No Cry Babies Allowed!

Well……Mom has been a fun-loving gal over the past year. Lots of smiles and love! However, the smile turned to a frown yesterday after hearing about Glen Korstrom’s article in Business in Vancouver entitled Proliferation of food carts irks city restaurateurs. Hey, Glen is just the messenger, it’s more about the cry baby whining from restaurateurs in the article that has street vendors shaking their heads.

Complaints came from Romano’s Pizza owner Kenan Gov and Brooke Bestwick of PitaPit,  accusations about unlawfull operating hours….which were pooh-poohed by the hard working Scott Edwards, who is the City’s manager of street activities. Keep up the good work Scott! Brooke Bestwick of PitaPit comments sounded like sour grapes, or sour pitas, with her comment about street vendors not paying provincial and federal tax dollars……pretty serious accusation Brooke! Sorry to hear you have to pay approximately $830 in patio, business and garbage collection fees. Guess what? We have to pay food commissary fees, daily street parking fees and my truck cost $100,000 to get on the road! That’s a lot of pitas.

When people are lined up at Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck 20 deep in the rain (or any other street vendor), it is a pretty strong indicator that it’s what the people want, and the people have spoken. Maybe these whining restaurateurs need to step-up their customer service, the quality of their food, the customer experience and respond to what the market is demanding. It’s a free enterprise economic system here in Canada. If these restaurateurs had a product that was unique, made people want to stand in a rainy line up and was competitive…….perhaps they wouldn’t be complaining. It’s time to look in the mirror and ask…..do the lunch buying consumers really want another repetitive and mundane food experience? The answer is no, and the proof is in the pudding.

When the City launched the street food cart scene a couple years ago, there was a strong demand for a wider range of foods. They did their research and they’ve done a hell of a good job with this initiative. Beth Bestwick asked “Why should they be allowed to be on a street that already has 100 different food options?“. I’ll tell you why, because 2 years ago the 100 options were all pita, pizza and the same old things that people had grown sick of. Today, Vancouver’s food scene and options are world class! If you want to be world class…..you’ve got to make yourself competitive and offer something that consumer’s want. Oh, and Happy Halloween too!

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More Cheese Please!

We were struggling with a blog post topic today, then a little light went off and I remembered the classic Kraft Macaroni and Cheese TV commercial and song. On the down side, I’m dating myself and if you remember it……. so are you! On the up side, today’s post is done and it was easy. Happy Monday!

Kraft Macaroni And Cheese – "Please!" (Commercial, 1981)

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The Cat Who Eats Grilled Cheese

In some stories that seem like they could have come directly from the National Enquirer (because inquiring minds want to know), here are some unbelievable grilled cheese news headlines that are absolutely true.

Mom Beats Daughter For Burning A Grilled Cheese, read the article

The grilled cheese doughnut, gross! Read the article

However, here is the best we came up with. Jellybean the cat who eats grilled cheese!! Yes, 100% true, check out the video and happy Friday, you made it through the week!!!!!

Jellybean loves grilled cheese!

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Otha Oupsa Odayta (Hot Soup Today)

Soup has come a long way, and Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck has redefined tomato soup. Evidence of the existence of soup can be found as far back as about 6,000 BC, seriously, it said so on Wikipedia so it has to be true, right? The word soup comes from French soupe (“soup”, “broth”), which comes through Vulgar Latin suppa. The modernization of soup grew through the Pig Latin erra as well, referred to as “oupsa”. The word restaurant (meaning “something restoring”) was first used in France in the 16th century, to refer to a highly concentrated, inexpensive soup, sold by street vendors, that was advertised as an antidote to physical exhaustion. In 1765, a Parisian entrepreneur opened a shop specializing in such soups. This prompted the use of the modern word restaurant for the shops.

You may wonder where this history lesson is going. The truth is, it’s only a clever segway into reminding you that Mom’s Roasted Tomato Soup topped with basil mascarpone just may be the best soup in Vancouver and you can get it in a shot for $1.00 or cup for $4.00. Mom’s chili is about to return as well. Come down for a hot soup lunch and warm up today.

