On July 31st I had the honour of meeting and speaking with Vancouver Chef Ned Bell at a reception hosted by the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto.
Bell, executive chef of Vancouver’s Yew Seafood + Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver, is midway through a coast-to-coast journey to raise awareness for, and accessibility to, sustainable seafood.
The “Chefs for Oceans” tour, which kicked off June 30th in St. John’s, Newfoundland, will see Ned temporarily ditch the chef jacket for a cycling shirt to bike across Canada from coast-to-coast, riding between 140km – 200km each “cycling” day, making stops in 20 major cities along the route to speak with media and participate in events, while promoting local businesses that support, sell, and serve sustainable seafood. Concluding in Vancouver on September 11, 2014 , the three month long tour will also be raising funds through these events and the sale of the cleverly labeled “Ned Tuna”, which will see portions of the net proceeds donated to Ocean Wise, SeaChoice.org, and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). Continue reading
With the stressful job/money situation of the last couple of months, culminated with poor nutrition, followed by a recent week of eating rich foods and drinking every night. (friends in from out of town) I shouldn’t have been surprised then when I found myself writhing in pain in the middle of the night last week. I was due for a visit by Aunt Flo, had likely stressed my gallbladder, plus my kidneys hadn’t been too happy with me lately either… I just had to become conscious enough to figure out where the pain was radiating from.
It wasn’t low enough for menstrual cramps, so that was ruled out right away. Right upper back, ribcage area… still not specific enough. An hour or so later though, the pain has shifted… It’s a stone! we have a kidney stone! I know how to do this. Continue reading
This week I got a call out of the blue from Jesse at Car-2-Go, thanking me for being an “awesome member”.
That in and of itself would have been superb! I mean, who doesn’t love getting told they are a great customer/member/team player?
Then the amazing Jesse from car2go Toronto went on to ask if I would be around in the next couple of hours so he could personally deliver a “Thanks for being an awesome member” gift to my door! How cool is that!?
It’s nice to be appreciated as a customer, without having to jump through hoops, or threaten to quit, or any other number of weird strings attached.
Moments like this are why I will champion a product or service for life.
It’s like the waitress at the restaurant you go to only a handful of times a year, who remembers your food allergy! (Go Il Fornello Danforth!) Or the company who’s product you tried and raved about delivering a box of said product as a thank you! (Go Ely Products – Natural Sins!)
It’s Customer Service, and it’s a lost art. But these three examples give me hope!
Start where you are,
Use what you have,
Do what you can
– Arthur Ashe
I wonder if anyone else does this?
Just randomly decides to move the furniture around.
I stood in the middle of my livingroom this afternoon and thought. “Nope. This just isn’t working for me” Then I mentally moved things around in my mind and planned the quickest most efficient way to make it happen. It worked remarkably well. And I got a good workout out of it.
I find if I’m mentally or emotionally “stuck”, moving the furniture opens up the flow of energy through the apartment. Since I’ve lived here around 23 years, you can only imagine how many configurations I’ve managed to come up with in my little space! I’ve tried to Feng Shui the place even! *not so successful with that one* Continue reading