On June 14th, we’ll be celebrating Italian Day 2015 in Vancouver by hooking up MogoMembers with a FREE slice of wood fired Mogorita pizza from the hippest pizza truck around, Community Pizzeria. We wouldn’t dare leave you thirsty, so we’ll also provide Mogo water – gratis, of course! All you have to do is flash your Mogo Card or your MogoMember coupon from our newsletter and you’ll be feasting on complementary pizza and H2O, as it should be. If you are not a MogoMember yet, don’t fret. You can sign up online at www.mogo.ca or on the spot – all you need is an email address and an appetite. Pizza is available while supplies last. The Community Pizzeria food truck will be parked in front of our Commercial Drive location See you there! Check out Community Pizzeria’s mouth-watering gallery here!
Chris Jerome Food is a lot more than just sustenance – it’s a way of life. Just ask Chris Jerome, founder of Hawkers Market and soon-to-be Hawkers Wharf in North Vancouver. Hawkers Market is a traveling, underground food market that acts as a launchpad for foodpreneurs in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. As a true foodie and businessman, Chris is usually busy tasting his foodpreneur’s creations when he’s not mentoring them or coveting the most mouth-watering spots on the West Coast. Check out our full interview with Chris below: OUR INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS What’s it like to be a foodpreneur, mentoring other foodpreneurs? Food Entrepreneurs are a sensitive bunch. They do what they do generally to make people happy because in turn it makes them happy. They don’t really work a day in their lives if that’s true. They generally have different motivations in business than money and are heavily influenced by art, music and people. Food Entrepreneurs are a unique bunch, like sensitive artists. What is it about noodles, oysters, and beer that gets you most excited? Individuality. These things touch all our senses and when you eat or drink something that has been
Jackie Kai Ellis - Life is sweet. Just ask Jackie Kai Ellis. Between whipping up pastries that will blow your mind at Beaucoup Bakery, hosting foodie holidays in France (The Paris Tours) and writing all about food, she’s on a permanent sugar high! She took off her apron just long enough to dish on Vancouver’s hidden gems, her fave spots to get her grub on, and the secret to the perfect cookie. #nomnom OUR INTERVIEW WITH JACKIE What’s a typical day in your life like? First things first, I check in on Beaucoup every morning. Each day is different, but it’s usually a mix of meetings, taste testing for the bakery, and creating recipes for TV appearances and articles I’m working on. Right now I’m writing for Scout Mag, Van Sun, Vitamin Daily, Hayo and the Food Network. Where do you get your inspiration for your recipes? I love eating and discovering food, and originally I started cooking so I could taste those hard-to-find recipes that I couldn’t track down anywhere in Vancouver. Part of my inspiration comes from trying different flavours and dishes when I’m travelling. Earlier this year, I was
Erin Ireland - Famous for her legendary To Die For banana bread, Erin Ireland is one of Western Canada’s most well-known foodies. She can be heard regularly on The Peak FM reporting the latest restaurant news, while her drool-worthy food styling skills have earned her a massive following on Instagram. Over lunch at Café Medina, Erin dished about any and everything related to food. A word to the wise: you will definitely be hungry after reading this interview! OUR INTERVIEW WITH ERIN It seems like you have 101 things on the go…tell us about everything you’re doing First and foremost, there’s my website itstodiefor.ca. I’m also a regular contributor for CTV Morning Live, an ambassador for Spud, and a recipe developer for Vega. And of course, I bake banana bread and lemon loaves through my company To Die For Fine Foods that you can find in cafés and grocery stores around town. Where are your fave Vancouver spots for dining out without breaking the bank? I find neighbourhood spots are often more affordable and have great character. I love The Mexican for veggie tacos and stuffed poblanos, and their margaritas are perfect (and inexpensive!
