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December 9, 2013

Pepper Mill Party Post

Is there anything more fun than painting and drinking wine at the same time?  This weekend I had a few new friends and some old friends over to my studio to make some personalized gifts for Christmas in the form of custom painted pepper mills. Now,… I won’t tell you who’s who’s just in case […]

December 17, 2012

BC Wine Selections – Local Love

This week I asked my good friend Tracey, who is incidentally a Sommelier in training in the Okanagan, to hook us up with some great BC wines to carry us through the holidays and New Years!  Wine is a great hostess gift and a virtual necessity at dinner and appy parties so take a sec […]

November 28, 2012

For the Love of Tea

Here are some more great gift ideas from local Tea Companies! Who wouldn’t love one of these! Click around onto the pictures I’ve linked everything up for your viewing pleasure!

November 26, 2012

Take a Coffee Break – Local Coffee Gift Ideas

I love everything on this post today, the only thing it needs is some vanilla sugar and it’s darn near perfect! How’s your shopping going? I hope these local lists are helping you get creative and SHOP LOCAL:) Sources mugs / tamper / Salt Spring Coffee / knockbox / Breville /

December 6, 2011

Shroom Swoon

I attended the Taste of Salt Spring Christmas Craft show this weekend and stumbled upon Untamed Feast a Vancouver Island based company producing wild, gourmet mushrooms. I bought some expecting to try out the recipes over the holidays…but I confess I couldn’t wait. I tried the Cheesy dip recipe inside this bag of smoked Chantrelles..wow […]

October 20, 2011

Snack Attack

Crispy Curried Chickpeas This yummy recipe is from Covet Garden, one of my FAVOURITE design magazines and blogs.  Make it this weekend! (Pic is the link as usual) 1 can (540 ml) chickpeas 2 cups sunflower oil for frying 3/4  tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp cumin (ground) 1/2 tsp coriander (ground) 1/8  tsp masala 1 […]

July 12, 2011

Yes, I Wood

Would you like some wine, cheese and bread?  Check out my latest acquisition…a fab serving platter/chopping block with a natural edge.  The warm colour of the wood and the organic shape make it the perfect accessory for my slightly retro right angled kitchen. Next Stop Charelli’s on Foul Bay Rd for some amazing local cheese […]

June 24, 2011

Pizza Pot Pie

Lunch – Saturday – New Favourite? Definitely! (click image for recipe) If you don’t follow Oh Joy, you really really gotta!

June 15, 2011

Feast of Fields

Feast of Fields – a gourmet wandering harvest festival – is FarmFolkCityFolk’s annual fundraising event. With a wine glass and linen napkin in hand, you can taste the very best of BC from chefs, vintners, brewers, farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans from across the province – some think of it as a 35+ course […]

March 8, 2011

Halibut Heaven

My weekend was well spent.  I helped a good friend find an awesome dress and was rewarded with an amazing Halibut burger from Ferris Oyster Bar and Grill downtown. Thank YOU Thank You Thank You Sandy! Ive been teasing my husband with tales of its delectability so I expect to go back with him…. hmmm….. […]

February 2, 2011

Cheese Please

Being relatively new to Victoria I’m still exploring neighbourhoods and looking for great shops and dog walks ….. so while most locals probably know all about (and love) this place, I’m just developing my crush! In the fall I came upon Charelli’s Cheese Shop and Delicatessen when planning a party and I quickly fell in love with the […]