Hello, Toronto!

Been so long, readers! How have you all been? Yes, we’ve been missing in action here for quite some time now. However, if you’ve been following us on our Social Media, you would know how busy we’ve been. So much has happened in the past few months that we’ll just stick to giving you a quick brief of what’s cooking at Team Daily Headquarters.

Yeah, Headquarters. Our Vancouver office is now our Head Office as we enter newer markets.

Exploring new waters and venturing into new territories is our plan of action for this year. We spent Winter 2016 planning our moves and now, with Spring, we’ve sprung into action.

To start our journey out of our home city, we decided on Toronto as the first stop. It took us some intense manpower, a great deal of planning, a whole lot of emails and a couple of tedious weeks to settle in. Now that we have settled in, we are beginning to replicate our Vancouver operations in Tdot.

The highlight of our Toronto move? Walmart!

How convenient is it to shop for your groceries while sitting in the comfort of your house? Super convenient, we say. Walmart heard you and have launched their Grocery Home Delivery services. Before you get too happy, it’s only in Toronto for now.
Being their delivery partner, we help fulfill numerous delivery orders throughout the day. So, just with the click of a button or tap on the app, you’ll have all your groceries delivered to your door steps in no time.
Here are some behind the scenes pictures of us going about our daily tasks with Walmart.

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Delivery Specialists picking up and packing their orders

Apart from Walmart, we are also in talks with various other partners to make sure that the Bowtie Squad becomes recognizable in Toronto.

So, if you are a restaurant or store looking to partner with us, sign-up now on http://dailydelivery.ca/merchants.php

And, if you are a Delivery Specialist, get started with us on http://dailydelivery.ca/drivers.php

Let’s all join forces to make the Toronto chapter of Team Daily a success!

Wait, before we sign-off, here’s a BIG, WARM, HEARTFELT Thank You to everyone who has been supporting and encouraging us so far. Yes, we are talking about you, you and you, too.
Without you all, there’s no Team in Team Daily.

That’s all folks, we’ll now get back to planning some more awesomeness. Until next time 🙂

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Say Hi to New Members of Team Daily

Hasn’t it been long since we last communicated? Oh, we feel like it’s been ages!

Yes, we were missing in action here but the action wasn’t missing us. While we were away from the blog, we were busy with growing Team Daily. From Delivery Specialists to Sales Reps to Interns, we have quite many new Daily-ians around.

Today, we’ll be talking to one of our new team members about some cliched and some interesting topics.

So, let’s get chatting with Rashmi Acharyya – our newest Intern.
Rashmi is a postgraduate candidate at SFU and you guessed it, she got in touch with us through our network at the University. She has been with us for over 2 months now and plans to extend her internship well into the New Year.

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Prior to joining our Team, Rashmi said that she thought Daily’s working environment was just like any other office where employees came in at 9am, quietly did their tasks, took a lunch break and left by 5pm. Although she was looking to gain work experience, she mentioned that she did not want a corporate style worklife.

With the stroke of their magic wand, our contacts at SFU got Rashmi in touch with us and the rest, let’s hear it from her.

Knowing that she doesn’t enjoy the traditional working environment, we quizzed her on how she finds Daily. She started with, “it’s so much fun” and added, “I love the people around me”. Smiling brightly, like she always does, she went on to say that she is always surrounded by fun, jokes and laughter. She’s right and you all know it! Talking about her team members, she said, “Fez, Sal and Jessie are such cool people to work with. I love their energy and their passion towards their work”.
Going by her enthusiasm, we think that our energy and passion has definitely rubbed on to her.
Talking about Daily moved on with us asking her about her tasks in the office. No, we don’t burden our interns with work. And no, we don’t get our interns to grab donuts and coffee for us. Okay, donuts are fattening and we drink beer so scratch that. Coming back to Rash (as we fondly call her), she said that though initially nervous, she is now confident to dabble in everything she can. She further added that she has learnt a great deal about all facets of a startup after joining us. “Choosing to join a startup was a conscious decision since I wanted to do learn about operations management, HR, accounting and all the tiny bits about running a business. I did not want to limit myself to just development work”, she elaborated on why she chose a startup for her internship. Good decision, we say!

