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Merchant Shout-Out: BBQ Nation

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Most children play with their food but that experience goes largely dormant for many. Kanwar at BBQ Nation, however, developed it into a business. As a child, he was always playing with his food and was interested in trying and creating different dishes. Interested in the aesthetics as well as the taste; Kanwar tried to vary the presentation of dishes even though they might use the exact same recipe. Years of watching cooking shows and reading cook books further piqued his interest and he developed a passion for creating unique dishes.

This passion turned into a business opportunity as he wanted to open up a restaurant that would serve all different kinds of dishes. He believed that such a diverse menu would only succeed in a multicultural area. Newton fit the criteria perfectly as he knew of the growth potential that this district has to offer. Opened less than a year ago, the restaurant already has a growing clientele through word-of-mouth marketing. BBQ Nation thrives on this and employees often hear from customers that they were referred to the restaurant. Kanwar wanted to target everyone with the menu selections and the popularity of the restaurant proves that he has done just that.

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Though developing a variety of dishes is important to him, Kanwar also wants to offer plenty of healthy options. Further, believing in quality, Kanwar ensures use of fresh ingredients; everything is made in house when possible, including the dressings and sauces. All of their ingredients are sourced either through local vendors or local suppliers. Kanwar truly believes in developing the local economy and attempts to help other businesses in the area as much as possible by buying locally.

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BBQ Nation is built on the idea of being a new type of restaurant where any kind of meal can be found. They are unique in this regard as there is no other restaurant in the area that serves such a variety of meat, including bison, kangaroo and wild boar. The restaurant primarily grills all their dishes, only frying the few exceptions such as onion rings. There is also plenty of room for customer input in the dishes as the chefs at the restaurant regularly alter the dishes to suit different tastes. Customers are also taken into consideration with ingredients as after receiving many requests, the restaurant now serves gluten-free french fries. Kanwar states that his restaurant is particularly popular with body builders who like to tailor their meals with more meat.

BBQ Nation has become so successful that they have had to double their employees as more and more people come into the restaurant. With this increasing popularity, Kanwar hopes to expand into more locations and as always, he will be continuously expanding the menu.

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The Newton Business Improvement Association (Newton BIA) is made up of business and property owners within the Newton Town Centre passionate about revitalizing the area and improving business opportunity. The BIA collaborates with its members and community to create viable programs to foster change within the area and create a vibrant neighborhood for the people of Newton and Surrey.

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Become a Candy Taste Tester!

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Which lucky people will get $30/hr to eat candy?

Getting paid to taste test candy at home for a full year sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! If you love sweets, chocolates, and new experiences, this job is for you.

Canada’s largest Candy Distributor Candy Funhouse is offering 10 lucky people the opportunity to work with them to taste and review candy from around the world! They have 2 full time candy taste-tester positions paying $30/ hour and 8 part-time positions paying $26/ hour! These opportunities are available to anyone living in North America.

This popular candy company is followed and has been reposted by numerous celebrities including: Drake, Khloe Kardashian, David Dobrik, Charlie D’Amelio, Ben Simmons and many more! Check out their Instagram “Shoutout” story highlights on their instagram page to see who else. They also have 4.8 million likes on TikTok!

The candidates that are chosen will play an integral role in selecting the candies that will be a part of the first ever Candy Funhouse branded candy line. 10 new and original candy creations will be selected and narrowed down from 100’s of possible options. So not only will you get to taste candy all year long, you also get to brag to your friends that you helped create the Candy Funhouse line of candies.

So what qualifications do you need to become a Candy Tester? Candidates should have an undying enthusiasm and eagerness to enjoy confectionary products of all types.

They’re looking for someone bold, that’s ready to try new things, and that will give their honest opinion on all the candy they try. Candidates will be responsible for tasting and reviewing from over 3000 products that Candy Funhouse carries, so a strong sweet tooth is an absolute must!

If you want to apply for this incredible opportunity you can submit your application to the Candy Funhouse website to be chosen for consideration.

https://candyfunhouse.ca/pages/careers

The deadline for submitting your application is February 15. Don’t forget to check out Candy Funhouse’s other SWEET job opportunities as well!

Good luck and may the sweetest candidates get the position!

