Oyama Sausage Company

It’s been a while since I have posted a Kevin Kossowan video – so I was very happy to see today that not only did he have a video up, but that it seemed to me to be very apt video given this is the season of BBQ, Burgers and Hot Dogs.

This is a straight up talking head video with the guy in charge of Oyama Sausage Co in Vancouver.  This kind of video can be tricky as it depends so much on who is talking to be interesting – and this guy is really interesting covering everything from how the “air” at the location that your meat is “air cured” at is more important (in his opinion) than the meat used to make the sausage.  He then goes on to discuss meat and how soy and corn fed hogs have no flavor and the pigs fed local grains are much better tasting.  In an attempt not to go over the entire video I will stop here and let you watch this for yourself – but please do watch it.

Vancouver is one of my favorite places to visit.

Granville Island Market is, no surprise here, my favorite place to go in Vancouver and I must have passed Oyama on several occasions – now I know more about the product and story behind this artisanal food producer I am very excited to go back and sample his wares.  Sadly I don’t think that is going to happen this summer, so if you are lucky enough to be in Vancouver (or passing through) and need a charcuterie plate for your next picnic or to pick up some sausages for your next BBQ this is the place to get them.

Happy 4th of July and belated Happy Canada Day to my friends up north. So many food sites jump on holidays to feature things like stars and stripes cup cakes, deviled eggs (in yet another iteration) some form of the “best new burger you have ever eaten” recipe and of course lots of  BBQ and Strawberry shortcake.

I think the things you should be cooking on special occasions are those things that are seasonal, grown by a farmer and that make you happy. Also because it is a holiday that don’t take too long!  I’m not much of  a BBQ fan so I’d opt out for slow cooker pulled pork corn on the cob, and a bowl of ice cream and berries.

Have a great holiday! When next I write I will be in Berlin!  From the 7th to the 18th I will be in Europe – mostly Berlin, but also Brussels, Antwerp and maybe Bruges and or Ghent – so if you have any suggestions for me please – I’d love to hear them!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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