Happy Birthday Flirty Foodie: A Year in Blog Posts

Happy birthday Flirty Foodie! A little over a year ago we put down our forks long enough to start a food blog. 365 days, 47 posts, dozens of mind-blowing meals, and countless glasses of vino later, we’re happy to report that our gym-less streak is still going strong.

To mark this caloric occasion, we’ve hand picked our favourite blog posts from the past year. You get a little bit of everything; recipes, edible exploits and enough wine to throw a Catalina wine mixer!

A Visit to Rocky Creek Winery

Rocky Creek Winery, Vancouver Island Two winos visit a winery. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Ayaka’s Gluten-Free Quinoa Salad Recipe

Gluten Free Quinoa Salad Who says gluten-free has to be boring? We hit the jackpot with this tasty grain! Healthy and delicious like Flintstone vitamins. Yabba dabba doo!

Good Eats on Commercial St. Under $10

Mon Petit Choux, Nanaimo BC

We scoured the streets of our home town to find you the best eats on a budget. All of our picks are under $10.

 

Lean N’ Green Spinach & Avocado Smoothie (aka The Hulk)

Glass of spinach and avocado smothie

This addictive recipe is our most popular post by far. Give it a try and find out why. Once you go green, you’ll never go back!

 

Visiting St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse

Busy at work @ St. Jeans Cannery and Smokehouse

We visit one of the last (and we think best) Canadian canneries in operation. Seafood, smokers and hair nets…just another day on the job.

 

Sunset Sangria – A Blonde Sangria with Watermelon, Basil & Ginger

Sunset Sangria. A blonde sangria with basil watermellon and ginger

We’re such sluts for a good sangria. This original recipe combines the flavours of summer with the refreshing aroma of sweet basil.
**Spoiler alert…the main ingredient is wine!

 

Recapping the 2012 BC Shellfish Festival’s Chefs’ Dinner

bc shellfish festival

What do you do when the coveted BC Shellfish Festival’s Chefs’ Dinner is sold out? You crash it! This is what ensued.,,holy shuck!

 

 How to Order and Eat Pho Like a Pro

A large bowl of Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) Drawing from our hundreds of bowls experience working in a Vietnamese noodle house, we show you how to order (and eat) this delicious bowl of heaven like a local.

 

The Nest Bistro

Spinach herb gnocchi with wild coho salmon at the Nest Bistro in Nanaimo, BC Canada

Home made gnocchi, a fungi pie and ice cream sandwiches round out one of the best meals we’ve ever had in Nanaimo.

 

Easy Blackberry Limoncello Granita

Blackberry Limoncello Granita

And finally in anticipation of hot summer days, we bring you this divine recipe for Limoncello laced blackberry granita. Recipes + booze = good idea…every time!

 

We’d also like to use this opportunity to thank all of you, our readers. The response over the past year has been overwhelming, and we love you all very much for the support. We look forward to bringing you many more posts in the future. Loosen your belt. Trust us, you’ll need the extra wiggle room!

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Eating Out: Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant

Dining at an ethnic restaurant is supposed to transport diners to the exotic country of the cuisine’s origin.

Most of the time they do not.

The end result is palate numbing combination of forgettable fusion and perpetual fortune cookies with traditional recipes being tailored to suit Western palettes. Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant however is the rare exception.

Seafood Chow Mein at Huong Lan Vietnamese Restaurant Continue reading

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How to Order and Eat Pho Like a Pro

A large bowl of Pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup)

Every country has at least one signature dish. A culinary speciality that’s evocative of a country’s rich cultural history. While it can be argued that poutine is Canada’s signature, Vietnam’s is pho (beef noodle soup). The dish dates back to the French occupation of Vietnam in the early 1900s, up until which time cattle were mainly used for labour and not as a source of meat.  Resourceful chefs utilized this new ingredient, simmered down the remaining beef bones with oxtail, ginger, charred onions, and spices, and pho was born. Continue reading

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