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! !(/content/images/2015/06/italianday-newsletter_v2-image02-3.gif) 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!
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Erin Ireland - Famous for her legendary [To Die Fo](http://itstodiefor.ca/)r 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](http://www.medinacafe.com/), 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](http://itstodiefor.ca). I’m also a regular contributor for [CTV Morning Live](http://bc.ctvnews.ca/ctv-morning-live), an ambassador for [Spud](https://www.spud.ca/), and a recipe developer for [Vega](http://myvega.com/vega-life/recipe-center/). 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
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