Mykelti Williamson’s Bubba Style

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 11:29am PDT
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Mykelti Williamson Press Photo
Mykelti Williamson Press Photo

Mykelti Williamson, known best for his role as “Bubba” in the Academy Award-Winning Forrest Gump, is currently in Vancouver filming a movie for the Lifetime network. I had the chance to catch up with him to talk a bit about his current project, and a lot about his new venture into the spice business.

“I love Vancouver, it’s a very pretty city to me,” Williamson told me while on a lunch break on set. “The people are always nice and I’ve been coming here thirty years and I’ve only met one rude person — in thirty years.”

His recent television credits include playing Brian Hastings, head of CTU in 24 and Ellstin Limehouse in Justified. However even before television, and film (he also had roles in Con Air, Waiting to Exhale, and more) and even before Forrest Gump, he loved to cook.

“I’ve been making seasonings and sauces for quite a few years, since I was a kid in fact. It was one of the things people have always been telling me to do – to put those on the market.” Williamson launched his Bubba Style seasonings and spices back in March of this year and runs the business with his wife, Sondra. They have three different seasonings available and Williamson says that in about a month they’ll have about four more.

The brand name “Bubba Style” is actually a tribute to a term of endearment – calling someone Bubba. “Every Bubba that I’ve met can cook and so my brand is more than an homage to Forrest Gump, my brand is for all the Bubbas I’ve met as a result of the movie.”

“I’ve got something called Fry Bubba Fry, which reminds people of Run Forrest Run. Bubba doesn’t run — but Bubba can fry.”

Williamson, who even has an Uncle Bubba, described Bubba Style as being not as heavy as Southern style and not as complex as Cajun style. “Bubbas like to do things in a very simple way. Clean, wholesome, down to earth, not fancy. Just clean-tasting, down-home cooking, that’s Bubba Style.”

He explained that other seasonings on the market may have 160mg to 380mg of sodium per serving but Bubba Style only has 10mg. “I don’t believe that you have to use as much salt to make [food] taste good.” You can use the seasonings as a rub for grilling but they’re also good for stews, chicken, pasta, and any other way you want to add flavour to your meal.

Partial proceeds from Bubba Style also support two causes that are close to Williamson’s heart. Save Africa’s Children, an offshoot of the ministry at his family’s church, and United Cancer Advocacy Action Network and the outreach of Rachel Shur, a survivor who has dedicated her life to helping other families who are going through what she went through.

“It’s not just about making money for selfish reasons, but we want to be blessed so we can be a blessing to other people.”

Mykelti Williamson’s Bubba Style spices and seasonings are available in a few locations in California but otherwise only online at the moment. After launching in the spring they are still building up the website to offer products. I haven’t tried them out for myself yet but I was assured that “with shrimp, it’s just to die for.”

Williamson‘s Vancouver-filmed “A Narrow Bridge” is due to air on Lifetime in February 2013 and also features Toni Braxton and David Julian Hirsh.

Vancouver Icons: Siwash Rock

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 — 10:38am PDT
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Rounding the Stanley Park Sea Wall the photo opportunities are abundant. North Shore and city scenes, forest trails, ocean wildlife, balanced rocks on boulders, sunsets, and more. Perched on the Western tip of the peninsula, Siwash Rock might just be one of the most photographed hunks of stone in the City and as such, it’s today’s Vancouver Icon.

1880s – Photographer: Bailey Bros. VPL Accession Number: 19804

About 32 million years ago, a volcanic dike formed in the sedimentary rock that forms the foundation of the park (sandstone and mudstone). Magma was forced to the surface through a fissure in the Earth’s crust creating the basalt stack, which is more resistant to erosion that the softer sandstone cliffs. Siwash Rock is the only such sea stack in the Vancouver area. [Source: Wilderness on the Doorstep: Discovering Nature in Stanley Park]

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Photo credit: Doug Farmer on Flickr

Siwash Rock The Rock
Photo credit: Jaypiddy & waynesonc on Flickr

The big splash Siwash Rock
Photo credit: Mike & Zorro1968 on Flickr

To the Squamish First Nation Siwash Roch is Skalsh or Slah-kay-ulsh. According to E. Pauline Johnson’s “Legends of Vancouver” it is a young man who was turned to stone, as an honor. Its plaque reads: “Indian legends tells us that this 50 foot high pinnacle of rock stands as an imperishable monument to “Skalsh the Unselfish,” who was turned into stone by “Q’uas The Transformer” as a reward for his unselfishness.

