Dorothy Hawes, BA, MA, AVCM

Christmas Table Talk

There is no season quite so enticing as Christmas with the allure of festive indoor gatherings and cozy meals around the table. This is the season of candles and mini lights, greenery and pinecones, glitter and gold—, but don’t limit your imagination to traditional expectations of colour and style. Reinvent your table in the way it best reflects your affection for the holiday season, offering your guests a visual feast that matches the food you serve.

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas!

Smell and taste are the two senses most strongly linked to memory, so it’s no wonder that holiday baking is so evocative of the Christmas season.  The aroma of gingerbread cookies, spiced nuts, warm rum cakes, chocolate, peppermint, and almonds—, or whatever your preferred treat might be— will be sure to conjure sweet memories as you bake and eat your way through the holidays!  So whether you dig up those classic recipes that grandma used to make, or forge ahead and try something new, most of us would agree that certain special magic emanates from our kitchens at Christmas.

Nuts about The Nutcracker

Celebrating the joy of Christmas, The Nutcracker ballet is a visually stunning blend of music and dance, magic, and colour. Traditionally performed throughout the world by professional and amateur ballet companies alike, the beauty and charm of this holiday event is beloved by all ages.  While this year’s live performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet has been cancelled once again due to the pandemic, there are definitely ways to still enjoy this holiday classic.

Brentwood Bay Resort offers the perfect Island staycation

Searching for a perfect Island staycation? Look no further than Brentwood Bay Resort, tucked in the peaceful harbour located close to the Mill Bay Ferry. Offering luxurious hotel rooms, a spa, marina, restaurants, eco-adventures, and outdoor patio space, this destination will provide you with the perfect balance of outdoor adventure along with the opportunity to pamper your body and tempt your palate.

Deep Cove Winery: a tasting to remember

A visit to Deep Cove Winery is worthwhile for so many reasons and is a definite must for any wine lover’s bucket list. The stunning drive out to the winery, located in the Deep Cove community of North Saanich, is a pleasure in itself. Once there, you are bound to enjoy your time at the winery, along with the opportunity to meet the wonderful owners and hosts, Elyse and Tasem Ramadan.