Alyssa Hirose

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Mar 3, 2023
Burnaby-based Daiya promises "tastier, meltier and stretchier" plant-based cheese by the end of 2023

Prior to today, if you asked me the difference between traditional and dairy-free cheese, I’d say two things: 1) Dairy-free cheese doesn’t hurt cows and 2) Dairy-free cheese tastes worse. Like, a lot worse. Even the CEO of Burnaby-based Daiya, one of...

Feb 14, 2023
Inventory: Where to get low-fuss comfort foods in B.C.

Rushd Khan says it was tough to find halal options growing up in Canada, so after working in his family’s restaurant and earning his MBA from SFU, he founded Barakah Eats in 2018. The Surrey-based company sells gourmet frozen South...

Dec 23, 2022
Meet Vancouver-designed streetwear brand Taikan Everything

Let’s get real for a second: the hottest, freshest looks are born long before you see them in the pages of your favourite local city magazine (wink wink). “Trends are coming from the streets, from the clubs, from skate parks...

Dec 15, 2022
6 spots to get takeout charcuterie in Vancouver over the holidays

So you’re a grown adult that wants to eat cheese and crackers and meat, preferably in teeny tiny sandwich form. I get it. There isn’t a more elegant snack out there. And besides being extremely Instagram-worthy (yes, you have to...

Nov 29, 2022
B.C. Winter Staycation Guide 2023: 48 hours in Tofino

Can you do Tofino in a weekend? From Vancouver, the trip to the seaside town requires a drive, a ferry, and another (longer) drive. Earlier this fall, my partner and I set out to see if it’s possible to cram...

Nov 29, 2022
B.C. Winter Staycation Guide 2023: Why Oliver's District Wine Village is a lazy wine taster's dream

I love bad TV. Give me a trashy, contrived, brain cell-destroying reality show over “good” television any day. It’s a guilty pleasure: watching folks who likely need professional help—rather than another drama-filled cocktail party—destroy their personal and work relationships is...

Nov 29, 2022
B.C. Winter Staycation Guide 2023: Indigenous-led tourism on the Sunshine Coast

Buckled in the passenger’s seat, I can see one of Josh Ramsay’s Converse shoes waving in the air as he leans across the windshield. He’s outside, spraying the glass with Pledge. “For polishing furniture—and planes!” he says with a grin. Ramsay...

Nov 29, 2022
B.C. Winter Staycation Guide 2023: The best restaurants in Penticton

My trip to Penticton in February 2020 (dun dun dun) stands as one of my last memories of pre-COVID life—and what a glorious, food-filled memory it is. While the weather outside was truly frightful, the offerings at these restaurants were...

Nov 17, 2022
New Vancouver-based AI platform schedules social events so you don't have to

Getting together with friends is supposed to be fun—but when one friend works 12-hour shifts, one has three kids who play eight sports and one is ghosting you on the group thread, going out for a casual beer is basically...

Nov 15, 2022
Holiday gift idea: Vancouver-designed scarves made from recycled water bottles

When Salma Kashani first started her e-commerce business in 2020, she splashed her colourful prints onto T-shirts, skirts, shawls and matching sets. But the Vancouverite soon realized that vibrant clothing isn’t for everyone—and if you want to spice up a boring...

Nov 10, 2022
Inventory: Order your holiday greeting cards from these small B.C. businesses

Vancouverite Kristen Trojanoski lost her job as an interior designer when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, but she dove right into disrupting another industry: single-use greeting cards. All of PlantedRoot’s cards are made using compostable paper that’s infused with...

Sep 30, 2022
18 B.C.-based Indigenous charities and organizations to donate to this week

Today is Canada's second official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day is meant to honour the lost children and survivors of Canada’s residential schools, as well as their families and communities. For non-Indigenous folks, it’s a designated day to reflect...

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