Explore | LLN’s Favourite Brunch Spots!

Happy Friday lovely readers!

Today I want to share with you three of my absolute favourite places to hit up for Sunday brunch. Growing up, I wasn’t much of a breakfast person. But one thing I did look forward to was weekend breakfasts where my parents would fry up a feast of scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, golden toasted… toast (?), all accompanied with a nice cold glass of orange juice. Of course, once you get older and move out for University, weekend breakfasts become more of a greasy hangover breakfast from an iffy breakfast chain. Or wait, was that just me?!

Well, the old adage “with age comes wisdom” must be true because now that my uni days are behind me, I’ve come to appreciate a well-made breakfast using local ingredients (everything tastes better when using local food). Which is why the following three restaurants top my list for fav brunch: Continue reading

Vote | We ♥ Local Awards!

Happy Friday, Local Lovelies! Who’s excited it’s Friday? We sure are. ESPECIALLY since rain is in the forecast (hey – we’re dry as a raisin over here, we could use some hydration). You know what else we’re excited for? The We ♥ Local Awards!


Qualicum Beach Farmers’ Market

If we had a nickel for every time we said we love keepin’ it local, we’d owe ourselves… a lot of nickels tbh. The We ♥ Local Awards are just as you’d imagine them: awards for anyone and everyone who helps support the local economy. The best part, aside from celebrating the farmers, artisans, and advocates of our community, is that the We ♥ Local Awards are completely nominated and voted for by you! Continue reading

Explore | A Taste of Nanaimo TOUR!

Hello Friends!

Recently, Leif Bogwald, Owner & Travel Curator at Vancouver Island Expeditions, invited Local Loves Nanaimo along on one of their day-tours to experience some of the incredible local tastes that Nanaimo has to offer. And, shocker, our beautiful harbour city has more to offer our tastebuds than just the Nanaimo Bar (even though we LOVE that sweet, sweet treat)! Join us as we sip and sample our way through A Taste of Nanaimo.

Arbutus Distillery

First on our exploration into the tastes of Nanaimo was Arbutus Distillery. Located on Boxwood Drive, Arbutus Distillery specializes in fine artisan spirits made from local and provincial ingredients! YES, we love it when it’s local.

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Explore | Craig Street Market $20 Challenge!

Hello everyone! A couple of weeks ago we went to the Craig Street Market (one of our favs!) in Parksville with our friend Laura. We set out a challenge to see what each of us could buy for $20.00 at this summertime night market. Full disclosure: it’s pretty much all food (but that don’t make it any less exciting)!


We parked on Memorial Ave and made our way to the lively market. As luck would have it, Sean’s favourite band, Kumbana Marimba, was playing some of their infectious Marimba tunes! Continue reading

Guest Contributor | Fall in love with (or at!) #MeetMyMarket month this July!

Hey guys! We are SO very excited to have the BC Association of Farmers’ Market (BCAFM) as guest contributors on Local Loves Nanaimo today!  It is no secret that we love farmers’ markets so when BCAFM contacted us about #MeetMyMarket, having them as guest contributors was a no brainer. Read on to find out more from the BCAFM about #MeetMyMarket month!

image courtesy of BC Farmers' Market Association/The Social Agency

image courtesy of BC Farmers’ Market Association/The Social Agency

Here’s your recipe for a perfectly quirky (or delightfully decadent) date at your local farmers’ market.

Planning the perfect date can be a little (okay, very) intimidating: after all, you have to make sure you pick an affordable, local activity: a place with built-in fun that makes it easy to talk and get to know each other…and, oh yeah, make sure a mini-adventure is also on offer. It’s a tall order.

Parksville Museum Farmers Market

Parksville Museum Farmers Market

Problem solved: July 2015 is #MeetMyMarket month, and there’s no better place than your friendly local farmers’ market to tell your sweetie that your heart (ahem) ‘beets’ faster around them. With the chance to win a three night getaway for two (+ wine touring) at the Okanagan’s Sparkling Hill resort, it’s easier than ever to fall in love with (and at!) your local market.

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