FOODIE THOUGHTS

A Few Thoughts on Digital Marketing Strategies & Scare Tactics

A Few Thoughts on Digital Marketing Strategies & Scare Tactics

This post may seem a bit random if you know me only as Westcoast Gourmet Provisions, but as a business owner I currently operate three companies which use digital marketing as part of an overall business strategy. As a consultant, I specialize in results-based Digital...

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What Is So Exciting About BC Spot Prawns?

What Is So Exciting About BC Spot Prawns?

As we wrap up the 2017 BC Shellfish Festival in Courtenay, BC, we also near the end of another season for our beloved Spot Prawns. I remember clearly the first time that I cooked them, sitting at a picnic table in Goldstream Provincial Park, just outside of Victoria...

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Are You Ready for a Private Chef Experience?

Are You Ready for a Private Chef Experience?

While many people would assume that having a private chef serve you in your own home would be nothing short of amazing, others might be intimidated by the thought of someone else in their kitchen.  Will they be poking through your...

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Why Your Road Trip Should Start with Westcoast Gourmet

Why Your Road Trip Should Start with Westcoast Gourmet

Several times a year we are fortunate to be able to escape for a few days to the West Coast of Vancouver Island. I can honestly say that there is not a corner of the Island that I don’t love, but the open ocean, the rugged shoreline, and the relaxing atmosphere of...

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Gourmet Trails in Cumberland, BC

Gourmet Trails in Cumberland, BC

Well known as a mecca for mountain bikers, Cumberland trails are usually of the rocks and roots variety. This “trail” fulfills a somewhat different sort of appetite!

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Traditionally Aged Balsamic on Vancouver Island

Traditionally Aged Balsamic on Vancouver Island

On a recent Island winery tour, I was excited and yet baffled to find one of the Cowichan Valley vineyards, Venturi-Schulze, producing an incredible “Traditional” balsamic vinegar, using ancient Italian methods and aging longer than most wines. How could we have not...

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6 Reasons for a Foodie Detour on Vancouver Island

6 Reasons for a Foodie Detour on Vancouver Island

First of all, why are all “lists” that get posted made up of 5 or 10 items?  I am sure that the “Top 10” list goes back in history and you can find a detailed analysis somewhere based on the ability of the human brain to process a specific number of items.  Either...

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Comox Harbour Charters, Crabs, & Wetlands

Comox Harbour Charters, Crabs, & Wetlands

Although I am not new to fishing or sailing on open waters, the Prairie Girl in me is still thrilled whenever I'm invited to join the crew of a boat. Any boat. Even if it is -2 degrees C on February 1st, at 8:00 in the morning! Now to be fair, it was a gorgeous, sunny...

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On Blogging

On Blogging

I have worked in and around the online world for almost 30 years now, having an IT background that begins before IT was an acronym and before there was even an “offline” that you could turn on!  I have worked with clients to design their websites and manage their...

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Getting Back to the Source

Getting Back to the Source

Quite simply, food messes with our minds. I started writing this blog, thinking about how food at its most basic is a requirement for survival, and beyond that, a source of energy for our bodies and our minds.  Protein, carbohydrates, and fats - all just building...

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Food Provisioning for Your Vacation With Local Products

Food Provisioning for Your Vacation With Local Products

The original idea for Westcoast Gourmet Provisions came from a need to “scratch my own itch”, when as a visitor to Vancouver Island, it wasn’t always easy to find fresh produce or seafood, locally roasted coffee, unique specialty foods, or the best local vendors. Not...

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Baskets or Boxes?

Baskets or Boxes?

My son made an innocent comment the other day, comparing my new online business with a local gift basket company, and challenging me as to why I would possibly think of competing with them. Somewhat naive of me perhaps, but I never really considered the gift basket...

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Books for Cooks – “Blood, Bones, & Butter”

Books for Cooks – “Blood, Bones, & Butter”

I love reading food & travel books – for inspiration, insight, and escape. I love sitting in my armchair as Anthony Bourdain takes me to some hole in the wall restaurant in Asia, or imagining myself on a bicycle in Russia, drinking tea on the side of the road with...

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Westcoast Smoked Salmon Candy

Westcoast Smoked Salmon Candy

Smoking was originally introduced as a method to preserve fish against spoilage, as the smoking process cooks and dehydrates the meat, killing and impeding the growth of bacteria. It has a place in history throughout Europe and America, linked to various spiritual...

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Good Food vs. A Good Food Experience

Good Food vs. A Good Food Experience

We were a small, cozy group this year for Christmas Dinner -  myself, my husband, and our two teenage sons - and it was suggested that we simply load our plates and eat at the kitchen bar / table.  Now it is a beautiful table, built by the boys as a Christmas gift,...

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Culinary Tourism – a Definition?

Culinary Tourism – a Definition?

Food and Travel have gone hand in hand since before “tourism” was even a concept.  For those of us who love experiencing new destinations and different cultures, food becomes an integral part of the journey -  often before we leave home.  Through television,...

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Traveling Foodies

Traveling Foodies

The Comox Valley has become a haven for culinary tourism, and we have visitors coming to explore not only the amazing scenery and outdoor activities, but also the local restaurants, fresh produce, fruit, wine, and other products that the area has to offer.

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Perfect Food

Perfect Food

I recently listened to the audio version of Anthony Bourdain’s book “Medium Raw”.  A great read/listen if you enjoy Bourdain, but even my 16 year old son mentioned that it has too much swearing for his liking. Definitely an acquired taste - but always interesting and...

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