Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.
For my forty third brunch in this series, I was joined by TV Host Meena Mann at the Sol Sun Belt Cookery in Coal Harbour.
Meena was born in Terrace and grew up in Vancouver, B.C. where she attended Simon Fraser University graduating with a B.A. with a major in Communications. She started her media career in radio in late 2006 working at News1130, REDFM 93.1 and a short contract at CBC Radio1.
Meena made the leap into Television Hosting in 2009 when she became the official Co-Host of a life-style and entertainment show, FMA Entertainment Weekly. In 2010 Meena was hired by the Vancouver Olympic Committee (VANOC) to report for the Olympic News Service. Meena is a professional public speaker with extensive experience hosting numerous live events for non-profit and for-profit organizations, including the B.C. Provincial Government, Municipal Government, Coast Capital Savings and Vancouver’s first Fashion’s Night Out.
You can follow Meena Mann on twitter @MeenaMann
Have you always wanted to be in the Entertainment business?
Yes always, ever since I was a kid.
What type of music did you listen to growing up?
Pop all the time. In university I got into classical music, way back then it was Justin Timberlake ……
Tell me who some of your most notable people that you have interviewed over the years?
- Adrian Grenier
- Russel Peters
- Michael Buble
- Shawn Desman
- Foster the People Band
Do you come from an entertainment family?
No – my dad was always an entertainer for the family.
You did a comedy show awhile back, what was it like for you to do that first comedy gig?
I was so excited, but it was so exciting that I felt so nervous. As soon as my name was called, it was a natural high and no one really laughed after my 1st joke. I felt comfortable being on stage, so I changed up my routine and played off the audience and myself.
When did you get into doing Commercials and what was your first Commercial?
My first commercial was for Nissan Canada, it was a pretty cool experience setting the first one since this was the first commercial there was everything –the set, lights, trailers, and the pay.
How did you get into Emcee?
I did Toastmasters for a few years, one thing lead to another, and another and then I was emceeing lots of events.
Where was your most recent trip?
What is your favourite foods?
I love everything, but only vegetarian.
What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?
- Italian Kitchen
- Kidoya Sushi
Meena and Richard each had a fresh squeezed Orange Juice to start. Meena had the Gruyere & Wild Mushroom Omelette (egg whites only); and Richard had the Duck Confit Hash (no egg) with Moroccan fried bread and Harissa sauce.
What do you do in your off time?
- Being outdoors
- Beach with friends
Who inspires you?
From the root level, some of my close friends all the way to Oprah.
What has inspired you lately?
There is a book about “50 Cent” the rapper, about his rags to riches type of story. Really the book is about how not to be afraid, to keep going and to overcome fear.
Is there anything you want to do, that you haven’t done already?
- I would like to speak in front of a crowd of 1000 people.
- Sit down interview with “50 Cent” or “Oprah” or people we don’t set to learn about often.
- A late night tv show.
What’s next for you or what’s on the horizon?
- Lot of emcee gigs up coming up over the summer
- Potential tv show
Style: a La Carte
Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3:00pm
Sol Sun Belt Cookery
550 Denman Street, Vancouver
For Reservations, please call 604 568 2235
Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak