To Die For Face: Aamer Haleem

“I just proved I’m not a foodie by using the words ‘mmm’ and ‘oh-my-gosh,” laughed veteran broadcaster Aamer (rhymes with ‘on-air’) Haleem. But, couldn’t involuntary guttural noises and slang be the stamp of a true food lover? In this case, yes. The proof: this former VTV Breakfast host’s favorite activity is to dine over delicious, drawn out meals with friends.


Q: Will you show us your ‘to die for face’? (This is the expression occurring at the taste of ‘to die for food’ – you know the one!)

A: See above.

Q: Name the food you would most often describe as, ‘to die for’.

A: AH — This could be the secret ingredient that can take a dish from ‘mmm’, to, ‘oh my gosh’. Cinnamon. Take peanut butter on toast, for example. Sprinkle some cinnamon on…goodnight, thank you for showing up.


Q: Which is your favorite restaurant?

A: AHVij’s. I’ve championed this restaurant around the world. A jackfruit appetizer is what I always order. There’s a ginger lemon drink that I crave, too.


Q: What is your trashy indulgence? (i.e. that late night 7/11 or drive-thru treat)

A: AH — The Hudson News shops at airports sell these pre-packaged cookies that are the size of bicycle wheels or sewer grates. I get the oatmeal raisin because I think I’m being healthy.


Q: Is there a food you refuse to eat because you were sick after eating it?

A: AH — When I was growing up, my mom would make liver. I just hated the taste, the texture, and everything about it.


Q: What is the sexiest food?

A: AH — The Red Velvet cupcake from Sprinkles. Why is it sexy? Come on, look at it…it’s red velvet. What it is, is an edible, delicious Valentine, which to me, is sexy.


Q: What is your favorite dessert in Vancouver?

A: AH — There was a period where I’d eat molten lava cake so much, that I came to think of myself as a connoisseur. La Terrazza serves a great one.


Q: What is your favorite comfort food?

A: AH — By the time this is published, my answer will have changed. Right now, I’ll go with a mille-feuille from a cafe next door to the Paris Opera.


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