May 25th, 2015

Food Notes for May 25, 2015

Who could have predicted this heat wave in May? It’s so unusual to have so many consecutive days of good weather this early that I forget that it’s still technically spring. Hope you’re out enjoying it! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Workshop West is hosting a Magical Feast at Lux on May 28, 2015, with a three-course meal and, what else, magical entertainment! Tickets are $150, with a $75 tax receipt to be issued.
  • Save the date for the second annual Mercer Super Summer Party, taking place in and around the Mercer Warehouse on June 5 from 5-10pm. There will be live music, art, and food!
  • Great to hear that the 124 Street Market is taking over the French Quarter Market, starting June 7.
  • 12 Acres, the restaurant concept that has taken over the River House space in St. Albert, opened last week with a farm-to-table philosophy. Linda and Cindy already have reports in.
  • Looking forward to see what Chef Ryan O’Flynn has in store with the revamped Share restaurant, due to open in July.
  • I was happy to hear that Blue Plate Diner is now serving up breakfast Tuesdays to Fridays, in addition to their weekend brunch. A solid breakfast in the core (outside of hotels) shouldn’t be a rarity.
  • Cindy reviewed Tofu House, and loved the soothing nature of the stews.
  • Phil’s latest Pizza Odyssey took him to B-Street Bar and Il Forno.
  • I know Mack would love this – Farrow’s launching a coffee club, with beans offered exclusively to members only.
  • If you ever wanted to learn the history of the donair in Edmonton, read Omar’s piece in The Walrus.
  • Congrats to the eight new members of Edmonton’s Food Council. I wish them the best of luck in the Council’s second year.
  • Hurrah for France, who just passed laws that will fine big supermarkets for dumping food, and will see them sign agreements with food charities in the next year.
  • What if you could have your groceries delivered to you in an hour? Well if you live in select parts of Manhattan, it’s now possible.
  • Mack and I stopped by the 124 Street Grand Market in its second week. It was a good excuse to get a double-dose of Drift – first in its truck form and then for some beverages at Dovetail.

Drift

Buttermilk chicken sandwich from Drift

Drift

Sangrias with apple and mint from Dovetail

  • Afterwards, to accompany us on the walk home, we stopped by Cococo for a scoop of gelato each. I love long summer nights.

Cococo

Cookies and cream and salted caramel gelato from Cococo

  • On Friday, we grabbed a late meal from Attila the HUNgry at Night Market Edmonton, which takes place on Jasper and 105 Street every Friday from 7-11pm. I love outdoor movie screenings, so enjoyed the fact that they were showing Breakfast at Tiffany’s so folks could have dinner and a movie.

Attila the HUNgry

Duck tots from Attila

Attila the HUNgry

Buddha burger from Attila (hash brown, fried egg and patty on brioche – delicious!)

Night Market Edmonton

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • Mack and I had a great brunch at Meat – it definitely helps when you have the best company!

Meat

Beef brisket benny at Meat

  • With said company, we made it back across the river in time to watch the swearing in ceremony. I’d never been in the wading pool before, but it was a good time as any for my first dip!

NDP Swearing In

Great vantage point from the pool

  • We also couldn’t pass up food trucks at the Legislature (making it four days in a row of sampling food trucks), and finally had the chance to try Explore India.

Explore India

Samosas from Explore India

May 21st, 2015

Gourmet Hot Dogs on the Avenue: The Dog

Let’s call it the “Journal effect” – the overnight increase in business whenever a new restaurant is profiled or reviewed in the paper. Establishments and customers know this to be anecdotally true. It was certainly apparent the day Mack and I visited The Dog on Friday.

It was a coincidence that I had picked The Dog: we had yet to try it, and a pre-Rush dinner was a good excuse given it was conveniently on the bus route between our home and Rexall Place. But fresh from a review that Wednesday, there was no doubt the restaurant was scrambling to keep up – the servers shared that there was a line-up out the door for lunch that afternoon, and suspiciously, the diners around us also happened to be the average age of a Journal reader.

The Dog replaced the upscale casual restaurant concept Absolutely Edibles. In some ways, given the success of the neighbouring Sloppy Hoggs, it made sense for the owners to replicate the comfort food mantra in their sister space. The décor has changed quite dramatically, with a diner-esque bar asserting itself in the centre of the room, and a pantry of sorts in the back, with house-made accoutrements for sale. Unfortunately, the stone mosaic tables remained from the restaurant’s previous incarnation; hopefully they will be replaced at some point in the future with less fussy furniture.

The Dog

Pantry wall

The menu was much more extensive than we anticipated. They have about a dozen signature dogs, created with a base of beef or beef and pork dogs made by Real Deal Meats. They also had house-made sausages of more exotic varieties – namely, kangaroo, alligator, wild boar and seafood. Rounding out the menu were a number of appetizers, milkshakes and desserts.

Mack and I stuck to the more tried and true on this visit – he ordered the Coney Island ($8), a beef dog topped with beef chili, cheddar, yellow mustard and diced onion, while my Trailer Trash ($8) beef and pork dog was topped with mac & cheese and bacon. We also ordered fries ($4) and onion rings ($5).

