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…

Borscht

Borscht

It’s Russian Soul Food! Borscht is a part of my family heritage. During the year there are times when “I just gotta have some”. When I eat borscht, my Husband says it’s like I am having a religious experience! The version in  my recipe section is not the purple, beety one, it is more of a vegetable soup…. Continue Reading…

Pesto: What’s in a Name?

Pesto:  What’s in a Name?

It seems to be everywhere…and not just the molto famoso “Ligurian” pasta with potato and green beans or with trofie pasta but dribbled or drizzled on anything you can imagine. But is that really “pesto?” Or, has the term “pesto,” which derives from the Italian pestare, meaning to pound or grind using a mortar and… Continue Reading…

More Adventures With The Big “A”

More Adventures With The Big “A”

I just had my second steroid injection in a month…I can almost throw away my cane! Well, not totally but I sure have a lot more mobility! I want to be able to walk the Appian Way again like I did in this photo!  And I want to be able to spend hours walking around… Continue Reading…

24 Hours in Ferndale

24 Hours in Ferndale

OK, so it’s not Italy! But what the heck, it’s a trip out of town! The story began last year before our trip to Italy, when I had become FB friends with Timothy. Tim was planning on travelling around Italy then returning home via Rome and as luck would have it, we would be in… Continue Reading…

Are You A Food Snob?

Are You A Food Snob?

Are you one of those who doesn’t pick up ready-made meals or other prepared foods? Yeah…us too! I see shoppers at Wholefoods with their baskets laden with these items and was totally blown away by the fridge “walls” stuffed with ready-made meals at M & S Simply Foods in Chelsea, London. It was amazing to… Continue Reading…