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Grilled Cheese Ninja vs. Beverly Hills Ninja

Who would win the battle in a head-to-head competition? In the blue corner, Chris Farley was the Beverly Hills Ninja Haru in the 1997 movie. A classic dumb-comedy where the 300lb ninja was raised by clan of ninjas and stumbled and bumbled his way through solving a counterfeit and murder mystery. In the blue corner, Kyo…..Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck’s grilled cheese ninja! Let the battle begin!

Eating Grilled Cheese
Beverly Hills Ninja: Can easily eat numerous grilled cheeses, to the point of excess
Grilled Cheese Ninja: Can eat one grilled cheese, then is too full and has a tummy ache
Edge: Beverly Hills Ninja

Can attack in a kitchen quickly and decisively, eliminating the threat of resistance
Beverly Hills Ninja: Can only attack food, and can be heard eating in a debris of gluttony
Grilled Cheese Ninja: Silent, efficient and you’ll never know what hit you
Edge: Grilled Cheese Ninja

Endurance, dexterity and luck increases critical strike damage
Beverly Hills Ninja: Well, he did get lucky a lot
Grilled Cheese Ninja: His endurance and dexterity around the grill dazzles his competition into submission
Edge: Grilled Cheese Ninja

Its official, Kyo is the master ninja! Stop by today and watch Mom’s grilled cheese ninja in action and remember a clean Ninja is less likely to torture you. A happy Ninja is a ninja less likely to kill you. A naked Ninja has no place to hide his weapons. Until we meet again, enjoy the Beverly Hills Ninja in action

Chris Farley as Hibachi Chef in Beverly Hills Ninja

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Way To Go Big Bro!

In a feel good story at the end of the work week, Mom is pleased to announce her big bro Jeff recently landed a pretty cool new job. This in no way relates to grilled cheese, but really is a shameless act of promotion to get the word out there. Jeff is now the VP of Sales for PaySavvy a Vancouver based company located in Gastown that offers easy to use online (SaaS) payroll services and employee scheduling. Check them out and if you are interested in learning more, contact Jeff. Happy weekend everyone!

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Sick? A Perscription For Roasted Tomato Soup

Mom’s official blogger Jeff has been sick this week, sorry. He’s resting quietly with his nurse at his side, sponge bath is at 2:30PM. We’ll  have some fresh material up soon.

By the way, Mom’s Roasted Tomato Soup topped with basil mascarpone is just what the doctor recommends when you are fighting a cold. Mmmmmm

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Double Swiss Provolone!

Well, there is no escaping the arrival of winter in Vancouver, as the rains have returned. It’s like someone flipped a switch last week and we went from summer to winter….such is life in the big city. However the good news is, Mom’s has the perfect recipe to chase of the winter blues. Check our Amer, enjoying his double Swiss Provolone. So good he can’t take his eyes off of it. get yourself down to mom’s today for a warm lunch and add a Roasted Tomato Soup topped with basil mascarpone. Mmmmmmmmm, soup is good food!

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Like Us On Urban Spoon….Pretty Please

If you’ve been to Mom’s lately and you loved us, please take a moment to Like Us on Urban spoon. Just click here to land yourself on the page. Thanks everyone, happy Friday and welcome to winter!! We have warm soup here today :)

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Breaking News – Grilled Cheese Causes Muscles

Yes it’s true, grilled cheese causes muscles! Clearly as seen in this flex-off between Calvin and Mom…..the special way in which Mom’s grilled cheese is prepared causes muscle cells and their protein filaments that slide past one another to grow, producing a contraction that changes both the length and the shape of the cell. Obviously this cheese and muscle miracle is primarily responsible for maintenance of and changes in posture when people eat at Mom’s. The locomotion of the organism itself, as well as movement of internal organs, such as the contraction of the heart and movement of food through the digestive system via peristalsis will never be the same. Is there a Nobel Prize for cheese?

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