Author: Michael Kwan

The Community Grocer Food Club

Most of us understand that we should be eating healthier food. Instead of picking up another box of processed who-knows-what shipped over from who-knows-where, it’s generally a better idea to get fresh, nutritious, environmentally sustainable products closer to home. But that can prove expensive. Working to overcome this challenge is Community Grocer, a local startup set to deliver healthier products at more affordable prices. Community Grocer is the brainchild of Vancouver area entrepreneur Michael Menashy, a name you may recognize from Tea Sparrow. In some ways, Community Grocer is similar in that it works on a membership basis. Instead...

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Trying to Do It All (And Every Decision Is Wrong)

Let’s go back a few hundred years to Feudal England. Chances are that you’re born into an agricultural family. You’ll likely be working the land of the same farm from the time you’re old enough to wield a pitchfork to the day you die at the ripe old age of 40. And that’s only if you’re extremely lucky. You didn’t have too many vocational decisions to make. And even as recently as a generation ago (or even to this day in certain parts of the world), the main reason why you chose any given job was that it was...

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Vlog #18: Go Small, Live Big with 2018 Ford EcoSport

I don’t know how things might be in your neck of the woods. Here in Metro Vancouver, the roads are increasingly dominated by small and midsize SUVs. You know, aside from the exotic supercars with glaring green “N” sign attached at the back. People like the added height, space and utility, but they don’t want a gas guzzler. And the upcoming 2018 Ford EcoSport addresses exactly that segment of the market. In chatting with the folks at Ford Canada during last year’s Auto Show, they hinted at a new vehicle they’d be adding to the lineup soon and this...

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Sunday Snippet: Ricky Gervais

You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening – everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, “I did that.” As I get older, I think a lot more about what my legacy will be. Will I have left the world a better place in some quantifiable way? What impact will I have had on those around me? On some level, these concerns become even more profound in the context of parenting....

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Waffle Gone Wild, Central Burnaby

Vancouver is very clearly a city of very passionate foodies. We love our sushi and we love authentic cuisine just as much as we enjoy creative fusion dishes. Vancouverites ride those culinary trends like nobody’s business and it seems like one of the bigger trends to emerge in recent years is the waffle. Waffles in general, but the Belgian liege waffle in particular. They’re not just frozen Eggos anymore. I’m no stranger, even though I grew up in a household devoid of waffle makers. Arguably following in the footsteps of places like Off the Grid Waffles on Kingsway and...

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What’s Up Wednesdays: Not Alone

Seriously. How is it already the end of the March? Remember when we were kids and summer break felt like it lasted forever? Nowadays, you blink your eyes and it’s suddenly five years later! The good news is that you don’t have to go on this journey of life on your own. You’re not alone. You’ve got plenty of awesome blog content to read. Starting things off for this month’s speedlink, John Bardinelli explains the origin of the genie in the lamp. It’s an old tale that could show you the world. Shining. Shimmering. Splendid. And you don’t even...

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Vlog #17: Healthy Family Expo

Despite the impression I may have left with last week’s vlog, adulting isn’t all bad. In fact, it can be filled with all sorts of precious moments with your kids, as was the case with our whirlwind journey through the increasingly impressive Healthy Family Expo yesterday. There was so much to see and do (and eat). I almost feel like Addie is growing up right alongside the show. We didn’t go their first year, but my daughter has gone to every Healthy Family Expo since she was born! We went in 2015 and in 2016, and now we got...

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Sunday Snippet: Dave Chappelle

Good people of Detroit, hear me. Hear me now. You will never get your [expletive] money back. I said, “I’m like Evel Knievel. I get paid for the attempt. I didn’t promise this [expletive] would be good.” After far too many years of shying away from the spotlight, Dave Chappelle propelled himself back into the public discourse by hosting Saturday Night Live last December. More recently, Netflix bought the rights to three stand-up comedy specials, two of which are available for streaming right now. Maybe he needs the money. Maybe he craves the attention again. Maybe it was something...

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Fraser Park Restaurant and the Epic German Breakfast

As frustrating and as stressful as the week may be, all of those worries melt away — if only for an hour or two — when you get to enjoy a terrific weekend brunch. This place has been on our “we’ve got to eat here” list for far too long, so it was about time we went to see what all the hub-bub was all about. Fraser Park Restaurant is located at 103-4663 Byrne Road, south of Marine Way in Burnaby, tucked away in the middle of an industrial area. You really wouldn’t know such a treasured local gem...

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Why I Blog (2017 Edition)

Every once in a while, I get asked why I blog. Admittedly, it’s a question I ask myself now and again too. Not including all the writing I did before on my old websites or the blogging I’ve written from my freelance clients over the years, I’ve published 3,500 blog posts on Beyond the Rhetoric alone. That’s a lot. And I keep doing it, more than ten years later. Count those old sites and I’ve been “blogging” for almost two decades. So, why do it? An Insatiable Compulsion to Create For as long as I can remember, I liked...

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Michael Kwan
Hi, I'm Michael. By day, I'm a freelance writer. By night, I'm still a freelance writer. I'm also a proud father, a voracious foodie, an avid traveler, a gadget geek, and a thinker who thinks he might be thinking too much. Beyond the Rhetoric is a reflection of my eclectic entrepreneurial life.

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