Are you done with your holiday shopping yet?

Is your email inbox full of marketing emails from national retailers? It’s hard to resist because we’re all busy…it’s so much easier to just buy your present from a big box store or national retailer when they’re offering BIG discounts and even free shipping/guaranteed shipping before Christmas.

We hope you consider SHIFTING some of your spending this holiday season to a local business because…

shop local this holiday season


Companies Against Labeling GMO’s

Companies Against Labeling GMO


These big companies oppose labeling GMO’s. Very unfortunate considering they are responsible for feeding so much of our population. But it makes sense since all they care about are profits. Hope you’ll think twice before purchasing from these brands.

List of companies:

Kellogg’s – No shame in feeding our kids crap
The Coca-Cola Company – They must be putting something in their soda to get people addicted
Nestle – They claim to be the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company
Smucker’s – Their tagline “there’s more than you see” is very accurate
Pepsi Co – They must be putting something in their soda to get people addicted
Del Monte – Tagline “A Nutritious Snack Anytime” forgets to add “filled with chemicals we don’t want people to know about”
MARS – NOOOOOoooooooooooooooooo not chocolate!
Hershey’s – NOOOOOoooooooooooooooooo not chocolate!
Solae – Subsidiary of DuPont
ConAgra Foods – Sells packaged foods under various brand names, so watch out!
Bimbo Bakeries USA – Largest bakery company in the United States that’s owned by a Mexican company
Campbell’s – oh no! not the canned soups 😦

Food Truck Craze

There has always been something appealing about getting a quick bite at a taco truck but in the past couple of years, the food truck business has really taken off.  I used to go to Off the Grid in the Civic Center and UN Plaza when I was going to UC Hastings but since graduating, I have not really had a chance to get my favorite food truck grubs.

I found out last month that Off the Grid expanded to Hayward and I was definitely excited to check it out.  Marc and I along with a few other friends went on Monday night and we got my favorite pork belly and braised pork on steamed bun from The Chairman, a couple of bulgogi tacos from Seoul on Wheels and the super delicous roti bouquet from House of Siam.

Last night,  I was in Union City for my internship and my friend/co-intern and I realized that Food Truck Mafia had food trucks set up  right by City Hall (near Logan High School) and as if I did not have roti in my system yet from the night before, I got chicken satay skewers and roti with curry from Conklin’s Catering.

From bottom left to top right: The Chairman, House of Siam, Seoul on Wheels and Conklin’s Catering.

Although not all food trucks are independent and locally-owned businesses, a lot of them are.  I think it’s a wonderful place for aspiring restauranteurs to give themselves a shot in making it in this super competitive market.  I bet it’s less costly for them to get it started and they get customers from all over the bay.  One criticism that I often hear is it’s too pricy but I suppose that we pay a little extra for convenience and having a chance to try out all sorts of food.

What’s your favorite food truck?


As if you need more convincing

Here’s a great article from discussing how buying local and cash mobs allows us to invest in our communities:   Joining the (Cash) Mob to Help Main Street

We hope to see you all at Croll’s Pizza in Alameda and please RSVP on Facebook but as the article stated, participating in a cash mob is not the only way you can help invest in our communities.  We should all be trying to shift local everyday.

You can shift local when you buy groceries and gifts and you can even shift local when you travel.  Were a little behind on posting more about our recent trip to Maui but here’s a picture Marc being extra excited about Local Food, an independent and locally-owned business in Maui.