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Other than learning about the nitty-gritty of day-to-day operations at Daily, Rash said that she’s also getting to improve her communication skills. She would like to use her enhanced interpersonal skills in the Sales arena. “Once I am well-versed with the business and am confident enough, I would like to go out and bring more clients for Daily”, she included.

It’s impressive to see Rash’s drive and zeal to learn more and do more. After all, these two qualities form the core of Team Daily.

While we can go on and on talking about work, we switched topics and asked Rashmi about fun at work. “Like I said earlier, every day at Daily is full of fun and laughter”, she said giggling thinking of all the usual antics of Daily-ians. When asked to narrate an incident, she spoke about the time Leo came into the office. “Amir’s puppy, Leo, is adorable. Playing with him while working is a lot of fun. When Leo was in the office, seeing Jessie also try and play with him was interesting. It was all the more interesting since Jessie is scared of dogs”, she said while looking at a visible embarrassed Jessie and bursting with laughter. “Also”, she went on, “playing with the drone in the office is another stress buster. But I get everyone staring at me when I crash it against the wall”. Yes, Rash, we get worried that we might just lose our beloved drone.
Work is all fun and games especially at this time of year. When inquired about her Holiday plans, Rash said that she did not have any concrete plans but looks forward to absorbing Vancouver’s Holiday spirit. With various activities and events going on, we are sure that Rash will have a gala time.

We are all in Holiday mode and mood. How about you? While you enjoy some hot chocolate, we’ll get back to working hard to bring you some exciting surprises next year. Till then, have a great time y’all! 😀

It’s a Must Have – H.A.V.E

It’s of common knowledge that Team Daily is a food loving bunch. Food forms the focal point of all our discussions, meetings and talks. Apart from food, community is what we feel strongly about. Of course, loving food and caring for the community are the two traits that all our partners share, too. The partner that we are talking about today is so passionate about food that they even teach how to whip up delicacies. Yes, they are a Culinary Training Society. And, a Not-for-profit one at that. With the community at heart, they are also a registered charity. Yes, we are talking about H.A.V.E Culinary Training Society today.  We recently got in touch with Adriane from HAVE to learn more about them and to bring you their story to you.

HAVE is acronym for Hope Action Values Ethics. Given that HAVE is a registered charity and not-for-profit culinary training society seeking to empower individuals to break away from the cycle of poverty, their name is very fitting.

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Since their inception in 2007, they have been working closely to help individuals, particularly from the DTES and Strathcona areas, who face barriers to employment. It is through their eight week long culinary training program that they equip these individuals with skills that enable them to get into the workforce.

HAVE also operates a Cafe and Catering Social enterprise that gives their students on-the-job training while aiding HAVE in funding their programs.
HAVE’s day to day operations are managed by Executive Director Amber Anderson. She is a Culinary Chef de Cuisine (CCC) and Chef Instructor at HAVE, too.

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Executive Director Amber Anderson

She is supported by Glenda Phillips, Professional Cook 1 and HAVE graduate.
HAVE’s close knit team also includes Café Manager Robert Jamieson, Student Counselor and Employment Coach Celena Arthur and Executive Assistant Adriane King.

With three well-equipped kitchens and a restaurant, HAVE is in the forefront of culinary training as well as helping the fraternity.Their premises is rented from the Lookout Emergency Aid Society. The kitchens are HAVE’s training facility. It is in the kitchens that their students prepare the meals which then go on to being served at their restaurant, to catering customers and for contract shelter meals.

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While Adriane was talking about the students preparing the food, we had to know what’s the dish that the students enjoy making. She replied saying that the students really enjoy making their daily Pizza special. “Being one of the most popular items, it usually sells out and when it does, students can often be seen high-fiving each other!”, she added.

When we quizzed her on what is something that troubles the students, she replied with measurements. Elaborating on it she said, “being one of the more technical skills, students initially have tough time dealing with accurate weights and measures”.

Think about it, measuring everything to the correct weight does sound tedious. However, the students at HAVE take little time in familiarizing themselves with it. Not only they get accustomed to it, they get onto making delicious concoctions and mouth watering dishes.

