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Why Big Box Retailers Cost Communities More

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

What were once staples of daily living in our communities -- butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and greengrocers -- are now seen as inefficient when large chain grocery stores deliver all-in-one convenience. But "fast and convenient" has weakened our communities. As the African proverb says, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

Businesses Need To Focus On People, Not Culture

Ryan Spong | Posted 05.06.2017 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

Like society, a company's success depends on a culture that is created and cared for by its people. We know this and yet sometimes this fact gets lost. At the companies I'm involved in, we feed people, but we're actually about building culture. There is no better way to bring people together than breaking bread. Culture is not a something, or a someplace, it's not even a someone -- it's the shared space between.

Why Start-Ups Are Like Parenting

Ryan Spong | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Business
Ryan Spong

For those of us who have founded companies, startups are like your first-born -- exciting, terrifying and usually there are only three of you! There is only one goal: survive. It's crisis management everyday and the strategy is "let's find something that works today."

20 Canadian Restaurants You Must Try

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

On Monday, Vacay.ca will announce its fourth annual Top 50 Restaurants in Canada rankings. It's a survey of elite diners, industry experts, and leading travel and food journalists who take the pulse of the nation's dining scene. It's an ever-changing and exciting time to dine out across Canada. Here is the list of the 20 best restaurants I tried during the past 12 months.

Michelin Chef Brings Hot New Restaurant to Vancouver

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Adrian Brijbassi

When Stefan Hartmann gets his restaurant working the way he wants, Vancouver will feel a little more elite than it already does. After just two days, Hartmann has achieved the best fine-dining restaurant in the city, surpassing the likes of Hawksworth, Boulevard, Le Crocodile and Chambar with brilliant strokes of his culinary talent

Best of Canadian Food in 2014

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

Fred Morin looked out at the gravel driveway and asphalt lane behind Joe Beef and said to me, "This restaurant wouldn't happen in most places. Not in California or New York. That's one of the things I'm most proud of. We try to keep things real and true to who we are."

Tiny B.C. Town Cooks Up Big Accolades

The Huffington Post B.C. | Hillary Nguyen-Don | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Bamfield seafood salad from Wolf In The Fog (Christopher Pouget Photography) The town of Tofino, population 1,800, has been causing quite a stir in...

Beloved Tacofino Plans to Expand Outside of B.C.

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Ryan Spong brought Tacofino to Vancouver because "it's so good, I wanted to be able to eat that food here." Now, Spong and MacIsaac are planning to bring the Tacofino brand beyond British Columbia.

How Technology Pulls Back the Curtain on TV Food Commercials

Ryan Spong | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Spong

Technology is allowing us to peer behind the veil of TV commercials; it is connecting us in real, authentic and meaningful ways to the food we eat. It is creating communities of like-minded consumers and producers. This week, the FDA issued an industry-wide mandate to lower sodium in processed foods. Has the ratchet changed direction?

The Best Food Trucks in Vancouver

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Pamela and Gerry Healy had one day to spend in Vancouver on their world tour and the couple from Sydney, Australia didn't head straight for Stanley Park or one of the city's beaches or even to the historic Gastown neighbourhood. Their first stop was a food truck tour.