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The Keg: Winter Grill & $100 Giveaway

I really feel like I should be writing something here like “oh, winter… it feels like it will go on forever…” And, if you are in an area of Canada east of me, that is likely how you feel right now. Buried in snow and minuses.

However, here in Vancouver, signs of spring abound. There are cherry blossoms, crocuses, and our temps are in the double-digits. Apologies to the rest of Canada.

Wherever you are in the great white north, however, I’m pretty sure a good steak dinner wouldn’t go awry.

the keg winter grill stuffed filet

Michael and I got to get a taste (literally) of a new winter promotion that The Keg has on right now, until March 29. It’s called Winter Grill, and it’s all about comfort food. The night we went (to the Yaletown location) it really was a miserable, rainy, Vancouver winter night. The kind of night where you just want to hibernate and carb-load, with a really nice glass of red wine.

Instead, we hibernated in one of the warm and cozy booths at the Keg, and got our steak (with a side of tasty carbs) on.

the keg calamari

There are four menu options on The Keg Winter Grill menu:

Rib Steak for Two (or more) is a 30 ounce (!!) hearty bone-in rib steak, grilled to perfection and served with sautéed field mushrooms. You’ll want to bring several hungry men with you to make short work of this one. Then, there’s the more dainty Keg Stuffed Fillet. It’s a 7 oz fillet, butterflied, and filled with with slices of capocollo, dates, jalapeños and feta cheese. I know that sounds like a strange combination, but it’s really delicious. It’s a tiny bit sweet, salty, and spicy in every bite, and the entire thing is snuggled in a blanket of applewood smoked bacon. Where can I get an applewood smoked bacon blanket?? Next up, you could choose the Kansas City Strip, a 13 oz,  tender, bone-in (bones mean flavour!) New York striploin grilled to your specification. Finally, there’s the Blackened Manhattan, a kind of cajun-style 7 oz steak, coated with select herbs and spices and finished with herb butter. Each of the steaks comes with your choice of potato, or rice, and mixed vegetables, and you can even add on a sauce, like whiskey peppercorn.

I’m not a huge meat-eater, but I finished the entire filet, and I especially loved the twice-baked potato with bacon, the inside of which had the same texture as a cloud. I have no idea how the Keg gets their mashed potatoes so light and fluffy, but I sure would like to bribe one of the kitchen staff for that secret!

the keg caesar salad

Your meal will get started with a loaf of The Keg’s world-famous bread. It comes with a couple different kinds of butter–one is plain, but the other has cheese and bacon in it. It is so unbelievably delicious. Really the epitome of “bacon makes everything better.”

The Keg Winter Grill menu also includes one starter, Lobster Bisque, but of course you can order whatever you like on the menu, as well, including dessert. In fact, I think I have to insist that you order dessert.

I’m giving away a $100 gift certificate to The Keg to one lucky reader, so you can try out The Winter Grill menu for yourself (or anything else that tickles your fancy on The Keg’s menu).

new york cheesecake

To enter this contest:

Comment below and let me know what your favourite thing at The Keg is to eat (or if you’ve never eaten there, what you want to try). This contest is open to all residents of Canada. I will choose a winner at random on Friday, February 27, and your gift card will be mailed to you.

For an additional entry into the contest, tweet the following:

Good luck! And I wish the rest of Canada warm temperatures and an early spring.

A special shoutout to the staff at The Keg Yaletown. The service was exemplary. 

Christmas gifts for foodie kids (plus giveaway)

I’ve been posting quite a bit this month about Christmas gift ideas, and today, I wanted to focus on the smaller or wannabe foodies you might have in your life.

We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that kids who are invited into the kitchen develop a better relationship with food. They like more varieties of food. They understand better where food comes from. And don’t forget the value of teaching them to be more independent, and to take better care of themselves when they grow up and become adults.

If you want to include your kids more in the kitchen, Better Together is a great resource. Today, I’m going to run down for you some Christmas gifts for foodie kids–whether they are already obsessed, or you are trying to encourage them in the kitchen. Make sure to read through until the end–there’s a giveaway!

living royal food socks

Living Royal Socks: hamburgers, waffles and bacon, oh, my! Let your little foodie express their personality with these funky socks. About $8, Mastermind Toys.



Everyday Kitchen for Kids: everyone needs a good cookbook to start off with, and this one, written by local gal Jennifer Low, is an awesome place to start. About $18 from Amazon.

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Melissa and Doug Wooden Sushi Kit: I mean, come on!! Bento cute. For the younger set, for sure, but how adorable is this? About $20 from Kaboodles.

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Li’l Gourmet Cutie Cupcake Baker: for your pink and sparkle-obsessed princess, this is the next level up from an Easy-Bake oven. Contains all you need to bake and decorate 6 cupcakes. About $15, from Kaboodles.


The gift of inspiration: Kids are really doing some amazing things these days, including  entrepreneurial foodie pursuits. Take, for example, The Screamin’ Brothers, a couple of local kids who have created a line of allergy-free ice cream, or Tu-Bees Honey, created by an 11-year-old who really wanted her own horse.

Their own set of knives: Okay. Wait. I’m saying you should buy your child knives and encourage him/her to use them? Yes, I am. Learning knife skills is incredibly valuable, and there are products out there on the market specifically created for kids. Check out Foost: they have designed knives specifically for kids, which cut food, but don’t cut little fingers. There are two different versions: one for kids 2+, and one for older kids, 6+. They even sell a mesh glove for older kids (like mine), so they can use a regular knife without the risk of getting cut. BTW, the Foost website is a great resource–lots of recipes and articles.

I’m giving away two Foost Knives!

To enter the contest, comment below whether you’d like The First Knife (kids 2+) or the The Next Knife (kids 6+), and who you’d give it to (you don’t have to name names, just granddaughter/daughter/son etc is good enough).

Contest runs until midnight, Monday, December 22, and I will draw one person’s name at random to award the prize.

Good luck!




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