February 4th, 2016

Sustainable in Summerside: Workshop Eatery

Cards Against Urbanity is a spin off of the wildly popular game called Cards Against Humanity, with all sorts of urban planning humour imbedded within. One of the phrases that stuck with me was, "A LEED Certified building in the middle of nowhere." I immediately thought of that card when I visited the Mosaic Centre.

Workshop Eatery

Mosaic Centre

A LEED certified building on the current edge of our city, the Mosaic Centre has been lauded as a pristine example of sustainability. While there’s no doubt that it is a beautiful facility – a ton of natural light, a living wall and an open design that encourages connectivity – it is unfortunately quite isolated, adjacent to a residential neighbourhood and not much else. Something needs to be said about its location – if everyone visiting the site drives in (as many do, as there is only one bus that services it at the moment), doesn’t it take away from its net zero status?

Workshop Eatery

Mosaic Centre interior

But then again, the focus of this post isn’t about the building, it’s about the restaurant located on its main floor. Workshop Eatery is Chef Paul Shufelt’s first solo establishment, opened after ten years leading the kitchens of the Century Hospitality Group. How it came to be was in some ways a happy accident – a conversation about the possibilities of a space in a green building. Paul was drawn to the opportunity to put down his own roots, including literal roots into the ground in an adjacent garden to supply the restaurant. It was also a chance to enhance the relationships with local producers that he had started over the past few years, but were ultimately more difficult to manage within the complexities of a group of restaurants.

Workshop Eatery

Chef Paul Shufelt

There are many ways to be sustainable, and though I’m somewhat skeptical of the Mosaic Centre as a whole, Workshop Eatery could help bring some awareness to an area of the city where there are fewer independent restaurants and establishments that promote an eat local philosophy. Besides utilizing the honey captured from the building’s rooftop bee hives, Paul and his staff spent much of the fall canning and preserving vegetables harvested from local farmers, hoping that the inventory of 400 jars will last into the spring. The plan from May to October is for the menu to feature at least one dish made with an item picked fresh from the front yard garden.

Workshop Eatery

Interior

Before Christmas, some friends and I met up at Workshop Eatery for brunch on a Sunday. Two of those friends live in Summerside, so were particularly optimistic to see what their new neighbour had to offer. The first impressions were positive – we loved the high ceilings, the abundance of windows, and the accessibility of the open kitchen. That natural light extended into the kitchen itself – most staff working in galley-type spaces would been green-eyed at the sight.

Workshop Eatery has quite a varied menu for brunch, with a dozen dishes to choose from. It does have something for everyone, including vegetarians and those who lean towards more hearty lunch offerings instead of breakfast. I settled on the chorizo & chedda’ omelette ($17) while Mack selected the traditional eggs benedict ($17). Our only letdown on the menu side is a brunch pet peeve of ours, though we understand the space and equipment requirements – Workshop only serves espresso-based drinks, while Mack and I much prefer drip coffee in the mornings. We make do with Americanos, but it just isn’t quite the same.

Workshop Eatery

Chorizo & chedda’ omelette

At any rate, the service was fantastic throughout our meal, attentive and much more polished than we would have expected from a newly-opened restaurant. We also thoroughly enjoyed the food, and appreciated the use of local products, such as Four Whistle Farm eggs. I thought the chorizo omelette packed a lot of flavour, and I appreciated the added dimension of a potato hash on the side as opposed to more plain potatoes. Mack had no complaints about his eggs benedict, with the eggs poached soft as requested.

Workshop Eatery

Traditional eggs benedict

Before we left, we were eyeing up some of the dinner items – among them the ricotta and potato stuffed perogies and the cleverly named duck duck couscous (which Paul had no qualms telling us it was a name he borrowed from Farrow Sandwiches). We know we’ll be back at some point, but given it isn’t in our neck of the woods, it might be some time before we find an excuse to visit Summerside again.

