Happy 2017: YouTube!

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Happy New Year!

I am finally going to work on some videos to add content to my YouTube Channel! I really enjoy sharing my experiences with you, and I think that video blogging is the next step for me!!

I would love it if you would subscribe to my channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCceLTXmg3Zd2OONhripv9qQ

I am planning to post new cooking/food videos every week starting in February!

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Hello Fresh: Sneak Peek

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I had the chance to check out Hello Fresh, and though it would be cool to see how a meal prep delivery service works! HelloFresh is new to Canada as of 2016, and delivers “cook from scratch” meal plans straight to your door, with carefully curated, easy to follow recipes and locally sourced fresh ingredients in just the right quantities.

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Everything that you need to prepare all of the meals comes right in the box that is delivered to you! There are some basics that you should have alerady in your kitchen, like salt & pepper, oil.

Hello Fresh is a meal subscription service. You can choose form either the:

 3 Meal Pronto Box for Two - $79.99

 3 Meal Pronto Box for Four - $139.99

 3 Meal Family Box for Four - $129.99 - This is the box that I am trying out!

The boxes are delivered once a week on either a Tuesday or Wednesday right to your door, and delivery is Free!

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All of the directions for each meal also come in the box, so for someone who is just learing how to cook, this makes it really easy to follow along step-by-step!

The meals are divided into seperate boxes, which are easy to store in the fridge:

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The meats & items that need to be refridgerated are in a special panel at the bottom of the box, with ice packs to keep them cool!

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Hello Fresh tries to use as many LOCAL ingredients as possible, which is why I thought I would like to try their service.

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This week I'll be making 3 Hello Fresh Meals:

  • Shrimp Pad See Ew
  • Smoky Sloppy Joes
  • Chicken Penne

If you want to try them out too! You can go online to HELLO FRESH and use the code : LOCAVORE-60

That will give you $30 off your first order, and $30 off your second order!! Look out for my posts later this week of me making my Hello Fresh "Cook from Scratch" meals.

Interesting Vancouver 2015

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https://youtu.be/mrnbIEDGve8 I am excited to be participating in Interesting Vancouver 2015.

Interesting Vancouver features people like you and I that might seem like ordinary people, but when you look inside their lives and experience their unique layers you’ll be surprised and mesmerized. Their energy might even inspire you to take action with them and learn how to create something fascinating on your own.” — ANNIKA REINHARDT, Founder of Social Bites and DinnerPartyYVR

I had the opportunity to have dinner with some of my other fellow IV15 speakers, and I am so looking forward to this event.

Here's a sneak peek at some of my new INTERESTING friends:

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You really should just GET TICKETS NOW!! 

Ener-C!

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I discovered Ener-C when I tried a sample of it at Whole Foods last year. My mom bought the packs of the Orange Ener-C when we all had a cold one time, because it was a great way to get more Vitamin C. I really don't like eating the chalky chewable vitamins.  Ener-C has great flavours, and it's a little fizzy when you mix it with water, so it's kind of like a healthy soda!

The Flavours that you can get Ener-C in are:

  • Orange
  • Cranberry
  • Raspberry
  • Lemon/Lime
  • Tangerine/Grapefruit
  • **(NEW)** Coconut Pineapple (so good)!!

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Ener-C isn't only Vitamin C, it's great for:

  • A boost of energy throughout the day, because of the Vitamin B!
  • Getting your Electrolytes if you're an athlete (Like Me)!

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One of the other great things about Ener-C is that it's LOCAL! Made in Burnaby, BC!

 

Eat! Vancouver is Happening This Week!!

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  I'm so exited that EAT! Vancouver is happening again this week!

I attended the show last year and saw some really amazing and very funny presentations and can't wait to see what this year has to offer. 

 The 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is a world class week-long food festival taking place throughout downtown Vancouver from April 26th to May 3rd, showcasing this city’s extraordinary culinary culture.

Already the largest food festival in Canada, EAT! Vancouver, now in its 13th year includes hands-on workshops, collaborative chef dinners featuring top chefs from across Canada, Canadian Flavours Gala, a hospitality symposium, a pastry panel and of course EAT! Vancouver at BC Place, from May 1st to May 3rd .

EAT! Vancouver attracts Canada’s culinary stars, food producers and restaurants, from Vancouver, North America and beyond. Consumers, from across North America, will come to the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival to participate in Vancouver’s vibrant food culture and experience great food from around the world.

 

April 26th- May 3, 2015

Festival Hours (at BC Place): 

  • Friday, May 1: 2pm-9pm
  • Saturday, May 2: 10am-9pm
  • Sunday, May 3: 10am-5pm

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You will have the chance to see some of the Canada's top Chefs!! I am so excited to see Chef Susur Lee's presentation.

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Also, you MUST check out all of the demos on the Celebrity Chef Stage! I am lucky to get to help Chef Ned Bell with one on Saturday, May 2 @ 2:45pm!!

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Chef Mark McEwan will be on the Celebrity Chef Stage on Sunday at 12:15pm!

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Get your TICKETS now!

 

Better Together: Hands-On Cook-Off Contest!

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I was pretty excited that Better Together BC, invited me to be one of the judges of their Hand-On Cook-Off Contest this year!! It's super easy to enter, just grab a phone or video camera and film yourself with a friend or family member making a recipe! Anyone can enter, and the judges are looking for you having fun in the kitchen!!

The contest is really great because it encourages kids and parents to cook and eat together, and unplug at meal times!!

My parents and I try to eat together for almost every dinner. I like to cook a lot of the meals that we eat, and get help from my mom and dad!

