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2017

 

Cinda Chavich’s best-selling cook books:




















The Guy Can’t Cook by Cinda Chavich (Whitecap), sequel to the popular The Girl Can’t Cook

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Award-winning High Plains was also updated and reissued in 2011.


 
   Taste the world’s most delicious culinary corners with food, drink and travel reporter and photographer Cinda Chavich.

My food and travel stories appear in national and international books, magazines and newspapers and now you can have a soupcon of it all right here.

Read my reports from around the world and get a taste for what’s unique and delicious.
 

Follow the ongoing adventures of food and travel writer Cinda Chavich as she savours the world. Find her published food, drink and travel stories, and regular blog here at TasteReport.com.

More travel stories:

Mexico: travels in ceviche-ville


Getting away in the Gulf Islands


Star Chefs and traditions in Peru


Anchovies to eat in Italy


Naples: A Christmas Tale


Czech Pils in Prague and Pilsen


Agricultural utopia in Arizona


Running back to Saskatoon


Pig in Puerto Rico


UK: Devon’s Jurassic Coast


Portland’s hot dining spots


Cajun Mardis Gras


The taste of Lyon


Arizona’s awesome rocks


Tasting Haggis in Scotland


Fondue in Switzerland


Scotland: Where the Royals Roam on holiday


Culinary tourism: Wales


First Nations art and Totem poles


Bargain Barbados


Watching grizzly bears in B.C.


Gastro pubs in Britain


A scenic train trip to bike-friendly Whistler


Summer in Scottsdale


Touring Romagna


Michelin releases Alberta guide


Go Slow: a food tour of Italy’s Piemonte


Crawdad season in Cajun country


Saving the blue iguana of Grand Cayman


The science of watching humpback whales


Quebec’s Ile d’Orleans


Gourmet sea kayaking


Hawai’i’s Big Island


B.C.’s Cowichan Valley


More food stories:


Fruitcake: breakfast (lunch and snack) of champions


Seaweed - a wild health food


Bone Broth 101


DIY food gifts


DIY Sauerkraut


Best ground beef for burgers


Vancouver Island oysters


Fermenting kefir & kraut


Sustainable foie gras


All about haggis


Grey Cup party food


Calgary’s Best Ice Cream


Pack a picnic


25 Best Things to Eat in Calgary - 2010


Making sushi from scratch


Cooking wild game


Saskatoon berries


The best bacon


Classic British puddings


Canadian foie gras


Team Canada at Bocuse d’Or in Lyon


Making Sauerkraut from scratch


Wild Turkey


Cloud berries on the Rock


Canada’s authentic buffalo mozzarella


Mole in Mexico


Recipes:


Szechuan Noodle Soup


Cooking with sea vegetables


Fennel Risotto with Smoked Salmon


Bengal Lounge Lamb Curry


Burnt Orange Bitters


Fermenting kefir & kraut


Best Grilled Cheese EVER


Spring Fiddleheads with Pasta


Vegetarian Haggis


Saucy Lemon Pudding Cake


Cappelletti en Brodo


Lobster Mac and Cheese


Quebec Christmas tourtiere


Saskatoon berry apple crisp


Cooking with sauerkraut


Vegeterian burgers


Cock-a-leekie soup


Grilled leg of lamb


Mac and cheese (from scratch!)


Banana pancakes


Pickerel in lemon butter sauce


Turkey dinner


Making Mole


ALL recipes....



More Drink stories:


Inniskillin Sparkling Icewine


The Dolcettos of Dogliani


Pretty Paso Robles


Super single malts


Cocktail Nation: Drink experts dish on latest


Orofino Riesling wins gold medal


Iced cider in Quebec


Taste Report: Prosecco


Touring Italy’s Veneto


Korean Soju


Rum Renaissance


More great hotels:


Pacific Sands Beach Resort, Tofino, B.C.


Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton, UK


The Juniper, Banff National Park


The Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta


Opus Hotel, Vancouver, B.C.


Moraine Lake Lodge, Lake Louise,  Alberta


G Hotel, Penang, Malaysia


Shangri-la Hotel, Vancouver, B.C.


Hotel Arts, Calgary, Alberta


Kensington Riverside Inn, Calgary, Alberta


Mission Ridge B&B, Courtenay, B.C.


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Slip across the water from Victoria, BC, on the ferry (or fly in to the Vancouver airport) and you can “getaway” to exotic Asia, without the jet lag. A quick Canada Line ride and you’re in Richmond – with it’s amazing Buddhist Temples, Aberdeen Centre Mall and literally hundreds of authentic Chinese restaurants (and cafes, bakeries, BBQ joints and exotic food court noshing) it’s like stepping into another world.

