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How One Family Brought the Flavour of Colombia to Vancouver, BC

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Aji Gourmet Products – The Story of How One Family Brought the Flavour of Colombia to Vancouver, BC

Aji Gourmet Products is a Vancouver company that offers delicious and healthy condiments, dips, sauce mixes, and marinades. Owned and operated by the Gonzalez Biagi family, Aji is as rich in family history as it is in authentic South American flavors.

Back in 1999, the Gonzalez Biagi family moved to Canada from their home in Colombia. A culturally rich country, Colombia is known for its heartwarming people, festive celebrations, and exceptional cuisines, including a traditional condiment known as Aji. Upon their arrival to Canada, the Gonzalez Biagi family (Dyana, Carlos, and their kids Allison and Nicholas) settled into their new home in British Columbia, making sure to bring a recipe for Aji with them.

The Gonzalez Biagi family continued to enjoy Aji in the privacy of their family home until one day Dyana was asked to bring guacamole to her hockey party. However there was one BIG problem – she had never made guacamole in her life. With no time to find a recipe, Dyana decided to add some fresh aji into a bowl of mashed avocados and brought it to the party. Much to Dyana’s enjoyment, her dish was met with an overwhelming response. The other guests loved it – they had never tasted anything like aji before.

It was no surprise when Dyana began getting frequent requests for her famous Aji. To keep up with increasing demand, Dyana began to look at ways that she could grow her flavourful Aji into a family brand. The opportunity came when she created Ají Gourmet Products in 2006 and sold her first jar to a local store in South Surrey, BC.

Today the company continues to be run as a family business – with Dyana, her husband, and their two children. Beginning with one original Aji, they have now expanded their brand to feature 10 unique products, including a new line of Aji Guacamole Pouches, which makes for a fast bowl of delicious guacamole. Aji has grown from a Gonzalez Biagi kitchen specialty to being available in more than 150 stores across BC, Alberta, and Toronto.

Experience the flavours of Colombia for yourself and take home a bottle of Aji Gourmet Products for your kitchen. Made with zero sugar, zero preservatives, and no artificial flavours, Aji is a healthy way to add some zip to your home-cooked meals. Available at various locations across the lower mainland.

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Valentines Day Restaurants Perfect for Date Nights

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As soon as February 1st hits, we’re suddenly surrounded by all things lovey-dovey. It’s expected and unavoidable. From TV commercials to grocery store chocolate displays – the pressure of Valentine’s Day is everywhere we turn. Taken or not, there’s no better time to bask in the glory of chocolate, flowers and restaurant promos. With special offers and events that all promise to make your Valentine’s Day one to remember, it can feel daunting to know where to begin when trying to plan the perfect love-filled celebration. Keep reading to discover the hottest specials that you and your loved ones should take advantage of to guarantee a good time this Valentines Day!

Are you planning on catching a movie or turning in early to catch up on your favourite TV series? The temptation to stay in to Netflix and chill is real, but we promise that this Valentine’s day special is worth getting off the couch for. Pizzeria Farina is a Vancouver restaurant that’s jazzing up their regular pizza and creating something a little more romantic for this special occasion. Head on in for a dine-in meal on February 14th to enjoy a heart shaped margherita pizza anytime after 5pm while quantities last!

If you’re looking for a more formal, romantic way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, try taking in the sea-side sights and sounds in Steveston. The Steveston Seafood House is putting a pause on their regular dining menu to focus on featuring a special seafood menu handcrafted by their renowned culinary team. If you’re a seafood lover, you and your date can enjoy a 3 course Prix Fix for only $59.00! It doesn’t get more romantic than sharing a meal with the one you love in front of a beautiful sunset, does it?

If you’re hoping for more of a traditional V-Day dinner, feast your eyes on JRG’s date night offering. If you’re in need of a DD for the evening, The Italian is the perfect route for you. Their shuttle service will be running all night, so take advantage of their Bistecca Alla Fiorentina for 2! The decedent 32oz AAA Canadia Beef Porterhouse with a starter, salad and desert is the perfect 3 course meal, and it’s just $99! We suggest splurging on their suggested wine pairing while you’re at it, especially if you plan on capitalizing on their shuttle service.

