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Feedback From - Connie DeSousa and John Jackson
November 19 2014

We are getting a double-dose of awesome today with a double-peek into a Day In The Life of the duo behind CHARCUT Roast House, Connie DeSousa and John Jackson.

What are you best known for?
Connie: Deboning a pig’s head in 49 seconds.
John: Teaching Connie DeSousa everything she knows in the kitchen;-)

What day of the week are you telling me about and in which city?
Connie: Sunday in YYC is one of my absolute faves!
John: Saturday in Calgary getting ready to head to Montreal

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
Connie: I usually wake up to my daughter cooing and baby talking in her crib. I get super excited to wake up and spend time with her before I go to work.
John: Woke up at 4AM, read emails including the end of shift report from service the night before…Back to sleep for hour and a half then and woke up with baby Frances looking for mommy and daddy.

Which 3 songs would best fit as a soundtrack on that day?
Connie: Happy by Pharrell, anything from Disney flicks and now with baby Annabella - “Old MacDonald….E-I-E-I-OH"
John: With the Quickness – Bad Brains, Rags and Bones – NoMeansNo, Wild World – Cat Stevens

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
Connie: Spicy Portuguese sausage and eggs for breakfast every Sunday morning
John: Lobster Spaghetti at Joe Beef…. I loved it so much that we recreated a version of it at CHARCUT Roast House in our fall menu.

Who did you share it with?
Connie: My husband Jean-Francois and 3 month old, Annabella.
John: Connie DeSousa, Pierre & Candace "AKA food on your shirt" and our host Dave…. Great night eating throughout Montreal!

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
Connie: Nothing, I have no regrets.
John: I should have wore sweatpants not my skinny jeans! Who am I kidding…

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
Connie: I try to eat every 3 hours as it boosts my metabolism….and I'm always hungry :)
John: I missed eating at least one meal a day with my daughter and wife when I was away in Montreal.

What shoes did you wear and why?
Connie: Clogs because the are so comfy!
John: Clogs because Connie does.

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
Connie: My ultimate food pet peeve is under seasoned food. I can’t stand it!!
John: My ultimate food pet peeve is going to a farmers market and finding bananas and starfruit…

What promise did you break?
Connie: That I would work out more often.
John: I make very few promises...Under promise - over deliver.

One thing you did to build your dream?
Connie: Working with my co-chef and mentor, John Jackson. CHARCUT and charbar are our dreams 15 years in the making.
John: Partnered with people I love and trust to build our businesses together.


What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
Connie: 2am - Calgary
John: 3:47am - visiting Montreal with friends
Feedback From - Les Stroud
November 12 2014

I was able to catch up with The Real Les Stroud between his concerts and surviving out in the wilderness. (Photo Credit: Laura Bombier)

What am I best known for?
From my high school buddies:
My ability to make a sandwich out of 5 ritz crackers, butter and skippy smooth peanut butter and eat it in one bite.
From life in general:
Survivorman
From tree huggers:
My nature-celebrating music
From women:
My harmonica skills

What day of the week is it and in what city?
I don't know.
Ever.


What time did you wake up and tell me about the first five minutes?
It was raining, there would be no sun this day, my hip was sore from sleeping on a rock.


Which 3 songs would fit the sound track of the day?
Lightening Crashes
My Eyes Adored You (I watched The Jersey Boys on the plane)
One Giant Farm (I am working on my own music - a bridge section on this song)

Most memorable things I put in my mouth that day.
A woman's tongue.

Who did you share it with?
The woman.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
My eating habits.

Most significant food ritual you missed?
Something other than plane food.

What shoes did you wear and why?
My best hiking boots.

Who has committed you food pet peeve and what is it?
Huh?

Promise that I broke?
I don't break promises


One thing I did to build my dream?
Watched The Jersey Boys, cried, felt convicted of my dream, so i worked on my music.


At what time and what city did you go to bed?
I don't know, why? Are you keeping tabs on me??



Can I go now




Please.
Feedback From - Anupy Singla
November 05 2014

Today's guest is an award-winning journalist who is quickly becoming one of USA's foremost authorities on Indian food and cooking. Let's catch up with Anupy Singla, author of Indian For Everyone.

What are you best known for?
Telling it the way it is. I am a Libra. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. I just can’t be politically correct. It’s not in my nature.

What day of the week are you telling me about and in which city?
Monday in Chicago.

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
The phone alarm went off at 5 a.m. I hit the snooze until 7:30 a.m. I wrote a text to my trainer making an excuse not to work out. Last week for my book launch was hellishly busy. But, I changed my mind, deleted the text, and worked my butt off. I did the right thing.

Which 3 songs would best fit as a soundtrack on that day?
I don’t know any song titles. My brain is on a need-to-know basis and it’s not something I consider important to remember. LoL!

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
A gol-gappa from a street vendor in India – a wildly spiced piece of daikon in India, and hearty chili chickpeas from the lakeside in Chandigarh, the town where I was born in Punjab.

Who did you share it with?
No one. I love savory anything. And Indian street food is what I constantly crave.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
I got a little sick to my stomach after. But, it sure was worth it.

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
Can’t handle it when I miss out on my morning cup of goodness: hot water, lemon, and turmeric. Cleanses my soul and liver.

What shoes did you wear and why?
My Uggs. So comfy.

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
My husband eats tamarind chutney with a South Indian dosa. That truly bugs me. I like fusion, but not fusion confusion.

What promise did you break?
I always break my promise to not watch TV and then turn on the Real Housewives of whatever.

One thing you did to build your dream?
I want to be the best me possible. That means getting in prime shape. I gave up sugar. I don’t eat desserts except on very special occasions. It’s helped me reach my dream to get back on TV with my own cooking show. And yes, folks, the camera does add 10 pounds. Right in your face!

What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
11 p.m. in Chicago. My husband travels and I truly love being able to do what I do and be home for my young girls. I take great pride in knowing I’m there when they wake up and put them to bed each day unless the random ones when I am on the road promoting a new book.
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