Crystal Kwon - As managing editor of [Vancity Buzz](http://www.vancitybuzz.com), Crystal Kwon is plugged in to all the hottest happenings in Vancouver. She splits her time between her day job as a PR star and her nighttime gig scoping out the latest fashion, food and lifestyle events around town. Always in the know, Crystal gave us the 411 on her favourite things to do, drink and eat in the city – including a few hidden gems you’ve probably never heard of! OUR INTERVIEW WITH CRYSTAL Tell us what a typical day in your life is like. During the day, I’m busy with emails, meetings and lots of fun PR stuff. After work, I’m usually going to different events. Plus I have regular meetings with Vancity Buzz’s team of writers. Busy, busy, busy! Pop quiz: what do you love most about living in Vancouver? This city is so beautiful and vibrant. We travel to the ends of the earth, but don’t even realize how beautiful Vancouver is. People really need to explore their own backyard more. Like out in Richmond, there are several wineries that nobody knows about. And an hour from the city,
It’s back to school time (for some) and you know that you can save a bunch by making your own school lunches, but your kids refuse to go through another term of your not-so-famous P&B sandwiches. Now you can spice up their lunchboxes, give them healthier options and save yourself some cash with these awesome school lunch ideas. Bento Box Susanyuen Borrow this great idea from Japan and give your kids a selection of fun treats to choose from. Place a burger bun filled with healthy greens, mayo and sandwich meat in the center of their lunch boxes. Put four or five cupcake papers around the bun and fill them with berries, cherry tomatoes, cheese squares, nuts and other snacks. Having a selection of healthy, fun treats will make lunch far more interesting. Breadstick in a Blanket celebratemag.com Cut a breadstick to fit into the lunchbox. Lay a piece of sandwich ham or turkey roll on the counter with the breadstick in the center. Add tomatoes, sprouts, lettuce and other greens. Roll the ham up and secure with a toothpick. Fruit fondue dev.onehandedcooks.com.au Fill a skewer with pieces of fruit. Add a tub
Street meat. Tube steak. Whatever name you call it, there’s no denying that hot dogs are one of the world’s all-time greatest inventions. Think about it: it’s a quick and easy lunch that you can eat on the go, and it’s wallet-friendly to boot. In anticipation of National Hot Dog Day on July 23, we are hosting a hot dog “happy hour” in four cities across the country this Saturday, July 19. We’ll be giving away free dogs from Mogo’s favourite hot dog joints to the first 50 people who show up at the spots listed below – just show your Mogo card or give us your email address. Hot diggity dog! Toronto — Craft Dogs At Craft, gourmet dogs are where it’s at. These dogs get the fancy-schmancy treatment, with each one made by hand the old-fashioned way. Whether you want a taste of the traditional (opt for the Coney Carny) or something more unusual like the Spicy Thai dog topped with green curry, we promise that Craft will make your stomach swoon with delight. Time: 1pm – 3pm 95 King Street East Ottawa — Big D’s Dog House One of Ottawa’s top food
There’s no doubt that the food truck scene across Canada is on and poppin’ even during the winter season. With drool-worthy options from T.O. to the West Coast, you can warm up those frozen fingers with a hot and cheap meal that lets you keep your cash in your pockets – which we of all people know is a beautiful thing! Toronto Let’s Be Frank If you’re anything like us, every now and then you get an inexplicable craving for meat in tube form. Nothing to be ashamed of…we say embrace it! The perfect place to do just that is Let’s Be Frank, a hot dog truck with mind-blowing mashups offering hot eats perfect for the cold winter days in T.O. We’re partial to the deep-fried, bacon-wrapped Tijuana Danger Dog ourselves. The best part? All dawgs are under $9! Last reported location: Sony Centre, 1 Front St, E, Toronto Kal & Mooy Ever tried Somalian food? Neither had we, until we discovered Kal & Mooy. Serving up East African street food, this T-Dot truck on the rise makes a killer chicken wrap from puffed Somali flatbread. Pop by for an affordable bite to
Fast food restaurants are slated to be cheaper than cooking at home, but with a little imagination and culinary wizardry, it’s possible to create nutritious, tasty family meals for under $10. These meals contain fewer trans fats and calories and are more nutritious than you’ll get at the drive through. Bubble and Squeak This is an old English classic that can turn just about any leftovers into something awesome. You can use leftover meat and vegetables from last night’s meal or start from scratch with new ingredients. Make a pot of mashed potatoes. Add the leftovers or some sliced cabbage and onions. Season with salt and pepper and add a cup of grated cheese. Now spoon some of the mixture into a heated, oiled pan. Press down to make little patties. Serve hot. Fish Cakes This is a great recipe, especially for young kids. It’s easy peasy to make and you can make extra fish cakes for freezing. Cut a pound of potatoes into small squares and boil. Mash the potatoes and add a can of salmon. Be sure to remove any bones. Add salt and pepper to taste and form the mixture into eight separate
Do you ever have one of those culinary experiences you can’t forget? Like, months and years later you’re still remembering a taste, smell, what the room looked like? I had one of those last summer, and it led me to my new obsession: infusing my own vodka. The wife and I were on vacation with friends in Tofino, BC. First of all, I totally recommend Tofino if you haven’t been there. I tried and definitely failed at surfing, but the good food and the beauty of the surroundings was enough to sell me on the place for life. If you go in the off season, say Spring or Fall, or even Winter if you’re brave, you’ll also get great deals, as we did. It was chilly and Springtime, but the beach was still amazing, and the sun still shone most of our visit. Great stuff. But most importantly, on the third day we visited a local restaurant whose name I forget—it’s a main one though, sorry guys!—and sampled my customary drink of choice, the Caesar. This time, though, when I ordered, the waitress asked me a life-changing question: “Do you want it