Workshop Eatery
2003 91 Street SW
(780) 705-2205
Monday-Wednesday 11am-10pm, Thursday-Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 10am-3pm and 5-11pm, Sunday 10am-3pm and 5-9pm

February 1st, 2016

Food Notes for February 1, 2016

  • The YEG Food Crawl is hosting a second crawl in Little Italy on February 18, 2016. Tickets are $40 a person and will be released on February 4, 2016. They sold out in less than a day last time, so be ready if you’re interested in attending!
  • MacEwan is hosting a panel on local and sustainable food on February 9, 2016, featuring food writers and an industry professional.
  • Little Brick Home School is back in time for Valentine’s Day. Learn to make homemade pasta and taste some champagne with your sweetheart on February 11, 2016. Tickets are $100 each.
  • Avenue Edmonton will be celebrating Edmonton’s best restaurants at the launch of their March issue. The event will be held on February 29, 2016 at The Oasis Centre. Tickets are $40 each.
  • Love Pizza (10196 109 Street) officially opened its doors on January 29, 2016. It’s already receiving positive reviews, most notably from Cindy. If you’re planning a visit, you might want to join their loyalty program to get $5 off your first pie.
  • St. Sophia Parish will be hosting a perogy supper on March 12, 2016 from 4:30-7pm at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (4001 Emerald Drive). $15 for adults, and $5 for kids aged 6-12.
  • Cindy shares her recent lunch experience at Edmonton’s newest Japanese restaurant Washoku Bistro (10702 124 Street).
  • Jonny is the first to file a review on The Almanac, a new gastropub on Whyte Avenue.
  • Phil is beginning a new Odyssey this year – a quest to find Edmonton’s best brunch. He starts off with meals at Hart’s Table and Workshop Eatery.
  • On the topic of brunch, Cindy checks out Cured’s foray into the brunch scene.
  • Cindy also recaps the Anju pop-up at North 53 that took place over the weekend.
  • The Journal is the latest to check out Prairie Noodle Shop.
  • Jonny puts RGE RD back on the radar with a rave review on their food and service.
  • It’s a direction most writers aren’t taking, but Liv will be moving back to print media by contributing to the Globe & Mail, and ceasing her regular blog updates. She published a piece in the Globe last week about the transition from food trucks to brick and mortar shops for some Alberta vendors.
  • The Tea Girl has started a crowdfunding campaign to support its expansion into the neighbouring space. They’re hoping to raise $10,000 which will go towards the renovation costs.
  • CBC provides a peek into Reclaim Urban Farm’s indoor vertical garden located in the warehouses of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Edmonton.
  • Edmontonian Rebecca Schellenberg is undertaking a project called Suppers with Strangers, her quest to eat 15 meals with 15 strangers in February and document it all.
  • Is it worth it to order a custom burger at McDonalds? Liane dives into the subject on behalf of CBC.
  • Applications for the 2016 Canadian Food Championships are now open. The categories include: bacon, burger, dessert, sandwich, seafood and a new category, steak. Winners of the CFC get to represent Canada at the World Food Championships in the US.
  • We’ll see how long it takes for the elimination of tipping to trickle to Edmonton, but it’s interesting to see that a public poll in the US shows that a majority of Americans are for tipping.
  • I’ve been under the weather lately, so I haven’t had the energy to leave the house, much less venture onto roads less travelled, food wise. And though it may not have been the wisest choice for a recovery meal, we indulged in some Chinese takeout over the weekend. Although Garden Bakery was efficient, the food wasn’t as good as I remembered.

