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Jessica Hardy

Jessica is Vancouver-based food blogger and writer. You can find her work on her blog, Crass Cuisine and on Vancouver Slop. She holds a BFA from the University of British Columbia and is lucky enough to call the West End her home. When not writing or cooking, she can be seen lurking around Vancouver in search of the freshest produce, seafood and dining companions.

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Before you jump on the gluten-free bandwagon, consider the radical change in your diet this would entail.

An easy three-course Valentine's Day recipe to get from stomach to love

This Valentine's Day, skip the roses and try this easy but impressive three-course recipe to win your lover's heart.

Five reasons to hate quinoa, the trendy health food

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