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Being foodies, we had to talk more about food and of course, we had to ask Adriane about her personal favorite from HAVE. Yes, her favorite sounded like we should try it soon (which we will, of course!). She said Montreal Smoked Beef and Swiss Cheese on Marbled Rye Sandwich and their homemade Tomato Soup. Yum!

Elaborating more on food, Adriane talked about how HAVE caters 7 dinners a week for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. A great initiative and we feel proud to have partnered with an entity like HAVE. Other than this, their contract catering orders go to various businesses and organizations across the city.  For your next office lunch, you know whom to contact, right?

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Adriane told us that their sandwich, fruit and cookie platters are very popular for meetings and training sessions. Now you know what to order, correct? Well, we do. They are also in the process of updating their catering menu, so expect to see some yummy additions soon.

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Adriane talked about her HAVE family with joy. We had to question her about her most memorable time at HAVE. It was then that she spoke about their last year’s Christmas celebrations. Adriane said, “We are lucky to work with a leader like Amber whose dedication, passion and energy does not stop uplifting and inspiring students and staff. If I had to pick one memorable day, I would have to say our Christmas celebration in 2015. We had our current students, past students and members of the community all come together with staff and our Board of Directors to celebrate.  Ian Tostenson, President of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservice Association and a board member of HAVE, dressed up like Santa Claus Santa and gave each student a gift bag containing non-perishables, socks, shampoo/conditioner, grocery store gift certificates, White Spot gift certificates and other goodies. We had a delicious meal served by Chef Amber. Many of our students do not have family or other supports so at HAVE, we are all a big family. Celebrating Christmas with my HAVE family was really a memorable experience”.

HAVE truly reflects the values of caring and sharing. With partners like HAVE, we are motivated to work every day to be better and help others.
On this note, see you all very soon with another partner story.

Numero Uno – Number E

What does your ideal lunch look like? Now, don’t list soup, salad and other such healthy items.
Be truthful.
How about the good ‘ol sandwich? Maybe.
Sandwich with simple ingredients and complex flavours? Sure.
Warm, freshly made sandwich? Definitely!

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Definition of the perfect sandwich changes from person to person, day to day and even mood to mood. What make the perfect sandwich are not ingredients but feelings! Feelings with which the sandwich is made and the feelings with which the sandwich is relished.

On a sunny afternoon, one of our sandwich expeditions ended at Number E. More like #e. While chatting and eating, we learned so much about our new partner that we had to share with you.
To begin with, there’s an interesting story behind their name. Glenn, founding owner of Number E, narrated how the name came from an eatery he frequented in Ottawa. He said, “the store had the menu board by letters. All items were listed with alphabets instead of numbers. The older gentleman working there would always shout out who ordered the Number E, the letter of the meal I regularly ordered”. He further added how #e has stuck with him even before the hashtag craziness came into being. When Glenn founded the eatery, he was looking for a name that could be a symbol and would become a brand. Hence, Number E or #e was born.

Number E promotes healthy, clean eating sans additives and preservatives. All their items are store made with bread baked daily in house. “We do not use any frozen items and do not reheat or microwave orders. If we cannot make it in-house, we do not do it”, says Glenn. He adds that their store motto is to eat clean food without additives, just real food.
This really made our superficial health conscious selves happy. If you are into clean, healthy eating then make #e your new hangout.

For all those of you who think clean, healthy eating is boring and bland, think again.

A bite into Number E’s Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Sandwich will change your mind and beliefs for good. This also happens to be their best selling item. It has to be! You know the meal is delicious when you want to eat it slower just so you can enjoy it longer. Perfectly grilled juicy pieces of chicken on freshly baked Tuscan bread with baby greens, pickled jalapenos (made in-house) and avocado, this sandwich from #e gets 2 thumbs up from us.

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While discussing their best selling item, Glenn said, “People love our chicken. It’s fresh as it’s from a local farm. We buy all our meats from local farms. The idea is to try to keep our money in our region and to support local businesses”. As a local startup, we support and preach this idea, too.

