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April 2011

Vancouver at dusk - could not resist the glorious sunsetWeek 10 and I am feeling great. My energy level is high,  I am back in the gym, my low carb weight loss plan seems to be working and I am going to social events, plays, movies and restaurants. In fact the one thing everyone keeps reminding me about is that "you have had major surgery, don't overdo it."

Early morning coming back from Urban Fare...

Callebaut chocolates and chocolate dipped strawberriesHidden, the tasting bar and lounge in Vancouver's Westin Grand Hotel celebrated its first anniversary with a big party this Easter weekend. Tucked away up a staircase that winds up from the Robson Street hotel entrance it is very convenient for dining before theatre, opera or even a hockey game. But with no frontage  on the street, you have to know it's there. Hence... Hidden.

ready to celebrate with Hidden...

Showing us the King Crab Fortune Garden Restaurant
1475 West Broadway
Vancouver.
Ph: (604) 736-6868

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The essence of enjoying a banquet of Chinese food is sharing it with family or friends. A group of us headed  to Fortune Garden Restaurant for a banquet which started off with two dishes of Alaskan King Crab - a delightful beginning to our meal. After showing us...

roasted vegetable medleyCooking alone or cooking for one can get a bit draggy so on the fourth day of my cooking spree I enlisted two friends to come over and help.

I planned to make the moussaka recipe from the Lo-Carb Gourmet book and then roast a medley of vegetables so there was some prep to do. With waiting around for things to cook so we could get onto the next stage we had lots of time to indulge in some wine...

early morning on False CreekIt is 7 am and the sun is streaming in through the window of my office and glinting off the waters of False Creek. I see three kayaks out on the water but I don't yet hear the strident voices of the dragon boat "dragons" exhorting the rowers to move it. My coffee, fresh ground, and mellowed with a touch of cream, is steaming on the desk. My back feels great and I am going to finish my coffee...

the Viva saladJoey Burrard
820 Burrard Street
Vancouver.
Ph: (604) 683-5639

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Lunch at Joey on Burrard turned out to be a relaxing and enjoyable event before we went to see The Lincoln Lawyer at Scotiabank Cinemas.  I had not been to any of the restaurants of this chain and when my friend suggested it, I was expecting the usual casual style food...

cauliflower fried "rice"With egg muffins and low-carb pizza portions individually wrapped and sitting in my freezer, I decided it was time to do something with the cooked shrimp that had been sitting in the freezer since BBP - that's my acronym for Before Back Problem.

 Since I intended to make the Cauliflower rice from the Lo-Carb Gourmet Cookbook, I figured that making a nice sauce for the shrimp would be great.

I love the Asian style fried rice but rarely eat it - and...

fresh asparagus and cambazola crustless quicheA favorite source of mine for low carb recipes that are simple to make and quite delicious is a cookbook published in 2004 by local Vancouver chef, Karen Barnaby. She is the Executive Chef at the Fish House in Stanley Park. The book is called "The Low-Carb Gourmet."

For the first group of recipes I wanted to make dishes I could freeze and just haul out and warm. So I picked three simple recipes, two from her...

Matt Palmer as Will Rogers with the Ziegfeld Girls. Photo by Tim MathesonThe Will Rogers Follies 'A Life in Revue'
Book: Peter Stone  Music: Cy Coleman
Lyrics: Betty Comden and Adolf Green
Directed and choreographed by Valerie Easton
Musical Director James Bryson
A Royal City  Musical Theatre production
Massey Theatre
Apr 7 - 24, 2011

Vancouver, BC: The  Royal City Musical Theatre's production of The Will Rogers Follies is an entertainment packed spectacle with a...

my sort-of low carb variant of my bran muffin recipeIn response to many requests after a post about  Food, Emotions and False Creek  described my sinfully delicious Chock full-o-health bran muffins with golden raisins and apricots, I published my ad hoc recipe. Promptly got several appreciative comments. So why would one mess with success?

Well that was two years ago, and I have been enjoying these healthy bran muffins since. But after 5 months of enforced inactivity due to back...

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