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I’m sure you will all agree that it’s not Christmas without some chocolate. Right? Imagine being served some unique, tasty chocolates at the next party, or unwrapping a beautiful chocolate art piece under the tree…are you still shopping for some great chocolates? Here are some suggestions from me:

Chez Christophe Chocolaterie and Patisserie

I still remembered the first time I knew about Christophe was at the CONNECT Show 2013 and he was on stage doing a live demo. It was quite fascinating to watch pieces of different size and shape being created and put together. Ever since then, Christophe has received a number of awards, including most recently taking Gold at the 2014 International Chocolate Awards World Final in the White Chocolate Ganaches and Truffles category. And his shop has appeared on many media and bloggers’ list. Now he’s on mine!

Putting together the showpiece

Last Christmas, I visited Chez Christophe’s patisserie in Burnaby and saw this display of how the showpiece came together.

Chez Christophe Christmas 2013

This year, Christophe is offering a different Christmas Collection (more…)

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Are you looking for gift ideas for the home cooks in your life? How about a cookbook?

I recently received a copy of the new The Dirty Apron Cookbook, and I thought I’d share my thoughts just in time for your holiday shopping.

The Dirty Apron Cookbook

As you probably know, The Dirty Apron Cooking School is one of Vancouver’s popular and favourite place for amateur cooks to unleash their inner chefs. Owned by former Chambar Sous Chef David Robertson and his wife, Sara, The Dirty Apron offers a variety of hands-on cooking classes. The new cookbook, published in October, caters to both beginners and more experienced cooks who are looking for delicious menus and wanting to build more confidence in the kitchen. In addition to recipes of different levels of difficulty, you will also find cooking tips and tricks such as a list of basic ingredients for your pantry, tips for plating and garnishing, making stocks and brines, and a temperature chart for cooking meats.

Not spending enough time in the kitchen, I thought we would be the perfect testers, to see how easy it is to use this cookbook. So, we tried a few recipes, including:

The Dirty Apron Scones

Dirty Apron Scones

Boeuf Bourguignon (more…)

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I received an invitation to the media event at the One of a Kind Show. There I had the opportunity to walk around the show, but as the VanFoodies, my focus was on the Flavours section. This post is going to be short and sweet, with lots of pictures to tell the story.

Before wandering around everyone (including the public) was treated to a performance of The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet.

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet - 1

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet - 1

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet - 2

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet - 2

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet - 3

The Nutcracker by Goh Ballet - 3

Then I was intrigued by this cool-looking espresso machine. Turns out it’s an award-winning machine by Nescafe. It can make hot and cold beverages.

Circolo Machine by Nescafe

Circolo Machine by Nescafe

This is part of its Dolce Gusto Family.

Cool Display at the One of a Kind Coffee Competition Booth

Cool Display at the One of a Kind Coffee Competition Booth

Dolce Gusto Beverages

Dolce Gusto Beverages

Of the many varieties, I treated myself to a Caramel Macchiato. The taste was pretty good, and the machine & coffee pods are surprisingly affordable.

Nescafe Caramel Latte Macchiato

Nescafe Caramel Latte Macchiato

After getting some caffeine in my system, I approached the Flavours aisle. There were 34 vendors in this section, with a majority of them locally from BC. The following ones were particularly memorable for me. (more…)

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