Garden Bakery

Our Garden Bakery go-to dishes – fried rice, beef chow fun and chow mein

January 25th, 2016

Food Notes for January 25, 2016

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks at work, so a weekend getaway to Jasper was just what I needed to relax. Though I always look forward to periodic planned vacations, it was a good reminder that even a day or two away can be rejuvenating. On to this week’s food notes:

  • The biggest news this week is an unfortunate item – amongst the Postmedia staff laid off on Tuesday was Liane Faulder, the Edmonton Journal’s food writer. To say this is a loss for #yegfood is an understatement, as there are few local writers who profile our food community in the way that Liane has over the last eight years. She will be missed in that role, but I have no doubt she will be on to another exciting chapter.
  • North 53 will be opening up a sister restaurant in Mercer Warehouse, and even more exciting, they’ll be trying out a different concept.
  • Careit Urban Deli is the first confirmed business for The Fox’s retail level. I’m looking forward to having a deli in the neighbourhood!
  • There’s a new tea purveyor in town called Blue Hour Tea, and they’re open in Vacancy Hall (the basement of Mercer Warehouse on 104 Street & 104 Avenue).
  • Edmonton will soon be home to another local brewer called Polar Park Brewing! They’ll be opening up in the former Bee Bell Bakery (80 Ave & 104 Street), and though they’ll have a tap room, a full-service restaurant isn’t in the plans.
  • There’s also a new distillery based out of Nisku, called Big Rig Craft Distillery.
  • Christine shared her Sunday brunch experience at Yellowhead Brewery (where they serve $2 beer mimosas).
  • Speaking of brunch buffets, Linda checked out Fort Edmonton Park’s Hotel Selkirk brunch, and is offering the chance to win brunch for two.
  • The Journal also featured a brunch review of Café Bicyclette last week.
  • I hadn’t heard of Lan Phu Thai until seeing it on Jonny’s blog – it’s about a year old in the former Café du Sol space.
  • Also from Jonny – he revisits Mama Lee’s Kitchen and finds some unfortunate changes.
  • The Edmonton Food Council is interested in learning about your thoughts and perceptions about the local food system. The survey will be open until February 15, 2016.
  • It’s never too early to start thinking about summer: Reclaim Urban Farm just opened up their Community Supported Agriculture shares for 2016.

January 18th, 2016

Food Notes for January 18, 2016

  • Farm to Fork Eatery is a forthcoming restaurant in Sherwood Park (Unit 148, 2755 Broadmoor Blvd), with their first dinner service taking place on January 20, 2016.
  • YEG Women in Wine is made up of a group of wine professionals who “empower women to realize the full potential of a career in the wine business through education, networking and mentorship.” They are hosting a Food & Wine Series that kicks off 2016 at Workshop Eatery on January 25, 2016. The cost is $32 for a 3-course meal.
  • There will be some sort of collaboration between Calgary’s popular Korean restaurant Anju and North 53 on January 31, 2016. More details to come.
  • The first Edmonton Food Fight of 2016 sees Chefs Doreen Prei and Steven Brochu go head to head on February 1, 2016. Tickets are $59 each.
  • There’s a lot of discussion about rising vegetable prices (everyone was talking about the price of cauliflower, in particular, it seems), so get ahead of the curve and think about supporting local at the same time with a Community Supported Agriculture share from Riverbend Gardens.
  • Liane shared some food news, including a new brunch option at Get Cooking, starting January 23. Chef Dorren Prei will be preparing food in the open, serving up dishes family-style. Prices are $45 for adults and $22.50 for children 7-13.
  • Liane also learned about the Westin’s new chef, Chef Geoffrey Caswell-Murphy, who won a bronze in Regina’s Gold Medal Plates competition.
  • The new JW Marriott in the arena district will feature a restaurant operated by Toronto-based Oliver and Bonacini.
  • I still have yet to visit 1st RND (though I’m holding out hope that Real Sports might one day make it out west), but it sounds like the Journal was satisfied with the experience.
  • Linda is the latest to visit Sambol Sri Lankan Kitchen.
  • Jonny reviewed Won Jung Gak, a once much-lauded Korean/Chinese restaurant which has probably fallen off the radar for many.
  • Vue Weekly explores how some food truck operators keep busy in the off-season.
  • Eat North explains the facts behind some Edmonton restaurants’ numbered names.
  • Phil’s latest Off Menu podcast is an interview with Yellowknife resident Chef Robin Wasicuna.
  • Chefs with Issues is a website that helps bring awareness about the mental health challenges faced by staff in the hospitality industry.
  • It was cold out there on the weekend! Mack and I warmed up with some soup at Pho Hoan Pasteur.

