I feel like a benefactor. A non-profit and very worthwhile cause we host,, a pro-recovery eating disorder online community forum,  gave us a Good Earth coffee card today and thanked us for our ongoing support. It felt good, because it is a very worthy cause which we support, and because the Good Earth at Uptown is one of my favorite coffee shops.

Review: Shirley Delicious

Found a neat little café in Shirley, along West Coast Road, called Shirley Delicious. The place has only been open a year, and should become a destination, well worth the drive from Victoria, along the scenic West Coast Road, to this hidden gem. It is rare to be in a restaurant that is so authentic, where the staff seem genuinely pleased to see customers. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food is excellent, fresh, homemade style with delicious flavour combinations, gluten- and dairy-free options.

Shirley Delicious
2794 Sherington Point Road
Shirley, BC
778 528 2228


Restaurant: K&Y

Went to the K&Y Restaurant in Chilliwack with my father. It was not impressive, and I do not think the restaurant will last very long. There was only one other table occupied. The phone was not ringing off the hook for take-out orders. The washroom was dirty. Is that an indication of the rest of the place? They offer an all-you-can-eat menu, in which food is ordered a plate at a time. But most items, as far as we can tell, had gluten. The waitress did not know. The only difference we noticed between the beef & broccoli and the chow mien was the scarcity of broccoli in the chow mien. They tasted the same. When we wanted to pay and leave, we had to wait. Another employee was on the phone, and till, and we had to wait until the till was free to pay. Not an impressive visit.

Yebra With Maple Leaves

Yebra is a traditional Lebanese / Syrian dish made by rolling a mixture of meat, usually lamb, sometimes beef, and rice, in grape leaves and cooking in a pot on the stove. This year when my mother was visiting she brought some grape leaves from the family vine, and made some yebra. I asked her to do an experiment: make some with maple leaves from the maple trees in front of our house. Early this spring I read up in some of my books about edible weeds and local edible plants, that maple leaves were edible. One evening for supper I made a salad almost exclusively with young maple leaves. It was delicious. I had to see how the leaves would be cooked, and what better way than with a dish prepard with cooked leaves of another variety: traditional yebra.

The experiment worked. There is a slight difference in texture, because the maple leaves are rougher and furry. For taste, it is so similar. Next spring when the maple leaves are young, I will harvest a bunch and make maple leaf yebra. It will be so much easier instead of doing the annual trek to the old country. This West Coast cuisine, this fusion, could become a favourite Lebanese-Canadian dish.

Mill Bay Farmers Market

I stopped at a neat little farmers market today, the Mill Bay Farmers Market, in of all places: Mill Bay.  The selection is good, the process are reasonable, and like all farmers markets, I get to meet the people who grow the food.


It is so convenient, to stop on my drive back from Duncan each Thursday. It is easier for me to go there than it is to go to the Goldstream Station Market in my neighbourhood each Saturday.

Sampling The Yard – Lettuce

I’ve recently been given a book on edible wild plants, and I’ve been sampling in my yard. (more…)