Restaurant Reviews

Carmel Belle

Carmel is one of my favourite places. And I’ve only been there twice. That white sand beach is absolutely gorgeous and I love the quaint little shopping village, with the best cheese shop ever (The Cheese Shop). Monterey is pretty sweet too, with an absolute must see aquarium, and as I quickly found out, a terrific bakery (Parker-Lusseau) and fantastic restaurant (Passionfish). Between the scenery, including the famous 17-Mile drive,  and all the great food, it’s no wonder I can’t wait to go back. Read on to find out about what to eat if you’re in the area, or planning a trip (or just curious to see how I primally ate my way through town)…

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Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Winery View

Another fantastic road trip out to the Okanagan… I feel so fortunate to live so close to such beautiful wine country! :) And, of course there’s more to the Okanagan than wine… A friend and I did some serious grazing as well. The Terrace at Mission Hill Winery stole the show this time around. But I also checked out: The Patio at Lake Breeze, Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolates, and Waterfront Restaurant and Wine Bar.

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chocolate arts gluten-free ice cream sandwich

I’ve been meaning to try Chocolate Arts for a while, but I never seem to be in the area – it’s a nice stop to make if you’re heading over to Granville Island.

They have a large selection of bulk chocolate, with cacao percentages ranging from 29% to 100%. Several of the chocolates are single origin. The cool thing is that there’s a self-serve sample area set up so that you can try as many as you’d like.

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Cafe Medina Burger

I’m a big Café Medina fan, and have been several times for brunch. In fact, it’s my golden brunch standard that I compare other brunch spots to when traveling. And since I recently had an opportunity to visit during their weekday lunch, I thought it was about time for an update.

The only thing I dislike about Café Medina is the ridiculously long line-ups. But a) they’re lined up for a reason and b) when I was there for a weekday lunch, there was no lineup!

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Aphrodite's Organic Cafe and Pie Shop Pie

When I heard that Aphrodite’s sells gluten-free pies, I was excited. I had only ever been there for lunch, years ago, but I knew about Aphrodite’s commitment to organic, local food.

As far as pies go, they sell both regular and gluten-free pies, with the latter being made with brown rice flour. As most of you know, I eat paleo/primal, which in my case means I don’t typically consume rice, and when I do it’s the white variety. But it’s been a long time since I’ve had pie, and it was on my summer bucket list, so I was willing to make an exception.

Aphrodite's Organic Cafe and Pie Shop Pie extrior

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