Are you in the mood for vegan food? BeetBox Veg, a 100% plant based Vancouver restaurant, is hosting a vegan wine and cheese mingler for the plant-based foodies in your life this Valentine’s day! Enjoy a modern spin on the classic charcuterie board and purchase your $25.00 tickets now for a chance to enjoy their deliciously conscious comfort food.

Whether you’re spending the evening with your pals or going all out on a fancy date night – delicious food and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. We recommend taking advantage of these local restaurant promotions that are right at your fingertips. Let loose and indulge in a memorable date night – you deserve it.

Pizzeria Farina
Steveston Seafood House
The Italian
Beetbox Veg
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La Poutine Week Vancouver!

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On February 1st, 2020, La Poutine Week presented by SaputoTM is set to kick off its eighth year in a row, serving up even bigger, better and crazier poutines! Enjoy a cheese, gravy and fries extravaganza from February 1-7, and taste specialty poutines at participating restaurants across the country. Restaurants with their hat in the ring can use the annual week-long competition to showcase their famous dishes and longstanding recipes or toss in new creations. From fried-chicken poutines, seafood and clam chowder poutines, to Pou-tail pastries and other poutine desserts – there’s something for everyone to discover during La Poutine Week 2020!

The largest poutine festival in the world, with over 400 participating restaurants in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, British Colombia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, La Poutine Week promises to push the bounds of poutine creativity once again! The week-long event and friendly competition aims to first and foremost celebrate our nation’s greatest delicacy and to provide restaurants an opportunity to be innovative, imaginative, and reach out to new audiences. Meanwhile, die-hard poutine lovers and newcomers to the delicacy alike get the chance to discover new creations, and vote for their favourite dish online. Visit the festival’s official website: LaPoutineWeek.com , to explore participating restaurants near you.

For the second year in a row, La Poutine Week is also giving back to communities across Canada. One dollar for every poutine sold at a participating restaurant during La Poutine Week 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. What’s more, in Winnipeg La Poutine Week will donating one dollar of every participating poutine sold to Agape Table; an organization working towards ending hunger in the Winnipeg community by offering weekday breakfasts and foodbanks twice a week. Find out more about ANEB and Agape Table on their websites; here and here

La Poutine Week was first created by co-founders Na’eem Adam and Thierry Rassam, also of the wildly successful fall food festival Le Burger Week, in 2012. After their success bringing a new kind of national burger festival across Canada, the Montreal entrepreneurs thought what better way than to expand the culinary horizons of Canada than with a poutine- focused festival! La Poutine Week was an instantaneous hit – with over 20,000 poutine-lovers flocking towards 40 participating restaurants across Quebec in the first alone! Now, eight years later, the festival includes six Canadian provinces and over 350,000 participants!

“If you scream poutine, people usually run towards the source of the sound”, says Rassam: “So having a festival revolving around poutine made our work easy and fun. Then of course, we’ve had partners and ambassadors that helped us grow the event in so many cities, making it the biggest poutine celebration in the world, nothing less!”

“What’s amazing about hosting La Poutine Week for so long is how passionate our fans have become”, continues Adam: “The level of seriousness that restaurants and poutine-lovers around Canada have for this fun and delicious festival never ceases to amaze me.”

On February 1st, poutine-lovers across the nation are called upon to get their forks ready and stomachs hungry as they get a chance to discover the countless delicious creations, and vote for their favourite on www.lapoutineweek.com.

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7-Eleven Canada Brings the Taste of Hawaii to Canadians During the Dreaded Winter Months

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7Rewards members can enter to win a trip to Hawaii
with every registered coffee scan

January is cold, dark and gloomy and Blue Monday, claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, has officially arrived. 7-Eleven Canada is here to cure the post-holiday blues, pulling customers out of their winter slumps. The retailer is now offering cups of their high-quality Hawaiian Kona Blend Coffee in a special Kona print 20oz cup, and with every registered coffee scan, 7Rewards members will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 7 trips to Hawaii.