Looking forward to seeing your videos!

Here's what to do:

 

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2014 Highlights- Part 1

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A huge HIGH FIVE and thanks to all of the amazing food people who made the past year so awesome! 2014 Collage_3

Top L-R: With Jackie Kai Ellis (Beaucoup Bakery), Clair Sears (Eat Vancouver!) & Ashley Watson (Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream)

Bottom L-R: With Chef Rob Feenie & Chef Vikram Vij

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Top L-R: With Chef Trevor Bird (Fable Kitchen), Chef Eric Arrouzé (911ChefEric.com)

Bottom L-R: Coach Darcy Feenie, Melissa (Nice Pops)

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Top L-R: Hunter J. Moyes (The Tiffin Project), Friend Jackie

Bottom  L-R: Stéphane Mouttet (Shangri-La Hotel), Chris Flak (CTV Vancouver), Audrey (Living Lotus)

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Top L: Ryan Squire (Lighthouse Japanese Restaurant)

Bottom L-R: Oolo Teas, The Daddy Blogger

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Top L: Bounty Hunter Vancouver & Vancouver Pie Hole

Bottom L-R: Friend, Carson, Richard Wolak

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Top L: Taser Grilled Cheese, Paddy from Sous Chef (Lethbridge)

Bottom L-R: Roberta from Crazy Cakes (Lethbridge), The dudes from Brasserie Kensington (Calgary)

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Top L: CRU Juice (Calgary), Market (Calgary)

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Top & Bottom : Chef Nicole Gomes, Top Chef Canada, Knifewear (Calgary)

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Top L: Jay from Flip Top Truck, Chef Ned Bell (Four Seasons, Vancouver)

Bottom L-R: Meal Share, Screaming Brothers

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Top L-R: Friend Carla, Johnny Pops

Bottom L-R: @Pizza Fabrika, Knifewear (Calgary)

 

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All the vendors and Staff at Vancouver Farmer's Markets!!

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Top L-R: Friend Tiara, Geoff Rogers: Top Chef Canada

Bottom L-R: Hunter Moyes:The Tiffin Project, Shawna (Whole Foods Cambie)

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Top L-R: BC Potato Farm, Melissa & Ethan (Food Bloggers of Canada)

Bottom L-R: Ryan (The Juice Truck), Kat (Dirty Apron)

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Top L-R:  Jackie Ellis (Beaucoup Bakery), Chef Vikram Vij

Bottom L-R: Caren (Gourmet Warehouse), Jackie Ellis

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Top L-R: Vancouver Mayor, Gregor Robertson, Joel & Friend @Hawker's Market

Bottom L-R: Creme Brûlée (aka Johnny Pops), Viranlly (The Social Life)

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Top L-R: Rachel Parent (Kids Right To Know) , Adrian (The Food Gays)

Bottom L-R: Maya & Ashley (Pazzo Chow & Brown Paper Packages), Michael (Re-Up BBQ)

 

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Top: Hunter Moyes & Mumbai Dabbawalas

Bottom: Alison & Shelome & Sous Chefs @ Chicha

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Top L-R: Dulciene, Sail On Food Truck & Chris (Hawkers Market) @Eat Vancouver!

Bottom L-R: Screaming Brothers, Patty (Whole Nourishment)

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Top L-R: Jeremy (The Food Gays), Janell (Vancouver Pie Hole)

Bottom L-R: Chef David Robertson (The Dirty Apron), Miriam Laroche (Vancouver Eco-Fashoin Week)

The Juice Truck: New Storefront Now Open!

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Recently I went to visit the newly open, and awesome storefront by The Juice Truck, 28 West 5th Ave in Mt. Pleasant.

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They have some of The Juice Truck (truck) favourites and some items on the menu too!

Somethings that look so good and I have to try soon are:

The Noodle Bowl: Rainbow chard, kelp noodles, carrot, zucchini, pea shoots, snap peas, cloud mushrooms, cabbage, sesame seeds, and spicy toasted almond dressing.

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 The Sushi: Raw nori, parsnip rice, pea shoots, avocado, yam, cucumber, carrot, red pepper, chilli avocado sauce, black sesame seeds, coconut aminos for dipping, wasabi, and pickled ginger.

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There is also some new JUICE TRUCK brand products:

herbal remedies, coconut oil and protein powder . JTProducts

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When I visited, I ordered The Patio : Blueberry, pear, lime, mint, coconut water, aloe vera juice, and ginger (optional).

I also shared (with my mom) the Strawberry Coconut Smoothie: Coconut meat, coconut milk, banana, raw cacao nibs, raw vanilla, and coconut nectar, SO DELICIOUS!!

I also was just getting over a cold, so I ordered two of the WELLNESS SHOTS: Ginger, Lime & Cayenne!!

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This is what your face looks like after a WELLNESS SHOT!!

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I wasn't the only YVR blogger checking out the new location that day!  When I was there I met Daddy blogger, Ricky Shetty.

(Me, Zach Berman (Juice Truck Guru), Ricky Shetty)

So on these hot days, pop over to the Juice Truck for a refreshing cold-pressed juice, smoothie,  snack or even lunch!

Sneak Peek - Such a Treat

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On Friday, I ventured off to SUCH A TREAT to visit with Carey and learn how to make organic meat pies. Here' s a sneak  peek of what went on while I was there. I had an amazing time.

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Full blogpost on my MEAT PIE MAKING EXPERIENCE, is coming to a blog near you soon! LOVE YOUR LITTLE LOCAVORE LIAM