pieces of food from falling through the grill ? YES. capture all of the sauce, fat or marinades from flaming up as it falls through to the flame ? YES Cook eggs, bacon, chicken with skin and no fall through or flame up? Yes! 

Your clean up will virtually be minimized to wiping down the peripheral splatter around the outside of your BBQ. Yes, your grills will be clean and you can enjoy BBQ without the nasty and time consuming clean up. 


   If you have a BBQ Master in your house then this is a perfect gift and a must have for your BBQ. 

I truly love my Cookina! 

Is it safe? I can’t speak professionally to this question other than say that I can’t find any compelling research saying anything other than it is.

A word from Dr. Weil 

Dr. Weil

Silicone is a synthetic rubber which contains bonded silicon – a natural element, abundant in sand and rock – and oxygen. Although I still prefer stainless cookware, silicone kitchen products seem to be everywhere these days. You can now get cheery, brightly colored cake pans, muffin tins, colanders, potholders, baking mats, ice cube trays, pastry brushes, spoons, cake pans, and even roasting pans made out of silicone. Sales of these products have mushroomed into the millions. The advantages of silicone include heat resistance, flexibility, the fact that it can go directly from the oven or microwave into the refrigerator or freezer and that it is generally easy to clean. Silicone containers are also environmentally friendly; the snap-on lids can eliminate the need for plastic wrap or aluminum foil.

Silicone appears to be safe. It is an inert material – nothing used in its manufacture will leach into foods. So far, no safety problems have been reported, but if you’re concerned, stick to silicone kitchen tools (such as spatulas) and avoid bakeware.

The opinions are my own and I in no way have been compensated by anyone nor has the Cookina company approved or edited my review. 


You Gotta Try This! 

Richmond Station – Chef Carl Heinrich

Richmond Station – Tornonto 

Happy Friday great foodie friends- 

My travels took me to Toronto which finally offered me the chance to try Richmond Station and meet Chef Heinrich – Top Chef Canada season 2 champ.

Richmond station is located in the heart of bustling Toronto across the street from the iconic and one of the oldest building in Canada The Hudsons Bay. 

The atmosphere is unpretentious and welcoming as if your sitting in between Chefs kitchen and a blend of  traditional but contemporary restaurant / eatery.

We opted for the Chefs Table as well as the Chefs tasting menu. 

Chef Heinrich takes the time to great regulars and new diners alike and has almost a shy humble demeanor but extremely welcoming and friendly. You can definitely see that he has created a great team that are all bought in to his culture and demand for high quality and top notch ingredients.

The tasting menu started with Oysters on the half shell- 



The fresh oysters were served with fresh grated horseradish, lemon and housemade cocktail sauce, hot sauce and some sort of Apple vinegar type sauce that was unique and very tasty.

Next up was Charcuterie a perfectly cured selection of housemade meats accompanied by preserves and pickled treats. Served with the charcuterie was housemade bread and a delectable mix of Oil and vinegar for dipping 


sliced lardo, bistro greens, pesto aioli, green goddess dressing. I have to admit that I don’t usually like radishes but when the magical talents of a culinary master transform ingredients to the next level I found myself wanting more! 


This fresh and lively salad was served with fresh grilled bread with lardon making the bread beyond tasty.

Next served was a perfect little bite of BULGOGI STEAK TARTARE  

Served on wonton chips with pear, ginger & radish.


Next we had Slow cooked Rock Fish- the fish was perfectly cooked and uniquely prepared Sous Vide served with pommes purée, mushrooms, summer sausage and red wine beef jus. 

   This dish was perfectly cooked and uniquely prepared. I have never thought of pairing beef jus with fish but I can tell you with all certainty that it worked gloriously! 

Our final dish for the savory portion of our tasting menu was Lamb done two ways and Beef short rib burger



The lamb was masterfully cooked and prepared in two different cuts. One was delecate and tender and the second cut was the belly and sinfully good. The lamb was served with a purée and accompanied with what also seemed like the red wine beef jus. 

Did I mention that we added the wine pairing ?  We did and the best part of it was that your taken on a sipping journey that is masterfully paired with your culinary journey.

To finish off the meal with had light sweet treat. Black Chocolate pudding and White Chocolate pudding. 



Served with fennel, coffee cake, mint jelly, pernod meringue, cocoa nib crumble, chocolate ice cream. 

A nice sweet treat to end a perfect tasting meal. 

Toronto is very similar to Vancouver when referring to how many fantastic new restaurants pepper the cities with unbelievably talented chefs. Chef Carl Heinrich and his team create a very comfortable spot to eat with friends, business dinners or just a great meal with your sweetie. The style of cooking makes me think of similar to a farm to table theory where you can tell Chef prides his creations by sourcing local quality ingredients as well as supporting the local wine industry. 

This eatery really is lead by a Top Chef Canada contestant – the winner in this case. No matter how high having accolade associated with your name is as well as  the perception and expectation of your customers may already be…. Richmond station shine through in my opinion. 

The passion from the culinary soul shines through as you see Carl coordinate and looks over every dish leaving the kitchen! 



You Gotta try This! 

Richmond Station on Urbanspoon

Bella Gelateria – Vancouver 

Happy Friday good foodie friends.

Have you tried Bella Gelateria yet? If not, you should. 

