August 22nd, 2016

Food Notes for August 22, 2016

Time for the Olympic hangover, but it’s been a great run, Canada. On to this week’s food notes:

  • The annual Viva Italia Viva Edmonton Festival takes place in Giovanni Caboto Park on August 28, 2016 from 12-9:30pm. Expect food, cooking demonstrations, music and more.
  • There are still some spots available for a Foodie Bike Tour through some great central Edmonton establishments in September. Tickets are $99, excluding the cost of a bike rental.
  • Nomiya will be opening up a third location in Oliver Square – great news for ramen lovers in the core.
  • Watch out for a second location of Nando’s to open up in Clareview (13324 50 Street) in September.
  • It’s heartbreaking that 104 Street is losing Dauphine Bistro this month. While you can still pick up Linda’s wonderful pastries at the City and 124 Street Markets for the rest of the season, this week will be the last chance for their breads, as the ovens are remaining in the space they are vacating. Pay them one last visit in their existing space before August 27, but Paul hopes they can re-open elsewhere downtown.
  • The Druid raised its last glass this past Saturday, and will make way for a refreshed, rebranded concept.
  • If you needed more convincing that Cafe Linnea is a must-visit spot, Jonny has that covered.
  • Linda and Cindy both reviewed Dorinku Izakaya on Whyte Avenue.
  • The Journal ventured out to SandyView Farms restaurant in Spruce Grove for their brunch.
  • Ever been curious about Saigon Taste and whether it holds up against other Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown? Vue paid it a visit.
  • Feast on the Field took place last week – check out some of the amazing photos of the fundraiser at Commonwealth Stadium.
  • Vue explores the bean-to-bar process with Jacek Chocolate Couture.
  • Phil’s latest Community Table recipes feature lasagne and pork verde tacos.
  • If you’re hoping to be one of the first few into Duchess’s new teaching kitchen, Duchess Atelier, keep an eye on their website on August 30, when they will be releasing the details and tickets to their fall workshops. Thanks to Su for this heads up!
  • The Globe & Mail shared their complete list of the most influential people in Canadian food.
  • Felicia and I attended a preview dinner at Joey’s Bell Tower (10310 101 Street) last week. I have no doubt the restaurant will busy even before the arena officially opens. The spicy chicken banh mi was respectable, and hit the spot that day. We had a great server that night – personable and attentive – I hope they can keep it up. The location opened to the public on August 18, 2016.

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Spicy chicken banh mi from Joey’s

  • The penultimate What the Truck?! took place at the Edmonton Ballpark over the weekend. The weather was beautiful for a day in the outfield. If you missed it, mark your calendar for the last event of the year on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Churchill Square.

What the Truck?!

Mack and I both enjoyed burgers from Jack’s Mobile Burger Shack

Sizzling Stick

I was also happy to finally try satay from Sizzling Stick (I loved the branded sticks)

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An ice cream sandwich from One Cool Cookie was my must-have treat; I can’t say no to salted caramel ice cream

August 15th, 2016

Food Notes for August 15, 2016

Has anyone else fallen into the Olympic hole? It sneaks up on me every two years like clockwork, even when I try to avoid it. But only a week left – let’s hope Canada finishes up strong! Onto this week’s food notes:

