Escape Hatch

Escape Hatch

“A Change Is Gonna Come.”   Some of us of “boomers”, you know the group, where 60 is the new 40, are on a mission; that’s to create the next chapter of our lives. We’ve  watched our parents’ age and here’s a little secret, while they were so have we!  But, then 60 being the new… Continue Reading…

BOO!! It’s Halloween!

BOO!!  It’s Halloween!

The last time we were in London, England in October, darned if we didn’t see Halloween stuff all over the place! I couldn’t believe it.  One afternoon we saw people in costumes heading into some kind of afternoon event not far from the Victoria and Albert Museum. I think it’s safe to say it was a… Continue Reading…

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Over last weekend we were sitting by our little antique electric fireplace with its glowing glass “coals” reminiscing, sipping wine and reading the entries in my Rome journal from last October.  We spent our Thanksgiving  there wandering the Jewish Ghetto and having lunch at Da Giggetto.  Quite honestly, we are missing being there so much…. Continue Reading…

A Canadian Thanksgiving

A Canadian Thanksgiving

2008 was our first Thanksgiving away from home!   We had travelled to Italy with two friends and our plan was to celebrate Thanksgiving by cooking dinner in the “villa” near Lago Trasimeno in Umbria.   My husband and I had  grocery shopped in Tuscany and Umbria two years earlier and knew beforehand that Italians… Continue Reading…

Fall – What’s In Season??

Fall – What’s In Season??

There’s just a few short days left until…I know, I know.   Summer is coming to an end and we move towards the end of the year.  But it’s not all bad news!  If you check out the list below of the goodies making their appearances at our Farmer’s Markets, we can actually jump for… Continue Reading…

Felt Like Being on Vacation!

Felt Like Being on Vacation!

David Hawksworth is a very well-known chef in our town. He’s the guy responsible for the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s restaurants in the heart of downtown Vancouver at 801 West Georgia, open since 2011. And now he has followed up that success with the opening of “Nightingale,” again downtown but this time on West Hastings, next… Continue Reading…

There’s Something About Canning

There’s Something About Canning

It’s the season once again to haul out our jars and get canning and preserving! And I am so glad to see a resurgence of interest in people taking it up!  Domenica Marchetti has recently published a new book “Preserving Italy” that’s filled with delicious recipes. The household I grew up in had a pantry… Continue Reading…