Who are you?
Salar Madadi, Owner of the MeatVentures Meatwagon food truck and Pokeh, which opened November 2015 at the Hamilton Farmer’s Market,
Moved here in 2011 from Toronto with my wife Jeannie and our 2 dogs, Ozzy and Jack.
We lived in a small condo and needed more room – 500 sq ft isn’t enough for us and 2 dogs! We both wanted to make career changes, and the high prices in Toronto would have made that impossible and locked us into a big mortgage. Hamilton gave us the chance to still live in a city instead of the suburbs, and helped us lower our cost of living enough that we could make career changes.
Where do you live?
We live in the North End and love it. It’s close to downtown but quiet, and a few minutes away from everything by car or bike.
From our house you can get on a bike and be 5 minutes away from the downtown core or 5 minutes away in a beautiful conservation area.
What resources helped you make the move?
Talking to people who lived here and knew the city well to get lots of different perspectives on the different areas of the city.
What resources do you WISH you’d had access to that would have helped?
We used an agent that didn’t know much about the city and I wish we had an agent that knew the city well.
What things surprised you the most about Hamilton? Good & Bad
I was surprised at how Hamilton is a city but still feels so small. From our house you can get on a bike and be 5 minutes away from the downtown core or 5 minutes away in a beautiful conservation area. It’s a good balance. I was also surprised at how tight some of the business communities are and how supportive they are of each other. We started a street food business this past summer and the amount of support we received from the community was amazing. As for bad, there seems to be a division in city politics that I don’t like to see.
What advice do you have for anyone considering a move to Hamilton?
Take your time to learn about the different areas of the city and spend some time here learning about what the city has to offer. Talk to people that live here and get as many different perspectives on the city as possible.
What are your favourite places and things to do around the city?
Rapscallion – my favourite restaurant in the city. A playful take on a nose to tail menu that is always changing, and always fantastic service and quality.
Sew Hungry – the best food truck event in the country – over 30 trucks from all over Ontario. Come hungry and come with friends so you can try as many things as possible! *May 2015 – BlogTO picked MeatVentures Tocino Sliders as one of it’s top 5 items at Sew Hungry WHAT WHAT!
Hamilton Farmer’s Market – I love the farmer’s market. Over the last few years I’ve gotten to know some of the vendors and they offer a level of quality and service that you can’t beat.