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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!

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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