Umberto’s Opens tonight!

June 30th, 2015


Umberto opens his new Restaurant tonight!


June 9th, 2015



Super food addition to your salads or smoothy or use as a dip

1 organic Avocado peeled and pitted

1 teaspoon fresh organic lime

2 Tablespoons each

Fresh organic basil, mint & parsley (cilantro would be good too)

mine is from my garden

1/2 cup organic kefir

filtered water, enough to attain the desired consistency, thinner for dressing thicker for drips

Can be frozen in ice cubes or muffin tins to drop in your smoothy

once frozen pop out and put in zip lock back – date and label


Chef Marilyn


2015 ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List

June 2nd, 2015

Here’s the Much-Hyped 2015 ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ List


Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca. Photo: Courtesy of El Cellar de Can Roca

The “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list continues to be quite controversial, but it still warrants the attention of chefs and diners from all over the world. The 2015 results are in: El Celler de Can Roca earned the top honor; Noma — last year’s victor — got bumped all the way to No. 3; Spain’s Asador Etxebarri won most improved (climbing 21 places!); and Eleven Madison Park slipped one spot to No. 5 — but it remains the top-ranked restaurant in America. Take a look:

1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain
2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy
3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark
4. Central, Lima, Peru
5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain
7. Dinner, London, UK
8. Narisawa, Tokyo, Japan
9. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand
11. Mirazur, Menton, France
12. L’Arpége, Paris, France
13. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain
14. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
15. Steirereck, Vienna, Austria
16. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
17. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
18. Le Bernardin, New York, USA
19. Azurmendi, Larrabetzu, Spain
20. The Ledbury, London, UK
21. Le Chateaubriand, Paris, France
22. Nahm, Bangkok, Thailand
23. White Rabbit, Moscow, Russia
24. Ultraviolet, Shanghai, China
25. Fäviken, Järpen, Sweden
26. Alinea, Chicago, USA
27. Piazza Duomo, Alba, Italy
28. The Test Kitchen, Cape Town, South Africa
29. Nihonryori RyuGin, Tokyo, Japan
30. Vendôme, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
31. Restaurant Frantzén, Stockholm, Sweden
32. Attica, Melbourne, Australia
33. Aqua, Wolfsburg, Germany
34. Le Calandre, Rubano, Italy
35. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
36. L’Astrance, Paris, France
37. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
38. Amber, Hong Kong, China
39. Quique Dacosta, Dénia, Spain
40. Per Se, New York, USA
41. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
42. Borago, Santiago, Chile (a tie)
42. Tickets, Barcelona, Spain (a tie)
44. Maido, Lima, Peru
45. Relae, Copenhagen, Denmark
46. Restaurant Andre, Singapore,
47. Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
48. Schloss Schauenstein, Furstenau, Switzerland
49. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocanto Hills, USA
50. The French Laundry, Yountville, USA

Cloverdale Rodeo Fun with Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner

May 17th, 2015

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Cowgirls watching the Rodeo performance from the grandstands

Thank you for a lovey day at the Cloverdale Rodeo Linda!

Great job by of President Shannon Claypool,  and his team.


9 Great Independent Grocery Stores in Vancouver

May 14th, 2015

Its time for a grocery store crawl!

The Mighty Oak

This charming coffee shop can whips up a mean latte (with a side of shortbread!). Their small selection of grocery products, both dry and fresh, completes the experience.

Luke’s General Store

From coffee and local donuts to pasta sauces and home wares, Luke’s General Store is the spot for excellent grocery items in Gastown. Check out their record selection upstairs too!

Le Marché St George

With a historic and kitsch vibe, this cafe/shop serves coffee and baked goods and carries local dairy products and other unique household items. It’s the perfect place to stop for a last minute gift.

Donald’s Market

Donald’s is unanimously raved about for their fresh produce and variety of products. It’s usually fairly busy, but with good reason. They also have frequent deals in store.

Pazzo Chow

Known for their tasty to-go choices, Pazzo Chow also stocks Italian kitchen staples and local goods. Carefully selecting products that are hard to find elsewhere, this shop is a must-visit.

Organic Acres Market

Organic Acres knows how to knock it out of the park when it comes to organic products at great prices. Their selection is smaller, but what they lack in variety they make up for in quality.

Union Market

Although Union Market is a great quaint shop for your odd and ends grocery items, you cannot forget about their Portuguese baked goods. Their egg tarts are a must!

Sprout Organic Market

Sprouts truly has all you need from an independent grocer, from meats and dairy to artisanal delights—all organic of course! Check out their online recipes for inspiration too.

Harvest Community Foods

Not only is Harvest a great food stop for local groceries (artisan foods, seasonal produce, soaps, and ice cream), they also have a delicious selection of hot ramen bowls and other treats.

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