A Gulf Islands gem offers hints of the tropics

A Gulf Islands gem offers hints of the tropics

Morningside is featured in a story in West Jet’s Journey magazine this month:

It’s a quite morning on the placid inlet leading to Ganges, the only town on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island. The group I’m with on a guided tour has kayaked a few miles down the bay, spotting eagles, otters, oystercatchers, dolphins and seals along the way. Now we beach our boats at tiny Russell Island to tour a historic Hawaiian homestead, part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, and the setting is so sublime that I wade out from the sand and plunge into the emerald water.

OK, it’s a little colder than Hawai‘i. “Refreshing,” I wryly announce to my fellow paddlers.

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Balmy climate, curving beaches of white sand, dolphins and whales in the distance—Salt Spring must have seemed a bit like home to the Hawaiians who settled here in the 19th century. Called Kanakas, they established homesteads in the pastoral landscape, joining African- Americans who had previously left the U.S., and others, to form a community that remains diverse, distinctive and wholly dedicated to a bucolic lifestyle.

Back out in the sun I warm up quickly, and the summer sunshine epitomizes the atmosphere of a place so warmly welcoming that I bet half its visitors vow they’ll move here and join the existing 10,000 residents on this 17-mile-long island paradise.

Matters of Taste

Contemporary Northwest cuisine—it’s called “West Coast cuisine” in British Columbia—featuring local seafood and produce shines in Ganges, most elegantly at Hastings House Dining Room (a AAA Four Diamond restaurant), House Piccolo and Rock Salt Restaurant. But quality dining also prevails in less-formal settings. Tree House Cafe, in Ganges, is a small eatery built around a spreading plum tree; on summer nights, B.C.-based musicians serenade appreciative crowds in the courtyard. Several pubs around the island provide the traditional !sh and chips so intrinsic to former British colonies; Moby’s Pub is the best known. 􀀼 Mornings bring the quintessential island experience: gathering at local bakeshops for fresh muffins and breads. Barb’s Bakery is the biggest and most popular; Morningside Organic Bakery Café & Bookstore is a vegan alternative. And the date squares at Café Talia are deliciously addictive.

Paul Hawken releases brilliant new book, “Drawdown”: get it at morningside organic bakery cafe and bookstore

Paul Hawken releases brilliant new book, “Drawdown”: get it at morningside organic bakery cafe and bookstore

Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. Our organization did not make or devise the plan—we found the plan because it already exists. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global warming within thirty years. It shows that humanity has the means at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented. The solutions are in place and in action. Our work is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible. We chose the name Drawdown because if we do not name the goal, we are unlikely to achieve it.

Visit their amazing website to browse featured solutions to the global climate crisis and get inspired to make a profound change:

http://www.drawdown.org/

 

Eat for the Planet

Eat for the Planet

Our planet is in serious trouble. In the past 40 years alone, we’ve lost over half of the world’s wildlife; there are more than 400 massive dead zones in the oceans, completely devoid of life due to our pollution; and there is currently more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than there has ever been in human history.

So what’s driving this damage? Well, mostly – it’s our food choices. Primarily, our obsession with meat, dairy, and eggs.

*The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent.

As you can see, we’re using more land and water resources than the world can sustain to simply produce food. In addition, industrial animal agriculture is driving large-scale deforestation, habitat loss and pushing countless species to the brink of extinction.

And despite the widespread destruction and drain on natural resources to produce food, nearly one billion people still go to bed hungry every night! As our population grows from 7.5 billion today to 9.6 billion by 2050, things are going to get rather bleak on planet earth.

But the good news is you have the power to be a part of the solution starting today.

By eating for the planet, you will not only save thousands of trees every year, but also conserve hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, cut your carbon footprint in half, and help redirect grain from the livestock system to feed people.

You have the potential to make an enormous impact!

You can #EatForThePlanet starting today. Just follow this simple framework below.
Moderate: Limit consumption of your favorite meats like beef, lamb, pork, etc.
Replace: Try to swap animal-based products in your daily diet with vegan alternatives (milk, butter, mayo, cheese, grilled chicken, beef crumbles, sausages, cold cuts, etc.)
Embrace: Add plant-based whole foods (local and organic when possible) to your diet like greens, fresh fruits, and vegetables, whole grains, plant proteins like lentils, nuts/seeds, beans, tofu, etc.

 

compassionate cookery has never been easier

compassionate cookery has never been easier

a whole new churn on butter.

treat your morning toast to a pat of this 100% plant-based butter. bake pies, tarts, cookies and more with the best butter in the vegan realm. delicious on fresh corn, and to sauté onions, garlic & mushrooms.

as we enter into the holiday season its time to re-imagine your favourite recipes. bake vegan with the incredible plant based butter & cheeses of miyoko’s kitchen.

compassionate cookery has never been easier.

buy a full range of miyoko products online at morningsideorganic.com/vegancheese. we are now accepting applications from fine food shops & restaurants. want to become a retailer of this wildly popular product line? click here. 

omg, your holidays just got yummier!!!

during the month of december, make an online purchase at morningsideorganic.com and you’ll be entered to win a copy of The Homemade Vegan Pantry by master plant-based chef Miyoko Schinner.

 

powerful video featuring david coles

powerful video featuring david coles

“To think we have such a thing as a slaughterhouse? To think that even exists?”  The speaker, David Coles, is the author of the book “The Insanity of Humanity”. Here he delivers one of the most powerful talks we’ve ever heard: please listen, and share.

 

Exquisite

Exquisite

 I thought I might be able to eat half the vegan chocolate fudge cake, and bring the rest with me back from Salt Spring Island to Vancouver to share with my wife. I was wrong.

It truly was exquisite. The velvet texture of the cake. The chocolate cream deliciousness that covered the cake. The deep rich chocolate flavour. The cacao, sprouts and basil garnish. The maple syrup drizzle. After that first bite…I had no control. I ate the whole thing.

And then there is the service. Truly lovely people. Helpful, kind, intuitive.

I’ll be back. Next time I will buy a second piece for my wife.
xo
Mark