Living in Vancouver definitely has its perks, and access to beautiful, local fresh produce is certainly one of them. We live just a few blocks from a strip of shops and produce markets, which makes it easy for us to get everything we need close to home. Often times during the summer, if it’s not too hot, we’ll bring along our dog Milo and grab some goodies from the local market and have an impromptu picnic.

Our special place is one we go to often, New Brighton Park, is a sprawling piece of natural beauty located in our area of East Vancouver. The park offers a brilliant view of the North Shore mountains and the city’s port, and is the perfect spot for a picnic. With water views, 2 mini beaches, green grass and even a swimming pool, it’s considered one of our city’s best kept secrets, at least for anyone living outside of East Van.

Jeremy and Milo at New Brighton Park

We love the extra creamy flavour that Alexis Dr Portneuf‘s Lady Laurier brie has, and when warmed on the grill, it’s downright irresistible. Paired with delicious local white peaches, baby tomatoes and crunchy pistachios – this is a vibrant appetizer that is great for company or small gatherings.

Lady Laurier has a soft, bloomy rind that lends perfectly to grilling. Paired with luscious summer peaches and tomatoes, this makes for a moorish bite that’s perfect for sharing.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Alexis de Portneuf has been doing a Taste Tour across Canada, that is ending this week. You still have a week to win a Via Rail ticket to the Canadian city of your choice to discover its unique food scene! Click here to enter.

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Grilled Brie with White Peaches and Tomatoes

Author The Food Gays

Ingredients

  • 1 wheel of Lady Laurier brie
  • 1 teaspoon neutral oil
  • 1/2 white peach sliced
  • 1/2 cup baby tomatoes halved
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • flaky sea salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed pistachio to garnish
  • edible flowers to garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Brush brie with oil. Grill on high heat for 1 minute on each side, or until grill marks appear.

  2. Toss peaches and tomatoes with lemon juice and season with salt. Serve with brie, and garnish with pistachios and edible flowers (optional). Serve with bread or crackers.

This post is sponsored by Alexis de Portneuf. All opinions are ours.