  • A reminder that What the Truck?! is taking place this Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Edmonton Ballpark. It’ll be a great chance to check out some relative newcomers to the Edmonton food truck scene, including satay vendor Sizzling Stick, St. Albert favourite Jack’s Mobile Burger Shack, and the city’s very own steamed bun truck, KaBao. Start planning with the menus here.
  • Alberta Open Farm Days runs all weekend, August 20-21, 2016. It’s your chance to connect with food producers all over the province. Linda has some helpful tips on how to plan your visits.
  • Sustainable Food Edmonton is hosting its 5th annual Community Garden Bike Tour on August 20, 2016. Learn about the stories behind the gardens, and discover how community gardens can impact a neighbourhood.
  • Help the Harvest Room at the Hotel Mac commemorate 101 years with a 6-course meal priced at, you guessed it, $101. The dinner takes place on August 29, 2016.
  • Packrat Louie’s tenth annual Pig Roast is scheduled for August 31, 2016. Tickets are $60.
  • This year’s Red Shoe Crawl on 124 Street will happen on September 10, 2016. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids, and proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta.
  • Have you ever been curious about the culinary gems on Alberta Avenue but didn’t know where to start? Eats on 118 can help point you in the right direction – four food crawls in September will showcase some of the diversity in the area. Tickets are just $30.
  • In support of the High School Culinary Challenge, the Shaw Conference Centre is hosting a dinner out on their Hall D balcony on September 15, 2016. Tickets are $100.
  • The forth Browns Social House is opening up in the Edmonton area, this time in Sherwood Park (55 Salisbury Way).
  • It looks like Cobs Bread is adding a location in Oliver, in the Brewery District.
  • Liv raved about Ikki Izakaya in The Globe and Mail last week.
  • Liane previews what you can expect at Cafe Linnea, the breakfast and brunch spot brought to you by the folks behind Duchess.
  • If you’re looking for a different bubble tea joint to sample (or Coco’s is lined up around the block), check out The Purple Bubble, as Vue did.
  • Twyla shares why she loves Have Mercy in Old Strathcona.
  • Enroute’s list of Best New Restaurant nominees has been released, and Edmonton has one spot on the list: Daniel Costa’s Uccellino. Make sure to vote for your favourite!
  • After similar editions in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg, Edmonton finally gets its own version of Edmonton Cooks, written by Leanne Brown and Tina Faiz. It hits shelves September 2, 2016.
  • I had to make the following salad at least once this week: at home, I call it “Olympic salad”, so-named because I remember hiding in my office at work over the lunch hour two years ago, munching on it while listening to the radio feed of the women’s gold medal hockey game, and stifling screams when we tied, then won it in overtime. It’s the salad I’ll be eating tomorrow during the women’s soccer semifinal. Go Canada!

Olympic Salad

Olympic salad (actually, a lentil and farro salad adapted from Julie van Rosendaal’s Spilling the Beans)

August 10th, 2016

Iberian Flavours: Sabor Seafood Festival

While Edmonton is still firmly regarded as beef country, there’s been a rise in the profile of seafood in our land-locked city. With better access to airlifted catch, seafood-focused restaurants such as The Black Pearl offer a rotating menu of fresh options, and home cooks can have their pick of Icelandic fish caught two days earlier from Ocean Odyssey. Closer to home, Effing Seafoods made a splash this year with a number of collaborations and pop-ups with local restaurants showcasing their Canadian sourced seafood.  

As such, Sabor has been ahead of the curve, as they are onto their third annual Seafood Festival this year. The festival highlights Sabor’s ongoing partnership with Ocean Wise, a conservation program operated by the Vancouver Aquarium that promotes sustainable seafood through education. You may have already encountered their fish head symbol on local menus, which denotes that the seafood used in that dish is considered ocean-friendly (for those who want to learn more about the subject, I’d recommend Taras Grescoe’s Bottomfeeder). Some quick facts:

  • 85% of the world’s assessed fish stocks are currently over-exploited or at full capacity
  • 4 or every 10 fish caught are bycatch
  • 91% of Canadians want their seafood to be sustainable but only 11% buy sustainable seafood every time they shop

This year’s festival runs August 5 – September 3, 2016, and features a wide range of seafood. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to preview the festival menu as a guest.

Unlike previous years, Sabor Chef Lino Oliveira collaborated with Calgary-based Chef Jan Hansen of Hotel Arts for the dinner, and we learned that Chef Jan is originally from Edmonton! The collaboration also took Chef Lino down to Calgary to host a dinner at the Kensington Riverside Inn in early August. It’s always great to see chefs working together, particularly across cities.

