The Gallery Once again, I’m taking a brief interlude from recipe posting to share pictures and tales from my recent trip to Vancouver Island. After my fabulous day at the lake, it was time for girls night out. Through the reach of facebook I’m still in contact with my oldest and dearest friends, literally dating back to kindergarten. I was so happy that we were able to arrange for a Friday night on the town. I wish I had a snap of us all together but the one on my camera had someone with a their eyes looking the wrong way (Susie) and someone else with their mouth open, probably talking (me!) so I decided against embarrassing either one of us. ;) I also don’t have any pics of the actual food we ate. Ooops! Truthfully, there was non-stop chatting, and the thought of taking pictures of my food didn’t occur me. Funny, for a food blogger, no? But honestly the best thing about dinner at Il Covo, which is nestled on a corner close to the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, was the Gallery. After we had ordered dinner and were happily gabbing away, an ornately painted door located almost directly behind us slowly opened. I didn’t even know it was a door! I thought it was art work. A silver haired man, slightly stooped over, hung a sign that read “Gallery Open” and promptly disappeared. We all looked at each other, quizzically. What’s the Gallery?? Our guesses ranged from a First Nations art gallery to maybe it being the bathroom. We had to know, so off we went down the dim hallway. The first thing I saw was our host, John ( we would learn his name later) of the silver hair, who informed us that everything was for sale. Then I saw the Picasso lithograph and realised this gallery was going to be a little out of my price range. ;) The Gallery It was treasure after treasure, meticulously laid out. The walls, the tables, even the glass topped trolley in the corner was adorned with something amazing. Paintings, books, vintage bar tools, you name it.   Vacation 2014_-15 The Gallery - Victoria, BC The Gallery Victoria, BC The Gallery - Victoria, BC Even John, the curator of this amazing gallery, was priceless. He had us in tears from laughter and we were all thoroughly charmed by his candor. He refused to stand still for a portrait so this blurry shot of him was the best I could do. He referred to the ceramic dog, as ‘the bitch’. She was not for sale. Vacation 2014_-11 It was so unexpected to stumble across this hidden gem, I felt like we had ‘stepped through the wardrobe’ so to speak. It was really quite magical. The Gallery - Victoria, BC After our tour, we enjoyed a fabulous Italian meal and while we sipped our tea and spooned decadent desserts we noticed John in the dining room, chatting with a few people. He stopped by our table to say goodnight, then disappeared behind the painted door, taking the Gallery Open sign with him. Vacation 2014_-19 Thanks so much to my girls Julie, Susie, Crystal and Jessica for sharing such a memorable night with me. Can’t wait to do it again. :)  

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A Day at the Lake

July 30, 2014
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If you’ve stumbled here looking for a delicious, healthy recipe, fear not! I’ve been in the kitchen creating lots of loveliness to share with you, however, this is a little travel interlude brought to you by Canada’s west coast. Specifically, Vancouver Island. I will give you a little food snap to get things going. This […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Hemp Seed Balls – Gluten Free & Vegan

July 28, 2014
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Hey everyone! I’ve missed you. My vacation out west was so nice. I do have a lot of photos to sift through ( by a lot, I mean 300+ ) and once that is done I plan on tossing up a post or two about my trip. You know, in case anyone is interested or maybe have plans […]

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Minted Grapefruit Juice

July 18, 2014
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  Juice, juice, juice! If you haven’t noticed I am still loving my juicer. I would definitely say it was worth the investment. I start almost every morning with this carrot and orange juice and new creations are made weekly. This particular concoction was born due to the fact that I actually don’t love grapefruit. […]

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Quinoa Fritters with Parmesan and Chives – Gluten Free

July 16, 2014
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I love finding new ways to cook quinoa. It’s just such an easy, nutritious, versatile, delicious side that I never get tired of it. I always have quinoa in the house. These little fritters are not only a new way to enjoy quinoa, they are a new way to enjoy cheese! I do love a […]

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Hemp Seed and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for One – Gluten Free and Vegan

July 14, 2014
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This is for all of you who, like me, tend to enjoy the licking the beaters and scooping out spoons of the cookie dough almost better than the baked product. Cookie dough = good shit. The only draw back is sometimes you just don’t feel like baking a batch of cookies just to indulge in […]

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Caramelized Onion Dip – Gluten Free

July 11, 2014
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  This recipe is another re-creation from a childhood favourite. Does anyone remember dunking ruffled potato chips into those plastic containers of onion dip? The kind that probably contains no actual onions? I think they are flavoured with some kind of chemical concoction made to imitate onions. Grossy gross. As you may have guessed by […]

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Easy Chicken Taco Salad – Gluten Free

July 9, 2014
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  This dinner salad came together in under an hour. Start to finish. Well, not including dishes, but hey, I cooked dinner so I imagine not doing the dishes in on the agenda. I make this salad on a busy weeknight because it takes no time and has barely any prep yet still has flavour […]

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Lean & Mean Green Juice

July 7, 2014
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OK. I’m going there. I’m going to that ‘hard core’ healthy place that most of your friends and family will just not go. That much talked about place of no return. Dun, dun, duuuuuuuun…. Green Juice! And I love it here. Drinking these juices, and this may sound corny, makes me feel immediately healthier. I’m […]

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Coconut Sugar Pound Cake with Strawberries – Gluten Free

July 4, 2014
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With strawberry season in full swing, I’ve been brainstorming different ways to eat them. Granted, just eating them in the raw is already so good, but sometimes I’m in the mood for an impressive dessert. Fancy, even. So, here we go with this delicious, gluten free pound cake as a vehicle for your summer berries. I’m using butter […]

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Roasted Zucchini Tuna Melts – Gluten Free

July 2, 2014
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Are you ready for this? A delicious gluten free and low carb tuna melt? One that features amazingly yummy roasted zucchini? The crispy cheese? Maybe I should just stop talking and get on with it, yes? Yes. This is a really easy recipe to throw together, too which makes it even more ideal. Start with the zucchini. […]

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Easy Greek Salad with Minted Lemon Dressing

June 30, 2014
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I made this salad last night for dinner and quite ironically we watched Greece play Costa Rica in World Cup action. I didn’t really plan it that way but it felt like a theme night. Too bad for the Greek side, however, as they lost during penalty kicks in dramatic fashion fit for a Greek tragedy. […]

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Carrot and Orange Juice

June 27, 2014
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It has been an endless stream of juice recipes in my kitchen since the acquisition of our juicer. I can’t help it. I have a new toy that is just begging to be played with and I am loving the fresh juices. One of the girls at work has been making fresh juices for awhile […]

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How to: Toast Nuts on a Stovetop

June 25, 2014
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This is a super easy method of getting that delicious toasted nut taste in about five minutes with no added oils or salt. Just all natural nutty goodness and it comes together in the blink of an eye using a pan on your stovetop. My cast iron pan always sits on my stovetop. I only move […]

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