Island Table Category

by Tania Tomaszewska – A glass of wine is a great way to armchair travel. Swirl, close your eyes, smell, taste and feel where it takes you.  The journey can take a few different tacks depending on your interests. Perhaps it’s a deep dive into viticulture, farming, geology: thinking about why the winery has chosen its site and grape varieties. Or maybe the art and influence of the winemaker (or choice to intervene as little as possible in the process) intrigues you. You might be looking at the bottle labelRead More
by Joan Saunders – Summer is when we can truly savour our long, light-filled evenings as we relax with good food, good wine and good company. One of the best ways to spend time while waiting for a glorious sunset is with a picnic. Everything tastes better outdoors after a leisurely walk to that perfect spot by the beach, in the park or even to the table set up on the deck. What I look for in picnic fare are foods that are not difficult to create and still makeRead More
by Joan Saunders & Tania Tomasewska – Born and raised on Vancouver Island, I now can admit that I never liked salmon until my late 20s. The problem was that I never had it prepared in a way I enjoyed until I met a good friend who became my “salmon sensei.” A fisherman and teacher, he taught me that salmon doesn’t need to be complicated and should never, ever be cooked too much or it becomes dry and – according to me in my early years – tastes like sawdust.Read More

Posted On January 30, 2020By seasideIn Island Table, Regulars


by Joan Saunders – It’s February and our thoughts turn to … chocolate. This well-loved, bitter, rich, decadent, delicious ingredient is an extremely versatile kitchen staple as it can move from savoury to sweet, from main course to dessert. One of the best ways to show some love, whether it’s Valentine’s Day or not, is to cook for family and friends. Cooking for others is a clear indicator of affection and, no matter if you’re an adventurous cook or would rather stick to the basics, there are both simple andRead More
by Tania Tomaszewska – Wine touring in Mexico? You bet! Last month I was lucky to spend time in Querétero and San Miguel de Allende, about a three-hour drive north of Mexico City and in the corazon (heart) of Mexico. In this land of tequila, mezcal and beer, wine consumption and production has traditionally not been a huge part of Mexican life, but enthusiasm and investment are spurring growth in winemaking and enotourism here. Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California (near the U.S. border, just south of San Diego) isRead More