Grown and harvested on the slopes of the Mauna Loa on the Big Island, Kona blend coffee is rich in flavour and fresh from the sun-kissed shores of Hawaii. Every winter, Canadians are invited to indulge in the warm comfort, balanced flavour and smooth finish of 7-Eleven’s exclusive Kona Blend, escaping the dreaded Canadian winters, even just for a moment.

“With a long winter still ahead, we want to make our customers days a little brighter by bringing that Hawaiian feeling home,” says Vice President and General Manager of 7-Eleven Canada, Norman Hower. “The majority of Canadians would like to escape the cold climate during the winter, so we are excited to provide our 7Rewards registered members with a chance to win a trip to Hawaii.”

Every hot beverage can be fully customized at 7-Eleven’s coffee bar with condiments at no extra charge – making morning coffee runs quick and easy. 7-Eleven’s coffee is made of 100% premium Arabica beans, hand-selected and small-batch roasted in Canada, making a consistent and delicious cup of coffee, every time.

For a chance to win, customers must be registered as a 7Rewards member. Every registered coffee scan is a chance to win 1 of 7 trips to Hawaii. Customers who are not yet a member can enter in-store, download the 7-Eleven app, text KONA to 711247 or sign up at 7-eleven.ca/7rewards/ to get one step closer to winning the grand prize. Click here to learn more about the contest rules.

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The Surrey Eats New Years Social at The Clayton Public House

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Join Us For THE New Year’s Celebration

The Surrey Eats New Years Social
COCKTAILS + CANAPES
Benefiting The Surrey Food Bank + My Cloverdale Kitchen

PRESENTED by:  Z95.3, Robbie Johal + The Clayton Public House

The new year is coming; the party is near.

We are sure looking forward to lots of good cheer.

Get all dressed up in your snazziest best, So you can win the prize + beat out the rest.

We will have the Z95.3 Street Squad, Games, Prizes, Raffles, Giveaways + A prize for the best dressed as voted on by the other party goers! This will be one for the books!

The tickets are $35 (or 4 for $125)/

This includes Canapes all night + a GLASS of FREE Champagne at MIDNIGHT!

Take a picture at our STEP + REPEAT, tag all the participating sponsors and you will get 5 free entries into the BIG PRIZE draw!

Sponsored By:

Z95.3, Robbie Johal – Clayton’s #1 Realtor, The Clayton Public House, Ultra Digital Printing, Surrey604.

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There’s a New Pizzeria in The Neighbourhood…and It’s Inside 7-Eleven Stores Across Canada

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7-Eleven launches new lighter, crispier hand panned pizzas – made in
Canada with quality Canadian ingredients.

7-Eleven Canada invites Canadians to visit the new pizzeria in their neighbourhood – featuring hand panned pizzas made with quality Canadian ingredients.

The brand’s newest offering strikes the perfect balance between authentic Italian heritage and Canadian traditions. Knowing that the dough is the most important element to customers, 7-Eleven developed a light and crispy crust made from 100% Canadian wheat using authentic natural sourdough from Puglia, Italy. The dough is then hand-stretched and panned in B.C. to provide the lightness and crispiness reminiscent of an Italian pizzeria.

Quality Canadian ingredients top these flavour-packed pizzas including traditionally slow-dry cured pepperoni from Montreal. Three types of 100% Canadian milk cheeses bring the flavours together, including provolone and parmesan from Ontario and mozzarella from British Columbia.

“Our goal for our new pizza recipes was to provide a quality, delicious pizza hot from our store ovens in minutes 24/7 – or delivered to your home,” explains Norman Hower, VP and GM of 7-Eleven Canada. “The crust is arguably the most important piece of the pie, so we took our time to develop an authentic tasting dough that we knew people would love.”

For the month of December, Canadians are able to sample the new pizzas for free every Friday from 2-4pm! Whether you’re in a crunch for a kid’s party, tomorrow’s breakfast, or craving some late-night munchies, 7-Eleven Canada has you covered with late-night deliveries in over 350 stores and over 410 on December 16. To see if your local store delivers, visit www.7-eleven.ca/delivery.

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