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SARAH FERNANDO, ON SWAPPING KIBBLE FOR KALE

Sarah Fernando chats with Tubify about leaving a career in science to innovate the pet food industry, and why your furry friends need fresh food, too.  *Enter Sarah Fernando*, a charismatic human who’s big dreams for the pet food industry are already well underway in transforming pets’ health here in Vancouver. Sarah is the compassionate, science-backed brain behind Kafka’s Organic, a pet food company offering a minimally-processed, 100% human-grade, healthy option for pet parents to feed their beloved dogs/cats. Last week, we strolled through Gastown with a Prado coffee, chatting with Sarah about improving the world of pet food, her experience as a female founder in the pet industry, and the kindness of the Vancouver pet-owner community. Q: When did...

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CO-FOUNDER OF BLUME KAREN DANUDJAJA, ON COMMUNITY + COMBATTING IMPOSTER SYNDROME

We met Karen Danudjaja earlier this year, in 2019. She’s passionate, she’s articulate–and she’s not afraid to reach out and spark friendships with members of the community for no reason other than good ol’ genuine connection, and inspiration. From one entrepreneur to another, she shared her vision for her company, Blume: to create easy, versatile ways for people to be healthy. Serendipitously working towards the same vision ourselves at Tubify, it was pretty much a perfect match. After a series of coffee-work dates, we decided: we simply must share her story with you.  Q: Tell us about the beginning of Blume! Ella [my business partner] and I met on a camping trip, about two years ago.  We were going through...

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VEGAN PEPPERMINT PATTY COOKIES

THE HOLIDAYS AREN’T TRULY COMPLETE WITHOUT SOME HOLIDAY BAKING. It’s the one time of year when we tell ourselves that a little sugar and spice is, definitely, a little nice. At Tubify, we’ve found it’s tough to craft holiday treats that are vegan AND taste great. You too?! As a solution to that shared Vancouver-vegan struggle, we whipped up this cool vegan peppermint patty recipe which is, correct us if we’re wrong, the definition of best of both worlds. Enjoy! We prefer to indulge in our peppermint patties straight out of the freezer! INGREDIENTS 3/4 cup(172g) your favourite vegan butter substitute, softened 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour...

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EMELIE JOHNSON: MULTI-TASKING & MOTHERHOOD AS A CREATIVE

We were so lucky to have met Emelie on the set of our last Tubify shoot, one classically cloudy Vancouver afternoon in the fall. Her charisma and excitement for brand building elevated our work day (and the content we captured) and inspired us to hustle—and create, just a little harder. This is her story: Emelie Johnson is a mother of two young girls. She also owns her own design business, Embermake, and is a Senior Digital Designer at branding agency, Studiothink. OH, and one of her hobbies is cooking yummy vegetarian cuisine for her whole family. In other words, she’s a mega multitask-er. All the while without sacrificing precious time with her daughters.   Q: Tell me about the new...

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CARLA OBANDO, ON THE MOVEMENT TOWARDS FRESH BABY FOOD

Fact: The most important days of a person’s nutrition are the first one thousand days of their life.  Pediatrics dietician Carla Obando shared this with us her insight on everything baby food and nutrition as she stepped out of the hospital for a few moments to chat with us last week. Carla recently founded a fresh baby food company, Born Bright Foods in between shifts in the pediatrics ward at VGH. The first 1000 days of a baby's life are important in laying a good foundation for their health. This is her story of when nutrition means the most, and taking chances at something new.    Q: What was the beginning–the birth, if you will, of Born Bright Foods?   ...

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