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Hello everyone,

As you know I spent a bit of time in India in January. I could not quite fit all my stories in my last newsletter. So another story here and other news below! As always, I am nervous about telling you these stories. But here goes.

I have lived in North America for a long time. I feel that I am always ‘peeling onions’ when I try to ask someone how they are? I find people that I meet, even those I have known for ages have a hard time expressing emotions. I have a sense of why this is… and I know many would like to be freer in how they communicate.

In India, people are constantly talking about deep feelings even with complete strangers. It was so refreshing for me but of course, not everyone there does express emotions freely! If you ask someone how they are, they will tell you.. perhaps even a long story.

I spent so much time when I was a teacher in Oakland, California, teaching my students to express their feelings. I overheard so many children in India freely express their feelings and emotions with each other when having good or bad days! No adult prompting needed.

Here is a little story:

Gilbert a new friend in Bombay, who is such a gem would come to our place regularly to help my mum with a few errands. One morning he arrives with the newspaper for Anjali, mum’s maid. She takes out a few Rupees and puts it on the table to give him. 

Gilbert: "Oie Anjali, I was walking out and saw the newspaper and immediately thought of you. When I do a gesture with so much 'prema' (love), why are you giving me the money? Can't I just do that for you?”

I started to weep.. but they did not see my tears. 

May we all weep and shed those emotions and practice more random acts of kindness. I wish you all a really wonderful day.

Much love to you,

Trudy Ann

Photo Credit: Toby Gorman




Please click on my calendar for dates, maps and event timings.

Nat Bailey Farmers Market Stall R9
4601 Ontario Street, Vancouver
March 11, 18, April 8, 15

SATURDAYS 10 am  - 2 pm Map

Hastings Park Farmers Market 
2901 East Hastings Street
March 19,  April 30

SUNDAYS 10 am - 2 pm Map

May 26, June 9 & 23, Sept 8 & 22

Make it Edmonton Booth #1012
Northlands EXPO Centre, 
7515 118th Avenue NW,
Edmonton, AB, Canada
March 24 to 26

FRIDAY       11 am - 9 pm
SATURDAY 10 am - 6 pm
SUNDAY      11 am - 5 pm Map

One of A Kind Show, Toronto
Enercare Centre (Halls B, C)
100 Princes' Blvd., Exhibition Place
Toronto, ON  M6K 3C3
March 29 to April 2

WEEKDAYS  10:00 am - 9:00 pm
SATURDAY   10:00 am - 9:00 pm
SUNDAY        10:00 am - 6:00 pm Map

Trout Lake  (To be announced)
SATURDAYS 9 am - 2 pm Map

West End (To be announced)
 SATURDAYS  9 am - 2 pm Map

Kitsilano (To be announced)
SUNDAYS 10 am - 2 pm Map

Full schedule

Raspberry Avocado Pie

I had some over ripe avocados and thought it would be a shame to waste them. This recipe is a little taste of how I play with left overs! It is so much fun to look in my fridge & pantry and improvise. I managed to trick my sons into eating avocados. They don’t like them. How is that even possible? I told them this was a raspberry  tart.

I usually add 1 tsp of maca and lucuma powder to most of my desserts but this is optional. I do not use sugar as I am diabetic. So these dessert recipes work for me! Tried and tested.

For the compete recipe, please check my recipe page.



Upcoming Events

Vancouver Farmers Markets

I am back in March and April at Nat Bailey this Saturday and Hastings Park farmers market.  Please support your local farmers and food vendors & crafters.

Nat Bailey Farmers Market R9

Dates: March 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
              March 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
              April 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
              April 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Each week you can look forward to finding locally grown vegetables and fruit, meat and seafood from local ranchers and fishermen, artisan cheese and bread, herbs and seasonal nursery items, baked goods, prepared foods and artisanal craft.

Hastings Park Farmers Market P13

Dates: March 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
              April 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Located within a thriving community close to the highway and the Second Narrows Bridge, the Hastings Park Farmers Market is a perfect place to stop and shop.  Find us between the Forum and the Agrodome and stroll down tree-lined pathways twinkling with lights,wander through the Italian garden and stop by the Trout Pond, bring the kids bundled up and play in the playground, or drop into the skateboard park if you’re brave! There’s plenty to do for everyone in the family.

Make it Edmonton Booth #1012

Dates: March 24 to 26

For those in Edmonton, you may pre-order by emailing me and I will send you an invoice. You can pick up at the show.

One of A Kind Show, Toronto

Dates: March 29 to April 2

Yup.... I am going to Toronto!!!! I am so excited as I have a lot of family and friends there. Plus, I have wanted to do this show for the longest time.




New Stores

For those that cannot make it to a market or store, I have an online store and you can use the promo code 10chai to get 10% off. It’s all free shipping over $75.00 in Canada & USA.
My cookbook is also available on line.

I am in a few more local stores and also in Victoria. 

Main St Honey Shoppe

This great little store on Main st has all kinds of delicious honey and a selection of great gift items including most of my chai line.

Donald’s Market New West

To those constantly asking me to get into the New West location, I am there!

Whole Foods Market

I am in all of the Vancouver Whole Foods locations and also at Whole Foods Market in Victoria.

So grateful.

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