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What to Eat, Drink, Wear and Do This Summer

For many Canadians, myself included, this coming long weekend marks the beginning of summer. The time to open the cottage, dust off the barbecue, plant those flower pots and unpack those Levi’s cut-offs. Growing up in Ontario we called it the May 2-4 and we’d go out and get a… — Read More —
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My New Favourite Margarita Recipe

I'm usually a diehard lime on the rocks kind of gal. But every once in a while in a new margarita flavour comes along to knock your socks off. — Read More —
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B.C. Spot Prawns Now In Season

It's that time of year for seafood lovers. And if those of us who are lucky enough to live on the west coast needed another reminder of why this is the best place in the world to live, our local spot prawns are it. — Read More —
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Happy Mother’s Day!

This year for Mother's Day I sent my mom some cute tea towels along with a sappy Hallmark-type card that helped me express my love and thanks and which I know she appreciates so much. — Read More —
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Cool New App

I cherish my library of cookbooks and refer to them often for ideas. But the problem with books is they don't change. I think I've memorized half of my grease splattered collection and am now moving a lot of it into storage. I will always love the books and seek out new ones, but lately I'm hooked on a the new app from the folks at Food52. — Read More —
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Vancouver’s Back Side

I'm privileged to live in one of the world's most beautiful cities and I try to take advantage of that. I spend much time roaming the streets, particularly on the west side of the city, walking my dog and smelling the flowers (the lilacs are insane this season). But when I'm done analyzing the new builds and admiring the Mazeratis parked on the residential tree-lined streets, I like to become an alley cat. — Read More —
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E-commerce Gone Wild

My new Restoration Hardware bed linens arrived this morning. So exciting! I'd been waiting almost two weeks after ordering them online. So just imagine how disappointed I was to discover the fabric colours weren't exactly the same as the swatches I saw in-store, meaning I now have to go through the hassle of packaging it all up and sending it back. E-commerce is killing my shopping high. — Read More —
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HOW TO COOK FOR A CROWD (without losing your mind)

A friend of mine recently complained that she has 19 relatives coming for dinner this Sunday, and she's in charge of cooking. She wanted to know, how was she going to pull this off with the help of no one other then her 12-year-old? — Read More —
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Best Day EVER – My time at Wild ARC

Recently I had the special and rare opportunity to spend the day as an intern at the BC SPCA’s Wild ARC in Metchosin on Vancouver Island. ARC, stands for animal rehabilitation centre - it’s a facility that cares for dozens of animals 7 days a week, 365 days a year. — Read More —
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Tested: Rodan & Fields anti-aging skincare

Anyone who has tried and loved the popular acne treatment system Proactiv may be excited to learn of the latest offerings from the brainiacs behind it, Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields. — Read More —
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Anna’s Test Kitchen – Hummus deconstructed

To become a good cook, one has to be open to learning. And there is nothing better then discovering super-easy-to-apply tips that have a big impact on the final dish. Tips like letting pizza dough sit for a couple days before making your pies (it gives the crust that tang) and cutting the sugar in cookbook desert recipes by 10% (most deserts are too sweet). Some of this wisdom is gathered by trial and error, some comes from all those cookbooks I read and some comes from hanging around real chefs. — Read More —