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Dunk A Foodie for the Food Bank

Are you heading to Parksville's famous Canada Day celebration on the eastern shore of Vancouver Island on Tuesday? Come and Dunk a Foodie for the Food Bank!

The brains behind the Parksville/QB Eat Out Restaurant Guide, which I was proud to write early this year, will be hosting a dunk tank located …

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Live Below The Line Day 4 - Eating on $1.75 as a team


It's Day Four of the Live Below The Line Challenge poverty awareness campaign and Team Devour & Conquer Poverty is going strong (well, going anyway... we're a little weakened and lacking energy). With the end in sight and tomorrow being the final day of the challenge to eat only $1.75 each in fo…

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Live Below The Line Challenge Update - Our Team

We're going strong with the Live Below The Line Challenge and I wanted to take a little time to introduce our local team and talk about how the challenge of only eating $1.75 in food each day is working for us seven so far.

Team Devour & Conquer Poverty

Who we are:

Myself, a food writer along…

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Getting ready to Live Below the Line


Next week is going to be a big challenge for this foodie, but I'm excited to see how it goes as I participate in the Live Below the Line Challenge - a world-wide fundraising initiative of the Global Poverty Project and Micronutrient Initiative. Myself and a group of six other brave Vancouver Isl…

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Pizza will never be "Meh"

The New York Times is dealing with what they obvious find to be an entertaining public and online backlash after putting pizza on their 'Meh' list on January 24th. Here's the original list:

1. “Hope you are staying warm”*
2. Pressi…

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New Canadian foodie TV station casting call

There's a new Canadian television channel launching across the country to start off 2014 called Gusto TV. Focused around culinary adventures as well as travel and lifestyle, I'm looking forward to checking it out soon, especially since I see that one of my favourite Canadian actor turned foodie Ca…

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Be back soon...

Sadly, our family lost one of our own just before the new year, and I'll be taking a little time off to be with loved ones.

Will be back soon with new exciting foodie news, recipes and reviews. All the best in 2014 to everyone.

~ Gwen

Happy Holidays from Devour & Conquer

Wishing all my readers a wonderful festive season filled with good food, friends and family. I'm looking forward to catching up with some family I haven't seen in some time, as well spending some quality time with my husband, son and 'spare son' (Andy's best friend who is spending the holidays wit…

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Lots to share after a short break

I've got a notebook packed full of great things to share from my visit to the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle, and a computer full of tasty photographs.

Taking a little break from blogging as we spend some quality time with one of our cats who has reached the end of his life's journ…

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A cheesy yet catchy birthday tribute to Julia Child

The queen of Mastering the art of French Cooking's birthday on August 15, and her legacy lives on in every single person who learns from her recipes and discovers the true pleasure of cooking.

The autotune fad that bombarded the internet was pretty damn stupid, but it did produce one of my favourit…

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Happy Easter and Happy Eats!

Conquering a Greek feast

The vast majority of my local friends are self-employed, own a small business or are freelance contractors - not surprising as my area of Vancouver Island has been named the #1 or #2 best place in Canada to start a small business repeatedly. The one problem with choosing to 'do our thing' is that …

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Playboy Magazine using chefs to sell winter fashion

In a somewhat strange crossover, Playboy Magazine's January/February 2013 issue features famous American chefs modelling the "latest winter fashions" for your viewing (and purchasing) pleasure with their Hail to the Chef Winter Fashion Special.

While the article does stretch pretty far to explain…

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Gift Ideas - Print your own personalized cookbook

I recently came across a unique gift idea - designing and printing your own personalized cookbook online. I like the idea that it documents great family recipes with personalized pictures for a Christmas gift that's both useful and meaningful. has shared a great deal with all you lovely foo…

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Happy Halloween!

Don't forget...

The annual fall Chanterelle craving begins...

My love affair with Chanterelle mushrooms began five years ago, just after I moved to Vancouver Island. I was shopping at the Qualicum Beach Farmer's Market when I happened across a huge bag of them brought to town by a local picker. The price was a jaw-dropping $10 for the entire bag, I would hav…

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Welcome to Devour and Conquer

Thanks for visiting my brand spanking new Food Blog. I'm excited to have this new venue to share my food experiences with you.

This blog will follow my attempts to be a better cook, expand my palate and learn everything I can about the wide world of what we put in our mouths. Strange vegetables, …

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