July 26th, 2016

A Summer Tradition: K-Days 2016

K-Days really couldn’t have asked for better weather to kick off the 10 day Edmonton summer mainstay. Mack and I joined the thousands of festival revelers on Saturday for our annual pilgrimage to the midway. Mack had accepted an offer from Northlands to visit the grounds as their guest, which included special passes to the TD South Stage and cash to eat our way through some of the new items. We invited my sister Felicia to join us, at least for the food portion of the afternoon.


Felicia can’t resist soft serve

It was interesting to see a number of local food trucks among the mix of vendors, including Smokehouse BBQ and their sister truck Stuffed Gourmet Sausage, Cuisine on Wheels, and Native Delights. While we have our fill of food truck cuisine elsewhere, it is great to see more Edmonton-based vendors present.

Our food choices were ultimately guided by the new food flyer that can be picked up at information kiosks on site. They list all of the items that are new to the festival. Unlike previous years, no insects were harmed in the making of this list, so the shock value was minimized to items such as rainbow grilled cheese and Oreo fried rice.

Our favourite item that we sampled that day was actually also the winner of the new food award – the meatball sub on a stick. Pizza dough was woven in between three skewered meatballs, then broiled with cheese and seasoned. As midway fare goes, this was actually on the healthy side, given it wasn’t deep fried. The meatballs themselves were quite tasty, balanced out with just the right amount of dough and cheese.


Meatball sub on a stick

The big pickle dog had been voted the runner up of the new food competition. Mack, being a corn dog aficionado, was quite excited to try this, as it was a marriage of two of his favourite things: pickles and corn dogs. Alas, it was just too hard to eat, as the pickle retained too much of its crunch, and the hot dog slid right out from the pickle’s empty core. He doesn’t recommend this one.


Big pickle dog

Continuing the "food on a stick" theme, Felicia tried the chicken waffle on a stick. It looked promising, with a crisp, made to order waffle exterior. But it contained chicken with little flavour, and unnecessary breading since the crunch was lost underneath the waffle batter.


Chicken waffle on a stick

Perhaps our biggest disappointment was the mac ‘n cheese stuffed burger. The concept had much promise, but the execution needed work: the patty itself was overly charred, and the toppings were hastily assembled. We could barely eat the burger and derived no pleasure from doing so.


Mac ‘n cheese stuffed burger

We were pleasantly surprised by the poutine perogies, which substituted deep fried perogies for potatoes. It was a healthy serving meant to be shared, with salty gravy and a generous amount of cheese.


Poutine perogies

Of course, we had to indulge in mini donuts at K-Days as well, as much of a tradition for us as anything else.


Those Little Donuts

The best thing about K-Days is being able to partake in the variety of shows and activities in between food. Our favourite show was Canine Stars, featuring rescue dogs in a high-energy demonstration of agility.


Canine Stars

We also enjoyed the expanded Tech Life exhibit (which, on July 30-31, will host the first ever Canadian Drone Championships). In addition to the retro video game systems they’ve had in years past, they also included an extensive selection of board games. We opted to challenge Giant Jenga.



The main K Days music stage has typically been located right off the midway. But as an example of how the Northlands Vision 2020 could play out, organizers decided to relocate the stage to the infield of the race track. The result is a defined, enclosed area, which promoted an atmosphere more conducive to a proper show. The simple act of departing from the midway signaled the transition to a dedicated concert space. Mack had been given VIP passes for the TD Comfort Zone, which meant we could watch the musical act for the evening from the vantage of an elevated tent.


TD Comfort Zone

The tickets, which would have cost $100 (including gate admission to K-Days), includes access to a spread of appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. The platform is licensed though, and most patrons took advantage of this. No doubt, the price enables exclusivity, and is a way for Northlands to generate additional revenue from an existing festival component.


Matthew Good

Matthew Good put on a great show, and played right up until the fireworks began. An unintentional benefit of the new stage location is the natural expansion of the fireworks viewing area. The west side of the race track is in close proximity to the launch site, so I’d recommend heading over there for an even better view of the light show.



We finished our night with a bit more Bowler Roller, my amusement addiction. For the record – Sharon: 2, Mack: 0.


Midway magic

Thanks to Northlands for a great evening out to our summer tradition.

Check out Mack’s experience here.

