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It’s Not a Myth: Aaamazing Salad is Truly Amazing

Aaa·ma·zing Sa·lad

/AHˈmāziNG ˈsaləd/

When moving to Canada from China eight years ago, chef-owners Eva and her husband, Jacky, wanted to do something AH-mazing. Fast forward eight years, Aaamazing Salad is a booming healthy spot in Toronto’s trendy Kensington Market. One being a chef and the other boasting an art background, this dynamic husband and wife duo creates colourful healthy salads that appeal to not only the eye, but also the body.

“In China, salad is just fruit and romaine lettuce with a simple dressing. Here, salad can be a [whole] meal.”

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When first moving to Montreal, Eva and Jacky walked past a salad restaurant that had a lineup out the door. Coming from China, the two of them never thought that salad could serve as a main dish, nor be a restaurant’s main focus–they only viewed it as an appetizer. “In China, salad is just fruit and romaine lettuce with a simple dressing. Here, salad can be a [whole] meal,” says Eva. With a young daughter, who they wanted to grow up living a healthy lifestyle, the couple was inspired by this Montreal spot, and thought ‘we can do this too’!

“It’s pronounced AH-mazing. I wanted to do something amazing, and it just came to me.”

Kensington Salad Shop, owners Eva and JackyAfter diving deeper into health and nutrition research, Eva and Jacky started experimenting with nutrients and various healthy flavours. “We try to match tastes together, while also thinking of everybody’s’ [nutritional] needs. I also love the colours of vegetables,” Eva explains as she compares salad to a piece of art. When asked about the name of her restaurant, Eva explains “it’s pronounced AH-mazing. I wanted to do something amazing, and it just came to me.” We can attest that her salads are AH-mazing indeed!

“We have to get the best [quality] of each ingredient. Quality product is more expensive, but it’s worth it.”

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In 2014, Eva and Jacky opened Aaamazing Salad. Prior to opening, Eva explains that they worked on developing their asian sesame dressing for more than one and a half years, and continue to perfect it, four years later. Eva and Jacky use the same approach in developing their whole menu; they are always working to improve the taste and ingredients of their product. “Quality [of ingredients] is really important,” explains Eva. “We have to get the best [quality] of each ingredient. Quality product is more expensive, but it’s worth it.”

“We start with a new recipe for a dressing, and based on the texture, we match it to grains or salads and then build up from there.”

Preparing SaladThe items on the menu all start with an idea. “We start with a new recipe for a dressing, and based on the texture, we match it to grains or salads and then build up from there,” describes Eva. Their popular (and delicious) Rocket Bowl began with a chickpea sauce. “Step by step we add ingredients”, such as eggs and avocados which are key items in the Rocket Bowl.

“Platterz gives us a chance to serve a lot of different customers and really big companies.”

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Aaamazing Salad heard about Platterz from another local spot, Toronto Popcorn Company, who serve gourmet popcorn flavours—including Maple Bacon Popcorn. Yes, you read that right—just across the street from Eva’s restaurant. “Platterz gives us a chance to serve a lot of different customers and really big companies,” denotes Eva on our working relationship. “Platterz focuses on both their customers and their partnerships, making sure both parts are happy.  We can really feel it. I’ve had a really good experience working with Platterz, and give a lot of thanks to Platterz for our business.”

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Eva made us feel so at home during our visit, and ensured we did not go hungry either. She sent us home with enough salad to feed our team for a week (not to mention it was incredibly delicious AND colourful).

What are you waiting for? Bring some healthy colour into your office—people will love it, we promise!

For behind the scenes footage from our shoot, check out our Instagram page highlights!

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Feel Like a Boss With These Top Tech Tips

READ TIME: 4 min

These days, there are so many gizmos and gadgets out there that we don’t know what tech tools actually help us get the job done. Save money, save time, and save your stress with these game-changing hacks that you might not have heard of, but undoubtedly will never be able to live without.

1) Copy, Paste and Don’t Copy Again.  

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Ever going through a document and need to copy and paste more than once, but don’t want to re-copy something each time? We have the solution! The Fly Cut app for computers using MacOS is a clipboard manager that saves your clipboard history so you don’t have to keep track of everything manually.

2) “There’s Nothing Like A Good Shortcut”

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...Said everyone on the Platterz Engineering team. Efficiency is key (pun intended), so when it comes to keyboard shortcuts you can never have too many. Use these lesser known shortcuts and you’ll never look back:

  • Command # switches between tabs in your internet browser
  • Command L highlights the website URL in the address bar
  • Command Shift Arrow highlights full line of text at once

3) Recycle Your Old Computer Hard Drive for Extra Storage

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Just when you thought that your old computer was out of use… think again. Before you throw it away, take it to a repair shop, Microsoft or Apple store, and ask them to extract the hard drive. This hard drive will be your golden ticket to extra storage as it becomes your new ‘external’ hard drive that you didn’t have to purchase. All you have to buy is the case to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.

4) Password Hacks to Avoid Getting Hacked

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What do you need to always remember when creating a password you need to remember?

