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Happy Gourmand

Does there have to be an app for that?

Jul 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

When I was young my parents talked about how life was simpler when they were kids. They bemoaned the fact that life was so busy. I remember cartoons that touted the advent of inventions that would make life easy again - you know, like the moving sidewalks and fancy appliances the Jetsons had in...

Rock around the clock

Jul 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

Martin and I are headed across the border this weekend for our yearly visit to the hamlet of Wauconda, Washington. If you are a regular reader you'll know that our trip to the Fabulous 50's Sock Hop and Vintage Car Show at the Wauconda Community Hall has become a staple of our summer. We go...

Is there such a thing as adult food?

Jul 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

This past week my stepdaughter turned 21, and that made me think... Martin and I shared many memories with her growing up that centered around the dinner table. As I pondered the poignancy of “coming of age”, it occurred to me that the traditions around such celebrations are more about...

Too much of a good thing?

Jul 5, 2014 / 5:00 am

Food has become a trendy topic. We have a TV network dedicated to it. Dining is trendy too, with endless possibilities for table décor and ambience, whether you eat in or out. There truly is something for everybody. Of course, like most things, we tend to all jump on the same bandwagon, and...

Midsummer madness

Jun 21, 2014 / 5:00 am

This Saturday, June 21, is the summer solstice, also known as Midsummer. In Canada summer is a hallowed season, one we all anticipate with great joy and revel in once it officially arrives. In the Okanagan we are perhaps the most spoiled of the regions with our milder climate but even here everyone...

Good food, good friends

Jun 14, 2014 / 5:00 am

This past week I was lucky enough to catch up with one of my dearest friends in Vancouver. Merle lives in England, but her husband Vic was coming for a conference and the wives were all going to be in attendance as well. It was the perfect opportunity for us to spend a few days together and then...

Chickens don't have fingers, do they?

Jun 7, 2014 / 5:00 am

She says: As summer is fast approaching and the kids are released from school soon, it makes me think of all that time I remember as a kid myself, loose in front of the family fridge…what, I wondered, do most kids eat through the summer in today’s world? I read an article...
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The Wisdom of Pooh

May 31, 2014 / 5:00 am

Isn’t it funny how some things keep coming back to you throughout your life? I have a good friend who says that life keeps presenting lessons to us until we learn from them; as much as sometimes I wish I wouldn’t remember her words, they are true. Times when you do that silly thing you...

Highs and lows

May 24, 2014 / 5:00 am

When Martin’s daughter was little, we used to have a tradition at the dinner table called, “Highs and Lows”. It was about the moments in your day that stuck out on either end of the scale, and it was mostly really about quality time and knowing what mattered. One of the...

Ready, set - go!

May 17, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week I spent an evening unpacking my summer clothes, as the rain pitter-patted on the windowpanes. I made porridge for breakfast, swearing to not eat the stuff again until the snow flies. And I am determined to finally plant my tomato seedlings outside in the garden. Time’s up, Mother...

Farm to table

May 10, 2014 / 5:00 am

George Bernard Shaw said, "There is no sincerer love than the love of food." I believe that with all my heart and soul, as if I were a farmer. My appreciation for food is not just as a trendy pastime at restaurants. It extends from the beginning of food being grown, to the beauty of an...

Derby Day

May 3, 2014 / 5:00 am

Spring is upon us. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing... and the horses are running! Saturday, May 4 is the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby, an institution in American culture that is often referred to as "the most exciting 2 minutes in sports"....

Every season has its force of nature

Apr 26, 2014 / 5:00 am

Spring has definitely sprung in the Okanagan; the temperatures are rising, the sun is shining and the smiles are expanding. But it's not summer yet, as much as we might like to think we can sit out on the deck for drinks or dinner. It's just that we can't contain our enthusiasm! All...

Chocolate really is good for you!

Apr 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

This weekend you should just be enjoying your treats. Whether you are celebrating the end of Lent and a traditional Easter feast, or you are helping the kids with all the loot from the treasure hunt it's all good. Just in case you are feeling the slightest bit guilty though, here are some...

Politics, religion & dinner - oh my!

Apr 12, 2014 / 5:00 am

Are there subjects that are off-limits at your dinner table? One of the age-old debates in the western world is the separation of church and state, and certainly politics and religion tend to be heated debates at the best of times. But you could argue that the convivial nature of the table might be...

What is the value of good food?

Mar 29, 2014 / 5:00 am

How much are you willing to spend on good food? I don't mean a quick stop for a snack or something at a drive-thru, I mean a tasty piece of fresh-caught fish, or the best cherries you can get in the summer, or a handmade treat like a pastry or piece of pie? Often I hear the discussion on food...

The rainbow in a spring garden

Mar 22, 2014 / 5:00 am

She says: I have been looking at the garden seed catalogues trying to plan out what we will grow this year in our wonderful garden, but it seems every year the dilemma of deciding becomes more difficult. It is bad enough I have to choose between beets and turnips or decide whether the extra...

School break - let's eat!

Mar 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

This week I'm letting the Chef go first, since he's so keen to share. My theme this week is to take a break from the busy schedule when school is in and try to cook a meal with your kids! He says: Last week I gave a cooking class to a bunch of 10 kids, aged 7 to 11 years old. I...

Spring ahead!

Mar 8, 2014 / 5:00 am

She says: This weekend we will be changing our clocks over to Daylight Saving Time, a bit earlier in the year than usual, but I don’t think many of us will begrudge that lost hour of sleep after the colder and snowier winter we had! It is a manufactured phenomenon, but one that we try to...

Red carpets and champagne

Mar 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

We talk often about how everyday in life should be enjoyed and it is important to make the most of every moment. Sometimes, this means not taking things too seriously and just having fun, but other times you need to be very serious about how you plan your event. Rolling out the red carpet and...
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About the author...

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, being someone who is passionate about people having a good time . Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, marketing and service programs. Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column.

She says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that "sense of place" from where the food has come... the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had.

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment; sharing that joy with others is how I keep those good vibes going!"

 

E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com

 




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The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.





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