July 25th, 2016

Food Notes for July 25, 2016

  • Food4Good is hosting a Collective Kitchen on July 28, 2016 at the Brittania-Youngstown Community League (15927 105 Avenue). Contribute $3 to help put together 4 servings of food to take home.
  • Ever wanted to see how chocolate is made? Jacek Chocolate Couture is opening up their chocolate studio on July 28, 2016, from 5-8pm. You can RSVP on Facebook.
  • The second location of Bodega Edmonton is now open in Highlands at 6509 112 Avenue. Learn more about Christian Mena and Lino Oliveira, the duo behind this growing local chain, on The Local Good.
  • Another local expansion to report: the Crudo family will be doubling their restaurant foothold in Edmonton, with the takeaway-focused Bottega on 104 Street and a quick-service version of Cafe Amore in Terwillegar.
  • Sorrentino’s announced that Buco will be opening up in Epcor Tower. The company also celebrated their newest Sorrentino’s outpost in Stony Plain.
  • Twyla raved about Have Mercy’s Southern food and perfectly gritty decor.
  • Vue Weekly checked out Walia on 124 Street, one of the city’s newest Ethiopian restaurants.
  • Congratulations to all of the winners of the Canadian Food Championships over the weekend!
  • The K-Days New Food Contest winners are in: take a look at the results before heading out onto the midway.
  • It was a shock to hear about the sudden passing of Ernesto Rizzi. He was the friendly and engaging operator behind Dolce & Banana food truck. He will be missed.
  • The Journal’s latest market vendor profile is Urban Pierogies, which creates organic, uniquely flavoured perogies.
  • If you’re interested in learning more about urban beekeeping, check out a City-hosted event called Honey Harvest, happening October 14, 2016. There will be panel discussions, tastings, and networking opportunities. The cost is $40.
  • It’s not surprising that the term “community supported agriculture” has been co-opted by big business in the States.
  • David Chang puts forth his unified theory of deliciousness.
  • I neglected to post about the new Olly Fresco’s located at 10030 107 Street. It’s a Calgary-based company specializing in prepared food.

Olly Fresco's

Olly Fresco’s

July 18th, 2016

Food Notes for July 18, 2016

  • A reminder that the last day to buy discounted Taste of Edmonton tickets is July 20, 2016.
  • Workshop Eatery is hosting A Garden Party on August 11, 2016. Tickets for the four-course al fresco meal are $100, with proceeds going to the Canadian Culinary Fund.
  • A modern speakeasy, Nightjar, is now open at 8130 Gateway Boulevard.
  • Jonny visited Curry Corner in Riverbend and shared the great lunch special they offer for $11.
  • Linda was invited to dine at the Highlands Golf Club, which is open to non-members.
  • The Globe is the latest to review Beaumont’s Chartier.
  • El Cortez’s patio received the spotlight from the Journal this week.
  • The Journal covered the local interpretation of the trend towards no tipping: Cafe Linnea will be Edmonton’s first, though Chartier has a model that pools and redistributes tips.
  • SpeakTiki is the latest cocktail collective that is making waves, with a focus on promoting Tiki cocktail culture.
  • Speaking of booze, Edmonton has a new brewery in town, called Bent Stick Brewing.They just released their first two beers.
  • This is a great piece in The Walrus about the place of bannock in Aboriginal cuisine.
  • Do you ever just want to watch people cook without all of the commentary? Then these Silently Cooking videos are for you.
  • You can now get Tim Horton’s iced capps in a bottle. But isn’t the beauty of iced cap the…ice?


Iced capps

  • I met up with a few friends at Daravara on Friday to catch up over some food. The Southern fried chicken sandwich was delicious!


Southern fried chicken sandwich and parm garlic fries

  • Before King Noodle House’s vacation (July 18-26), Mack and I made sure to swing by for a pho/bun bo hue fix.


I love me some bun bo hue

  • Mack and I joined Linda and some of her friends at the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta for our first Meals that Mend experience on Saturday. It was very rewarding experience being able to cook for families whose children are receiving treatment at local hospitals. It was a lot of fun, and the families were so appreciative of the small gesture. Thanks Linda for having us!


With the birthday girl!

July 15th, 2016

Sri Lankan Comfort Food: Sambol

Sambol is a restaurant I would never have discovered without social media. Tucked away and invisible from the main thoroughfare, Sambol has nonetheless gained a number of fans online. Along with Grandma Male, who is always up for a taste adventure, Mack and I headed to the south side to give this hidden Sri Lankan gem a try back on a Saturday in May.

