Vendor Feature: Susgrainable

Ever wonder where all the leftover grains from breweries go if they could avoid the trash bins? Answer is to Susgrainable!!

Who Is Susgrainable?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Susgrainable started out as a school MBA project during my time at UBC in 2018. We had to come up with an innovative idea business for our entrepreneurship class and then quickly work on it over a 4-month period.

A colleague came from the beer industry and mentioned that the disposal of “spent grain” was becoming a big problem for Vancouver craft brewers. We decided to see if there was a better solution than just sending it to landfills. 

Having worked as an Exercise Physiologist alongside dietitians, when I learned the composition of spent grain I knew that this needed to be re-incorporated into the North American diet. And so, after the school project I recruited some other friends and we turned it into a business. My passion for food and the circular economy was too much for me not to keep pursuing this opportunity.2) What was your background?

Marc – I’ve worked as a Kinesiologist/Exercise Physiologist for 7+ years with Alberta Health Services and worked in both frontline and irregular operations with WestJet for just under 11 years. I am also an avid soccer player and ex-varsity athlete, and an interesting fact is I paid for my undergrad through a combination of scholarships and online poker! I grew up in Calgary and moved to Vancouver for my MBA and its focus on sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Clinton – I grew up on a farm in rural Alberta where we grow Barley. I completed my undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Lethbridge and have worked in government at both the municipal and provincial level. Prior to moving out to Vancouver to co-found Susgrainable, I worked with Alberta Health Services and managed the foreign/resident doctors program for southern Alberta.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

Our core products are our easy-to-make baking mixes made from our Signature Upcycled Barley Flour. The Upcycled Barley Flour is unique because it is made from rescued grains, but it’s also virtually sugar free while being higher in fibre and protein than other flours.

In terms of mixes, we have our most popular Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix which has been a finalist in 3 food & beverage competitions including BC Food & Beverage Product of the Year in 2021. We also have our Pancake & Waffle Mix, and our Banana Bread Mix that will be launching next month. We originally started out making baked goods and selling them at farmers’ markets. This allowed us to learn which mixes we should focus on. Of course, we also have our Upcycled Barley Flour for sale for those adventurous bakers.

Our core customers have exclaimed that they love sharing/gifting our product to friends and family because it tastes great, but they also love getting to share the story. We’re constantly being asked about what products we’re going to release next.

4) Anything else you would like to share?

We have so many exciting things coming in the near future:• Banana bread mix is launching in early November• Our new Website will be launching December 1st• We plan to open Vancouver’s very first dedicated food upcycling facility in 2022.

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Bonus info (in case it helps)

Susgrainable Company Bio

Founded in 2018, Susgrainable aims to be a leading circular economy company within the upcycled food space in Canada. Operating in the East Vancouver community of Strathcona, they have created partnerships with multiple craft breweries, rescuing their spent grain into an innovative shelf-stable product called Upcycled Barley Flour. Susgrainable’s core products are delicious easy-to-make baking mixes that are gaining rapid popularity in the BC marketplace for both their environmental and health benefits. Susgrainable products can be found both online and increasingly in retailers throughout the lower mainland. Upcycled Barley Flour, Susgrainable’s signature ingredient, is made by dehydrating and milling spent grain, a by-product from beer production. The result is a flour high in plant-based protein and fibre while also being very low in sugar.

Definitely check them out:

https://www.instagram.com/susgrainable/

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Vendor Feature: Bakedbysica

Thank you Bakedbysica for her delicious earl grey cupcakes with lemon buttercream!

Who Is Bakedbysica?

1) When and why did you start your business?

The business started in June 2021. I made my mom a cake for her birthday and the family was saying it was about time I started selling as I had made a cake better than their favourite local bakery’s cake. I then shared it with a friend who also said the same, so I gave it a shot and started putting it out there that I was selling cakes. The launch was basically on Father’s Day weekend, and orders have been coming here and there through word of mouth/instagram/friends.

2) What was your background?

I have been baking since I was 9 years old. I always enjoyed baking, especially cupcakes.

3) Interesting facts about your product?

Some of my cakes contain less than a half cup of sugar in them 🙂 (ube, vanilla, earl grey)

4) Anything else that you would like to share?

