"The fact that over 50 per cent of the residents of Toronto are not from Canada, that is always a good thing, creatively, and for food especially. That is easily a city's biggest strength, and it is Toronto's unique strength." -Anthony Bordain
I thought I’d run into the market to grab a few things really quick, but wow! Let’s be honest, when you’re in another country, and you don’t know what anything costs or where anything is, shopping takes a LOT longer. Two hours later, and we were done!! Good thing the kids were occupied with these Ketchup chips, one of Canada’s best kept secrets! 🙌🏻
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It’s been a week since we were crowned the “World’s Best Bar Team” in Amsterdam, and though I’m sure my fb friends may be sick of seeing my face on your feed, I just wanted to share a quick thought.
Roughly two years ago, I was pushed out of a space that I had fully invested my heart into. My hometown, which I returned to in order to help open this space, suddenly shrunk, and I was left feeling like there was no space for me. I was left feeling rudderless, without direction or much of a home. It was a really dark and confusing time, only made a little lighter by the love and care of my friends, my family, and my partner.
Fast forward a couple of months, and I’m signing my contract to lead the bar at Botanist while I’m sitting on the beach in Puerto Rico for the nationals of Bacardi Legacy. It’s a weird life. Little did I know then how much of a powerhouse I was joining. It’s now been about a year and a half, and I haven’t looked back once. The team that I am so blessed to be a part of does amazing things every day, and I’ve learned and grown and felt the love from all of them. I couldn’t be happier to be in the place I’m in, doing what I’m doing, and doing it with the amazing professionals on our team.
The moral of the story? Sometimes family doesn’t find you right away. Sometimes you need to work for it, seek it out, and leave a situation that isn’t the right one for you. Your time, your labour, and your heart isn’t a commodity - it’s yours to decide who deserves it. Ours is an industry that you get to decide who your team is, who your family is. I’ve chosen mine, and now the world knows just how amazing they are.
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My stories from today may look like all fun and games but...
...some real talk was involved. Today I had the chance to participate in an event hosted by #RBCFutureLaunch . #RBCFutureLaunch is @RBC's 10-year, $500 million commitment to help young Canadians prepare for a changing workplace. Today's event brought together scientists, creators, entrepreneurs, business folk, writers, and professional athletes to discuss some of the skills and experiences we have found important and necessary to succeed in a world with a rapidly changing workforce. I'm excited to do a full break down on some of the day's learnings (around networking, mental well bring, and transferable skills) in a later post and - in particular - answer some of the questions folks shared in my stories. However what I will say for now is that despite very different backgrounds - many of us participating in the discussions hit on the importance of a lot of the same key skills - like getting real world experience early, taking time to develop social perceptiveness & emotional intelligence, maintaining diverse networks, and actively looking for connections that you can learn from! As always I'm excited to have been in a room of amazingly diverse folks teaching me great things! Tap the post to meet some of the other young Canadians participating in today's discussion. #sponsored
I did a bit more research on this and found out that both #THC and #CBD are powerful #antioxidants and #neuroprotectants and interestingly enough, the U.S. Government Patent 1999/008769 is specifically for the neuroprotectant and antioxidant properties of cannabinoids. The government has known about this for some time. 😔
This face, this is the face mark makes when you come all the way to his house and forget the podcast gear 🤦♂️so this weeks pod may be alittle late but I promise it will be a fun one!!! But for now let’s all thank @bowenislandbeer and their new hemp blonde which is damn delicious and always a phenomenal price, 5% and 14ibu this beer might just be for you!
Strawberry fields forever... Unless there's a vineyard nearby, in which case yay wine tour!!
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So are you like me someone who LOVES tea but also LOVES coffee? Are there days when you can’t decided between which one you want in the morning? Well I think I have the answer to your problem!! It is..... @mugofmuul ☕️
• @mugofmuul combines coffee and tea into a perfectly lethal combination of delicious flavour and high caffeine!
They have three flavours and I am so far managed to try two of them and they are as follows - EARL VANILLA “A cream earl grey tea fused with a medium bodied french vanilla coffee” - MAPLE CHAI “Spicy Indian chai tea meets Canadian maple coffee” - finally PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE “A robust German chocolate coffee with a delightfully refreshing peppermint tea”
• @mugofmuul description of their product is as follows “What is muul, you ask? muul (myool as it’s pronounced) is a unique hybrid beverage fusing robust coffees with ethereal tea leaves. The best of both worlds in one mug!” They go on further describing that they were finding coffee to acidic (which I do as well) and that led to experimentation and then this product.
My favourite of the two I’ve had is Earl Vanilla. My favourite tea is Earl Grey (@tetleycanada Earl Grey is the first tea I would drink in the evening - a story for another time) and this product is divine. You can taste the Earl Grey tea and then the Vanilla coffee. Both items complimenting each other well in a very symbiotic way. Tastes good with a little bit of milk and sugar!
I’ve also tried Maple Chai and I don’t mind it but not “cup of hybrid” (😆) It is strong with chai which is not my favourite kind of tea to begin with. You can however taste the Maple coffee.
When you open the bags you can smell the beautiful combination of tea and coffee. I highly recommend giving these a try. My only complaint is how small the product bags are. They recommend 3tbsp per mug and so if you use a 6 cup French Press the product gets used up fast. Also did I mention this is a Canadian company based in Toronto 🇨🇦 ❤️ BONUS!!!
MEETING WITH MINISTERS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT! Last month I had the privilege of being invited to a Filipina-Canadian roundtable to meet with various MPs in Scarborough, as well as the Minister of International Development and Minister for Women & Gender Equality, Maryam Monsef. Over 20 Filipina-Canadians from different career backgrounds were asked to speak to the barriers and issues facing Filipina women, which Minister Monsef would then bring back to Parliament.
If I’m completely honest, I always feel like a a sham when I’m invited to events like this. A weird form of imposter syndrome comes up for me and I don’t feel like I’m qualified to speak on such issues. What do I know? My cause has been around diversity + representation, which honestly, feels pretty frivolous compared to the systemic barriers + injustices that so many of my fellow Filipinas must endure, who have entered this country through the Live-In Caregiver Program - a deeply flawed and inequitable system that separates our families for years. Who the hell am I to be speaking to the Minister?*
But being in that room was a humbling education for me on many levels. First of all, it showed me that I too – despite all of the work that I am doing in diversity + representation – continue to fall into the trap of reducing Filipino-Canadian identities and issues into the narrow stereotype of the caregiver/nanny/maid (irony!) •
Being in that room showed me just how multifaceted our community really is and by that same token, how multidimensional our issues are. We are entrepreneurs, teachers, community organizers, academics, writers + artists, social workers, and so much more. And there is work to be done across all industries + at all levels.
Listening to these women showed me how so much of our struggles + accomplishments are interconnected. How it is difficult to untangle one thread without untangling the whole quilt. And therefore how important acting in solidarity is. I am, as always, grateful to be in the presence of such fierce Filipinas who speak with such confidence, intelligence, and conviction and who are working in every corner, big or small, to bring about change for our community.