Pho Hoan Pasteur

Pho with brisket and meatballs from Pho Hoan Pasteur

  • We also had hot pot with the family, for the second time in a week. It’s definitely a cold weather dinner!

Hot Pot

Hot pot at home

January 13th, 2016

Room to Improve: Daravara

After work one evening before Christmas, I hopped on the bus to meet Mack for dinner. We had been hoping to finally try Relish, but upon arrival, found that they were closed for a private function. Undaunted, we considered our other options, as 124 Street offers an abundance of choices. We eventually settled on Daravara (10713 124 Street) just across the street.

Unlike many other bars in Edmonton, Daravara seems to have bucked the trend of maximizing seating in favour of generous spacing between furnishings and a games area. As a result, the vibe seemed much more relaxed and casual than some similar establishments. It was easy to see how Daravara could become the go-to watering hole for locals in the area, especially with their very reasonable prices for beer and wine.

Daravara

The bar at Daravara

Since reading about their burger offering, Daravara has been on our list of restaurants to visit. But it seems that their menu has been overhauled since that time. In spite of that, I thought the menu as a whole had much to choose from, including a variety of tacos, sandwiches, and appetizers (I saved the popcorn chicken hearts for another time). That night, I settled on the beer cheese burger ($14), while Mack chose the waffle clubhouse ($15).

Daravara

Mack

Service was good throughout, and the kitchen, in spite of a near full-house, was on point, and we didn’t have to wait long for our plates to arrive. That said, the flavours could have been better. My burger, served with house-made beer cheese, secret sauce and lettuce, tomato and caramelized onion, had an underseasoned patty, and was unremarkable.

Daravara

Beer cheese burger with poutine

Mack’s clubhouse, with house-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing, would have benefited from additional texture. The cheddar cheese waffles were not crispy, and the chicken in this case was grilled, not fried.

Daravara

Waffle clubhouse with werewolf fries

On the side, I upgraded to a poutine (additional $2.50). The fries were freshly fried and spiced in a way that reminded me of Drift’s house seasoning. But the miso gravy wasn’t my favourite – while there was a noticeable miso base, I didn’t enjoy the saccharine aftertaste. Mack’s substitution of werewolf fries (additional $2.50) were overwhelmingly spicy for him, featuring chipotle cheese, malt vinegar, hot sauce and green onions.

There are still some items on the menu we’d like to try in the future, so though we were hoping for more from Daravara on our first visit, we will be back again in the future.

Daravara
10713 124 Street
(587) 520-4980
Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-midnight, Friday-Saturday 11am-2am, Sunday 11am-5pm, closed Mondays

January 11th, 2016

Food Notes for January 11, 2016

Delicious Pho

Pho with brisket and meatballs from Delicious Pho

  • We celebrated Mack’s birthday with a belated dinner at Tzin over the weekend. While we couldn’t pass up their famous bacon, we also enjoyed their paella for two, and the true standout of the evening, grilled bison with a great northern bean puree and a shiitake compote.

Tzin

Bison with a great northern bean puree and a shiitake compote

  • It was a cold one on Saturday when we stopped by the Deep Freeze Festival. So we padded our winter fat by indulging in the poutine.

Deep Freeze

Guilty pleasure

January 4th, 2016

Food Notes for January 4, 2016

I was back at work last week, so gave myself a bit more transition time from the holidays with another week away from the blog. I hope your 2016 has started off happy! On to this week’s food notes:

  • 12 Acres is hosting a collaborative dinner on January 16, 2016, featuring a 6 course meal prepared by Chefs Cory Rakowski and guest chef Robin Waiscuna from Yellowknife.
  • The Tomato is currently compiling its list of 100 Best Things to Eat in Edmonton. Submit your favourites from January 4-29, 2016.
  • Phil posted that the new Washoku Japanese Bistro is set to open on January 12, 2016 at the corner of 124 Street and 107 Avenue.
  • Eva noticed that the former Wok Box storefront on Jasper Avenue and 112 Street is soon to be a Korean restaurant called Soy & Pepper.
  • Driving past it the other day, we just noticed that the New Asian Village location at 10149 Saskatchewan Drive has changed ownership, and is now The Great Indian Factory. Anyone been?
  • Linda checked out Walia Ethiopian Restaurant, the newest establishment to join the 124 Street neighbourhood.
  • The Journal wished for more consistency from Alberta Hotel Bar & Kitchen.
  • Jonny visited another new-ish Korean restaurant called Korean Grill.
  • Liane put together a great piece summarizing Edmonton’s food scene in 2015. Looking forward, she also does her best to predict what we might see in 2016.
  • CBC shared their round-up of best food establishments in a variety of categories, including best breakfast spot, cheap eats, and best food truck. In my opinion, the category of best ramen should have been saved for another year when there will be more options to choose from, but to each their own.
  • Where Edmonton named Workshop Eatery its best new restaurant of 2015. I think it shows a lot of promise, but given it only opened in mid-November, were there no other longer-standing options?
  • YEGFoodie shared her 2015 year in review.
  • John Gilchrist names Calgary’s best new restaurants of 2015, with Charbar, Pigeonhole and Whitehall tying for the top spot.
  • Mack sent me an article about Mast Brothers, and their not-so-secret past passing off Vahlrona-based chocolate as their own bean-to-bar concoctions. To that effect, the NYT did a blind taste test of various bars, where the Mast Brothers did not make their top ten.
  • I couldn’t quite catch it while whizzing by, but it looks like the Old Szechuan Restaurant has relocated from their 107 Avenue digs to Old Strathcona. A new restaurant has already put up signage in its place.

Wheat Garden Noodle & Dumpling Bazaar

Wheat Garden Noodle & Dumpling Bazaar

  • This was a notice up at a Superstore branch we stopped at last week. I’m sure it won’t be the last notice of its kind over the next year.

Superstore

Customer Notice at Superstore

  • Though my holiday wasn’t as long as I would have liked, we certainly made up for it in food. There was dim sum at Tasty Noodle (creeping up to be my favourite dim sum restaurant in Edmonton).

Tasty Noodle

Dim sum spread at Tasty Noodle

  • We also had brunch with friends at Meat, which continues to be a hidden gem in Edmonton’s weekend scene.

Meat

Beef brisket benny at Meat

  • And to celebrate Mack’s birthday, we had our first Cake Club delivery of an absolutely stunning (and delicious) carrot cake.

Cake Club Carrot Cake

Sugared and Spiced carrot cake for the birthday boy!

January 3rd, 2016

Epicureous in Edmonton: 2015 Year in Review

Trends, especially in Edmonton, can take several years to take root. And in putting these summaries together, I’m reminded of how, in many ways, the calendar year is just an arbitrary measure of time.

Coffee Bureau

Several third wave cafes like Coffee Bureau sprouted in 2015

But we are fortunate to live in a community where there is an ever-increasing number of people who care about the food they grow, prepare, or serve, so it’s our duty to acknowledge and appreciate these changes, even if they sometimes seem incremental and small.

Here’s what was notable to me in 2015:

  • The independent dining scene in St. Albert came into its own this year, attracting attention with openings like farm-to-table restaurant 12 Acres, Buco, Sorrentino’s first pizza and wine bar, and a second location of Chef Andrew Fung’s much-lauded Nineteen. Closely tied in was the continued rise of independent suburban establishments, such as Cured and Workshop Eatery.
  • In Central Edmonton, we gained a number of third wave cafes: Coffee Bureau, Lockstock, Rogue Wave Coffee, Bru and Barking Buffalo. Nomad Espresso also started operations as the city’s first mobile coffee cart.
  • While I don’t think we’ve quite hit “peak ramen” in the Capital Region just yet, it was a banner year for the noodles, with the fervor for the opening of Prairie Noodle Shop exceeding expectations.
  • While Japanese-inspired ramen may be the hottest #yegfood item at the close of 2015, Edmonton experienced a Korean wave this year, with Nongbu, Tofu House, It’ All and Daore joining the fold.
  • The humble sandwich is also alive and well, with inspired and tasty offerings available from Sandwich and Sons, Dovetail Deli, The Local Omnivore, and even an outpost of Calgary-based Chachi’s at West Edmonton Mall.
  • We did lose a few notable establishments this year, including Unheardof and Happy Garden. On the side of food retail, Mother’s Market closed after a year of operation.
  • Crowdfunding projects aren’t new to the local food scene (Creole Envie embraced it to jumpstart a trip to the Taste of Edmonton in 2014), but it took on life this year, with a successful Kickstarter campaign for Chartier, a forthcoming French-Canadian restaurant in Beaumont. Prairie Noodle Shop and regional restaurant/social justice project The Alder Room also tried to raise online backers.
  • Edmontonians love competitions – the Canadian Food Championships were newly installed in 2015 by Events Edmonton, and Get Cooking’s wildly popular Edmonton Food Fight began in February. Several local chefs including Shane Chartrand and David Omar also appeared on national food programs like Chopped and Masterchef.
  • When we started Eat Alberta back in 2011, opportunities to develop food skills were isolated to often pricey one-off classes. In 2015, with the Dig In Festival in its second year, and the advent of the Edmonton Resilience Festival and Little Brick Home School, it’s great to see that chances for learning are becoming more widespread. On a related DIY note, City Council approved urban beekeeping in April.
  • 2015 saw its share of pop-up dinners, some in unusual, unique locations. It’ll be interesting to see whether this trend can sustain itself, given the price associated with many of these events is steadily increasing.
  • It was great to see some local interpretations of the anti-food waste movement, such as the SalvagED pop-ups that made meals from otherwise discarded produce, and Reclaim Urban Farm’s sale of so-called “ugly” vegetables.

Onward to 2016!

You can check out previous year in reviews here.

December 21st, 2015

Food Notes for December 21, 2015

It’s been a whirlwind December, so I’m looking forward to Christmas now more than ever. All the best of the season to you and your family! On to this week’s food notes:

  • The Hoang Long Fresh Market is hosting a free lunch for the less fortunate on December 30, 2015, from 2-4pm.
  • RGE RD’s expansion next door – called The Butchery – is now open, offering terrines, sausages, breads and other savoury treats.
  • Board games café Table Top Café is preparing a second location, located at 10235 124 Street. The opening date is tentatively set for January 9, 2016.
  • The relocated Planet Organic in Oliver (12230 Jasper Avenue) has signage announcing a January 13, 2016 opening date.
  • As expected, Prairie Noodle Shop’s brick and mortar location has been overrun since opening last week. If you can get in, you can expect good things, as reported by Cindy, Linda, Robyn and Twyla. Learn more about Prairie Noodle from Phil’s latest Off the Menu podcast.
  • Another new restaurant to our city, The Workshop Eatery, has continued to garner its share of reviews, this week from Andrea.
  • Vue Weekly checks out the southside mainstay Al Salam.
  • Did you know the Yellowhead Brewery serves up brunch on Sundays? It looks like they’ve also added a side of jazz to the meal as well.
  • You’ve been waiting for it: Phil’s final Edmonton Perogy Showdown post crowns its ultimate winner. Sounds like Taste of Ukraine is the place to go!
  • Jason Foster predicts some of the craft beer trends to come in 2016.
  • If you’re still hunting for a gift for a cookbook lover on your list, Grub Street has a great list of suggestions.
  • The downtown location of Da Capo is finally underway at 9888 Jasper Avenue! The original timeline for completion was December or January, but I think we can safely push that back.

Da Capo

Da Capo

  • Mack and I met up with Phil and Robyn at Bru last week. It’s a lovely spot in the evening, and I like the fact that both coffee and beer are available.

