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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

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

Chip, chip, hurray!

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


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.


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.

I wrote about it all in this feature in Doctor’s Review magazine. And then I returned for a weekend exploration of all things Asian in Richmond, just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year, and The Year of the Dog, with this travel feature for YAM magazine.


There’s been a boom in Middle Eastern restaurants here in Victoria and I check out local hotspots, from Yalla and Superbaba to Fig Deli for tasty treats. Read all about it in my latest  YAM magazine food column, and don’t forget to check out all of my tips about shopping for exotic ingredients to stock an authentic Middle Eastern Pantry, plus five delicious recipes for cooking exotic Middle Eastern dishes at home, from Muhammara dip with roasted peppers, walnuts and pomegranate molasses and Tunisian Carrot Hummus, to Kushari, a popular lentil and rice street snack from Egypt, tender Lamb Tagine, and Bougatsa phyllo pastries filled with citrusy custard. (photo: YAM Magazine)

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


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!


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:

The Vancouver Province

Western Living Magazine

San Francisco Book Review

The Albany Times Union

BC Farms & Food

Foreword Reviews

View the Vibe magazine

The Vancouver Sun


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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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!

Cinda Chavich photos