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Feedback From - Scott Vivian
December 03 2014

Let's touch base with the man from Beast, Scott Vivian.


What are you best known for?
I am best known for being an avid supporter of local food and bringing chefs from around North America to toronto to cook and enjoy the city. I also cook a lot of meat!

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

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
8:07am. I had to pee. That's why I woke up. Then my head started to throb from too many drinks last night at the Drake. After a glass of water, I was good to go and tried to lay down for a couple of minutes before the day started.

Which 3 songs would best fit as a soundtrack on that day?
The Number of the Beast
Versace
Crosstown Traffic

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
Fried chicken bao from Bahn Mi Boys, pigs blood pasta from Buca, Nashville hot chicken from Sean Brock at PNL Burger.

Who did you share it with?
Absolutely no one. Just me, myself and I.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
It was my day off and I ended up dealing with a bunch of restaurant stuff. Would have been nice to shut the brain off for 24 hours.

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
I don't really have any food rituals. I try to eat a banana in the morning and forgot on that day, but it didn't affect my life. I like bananas. It's hard to say banana in your head without hearing Gwen
Stefani.

What shoes did you wear and why?
My slip-on black and grey checkered Vans. They're comfortable and I hate tying laces.

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
I watched someone add salt and pepper to their meal before even tasting it. I f****** hate that. How do you know it needs seasoning if you haven't even tasted it yet? F****** stupid.

What promise did you break?
I don't make promises, therefore I can't break promises. Keeps me outta trouble.

One thing you did to build your dream?
I made s*** happen. I decided I wanted to open a restaurant, I got the money to do so and I made it happen. I also surrounded myself with an amazing staff which helps keep the dream alive.

What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
1:30 am in Toronto.
Feedback From - Rosie Alyea
November 26 2014

Today we are treated to a peek into a day in the life of Rosie Alyea of Sweetapolita

What are you best known for?
Having a cake addiction, and creating decadent layer cakes to photograph and share recipes with fellow cake addicts.

What day of the week are you telling me about and in which city?
Friday in the Port of Newcastle, Ontario

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
6:00am (every day, no alarm). I went to bed alone and woke up next to a husband, 5-year old, 7-year old, a 3 foot stuffed purple unicorn, and 2 doll babies. I peeked at social media on my iPhone to see what baker friends in other time zones had been up to while I was asleep.

Which 3 songs would best fit as a soundtrack on that day?
Sugartown (Nancy Sinatra)
Cake (B-52s)
Right Now (Van Halen)

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
Crisp apple slices dipped (generously) in homemade salted caramel. Oh, and slice of the dark chocolate/pumpkin/cream cheese/salted caramel cake that I made the caramel for.

Who did you share it with?
I wish I could have shared, but I’m typically home most days with no one but my cake addiction.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
That I had to eat dessert alone—it’s kind of like drinking alone. ☹

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
I was out of 0% Greek yogurt, which I eat every morning with sliced bananas. It’s how I convince myself that I really do eat a balanced diet.

What shoes did you wear and why?
Aubergine Hunter wellies—I feel like a hip Scottish farm girl when I wear them. Plus it was a torrential downpour that day.

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
My husband and cakelets wouldn’t try the new cake I made simply because they weren’t sure if they’d like it.

What promise did you break?
That I would only try just enough cake to ensure it was a stellar recipe for my readers, and that I’d keep the bites to a minimum. Oops.

One thing you did to build your dream?
I photographed the “Midnight Pumpkin Layer Cake” and shared the recipe with the sugar-loving blogosphere.

What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
A granny-ish 8:45pm, still in the Port of Newcastle.
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
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