Siwash Rock
Photo credit: BillXu Photos on Flickr

Seawall at Siwash Rock Stanley Park-Siwash Rock
Photo credit: colink. & Wynonna on Flickr

Siwash Rock Siwash Rock
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer & PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Siwash Rock
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Siwash Rock
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks on Flickr

” From far trans-Pacific ports, from the frozen North, from the lands of the Southern Gross, they pass and repass the living rock that was there before their hulls were shaped, that will be there when their very names are forgotten, when their crews and their captains have taken their long last voyage, when their merchandise has rotted, and their owners are known no more. But the tall, grey column of stone will still be there – a monument to one man’s fidelity to a generation yet unborn – and will endure from everlasting to everlasting.” [Source: Legend of Siwash Rock]

Siwash Rock Stanely Park
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Siwash Rock at Stanley Park [Explored] Siwash Rock sunset, foggy
Photo credit: K D Photos & colink. on Flickr

Siwash Rock
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The Final Photograph
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

Siwash Rock Sunset
Photo credit: Alan W on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

BC Travel Tuesday Week 4: Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 2:44pm PDT
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The BC Travel Tuesday series has returned this summer as I partner up once again with Backyard BC to highlight properties and destinations around the province. We’re now half way through our six week campaign with six different getaway packages for BC hotels.
Featuring a variety of hotels and resorts located throughout the province, Backyard BC provides residents of British Columbia with free access to exclusive discounts on accommodation. If you live and travel in BC, we’ll make sure you pay less than the lowest rates available to anyone else. Travel local. Save big. Visit Backyard BC online, on Twitter, or Facebook and see more of BC!

The winner of the third giveaway of the 2012 BC Travel Tuesday campaign is @LMDallaVecchia! If you haven’t already, you can still enter to win the grand prize which includes stays at every property we’re showcasing over the full six weeks.

The fourth giveaway of the series is perfect for a staycation. Get away to your own downtown core for a night following a romantic dinner, be a tourist in your hometown, or visit the big city.

Photos courtesy: Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
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Location: 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver
About: “Freshly updated to reflect the excitement and vibrancy of Vancouver, our hotel is surrounded by the bustling business centre and within close proximity of the unique shops of Robson Street, the greenery of Stanley Park, the Vancouver Convention Centre, and Rogers Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks.”
Prize: 2 nights in a preferred view guestroom and buffet breakfast for 2.
Value: $800

To enter to win the weekly contest:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win 2 nights at @HyattVancouver from @backyardbc @miss604 #bctraveltuesday

This contest is now closed.

Weekly winners will be announced every Tuesday on the latest BC Travel Tuesday contest post until the six weeks are up. Gift certificates for hotel and resort stays will be sent directly to each weekly winner so they can arrange their visit personally with the property. Some restrictions apply, based on availability.

View all posts in the series by following or subscribing to my BCTravelTuesday tag. Open to residents of BC. Backyard BC’s grand prize draw for stays at all 6 properties will take place September 4, 2012.

Canadian Paralympic Team for London 2012: BC Athletes

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 11:34am PDT
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With misty eyes and heavy hearts, we watched on Sunday as the London 2012 Olympic Games came to a close. Athletic triumphs and defeats, dreams were both realized and shattered like records. However the competition and display of athletic excellent is not over yet. The London 2012 Paralympic Games open up August 29th and will run until September 9th.

If you’re like me, you fell in love with the skill, perseverance, and amazing athleticism of the Paralympics when they were in Vancouver — where Canada placed third in both the gold medal count and the overall medal count). This morning this Canadian Paralympic Committee announced the members of Team Canada who will be going to London to represent out country.

Canada will bring a total of 145 athletes to compete in 15 sports in London. They are joined by 12 athlete support personnel (cycling pilots, running guides, boccia sport assistants and a rowing coxswain), and 134 officials (coaches, managers, support staff, mission staff). The team will be led by Chef de Mission Gaétan Tardif (Toronto, ON) and Assistant Chef de Mission Elisabeth Walker-Young (Vancouver, BC).

Paralympics up next!

BC Paralympians Going to London

Kevin Evans from Jaffray, BC for Archery
Vladimir Kopecky from Kimberley, BC for Archery
Nathan Dewitt from Surrey, BC (@NathanJDeWitt) in Athletics
Braedon Dolfo from Langley, BC (@BDolfo93) in Athletics
Michelle Stilwell from Parksville, BC in Athletics (@mikeystilwell)
Dustin Walsh from New Westminster, BC in Athletics (@DWAthletics)
Paul Gauthier from Vancouver, BC in Boccia (@boccia14)
Monica Martino from Vancouver, BC in Boccia (@bocciachick)
Josh Vander Vies from Vancouver, BC in Boccia (@joshvandervies)
Eleonore Elstone from Langley, BC in Equestrian
Ashley Gowanlock from Vancouver, BC in Equestrian (@ashleygowanlock)
Ashlie Andrews from Vancouver, BC in Goalball
Brendan Gaulin from Vancouver, BC in Goalball
Doug Ripley from New Westminster, BC in Goalball (@DougRipley)
Ahmad Zeividavi from Vancouver BC in Goalball
Meghan Montgomery from Victoria, BC in Rowing (@MeghanRows)
Joan Reid from Enderby, BC in Rowing (@JoanRows2012)
Tony Theriault from Nanaimo, BC in Rowing (@BowSeatT)
Stacie Louttit from Victoria, BC in Sailing
John McRoberts from Victoria, BC in Sailing
Bruce Millar from Victoria, BC in Sailing
Doug Blessin from Port Coquitlam, BC in Shooting (@DougBlessin)
Chirstos Trifonidis from Vancouver, BC in Shooting
Sarah Mehain from Vernon, BC in Swimming
Jana Murphy from Victoria, BC in Swimming
Brianna Nelson from Victoria, BC in Swimming
Scott Patterson from Vancouver, BC in Swimming
Nathan Stein from Maple Ridge, BC in Swimming (@natestein)
Donovan Tildesley from Vancouver, BC in Swimming
Bo Hedges from Wonowon, BC in Wheelchair Basketball (@TheRealBoHedges)
Richard Peter from Vancouver, BC in Wheelchair Basketball
Janet Margaret McLachlan from West Vancouver, BC in Wheelchair Basketball (@bigsexxxy5)
Jessica Vliegenthart from Victoria, BC in Wheelchair Basketball (@TheVlieagle)
Elisha Williams from Prince George, BC in Wheelchair Basketball
Ian Chan from Richmond, BC in Wheelchair Rugby
Trevor Hirschfield from Parksville, BC in Wheelchair Rugby (@trevor_hirsch10)
Fabien Lavoie from Vancouver, BC in Wheelchair Rugby
Travis Murao from Richmond, BC in Wheelchair Rugby (@travis_murao12)