About The Candy Funhouse:

Candy Funhouse is the largest distributor of candy in Canada, having become a personal favorite of many celebrities like Drake, David Dobrik and Charlie D’Amelio who have repeatedly reposted Candy Funhouse on their profiles.

Their goal is to showcase the best and most epic collection of quality candy online that customers could possibly want. They feature all kinds of candy, from retro and novelty candy to theatre packs and collectibles.

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La Poutine Week 2021 Is Coming!

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Let’s start the year off right, with La Poutine Week 2021, delivery edition!
Because you deserve it.

From February 1st until February 7th, Saputo TM presents, La Poutine Week delivered by SkiptheDishes is back to empower the Canadian restaurant industry, restaurateurs, servers, and foodies – all in celebration of poutine.

This year, La Poutine Week is serving YOU – allowing poutine lovers to discover new venues and savour unique poutines, while providing the opportunity for restaurants to showcase their very best creations, subsequently increasing their sales and popularity. Why? Because this year, more than ever, you deserve it!

Heading into its ninth consecutive year, La Poutine Week is a week-long event and friendly competition that has become a key vehicle for restaurant owners to build momentum around their brand, especially during the quieter winter
months. It is no secret that the past year has been one of the most challenging times our country has ever faced, and what better way to come together than through a universal love for poutine.

As co-founder Na’eem Adam explains “This year, more than ever, every poutine that will be consumed becomes a mark of loyalty – for restaurants, for us, for our community. We are here to support our restaurants by driving sales through a national platform that celebrates our most recognized and beloved dish. The restaurant industry and the foodie community need good news, and La Poutine Week is one of them.”

To further adapt to the difficulties restaurants have faced this past year, La Poutine Week has cut its annual registration fee by over 60%. For all restaurants who are unable to afford the entry fee, La Poutine Week organizers are asking they email them, and they will help ensure participation because poutine will always win!

This year’s festival wouldn’t be possible without the support of their proud partners. This includes La Poutine Week’s official cheese partner, Saputo, providing Canadian restaurants with a variety of delicious cheeses, from classic cheese curds, to parmesan, to creamy goat cheese and more… because it’s true what they say – cheese changes everything!

Plus, online food delivery network, SkipTheDishes, where any participating restaurant who is also on Skip, will be able to have their poutine available for delivery or take out during the festival. For the third year in a row, La Poutine Week is giving back to an organization near and dear to their heart.

One dollar for every poutine sold at a participating restaurant will go to Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB), an organization that guarantees free, immediate and specialized help to people with an eating disorder and their loved ones.

This year, YOU deserve poutine more than ever – so get ready Canada, because the countdown to La Poutine Week has officially started.

To join the La Poutine Week community, please go to: http://lapoutineweek.com/registration/restaurant. To learn more about La Poutine Week, please go to www.lapoutineweek.com.

About Saputo:

Saputo produces, markets, and distributes a wide array of dairy products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf-life milk and cream products, cultured products and dairy ingredients.

Saputo is one of the top ten dairy processors in the world, a leading cheese manufacturer and fluid milk and cream processor in Canada, the top dairy processor in Australia and the second largest in Argentina.

In the USA, Saputo ranks among the top three cheese producers and is one of the largest producers of extended shelf-life and cultured dairy products. In the United Kingdom, Saputo is the largest manufacturer of branded cheese and a top manufacturer of dairy spreads.

Our products are sold in several countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Cathedral City, Clover, COON, Cracker Barrel*, Dairyland, DairyStar, Devondale, Friendship Dairies, Frigo Cheese Heads, Joyya, La Paulina, Liddells, Milk2Go/Lait’s Go, Montchevre, Murray Goulburn Ingredients, Neilson, Nutrilait, Scotsburn*, South Cape, Stella, Sungold, Tasmanian Heritage, Treasure Cave and Woolwich Goat Dairy.

Saputo Inc. is a publicly traded company and its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “SAP”.
*Trademark used under license.

About SkipTheDishes:

SkipTheDishes is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com, a leading global online food delivery marketplace. SkipTheDishes connects millions of customers with over 30,000 Restaurant Partners in Canada.

About People Mover Technology Inc.

People Mover Technology Inc. was founded in 2010 by Na’eem Adam and Thierry Rassam. PMT develops interactive food festivals around fun dishes in different cities. Notably, Le Burger Week and La Poutine Week.

