#27 – The Slow Food Movement

Did you know there is a Slow Food International Movement happening in the world (including over 150 countries apparently)?  And we have a local site + blog that is part of the movement called Slow Food Vancouver (my blog or bust share #27).  After reading through the sites, it all makes perfect sense to me… read on and you likely will agree…

For starters, many of you are likely reading this while multi-tasking, with several windows open at work or at home; on a break from work; or even reading via Twitter or Facebook mobile applications… You’re on the go – in a fast-paced lifestyle – naturally, fast/convenient food fits into your regime the easiest.

But fast doesn’t always mean healthy and the Slow Food Movement is about eating they way we were made to. Read more about their philosophy here, and for you history buffs out there: here is the manifesto written in 1989 that started it all.

Now, zoom into Vancouver’s food scene, and follow the local slow food movement happening here. The Vancouver Slow Food team’s signature is their Slow Food Summer Cycle Tours and other events including:

Tastings:  Events this year include a Coffee Tasting; Cheesemaking; and  Red Fife Wheat baking.  Terra Madre Food Community Events:  Themes include First Nations and Wild Crops.”

This is an organization worth supporting and following. You might even feel like you don’t have time to read everything I’ve just linked you to, but the short of it is that you should know where your food comes from and support local food chain suppliers. For those who watched Food Inc. or SuperSizeMe, you might adhere to the slow food movement more quickly…

Slow Food Vancouver helps support local farmers and encourages local eating. Their site includes a ton of information and interesting articles, like this one on Taste Education for children – it starts from the beginning folks: teach kids how to taste.

Slow Food Vancouver

Slow Food Vancouver

#26 – Gluten Free in Vancouver…

Gluten free diets, are in short, eating flour free, but it is more complex than that as I understand it.  Some people may think its a food-trend that these products and diet regimes are increasing in numbers but many people actually have to live this way out of necessity (and some by choice).

The wannabe-Italian in me is forever grateful that I have no such food allergies (to date) and can basically eat what I want.  If I had to give up pasta, or cereal or cookies or cakes, I have no idea what I would do – again, I’m grateful that I live allergy free.  But if I ever come to a day where gluten must be cut from my diet, then I’d probably start with some blogs online for inspiration (and support) – like this one….

My Blog or Bust Share #25 is Gluten Free Vancouver – in support of my food-challenged friends and readers. This local gluten-free lifestyle blog is handy resource! Hosted by Andrea and Robyn – two sisters that have been living gluten free in Vancouver since 2005. They share their adventures, challenges, and gluten free discoveries in their blog.

The sisters have organized their site with smart sections including eat, dine, drink, or shop gluten free. After poking around on the site, they have really done a great job sharing restaurants and retailers (even IKEA!) that offer gluten free products in Vancouver.  You can also follow Andrea + Robyn on Twitter @gfvancouver

If you know someone who lives Gluten-Free in Vancouver, pass along this blog to them.

Gluten Free in Vancouver

Gluten Free in Vancouver

#25 – Victoria’s Food Secrets

Victoria’s Secrets have taken on a new form in Vancouver, with foodie twist!  Victoria has hit the spot with her food blog readers by providing delicious photography of local dining experiences and even includes a handy restaurant pricing guide. …Not many food bloggers offer a pricing guide, that I have seen anyway.

Blog or bust share #25 is Victoria’s Food Secrets. With a feminine touch to her blog look, and including fun sections like, Top Secrets, Restaurant Reviews, and Events, she’s covered fair ground in Vancouver, Whistler, and includes some travel too. Her about page is smart too, by including some fun frequently asked questions, like what is in her fridge, what food she doesn’t like, and what would be her last supper…

What would be your last supper?  …Do I have to pick only one?!

You can find Victoria on Twitter too @victoriachemko!

Victoria's Food Secrets

Victoria's Food Secrets

#24 – Vancouver Breakfast Lover’s Bookmark this Baby!

I love breakfast. Yes I do, and just in case you read that too quickly for my own comfort, I repeat: I love breakfast.

It does not get much better than enjoying a hot breakfast on a cold rainy day, with some quality coffee or hot tea – as you choose – and feeling energized to start your day. From cold cereals, to hot cereals; to yogurt and fruit combos; or cream of wheat (a childhood favourite of mine); to pancakes, or waffles with whipped cream; or eggs, country potatoes and grilled sausages; french toast and fruit salad; breakfast burritos; omelettes or frittatas; I could easily go on…  But in the interest of time, I’ll leave you to finish the breakfast-brainstorm to suit your personal cravings.

As I close in on the final days of my blog or bust challenge, I realized I have yet to share a blog that focuses purely on one meal, for example, ummm, breakfast!?

ATTENTION Vancouver foodies and fellow brunch lovers, unite here, and bookmark this blog: Breakfast in Vancouver. Blogging about weekend breakfast adventures since June of 2007, this blog covers it all and archives (with a map too) so you can reference anytime you want to find a new brunch around town.

