Thursday, December 2, 2010

A Fresh Start

It was a beautiful, snowy afternoon, and one of the Bandidas decided it was finally time to make a fresh blog entry...

I'm Renee. I've been serving at Bandidas for over a year now, and I'm really happy here. I was living in Victoria and coming over to Van every other weekend to hang out. Bandidas quickly became an integral part of every visit, because I loved the food and the atmosphere was so relaxed and friendly. It wasn't very long before I threw my hands up in the air and said, "That's it! I'm moving to Vancouver and I'm going to get a job at Bandidas!" It turned out that my timing was spot on, and now I spend nearly all my time here. Its funny how things just work out sometimes.

I came to Vancouver knowing only a handful of people, but after a year of working at Bandidas, I've really begun to feel like a part of the community--of the restaurant and of the neighborhood. After years of traveling and drifting around, it feels so good to feel like I actually belong somewhere. I learn new things from our lovely customers every day, and I run into them all over town. I've never worked anywhere that catered to such kind, genuine and interesting people, which, as a server, makes the workplace infinitely more enjoyable. That may sound cheesy, but I mean every carefully chosen word of it.

I'm a Sagittarius. I'm terribly accident prone. I love to write and sing and make people laugh. I really do like long walks on the beach, and as far as snow is concerned, I hope we get more because there is something so romantic about it.

The Taqueria is particularly cozy these days, certainly warmer than my ridiculous little apartment, and I find I've been hanging out here in my free time even more since the first big chill of the season. I know the food will be healthy, hot and delicious. I know I'll run into people and have a laugh. I know I'll be able to get cozy and get some writing done, its a little hobby of mine.

In fact, our two marvelous ringleaders, Jackie and Aiyana, have asked me to start keeping this ol'blog updated, so you can expect to hear more from us, more frequently. If you have any suggestions for blog posts, or if there is anything you'd love to know about us, let us know!
Muchas Gracias!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Check out this charity we are supporting. It's a bike event!! We love to support many such things.

Calling all cyclists - Family fun CAP AIDS Bike-a-thon on Saturday, June 19, Trout Lake

CAP AIDS, a registered Canadian charity, is organizing a 20km bike a thon along BC Parkway on Saturday, June 19 (registration at 9:15 am) at the south end of Trout Lake. Please register your Team or individually online at:

We are fundraising specifically for vocational training opportunities for AIDS youth orphans in Uganda and Ethiopia. Every dollar raised will be matched 3-1 by the Canadian government (CIDA). After-ride Refreshments and Entertainment by Tambai Marimba and African Stages youth dancers. Win a custom-made bicycle from Our Community Bikes and other great prizes from our sponsors!

For more information contact Lindsay Marsh, Bike-a-Thon Coordinator, at