They move people around interactive concepts with the goal to introduce people to new things, all while stimulating local business. Their flagship festivals are in over 2,000 restaurants worldwide and attract more than 200,000 participants yearly. https://peoplemover.tech/

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Pair and Pour Some Festive Holiday Cheer This Season

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While holiday traditions and celebrations will likely look different this year, the season is still special. Set the scene for a celebratory occasion by mixing festive cocktails or creating the perfect spread to complement your wines, beers, cheeses and even chocolates.

Light and Refreshing – With aromas of Meyer lemon and flavors of fresh green apple and white peach, the crisp Landshut Riesling has a touch of delicate sweetness while still being juicy and refreshing. For a savory-and-sweet combination, try pairing it with the Emporium Selection Plain Goat Cheese Log and Winternacht Milk Chocolate Domino Cubes.

Rich and Decadent – Indulge your senses with the aromas of butterscotch, warm baking spices and the velvety dark fruit notes of the Quarter Cut Bourbon Barrel Red Blend. This decadent red blend offers a smooth finish, similar to mulled wine without the extra work. The rich flavor pairs well with a smoked cheese like Emporium Selection Smoked Gouda as well as the Moser Roth Dark Chocolate Collection Caramel Sea Salt.

Savory with Brew – If a craft beer is more your style, consider a rich and creamy dark ale like a stout. Its robust flavors of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet cocoa combine for a sweet yet savory, earthy finish. Serve it with rich flavors like Emporium Selection Premium English Truffle Cheddar and add a touch of chocolatey sweetness with Specially Selected Cocoa Dusted Truffles.

Signature Libations – Up the ante on your holiday celebration with a special yet simple cocktail you can mix at home with confidence. The secret to making the Mistletoe Mule is the 3-2-1 method: just pour wine for three counts, ginger beer for two counts and pomegranate juice for one count.

Mistletoe Mule

Servings: 2

  • Sugar
  • 4 1/2 ounces Tourner Brut Sparkling
  • 3 ounces Summit Ginger Beer
  • 1.5 ounces Specially Selected Premium 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • lime juice
  • fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  1. Rim two glasses with sugar.
  2. In separate mixer or glass, combine wine, ginger beer and pomegranate juice using 3-2-1 method.
    To serve, pour over ice in prepared glasses then top with fresh lime juice. Garnish each glass with cranberries, if desired.
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Decorative Holiday Dessert Recipe ideas Using Popcorn

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During a holiday season that may not quite feel the same for many families, you can add a magic touch to at-home festivities with activities and treats that get everyone involved. Creating decorative holiday sweets allows little ones and grown-ups alike to take part in the fun, and the end result is delicious desserts for all to enjoy.

Start with a main ingredient like whole-grain, freshly popped popcorn. At 30 calories a cup, it’s naturally low in fat, non-GMO and gluten-free for a nutritious alternative to traditional holiday indulgences. It’s a clever way to create artsy representations of the season at hand that celebrate festive flavors like peppermint, coconut, chocolate and other sweet eats.

For example, Coconut Popcorn Snowballs add fun and flavor to wintertime with a coat of sweetened coconut “snow” and candy cane handle while easy-to-construct Holiday Popcorn Snowmen are sure to be a hit with your children. Add to the holiday spirit throughout your home with wintery Jingle Balls that call for colored sugars to create a magical sparkling effect then take the creativity to the next level by encouraging kids to make their own red-nosed, sleigh-pulling team of Chocolate Popcorn Reindeer.

Coconut Popcorn Snowballs

Yield: 8 balls (4 inches)

  • 2 cups shredded or flaked sweetened coconut
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows1 teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract
  • 8 candy canes or candy cane sticks (about 3-4 inches)
  1. Place large sheet wax or parchment paper over work surface. Spread coconut on paper.
  2. Spray large mixing bowl lightly with nonstick cooking spray and place popcorn inside.
  3. In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows until melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated.
  4. Spray hands with cooking spray and press mixture firmly to form into balls. Place balls on coconut; roll and press coconut to coat. While holding popcorn balls, gently press candy cane into each ball.
  5. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap for storage.

