Monthly Archives: December 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of our family and friends


As the year winds down and the Christmas holiday is on our doorstep, take this time to slow down and take a deep breath and soak in the extra time with family and friends. Enjoy everything that this season can bring and make sure that you share your holiday culinary magic photos with us!

Remember that not everyone thinks this season is Merry so reach out where you can and keep in mind that Christmas doesn’t have to be maxed out credit cards but rather the reason to give more from the heart and in the spirit of the holidays.
Stay safe and pass your warming smile on to all.

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If you still aren’t sure how you want to prepare that Turkey, take a look at this recipe I tried from Jamie Oliver
click here for Turkey Wellington recipe

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah

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The Top 12 Italian Foods in 2014 – the votes are in!


Happy Saturday great foodie friends…. The holidays are around the corner and thoughts of holiday Flavors are no doubt dancing in your brain, across your tastebuds and tummy! I know these aren’t traditional holiday flavours but aren’t Italian flavours just perfect anytime? I think so.

Thank you to Italian Living .com for posting this vote! I couldn’t look at these photos with out my mouth watering!
Love all things Italian….. Enjoy.
click here for the full article on Italianliving.com

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Per the Italian Living article:
More than 700,000 foodies and 5,00 food professionals—including bloggers, chefs, restaurateurs and cooking schools —voted for the twelve most popular Italian foods. Parmigiano Reggiano won 1st with the “King of Cheese” receiving 20% of the votes. This international contest sponsored by the nonprofit group I Love Italian Food http://www.iloveitalianfood.org was conducted online in November 2014, with results released in mid-December.

“This contest made us understand which of our traditional foods are the real ambassadors outside of Italy, “ comments Alessandro Schiatti, founder of I Love Italian Food. Three of the winning foods—Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico, are all from the Emilia-Romagna region, which isn’t surprising as that region has more products that are DOP and IGP ( protected designation of origin) than any other region.

Using these twelve winners, I Love Italian Food will launch a project in January 2015 called 100per100, which will ask twelve of Italy’s top chefs including Heinz Beck, Cristina Bowerman, Moreno Cedroni and Antonella Ricci to create a unique recipe for each.

And the 2014 winners are:

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You Gotta Try all of these!

Must get Christmas Chocolates of the season


Best of the season great foodie friends,
It has been a while since I have posted due to the busy times and of course life getting in the way!
I thought that you should see, taste and put these Must Have Christmas Chocolates of the season on your must try list.

Get ready because believe it or not the best continue to get better!
Top honours go to the following Chocolate Masters
Apologies if there is a chocolate or chocolate master that I may have missed- this statement
attest to the fact that our city now has more wonderful established and up and coming Chocolatiers & pastry chefs than almost anywhere else in North America.
Kudos list:
Chez Christophe
ChristmasSpiceEtBlackberry
Address: 4712 Hastings Street, Burnaby

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This chocolate not only looks like Christmas on the outside but lays Christmas on your tastebuds from the second it crosses your lips!
The Christmas figures are also a bonus for giving to those nice not naughty children to light up those smiles!

ChocXO
Location: 11220 Horsehoeway, Richmond
Peppermint

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This chocolate is the perfect balance of chocolate ganache and peppermint and says Christmas as it melts in your mouth.
Honourable mention to their Fresh Chocolate or better known as bark. It is from cacao beans roasted in their own factory and organic!

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Bean to Bar

Purdys
Location: Multiple

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Gingerbread
This Chocolate brings you back to childhood and eating a gingerbread cookie. The flavour profile is bang on and the little bits of crunch throughout the ganache is just perfect!

Temper
Location: 2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

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Eggnog & Salty Balls
Tempers eggnog chocolate is full of that wonderment that I look for every year in eggnog, a perfect surprise was the salty balls available in normal and mini sizes. It is a one bite chocolate as the salted caramel filling is liquid and watch out for these ying yang flavours – addictive I’ll say!

Chocolate Arts
Location: 1620 West 3rd Ave, Vancouver
Gingerbread caramel & Crantini

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The flavours in these two perfect holiday chocolates are spot on and make you smile as your eating them.

Most of these Chocolatiers / Patisserie masters make other signature items for Christmas such as chocolate figures or Bûche de Noël so I encourage you to get in soon to see your favourites and place your orders just in case.

Disclosure: I am not connected to these businesses in anyway shape or form and my opinions are my own. My recommendations are thought out but truly my personal opinions.

Happy Sweet Holidays to All!

You Gotta Try These!