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Jamie Mah is a writer, bartender and sommelier in beautiful Vancouver B.C. Join him as he takes comprehensive deep dives into everything food and culture in the city and around the globe.

Track & Food Podcast Jamie Mah

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Jamie Mah is a writer, bartender and sommelier in beautiful Vancouver B.C. Join him as he takes comprehensive deep dives into everything food and culture in the city and around the globe.

    Track and Food Year End Wrap Up Conversation With Mickey McLeod Of The Acorn

    Track and Food Year End Wrap Up Conversation With Mickey McLeod Of The Acorn

    Well, 2021, it's been a year. You were one for the books that's for sure.

    This is our last episode of 2021 (obviously) and with it Mickey and I wanted to chat about what we went through these past 365 days. It was great to hear him bring his unvarnished perspective of someone who is on his way out of this industry. We really have a fun and illuminating chat and go through a wide range of issues.

    Mickey and I want to thank you all for your support this past year and to all of our guests for joining us.

    Here's links to many of the food ideas and topics I run through at the beginning.

    midrangevancouver.com/food

    https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/22698265/europe-cage-ban-animal-welfare-eggs-pork-united-states

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/19/dining/master-sommeliers-terminated-sexual-harassment.html

    Happy New Year everyone. We'll see you in 2022. 

    Jamie and Mickey

    • 51 min
    Food Journalist Corey Mintz Dishes On His New Book, "The Next Supper", Moving To A New City And Becoming A Father

    Food Journalist Corey Mintz Dishes On His New Book, "The Next Supper", Moving To A New City And Becoming A Father

    What an absolute delight it was to chat with prominent food journalist Corey Mintz (New York Times, Globe and Mail, Eater) about his recently released book, The Next Supper: The End of Restaurants as We Knew Them, and What Comes After.  This was definitely one of my all time favourite chats as Corey's book touches on many of the themes this podcast has aimed to cover in the past.

    His book is broken down into eight distinct chapters, as each is fully fleshed out with interviews and thorough analysis. Topics range from the virtual restaurant to the chef driven affair to chains and fast food. All facets of this industry are covered with Corey giving a unique and timely perspective of where we came from, where we stand currently and where he sees us moving forward.  If you want a discussion which gets at the heart of this industry as a whole, this one is for you. Corey is candid, humble and personable. You can tell he cares and wants the best for this sector. Mad respect given for this. I'm extremely grateful I was able to do this interview. I hope you enjoy it.


    **Apologies for the odd blip in audio. Can't win every Zoom call.


    Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Superflux Co-Owner Adam Henderson On His New Space Superflux Cabana, Opening A Brewery And Following Your Dreams

    Superflux Co-Owner Adam Henderson On His New Space Superflux Cabana, Opening A Brewery And Following Your Dreams

    Brought to you by Scout Magazine.


    What a treat it was to finally have Adam Henderson of Superflux on. If you don't know who he is or his brand, let's just say it is one of the most respected in the province. Why? It's because 80% of what they do is IPA's and BC loves their hoppy beers. It's really that simple. Plus, I mean, how can you not love a coconut IPA? Or a strawberry cheesecake IPA?

    Nevertheless, with success having come his way, you'd think he and his partner (Matt Kohlen) would just be happy with the new brewery they opened last year. Y'know, rest on their laurels. Chill out. Maybe visit Mexico?

    Nope. Not the case at all.

    Enter Superflux Cabana, their beautiful new restaurant in Victoria.

    The room is absolutely stunning, as it was designed by the team from Studio Roslyn. It's definitely a far cry from what one would expect a beer focused restaurant to look like, which, honestly, is a good thing.

    Adam and I discussed how this new project came to be, what was the process of doing something completely different like, as well as how he got into this line of work in the first place and where he sees his company moving forward.  This episode has a fun entrepreneurial bent to it as Adam distills a lot of how all of this came together, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I'm confident you will too.


    Superflux is located up on Clark Drive here in Vancouver. Do check it out. They have killer swag and excellent hot dogs. Definitely try the coconut IPA if you can. It's delicious.

    Superflux Cabana is now open. Burgers and great beer, what's not to love? Hit it up as soon as you can.


    Here's the link to the New York Times feature we discuss.

    Last Call For The Beer Bar?

    Here's the link to my beer pricing column we also discuss.

    A Missed Opportunity - Did The Craft Beer Industry Lose Their One Chance To Grow Their Market Share?


    ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.
    We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca


    ****Correction: I mistakenly mention that Studio Roslyn are the one's who designed Kissa Tanto in my intro, but it was actually Ste.Marie Art + Design. Apologies for the error. 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Shira Blustein Of The Acorn On Her New Cookbook, Owning A Restaurant And Being A Punk Rocker For Life

    Shira Blustein Of The Acorn On Her New Cookbook, Owning A Restaurant And Being A Punk Rocker For Life

    In memory of Andrew Morrison of Scout Magazine.


    Well for all of you who've followed this podcast since its inception, you'll have no doubt heard me talk about Scout Magazine numerous times over the years.  Not only are they our presenting sponsor, but I've also been a contributor of theirs since 2016. This episode has a bit of a twist to it in that my friend and editor at Scout, Andrew Morrison, recently passed away from a short battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Michelle and two sons, James and Pip. Fittingly and somewhat bittersweet, this episode is the last directive Andrew gave to me before his passing, and with a loving tone and big heart, the person I have interviewed is not only someone he admired, but also a close family friend. Cancer sucks and death at any age is never easy. Our love goes out to Michelle and the boys and their family during this time. Much love.

