Archive for October, 2009


Photo: The HOME GROW-IN Grocer store front in Mt. Pleasant

Never mind the “100 Mile Diet”! How about a “100 Meter Diet”? That’s possible with the Home Grow-In Grocer in Mt. Pleasant (in the heart of Vancouver)! This store sells ONLY BC products with an emphasis on VERY LOCAL, and ORGANIC.

Owner Deb Reynolds says strawberries and blueberries from Cawton’s Last Chance Ranch will be available well into November, and she’s “actively looking” for a BC-made butter. [Anyone know a butter maker? You can leave a comment on this BLOG or contact Reynold directly on Home Grow-In.]

This is from  Home Grow-In :

“In a world where our society and global economy is returning to the BUY LOCAL, we are the only store in Vancouver that embraces that philosphy. It is our number one mandate to be able to bring fresh and quality BC produce and products to customers and to encourage the re-establishment of the “community” grocer store.”

[For more from Deb Reynolds, have a look at this YouTube VIDEO: “Home Grow-In Grocer Ltd.”]

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wild honey ale

Photo: Nelson Brewing’ Wild Honey “Certified Organic” Ale

“Wondrously fruity, light and smile-making.” That’s how Wild Honey Ale is described in “edible NOTES” (in this month’s Edible Vancouver Magazine). AND the ale is available at “many local liquor stores.” 

You’ll find more on the Nelson Brewing website”:

“This light, malty, organic ale is the beer that’s causing such a buzz in British Columbia. We brewed this very special ale to celebrate the Whitewater Ski Resort’s 25th Anniversary and The Nelson Brewing Company’s 10th Anniversary. By combining organic honey with specially chosen organic malted barley and organic hops we have created a golden ale that reflects the mountain experience. Brewed Beyond Beelicious!”

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SUN1014 Chocolate

Photo: West Coast Chocolate Festival photo in Vancouver SUN
Source: Handout for West Coast Chocolate Festival

If you love chocolate, then today’s a big day! Today’s the start of the West Coast Chocolate Festival.  The Festival used to be ONLY in the TriCity area of Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Port Coquitlam, but this year Burnaby and Vancouver have been added. From today through November 10th you can “celebrate the magic of chocolate and appeal to the senses and the soul.”

Here’s a teaser from Karen Gram in today’s Vancouver SUN:

“To hear Marcus Von Albrecht tell it, the pairing of rich dark chocolate with a single-malt scotch is almost a religious experience. A slow meditation focusing on the nose, the taste and, finally, the finish. Ah, the finish. “You’ll see how the dark chocolate is picked up by the scotch, he says.

At least you will if you attend the sixth annual West Coast Chocolate Festival, which starts with two trade shows this afternoon and evening at Red Robinson Theatre in Coquitlam, and runs until Nov. 10. All of the festival participating sponsors will be there, sampling their notions of how chocolate can enrich life.”

[To read FULL ARTICLE, see “Rejoice! A festival devoted to chocolate!”]
[LINK to official Festival website: West Coast Chocolate Festival 2009.]

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questionmark 2

Photo: question mark illustration from What’s Organic About Organic?  (documentary film) website

What’s Organic about Organic? That’s the title of a new documentary about organic food and social responsibility. Here’s a link to the trailer for the film: What’s Organic?

Here’s more about the film:

“WHAT’S ORGANIC ABOUT “ORGANIC?” rings the alarm for the need to develop an ecological consciousness.  The film illustrates that the organic food debate extends well beyond personal choice and into the realm of social responsibility….

As the film moves from farm fields to government meetings to industry trade shows, we see the hidden costs of conventional agriculture.  We also see how our health, the health of our planet, and the agricultural needs of our society are all intimately connected.”

[For more, visit the What’s Organic About Organic? website.]

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