Weekend Getaway: Westcoast Food Tour

I was recently invited on a whirlwind food tour of the Fraser Valley, Surrey and White Rock, all of which are part of the Lower Mainland, sitting just north of the U.S. border and south of Vancouver. A hop, skip and jump from Seattle, particularly if you nab a train and make yourself some cocktails in a jar for the voyage (who me?), the American dollar is strong compared to the Canadian dollar making for a budget friendly adventure. The best! I grabbed a friend, hopped on the train and spent two days on a Westcoast Food Tour, eating a massive amount of food and learning. Here, a few highlights:

.The green goddess dressing (and entire menu) from Water Shed Arts Cafe in Langley. It was some of the best food I’ve had in a long time. Simple, healthy, delicious. Thank you to Tourism Langley for showing off your part of the world!

Water Shed Arts Cafe.A helicopter ride from Sky Helicopters in Pitt Meadows, who are currently running an AMAZING deal you should definitely, immediately take advantage of.

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International Food Bloggers Conference 2014

This is first year I will attend, legitimately (as opposed to sneaking in for a session or two here and there) the International Food Bloggers Conference, being hosted by Foodista.com and held in Seattle. This conference is an excellent resource for food lovers (they have SO many brands represented and on display all weekend), food bloggers (a weekend packed with technology sessions and information), media types (unfettered access to active bloggers) and businesses seeking to commiserate with food experts. While the conference is ONE WEEK away, there are a few spots left! Sign up here and let me know you’ll be coming. Continue reading

Garden to Glass :: An Evening of Botanical Cocktails & Herb Inspiration at Swanson’s Nursery

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 9.32.04 AMHey Seattle – do you have plans this Thursday?!! The weather has been so lovely and summer is here in all her glory, so it’s time to get outside and get growing in the gardens. Come join me this Thursday at Swanson’s Nursery for an exclusive INVITE ONLY EVENT, where I’ll be shaking up a refreshing & herbaceous beverage and signing copies of Fresh Pantry! Get your personal invite here.

Over the years, interest in urban gardening has continued to grow and I’m thrilled to be part of a movement that gets people out in their gardens and into their yards to grow their own food. Even more thrilled when they love to cook with it! Come learn how to maximize your herb garden and make use of those prolific perennial plants. Continue reading

Seattle Garden Party :: Grow & Grill !

Hey East Siders – do you have plans this Saturday?!! The weather has been so lovely and spring has officially SPRUNG, so it’s time to get out the grill and get growing in the gardens. Come join me this Saturday, where I’ll be manning the grill and serving up bits from my eBook series, Fresh Pantry!

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Miami Garden Party :: Grow! Grill! Garden!

Over the years, interest in urban gardening has continued growing and I’m thrilled to be part of a movement that gets people out in their gardens and into their yards to grow their own food. In my business, there are plenty of occasions I need extra materials – hoses, bamboo, timber for bed-building – and as a DIY guru, I pick up these supplies at my local Home Depot. (You can sign up for their educational garden club HERE.) It is this dedication to DIY gardening that inspired me to jump at the chance to participate in an upcoming event at a store in South Florida – the Miami Garden Party! This Thursday, join me and the Home Depot Garden Club – an amazing resource for any gardener, from confused beginners to adept green thumbs. The event boasts several DIY gardening stations, a Q&A with vendors (garden expert Jim Cunneen & event … Continue reading

Farm School Life Changer

It is not often an experience happens upon you and life changes. I went to Quillisascut Farm School in 2004 because I wanted to milk a goat. It was that simple. I grew up with milk goats and daily homestead chores. The desire to reconnect led me to a week at Quillisacut Farm School. It’s an opportunity I think everyone should take – forget saving for a food tour of Italy – get your ass in the car and drive to Eastern Washington for an experience of a lifetime. Quiet your brain, wake up early, bust your butt and experience life as it’s meant to be. It will shake your core, I promise. Here is a small excerpt from an interview I gave to Lora Lea at Quillisascut last week. I hope it inspires you. Keep in touch! How did the Quillisascut experience help shape your decisions? I kept a … Continue reading

Summer Classes

I have some great events coming up this summer and I’d love to see all of your faces. I’m working to add more canning classes this year, as you know. Come learn how to preserve cherries 3 ways OR build your pantry with savory spreads like mostarda, Asian plum sauce & habanero hot sauce. I also FINALLY reschedule the SUPER VIP Italian class! You’ll want to save the date for this class that is near and dear to my heart – Italian, Long Island Style. This two hour class will cover the Perfect Meat Sauce & Meatballs. We may even sneak in a quick Homemade Pasta. This class is a total winner and a must for anyone wanting to cook like the grannies do it back home. And speaking of Croatia, I’m also offering a redux of the popular Croatian Cooking Class I taught earlier this year. Strudel pulling, dishes … Continue reading

Host for Check, Please! Northwest

Have you heard the news or seen the show?! I am the host for the PBS show Check, Please! Northwest which airs on KCTS9 each Thursday at 7pm. It’s a show about dining out – each week, three guests join me around the table and talk about their favorite Pacific Northwest Resturants. The most exciting thing for me is watching people try something new and going out to a restaurant they never would have thought of. It’s awesome! The show is a great way to gather some new restaurant suggestions AND a perfect way to try something new. All guests dine out at their favorite resto AND get to try two new places, meeting back at the table to discuss. Anyone can be a guest, so you should most definitely apply here! And for anyone outside of the Pac NW, you can keep up with the shows online. A special … Continue reading

GoGo Green Garden on DailyCandy

This week I had the fortune, luck, pleasure of being featured on the uber-cool Daily Candy for gogo.  What a treat!  By 7:15am I had five emails and by days end about 40ish from hopeful gardeners in Seattle and beyond.  I even got a few ‘Ask the Gardener’ type questions, which I loved.  Everyone seems curious about growing their own food, but not necessarily sure how to tackle the project.  Enter gogo green garden.  If you haven’t seen the piece, check it out. (And, yes, I know my arms are totally ripped – thanks to a bit of hard work and a whole lotta Dillon.  gogo see her – you won’t be sorry!)