Add in the cool contemporary Asian eats in Vancouver (Le Tigre food truck, Torafuku, Bao Bei, Kissa Tanto, Maenam Thai, et al) and there is much to explore for the curious food lover. I had a chance to explore the Chinese, Korean and Thai food from high end dim sum to  authentic soup dumplings and Hong Kong barbeque with some local experts and chefs. Then I wrote about it all in this feature in Doctor’s Review magazine.















tasted

The first olive oil to be grown and pressed in Canada is now in the bottle! I visited The Olive Farm on Salt Spring Island where George and Sheri Braun have planted 2,500 trees on a south-facing slope in the Fulford Valley. Olives are not supposed to grow this far north, but the Brauns found a microclimate that works. The oil is emerald green and has fresh herbal notes with hints of artichoke and a spicy phenolic bite on the finish. The 2016 crop of 1,000 pounds of olives yielded just 33 L of oil, so it’s a rare commodity. But you might see it served to dignitaries at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, or have it drizzled over local scallop ceviche at Hastings House in Ganges, like I did this spring.

TASTE, n. & v. : flavor, morsel, relish, sip, savor, enjoy, learn, experience -  the ability to discern the best quality.

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Have you ever dreamed of owning a sexy, vintage #Airstream trailer? We had a chance to live the dream with a weekend at WOODS on Pender Island. It’s a curated camping experience for that gets you into the great outdoors, with all of your creature comforts intact. This boutique hotel-style camp offers high thread count linens, French press coffee, Apple TV and wifi, along with your own private deck, gas firepit and barbecue, a hammock for relaxing in the sunshine, and even a glamping tent alongside The repurposed resort has several vintage Airstreams and other retro-style trailers, comfortable cabins and a funky minimalist motel. There’s even a cafe serving wood-fired pizzas and morning lattes. It’s definitely one of my favourite spots to stay in the Gulf Islands!

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CINDA NOW?

I’m concentrating on Canada this year - to help celebrate the country’s 150th birthday. I’ll be exploring Canadian regional cuisine, from the Chinese traditions in Vancouver to Victoria’s 25 Best bites, the new age of upscale camping to wild foods from seaweed to sturgeon.

Explored the Calgary Stampede Ranch - a look at the life of the ornery bulls and wild bucking horses they raise for rodeos.

I’ve been to Quebec’s Eastern Townships and returned for a look at the beautiful region of Charlevoix for Canadian Living magazine. It’s Montreal’s 375th this year so expect more on that great city, too.

Flew off to Puerto Rico to explore their cocina criolla (and famous rum cocktails), and kicked back at the Caribe Hilton where they claim the Pina Colada was invented.

Went to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to connect with Canadian travel colleagues and camped out in spectacular Grasslands National Park, with it’s starry skies and Canada’s last herd of wild prairie bison.

And I’ve travelled north to Whitehorse, Yukon, land of the midnight sun, in search of Canada’s most famous fruitcake.

All cool spots to explore. Let me know if you have somewhere else you’d like me to see!

Cinda’s new book

IACP Finalist!



Food waste is a major, global environmental problem. We waste 40% of the food we produce,1.3 billon tonnes globally. It’s the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, after China and the US, a huge contributor to global warming. Half of the wasted food is discarded from our own kitchens and this new book is designed to help you stop wasting food. Learn how to use up your fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and meats before they go into the compost bin. Hundreds of recipes and practical tips.

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Check out this list of 2016 IACP nominees

 

fighting food waste



I’ve been working hard to tell you more about the global issue of food waste, and its impact on the environment. It’s the topic of my new book, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook (TouchWood Editions) and what I’ve been talking about a lot since it was published this spring.


I spoke on a food waste panel at the national Zero Waste Conference in Vancouver, I did several sessions with authors at LitFest, the annual non-fiction literature festival in Edmonton, offered ideas about how to reduce food waste at home on several CBC radio programs (including the new CBC radio food show The Fork), and was interviewed by other journalists writing about food waste in Canada and the U.S. 


I’ve been writing about the topic for magazines and newspapers myself, too. So I’m happy to revisit this story for any publications, or speak on the topic of food waste, reducing waste at home, up-cycling leftovers into delicious dinners, and how it can all help stop global warming, at cooking schools, markets and other events.


Read about the latest food waste and sustainable eating news, recipes and inspiration on my Facebook page, The Waste Not, Want Not Cookbook by Cinda Chavich.


Here’s a link to my feature story in Maclean’s magazine and some of the many other stories and reviews featuring my book:


Treehugger.com


The Vancouver Province


Western Living Magazine


canada.com


San Francisco Book Review


The Albany Times Union


BC Farms & Food


takepart.com


Foreword Reviews


View the Vibe magazine


The Vancouver Sun


sweetsugarbean.com


 


DISCLOSURE:
My travel and food stories highlight destinations, restaurants and products I recommend in my capacity of a professional journalist. In some cases, I have traveled on sponsored press trips, but in all cases, I have written my honest opinion about my experiences. Your experience may differ and, in the case of outdoor adventures or travel to dangerous countries, these experiences should be undertaken at your own risk.



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sipped

We bellied up to the tasting bar at Salt Spring Ale for a flight of their craft brews. Favourites include the Golden Ale, made with hops and barley grown on Salt Spring Island, and the Heather Ale, flavoured with heather flowers from Butchart Gardens. Now that’s local!