International Tea Day – The Beginning

May 21, 2020 is the first observance of the International Tea Day: Harnessing benefits for all from field to cup. Tea is always a celebration for me for it connects me to friendships, places, events and great conversations. I am thrilled to be celebrating the first International Tea Day. I love beginnings! This is a…

Celebrating Tea

April 21, 2020, is Britain’s fifth annual National Tea Day. It is a celebration that I have every day, along with millions of tea drinkers across the globe. According to Statista.com, “in 2018, global consumption of tea amounted to about 273 billion liters and is forecasted to reach to 297 billion liters by 2021” The…

Farmers Markets – Celebrating Food

“Shake the hand that feeds you.” Michael Pollan Farmers markets are flourishing across the country. Meandering through the stalls of fresh vegetables and fruits, homemade bread and cakes, cheese and eggs, we are drawn into the story of humanity. Farmer markets connect us with our past, and present an optimistic alternative to a dreaded dystopian…

What Feeds Us

The City of Vancouver defines a just and sustainable food system as one in which food production, processing, distribution , consumption and waste management are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional well-being of our city and its residents.” Vancouver Food Strategy –  page 10, January 2013 The spectre of food insecurity is…

Farm-to-Table & Distance-to-Fork

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard 821 Million People 821 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition.  This data comes directly from  World Food Programme (WFP), the leading…

Hot Dogs & Summer

“Hot dogs and Red Vines and potato chips and French fries are my favourite foods.” Betty White July is National Hot Dog Month Summertime is at its zenith, with the heat of the afternoon sun mellowing to a gentle warmth as it heads towards its setting. This is the time for outdoor dinners and delicious…