When I tell my friends that I’m pursuing other ventures outside of work and not getting paid for it, I’m often asked why. I think it came at a time in my life where I wanted to learn. I wanted to learn outside the context of work, a place, where I wasn’t getting the type of learning I craved, and not in the context of school, where I didn’t want another piece of paper to my name — just yet.
I’ve gotten the chance to interview and meet people with my writing. When I say “meet people” most of my friends assume it’s in the romantic context. Rest assured, it’s not. I’m genuinely interested in learning about what other people do, why they do what they do and the impact they are making. It inspires me.
While I was meeting up with some of my East Van Love folk, I got the chance to sample food from East of Main a cocktails / tapas restaurant I had heard about, but not familiar with.
Above – Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini, Potato Bravas (reminiscent of my time in Spain), Moroccan Kefta (Lamb Meatballs), and Meat Charcuterie
While eating, we got a chance to speak with Maureen Webb, one of the co-owners of East of Main Cafe. Along with her sister, Donalda, Maureen opened East of Main which supports Project Limelight, both financially and through a food security program, providing healthy meals and snacks to Limelight participants. Project Limelight Society, a free theatre program for the Downtown East Side / Strathcona community, is about inspiring children to look inside themselves and discover their inner strengths, explore their hidden talents, develop confidence and form lasting friendships.
It’s amazing, being able to hear about the work East of Main Cafe does and see the tangible results of their efforts. Admittedly, I get caught up in my own world a lot and pursue my own selfish ambitions. It’s nice to be able to be shot back down to earth when I hear about the amazing work people do and the reasons behind why they do it.
East of Main Cafe – 223 E. Georgia St, Vancouver, BC