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As you may have seen on my facebook or twitter pages, I am changing the name of the blog.

Let me explain why;

VineVie originally started as a wine blog. I wanted the name to be Vin Vie (without the E) but that name was already taken so I settled on VineVie instead. Over the past few years that I have had this blog the website has taken more of a turn towards food and not just wine anymore.

Since I was never really crazy about the name VineVie I have come up with a name much better suited for my blog and what it represents and is going for.

The new name for this blog is going to be Betty Dish, which I am much happier with!

The name Betty represents my two favourite old school classic Betty’s who I feel represent the blog perfectly.

Betty Draper from the show Mad Men, she plays the part of a perfect retro blonde chick and I absolute love the character.

Betty Cooper from the Archie comics, she is the classic blonde Betty and she’s always been my favourite!

And the last name Dish quite obvious is a nod to a food dish and since food this is what this blog is all about, also since I’m ‘dishin’ on food topics on this website. Dish also is a retro word for a hot babe “Hey, check out that hot dish!”

So voila’ there you have it. The new name explained and I am stickin’ to it!

I’m really happy with the name and I hope you can all bare with me as I go through the process of doing some major changes on the blog. I am working on upgrading the site and I will eventually be changing the site address as well. It’s going to be the same website and content just with a different (better) name.

You can now find me on twitter @Betty_Dish

and on Facebook under Betty Dish

 

 

 

Hello everyone!  I’m excited to share with you the sneak preview of the March cover of Road Iron magazine. It will be on newsstands February 7th. My story about a motorcycle road trip that I did with my father this summer is a feature article. Besides our incredible adventure this summer there’s also some tips in the story about some unique diners in  Washington state and where I found the best strawberry jam this side of the Mississippi! Road Iron is available across the U.S.A and Canada.

                                                                                                                     Vroom vroom!

Me and my pops on our Harley trip this summer.

 

 

 

 

Nicole Bernard Dawes, CEO of Late July Organic Snacks

As a Canadian I often have to modify recipes I get from Americans because we often don’t have the same products. Or sometimes I won’t make them at all since Canada can often be seriously lacking in the variety of grocery store products that one can find in the states. I’ve seen the brand “Late July Organic Snacks” pop up from time to time in various baking recipes but never had never seen it before in Canadian grocery stores. I was thrilled to spot their vanilla bean and green tea cookies on the shelf at my local Vancouver Whole Foods Market and even more thrilled when I turned down another aisle to see even more of their products. Late July Organics is mainly a snack type brand selling chips, cookies and general  lunch packing stuff but many of their products are great as bases in baking recipes and such. They’re a wholesome label that genuinely cares about the product and their website is kept up to date by Massachusetts based working mother and CEO of  ‘Late July’ Nicole Bernard Dawes. The taste and quality are there and the taste isn’t lacking as can sometimes be found in some organic snacks. Plus they practice sustainable harvesting of their ingredients which is important for mother earth and the quality of the product itself. If you have a Whole Foods Market in your area it’s worth a try as a more wholesome option.

While I’m tooting Whole Food Markets horn I might as well add how much I’m appreciating their  brown bags.  Not only are they made from 100% recycled paper but they also are covered with informative information. The one I got today has a chart of the Pacific Northwest Produce growing season which is very helpful to know when shopping for fruit & vegetables.

And when you’re done with the bag it can be recycled again since it’s made with paper that is renewable and recyclable too. Happy shopping!

For some people, you would be hard pressed to find anything better in life than enjoying some ripe old bleu fromage accompanied by a fresh baguette. Or perhaps some creamy warmed camembert with a side of dried figs? Maybe it’s that goat cheese made with slighty spicy chili that grabs your palate? And for those a little more adventurous how about  extra aged appenzeller? Cheese is always a hit at any party, be it a posh suare with wine or a simple cheese & meat deli platter at a family event. A cheese platter is an excellent accompaniment. A lot of big market stores are making their own fine cheeses now and well and a local artisans. Here’s a list of the best places in the lower mainland to get your fromage fix this Christmas.

The Great Canadian Superstore – Yes, I said Superstore!  The stores own ‘Presidents Choice’ brand has come out with a great selection of cheeses not found at most grocery chains. Cheese such as Double Cream Brie, Camembert, Ripened Herbed Goats Milk Cheese and a tasty selection of parmesan are available at a fraction of the cost. Tip: This year the brand has stepped up its Christmas deserts featuring Chocolate Candy Cane and Red Velvet Cheesecakes for only $7!

Granville Island – A day shopping at Granville island is so much better than going to your average grocery store. It’s a great place to get all the ingredients you need for a delicious deli holiday platter. With shops such as Duso’s, and Oyama meats which offer some of the best selections at surprisingly decent prices. It’s a grocery shopping experience you won’t forget and also a great conversation starter at holiday parties! Tip: When shopping on Granville island be sure to look at the bottom rack for On Sale items and produce! Also, it’s best to go during the day when it’s not as busy.

Gudrun Tasting Room – Located in the charming area of Steveston in Richmond is an alluring little  fromagerie/charcuterie tasting room. Serving a variety of cheeses, honing in on local palates. There is a deal for today only on Groupon featuring a bubbling fresh selected cheese fondue selection for two, including a paired flight of wine which is available for only $25. This is a $55 dollar value and can be purchased for your own enjoyment or it makes a lovely hostess gift at your next holiday party. Below is the link for todays Gudrun Groupon coupon http://www.groupon.com/vancouver/