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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Whole Foods

I have a very conflicted relationship with Whole Foods. On one hand, I love the shopping experience with all the fun discoveries and the beautiful displays. I do think most everything they sell is above average quality.

But I do have an issue with how they promote being local/community focused but one can rarely find any Canadian grown produce there. Their excessive high prices make their "eating like an idealist" more of "eating like an elitist".

But let's put food politics aside and focus on new things I learnt about Whole Foods today.

Learning 1: They have a rating system for all food sources (farms, produce growers, etc.) that (a) ensures a food source has some minimum quality and responsible practices to make it to the list and (b) ranks the sources into different quality responsibilities (though Canadian sources do not seem to make it to the list as much as American or Mexican ones do).

Learning 2: They will marinate your seafood or meats with any kind of marinade you like right there at the store. More intriguing is that they sell fresh oysters and that they will de-shell them for you if you'd like.

Learning 3: They produce freshly cold pressed juices right there at the store. They come in many fascinating flavour combinations and taste amazing (at a price of course).

Learning 4: They make fresh sausages at the store with many unique flavour varieties - all natural (those, methinks, are worth the price if not for the quality, then for their taste profiles).

Learning 5: You can mix and match different types of olives for the same price. All the olives are from small Italian groves (and those I bought, happily paying the price and enjoying the delicious varieties).

Learning 6: They have cinnamon buns with decadent toppings that vary daily. Not sure how all these calories fit with "eating like an idealist" but I guess we all need our little indulgences.

Learning 7: Whole Foods has a house brand, 365, with many products that come under that house brand banner (tempted to try).

Learning 8: They carry the most amazing tasting mandarins they call Sumo Mandarins. These show up once a year and glad I made the last batch (but beware, they are about $5.00 a piece but my investment was well worth it).

 Whole Foods Market
510 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Jeddo Memories

In my pre-teen years, every time I visited Jeddo in his store, he will send one of his workers to get me food of sorts. One of the options was a grilled chicken sandwich with pickles.

I have a baguette, roasted chicken and pickles, how difficult is it to replicate.

The chicken I used is dryer and not as tasty as the free range chicken of my childhood. The bread is thicker and I obviously do not have a panini machine to press it well. Not to mention I burnt it. But the happy memories of being with Jeddo and of the taste of the sandwich were well revived.


Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Wacky Burger Making Buffet

Yes, it is a business lunch buffet style. But rather than a series of mismatch foods, this buffet has a raison d'etre - it is a make your own burger buffet.

The size of the condiments' platters is insane (this is for 25 people!) - I could take a relish bath in this plate. 

But the burgers were thick and meaty - either an exceptional butcher sourcing their meat from a prairies' farm where cows roam freely eating grass or a highly genetically modified meat from across the southern boarder (what do you think readers?).

French fries can make anything forgivable - and those were good. A happy meal nonetheless.


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Eating on the Road

Eating on the Road is a blog label that embodies all the horrors of business travel. Look at this in-room service entreƩ at a four star hotel. What do you see? (get my point??)

This is a piece of fishy tasting rubber under the guise of seared tuna; the roasted potatoes and other vegetables are indistinguishable in colour, texture and taste; and all for the mere price of $29 plus service charges and taxes.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Every year I spend a day lecturing at UBC.

Every year, I discover yet another new restaurant that takes the concept of student campus food to a higher level.

This year's discovery is Mercante - a great space, pizza oven producing fresh pizzas by the second.

And if pizza is not your thing, they have lasagnas and lovely tiramisus.

The Margherita had exceptional bocconcini melts. The meat one was topped with healthy Arugula.

In addition to the fresh, quality Pizza, Mercante uses those nifty pizza boxes that can be flexible to accommodate leftovers within the same box and minimize space used by the pizza leftovers.

UBC - 6488 University Blvd
Vancouver, BC

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Monday, 16 March 2015

The Elegance of Business Lunches

When business lunches are a regular part of the job, one learns very quickly to ensure at least one lunch a week is a special one with someone special.

My guest today was not only special, but charming and elegant. And elegance extended to the food spread she organized ordering.

Love those job perks. Thank you lovely guest for making my week.

Cactus Club
5500 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

Replacement Chef Sunday Treat

And here it is.

Now, be the first one who guesses the five ingredients exactly and you win a Lebanese feast for two at somerville kitchen (seriously)