City Girl Whisky Diary: Unique Whisky Cocktails and Recipes from The Distillery Bar in Vancouver

Mercury is in retrograde: my laptop died on Easter weekend, work's been a bit crazy, and my left rotator cuff is telling me it needs a little more love. Aside from that, it's been a pretty good week. But I'm definitely ready to put my my feet up and have a glass of something lovely. …

#12DaysofHygge – Day 6: Stove Top Almond Milk Hot Chocolate + My Favourite Vancouver Hot Chocolate Spots!

Hot chocolate or hot cocoa. However you call it, it's the perfect winter treat when you're out and about, or when you're having an evening in. It is a very hygge beverage in my humble opinion. I used to be indifferent to this marvelous hot beverage. Likely because I'd only ever had it as the …

#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 …

#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 …

Finding Hygge in the Chaos of Moving House (+ Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe)

I can hear the rain outside and I have a cup of tea. As I type this, I'm bundled up in my sweats and a blanket. It's officially soup and stew season. My favourite. But 99% of my kitchenware - so,  everything - is packed up. Naturally. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about beginning a …

The West Coast Hygge Project and Honey Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Autumn is my favourite season because it's when I get to pull out my cozy sweaters and wrap myself up in my blanket scarf. It also means the temperature has cooled down enough for me to properly bake again. (My favourite baking recipe is at the end of this post!)  Autumn is also a season …

Holiday Season Survival and No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

We are now full on into the holiday season, which means shopping, parties, shortbread, and, let's face it, feeling a bit like you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off. This is not a feeling exclusive to Christmas time, but it's certainly amplified by this point in December. Unexpected guests, forgetting presents, hopping from …

City “Cottage” Pie

We have officially hit comfort food season. Read: cold (and usually rainy where I am). But that means savoury, hearty foods that smell amazing. Like Shepherd's Pie. Side note: Have you ever chosen to make a dish that happens to be someone's favourite and is also a "national" dish from where they come from? Like said …