So for me I always liked moist cakes (sorry to those who cringe at the word). They’re always so hard to find. I remember the number of times I’d end up disappointed about the cakes I would buy in store because although they would look and sound delicious, they never ended up being the cake I expected (usually craved) it would be. Since then, I gave up buying cake in stores and managed to find a way to make a cake the way I wanted it to be. I was tired of being deceived by the beauty of some cakes only to end up with a dry, “ok” cake. So what truly drove me into doing Cake By Sica so that other people can also enjoy a moist cake for themselves 😅 Sica is my childhood name pronounced “See-kah” from my name Jessica 🙂

Check her cupcakes out:

https://www.instagram.com/baked.bysica/

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Book Review: The Good Knight

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Summary

When a king was murdered on the way to his wedding, Gareth and Gwen were reunited. Gareth had left Gwen previously and as their paths crossed, so did their hearts.

Set in the medieval times, the couple had to work together to solve the murder and find the murderer. Things got messier when Gareth became a suspect himself…

Who would dare to kill the king?

Conclusion

This novel would intrigue the fans of the medieval historical storyline. There was a lot of detailed dialogue between the couple as the investigation got complicated.

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Movie Review: He’s All That

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Summary

Padgett was a popular online influencer who was pretending to lead a perfect life with a rich life and boyfriend. Then, she discovered him cheating on her and was exposed “live”, she threw a tantrum and the whole world laughed at her. Her popularity plummeted. As she was desperate to save her college funds from sponsors, she agreed to a bet by her friend to be prom Queen with a new potential prom King. She had to choose an unpopular guy in the school and give him a makeover…..

Conclusion

This was a remake of the 1999 movie She’s All That. Fun fact: The mom in this movie was the original female character who got the Makeover in the original movie.

Having real-life influencer Addison-Rae as the main role definitely could attract the younger crowds. I still enjoyed it as a romantic comedy.

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Picture Of The Day: Ladybug

Gently sitting

On the yellow petals

The ladybug

Keeps to itself

Ignoring all the

Other creatures

Watching and

Observing

Got above.

——-Chocoviv

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Vendor Feature: Natural B.I.S.H

It’s nice to see a more environmentally-friendly packaging for personal care products. Thank you Natural B. I. S. H for this care package!

Who Is Natural B. I. S. H.?

1) When and why did you start thus business?

I developed severe allergies to any product I would put on my skin. I decided I would create products for people with sensitive skin like my own.


2) What was your background?

I worked in the beauty industry for over 8 years in my 20’s . I was a esthetician, hairstylist, and makeup artist.


3) Interesting information about your product?

All of the products have chickweed in them. Chickweed is known calm inflammation in the skin.


4) Anything else you would like to share?

I’m hoping to help others like myself that can’t find anything that works for their skin. It can be so frustrating.
As well as anyone just looking for a safe and natural skincare alternative.

Check out their site:

https://naturalbish.com/

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Vendor Feature: Kirk’s Kefir

I was lucky to get to try out these delicious kefir waters! They reminded me a little bit like kombucha, but without the kombucha taste… The fizz was similar and I really enjoyed them!

Who Is Kirk’s Kefir?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started making water kefir 3 years ago in an effort to find an all natural healthy way to get rid of the constant bloating and depression I was experiencing.


2) Also, what was your background?

I worked on tug boats, eventually becoming a Captain, started a a few different business before starting Kirk’s Kefir.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Interesting facts, the probiotics are living and will increase while in the bottle.


4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

We wanted it to be easy for people to understand how much sugar is in each bottle. We put it on the front of the bottle with the amount of sugar per bottle instead of the typical confusing way its done “per serving.”

Check out their sites:

https://www.instagram.com/kirkskefir/

https://kirkskefir.com

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500 Consecutive Days On Duolingo

That’s right! 500 consecutive days of language lessons!

Languages That I Am Studying:

  • French (I took that till university)
  • Spanish (40 intensive Berlitz lessons)
  • Korean (self-taught the Korean alphabet in highschool)
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Vietnamese (most difficult so far)

Yes, I have been busy!

Are you learning any languages lately?

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Yen Arts & Designs’ Waterproof Stickers

These are super cute bunny stickers by Yen Arts And Design.

Who Is Yen Arts?

Illustrator & Designer

Yen is an illustrator and designer who draws her inspiration from nature and everyday life. She cares deeply about animals and her immediate surroundings, which is why they are recurring themes in her art. Yen wants to bring happiness to her community by highlighting the beauty that can be found in everyday life. After moving from Taiwan in her mid-teens, she is now happy to call Metro Vancouver her home.—As per her website.

Check her site out:

https://www.yenlarts.com

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Photo Of The Day: Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes

There are two types of mooncakes that I tried this Mid-Autumn Festival—lava custard and lavender snowskin mooncake.

Yum!

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