The supper was served family style, and over the course of the evening, we sampled a variety of tapas and mains. Through his choice of flavours and cooking techniques, Chef Lino transported us to the Iberian coast.

Though not featuring seafood, I loved the heirloom tomato & queijo fresco montadito, a bruschetta-like serving of fresh market tomatoes and Portuguese cottage cheese atop Chef Jan’s bread.

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Tomato and fresh cheese crostini

Another standout was the meaningfully messy gambas al ajillo, featuring BC spot prawns almost comically large in size. Chef Lino delighted in his recommendation to imbibe in the juices inside the head as well.

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Shrimp

Even the surf & turf had a Portuguese twist: a charred octopus served alongside a chorizo-stuffed lamb that had been rolled in caul fat and cooked sous vide for three and a half hours.

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Portuguese surf & turf

My favourite dish of the elaborate menu was the Caldeirada de peixe, a sablefish (black cod) served in a saffron-lobster broth. The skin had been perfectly crisped, and all I wanted to do was make sure the rest of the broth didn’t go to waste (even if it meant throwing decorum out the window).

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Sablefish in saffron-lobster broth

Although the final dishes that ended up on the Seafood Festival menu are slightly different, the ingredients, flavours and combinations are very similar to what we tried that evening. 

Thanks again to Sabor for a wonderful evening of food and hospitality! The Seafood Festival runs August 5 – September 3, 2016.

Check out Andrea, Cindy and Linda’s snapshots of the evening.

August 8th, 2016

Food Notes for August 8, 2016

  • Every Thursday until the end of August, the Capitol Theatre at Fort Edmonton Park is screening vintage movies with the option of adding a picnic for dinner and a movie.
  • The next What the Truck?! takes place on August 20, 2016 from 4-8pm at the Edmonton Ballpark. Check out the vendor line-up.
  • NightJar is hosting a New Orleans-style pop-up called Tickets to Dixie on August 22, 2016. Tickets are $55 and include three courses.
  • F.A.R.R.M. Animal Rescue is hosting a vegan bake sale at Earth’s General Store on Whyte Avenue on August 27, 2016 from 10am-3pm.
  • It seems a little strange to me to learn about how to cook bison in a park that functions to preserve and nurture bison herds, but to each their own: Elk Island National Park is hosting a festival of all things bison on August 13, 2016, including cooking demonstrations.
  • The Edmonton and Area Land Trust’s annual Nature’s Nourishment fundraiser takes place on September 1, 2016. Tickets are $100 and include food and wine, and the opportunity to learn about conservation efforts.
  • Sustainable Food Edmonton’s second annual Harvest Reception is scheduled for October 15, 2016. Expect locally-sourced food amongst discussion about the future of Edmonton’s urban agriculture. Tickets are $35.
  • District is now serving up brunch on Saturdays from 9am-4pm.
  • Cathy checked out Chutney’s Indian Grill, a quick serve addition to southeast Edmonton at 4316 17 Street.
  • The Journal is the latest to review Daniel Costa’s Uccellino.
  • Vue Weekly has more information about Edmonton’s newest brewery, Bent Stick Brewery.
  • Phil started a new series on his blog called The Community Table Project. He’s soliciting signature recipes from home cooks. His first post features CBC’s Mark Connolly and his homemade pizza.
  • Welcome to Edmonton Food Tours, the new division of Alberta Food Tours, which will be offering culinary tours of our city. Edmonton tour leaders include Liane Faulder and Cindy Lazarenko. The first tour being offered focuses on 104 Street, and costs $115 per adult.
  • The University of Alberta is now home to a second volunteer-run community farm, called Prairie Urban Farm. The one acre mixed crop is located near South Campus, and their goals are “to demonstrate and provide skill-building opportunities in alternative, regenerative ways of growing food within the city and to grow food security: access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.” They sell their veggies every Thursday from 5-7pm.
  • The first volunteer-run campus community farm on is the Green & Gold Community Garden. Mack and I haven’t been in several years, so took advantage of a free evening last week to hop on the LRT and walk over. It was bustling with activity (they sell their produce by donation on Tuesdays and Saturdays), and it was great to see all of the kids wandering the crops.

