Trying to live a holistic life in an unholistic world

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…..

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However, there is a distinct line between drawing inspiration from someone else’s work as opposed to copying not only a concept, but a whole shop, right down to the actual menu, spatial design and interior decoration – including personal quirks.

Having worked as an interior designer, I value good design, but above all, design integrity.

I refer to my previous post, (which was sooooo long ago I know) where I hailed Porchetta as having a holier than thou vegan sandwich. I don’t want to slam a small business directly, or wish them into closure, however I think it’s important to be well informed, as things aren’t always as they appear.

After I had posted the previous blog entry, I received an email from Frankie Harrington, owner of Meat & Bread in Vancouver. The tone and delivery of the email was polite and informative, without any spite or malice. Frankie informed me that

“I built Meat & Bread sandwich shop and opened in October 2010 with my business partner. We grew up in restaurants and opening Meat & Bread was our first crack at owning our own. We took many risks in this venture and tried our hardest to be different and to stand out with our approach, cooking techniques and design.”

“It’s pretty upsetting to know that there are people that copy everything…inspiration is one thing but they took everything. My business partner and myself have worked very hard independently to open Meat & Bread…It’s not like we have bottomless pockets and come from a corporate background. This idea is as real as it get’s and we both still work at our two locations 6 days per week.”

Whilst I can not deny that I still dream of that sandwich from Porchetta, their ethics and morals have left a bitter aftertaste. It is a personal decision for me to decide not to visit Porchetta again, mind over stomach, ethics over hunger for me. Besides, Casablanca is just a 5 minute walk away when a carby craving hits, and it hits the spot oh so good.


Written by ayearinpatissiere

May 26, 2013 at 20:09

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  1. Noooo! Rat bastards. Thanks for posting this, Suzi.


    May 26, 2013 at 21:39

    • Hahaha yes! I agree ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you try it though before you read this?


      May 28, 2013 at 01:56

      • Yes I did. The cinnamon sweet potato fries were on point. Guess I should be telling that to Meat and Bread.


        May 28, 2013 at 04:47

      • Hahahaah, yes perhaps you should complement M&B!!
        Did not see the cinnamon sweet potato fries there when I was there that one time……seriously have had to resist the craving a few times now……


        June 6, 2013 at 20:46

  2. This makes me sick to my stomach! Sadly, I’ve witnessed many instances where Koreans just don’t think there is anything wrong with ripping off someone else’s idea and passing it off as their own. I’ve heard firsthand by a business owner in Seoul of people coming in, taking pictures, tasting everything, and then recreating their own shops with a very similar name elsewhere. >.<

    Thanks for posting this. I don't think I will be eating there now.


    June 8, 2013 at 01:58

    • Hi Andreamike,

      Thanks for the kind words and forstopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

      I know, there is very little ethics concerning intellectual property here!


      June 11, 2013 at 19:10

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