• #GetThrifty,  Food

    Blog Pod Fancy Tea at The Secret Garden Tea House

    I love tea. I particularly love having tea with friends. I’ve mentioned the Blog Pod that I belong to a few times; these ladies have become a lovely group to get together with, and some of us recently had the opportunity to spend a hygge afternoon enjoying Secret Garden Tea Company‘s High Tea together. One day, all ten of us will be in the same room, but for this day we had me, Karlie, Emily, Po On, Melissa, and Orla.

  • Beverages,  Food,  Stuff + Things

    Date Night In

    It’s already past the midway point of February! What the what? I had (what I had originally thought were) fairly realistic plans to get some Date Night blog posts done to coincide with Valentine’s day; but in the way of things, work and life got busy, and I need to sleep. But I realized that posting after what I know some call a ‘Hallmark holiday’ works better.

  • Food,  Recipes

    #12DaysofHygge – Day 5: Tuesday Night Supper + Recipe for White Bean & Kale Soup with Sausage

    One of things that makes me feel most hygge is a small dinner party, eating family style with favourite people. I have been eating at Karen Dar Woon’s 1920’s oak table since I was 16 or 17 years old. She was one of my dance moms (referred to as Ballet Mom in this post) and is a really lovely friend to me and my own mum. Karen used to be a paper sales rep, and decided to start making biscotti. (Which was very tasty!) Her Biscotti Queen business took off and going through the BCIT Venture Development program, she eventually turned it into Your Secret Chef, a successful private chef…

  • Food,  Recipes

    #12DaysofHygge – Day 4: Roasted Fennel & Butternut Squash Soup

      There’s a frosty bite in the air, which means it’s officially hearty soup and stew season. With that, the next few #12DaysofHygge posts will be all about hearty food and beverage! We had a roasted fennel and butternut squash for dinner last night. Much needed after a day of being out and about in the cold. (I was running errands and getting new photos shot for the blog. Really excited about the results!) I’m a little obsessed with fennel. I don’t like licorice, so I’m baffled about this fixation – perhaps it’s just more subtle than say… ouzo (*shudder*) – but I digress.   I love soup. It’s quick…

  • Ardbeg Islay whisky flight at Shebeen in Vancouver
    Beverages,  Food

    City Girl Whisky Diary: Ardbeg Long Table Dinner at Shebeen

    I love a dinner party. But the ones I’ve hosted or attended (outside of Christmas time) have consisted of maybe eight people, maximum. So I was intrigued when I attended The Irish Heather and Shebeen Whisk(e)y House‘s ‘long table dinner’ for Ardbeg Distillery a couple weeks ago.* It was me, the Brit, and about 30-ish other people. Long table dinner = a MUST! *Gifted experience. Shebeen is the Ardbeg Embassy for Canada, which makes them privy to some special releases, so I was excited that we would get to try the easiest to pronounce, but most difficult to obtain: Kelpie. One of my colleagues is Scottish and he has been…

  • Food

    My Favourite Metro Vancouver Brunch Spots

    Brunch. The Goldilocks and most hygge of meals. Yes, it’s Thursday morning and I’m already thinking about where to have weekend brunch. If you’re like me, you might like to plan things out and want to make a reservation. That doesn’t always fly as many restaurants in the city don’t take resos during brunch time, if at all. This gives me mild anxiety, but the key is to show up 20-30 min before you actually want to be seated so they can take your name down. I’m not a huge fan of standing in a queue forever, but there are some restaurants that are worth it! Here are my favourite…