March 4th, 2014
February 23rd, 2014
Well Done Surrey Fire Fire Fighter’s Great Event!
and Jeff Wong at Swirl Wine Stores
Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your great fundraiser.
See you next year!
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February 10th, 2014
Celebrating our families…what a wonderful holiday!!
My sons and myself went for a lovely lunch at the Roadside Cafe today to celebrate…. well… us!!
When I think about my family and how we were raised, I think about a family of seven with my Dad working as a carpenter and my mom working just as hard at home, keeping us 5 kids in order, planting the seeds for our big garden as soon as the frost had passed and canning cherries and peaches in the fall. We would pick our potatoes, carrots and beans from the garden before every meal and quickly steam them for dinner.
The protein was pork chops, chicken or beef that Mom and Dad bought straight from the farm. Once a year, I would tag along (not that I had a choice) with Mom and Dad to a farmer out in the country to buy a side of beef, part of a pig and lamb. It would all come wrapped in that light cherry colored freezer paper with a black grease marker vaguely stating what cut was tucked inside.
It wasn’t easy to ‘grab’ something from the kitchen to snack on in our house. I thought people who bought milk in a carton were rich! Only powdered milk for us…. (it was a shock when I found out milk wasn’t really blue). A box of chips bought at the Friday night grocery shop was gone in a heartbeat. The only processed food was the sliced cheese and maybe if we were lucky cheese whiz or Velveeta…. yum!! ha ha I know now it’s plastic cheese, but man it was a treat back then!
When I look at my 3 big brothers and my sister and see how healthy they are and might I say slim too, I give my parents the credit. We’ve all raised our kids the same way(except for the powdered milk)… because that’s how we were taught… whole food, locally grown, minimal junk, we didn’t know any different.
Whole food, very little processed foods perhaps equal healthy humans without weight issues?
I drive by that gorgeous new Surrey Memorial Hospital and as gorgeous as it is…. it’s horrifying too! It’s filled with very sick people and clearly the government is planning for a steady stream of customers because it’s expanded greatly along with all the other health (or lack there of) facilities that surround it.
I think every one of my siblings still has a garden as I do. I’m not a big fan of meat myself, but I think the moral of the story is to know where your food is coming from, buy whole locally grown foods.
My thought on this family day with my parents now passed, is that, I am thankful to them for taking good care of us and teaching us how to take good care of our families and so on.
Thank you Mom and Dad
Marilyn, your youngest daughter
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February 9th, 2014
1 cup gluten free flour conversion chart and mix below
2 tablespoon coconut sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon clear pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 organic egg
1 cup plain almond milk, coconut milk, regular milk part yogurt and milk
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil or sunflower oil
frozen wild organic blueberries
I just add each ingredient in a mixing bowl and whisk after the dry ingredients go in.
Add wet ingredients and mix by hand with whisk till incorporated.
preheat stainless steel fry pan (not straight aluminum or coated) to medium ish and spray with olive oil.
pour pancake mix into pan to desired size and drop blueberries on top of batter
flip when pancake starts to bubble
Yum Yum!! Just made them for my son this morning!
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February 5th, 2014
By Glen KorstromThu Jan 30, 2014 10:59am PST
Legendary Vancouver restaurateur Umberto Menghi plans to reopen his iconic Il Giardino restaurant half a block from the location where it operated for 37 years before closing last summer.
“I hope the city will give me the permits,” Menghi told Business in Vancouver January 29. “We’ve made our application.”
Menghi has made a tentative offer to Glowbal Group owner Emad Yacoub to take over space at 1328 Hornby Street that Yacoub currently occupies and operates a fast-casual Italian food bistro named IK2GO (Italian Kitchen to go). Yacoub also operates a commissary and has other corporate space at that site, which was Mona’s for decades before that restaurant closed a few years ago.
Menghi said if his bid to take over that space is unsuccessful, his Plan B is to find another site. Yacoub sounded positive toward the offer, however. He told BIV that he and Umberto are still “ironing out” a deal and that he has yet to receive a firm offer.
“[1328 Hornby Street] is similar square footage at about 5,000 square feet,” Menghi said. “It also has some outdoor space for dining and that’s what Il Giardino means – eating in the garden.”
Menghi, who is 67 years old, never really retired. He spent the last seven months traveling to places such as Russia, the Balkans, Hawaii and Tuscany, where he once operated a cooking school.
All the while, however, he has operated two Whistler restaurants: Trattoria di Umberto and Il Caminetto.
“I have a lot of energy – more now than before because I had a rest,” he said while driving back to Vancouver from those restaurants.
Last January, Seacliff Properties bought the former Il Giardino restaurant site, on the corner of Hornby Street and Pacific Boulevard, from W.P.J. McCarthy and Co. owner William McCarthy as well as several similar sized lots directly north of the restaurant from Menghi.
The high-end restaurant was well known in part because it operated in a 125-year-old yellow heritage house, known as Leslie House.
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