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.

Executive Director Amber Anderson
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.

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TGI-Falafel Day!

Thank Goodness It’s Falafel-day! Just as much as we are excited about Fridays, we are excited falafels as well. Why? Because Team Daily loves food!

These tiny dumplings of perfection are a blessing to your tastebuds. There’s nothing like devouring these delicious, supernatural dumplings that instantly satisfy hunger, look amazing and taste even better.

Whether in a wrap, in a sandwich or on their own, this Middle Eastern delicacy is more like street food but can be enjoyed whenever, how ever and where ever.

The ingredients of falafel do not largely vary and primarily include chickpeas, fava beans and spices. What really varies are the spices and that makes all the difference.

Picture Credit - Yelp/ Taryn
Picture Credit – Yelp/ Taryn

Craving for some already? We are here to help, as always.

Presenting to you, in no particular order, the top five Falafel places of Vancouver –

Jam Jar – Oh, Jam? Jar? Yes, Jam Jar. Hold on, this place is not about jams but instead authentic Lebanese food. Located on Commercial Drive, this restaurant serves falafel both in a wrap as well as in a platter. The potato munchies served with the falafel plate spell Y-U-M!

Nuba – With locations in Yaletown, Gastown and Mount Pleasant, it is impossible to not know Nuba if you are a true foodie! Their Falafel lunch platter steals the show. Olives, hummus, salad and falafel, this is the real deal, we say.

Koala Kebabs  – Falafel platter with rice? Yes, please! Their falafel wrap is a Downtown star but the platter is even better. The bigger, the better, you see 😉 Oh, you get to choose your sauces, btw. Hummus, Garlic Mayo, Spicy Mango, mmmm, choices are plenty to choose wisely.

Mediterranean Greens Salad Bar – Salad Bar? Looks can be deceptive. Another Downtown star, their falafel platter comes with pita bread. Yay! for all bread lovers. A fulfilling meal, have it slowly to enjoy every single bite.

Falafel King – Doesn’t the name say it all? Their falafel sandwich comes with your choice of soup or salad. Carrot or lentil soup? Either one because they both taste perfect with their wrap.

With so many options to choose from, how about we have falafel everyday for the next few days?! (Yeah, just one Friday in a week dedicated to them is so not enough).
So, what are you waiting for? Head off on a falafel expedition and enjoy your weekend! 🙂

 

Ah-So-Mushy, Ah-So-Roomy!

Hello Beautiful People! Enjoying the Sun? We are! (Don’t worry about the play-offs, Canucks will be fine!)

Been long since we discussed the Love of our lives. Yeah, c’mon, we meant it is been long since we have talked about food! 😉

Let us discuss something different different this time. How about mushrooms?!

Picture credit - finecooking.com
Picture credit – finecooking.com

Did you know that although mushrooms are classified as vegetables in the food world but it is actually under the fungi kingdom. Talking about the healthy aspects, mushrooms are low in sodium, fat, cholesterol, and calories. Also, these babies are rich in vitamins! They contain antioxidants and beneficial dietary fibers like chitin and beta-glucans that help prevent chronic disease. Mushrooms are not only healthy, they are also delicious in their own right.

Here are just some common types of mushrooms:

  1. White – these types have the mildest flavor and the most common to use in cooking.
  2. Portobello – up to 6 inches wide, quite big, and have steak-like taste
  3. Cremini – similar to white mushrooms but with deeper flavor

On a different note, mushroom allergy is pretty common so before you indulge in these goodies, make sure you are not allergic to them!

Here are some killer (metaphor, metaphor!) foods to try:

  1. Fettucini in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
  2. Stuffed Cremini Mushrooms
  3. Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Don’t we have a knack of adding even the most healthiest of foods to the most creamy, dreamy recipes?

Healthy options for those chiseled abs and cheekbones out there:

  1. Mushroom Salad (toss in all the healthy veggies, lean meat and voila! A perfect salad is ready. Just make sure not to add heavy dressings to this!)
  2. Mushroom Sandwiches (Ah! Our love for The sandwiches)
  3. Mushroom Omelette (Yes, add them to those eggs for an energizing meal!)

Looks like we have given you enough of mushy options to choose from for today’s meals. Eat well till we meet next! 🙂

Top Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

If you’ve been good and listening to our last posts on a healthier lifestyle…well you know there are always cheat days (Yaaay! We heart cheat days! 😀 ). You deserve it! (But just every now and then though, okay?) We cannot keep our inner foodies in hiding for more than two days here at DD. So here is another cheesy post!

Top three places that we’ve tried (more like trucks) around town where you can max out your cheat day on some scrumptiously goud(a) (get it? :P) grilled cheese! In no particular order, let’s dive right in!

Taser Grilled Cheese (food truck)

No words can describe how in love we are with their grilled cheese sandwiches. DO NOT underestimate their cozy little truck, they produce huge flavours and good old hearty grilled cheese. Our personal favourite is So Gouda: gouda cheese entwined with our favourite bacon and some tangy apple slices to balance it all (mmmm!) Need we say more?!

Let’s be real, all their other sandwiches are just as good..so what are you waiting for? Run now (Yeah, burn those calories beforehand 😉 )

Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ Vancity Noms
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ Vancity Noms

 

Mom’s Grilled Cheese (Yes, another food truck!)

The grilled cheese here taste as home-y as the name of this truck sounds! The Jackson 3 is at the top of our list. What is better than mixing three different cheeses? Nothing, Ab-so-lutely Nothing! Moms always have a knack for knowing what’s best, so we definitely do advise you to go try some for yourself ASAP!

Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ FoodPunk
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ FoodPunk

 

Burgoo (Finally, not a truck!)

After a long work day hustling and bustling about, what better way to relax than with a bowl of tomato soup and a classic grilled cheese? With the relaxing Burgoo ambiance, get yourself seated and enjoy unwinding with a pleasant meal. You really can’t go wrong here!

Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ Foodobyte
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ Foodobyte

By now, we are sure that you are in food heaven just thinking about these delicacies. So, here is to an amazing and fulfilling day ahead, CHEESE! 😉