Discussion about food is always incomplete without us quizzing the Owners/ Founders about their personal favourites. Glenn responded to this query of ours with Reuben Sandwich. What makes Reuben his favourite?
“It’s in the way we prepare it”, he says. He explained how this idea, too, came from little eatery in Ottawa that he visited often.”The older Italian gentleman at the shop would throw the smoked meat on his flat top, put it in a Hoagie bun, garnish it with some mustard and pickle and the sandwich was ready! It was great. Simple but great”, said Glenn almost picturing the sandwich. Their Reuben sandwich is definitely one of a kind with simple ingredients yet powerful flavours. This could be one of the reasons why someone once placed an order for it right from the airport!

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Making it to the list of most memorable experiences at work, this incident made Glenn happy and proud. Giving us more details about the incident, Glenn said, “I was preparing to close the restaurant on a Saturday evening when a guy called me from the airport at about 4:15pm saying he is on his way and would arrive by 5pm. He called at 4:40 again telling me where he was and ordered a Reuben and a Chicken Sandwich. The two showed up just before 5pm, sat in and enjoyed their sandwiches. Infact, he loved the Reuben so much that he ordered another one! Not only that, he came in 2 other times before he went back home to Sacramento”.

Now that you know that Number E’s Rueben sandwich has international fans, too, you have to try it if you still haven’t. Then there’s our favourite Lemon-Rosemary Chicken sandwich. Oh, you cannot miss the Meatloaf sandwich. It’s a meat lover’s heaven! Apart from sandwiches, #e’s menu boosts a delicious selection of soups and take-home meals. The choice of drinks at #e does not end at water and pop. They have different teas, smoothies and lattes on their menu. If that’s not enough, they even have various pickles and spreads available on sale in store. So much deliciousness under one roof? Yes, that’s #e for you.

 

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With eyes set on expansion, all Glenn wants is to keep cooking and making good food that makes people happy!

 

Uncommon Food and Uncommon Love

On a crisp, breezy morning, the smell of freshly baked muffins and the warmth of coffee can make anyone feel at home. Sprinkle that with the warmth of the hosts and you don’t want to step out. This is exactly what happened with us the other day when we were at The Uncommon Cafe. Having worked with them for quite some time now, we thought it was about time that we brought their story to you.

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While walking down Powell Street, it is impossible to not step in at the Uncommon Cafe. Uncommon, isn’t it an uncommon name? How was this name conceived? What’s so uncommon about Uncommon? Well, these and few other questions were answered by Co-Owner Lisa Leimanis over some scrumptious goodies.

Lisa and her husband, Luc, are the minds and hands behind The Uncommon Café. Initially planning just a commissary, Uncommon is their brainchild through which they want to support other local small businesses. With the commissary, they wanted to be a financially viable option in the commercial kitchen spaces for different small establishments. Luc chose the name “The Uncommonssary Kitchen”.

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Lisa says that apart from being just landlords to small businesses, they wanted to work with them and beside them, too. Now with The Uncommon Cafe, on 477 Powell Street, they prepare home-like food for a thriving community while working with other local small businesses. Home-like? They prefer to call it Homemade (to which we can’t agree more!).

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Almost everything they have in the store is made in-house. The in-house Chef & Baker make everything from scratch – the ricotta, the muffins, the pulled pork, the jalapeno jelly, the weekly desserts – all the items are made on site with many of the recipes coming from their families. On the other hand, the coffee, tea, popsicles and different products in store are sourced from local small vendors.

At Uncommon, Lisa says, they want you to feel at home by being comfortable, known and well fed. Their passion for food, community, local businesses and health is reflected in all their dealings.

Talking of food, we had to quiz Lisa on their top selling item and personal favourite.
Braised Chicken” said Lisa with a proud smile lighting up her face. She then proceeded to explain how their braised chicken is a unique blend of various flavours. With double creamed Brie, Applewood smoked Bacon, homemade Jalapeno Jelly (prepared by Chef Luc) and Herb Aioli, their Braised Chicken is a crowd pleaser. You have to close your eyes to enjoy the taste of so many flavours mixing in your mouth!

“While Braised Chicken is a top seller, we are well known for our Meatballs, too”, said Lisa. With mentions in the Vancity Buzz (Top Meatballs in the City), LA Times (Mind-blowing Meatballs) and other local publications, Meatballs is Uncommon’s another notable delicacy. “When you stuff your Meatballs with Mint, I guess, you got a winner!” mentioned Lisa on giving us a quick insight on their distinct blend for Meatballs.