I am quite excited to share this blog with you because it just makes me smile. Breakfast in Vancouver even includes one of my personal favourites in Whistler, The WildWood Bistro, proving to me that this breakfast blog is of sound quality!

Whoever you are, that created this magnificent blog, Beyond the Dough thanks you!

Breakfast in Vancouver

Breakfast in Vancouver

#23 – Food and Tell

Food and Tell

Food and Tell

This blog name is possibly the most appropriate I’ve see yet: FoodAndTell because this blog is heavy on the photos – punned like the familiar phrase, show and tell!  Smart foodie!

With so many photos, this is a great local blog to browse if you just want to see food images and enjoy light descriptors.

Vancouver based, Food And Tell is archived well with links, categories, archives and popular tags. The blog covers eating and cooking in Vancouver, and local places to check out. Once again, a familiar pattern with blog or bust shares, this food blogger is on Twitter too: @foodandtell

#22 – Wet Cappuccino anyone?

This niche blog is one to savour, they are an encyclopedia of coffee bean knowledge. Their terminology section helps answers questions like, “what is a wet cappuccino”? (in case you didn’t know already).

The Vancouver Indy Coffee Scene blog reviews cafes around Vancouver and is in the know on every cup of joe…

For my blog or bust share #22 visit CoffeeVancouver.ca aka The Vancouver Indy Coffee Scene.  With three contributors, they cover all things coffee around Vancouver including cafe reviews, coffee tours, events, coffee news,
and general updates on the local indy coffee scene.



They also include a feature that is quite handy and fun – an interactive map of all cafes they have reviewed.  Cafe Cool!

CoffeeVancouver's interactive map

CoffeeVancouver's interactive map

#21 – Vancouver Slop

Slop can be defined in a few ways, according to my computer’s dictionary, including “to speak or write in a sentimentally effusive manner or gush”. And I think this particular food blog selected their name very appropriately!

Hosted by three guys who each bring a great sense of humour to the blog: meet Gyromite (founder), O-toro, and Joe here. You can follow them on twitter as well: @VancouverSlop.  They are a comical team of bloggers that share a raw view of food in Vancouver through their site, VancouverSlop. With a catchy name, entertaining content including videos,  fun photos, and an organized catalog of restaurant reviews from around town, VancouverSlop is a blog to bookmark!



#20 – Always Room for Dessert

A woman after my own heart, I agree – there is ALWAYS room for dessert! On occasion I even have dessert first.  …On a really rare occasion – don’t tell my Mom or my Dentist, shhh! – I could easily have nothing but dessert for dinner! Life is simply too short sometimes, you know!?

While the title suggests all things sweet, Laura – the host, includes ‘all things that come before [dessert]’ too.  She has been blogging locally since 2008 and has a classic blogging style – including recipes, photos, and the stories that lead up to it. For blog or bust share #20, visit Always Room 4 Dessert!

Always Room For Dessert

Always Room For Dessert

#19 – Foodosophy



Foodosophy is a diverse food blog that includes content from all over the world, as their eight contributors travel and share their food experiences.  They have many posts from all over, but their most heavily covered city is ours – Vancouver.

I like the title of this blog, yet another pun (love it!), and then their tag line, “Eat, Sleep… Dream… Food”.  I could not relate more to that mantra!

For my Blog or Bust #19 share, check out Foodosophy.  See where they have traveled – its an extensive list!

#18 – An Original Wine Blog to Start Your Week

It’s Monday again. Hmm.

Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person, you could be reminiscing about the lovely weekend you just enjoyed and likely included some wine? Or perhaps you are really feeling the heat of your Monday and have begun counting down to your next wine-time…

But then there are others who enjoy wine on a routine basis, regardless of the day of the week: as true aficionados and connoisseurs, like this blogger, who confesses to enjoying wine almost daily.  I think there is nothing wrong with that because it is, after all, all about the moderation.

This brings me to blog share #18, which I felt should cover the beverage side of our food scene in Vancouver.  Because naturally, food pairs frequently with wine and with wine being a whole other world of it’s own outside food – there is a lot of information to consume.  And if you are like me,  you may not know as much about wine as food, so it is helpful to have more educated people to follow on the topic, like Sean Calder – host of Vinifico.

VINIFICO, is a magnificent wine blog, based in Vancouver. Yes, a blog purely about wine, and some food too.  The name of this blog alone is a tasty one, I am a fan of the puns myself, so I cannot help but appreciate other pun-makers.  Blogging since 2005, Sean has hosted Vinifico and describes his blog as his online wine journal – with contributions from his friend Graham here and there.

Follow Vinifico and you are in for some fantastico-pours, bites, and wine event updates.  And like many trendy bloggers, Sean is on twitter too.


Vinifico - Vancouver Wine Blog

Vinifico - Vancouver Wine Blog