The interior is modern but cozy, with warm lighting, wood surfaces, and comfortable cushions. When we entered, we were the first party in for an early supper, but were soon joined by a young family and a group of regulars.



Champa Pathirana, the proprietor of this family-run restaurant was welcoming, and in some ways, it felt like we were having dinner in her extended kitchen. She explained that they had moved to this space after closing Razzelberries, a restaurant located downtown on 104 Street. She was patient with our menu questions, and we were definitely intrigued by a few dishes that we had never encountered before, including the interestingly named string hoppers (cooked rice pressed into noodle form, then steamed and served with a sauce – see how they’re made here). Their menu offers the best of both dining worlds – small plates perfect for groups to share, and one bowl wonders for those on their own. We decided to sample from all of the above.

Of course we had to try the string hoppers ($5). Even with the apt description we were provided with, I’m not sure I fully expected the noodle "patties" that arrived, slightly pink in colour and accompanied by a coconut gravy. Although the textures were interesting, the flavours weren’t particularly pronounced. They were fun to eat though, dousing the porous hoppers with sauce.


String hoppers

The lentil patties, deep fried and served with a mint sambol, were a nice surprise. I loved the refreshing mint accompaniment, which tamed the heat level and served as an addictive dip on its own.


Lentil patties

Mack couldn’t get enough of the stuffed roti ($8), pan-fried packets of spiced beef and potato. It is the perfect street food – portable, easy to eat, and packed with flavour. They were so good we briefly considered buying another order to freeze at home.


Stuffed roti

We also ordered two bowls to sample – the banana leaf bowl ($18) and the chicken biriyani bowl ($15). No question, the portions are beyond generous; Grandma Male barely made it halfway through before calling it quits and packing the rest for home. Mack and I particularly loved the rice, and ended up shredding the chicken leg and mixing it in to allow for more seamless sharing. We also packed some of this for lunch the next day, and it was still fantastic reheated.


Banana leaf bowl


Chicken Biriyani bowl

I hope Sambol doesn’t remain under the radar – the food is excellent and offers great value. It’s a restaurant worth seeking out – not only for the food, but for their warm hospitality as well. We’ll be back for the roti soon enough.

9261 34 Avenue
Wednesday-Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm

July 11th, 2016

Food Notes for July 11, 2016

I rarely take Fridays off, but I did so this past weekend, and learned that I should be doing that more often, especially in the summer! It’ll be a few months until our next vacation, but long weekends may be able to tide me over in the meantime. On to this week’s food notes:

  • The kitchen cook-offs are spreading: The Local Omnivore is hosting their first Knifewear Kitchen Fight on July 16, 2016. Tickets are $35 and include 4 appetizers.
  • The third annual Grand Taste Tour is scheduled for July 24, 2016, and will end with a meal at Tangle Ridge Ranch prepared by Chef Frank Olson from Red Ox Inn and Canteen. If it’s anything like last year, be prepared for a wonderful learning experience and spectacular supper. Tickets for the tour and the dinner are $100, while tickets for the tour and a bagged lunch are $50.
  • The next COMAL Mexican Table Dinners are scheduled for July 30 & 31, 2016. Tickets are $51 for the 3-course meals.
  • The Heritage Festival, which runs July 30-August 1, 2016, has now posted this year’s menus, so start planning!
  • We’re so fortunate in Edmonton to have multiple locations of the Italian Centre, so it only makes sense the suburbs want in, too: the folks behind the Italian Bakery are opening up a similarly-inspired deli and grocery store in St. Albert called Mercato by Italian Bakery.
  • Relish Burger has closed on 124 Street, but may consider a new location in the future.
  • Linda tried out the new brunch menu at Holt’s Cafe.
  • The Hotel MacDonald recently added a Friday night dinner buffet to their roster; Lillian sampled just a few of their indulgences.
  • Jonny returned to an oft-overlooked restaurant, A Taverna, in the Delton neighbourhood.
  • Wendy’s Perogies, a favourite for many Edmontonians, was a recent discovery for Evonne.
  • The Journal continues their patio series with reviews of Cafe Bicyclette (interestingly enough, their third review of Cafe Bicyclette in three years) and Violino.
  • Vue Weekly asks: what’s in a review? Phil, one of the food writers interviewed in the piece, also tackles the subject in his newest Off Menu podcast.
  • Phil put together a price check to compare the cost for products at Safeway versus the new, expanded Duchess Provisions.
  • While the newly revamped Earls on Stephen Avenue in Calgary didn’t completely do away with tipping, they’ve instituted a 16% “hospitality charge” that will divide equally among the hourly staff.
  • Liane wrote a great piece about Alexis Hillyard and her YouTube cooking series called Stump Kitchen.
  • What do you think is healthy? Do nutritionists agree? Based on a recent survey of Americans and a panel of nutrition experts, there is some dissonance in those opinions.
  • Along those lines, Grub Street published their Neurotic Eater’s Grocery List, pointing out ethical, environmental and health problems of supermarket foods, and the New York Post highlights some of the fake food you’ve likely be scammed into buying.
  • The last What the Truck?! at Park After Dark took place on Friday, but if you missed it, be sure to mark your calendar for the next one at Telus Field on August 20, 2016.

