It was during my last visit to Salt Spring Island in July of 2007 that I first met Tony DePasquale, the talent and force behind Bloom Breads. Since then his partner, Helen Mears, had decided to create an island business of her own. Before the couple moved from Vancouver to Salt Spring, Helen had enjoyed [...]
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Good Lord. I haven’t written a damn thing in over a week. I did spend a good portion of my cyber-absence on Salt Spring Island, to attend the birthday party of my friend and former culinary school classmate, Myles. As he was very much in the mood to celebrate the arrival of his next year [...]
No one would ever accuse Dan Jason, founder and operator of Salt Spring Seeds, of being a lazy man. When he’s not busy tending to the immediate demands of his farm, he can often be found writing another book or article, giving lectures at environmental and horticulture events around the province, or fulfilling his duties [...]
Do you ever have one of those holidays where everything just flows effortlessly, as though the vacation gods have decided to pull out all the stops, in order to make each experience more delightful and flawless than the last? Our visit to Sacred Island Lavender was the only visit that didn’t quite work out [...]
I am always amazed to see how every baker brings his or her own personal style to the art; from the recipes and techniques they develop, to the diversity and uniqueness of their finished products.
Tony DePasquale of Bloom Breads produces baking that is as hearty and satisfying as his is repertoire is diverse. Keep in [...]
Who doesn’t enjoy the odd little-summer-island-hopping-road-trip, with a spontaneous wine tasting thrown in for good measure? Salt Spring Vineyards, located 9 km south of Ganges, is the perfect visit. Wine tastings here are friendly and informative, as well as complimentary.
The outdoor bistro tables and chairs provide a spectacular setting, complete with a view overlooking [...]
Though I’ve never been particulary interested in mastering the art of baking (I’m more of a stove top gal), I certainly have an enormous appreciation for it. Heather Campbell of Salt Spring Island Bread Co. is a fine example of what one purveyor can produce by combining the best of ingredients, technique and creativity.
Her work [...]
If there really is a heaven, it surely serves Salt spring Island Cheese. Their handmade chevre is subtle in flavour, with just a hint of sour. Its texture is blissfully smooth, light and creamy. If pressed, I would have great difficulty choosing just one favourite variation….truffle, basil, lemon, peppercorn, garlic, chili….each one is to die [...]
Summer landed suddenly on B.C.’s west coast last week; sunny, sexy, hot and very LATE! I decided to take full advantage, and hopped on a ferry with friends to visit Salt Spring Island, located just of the southeast tip of Vancouver Island….and what a blissful, abundant week it has been. I have returned home tanned, [...]