#LetsModo: Shopping with a dinnerpartyYVR Hobby Chef
Hobby chefs across Vancouver will open their homes and welcome hungry diners for a good meal and a good cause. In its third year, #dinnerpartyYVR has boasted some incredible menus by Vancouverites who all share a love of food. Below is Jennifer’s first-hand account of her shopping trip to prepare her meal – in her first Modo.
I’m off to pick up my first Modo car. Conveniently, it is parked a mere four blocks from my home. I attach the fob to my keychain and head out the door.
I’m glad to have access to a car today as the skies are filled with rain clouds that are just waiting to burst. I find the car easily and am extra excited when I ignite the engine and one of my favourite sing-along songs is playing. It’s time for my foodie road trip!
Last week, at the #dinnerparty YVR Hobby Chef Huddle, I met Jenny and Martha. They are creating a Mexican inspired meal for their guests on Saturday as well, and told me I had to check out a grocery store on Commercial Drive to find the best tortillas and Latin culinary necessities in all of Vancouver. It seemed like they really knew their stuff, so I took their advice. The only problem was, they did not know the name of the store, but they did know it was on the Drive and near JJ Bean. This was a good enough clue for me, and as I pull up to the corner of 6th and Commercial I realize they are sending me to Dollar Grocers.
I feel like a local as I park my Modo car in the Permit Parking Only zone and head into the market.
Holy Guacamole, were the ladies right! This place is jam packed with salsas, hot sauces, tortillas, and more peppers than I know what to do with! This is perfect for my feast and I quickly fill my basket.
To finish checking off my grocery list, I head to Whole Foods. Here, I pick up gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, watermelon radishes, cabbage, and the ingredients needed to make authentic horchata.
All of this, plus the fantastic local and organic halibut and pork I ordered through SPUD, means I am ready to start cooking for my #dinnerpartyYVR guests!
I can hardly wait to host a Mexican Fiesta along side with my husband, Ben, on Saturday night
The bonus is we are raising money for a charity I truly believe in, Planted, a community food network. A huge thank you goes out to Modo for making this grocery shopping experience such a joy! I can hardly wait for my next adventure.
Find Jennifer online at myedibleadvice.com.