Bru

My mantra in the mornings

  • It’s been eight months since I had a Vatican City from The Burger’s Priest, but I just had to go back for a second. Man, did it hit the spot.

The Burger's Priest

Vatican City (aka a double burger with two grilled cheese buns)

December 14th, 2015

Food Notes for December 14, 2015

Can you believe Christmas is next week? There seems to be so much to do in the meantime, but all I’m hoping for is a few days off of work to enjoy the season! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Chef Brad Smoliak is hosting their annual Kitchen Christmas sale on December 19, 2015, from 12-4:30pm. Stock up on their famous Bacon Jam and BBQ Rub, among other pantry goodies.
  • Get Cooking is hosting a six-course pop-up Comal Mexican Table Dinner on January 7 and 8, 2016.
  • Frosty Fox, which sold its honest ice creams at the City Market this summer, is continuing into the winter with their Ice Cream Squad – a three month subscription is $60, and will give you two pints or four sandwiches per month. E-mail Jennifer to join now!
  • The much-anticipated Prairie Noodle Shop had a soft opening this weekend, but they’ll be welcoming diners officially on December 15, 2015.
  • Liane shared that The Volstead Act (who were involved in setting up Woodwork), will open a new bar and restaurant in The Pearl.
  • Stephanie pointed out a new Vietnamese restaurant, Pholangs, that opened recently at #109, 2920 Calgary Trail.
  • Reviews are in for The Workshop Eatery, from Cindy and Linda. I look forward to visiting myself this weekend!
  • The Journal published one of its most brutal restaurant reviews last week, about Olio d’Oliva: “The lamb chops had that sickly steam table/pressure cooker pallor, and the sauce meant to be poured over the couscous had all the snap of a tin of generic tomato soup.”
  • Linda checked out Yumioca and Shun, for bubble tea and snacks, respectively.
  • Andrea offers her thoughts on Alberta Hotel Bar and Kitchen.
  • Andrea is also the latest to cover XIX Nineteen’s new St. Albert location.
  • Some restaurant closings: The Cheese Factory looks like it is becoming a Dixie Lee Fried Chicken and Seafood Restaurant, and the Whyte Avenue Elephant & Castle will shutter on December 21, 2015.
  • It’s list season: The Globe and Mail highlights the 10 best restaurant openings in Alberta. The Edmonton picks: XIX Nineteen, Nongbu, Solstice, Bar Bricco, and Rostizado. As Robyn pointed out – it’s unfortunate that the latter two actually opened in 2014 (Solstice opened right at the end of 2014, so it could be considered for 2015).
  • Similarly, Huffington Post rounded up some of 2015’s best restaurant openings as well. The eateries that made the list: Nongbu, Little Brick, 12 Acres, Buco and Prairie Noodle Shop. I’m not sure pop-up events should be considered the same as having a brick and mortar restaurant, so I think the last one should have really been considered for next year.
  • The Local Good highlights some of the changes that resulted in North 53’s success this year.
  • Liane covered the recent Slow Food Edmonton wild game dinner held at RGE RD last week.
  • What is it like for those in the kitchen who have food allergies? Vue Weekly chats with two chefs who have adapted to the challenge.
  • I missed linking to Linda’s Seen and Heard podcast last week.
  • At Southgate over the weekend, we noticed the garbage disposal area featured a bin for unopened condiments, to be directed to the Edmonton Food Bank. It was empty at the time, but it seems like a good idea to divert additional waste.

Southgate Centre

Diverting waste at Southgate Centre

  • I was lucky enough to attend the Cocktails Perfected launch at the Hotel Macdonald last week with Liane. I found my new favourite, the Right Word, with lime, gin, lillet blanc and St. Germain. Delicious!

Hotel Macdonald

Right Word at the Confederation Lounge

  • I don’t indulge in buffets very often, so a volunteer appreciation dinner at Khazana on Wednesday was a treat. Paneer FTW!

Khazana

My (first) plate at Khazana