Apart from Braised  Chicken and Meatballs, do try their Quiche, too. Their French baker, Valentine Kitamura, knows how to do it right in the most authentic way.

While guests and friends love these items, Lisa’s personal favorites are the Porky Bun and the BOB (short of Bacon Onion Bun). “How you can go wrong when you take Grandma’s bun dough and pack it with BBQ slathered pulled pork or sautéed bacon and onions?!”, asks Lisa looking at the plate of buns in front of us. Before you ask, a bite into these buns is a trip down the memory lane which goes straight to your childhood where snacking on house baked goodies was one of your favourite pastimes.

 

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When you work so hard, prepare some flavorful treats and consider customers as guests, you are bound to get immense appreciation from them. It is this appreciation and love that keeps the Uncommon Team going. Lisa narrated one such incident where hearing back from their customer shows how they have been successful in cultivating the community spirit. A Christmas Card from a nearby business in their area read, “Thanks for being in the neighbourhood. We would all still be hangry without you!”. If you are around Jackson Avenue and Powell Street, you would know how true this is.

It is good to know how much Uncommon Cafe has achieved in just a year’s time. Yes, just a year. In fact, they are celebrating their 1-year anniversary today, June 30th  ! To mark the occasion, they are hosting a Birthday BBQ from 2pm – 7pm this evening on their premises. If you are around, do pay them a visit to experience the delicious food and warm hospitality first hand.
Other than this, they will also be a part of the celebrations for this year’s 40th Annual Powell Street Festival on July 30 & 31st. Another reason for you to visit them? Yes, absolutely.

“See you soon!”, says Lisa with the warm smile that we be back for apart from the food.

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We Love That With Kay! – Ziplining in Whistler

Ziplining. Sounds a lot of fun, right? Not only does it sound fun, it’s absolutely auh-mah-zing 🙂

Kay was out and about the other day ziplining in Whistler. How was it? Did she enjoy it? Let’s hear it straight from her.

What: Superfly Ziplines
Where: 211 – 4293 Mountain Square, Whistler BC,V0N 1B4

Entering Whis’ is like entering a whole new country—the landscape, the people,the feel, the everyday everything is so different. I love it!

Undoubtedly, Whistler is the home of extreme sports. Besides your usual winter activities, Whistler is a place for ziplining. As a matter of fact (and I literally found this out the other day), Whistler is home to the tallest and the longest zipline in all of Canada.

Let’s cue an “Ooh” in unison.

My girlfriend and I decided to go ziplining on a whim. And, because of a Groupon. We wanted to do at least one winter activity (other than boarding or skiing), and lo and behold, a discount was available for ziplining so we took it. We took it with our bare hands and made it into something special.

My few pieces of advice for you before we begin:

  1. Do not be late. They will leave without you. They do not care. We left Vancouver around 12:30PM (yes, we’re aware we were pushing it) and we ended up having to meet the group at the actual mountain instead of the home office in Whistler Village. We were those people.
  2. Don’t wear Uggs. They have zero traction to snow. You will fall! (because I did)
  3. It wasn’t as cold as we thought it’d be, so wearing a thick pair of tights and combat boots/runners would have been completely fine at this time of year. Again: no need for Ugg boots.
  4. If you have a GoPro, bring it. Superfly Ziplines provides helmets that are GoPro compatible and you get fantastic footage of snow-capped mountains, greenery on greenery, valleys filled with nature, yourself screaming etc.
  5. Get pumped because it is a wicked experience. There’s only four ziplines so get confident and get comfy to take full advantage of all four!

Our guides were so helpful and professional. They knew their stuff to the tee and added a little dry humour to it—a great combination for an activity that may or may not freak you out. There are a total of four ziplines that go from the tallest, the longest, the steepest, and then one that takes you back to home base/takes a lovely photo of you as a souvenir for home.

Zipline numero uno was amazing. So you’re at the forefront of the tallest zipline in Canada, and despite the spring equinox, you’re surrounded by snow and a bit of a chill. The view is freaking stunning and you’re about 650 feet up in the air. Yikes but so exciting at the same time! This one was by far the most beautiful zipline, and duh, you are flying with the birds at this point. Enjoy the view!

