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Merchant Shout-Out: Sub Garden

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Sub Garden has played a huge role in Tina’s life. It was her very first job and she enjoyed it so much that she has now been with the business for over 20 years, having owned it for the last 11. Progressing from an employee to now an owner, Tina truly enjoys her work at Sub Garden, insisting that it is her customers that keep her coming back every morning smiling. She is involved in every aspect from operating the business to serving to dealing with customers. The latter of which she says is the best part of her job. Some of her customers having been coming back for the last 15 years, from when they were school children to now adults.

She fell into the business without planning, a fact for which she is now grateful for. Tina’s sister used to work for the previous owner of Sub Garden and when they were looking to open up a sandwich shop, her sister suggested she come to meet the manager and he hired her on the spot. Her personable quality shone through then as it does today.

In Trinidad, where Tina is from, social gatherings for women are a common occurrence and groups of women would often take cooking classes as a bonding experience. Reflecting back on it years later, she says it was what sparked her interest in cooking and wanting to become involved with Sub Garden. Taking care of her family prior to working, Tina also cooked regularly for her relatives and learned to make healthy and satisfying meals, but also ones that were time efficient. She says this is what drew her to Sub Garden; the ease of preparation of the food meant that she had more time to engage in conversation with her customers!

Sub Garden 5The popularity of Sub Garden and the success they have achieved here in Newton means that the business would have a large following if they opened another location. However, Tina states that she likes actively engaging her customers and opening up more locations would take away this aspect. The food industry can be grueling work, especially with the long hours, so it is very admirable that Tina makes an active attempt to be present for every part of her business. Operating the restaurant has become a part of her routine and she insists that she would not have it any other way. It has become a “piece of cake” for her now.

The homemade quality of the restaurant is translated in everything from the ingredients to the atmosphere and of course Tina’s personality. All their ingredients are bought from local suppliers and vendors and they really steer away from buying in bulk because their restaurant is founded on the idea of quality food. All the food is usually bought every two days to ensure freshness. Being as busy as she is does not stop Tina from cooking and preparing most of the food herself, such as the soups and lasagna. Their menu is simple but satisfying, including sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls and various hot side dishes. The recipes and majority of the menu have not changed in the last 22 years because they have been so popular with her customers. She has however added some of her hometown Trinidadian flavour with the Cajun and jerk chicken options. The quality and make of the food gives it a feeling of being homemade which is what keeps bringing customers back.

Tina plans to retire in a few years to spend time with her grandchildren and travel back to Trinidad. She hopes that the next person to take over her business is as interested in it as she is.

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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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Award Winning Boosh Food Expands To Larger, Multipurpose HQ in Cloverdale

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Rapidly Growing Plant-Based Food Company Boosh Food responds to increased consumer demand for plant-based food options

Boosh Food Inc. (“Boosh Food”), a delicious plant-based ready-to-eat comfort food company that caters to the entire family, recently leased a multipurpose 8,500 sq ft headquarters located in Cloverdale, BC.

Upon completion of the tenant improvements, the facility will include a commercial grade test kitchen for new product development, a professional studio for filming cooking segments with guest chefs, extensive warehousing for their products and traditional offices and meeting rooms.

Founded by a seasoned entrepreneur Connie Marples in 2017, Boosh Food began distributing their family oriented, plant-based comfort food in early 2018. By the end of 2020, Boosh was being distributed to major retail outlets and independent grocery stores throughout Canada.

Current Boosh Food products feature six different 100% plant-based, heat and eat family-oriented entrees and meals. Boosh Food offers Single-Serve Bowls or sharable Entrées for two, including Coconut Curry Cauli Bowl, Veggie Bolognese Bowl (with Beyond Meat™), Mac & Cheeze & Peas Bowl, Mexican Fiesta Bowl, Rustic Veg Pot Pie Entrée, and Hearty Shepherd’s Pie Entrée.

“We are extremely excited about our rapid expansion and growth,” states Connie. “Over the past quarter we’ve made significant hires in key areas to assure we build a solid, fundamentally strong, corporate platform. The new multipurpose facility will allow us to continue and expand, invent new plant-based dishes, invite guest chefs into our kitchen, and create outstanding podcasts and videos in order to share the Boosh story.”

In Canada, more than 40% of the population is actively trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. Their compatibility with vegetarian, vegan and “flexitarian” lifestyles is now putting the spotlight on plant-based protein sources. (National Research Council Canada, Sept, 2019).

