The Whinery 2.0

I'm passionate about food. I cook mostly vegan -  plant-based foods, and sometimes a little fish for the pescatarians in my life.
I adore style and design, technology, photography, and wide wild open spaces... and this is where I write all about it.

Merci Shop, Paris

I’m a dreamer; my mind is always wandering off to far off places I’d rather be… sundrenched fields of wild flowers and breezy huts shaded by mango trees. Sometimes I’d wish myself back to the memorable places I’ve loved, and moments when I’ve felt truly content. I took a short trip to Portland this past weekend, a long scenic train ride that didn’t feel long at all ....more

Socca with Cilantro Sauce

I very much favour sweet breakfast foods over savoury ones; it’s how I get to satisfy my incredibly sweet-tooth daily, but I also do appreciate a good savoury breakfast, I reserve meals like this socca and cilantro sauce for special mornings. Weekend mornings where I do manage to get out of bed and go for a run or a long walk along the seawall. Coincidentally, I got the recipe for this cilantro sauce on the seawall ....more

Breakfast – Yogurt and Cereal

For me, spring begins with cherry blossoms, when streets and parks are awash in pink fluffiness – that is when I know spring has arrived. I’ve seen a handful of cherry blossoms in my neighbourhood and we’ve been basking in some spring-like weather these past couple of days, all clear and exciting signs that we’re moving into wonderful weather. A few nights ago a friend went down to the beach wrapped in a giant blanket to have dinner and catch the sunset ....more

Mushroom Tortellini and Vegetable Soup

We’re slowly springing out of the dreary days of winter. Through the incessant rain and cold, there are gentle signs of spring’s emergence; this morning I noticed the tiny red buds of the magnolia tree across the street. Our winter wasn’t as bad as it was in other places, it just felt like a long dark one; I’m ready for daffodils and cherry blossoms, and longer days as our clocks spring forward this weekend ....more

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges

There was a restaurant in Kits, it’s long gone now, I was so hooked on their sweet potato fries I was convinced they put something in them. The rest of the food was subpar at best; nonetheless, we practically hung out there every Friday night for those crispy and salty sweet caramelized fries. Served with a bright peppery aioli with hints of tomato and rosemary, they weren’t like anything I’d had before ....more

Coffee and Doughnuts

Some things are better together; milk and cereal for instance, or a warm bowl of soup on a cold rain-soaked day, and perhaps coffee and doughnuts? I’m not exactly a doughnut person but I’ve been meaning to check out 49th Parallel and their doughnut venture, Lucky’s Doughnuts ever since I heard about it – I finally did a few weeks back. What makes this shop fascinating is that it isn’t just a doughnut shop that has coffee, or a coffee shop with a few doughnuts on the side ....more

Speculoos Cookie Muffins

Long before the cookie butter craze, there were speculoos, the crunchy caramelized spiced cookies which is the main ingredient the cookie butter. Speculoos are special in themselves, my local London Drugs used to carry the Belgian ones around Christmas time; crispy and thin with punchy flavours, they are so good with tea. A while back, I discovered a package of speculoos lost underneath my stash of nuts, broken in pieces, looking forlorn and perfect for these muffins ....more

Roasted Vegetables Pasta

I think it bears repeating that I love the romance of love, it often times makes me wish I could fall in love repeatedly just for that delightful magical rush. Perhaps that is what Valentine’s Day is, a reminder to celebrate the romance of love. This year I thought about red themed desserts, and discovered Pinterest boards of adorable heart-shaped red and pink food and crafts ....more

Black Beans and Okra

I’ve been a little unwell lately, it started with a little tickle in my throat that turned into a cough, days later I’ve developed a cold or something like it. Whatever it is, I hope it passes soon, I don’t like feeling this way and I can’t seem to do the things I want to do. I’m lethargic and weak, and all I want to do is sleep ....more

Coffee at Thomas Haas Chocolates

I’m not even trying for dramatic effect when I say that I’ve been meaning to go to Thomas Haas for years! Seriously, I’ve wanted to visit the café since the first location opened in 2005, back then I used to buy Thomas Haas chocolate bars at the Whole Foods in West Van, my favourite were the matcha tea bars, I used to load up on them when they’d go on sale. Several long years later, having eaten my way through the newer patisseries that have cropped up in the city, I ran out of reasons not to go to Thomas Haas ....more