food · ingredient · local business · Salt Spring Island

Far Away Food: The Challenges of Growing a Food Business on the Gulf Islands

Twenty minutes of climbing and I am gasping for breath, initially from the hike, then from the unexpected beauty of the view. Sapphire sky fills the horizon, cotton ball clouds hang lazily in the sky and jagged islands rise from the Salish Sea. Laying out my blanket on a moss covered rocky patch, I unpack… Continue reading Far Away Food: The Challenges of Growing a Food Business on the Gulf Islands

baking · food · ingredient · vanilla

Nothing Boring about Vanilla

The dark brown bottle tips just enough to let the dark, pungent liquid drip from the opening into the belly of the measuring spoon.  It cascades into the bowl of thick, ivory coloured batter, moments away from being scooped, rolled and deposited onto a shiny cookie sheet. Soon to be transformed into the most scrumptious… Continue reading Nothing Boring about Vanilla

food · restaurant · review · Salt Spring Island

A Little Italy on a Little Island

The large bay window is thrown wide open, making the restaurant one large space.  The nine tables are arranged in neat rows and covered with the mandatory red and white tablecloth.  Each table hosts a glass vase cradling a fully opened crimson rose. Masts from the sailboats in the harbour sway in the warm breeze… Continue reading A Little Italy on a Little Island


In the beginning…

Beginnings are like sunrises, they bring the promise of a new journey and they seem to have a special quality about them that wipes the slate from the previous day clean.  They are refreshing, revitalizing and rewarding.  Every great journey has a beginning, every great story has a beginning and every great idea has a beginning.  Some beginnings are easier to define than others.  Take this blog, for instance.  This is the beginning...or is it?