Globally, the plant-based protein market size was valued at USD 3.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4% from 2020 to 2027. (Grand View Research, Sept. 2020).

Boosh products are currently in the freezer aisle, with new products coming to the grocery aisle and cooler section of grocery retailers over the coming months. All products are gluten-free and non-GMO.

About Boosh Food Inc.

Founded in 2017 by Connie Marples, Boosh Food is a Surrey, BC-based company that creates nutritionally balanced, heat and serve, family-oriented comfort meals that are 100% plant-based, non-GMO and gluten-free.

Boosh Food emphasizes less sodium and sugar in their entrees and bowls and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Currently available for purchase in over 150 British Columbian retailers, Boosh Food continues to expand across the country.

For additional information on where to find Boosh Food products please visit www.booshfood.com.

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Death By Donuts Brings Laughs, Live Music, Craft Beer And Espresso To Your Home This March

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SURREY, B.C. – Vancouver’s annual Festival of Artisan Coffee and Collaboration Beers is planning a special pandemic fundraising event that is suited for anyone who is keen on laughing, live music, craft beer and coffee can enjoy from home.

The 4th annual event Hopwired’s Death by Donuts will be broadcasted through a twitch and web livestream on Saturday, March 6th, hosted by Canadian Comedian Icon Ed the Sock and ©Certified Cicerone Mathieu Poirier of Matter of Beer.

This year is obviously a little bit different, so the festival has invited a whole roster of breweries and coffee roasters from across Canada and the United States, alongside several award-winning comedians and musicians to stream to your screens at home.

Fans can tune in to watch artists via the event’s website at — it’s streaming at beersupply.ca/hopwired

The broadcast starts at 7 pm, with artists including Daniel Wesley, Tonye Aganaba, Graham Clark and Ed the Sock with appearances from breweries and coffee roasters from across British Columbia and Canada. You can be reminded about this FREE show by subscribing now at beersupply.ca/hopwired.

The event supports the Surrey Food Bank through a live silent auction. “I am hearing and seeing a lot about the cost of food going up and the cost of living going up and everything is especially hard for so many people right now. My community is really struggling in Whalley.” says Mike Willis, of West Craft, who lives in Whalley.

“This year we are going to try real hard to bring some extra joy to people’s lives at no cost with the hopes of raising money and volunteer support for our Surrey Food Bank. It will be an entirely different event then we are used to run but we just want to find a way to add some fun and laughs in people’s lives, while doing something meaningful for the Surrey Food Bank”.

West Craft, the organizer behind the successful Hopwired Festival and Fruit Beer Festival, is promising a fun time to help cure the winter blues and help those who are less fortunate.

Singer-songwriter Daniel Wesley will be bringing his prominent reggae element and unvarnished rock music sound to this high energy livestream, alongside soul-neo-folk stylings of Singer-songwriter Tonye Aganaba who will be closing the broadcast with her who is akin to legend Lauryn Hill, 3-time Canadian Comedy Award winner & co-host of Maximum Fun’s Stop Podcasting Yourself Graham Clark, and many more will be stopping in.

For more information about Hopwired Festival, please visit: www.beersupply.ca

For more information please contact: office@beersupply.ca

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Savour What’s Simple this National Pizza Day with Coors Organic and Bowen Island Pizza Co.

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Celebrate National Pizza Day and Support Local!

National Pizza Day, a day that’s garnered more than 200k Instagram shares, is coming up on February 9, 2021. And what pairs best with pizza? Beer, of course.

As the expert in brewing with simple yet high quality ingredients, Coors Organic wants to help Canadians Savour What’s Simple this National Pizza Day by partnering with Bowen Island Pizza Co. to create a limited time only ‘Savour What’s Simple’ pizza that gives back.

The Savour What’s Simple pizza will be made with simple, fresh and high quality ingredients and available to consumers exclusively on National Pizza Day.

HOW YOUR PIZZA GIVES BACK

For every Savour What’s Simple pizza ordered, Coors Organic will match the purchase price and make a donation to Second Harvest, a charity focused on connecting excess food to those in need.

HOW TO GET YOUR PIZZA

On February 9th, support local and order a ‘Savour What’s Simple’ pizza from Bowen Island Pizza Co. to enjoy on National Pizza Day.