Molly's Eats

S’mores cake from Molly’s Eats at What the Truck?!

  • Speaking of food trucks, it’s been a while since I’ve tried new vendors outside of What the Truck?! I was able to do so on Friday downtown. Ka Bao was parked near Alberta Hotel, and I loved that they sold individual baos at $3.50 a piece, which meant I could have it as a snack as we were in-between meals. We tried the pork belly and chicken baos, and enjoyed the flavours of the meat and the consistency of the bao base.


Cluck’N Dandy from Ka Bao

  • I also stopped by Kitchen on Friday for meatball madness – offered most Fridays out of their storefront at 10130 105 Street. On that day, Korean meatballs on bacon and egg fried rice were on offer for $8. It was a good portion size for the price, and definitely a quick lunch for those on the go! Follow Chef Brad Smoliak on Twitter for their next meatball date.

Kitchen by Brad
Korean meatballs on rice from Kitchen

  • We also took in an Edmonton Prospects game last week. Though we lost, I took solace in my Ukrainian Dog, a hot dog topped with three fried perogies (and only $5 to boot).

Telus Field

Ukrainian Dog at Telus Field

July 4th, 2016

Food Notes for July 4, 2016

  • The Valley Zoo Farmers’ Market is back again, beginning July 5, 2016, and runs Tuesday nights from 2-8pm.
  • The final What the Truck?! at Northlands Park is taking place on July 8, 2016 from 5-10pm – take advantage of your last chance to sample food trucks at the horse races before the track is dismantled!
  • Get Cooking is hosting a second pop-up dinner with Chef Doreen Prei on July 8, 2016, from 5-8:30pm.
  • Chef Brad Smoliak is hosting a long table dinner at the Ukrainian Village on July 15, 2016. Tickets for the Ukrainian-inspired meal and after hours tour are $170 per person.
  • El Cortez has a new sibling upstairs – Have Mercy, a Southern restaurant, opened today at 8232 Gateway Boulevard. They’re reservation only until July 6, 2016.
  • Also in Old Strathcona, Izakaya Dorinku is now open, located at 10205 82 Avenue.
  • Stage 104, which took over the Downtown space vacated by The Burg at 10190 104 Street, opened on Canada Day.
  • Looking forward to checking out the new and expanded location of Duchess Provisions after it opens on July 8, 2016. It is located at 10934 119 Street.
  • Remedy Cafe’s fifth location is now open in Terwillegar, at 1707 Towne Centre Boulevard.
  • The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald has begun a series of Friday night dinner buffets, and will be offering them throughout the summer. It’d be nice to have a bit more information to share, but their website is unfortunately mum.
  • Ms. Hangry Foodie checks out the ramen served on Saturdays at Yuzen in St. Albert.
  • Avenue Edmonton released their list of 25 Favourite Things to Eat in 2016, as identified by 25 prominent Edmontonians.
  • Avenue also profiles Ayumi Yuda, the woman behind Ikki Izakaya, and shares that she’ll be opening another Japanese eatery near Ice District.
  • Jason Foster shares his thoughts on the beer  trends in Alberta.
  • Sunshine Organic is one of our go-to vendors at the City Market, so it was nice to get a photo tour of their farm via The Local Good.
  • Great to hear Calgary will open Alberta’s first community food centre this fall.
  • We had our second Sugared and Spiced Cake Club delivery aligned with my birthday a few weeks ago, and we enjoyed this cake just as much as the last!

Birthday Cake

Lemon raspberry cake

  • There’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of pho on a hot day, especially when it happens to be a #phodate.