Green & Gold Community Garden

Green & Gold Community Garden

August 4th, 2016

Generous Portions: Kazoku Ramen

Mack and I had been meaning to visit Kazoku Ramen for some time. The west end eatery opened back in October, adding to the growing inventory of restaurants serving ramen in Edmonton. On a random Wednesday in July, we happily ceded our cooking responsibilities to Kazoku, located in a non-descript strip mall.

Kazoku qualifies as one of the larger ramen establishments in Edmonton. Like Nudoru, a fun mural adorns the dining room, conveying the power of ramen to sway even the toughest of monsters. We were told the owners’ daughter-in-law was the artist behind the painting.

Kazoku Ramen

Interior

Besides a handful of appetizers, the menu also offered rice-based dishes and seasonal items in addition to ramen. We typically avoid starters in favour of drinking up every last drop of broth, but we couldn’t pass up the spicy chicken karaage ($9). Based on the price, we thought we could handle a few bites of fried chicken. Imagine our surprise when we were presented with five large pieces of karaage. We liked the crispy batter and sweet chili dipping sauce, but we had to wonder how the portion size was possible given the cost of food.

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Spicy chicken karaage

Neither of us were adventurous with our ramen orders – Mack had his usual shoyu ($13) and I selected tonkotsu ($14). The bowls were deceivingly deep (something Linda had mentioned), and both of us enjoyed our respective broths, served piping hot. The egg had also been perfectly prepared, with a deliciously runny yolk. Our only quibble was with our choice of the leaner pork shoulder (instead of the rolled pork belly) – it was severely overcooked and was not only tough but surprisingly fatty.

Kazoku Ramen

Shoyu

Kazoku Ramen

Tonkotsu

The service was friendly and attentive, and though we were the last table to leave, we never felt rushed. The experience as a whole was pleasant enough to warrant a return visit – give Kazoku a try if you’re hit with a ramen craving in the west end!

Kazoku Ramen
16518 100 Avenue
(780) 483-0448
Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11am-10pm, closed Tuesday

August 3rd, 2016

French Canadian Charm in Beaumont: Chartier

A trend on the rise in the Edmonton region is the number of independent restaurants staking their claim in surrounding towns. Nineteen and Sorrentino’s are perhaps the best examples of this, choosing to open up additional locations in St. Albert, but they are among a multitude of others, including Farm to Fork in Sherwood Park and The Downtown Diner in Fort Saskatchewan. In some ways, in order for these establishments to thrive, they must draw upon potential customers outside the immediate community and become a destination in their own right. Chartier, a French Canadian restaurant that opened up in Beaumont back in March, is already working towards that status.

Chartier

Chartier

Chartier has the distinction of being the most successful restaurant Kickstarter project in Canada, having raised over $100,000 from nearly 600 backers. Many were taken with Darren and Sylvia Cheverie’s passion project to bring a French Canadian restaurant to their hometown. Chartier has captured the community support in the form of a map located on the back wall of the restaurant, charting out the names of friends and strangers alike that helped make the restaurant a reality.

Chartier

Wall of supporters

It took us a while to make it down to Chartier, but a trio of family birthdays (my dad, mum, and I were all born in the month of June) seemed like a good reason to carpool to Beaumont to celebrate. On that Sunday night in June, the restaurant was not quite half full.

Chartier

Dining room

Although the building itself is brand new, they’ve done a great job with the interior. The wood beams and mismatched chairs contribute to a warm and cozy atmosphere, and I loved the rustic bar that anchors the open room. We were seated right by an open window that looked out onto the quiet street outside, reminding us again that we weren’t in Downtown Edmonton anymore.

