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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

Victoria; Brunch Capital of Canada

Enjoying oysters in BC

Peru: visit Machu Picchu in style

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

Mole: the mother sauce of Mexico

Artisan bakers mill healthy flour

The Beet goes on

Chip, chip, hurray!

Fishing in troubled waters

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

Yellow Beet Borscht and Spring Beet Greens Pie

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.


It was almost a decade ago that I joined Canadian chef David Wong and his apprentice Grace Pineda, with their team of supporters, in Lyon, France for the 2009 Bocuse D’Or. It was an amazing story to cover then for the Globe and Mail, and this month, I wrote another story for EAT magazine, recalling all of the excitement of that iconic competition and its namesake, Paul Bocuse, the Lion of Lyon. I asked other Canadian chefs who competed at Bocuse for their memories, too, all in anticipation of the next competition in January 2019. Read it here.


The latest trend in the locovore movement is organic, heirloom and heritage grain - locally grown and freshly ground into natural, whole meal flour. It started with young bakers who wanted to create the best bread with the simplest ingredients, completely from scratch. Learning old skills — from milling grain to building traditional wood-fired ovens and slowly fermenting breads with wild yeasts — became the benchmark for this new breed of craft-driven bakers. They understand what’s removed from flour in industrial milling and how that affects the nutritional value and flavour of our daily bread.

Now Victoria is ground zero for artisan bakeries where local and organic grains are milled daily to create hearty, rustic loaves by innovative bakers like Erika Heyrman of Wild Fire Bakery, Cliff Leir of Fol Epi, and Byron Fry of Fry’s Bakery.

I take a look at the trend and the people behind some of the best bread in the city in this story for EAT Magazine. Read it here.

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’ve been concentrating on Canada this year - to celebrate the country’s 150th birthday in 2017 and uncover all things west coast. I explore 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.

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

I returned to Quebec’s Eastern Townships for a look at the beautiful region of Charlevoix for Canadian Living magazine. Montreal’s 375th was a great time to see that great city, too.

Went to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 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. I was in New Brunswick and Halifax, and travelled around Cape Breton to enjoy the spectacular Canadian maples put on their #fallcolour show.

But I also 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. I explored Peru - from the high Andes and Machu Picchu to the Amazon - and met some of Lima’s top #michelinstarchefs.

All cool spots to explore, along with all of the wonderful places to see here in Beautiful British Columbia.  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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Copyright 2000-2018 - Cinda Chavich. All rights reserved.

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If the Okanagan Valley is Canada’s Napa North, Vancouver Island’s wine region is our little slice of Sonoma, a bucolic area that invites exploration, weekend drives down pretty back roads to small, family wineries, carved into forested slopes with ocean views. Summers are short and dry, with hot days tempered by cooling breezes off the surrounding sea. Read my story about touring island wineries here - in the fall/winter edition of Vitis Magazine

Cinda Chavich photos

Cinda Chavich photos

Cinda Chavich photos