Order in person, by phone, or through Skip the Dishes.

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Coors Organic is one of the latest additions to the Coors™ portfolio and is a first of its kind for the brand. It’s a light, organic lager that is expertly brewed with minimal ingredients for an elevated taste.

Located in the heart of North Vancouver in popular Lonsdale Quay, Bowen Island Pizza Co. creates high-quality, thin crust pizzas that have become a favourite among locals!

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New “50 Mile Menu” Encourages Vancouverites To Eat Local

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Collaboration between Oroweat Organic and DALINA exclusively
features ingredients produced within 50 miles of Vancouver

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Oroweat Organic and local cafe-grocer DALINA have teamed up to create the “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu”, a new collection of delicious sandwiches made entirely from ingredients produced within 50 miles of Vancouver.

Available from February 7 to March 14, the “50 Mile Menu” shines a spotlight on Metro Vancouver’s producers and showcases the amazing food available on our doorstep.

The “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu” was developed by DALINA’s Innovation Chef, Matt Sanderson, and features three limited edition sandwiches – Roasted Chicken, Porchetta with Fresh Herbs, and Roasted Portobello Mushroom (vegan).

Each recipe is created with the freshest and best quality local ingredients sourced from producers such as Surrey’s Evergreen Herb Farms, Rossdown Farms in Abbotsford, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge, and others.

All sandwiches are made with Oroweat Organic bread, available in three varieties and also produced locally at Oroweat’s bakery in Langley, B.C.

Oroweat Organic chose to partner with DALINA as it shares Oroweat’s commitment to local ingredients and sustainable practices. Oroweat’s loaves are sustainably baked using certified organic ingredients.

Oroweat Organic also matches 100% of the electricity usage that goes into baking its bread with electricity produced from renewable sources and 100% of the fuel usage that goes into delivering its products with green certificates

The “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu” is available from February 7 to March 14, exclusively at DALINA stores in Vancouver (992 Broadway & 687 Main St.) and for pick-up via DALINA’s mobile ordering Craver app or for delivery via Uber Eats.

For more information on Oroweat Organic products visit oroweat.ca or follow @OroweatCanada on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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What to eat when Jollibee opens in Strawberry Hill

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If “yum” is your favourite way to talk about food, you’ll get a mouthful ordering at Jollibee.

And you’ll get that chance sometime in the coming months when the cherished Fillipino fast-food chain opens in Newton’s Strawberry Hill Shopping Center.

The wildly popular Jollibee first launched as an ice cream parlour 45 years ago and claims to be the “largest fast-food chain brand in the Philippines.

” It boasts about offering a taste of home for the international community as “a stronghold of heritage and monument of Filipino pride.”

Jollibee is aggressively taking its cheerful vibe, mash-up dishes and family-friendly atmosphere around the world and opened its first Canadian location in 2016. It has yet to arrive in B.C. though is expected to open imminently on Vancouver’s Granville Street.

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What’s for you? Spicy or regular?

Dubbed the “McDonald’s of the Philippines,” Jollibee is also known as “JFC,” and the Jollibee Food Corporation embraces the acronym that hints at its own finger-licking-good fried chicken and signature secret recipe.

Amazing Aloha Yumburger

There it is. Yum is right in the name.

The Canadian menu includes the Big Yumburger, the Cheesy Yumburger, and the Amazing Aloha Yumburger with bacon and a slice of pineapple. Hawaiian pizza on a bun, basically. Can’t wait!

Jolly Spaghetti

When Anthony Bourdain visited a Manilla location of the “wackiest, jolliest place on Earth,” he dove right into that Jolly Spaghetti and its hotdog toppings. His review: “Deranged, yet strangely alluring.”

Burger Steak

This pile of hamburgers and mushroom gravy is missing an adjective. May I suggest, “Yum”?

 

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Palabok Fiesta and Family Platters

 

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When it arrives in Surrey, there will be platters and palabok.

The Strawberry Hill Shopping Centre will get a facelift near the intersection of 120th and 72nd with Jollibee’s new 3,400-square-foot restaurant and outdoor patio.

The City of Surrey approved the development in December and said the new Jollibee will “improve the streetscape” near the busy intersection.

Ube is made from taro and used in all kinds of desserts, from pastries to ice cream, and is a striking, photo-ready shade of purple.

Peach mango pie is also on the Canadian menu.

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