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Why Mealshare is Awesome!

I first heard of Mealshare through a restaurant I serviced and  soon after from a good friend of mine who owns a southern cooking New Orleans’ style restaurant. Mealshare partners with restaurants to provide  food for the less fortunate.

Here’s an excerpt from their website:

At Mealshare, we create partnerships with restaurants to help people, by providing one meal to someone in need for every Mealshare item purchased. Menu items that restaurants select to participate have a Mealshare logo next to them for easy recognition. For each Mealshare meal sold, restaurants give a portion of the proceeds to Mealshare. With this contribution, we ensure that one meal is provided for someone in need for every Mealshare purchased. Buy one, give one. Simple.

To provide meals, Mealshare receives money from our partner restaurants for each Mealshare meal sold, and we then donate money to our charitable partners. With that money, our partner charities are able to provide a complete and nutritious meal to someone in need. Partner charities, of course, have different meal costs as they operate in different areas and with different approaches, so a different amount of money gets donated by Mealshare in each case. In the end, we ensure that the number of meals provided to people in need matches the number of Mealshare items purchased. We hope you will take the time to find out more about our amazing charity partners by visiting the ‘Charities’ section of the website.

you can follow mealshare in twitter or facebook

@mealshareteam or

Mealshare is a wonderful program dedicated to help the local charities to continue services and food to the homeless. I’m happy to say here in Edmonton are at least 3 restaurants participating. My hope is for the big players and chain restaurants to take part and spread the not only the word but the great benefits this program has to offer.


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Because she can write it way better than I can.
Here’s a great blog post by someone who is very passionate about our food scene. #yegfood
Three cheers to Lindsay and the Next Act folks.

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April 24, 2013 · 3:53 pm

The Act Food Truck (Reviewed)

Finally, after a much awaited time The Act Food Truck hits the road. (Well, it’s been about 2 months). One lucky day I was able to find the time to make it to the spot where the truck was parked. I was also lucky to gather a few of my co-workers to come with and try out the truck fare.
Personally, I had no reservation on the food since I know the Next Act folks are very detailed oriented and great lovers of food. But boy, we were in for a treat!!!
Upon arriving there we were greeted by what seems to be now the truck’s mascot ‘Pancakes’. My first thought was “I love Pancakes” but this was no ordinary lovable pet , it’s the personal dog of one owners and operators. Pancakes makes for an awesome host and addition to the team. Shout out to Pancakes.
As I mentioned before I was wasn’t really worried about the kind of quality I was going to get from The Truck, and I wasn’t disappointed either. I ended up having the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich. The sandwich was very good indeed, tasty and juicy topped with crispy onions and nestled between a soft kaiser bun. I ended washing down the pork with one of the sugar cane sodas they had on board and ready available at my request.
The one part I was really impressed with was the concoction was floating around the $10 mark including the drink. With pricing like this the folks at The Truck make it really affordable and desirable to go back and shop there again. But wait the goodness doesn’t stop there. The package would be incomplete if I forget to mention how the team is always challenging themselves and adding new characters to their ever revolving menu. And to keep it in the family they als reprise the Cameo’s specials from the pub fare as well. This I believe it to be genius.
In conclusion, if you like food and good food at that please find the truck and go. I guarantee you wont be disappointed. The service is best in class, food is phenomenal and with those prices I wont have to break the bank to get a good mouthful of goodness.
Follow them on twitter @theacttruck to find out where and when you can find them parked, the could be just around the corner.

Q: What’s a food crave you support and recommend? Feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts. 

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Go Local or Go Home

A few months back I had the opportunity to go to eat a mainstay in downtown Chicago, Il. I was in Elk Grove for work training and every night our group had an activity. One particular night we decided to go to a Cubs game. However, we were late getting out of our class and a bunch of us decided to hang out in downtown Chicago since we were already on the train. While walking through a multitude of people between the pier and the ever beautiful marble clad Union Station we decided to go somewhere to eat. And after walking and searching Chicago’s great array of niche type restaurants, pubs and family dinners we decided to go local or go home. Giordano’s was the name.
Giordano's Chicago-style deep dish pizza

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Once inside the restaurant we had to wait over an hour to be seated on a Tuesday night. The place was full, every seat in the house was cradling a tush, including the small bar wood they called a lounge. We stood there in patience since it was already late and we where really hungry. Once seated, everything changed. Service was stupendous, our server was one of a kind, attentive to all details, and quick to take our drinks order and appy’s. One thing Chicago is known for is Deep Dish. So I convinced a Texan named Terry (Big T) to share with me in this endeavor. Let’s just say none of us were disappointed. I can actually say I had a moment with my slice of pizza.
Like no other I’ve ever tasted, this pizza is grade “A” in my books. Between the layers of real full fat mozzarella, deli pepperoni, and that succulent, delicious and hefty serving of pizza sauce I got lost. For a moment all seemed to stop, the voices in the room dimmed and tunnel vision kicked in. After what seemed like an eternity I came to, like being awoken from a deep sleep I started to notice everyone else in the room.
My advice to anyone who travels:
1. Go local or go home: With all the choices it was hard coming to an agreement on where to eat. We prevailed and decided to go local. Giordano’s is a place I will never forget.

2. Create Memories: I love traveling. Flying or road trips are all the same. But going on the road usually means lots of prep work, planing and spending time getting there and then leaving. The least you can do is to enjoy yourself while you’re there. Plan accordingly and take with you all the intangibles for you will never forget them.

In short, If I ever have a chance to make it to Illinois once again, I will make another pit stop at this locale.

Go local or Go Home,

If you could experience unknown local food fare to restaurants you’re familiar with which on would you choose?

English: Chicago Style Pizza with a rich tomat...

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