Zipline numero dos was long and hard (that’s what she said) Oh, I am kidding about the hard part. Ziplining is easy peasy because your guides strap you in, keep you safe, and are really good at what they do. But yes, this one was the longest zipline—cross your ankles and become as aerodynamic as possible to really enjoy zipping down to Point B.

The steepest zipline in all of Canada is also the most fun. Think rollercoaster drop. My friend and I were known as the loudest people in the group at this point because we were screaming our heads off at every step of the way, while everyone else remained cool as a cucumber. Screaming makes it more exciting FYI.

The last zipline gives you the opportunity to take a romantic picture—it’s the only zipline in Canada where you can hold hands. Very cute. My girlfriend and I held hands throughout most of it. It kind of felt like she was going to pull my arm out of its socket—but all good, we got our picture and it is cute as hell, as we intended it to be.

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Obvs, we had to hit up Cow’s for some ice cream. I got Birthday Cake (frosting + birthday cake batter) because I’m a huge fan of anything rainbow sprinkles/funfetti involved. On the other hand, my friend got Wowie Cowie and Mint Chocolate Chip. We also had dinner at El Furniture Warehouse because where else would you go?

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All in all, Whistler is definitely a new fav. We are already planning our next trip up! How about you?

 

Easter Weekend Things

Team Daily enjoys holidays especially holidays that involve food and family. Food, family and friends, these are the greatest joys of life, correct?

With holidays like Easter (which bring along the long weekend among other things), it is just vice to enjoy good food and great company!

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While bunnies (which Grabbit adores) and Easter eggs may look like the focal point of the celebrations, it is the spirit of Easter that we go with. Just like other holidays, it is time to emphasize on the love we share and how much we care. Like we always say, Sharing is Caring. Honestly, Team Daily wishes the holiday season never ends. We love the activities, the cheerful faces, the extra time on hands (don’t say you don’t think about this) and the delicacies, of course.

Talking about these, let’s have a look at what you can do during the Easter long weekend to make most of it.

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  • Meet family – Remember they form the essence of all holidays.
  • Catch up with friends – Catch up on all the latest happenings in your friends’ lives over some delicious goodies.
  • Go egg hunting – What is Easter without egg hunts? Hop to Stanley Park, VanDusen Botanical Gardens or drop by any community center near you to take part in egg-citing hunts! Easy or difficult, just make sure to have some fun with your bunch.
  • Easter Brunching – Yes, brunch is our favorite meal. Easter gives us another occasion and another reason to eat more. Yeah, we are straight to the point like that.
    And, if you would like to combine Easter brunch with the egg hunt and scenic views, check out Grouse Mountain’s amazing package.
  • Stay at home – Isn’t it what many many of you are thinking of? While at home, bake Easter goodies, cook up an Easter feast, make cards, decorate your place, possibilities are endless, actually. Then, choice is yours to invite others over or enjoy it yourself.

Coming to the Easter feast, what are your favorites? Below are Team Daily’s top picks. Do indulge in some or all of them.
(There’s still time to get beach ready!)

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Picture Credit – BettyCrocker.com
  • Hot Cross Buns (In fact, all pastries and breads)
  • Deviled Eggs (Eggs, eggs and more eggs)
  • Ham (Glazed traditional ham, quiche with ham, mac and cheese with ham, ham sandwiches, ham and everything, really)
  • Chocolates (Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, just chocolate, basically)
  • Cake (Bunny shaped cakes, egg shaped cakes, bunny cupcakes, cupcakes decorated with eggs. Cakes that celebrate the spirit of Easter)

As numerous activities and various delicacies are there for you to choose, just remember to enjoy and indulge in all of them with Smile. Laughter makes everything perfect!

On that note, here is wishing you a Happy Easter from everyone at Team Daily 😀

 

It’s not Sandwich, It’s called Hubbub

Continuing with the healthy eating saga, do sandwiches pop-up in your mind when healthy is mentioned? Maybe. Bland, tiny sandwiches is what you end up thinking of. Correct?

What about messy, flavourful and scrumptious sandwiches? *lost in sandwich land*

They can be healthy, too. How? Hubbub!

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If you are a lunch fan, a food loving being like the members of Team Daily, odds are that you have been to Hubbub a lot more times than you can remember.

