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Win a Copy of The North Shore Foodie

‘Tis the season for giving!

One of my favourite things to give (and get–despite the name of my blog) is cookbooks.

Do I cook from my laptop/phone/tablet? Yeah, I do. All the time. But I also love getting a new cookbook and strolling over to my neighborhood coffee shop and sitting down with it and a coffee and pile of sticky notes. I page through, looking at all the recipes, and marking the ones I want to make. Every book is a new adventure.

Because I am a proud localvore, I am always especially excited when someone local produces a cookbook. You were probably sick of hearing me talk about @emvandee‘s Well Fed, Flat Broke earlier this year.

Well, a new local cookbook just landed on my doorstep, and boy, is it a doozy!

The North Shore Foodie is more than just a cookbook. It’s history, it’s foodporn, and recipes. It’s really more of a gorgeous coffee table book than it is a cookbook.

The book features various North Shore restaurants, and includes their story and history, as well as a couple recipes and some mouth-watering photos.

I live right downtown, so it’s an easy hop-skip-jump for me go over the Lion’s Gate to the North Shore. I spend quite a bit of time there, actually. Michael has weekly appointments there, and Capilano is our closest mall. So I was happy to recognize lots of my favourites in this book, like La Regalade, Hugos, Caffe Al Mercato, Sebastian & Co, Temper (who make some of my fave croissants in town), and The Snug Cafe (on Bowen).

But there are two places that I was especially excited to see represented, and that’s because they are personal favorites of mine. The first is The Portly Chef, a tiny little bistro on Lonsdale. My dear friend Emily runs the front of house here, but Chef Jeff Batt is an unsung culinary superstar. The last time I was there, I had one of his specialties: Drunken Sablefish. This is an amazing dish, and if you ever go there, you need to order it. Or–you can make it. The recipe is in The North Shore Foodie.

Vegan Gluten Free BrowniesSecondly, I really love Two Daughters Bakeshop. One of the few truly gluten-free bakeries in the Lower Mainland, Two Daughters is like the third daughter of Lisa Reichelt. Her daughter, Sawyer, was diagnosed with celiac disease, and furthermore, an egg allergy when she was around 5. So Lisa changed her life and her burgeoning business into a gluten-free bake shop. Many of her products are also vegan, like these brownies.

If you are into #FoodPorn, you need to check this book out. I am only a very beginning food photographer, and I only hope I can be as good as Brad Hill is, someday. Every photo is delicious and mouth-watering.

This book would make a great Christmas gift for the foodie on your list!

the north shore foodie cookbookTo win a copy of The North Shore Foodie

In the comments section below, tell me where your favourite place to eat on the North Shore is.

For a bonus entry, tweet:

Contest open to residents of the Lower Mainland only (as I will be hand-delivering the cookbook to you!). Contest closes at midnight, December 17. One winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

Top 3 BC Farmer’s Markets #MeetMyMarket

It’s no secret I love Farmer’s Markets. In fact, pretty much everywhere I go when I’m travelling, I try to find the local one and head there to see what they have in store.

There’s so much to learn about a community based on its farmer’s market! And some of them are flat-out fantastic.

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Here are my faves:

Penticton: This is, by far, the biggest Farmer’s Market I’ve been to. Penticton shuts down the main drag in the city on Saturdays, and the Farmer’s Market takes up about 5 city blocks. There’s live music, produce, artisan goods, baked goods, wine, and crafts. It’s a really, really great one.

Squamish: I only visited the Squamish Farmer’s Market for the first time last year, and boy, was I impressed. It takes up a parking lot just off the main street in Squamish, and it’s a lively market with lots of good stuff, including soaps and produce and juices. They also have a few food trucks around, so you can get crepes and the like, while listening to live music, all under the shadow of the Chief.

kits farmers market

Kits: Even though I live in the West End, I tend to go to the Kits Farmer’s Market more. It’s on Sunday, which is a day that just suits me better. I’ll often go for brunch in Kits somewhere, before or after (the Regal Beagle is nearby), and then wander the stalls. Purebread is here, plus they have live music, and food trucks. I recently had a killer grilled cheese from Tazer’s. The vibe is very laid back and chill, and there’s lots to see and buy.

 

tasers grilled cheese kits farmers marketJuly is Meet My Market Month.

Basically, you go to your local favourite Farmer’s Market, and bring a friend along. Maybe even someone who isn’t familiar with that particular market. Anyone in BC is eligible. Here’s how to enter:

  1. In person: bring a friend to your favourite BC farmers’ market, head to the market info booth and fill out a ballot. Check out participating markets on the website.
  2. Via social media: simply snap a photo at your favourite BC farmers’ market with your purchase and post it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, tagging @bcfarmersmarket and add #MeetMyMarket to enter.
Dinner at Sparkling Hill.

Dinner at Sparkling Hill.

All entries will be automatically entered to win one of two grand prizes: A three-night getaway (+ wine touring) for two to Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan. Social media entrants will also be eligible to win one of five weekly random prize draws for $50 to spend at the farmers’ market of their choice. I recently got to tour Sparkling Hill in Vernon, and I also got to eat at their restaurant, and I have to tell you, you need to check this place out. It’s named “Sparkling Hill” because there are millions of Swarvoski crystals on site. They’re everywhere! It’s mind-boggling, and very unique. They have one of the biggest spas in the world on site, and they have diamond-shaped bathtubs that look out over Kalamaka Lake! It’s so luxurious–I want to win this prize myself!

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A selfie I took with just a few of the millions of Swarvoski crystals at Sparkling Hill.

So, get friendly with your local market, and bring a friend to #MeetMyMarket.

What’s your favourite BC Farmer’s Market? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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