Pho Tau Bay

My usual at Pho Tau Bay

June 27th, 2016

Food Notes for June 27, 2016

  • A new Vietnamese restaurant is opening on July 4, called Pho Ha & Hoa, at 9616 165 Avenue.
  • Dorinku is a forthcoming Japanese restaurant in Old Strathcona, at 10205 82 Avenue. Thanks Su for the heads up!
  • Learn more about Chef Ben Staley’s vision for his twin restaurants, Alta and the Alder Room.
  • Lillian recaps her experience at the Cafe Linnea pop-up, the breakfast restaurant opening in mid-July from the folks behind Duchess. She notes that the restaurant will feature a no tipping policy, which would make it the first establishment to adopt this concept in Edmonton.
  • On a related note, Provisions will be closed from June 27 – July 7, 2016 in order to relocate to their new space.
  • Rosebowl Pizza has announced that they are closing after 37 years of operation in Oliver, but have plans to reopen locations in both Downtown and south Edmonton. They will be offering free pizza from 6-7pm on June 29, 2016, their last day of operation.
  • Western Living announced their 2016 Foodies of the Year – congrats to Italian Centre’s Teresa Spinelli for making the list!
  • I suppose its inevitable that Edmonton will always be compared with other Prairie cities, but did we need someone from Calgary to say Winnipeg has now surpassed Edmonton’s food scene?
  • Jason Foster is hoping Edmonton will relax its bylaws to encourage more craft breweries to start up in our city.
  • Loblaw’s first City Market location in the Brewery District opened last week. Mack and I checked out the shop over the weekend, and were instantly reminded of the Maple Leaf Gardens flagship in Toronto (that it is, in fact, modeled after). It’s a beautiful store, to be sure, full of ready-to-eat products. The prices are noticeably higher than Superstore though, but the location is definitely more convenient and transit-friendly.
  • Phil’s latest Off Menu Podcast covers the topic of farmers’ markets, and features guests Owen Petersen of Prairie Mill and Kirsta Franke of the 124 Street and French Quarter Markets.
  • Mack and I enjoyed a birthday dinner at Cafe Amore last week. It was the first time in a long while where I finished my plate of pasta in one sitting!


Truffle chicken and tomato pasta from Cafe Amore

  • Mack and I checked out Farm to Fork in Sherwood Park when we were in the neighbourhood. We enjoyed their take on sliders, moist flavourful patties between potato chips instead of the usual bun. We did find the cost on the high side ($15), but recognize that they use local suppliers. We were also touched by the generosity of the kitchen, who provided a dessert on the house in recognition of my recent birthday. For more information about the restaurant, listen to Twyla’s review on CBC.

Farm to Table

Slider bites from Farm to Fork

June 20th, 2016

Food Notes for June 20, 2016

  • The second annual Culinary Cookout returns to Sturgeon County on August 5, 2016, from 4-9pm. Food vendors will include XIX Nineteen.
  • Taste of Edmonton returns to Churchill Square in a month, running from July 20-31, 2016. They just released the menu, and tickets are on sale at 20% off until July 20.
  • K Days also announced its new food items, offered at the fair running July 22-31, 2016. They include a rainbow grilled cheese, a poutine corn dog and deep fried coffee.
  • KB & Co is now open in Fox One (10224 104 Street), offering “casual conscious eats”.
  • Holts Cafe will be revamping its menu now that Chef Julia Kundera, formerly of Glasshouse Bistro, has moved into its kitchen.
  • The Journal paid a visit to the much loved Earls Tin Palace on Jasper Avenue.
  • Graham checks out the variety of Korean fried chicken options in Edmonton.
  • Congratulations to A Cappella Catering, who is celebrating its 25th year in business.
  • Mel Priestly announced her departure of the position of Dish/News Editor at Vue Weekly.
  • It’s a movement that chefs in Edmonton are growing their own produce, shares Vue Weekly.
  • I missed linking to this last week – a profile on Bo and Marrow, a new bone broth vendor at both the City Market and St. Albert Farmers’ Markets.
  • It’s great to see that the Leduc Food Processing Development Centre has received a $10 million expansion.
  • Congrats to District Cafe, who re-opened after an extensive renovation. The space has easily tripled in size, and will accommodate evening hours and an expanded menu. It’s great to have a locally-owned cafe option open late in Downtown Edmonton.


District Cafe

  • The second What the Truck?! event of the summer took place on Saturday at Blatchford. It was neat to be able to take advantage of the opportunity to check out the view from the observation tower. And the weather was perfect for al fresco eats! I really enjoyed the lamb burger from The Good Stuff, and I couldn’t resist an ice cream sandwich from Cookie Love. If you missed it, don’t despair – the next event takes place in conjunction with Park After Dark at Northlands on July 8.