Rightly called “Sandwich and Salad Bliss”, Hubbub is a sandwich lover’s paradise. Oh, sandwich paradise with salads, drinks and snacks too.
Having worked with them for a long time now, we decided to bring you more about Hubbub.
So, one fine morning, we got in touch with Stefan (who had stepped out of the kitchen just to talk to us) to learn more about the journey of Hubbub.

We began our chat by learning that Stefan and Ben have been friends from the past 20 years. Hubbub is the brainchild of both these gentlemen.
Prior to Hubbub, Stefan worked in a restaurant while Ben was working in the financial sector. It all began with Ben’s idea of opening up a restaurant. While working on it, they decided on  a Sports Bar. When that didn’t work out, they went back to the drawing board and finalized the Sandwich shop. Once they focused on sandwiches, everything fell into place. And rest is history.

While deciding on the name, they wanted something unique. Something that would describe the feeling of being surrounded by people. After a lot of brainstorming, they decided on Hubbub which means the noise made by an excited and happy group of people. Perfect! Isn’t it?

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Coming to food, Hubbub makes its items in-house, daily. All their sandwiches are made by hand and they consider sandwich making an art. Everything at Hubbub is a reflection of the team’s passion for food.
They are just as much about salads as they are about big, messy sandwiches. Balance is everything, afterall.
They pride themselves in being quick and rightly so. 30 seconds to 5 minutes is all it takes to get your hands on some sandwich goodness. Nothing pretentious, Hubbub is simple, fresh and fast.

When quizzed about their best selling item, Stefan was quick to respond with the Pulled Pork Sandwich and the Pulled Pork Salad. Describing why it is a favorite, Stefan mentions that their pulled pork is a Cuban Pulled pork, which unlike most pulled pork is not just pork in barbecue sauce. It is spicy, hot with a distinct blend of spices. The manner in which he explained it to us, we could almost feel the taste in our mouths! Stefan added that a bite into the sandwich is like a moment of bliss. Yes, you literally lose yourself in its flavours. If you have tried it, you know what we mean.

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After talking about their best seller, it was time for Stefan to talk about his personal favorite. Within a moment he said, “Turkey Salad”. He says he enjoys the turkey salad so much that he can have it any day and any time of the day. What makes the turkey salad so special? Well, it makes you feel satisfied but not stuffed. Your tummy will get happy and not drowsy after you relish one.

During the course of our conversation with Stefan, we realized how caring he is about his customers, their tastes and their preferences. There is a reason why he is the Director of People at Hubbub. He spoke about how he enjoys discussing Hubbub with people and is all ears to what they have to say. Continuing our talk about the customers, Stefan said that his most memorable day at Hubbub was the day they opened their doors to the customers for the first time. It was fantastic to see the customers walk in, order and savor their meals, says Stefan.

Now, let’s get to some surprise for you. The Hubbub’s Kale Caesar and Summer Salads are coming back so get ready to get your hands on them soon. Want a bigger surprise? All you North Van folks, Hubbub will be in your neighbourhood in 2017! When in 2017? Watch this space for more details.

With various options to choose from, let your creative side help you create some delectable sandwiches and salads. Robson, Hornby or Cambie, hop into their store to get your hands dirty (in a delicious way) and hearts satisfied.

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Food at your Doorsteps – Batch Food

With 2 months already into the New Year, have you been able to keep up with your planned lifestyle changes? Yes, normally, these are called resolutions. As would you know, Team Daily isn’t a fan of resolutions but of small incremental changes.
Talking of changes, changing food habits and switching to healthy eating are always on the list of priorities of everyone. Erratic work schedules and the regular errands make cooking look like a monstrous task. What’s the option left? Eating out? Ordering in? How often do you find yourself eating healthy in such times? Not many, you would say. So, what do you do?!

Don’t worry when there’s Team Daily!

How about having healthy, delicious, pre-packed comfort foods being dropped directly at your doorsteps? Perfect, you would think. Not only it’s perfect, it’s also possible with Batch Food and Team Daily.
1 day, 2 day or a week worth of meals, order them as it sits fit with you. Being pre-cooked and frozen, you do not have to worry about cooking or the food going bad.