I have added all of the above to my BC Athletes at London 2012 list on Twitter.

The Canadian Paralympic Committee has a full list of athletes, guides, assistants, and coaches available on their website, complete the competition schedule.

Follow @CDNParalympics on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube for information and updates throughout the Games. Cheer on the Paralympians using the tags #London2012 & #GoCanadaGo on Twitter.

UPDATE Check out the Paralympics broadcast schedule, social media info, and more in this post.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation Salvage Sale

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 10:44am PDT
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The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting a salvage sale this Friday, August 17th. This sale, contrary to their annual salvage sales, is a final clearance sale as they will be closing their warehouse.

vanheritageThe warehouse is located at Unit 115 – 7011 Elmbridge Way in Richmond. The public is invited to stop by on Friday, August 17, 2012 between 10:00am to 2:00pm

Items up for sale during their recent salvage sale included fireplace inserts and fire tools, Clayburn bricks and guilded ornamental plasterwork from the Pantages Theatre, a partner desk, pedestal sinks, and stained glass windows.

For this final sale, they will consider any and all offers on items. They have doors, pedestal sinks, windows, and more. They “would rather see things go for a song than go to the landfill.”

Follow the Vancouver Heritage Foundation on Twitter and Facebook for more information about the sale, other heritage events, and walking tours throughout the summer.

Pirate Pak Day at White Spot 2012

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 — 9:07am PDT
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White Spot is hosting Pirate Pak Day tomorrow. When you order a Pirate Pak at a White Spot restaurant in BC on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 they will donate $2 to the Zajac Ranch for Children.


Zajac Ranch is a local charity that gives children and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities an unforgettable summer camp experience.

You can order the Kids Pirate Pak (which is always available) or on this day only you can order the special-edition Adult Pirate Pak. This comes with your choice of one of White Spot’s legendary burger combos complete with fresh-cut fries, a soft drink, a scoop of ice cream and a chocolate “gold” coin. It’s a chance for everyone to feel like a kid again and support a cause that helps kids be kids.

Over the past four years, White Spot has raised more than $152,000 for the ranch, giving 75 children the opportunity to meet new friends and experience traditional camp activities, such as canoeing, archery and horseback riding.

“White Spot’s Pirate Pak Day fundraiser has resulted in very generous contributions to our camp program, providing life-changing experiences for special needs kids across B.C.,” said Mel Zajac, founder of the Zajac Ranch for Children. “We are excited to be reuniting with White Spot on this initiative again in 2012 and encourage everyone to get out and enjoy a Pirate Pak on August 15.” [Source: Press Release]

Options for the Adult Pirate Pak (available only tomorrow, starting at $10.99) feature a choice of four burger options, including the Legendary Burger, Bacon Cheddar Bigger Burger, Provolone Veggie Burger on a multigrain bun and the BC Chicken Burger.

The original Kids Pirate Pak is celebrating its 44th anniversary this year as well. It’s not the same Pirate Pak that I remember as a child (and always thought I could make a hat out of the cardboard boat). There are now Pirate Pak options like a grilled cheese sandwich, Pirate Pals, spaghetti and meatball, macaroni and cheese, lightly battered Pacific Cod, or Health Check approved Lifestyle pizza combo. Of course you can also get the classic hamburger with finger-licking Triple “O” sauce as well.

To promote Adult Pirate Pak Day on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in support of Zajac Ranch for Children, White Spot has offered up a $25 gift card for one of my readers. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming what you would have in your Pirate Pak (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
Support @ZajacRanch on #PiratePakDay & RT to enter to win a $25 GC for @White_Spot from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:00am. Follow White Spot on Facebook and Twitter and Zajac Ranch on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Update The winner is Sandra!