The Daily Grind burger from The Good Stuff


Salted caramel ice cream sandwich from Cookie Love

June 13th, 2016

Food Notes for June 13, 2016

  • The third annual Porkapalooza takes place June 17-19, 2016 at Clarke Park. Expect a BBQ competition, food demos, and of course, lots of barbecue!
  • Just in time for Father’s Day, Accent Lounge is hosting Back Alley Beer Gardens on June 18, featuring food and beer from Blindman Brewery. Advanced tickets are $25.
  • The pop-up is sold out, but is still worth mentioning, as the excitement around Duchess Bake Shop’s expansion is unparalleled: Cafe Linnea will be offering a sneak peek of their menu on June 18 at Little Brick.
  • Taste Alberta is hosting a special dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald on June 23, 2016 called Prairie on a Plate. The four-course meal is priced at $69 and is available in the Harvest Room during regular dinner service.
  • Missed the last two Northern Chicken pop-ups? Then mark your calendar for the next one, to take place on July 3, 2016 at Packrat Louie.
  • The expanded District Cafe & Bakery opens its doors on June 14, 2016 with expanded hours – 7am to 9pm! I’m excited to have a local cafe within walking distance open late.
  • Liane has some details about Baijiu, the second venture from the folks behind North 53 to open up this fall next to Rostizado in the Mercer Building.
  • Fuqing Lanzhou Noodle is the second hand-pulled noodle shop to open in a number of months (following Wheat Garden, and joining the longer-standing Noodle Feast on the south side). Jonny is optimistic after his first visit to the restaurant located at 10821 97 Street.
  • Situation Brewing has only been open for a few weeks, but it’s been hopping ever since (ahem). Jonny is the latest to check out the brew pub.
  • Ms. Hangry Foodie visited the newest quick-serve pizzeria in Edmonton, Blaze Pizza.
  • Graham from the Edmonton Sun raved about his perfect experience at Chartier.
  • Wheat Garden Noodle & Dumpling Bazaar received some love from Linda!
  • Linda joined a group of bloggers in the kitchen of the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for an interactive cooking lesson and dinner.
  • There’s not enough meat to this press release about the food to be expected this fall at Rogers Place, but I counted the use of “local” eight times in the article. I’ll be interested to see what that actually means, since “Alberta beef”, for instance, doesn’t actually mean beef that was raised in Alberta. At any rate, expect a Rogers Place booth at Taste of Edmonton this summer, showcasing some of their signature offerings.
  • Congratulations to Karlynn, whose first cookbook Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
  • Last Tuesday, Uber Eats was running an amazing promo: several participating restaurants offered dishes priced at $2, and delivery was free. It was all we needed to try the service out for the first time. We selected chicken and beef shawarma from La Shish Taouk. It was great to follow along on the app to know that our order was received, in process, and on its way (delivered in about 30 minutes). We’ll be using Uber Eats again in the future!

La Shish Taouk

Uber Eats Toonie Tuesday special from La Shish Taouk

  • Mack and I kicked off the weekend with some wine and bacon from Tzin at our favourite neighbourhood patio on Friday. Given the intermittent rain on the following few days, it was a good reminder to take advantage of any and all opportunities to eat outside!


Bacon from Tzin

  • It was only fitting after attending a conference all about Chinatown to head over to Chinatown when we needed a bite to eat! The bun bo Hue from King Noodle hit the spot, as always.


Bun bo hue from King Noodle

  • We typically make our own pizza dough, but after spending the weekend at the conference, we cheated a bit and picked up some of the fresh dough available at the Italian Centre on Saturdays and Sundays (for just $1.49). It made it really quick to pull together a pizza, topped this time with prosciutto and Edgar Farms asparagus.


It’s pizza time!

June 6th, 2016

Food Notes for June 6, 2016


Pesto chicken grilled cheese from Juniper

  • Not up to cook on Friday, Mack and I headed to Route 99 for some poutine and pizza.


We love us some Route 99 poutine

  • There was a ton to do on Saturday, which made it feel like the official kick-off to summer. We checked out, among other things, the Meet Me in McCauley Market. It returns to Church Street (96 Street from 107A Avenue to 108 Avenue) on July 9 from 10am-4pm.

Meet me in McCauley

Meet Me in McCauley Market