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As we have been working with Batch Food for quite some time now, we recently caught up with Joanne, Head Chef at Batch Food, to bring you some more information about them.

We started our chat with how Batch Food was born. Juggling the daily life, Joanne saw the need of having healthy and pre-cooked meals at home, she stepped up and started to freeze these meals. Before she knew, Batch Food was already growing. She says, “Batch food evolved from me cooking and freezing meals for my family. We were always rushing from work and daycare to hockey practice or swimming lessons, and I liked to have something simple and homemade to pull out of the freezer if I didn’t have the time or energy to cook. Then, I started to make 1 item a week to sell to my friends and family. After that, it has just been growing”.

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Before you think what’s unique about them, Joanne added that they offer simple comfort meals which use local and seasonal produce. Nothing over-the-top fancy but these are the meals that give you the homely feeling. Does pizza give you that satisfying, home-like feeling? Maybe not. Unless, it tastes exactly like what your mum made during your childhood.

Food and aromas, don’t they kindle a lot of memories and feelings? Feelings will rush in when you dig into the Mac n Cheese from Batch Food. It’s the classic comfort meal we all have grown up with. No wonder that it is their most popular and best selling item.

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With Mac n Cheese being everyone’s favourite, Joanne, on the other hand, loves the Shepherds Pie. She says, “my family loves it! It’s loaded with vegetables and it’s fuss-free. Just put it in the oven until it’s hot and serve”.

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Batch food does not only offer healthy and delicious meals but offers these at an affordable price, too. They give convenience a whole new meaning! With plenty of options to choose from, reasonable prices and nominal delivery fee, you have to try Batch Food soon.

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Check out their website and get ready to stick to your healthy eating plan while staying in your budget.
Not sure which items to pick to get started? Have a look at their Week’s Feature and choose the ones you love!

How do we spell fun? B33R!

How do we spell fun? B33r, we said. Okay, it is not a random collection of alphabets and words but just a cool way to spell beer!

If you would have been following 33 Acres Brewing on Social Media, you would have guessed it.

Yeah, 33 Acres, the place that is so much more than just beers. Team Daily is a fan of their ambience, the warm welcoming feeling, the friendly faces, and of course, the beers and the snacks.

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Being a fan, it was natural for us to write about them. As a Team, we feel so connected to them. The feeling of being a community, sharing ideas, enjoying drinks, good food, good company, aren’t these values same as Team Daily’s? They are!

While talking to them, we learned a little bit more about them and thought to share the same with you.

The vision of 33 Acres Brewing was born out of enjoyment for the binding elements of life. The spirit of community sharing drinks, food, conversation, space, and ideas. They carry a strong appreciation for the boundless limits created by hard work. They are influenced by the natural elements of the surroundings, fueled by creative thinking, and driven to make the highest quality product. It is inspiration, creativity and drive that makes T3am 33 experiment and produce perfect drinks.

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Talking of their drinks, 33 Acres of Ocean is their bestseller. A hop forward pale ale, this is a full flavoured beer integrated with a distinct floral hop which gives it a quality unique to their Pacific Northwest surroundings. This style is evolutionarily from a typical IPA with an assertive hop, lower alcohol content, and slight pine aroma. Low in malt character, this beer has a refined quality and a refreshing temperament. Woah! This adds so much character to a b33r, eh? Happens only at 33 Acres!

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While 33 Acres of Ocean is the bestseller, their team loves 33 Acres of Darkness. But why is it their favourite? Because of it’s deep, dark colour yet crisp, light finish. While most equate heaviness with flavour, this Schwarzbier strives to bring tantalizing taste beyond the usual weight.

Not only drinks, their snack menu also lists some exotic items. Fancy a whiskey or malt flavored ice-cream? Yes? You know where to get it now. These boozy ice-creams are made available courtesy their collaboration with Earnest Ice cream.
Apart from ice-creams, they also have early morning, mid morning and all day snacks. Mom’s b33r chilli and perogies get our votes! The yummy snacks are made in house as well as in collaboration with partners including Nelson the Seagull and Bestie.

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Ambience, warmth, drinks, food. Isn’t your plan for the weekend set now?

See you at 33 acres soon! 😀