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The secret to chowder success!

 Psst…C’mere. I have a secret for you! After spending all afternoon judging a seafood chowder competition and quizzing all of the chef’s at length, I now KNOW the real deal behind a successful seafood chowder. It isn’t what you’d think. Nope, not a secret ingredient. It isn’t a tricky technique. This may shock you my […]

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Easy Pasta, tasty wine…what more could you need?

“There’s nothing to do here!” It’s pretty common refrain heard often at the end of summer…singing the ‘I’m so bored blues’. Hold the phone… I’m not talking about my kids…I keep hearing this from adult locals. Yes, fellow Nanaimo-ites. ‘Tis crazy talk as far as I’m concerned. I realize I’m a ‘newbie’ here in Nanaimo, but there is so much to see […]

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Scallops and Phyllo and Dates…Oh my!

Although I’ve always been a tried and true foodie…lately it is has been taken up a notch. Actually, a few notches. I’m dating someone who is studying to be a chef. Therefore recipes, menu planning, plating techniques…are all we talk about. YEP, we’re food nerds. Obviously when we saw the opportunity to hang out with […]

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Love at First Bite!

Sometimes, it’s delightful being the ‘new kid’, no pre-conceived notions, just a sense of excitement! Before I could even see the building…I could smell the tempting bouquet of barbeque wafting from the Beban auditorium.  Two gentlemen from Longwood Pub were outside,  hard at work seasoning some tasty samples for the Bite of Nanaimo.This was my […]

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Once Bitten…

One thing I’ve begun to realize about Island life is that there is ALWAYS something lively and entertaining going on. It’s bad enough that I’m a social butterfly who loves music and the arts,  I also have six kids to entertain and NOW I’m blogging about fun and food. Basically, I have to clone myself […]

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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.