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jennchic likes bob likes thai food

I actually don’t just “like” Bob Likes Thai Food on Main Street in Vancouver, I love it. The menu is playful and deliciously creative. I’ve been craving the 6 bites, cute little bundles of lime, toasted coconut, vinegar, chili wrapped in a magical green leaf for days now. Since the rains have blown in a […]

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Writing with my mom

My mom has now started writing for publication. After her announcement last year of some spring sky diving not too much surprises me, now. She’s a pretty inspiring lady. She’s 75 and I always believed her to be one of the smartest in the land. She is a consistent writer of cards and notes, but […]

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Scott Paro - Ah great story! Loving your mom and haven’t met her yet.

Jenn Pistone - Hello Jenn,

What a lovely story to read about your mum doing some writing.

I would love to have her do something about our little shop in New Westminster. Of course she would have to come and visit and decide if it inspires her to write.

We opened up Brick & Mortar Living in June 2012 and we’ve been having amazing success thus far. We are a 3 person operation, Mother & Two daughters (Julia 28 & Emma 22).
We’re very proud to support local designers! in fact 98% of what we sell in shop is made right here in Beautiful British Columbia.

We love it when Mother’s and Daughter’s come to visit the shop, perhaps you and mum can come together. New West is changing rapidly and offers much more to do than it did even one year ago. We have a bunch of foodie places and home decor shops now so it makes for a lovely day trip.

I hope to hear back from you,

Kind regards,


A brand new favourite place – Le Marché St. Georges

Little did I know that just a few blocks from my house just off of Main Street was a little oasis of organic, local food, art, flowers, a funky French sensibility and the very best coffee. Le Marché St. George is my new favourite place. Thanks so much to my pal Sarah Dohm, who makes […]

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Birthday Month Begins With Pancakes

  It’s official – my birthday is one month away and that means that Birthday Month is here! This month will undoubtedly be filled with all kinds of celebrations and adventures in the kitchen and otherwise. And flowers. I need flowers and thanks Osprey Organics for my latest beautiful bouquet… As I wrap up this […]

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Lora Carroll - LOVE your blog Jenn! Can’t wait to try the pancake recipe and looking forward to more posts!

A Winter Farmer’s Market

We got settled into our new home at the beginning of October and I was sure I would be off to a different farmer’s market every weekend. I would fill our fridge and cupboards with an abundance of BC’s finest local produce and products. Yum yummity! I could barely wait to find my shopping basket […]

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Corinne - Good morning Jenn and Mark, what a delightful way to start our day, ready your charming notes and savouring your delicious, inspiring photos. It is wonderful to to hear your news and relish the fresh and scrumptious fare at the market. How fun, thanks for sharing, what a delight!
Love, Darrel and Corinne

Christine Svensson - Hey Jenn!
Great to hear about your adventures in Vancouver! I didn’t know you had moved-did you know that we moved from Edmonton to Halifax this summer? Nice to see you still have your Sugar Soul hat!!
: ) Christine

Scott - I feel your sentiment about being at the market and not knowing anyone but feeling at home. I too have that feeling when there. The market is in my blood. I get so excited to see what is new each week. Thank you for sharing this great post about the most wonderful winter farmers market. It is a great place to chase the winter blues away.