BLOG 20 – Moudie(son) and Radwan(father) Baroud of Moody’s Mediterranean

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If you have ever visited Moody’s Mediterranean in the Cooperstown Promenade, you may recognize the owners. They were the original owners of the franchise Opa in town, which they sold to pursue this original family owned restaurant. They decided they needed the flexibility to bring the flavour and variety that inspires the mediterranean cuisine with such delectable plates from Greece, Italy, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Morocco and many more.
The Baroud family planted their roots in Airdrie in 2001 with their larger than average family, 7 kids. I almost fell off my chair when they told me this as I have the utmost respect for parents raising large families. Radwan went on to explain his medical background and I can see so much desire to contribute to the betterment of his community, we had a great conversation. Moudie is one of the four boys and he graduated from George Mac in ’06 and continued on to university to major in Business Management and minor in Marketing. It is easy to see based on the social media and branding that Moudie is knowledgeble and excels because of his keen eye for detail with marketing. You’ll see a beautiful patio that is waiting for the warmth of spring to welcome us to enjoy, only a couple more months. I’m personally so done with winter at this moment. Moudie explained an absolutely brilliant collaboration occuring between Moody’s Mediterranean and the pub soon opening across the parking lot Balzac Brewery. I can’t wait to see this come alive, so stay tuned for that update.
Let’s talk about the food and the experience Moody’s Mediterranean is all about. First of all I met with Moudie before the restaurant opened one morning and the open kitchen was immaculate. I absolutely loved seeing this and with an open kitchen you are able to watch your meal being made right before you so it’s quite reassuring when cleanliness is priority. As my family enjoyed our meals one evening Radwan came over to introduce himself and offer some free Balklava and turkish coffee. I’m a huge fan of cardamon so it was amazing! We felt like guests not customers and the food was a creation of love not a stagnant menu item. Watch his social media he is constantly introducing a new item or a special based on a plate he wants to create for our enjoyment. Fresh, healthy and affordable is now possible with Moody’s Mediterranean in town. Check them out, your stomach will thank you.
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BLOG 11 Christelle Hitimana of Healthy Meals Made Easy

I met with Christelle over a year ago when I was researching for my first business idea, Exchange of Presence (details of that business are discussed in my first blog). My husband and I had “dates” with our kids doing meal prep with Christelle, it was fun and the kids ate their creations with so much pride, I believe we did a pasta free meat lasagna and a stickly lemon chicken.
When I sat down with Christelle and found out how her business came to be I quite literally got goosebumps. Christelle was a youth worker in mental health among teens. She encountered suicidal teens and worked to support them on their journey to finding their way. Rather than be on the end of helping teens already suicidal, Christelle learnt through a study that families that eat healthy meals together often reduce teen suicide by 70% (see source link below). So Healthy Meals Made Easy provides busy families taxed on time and running to activities the means to still sit and eat a nutritious healthy meal together. Is this not a beautiful why? Meeting people like Christelle and seeing how she is doing her business for all the right reasons makes it very easy for me to want to support her and champion her for success. Success for Christelle when asked was to see her business franchised out to other communities so more families and individuals can be reached with healthy, unprocessed meal options at home.
Healthy Meals Made Easy offers some great favorites like the Cauliflower and bacon Ravioli that Christelle concocted and many customers have on repeat as it’s a hit. She also offers many low carb and gluten free option to fit any lifestyle, they are affordable and freshly made.  You’ll find her commercial kitchen and retail space on Main Street between the Urgent care facility and The Shoppers Drugmart across from the Towerlane Center. You can find Healthy Meals Made Easy in our directory for your online shopping options or go in and see what’s in the freezers. The other option is to set up a visit where you and your family can do the meal prep together like we did, you just pay the cost of your meals.  It really is a fun thing to do, my kids were 6 & 8 at the time and I highly recommend it.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325878/ source for quote of link of increase weekly family meals decreases the likelihood of teen suicide by 70%