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Feedback From - Mark McEwan
May 20 2014

Today we take a gander into a day in the life of the awesome Mark McEwan.

What are you best known for?
I guess you could say that sometimes my hair preceeds me, it is definitely something that makes me recognizable

What day of the week are you telling me about and in which city?
Tuesday, February 25th in Toronto

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
I wake up at 6:30am everyday, in the first 5 minutes all I manage to do is put on a pair of sweat pants and make the perfect long espresso

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
I haven't even had it yet, but I know it will be the Origin Burger and a Spicy Tuna Roll from Origin on King for lunch today. PLus I am a little bit of a girl, so I will have it with a cold glass of pinot grigio...thinking about it makes me want it to be 1pm right now!

Who did you share it with?
An executive sous chef from one of the restaurants

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
I wish it would warm up! I feel like I live in Fort McMurray

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
I guess eating is a pretty significant food ritual...it is noon and I still haven't had anything to eat yet

What shoes did you wear and why?
A pair of cool tan, slim, wing tips....why not?

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
My assistant Jordie eats fast food 6 times a week, she keeps McDonalds, Mr. Sub and Taco Bell running...It baffles me....I'm ashamed haha

What promise did you break?
Nothing yet, but it is still early in the day... yesterday I promised myself the healthy "one square" of dark chocolate and ending eating the whole thing ugh

One thing you did to build your dream?
I had a couple of meetings about the second location of McEwan...it is going to be a busy year

What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
I will go to bed around 1:30am tonight...I have the final episode of House of Cards to watch, no spoilers please!
Feedback From - Lee Anne Wong
May 13 2014

Let's take a peek into a Day In The Life of the multi-faceted Lee Anne Wong.

What are you best known for?
Pork. Dumplings. And copious amounts of whiskey.

What day of the week are you telling me about and in which city?
It's Wednesday. Living aloha in Honolulu, HI.

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
I woke up at 3:30 am, for a second didn't know where I was and what day it is, and then realized I had to drag my ass out of bed and go to work (again). Put the contacts in (still can't open my eyes), turn the shower on. Out the front door within 20 minutes. Groundhog Day.


Which 3 songs would best fit as a soundtrack on that day?
Canned Heat
Burning Down the House
Bennie and the Jets

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
I'm about to suck down a gallon of local Keopu coffee. And maybe have one of my cooks fry me a hash brown in butter and bacon fat. I am currently munching on one of our koena-poi biscuits.

Who did you share it with?
No one. Perks of being the boss.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
Wish I had a magic laundry fairy living at my apartment so I could be here at work and still get my s*** done at home.

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
This is my restaurant's 5th day of being open. I have been living here for the better part of 2 months. I get up in the dark and go home in the dark. For the most part, I forget to eat all day and drink water. There's a jar of peanut butter on my coffee table at home and a dish rack full of spoons.

What shoes did you wear and why?
Got my golden clogs on.

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
There's a sushi restaurant in Tsukiji market I frequent every time I go to Japan, 13 seats only. It is one of the great meccas of sushi, at the source. You have to get in line at 4am because they open at 5am. If you happen to be number 27, you wait for 2 hours. On my last trip I rolled down there by myself. The American foodie snobs behind me in line not only were rude to me (really, you're gonna be a jerk to the only other English speaking person in line at 4:30am?) but when they got inside, the girl licked all her sushi then secretly piled it on a small plate under the counter, half chewed, while her dining partners proclaimed, "This is SO much better than Whole Foods sushi." Beyond that, because I know the chefs there, I was getting some special sushi and they continued to talk about me in the third person. "What is SHE getting?" "What does SHE have??" Dude, I'm right next to you. Just ask, you socially stunted plebe. It was a multitude of culinary and behavioral sins.

What promise did you break?
I promised myself I would give up French fries and potato chips. Yeah right. (This hash brown is f'in delicious....)

One thing you did to build your dream?
I moved 5000+ miles to the most remote piece of rock in the middle of an ocean to open a restaurant and be with the man of my dreams.

What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
10pm in Honolulu. And I'm not sleeping. I'm napping.
Feedback From - Aarti Sequeira
May 06 2014

Take a peek into a day in the life of the always lovely Aarti Sequeira

What are you best known for?
Being that girl on Food Network who always wears a flower in her hair!

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

What time did you wake up and tell me about the first 5 minutes?
645am because my 4-month old daughter Eliyah woke up crying and hungry. So I fed her. That's about as exciting as it gets these days!

Which 3 songs would best fit as a soundtrack on that day?
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (it's what I sing to her to help her fall asleep)
Go Tell it on the Mountain (we went for a hike up a nearby hill)
Cry me a River (because I'm battling post partum depression so I cry nearly every day!!)

Most memorable things you put in your mouth?
Gucamole hummus. Surprisingly good!

Who did you share it with?
My husband, who had bought it.

One thing you wish you could change about that day?
My daughter's sleeping schedule but that's a losing battle!

What is your most significant food ritual, which you missed?
I eat a bowl of quinoa with two eggs and some vegetables for my breakfast most mornings. I ran out of eggs so I had quinoa with almond milk, spicy pecans and dates. I wasn't happy at first, but it was actually pretty tasty! I might have it more often!

What shoes did you wear and why?
Some running shoes so that I could hike up the hill.

Who committed your ultimate food pet peeve, and what was it?
My daughter! She's going through a growth spurt and kept crying as I tried to breastfeed her because ostensibly, the milk wasn't coming out fast enough for her. Piggy! But seeing as she's only 4 months, I guess I'll give her a pass.

What promise did you break?
I racked and racked my brain but I couldn't think of one! Well, wait, I suppose everyday I promise God that I'll spend a bit more time with Him, and everyday I miss the mark. So I suppose that's a broken promise. Ugh. Thanks for bringing it up. :)

One thing you did to build your dream?
I signed off on the page layout for my very first cookbook, Aarti Paarti, which is out this September! Wheeee!

What time and in which city did you go to sleep?
I'm going to try to get to bed by 10pm but I'm not sure that's going to happen. Los Angeles.
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