Watch and see how many places you recognize!!
Hello Surrey lovers! I am very pleased to announce the relaunch of this website. As you may or may not know I was involved with another Surrey themed site which was launched with content sourced 100% from this site. After using my content, promising me an equal share of any future profits and exploiting my social media influence I was informed via email that I was no longer an owner but it would be awesome if we could continue to collaborate. What?
Let this be a lesson to all of you, get things in writing.
Surrey is my home and has been since 1988, the pride I have for this city comes from living here and being surrounded by all that this truly great city has to offer. Loving Surrey isn’t about making money or selling ad space, it’s about spreading the word about the amazing things Surrey stands for, community, inclusiveness, nature and progress. Don’t be fooled by flashy WordPress themes and tons of writers, this is where Surrey blogs from.
When it comes to fruit and vegetables, organic often means expensive. Two EE’s Farm Market, located at 16411 Fraser Highway in Fleetwood, bucks the trend by offering organic produce grown at their own farm for the same if not less than non organic produce offered at grocery chains and other produce stores. Two EE’s 25 acre farm is located less than a five minute drive from their market meaning that their carbon footprint is tiny, another plus to this true Surrey gem. Get the whole story of Two EE’s history here and check out everything they grow here.
In addition to fantastic organic produce at great prices, Two EE’s also carries a large variety of other grocery items ranging from dairy products, baked goods, imported treats, specialty candy, Boylan’s Soda, flowers and tons of seasonal items all year. Check out some pictures below and check out their full website at www.wegroworganic.ca. Two EE’s is open Monday to Saturday all year round and is yet another reason why Surrey is the bomb (.com).
Attention people of Surrey! This Saturday, November 19th, is election day! Civic government has the biggest impact on your day to day life yet voter turnout is traditionally much lower than provincial or federal elections.
This is your chance to really make a difference in your city. Make sure you vote this Saturday. To find out more about the candidates, where to vote and anything else election related visit http://www.surrey.ca/election
Surrey’s catchy slogan is “The future lives here”. Make sure you have a say in what that future will be.
Adam Richman from Man Vs. Food is a freak. How do I know this about the Travel Channel’s eating challenge guru you ask? The answer came to me in one of those freaky dreams you have when you’ve eaten something rich too close to bed time. I watch Adam every Sunday night as he traverses America taking on ridiculous eating challenges all the while thinking that he must have the best job in the world. Boy was I wrong. After taking on a 2.5 pound burger at a sports bar in Surrey I had a dream that Adam Richman was chasing me through the streets with a giant pizza mocking my failure and calling me a loser, ouch.
The burger in question is from Baselines Pub located at 8233 166th Street in Surrey, it consists of two and a half pounds of beef with aged cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions , pickles and mayo on an 8 inch sourdough “bun”. Why the quotation marks around bun? The “bun” is a whole round loaf of sourdough bread, the kind you would hollow out for spinach dip. The burger “patty” was basically a 2.5 pound meatloaf made to fit in the “bun”, it was roughly 2 to 3 inches thick.
The rules for this challenge are pretty basic, one challenge burger per person, finish it and it’s free, don’t finish it and it will cost you $25. I opted for no tomatoes or onions as did my co-competitor Kevin. It should be noted that there was a third challenge taker in our group, Lee, but Baselines only had 2 challenge burgers ready to cook and making a third would have taken over an hour so Lee opted out, promising to take on the challenge another day. He did order a regular 7 ounce burger which provided a great visual reference for our monsters.
The burger looked to be around the size of a volleyball. The meatloaf patty was actually very tasty and the sourdough bun was also quite good. Eating this burger with your hands is not an option so I decided to attack the layers one by one. I cut the burger in half to give me a benchmark for progress. I ate the top of the “bun” with the lettuce on it, then the pickles and then I started on the meat. I soon realized that this was not going to go well. Our waitress came by and told us we were doing really well compared to previous challenge takers but doubt had already began to sneak into my mind. As I approached the halfway point I started to really slow down. I thought that it would be the bread that would be my downfall but the meat proved to be too much. When Kevin and I finally gave up neither of us could even look at the meat left on our plates without feeling ill. We came to the realization that spending $25 was better than getting sick all over the table, which allegedly happened to someone who finished the challenge.
I was left with a little under half of the meat and a quarter of the bun while Kevin had a little more bun left but I would call it a tie. We left feeling defeated, bloated, a little nauseous and with elevated blood pressure. Am I glad I tried to tackle this eating challenge? That is a question I don’t really have an answer for. I feel like I needed to at least try, which I did, but failure is a bitter pill.
If anyone out there thinks they can out do us I challenge you to head to Baselines and try. I will tip my cap to anyone who can finish this gargantuan burger but in the words of Mr. Adam Richman, in this battle of man versus food, food won. At least my dog got some yummy meatloaf when I got home.
I promised a while ago that I would try and write about more Fraser Valley restaurants and lately I’ve been to a few good ones. First was Five Doors Down in Whiterock and now after years of living 6 blocks away from it I have finally tried Davidson Pitstop. Located at 16225 Fraser Hwy in Surrey it is a throwback burger joint with Harley Davidson motorcycle imagery dominating the theme, hence the name.
I’ve been told that the burgers here have been named best in Surrey but I’ve never personally seen that in writing. I asked what the best burger they was and I was told to order the deluxe with cheese and bacon. The burger patty itself was good, nice and juicy and not overcooked with a nice amount of seasoning and good texture. The cheese was of the processed American variety so no fireworks there and the bacon was thick cut and noticeable in both flavour and texture. The veggies were fresh but the bun failed to live up to the rest of the burger. It was a typical sesame burger bun that you can buy at the local grocery store and could have used a little time in a toaster.
The fries were double fried and hand cut and should have been quite good but they were over cooked in old oil causing them to be a dark brown color and quite greasy. Fries need to be cooked in fresh oil where as onion rings and other deep fried goodies actually benefit from used oil. Most restaurants have 2 fryers, one for fries and one for everything else so I’ll assume that Davidson Pit stop only has one.
So the overall verdict is a little mixed. The burger was good but let down by a mediocre, soggy bun and the fries would benefit greatly from some fresh oil. I’ll definitely go back though as this food is 10 times better than any fast food joint. Davidson Pitstop is a small tweak or 2 away from having a destination worthy burger.
The new cycling and pedestrian overpass linking Fleetwood and Fraser Heights at 168th street is now open!! Spanning Highway 1 it links the cycling and walking trails of Tynehead Park to the area near Pacific Academy. This overpass is part of the Greenways Program that will offer alternative non motorized routes to travel around Surrey.
Check out the pictures below!