1: Make It A Phrase
Contrary to popular belief, rather than mixing up a bunch of letters, numbers and characters, using a phrase as a password is actually safer. Think: blue_icecream_travel_mix_adorable_puppy_peanut_butter or other random, meaningless mixes.

2: Make It Long
Two words? No. Four words? Getting there. Six to eight words is the optimal amount to keeping your password protected.

3: Make It Memorable
Keep in mind that the words you choose have to easily come to mind. Avoid using facts or words that people would expect to know about you (yes, using your first pet’s name is too easy). Instead, jumble words together you never think of, but that sound catchy enough that you’ll be able to refer to it when logging into your accounts.

5) High-Res Photo Saving (from Instagram)

When your colleague posts a photo of the team on Instagram, but you want it saved in high resolution for your next photo album? Visit the app online and follow these 6 simple steps:

  • Click on the photo you like to enlarge the image
  • Right Click (Control + Click) > View Page Source
  • Command + F > search jpg
  • Based on the first jpg mention in the code, highlight the URL beginning from https:// and ending in jpg
  • Copy the URL + Paste in new tab
  • Right Click (Control + Click) > Save Image As

6) Screenshot the FULL Webpage

Don’t spend time cutting, pasting, cropping, zooming out… use the Awesome Screenshot Chrome Extension to screenshot the entire webpage you’re viewing, even if the full page isn’t visible all at once. It really is awesome!

7) Customize Slack Colours

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If you know, you know. The office messaging app Slack is a life saver when it comes to chatting with the team, but, did you know that not just your conversations can be custom? Change your slack page with a few simple steps:

  • Preferences
  • Sidebar
  • Scroll down to Theme
  • Feeling Adventurous? Customize your theme
  • Share it with your coworkers and start the office trend!

8) Fly Through The Charging Process  

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When you’re in a rush, but your phone battery is at an all-time low, switch it to airplane mode before plugging it in. When it’s in flight mode, the battery charges faster since it’s not using all of the apps in the background. Your phone will land at 100% in a flash!

Now that you’ve got your software set, be sure to check out our post on Desk Décor to learn about the easy, stylish upgrades you can make to your desktop hardware.

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The Platterz Effect: How Daily Lunches Feed Top Hat’s Culture

Top Hat, an education technology company, uses Platterz to order daily lunches for their constantly growing team of 320. We went to Top Hat to learn about their team, their company, and their time with Platterz!

Arriving just before lunch, we were welcomed into their bright, wide-open space. Their office was designed to encourage collaboration; on the layout of their space, Lydia, a Top Hat Office Coordinator explains: “There are no closed doors.” It was clear from the get-go that office culture is a priority for Top Hat—something we can definitely relate to here at Platterz.

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As two Toronto-based startups in the tech industry, we have had a long-lasting collaborative relationship with Top Hat, who has used our office catering platform since we first launched. Top Hat is the provider of the leading cloud-based teaching platform for higher education. Top Hat’s mission is to make higher education more effective, affordable, and engaging. One of the ways they accomplish this is by making textbooks, test materials, and educational content right in the palm of students’ hands. “Students are on their phones anyway, so why don’t we just put the content right in front of them,” says Office Manager, Russ. He mentions that they designed their lunchroom to “make it more like school. Everyone comes down to eat together, no matter what department or floor. Everyone has room to eat together.”

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“Hardly anyone ever leaves the office for lunch. Why would you ever need to go to a restaurant, if you know you’re getting delicious food at the office everyday?”

At Platterz, we are strong believers that when teams come together over shared meals, they’re happier, healthier, and more productive. Speaking to Top Hat’s lunch culture, Lydia emphasizes that “hardly anyone ever leaves the office for lunch. Why would you ever need to go to a restaurant, if you know you’re getting delicious food at the office everyday? Even if team members have lunch meetings they will ask if they can bring [external] people into the office for food.” Bringing lunch meetings in to the office to avoid missing out on delicious meals? We want in too!

“I think it’s those little things that make a big difference for employees.”

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“I think it’s those little things that make a big difference for employees. They enjoy coming to work, and they feel provided for which incentivizes them to keep working really hard,” Lydia says. Platterz is here to make offices more human, so it was especially exciting for us to hear that this has been the case for Top Hat.

“We know how stressful it is to order food [just] one day for 300 people, whereas doing it every single day takes a lot—it takes a team, and it takes a platform.”

Lydia explains how hers and Russ’s positions are all encompassing, and that ordering food is made easy with our platform, taking a stressor off their plate; “We always joke that we do everything (we’re like plumbers, nurses, whatever it is, we do it), so if we also had to order food everyday and make sure that all allergies and tastes were catered to, we wouldn’t be able to pull it off as smoothly as Platterz does.” Russ adds, “We know how stressful it is to order food [just] one day for 300 people, whereas doing it for daily lunches takes a lot—it takes a team, and it takes a platform.”

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We want to thank Top Hat so much for hosting us over their lunch hour. We loved getting to know their team better and seeing first-hand how Platterz has contributed to a positive work environment for their employees!

Interested in having Platterz cater to your office (daily lunches, food trucks, happy hours, etc.)? Be sure to create an event now! 

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