I love that Maestro James Coolridge and his dedicated staff all seem to strive to remind you of Days gone past and encourage us to taste, take a breath and enjoy flavors that are crafted from local ingredients and culinary wonderment to create that “culinary smile and eye squint” as you savor the notes dancing across your tongue. 

When you meet Maestro James and listen to the excitement when he talks about his creations you quickly realize his true passion and dedication to his art. 


Ever since Bella Gelateria  opened it has been lined out the door with happy customers just dreaming about their next delectable lick. 

They have 2 locations, their original cozy little spot near Coal Harbour and their new location in Yaletown with great views of the water. 

Coal Harbour is strictly Gelato and the Yaletown location boasts a tasty pizza and pasta menu along with some other creative Italian flavor goodies to sit and enjoy with a perfect sip of wine. 

Here you will find more Gelato flavors as well as the savory menu! 


The magic of their pizza comes from Bella (Maestro James) traveling to Naploli (Naples) in search of the best Pizza, finest techniques and best ingredients. Experimenting and refining to achieve the best quality and tastes coming out of their genuine pizza oven that bakes the pizza just right. A quote from Maestro James told me why his passion drives him to keep creating and refining perfect offerings that create smiles and repeat customers. “When I decided to serve pizza I had people ask me what I knew pizza being gelato maker, I decided that I would do it the right way and learn from the best in Naples. It not just about importing the finest ingredients from Italy but also having the right oven and the perfect balance of how much of each ingredient to use” (that is what I took from our chat and may not be perfectly verbatim but is close)

Did I mention that Maestro James has a few accolades / awards to his credit? Oh yes he does,  in fact: (an excerpt from a press release)

Coleridge’s creation “Noce Pecan e Sciroppo d’Acero Canadese” (Pecan and Canadian Maple Syrup) was awarded first prize by the technical panel, as the best among the 30 master gelato makers. In addition, more than 200,000 visitors attended the Festival and were given the opportunity to vote for the best gelato. The people voted for Coleridge’s gelato and he was awarded with the “people’s choice award” in the competition in Florence, Italy from May 23 to 27.

That’s right, world compatriot winner from the capital of Gelato officianidos as well as home to some of the finest Gelato in the world, Firenza 

Bella Gelateria is a special treat and a great experience.

Location: 1001 West Cordova, Vancouver

1089 Marinaside Crescent , Vancouver

You Gotta Try This! 

Bella Gelateria Yaletown on Urbanspoon

Glowbal Restaurant Group Announces James Olberg as Culinary Director & Executive Chef at COAST

Happy Thursday great Foodie friends,

Please find the media announcement from Global group via Serena PR regarding Chef Jamea Olberg joining the Glowbal Group. 

Glowbal Restaurant Group Announces James Olberg as New Culinary Director and Executive Chef at

COAST Restaurant


Vancouver, BC (March 26, 2015): Glowbal Restaurant Group (GRG) is delighted to announce the appointment of James Olberg as the new Culinary Director and Executive Chef at COAST Restaurant, effective April 2015. The appointment marks Olberg’s welcome return — he worked with the company from 2003-2007 as Executive Chef of the original Glowbal Grill and manager of GRG’s catering div.


An accomplished culinary talent, Olberg brings years of experience to the table. His career has spanned more than two decades and includes positions held in kitchens across the country: The King Edward Hotel (Toronto); Sheraton Red Deer Hotel (Red Deer, AB); Queen Landing Hotel (Niagara-on-the-Lake), and La Société, a French bistro in downtown Toronto.

Active in the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC), Olberg’s knowledge and creativity have earned him multiple medals at culinary competitions. As a member of Culinary Team Canada, Olberg earned four silver medals in the Bocuse d’Or, the most prestigious international professional cooking competition in the world. In 2017, Olberg will once again join Culinary Team Canada in the Bocuse d’Or, held in Lyon, France. 

“It’s great to be back working with Glowbal Group in beautiful Vancouver,” says Chef Olberg. “What I’m most excited about are the region’s raw materials, especially its fabulous fish and seafood that have always inspired my cooking.”

“We are thrilled to welcome James back to the Glowbal family,” says Emad Yacoub, Proprietor of Glowbal Restaurant Group. “Highly skilled and graceful under pressure, he brings a wealth of experience to COAST. We are proud to be working with him again.”

Olberg will take over culinary operations at COAST from Pedro Gonzalez, the current Executive Chef. Gonzalez is leaving his COAST post to lead the kitchen brigade at the new Glowbal Grill, opening this summer at TELUS Garden.

About Glowbal Restaurant Group

Glowbal Restaurant Group is comprised of 10 restaurants: Glowbal Grill (opening 2015 at TELUS Garden), COAST Restaurant, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria Kitsilano, Society, Black+Blue, The Fish Shack, The Roof, Trattoria Park Royal and Trattoria Burnaby; and NOSH, the Group’s newest concept. The energy, bustle and allure of these celebrated Vancouver restaurants are what most people notice first. In addition, flawless service, exquisite wine lists, and some of the most inventive, celebrated cuisine in Vancouver define every restaurant in the collection.


Check out the Glowbal Restaurant Group blog for the latest news on all the restaurants at glowbalgroup.com/blogs.

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