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Bar

The menu is focused but has enough variety to satisfy many tastes. We decided to try a couple of appetizer plates, which were large enough to be shared amongst a group. The poutine serving size was very generous, cheese curds and a tasty dark gravy ladled by a heavy hand. We were hoping the triple-fried potatoes would have been a tad crispier, however.

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Poutine

The pork torchon was a nice surprise. The bite-sized pork morsels were flavourful and complemented well by the black pepper jam (made with the chef’s secret recipe, we were told).

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Pork torchon

As for the mains, my beef bourguignon ($28) was so tender, a knife was unnecessary. The meat was delicious accompanied by the potato puree, though I probably could have done without the sweetness of the poached pear. My dish was also served with an adorably named “bread napkin”.

Chartier

Beef bourguignon

Felicia and my dad both ordered flank steak ($26). They had requested a medium rare preparation, and unfortunately, their steaks were further along the spectrum than they would have liked. Felicia did really enjoy the underlying potato pave.

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Flank steak

Mack couldn’t pass up the roasted hen ($26) when he read that it was served with ratatouille and his favourite dressing: a fried egg. The chicken was well prepared, and served with charred brioche, it was reminiscent of a dish that could be served at brunch.

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Roasted hen

The meal was so rich we likely should have opted for lighter starters, as we couldn’t even think about dessert.

It is obvious that Chartier is a labour of love – from the kitchen’s brand of comfort food to the delicate china used for service – a lot of care and attention has been paid to the small things. That said – the trek required outside of the city may make it difficult for Chartier to garner the traffic it needs to be sustainable. To that effect, Chartier now offers brunch on the weekend (which can be more of a destination meal) and lunch on Fridays alongside a “bread window” from Wednesdays to Sundays to attract the local population.

Chartier’s already gained wide acclaim, along with the supportive foundation that helped build the restaurant. With a unique perspective to offer the Edmonton area food scene, I do hope Chartier can make the location work on a long-term basis.

Chartier
5012 50 Street, Beaumont
(780) 737-3633
Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-close, Friday 11am-close, Saturday-Sunday 10am-close, closed Monday

August 1st, 2016

Food Notes for August 1, 2016

I hope you all had a great long weekend! Only a month left of summer, so make the most of it if you can! On to this week’s food notes:

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Meatatarian

  • One of our go-to restaurants for work lunches is Viphalay, and they didn’t disappoint. I can never pass up the opportunity to order pad thai!

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Pad thai at Viphalay

  • Mack and I took in Heritage Days on Sunday. It was probably the most comfortable I’ve ever been at the festival, with mostly overcast skies and a steady breeze. The rain also stayed away until we were ready to leave! It was also the first year where lines weren’t apparent at a vast majority of the booths – to purchase food tickets or to buy food itself. We wondered if the economy was a factor in this, along with the significant drop in Food Bank donations collected over the weekend. At any rate, we enjoyed ourselves as we sampled some dishes that were new to us.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

The chot poti from Bangladesh was one of the best values we encountered (just 4 tickets), a satisfying bowl of chickpeas with a spicy tamarind-based sauce. Based on the description, we were expecting egg instead of tortilla chips, but we did appreciate the added crunch.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

The pupusa from Guatemala was the perfect combination of cheese, beans, pork, and a hint of spice.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

Mack and I were also satisfied with the couscous and beef from Morocco, which featured a decent portion of meat for 6 tickets.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

The chicha morada from Peru, a purple concoction said to be made from boiled purple corn, pineapple, cinnamon and lime, tasted like none of those ingredients to us, but was still refreshing to drink on a warm day. And, well, one can’t fault them for great marketing.

Heritage Festival

The only real line up we encountered was at the Hungary pavilion. But it was worth the wait for langos (even if the icing sugar-topped version isn’t the most authentic).

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.

K-Days

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.

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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.

K-Days

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

K-Days

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.

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Fireworks

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

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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?

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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!

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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.

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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!

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With the birthday girl!