Archive | April, 2014

The Secret Gardener

As the server walks away, they hold their breath…entrees artistically plated with fresh morsels, combined into an intoxicating experience for the senses. Fork lifted to mouth. Eyes roll heavenward, a satisfied smile appears…success. For Sarah Wallbank and Takashi Ohya, the creative couple ‘behind the counter’ at Riso in Lantzville, those coveted smiles are the power source that feeds their […]

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Spring a Leek Soup!

After listening to Cristina Bucci share her wise advice about making healthier choices, we were motivated to make a weeks worth of fresh food for the family yesterday, lunches and dinners for 8. It isn’t all vegetarian or even lower in gluten or fats, BUT it is all real food…made from scratch. Because it’s all […]

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Sunshine in a Bowl!

In the fall, I went through a pickling craze. Got all pickle’y’ with baby dills, green beans and lemons.Yes, lemons. It was the first time I’d ever made them. Noticing they were popping up everywhere in specialty shops, I figured…why not? So, we were cleaning out my fridge the other day and there they were…taunting […]

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Nuture Your Passion, Fuel Your Potential

It’s….Festival Time! All you dance moms and dads out there know what THAT means. Glitter, hairspray, red lipstick and stress! I love watching all four of my daughters dance and I do believe that participating in competitions have taught them some really important life-lessons. However, as the parent driving back and forth to the theatre […]

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Whet your Whistle

Granville Island is one of my happy places. The colours, sights, sounds and….mmmm smells, never fail to delight me. I can wander around the market for hours, fascinated with all of the exotic ingredients, clever art and inspiring floral arrangements. There’s no shortage of fantastic eateries either. One late afternoon while meandering around Granville waiting for […]

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steps to the light

that perfect hand...

In Ocean's 11, Danny said that "the house always wins. If you play long enough, never change the stakes, then the house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet big... and then, you take the house." Here's the hand I've been dealt, sometimes it's risky and sometimes it's safe, but all the time... it's perfect. It's mine.