Nothing beats a fresh tree ripened peach in the summertime. Peaches are a versatile fruit that shine in desserts and can add complexity to savoury dishes. We love this dessert created by Chef Tony Rondow at a recent cooking course at Lucky’s Liquor Store; a wonderful marriage of savoury and sweet. Ripe and juicy peach slices marinated in gin, mint and lemon juice are layered on a slice of baked creamy brie cheese.
Berries, cherries, peaches or grapes. What’s your favourite summer fruit? Post your answers below!
What do you get when you mix lavish meals, new friends, wine, seminars, swag, a mixology class gone awry, more food, and a visit from the infamous green fairy? IFBC! The International Food Bloggers Conference is the mother of all food blogger conventions. This year’s festivities took place in Portland, Oregon, one of the most exciting food scenes in the US. Meaghan made the treacherous 15 hour journey spent on on ferries, busses and public transit to attend this whirlwind event. While we don’t want to spoil the surprise, we just had to share this teaser. Taken at one of Meaghan’s favourite seminars; a food photography workshop hosted by Andrew Scrivani of The New York Times. Continue reading →
Here at the Flirty Foodie, we love a good fish taco. A popular snack food in Mexico, they are delicious combination of crispy battered or grilled fish, pico de gallo and pickled veggies. They are ranked high on the list of our go-to dishes and get ordered A LOT! We’ve sampled tacos all over Vancouver Island from the cult classic Tacofino trailer in Tofino to Penny’s Palapa’s halibut tacos right here in Nanaimo. Paired with a ice cold bottle of Negro Modello, a fish taco is unbeatable and is a must eat summer staple on those searing summer nights. We can’t think of anything better…apart from more fish tacos!
What could be better than a big bowl of poutine? How about this artisan poutine from Danforth Deli made with roasted potatoes, sweet peppers, & onions topped with fresh local cheese curds and smothered in red wine reduction beef gravy. Now that’s comfort food at its finest!
This photo is an oldie but remains one of our favourites, perhaps because of the memories it conjures and the carnage it captures. Taken during a girls night in a scene that was straight out of Sex in the City. Think four friends, martinis, desserts and a whole lot of gabbing – our favourite guilty pleasure! The unfortunate casualty of our ravenous appetites is the Modern Cafe’s Apple Tarte Tatin. This baked apple served on crispy puff pastry smothered in a decadent butterscotch sauce is sinfully good. It will definitely keep the doctor away, but not your dentist!
Why should the entrée get all of the attention? Salads are usually confined to the sidelines, so we decided that it should be the star of this week’s fab food photo. A nice crisp, cool Greek Salad on a warm summer evening is a perfect light meal if you ask us! Also known as summer salad, this colourful Greek staple is a combination of juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumber, crispy red onions, Kalamata olives, bell peppers and crumbly feta cheese. This delectable Greek salad comes courtesy of Aladdin’s Café in downtown Nanaimo, one of the best in town!
Time to refill the propane, dig out the bag of charcoal and clean off those bbq tools folks. It looks as though grilling season may finally be upon us! I’m sure we all know a couple backyard chefs who are pretty thrilled with this change in the weather. So to all you grill masters out there, this weeks photo is for you. We also wanted to take this opportunity to mention the first ever Nanaimo BBQ Festival coming up next weekend, and we’re pretty excited to have our own Ayaka Nagata competing in the rib eating contest. We are still hoping for some more competition, especially of the female variety. If you’re interested in signing up, or if you would like to donate to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation in our name, you can find more info here.
Summer is officially here, although it’s hard to tell with all the rain that’s been falling on the “Wet Coast”. The abundance of fresh local fruit is what makes this time of year so special, made that much better when you grow it yourself. After surviving the relentless onslaught of tent caterpillars this month, our garden has produced its first harvest. We wanted to share with you this sweet, juicy strawberry. It’s the first of the season and hopefully the first of many successful harvests from our garden.
James Bond eat your heart out! These delicious concoctions courtesy of Corner Lounge on Commercial St. are colourful as they are vibrant. Mr. Bond however brings up a very compelling debate. When it comes to cocktails what’s better: shaken or stirred? Continue reading →
Tamago, a sweet, fluffy Japanese omelette comes standard on any sushi menu. Flavoured with soy sauce, sake, sugar and mirin (sweetened rice wine), it is traditionally served after the main course as an end to the meal. If you’re like us however (or more specifically Meaghan) tamago is ordered in abundance as a main, part of a lavish sushi spread. Tamago is a great option for vegetarians, pregnant women, and non-fish lovers alike. It is said that you can tell the caliber of a sushi chef by his tamago. So if you’re curious to know how your local sushi restaurant stacks up, this piece is a must order. Continue reading →