Jingle Balls

Yield: 12 cups

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12 cups popped popcorn
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • assorted colored sugars
  1. Spray large mixing bowl lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Add popcorn.
  2. Spread plastic wrap on cookie sheet; set aside.
  3. In medium saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows; stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour over popcorn, mixing until well coated. Let cool 2 minutes.
  4. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray and form popcorn mixture into 3-inch balls. Gently press colored sugar onto balls. Let sit on prepared cookie sheet until cool and set.

Chocolate Popcorn Reindeer

Servings: 8

  • 8 cups unsalted, unbuttered, popped popcorn
  • 2 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter or light olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 pretzel sticks
  • 16 eyeball candies
  • 8 red candy-coated
  • chocolate candies
  1. Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, heat marshmallows, chocolate, butter and salt, stirring often, until smooth. Toss marshmallow mixture with popcorn until well combined.
  3. Scoop 3/4 cup popcorn mixture into ball. Repeat with remaining mixture to make eight balls. Place each ball in paper muffin cup liner.
  4. Insert one pretzel stick on each side of ball to resemble antlers, attach two eyeball candies for “eyes” and one red chocolate candy for “nose.”
  5. Repeat with remaining balls. Let cool completely.

Holiday Popcorn Snowmen

Yield: 5 snowmen

  • 1 package (1 pound) large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, plus additional for greasing hands
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 cups popped popcorn
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • licorice (optional)
  • gum drops (optional)
  • cinnamon candies (optional)
  1. In large saucepan, melt marshmallows and 1/4 cup butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and stir. Butter hands well and form into balls.
  3. Decorate with sprinkles, licorice, gum drops and cinnamon candies, if desired.
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Nutritional Inspiration for the New Year

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A new year brings new opportunities for personal changes and improvement from taking steps forward in a career to bettering personal relationships and – perhaps most common – starting on a path toward better health. For many, the worthwhile challenge of enhancing physical health begins with the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

Step one is to leave behind the habit of turning to unhealthy meals and instead focus on dishes that call for fresh fruits and veggies like this Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing. Simply start with cooked quinoa and mix together with your preferred produce like orange slices, grapefruit and diced avocado. Add feta cheese, lime juice and diced red onion to bring the flavor to life and drizzle with the light, zesty dressing.

Making nutritious choices goes beyond just your meals, however. Take your commitment to the next level with beverages that don’t cancel out your effort to eat healthy. This Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail combines a concentrate made of orange juice, orange peel, lime juice and lime peel with zero-sugar, zero-calorie ginger ale.

These health-conscious recipes are made possible with the flavor enhancement of Zevia beverages, which are naturally sweetened with stevia and include no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives.

Ranging from sodas to organic teas, energy drinks, sparkling water and mixers for cocktails and mocktails, the zero-sugar beverages fit nearly any lifestyle including eating patterns like paleo, keto, intermittent fasting and gluten-free.

Visit zevia.com/recipes to find more nutritious food and drink solutions.

Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing

Yield: 2 cups

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Zevia Orange Soda
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 avocado
    1 teaspoon garlic

Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • leafy greens (optional)
  • 1 orange, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 grapefruit, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (optional)
  1. To make dressing: In food processor, pulse orange soda, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, avocado and garlic until consistency is smooth.
  2. To make quinoa salad: Cook quinoa according to package directions and let cool.
  3. Once quinoa is cool, add to bowl with orange pieces, if desired; grapefruit pieces, if desired; lime juice; avocado, if desired; feta cheese, if desired; and diced onion, if desired. Top with orange cilantro salad dressing.

Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail

Yield: 1 mocktail

Concentrate:

  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, lightly crushed

Mocktail:

  • 1/3 cup concentrate
  • 1 can Zevia Ginger Ale
  • ice
  • lime wedge, for garnish (optional)
  • orange wedge, for garnish (optional)

To make concentrate:

  1. In small saucepan, combine orange juice, lime juice, orange peel, lime peel, black peppercorns, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil over high heat then turn to low; simmer until liquid has reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. Let cool and strain out solids. Transfer to glass jar and store until ready to use.
  2. To make mocktail: Combine concentrate with ginger ale over ice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge or orange wedge, if desired.

SOURCE: Zevia

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