Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Wize Monkey

One of the interesting things the Specialty Food Expo 2017 did was have a contest for a selected number of new companies. Attendees then vote for the one they like best and that company wins a prize. This obviously helps them get attention at the Expo but also gets people moving around to look for the stall, which also gets them moving around in general.

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - voting form

My pick was Wize Monkey. Not because I'm some kind of tea connoisseur and these teas are the bomb -- I really can't tell and tea is tea and I honestly just go to Superstore and buy what's cheap to flavour my boiled tap water. But what I like about Wize Monkey is that it's a simple concept that can have a profound positive social impact.

Coffee is a seasonally harvested product. So why not do something in the off season by making a product from the coffee leaves? With any luck this idea will catch on and the price will go down to less than coffee.

Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Wize Monkey

Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Wize Monkey

Monday, January 16, 2017

Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

Thanks to Yelp!, I got a free ticket to the Specialty Food Expo 2017, which was really the Gluten-Free food show, presumably rebranded to be more inclusive. The actual may-not-be-gluten-free section was just a small fraction of the floor.

One of the more interesting and unique products was Beiju, a sort of flatbread. Preparation is extremely simple and open to a lot of creativity.
The experience of the flatbread is very not-like-bread. The sample I got was very grainy and chewy, so depending on your filling you may want to cut it into more easily manageable pieces.

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

To prepare, simply pour some of the flour mix into a hot pan. The heat will cause it to stick together into a flatbread. During this time you can add various things like seeds and spices.

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 -

Once it becomes a single mass you can flip it to heat both sides, as well as add other things like smearing butter on it or drizzling maple syrup. Or do nothing to it and have an empty wrap ready to go for other fillings.

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

2015-Jan-15 Specialty Food Expo 2017 - Beiju

















Sunday, January 15, 2017

Can't buy Mach 3 Razors at @realcdnss Real Canadian SuperStore

I dropped by the Metrotown Superstore today to TRY to buy Mach 3 razor cartridges. Turns out the cases were PADLOCKED (why?).
I looked around and found an attendant in the area, who said she didn't work that that particular department, and pointed me to another attendant even further away.
That second attendant also apparently didn't work in the department but at least came over to verify the issue and then said she'd call for someone to unlock the case. I told her I'd stay in the aisle with the cartridges.
Shortly after, she dropped by and assured me someone was on the way. That's when I secretly started the timer on my cellphone. I gave them 5 minutes, and when no one came, I left the store. Not gonna wait any more, PLUS stand in the usual interminable lineups to pay for it.

Strangely, SOME of the cases were not padlocked while others were. Hmm.

2017-Jan-15 Metrotown Superstore - products padlocked, cannot access