    Now for this episode, what a delight it was to chat with Shira Blustein. She's been a prominent figurehead in the Vancouver restaurant community since the inception her acclaimed restaurant Acorn first opened. Awards, accolades and praise locally and globally have come to her and her team for the excellent food and drink they continue to provide. My co-host of this podcast,  Mickey, is even an employee now and he's really enjoyed every second being on the team. But, not to just discuss her restaurant, Shira has a new cookbook on the horizon. It's dropping at all bookstores near you on November 9th. Aptly titled: Acorn - Vegetables Re-Imagined: Seasonal Recipes from Root to Stem. With this exciting development, we discussed how this book came about, the process of getting it off the ground, what's in it and who this book is for. We also chatted about animal welfare practises and the rise of vegetarian restaurants. This a fun and really informative interview. Shira brings a wonderful candid energy. You're sure to laugh a few times as well. I hope you enjoy.


    If you want delicious vegetarian or vegan fare, the kind that is impeccably creative as well as comforting, do hit up The Acorn. You will not be disappointed. Also, say hi to Mickey while you're there as well. He'll be behind the bar. Tell him you're a fan of the podcast, it'll make him blush.

    Here's the link to the gofundme I mention at the top of this episode for Michelle and the kids. If you'd like to donate, that would be lovely. They've heavily exceeded their goal, which says a lot about how people viewed Andrew. Beautiful to see.


    ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.
    We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca

    • 54 min
    Talking Worker Shortages In The Restaurant Industry With Gooseneck Hospitality Co-Owner James Iranzad And BCRFA CEO Ian Tostenson

    Talking Worker Shortages In The Restaurant Industry With Gooseneck Hospitality Co-Owner James Iranzad And BCRFA CEO Ian Tostenson

    Now brought to you by Scout Magazine.

    It's in the news everywhere. Restaurants are hurting for workers. This issue isn't new. It's been a problem for years now. The pandemic only exacerbated things to an even more dire state. And what better way to discuss this issue than to bring on my good friend James Iranzad of Gooseneck Hospitality as well as one of my favourite guests from this past spring, the head of the BC Restaurants Association, Ian Tostenson.

    Their expertise in this area with regards to government, policy, and as a restaurant owner in James' case, real world specifics, gave them the type of working knowledge I was looking for. This conversation isn't fun per se, but needed nonetheless. Both men provide candid thoughts and views on this matter, ones I'm confident you'll definitely appreciate, regardless if you work in this industry or not.  A worker shortage in the restaurant sector affects everyone. Solving this issue, if that is possible, will take big ideas and a change in perception. With this conversation we tried to tackle a few of them. I hope you enjoy.


    ***This conversation leans heavily on a column I wrote in late September. To get a clearer understanding of my thoughts on this matter as to better guide you through this interview, I recommend giving it a read. It's titled: A New Reality For The Restaurant Industry.


    Do check out some of James' restaurants, they're all fantastic. There's Bufala Kerrisdale, Bufala Edgemont, Bells & Whistles Fraser, Bells & Whistles Dunbar, Lucky Taco and his newest venture, Oh Carolina.

    Here's a link to the BC Restaurants Association.


    ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.
    We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca

    • 41 min
    Alan Dickinson Of Synchromesh Winery, Richard Kanazawa Of Bench 1775 Winery And Christina Hartigan Of Annalena Restaurant On All Things BC Wine

    Alan Dickinson Of Synchromesh Winery, Richard Kanazawa Of Bench 1775 Winery And Christina Hartigan Of Annalena Restaurant On All Things BC Wine

    Now brought to you by Scout Magazine.

    What a treat it was to discuss all things BC wine with this trio of professionals. Two of the more prominent and distinguished winemakers in the Okanagan Valley in Alan Dickinson of Synchromesh Winery and Richard Kanazawa of Bench 1775 Winery came on to talk about what they've been up to so far with this years harvest, navigating another long season of heat and forest fires, global warming, where they see things headed and their own personal philosophies with regards to sustainable winemaking. It was a thrilling to hear them gush about work they genuinely love and enjoy.

    Then there's one of the most respected and established sommeliers in Vancouver dishing on what she's seeing in her restaurant, Annalena, but also with regards to guest preferences and how this aspect of the BC wine market is evolving. Christina Hartigan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge few have in this part of the world, it was exciting to hear her thoughts alongside Alan and Richard.

    If you love wine and are curious to hear some of the best share their thoughts, this is the episode for you. Plenty of insights and behind the curtains info shared.


    Synchromesh Winery is located just above Okanagan Falls. Family owned, the Dickinson's grow and source wine from various vineyards all across the Okanagan Valley. They specialize in Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. They’re wines are delicious and they sell out fast.

    Bench 1775 is located on the southern shore of Lake Okanagan. It's a stunning winery which crafts an array of delicious wines to meet anyones palate. You will not be disappointed. Do check them out.

    Annalena is one of the best and most consistent restaurants in Vancouver. Located in Kitsilano, this neighbourhood joint is bustling, intimate, delicious and always a great spot to dine at. Christina's spin on their wine menu is surely not to be missed.




    ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.
    We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca

    • 1 hr 2 min

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