The Dog

Coney Island and fries

We both agreed that the house-made buns were great – soft and yielding as they should have been. Similarly, the dogs themselves were snappy and full of flavour – these weren’t your average ballpark wieners! The toppings, however, were a bit disappointing – both the chili and mac and cheese wouldn’t be able to stand alone; to have enhanced the overall dog, they needed to have a punch all on their own.

The Dog

Trailer Trash and onion rings

The portion sizes of the fries and onion rings were more than generous (how some managed to consume a dog, side and a milkshake was beyond me), and the entrée prices were reasonable. Service was friendly but brisk, understandably so, given the circumstances.

I’d definitely return to The Dog to try one of their more peculiar creations, but perhaps not for a few weeks, when the fervor has died down.

The Dog
9567 118 Avenue
(780) 424-6823
Tuesday-Sunday 11am-9pm, closed Mondays

May 18th, 2015

Food Notes for May 18, 2015

It was perfect timing for a long weekend – hope you enjoyed yours as well! We’re also gearing up for our first What the Truck?! of the season, this Saturday, May 23, from 4-8pm. Hope to see you there! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Cravings Gelato is hosting an event showcasing their product on May 20 at Zocalo (10826 95 Street).
  • Night Market Edmonton kicks off its season May 22 and runs every Friday night from 7-11pm in Beaver Hills House Park (Jasper Ave & 105 Street).
  • I missed the first Dark MEÆT event, where diners were served a dinner blindfolded to highlight the other senses. I’m happy that I snagged some tickets to the second event, taking place on May 27 – there are still a few more up for grabs if you’re interested!
  • Want a bit of fashion with your brunch? Manor Bistro is serving up brunch alongside a Thread Hill fashion show on May 31, 2015. Tickets are $40.
  • The Chilean Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton is hosting a Taste of Chile Food, Wine and Culture on June 12 at the Old Timers Cabin (9430 99 Street). Tickets are $65.
  • There’s a new café coming soon to the south side – Woodrack Café (7603 109 Street).
  • Cindy is the latest to review Cerdos Tacos in St. Albert.
  • Linda’s starting an ambitious project to review restaurants or types of food in the order of the alphabet. Looking forward to reading about her quest!
  • Cathy shares her experience participating in a three-day Glow Juicery cleanse.
  • Curious about the origins of Edmonton Food Fight, the popular series that pits two local chefs against one another? Vue interviews co-founder and host Kathryn Joel for what inspired the events and what to expect in the future.
  • The Journal has a few more details about the newest farmers’ market in Edmonton in Miller Crossing, opening June 2 in the parking lot of the Royal Canadian Kingsway Legion (14339 50 Street).
  • Congratulations to Alley Kat on their twentieth year in business! They are now brewing 4 million bottles per year.
  • If you haven’t seen the beautiful simplicity of 98 cubes of raw food – check it out.
  • The weather didn’t exactly co-operate for the City Market’s first day on 104 Street on Saturday, but it can only get better from here! It was nice to see some new vendor additions (Four Whistle Farms, familiar to Old Strathcona Market shoppers, for one), but given the Fork & Spoon Brigade is no longer operating, the lack of new food trucks is going to hurt the market. While the product vendors may be the initial attraction for some, it’s the prepared food that keeps visitors there – I just hope the City Market recognizes this sooner rather than later.

City Market

City Market on 104 Street now open!

  • If the line-up at Credo is too long on market Saturdays, there are now two other great coffee options just a block away – Coffee Bureau and Lock Stock! I’d never been to Lock Stock before, so Mack and I headed there after picking up our groceries at the City Market. It’s a beautiful spot, all dark wood and brick. And they make great lattes, too!

Lock Stock Coffee

Lock Stock Coffee

  • A few friends and I met up at Tao Garden this week for dinner. The service was a bit brisk this time, but I really enjoy the idea of customizing my noodle soup.

Tao Garden

Satay soup with tofu puffs, beef balls and wontons

May 17th, 2015

What the Truck?! Season 5 Kick-Off

I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic lately (it’s no coincidence the series finale of Mad Men drove me to rewatch “The Wheel”, featuring Don’s famous carousel speech). But in the lead up to our fifth season of What the Truck?!, I’ve been reflecting more on where we started.

Some may remember that first event in June 2011, seven trucks huddled between the decorative poles in Beaver Hills House Park. Mack and I were floored that Edmontonians came out, in spite of the rain, to gather, eat and share – it was a demonstration of an appetite for great food to be enjoyed outdoors during our short but brilliant summers.

What The Truck?!
Beaver Hills House Park (2011)

True to the mobile nature of food trucks, over the years, we’ve continued to shift our festival locations to a number of central neighbourhoods, like Oliver’s Victoria Promenade (anecdotally, our most popular event), Old Strathcona’s family-friendly Gazebo Park, the recently renovated Borden Park by Northlands, and the underutilized Louise McKinney in our beautiful river valley.

What the Truck?!

Victoria Promenade (2012)

Our events have mirrored the increase the number of food trucks vending in Edmonton, growing from seven at that first event to nearly two dozen at our event last September. With more than sixty-five trucks registered this season, we’ll be doing our best to highlight as many as we can. That said, because mobile vendors have become mainstream, found at farmers’ markets, community gatherings, and other food festivals, What the Truck?! has to adapt to stay relevant.

What the Truck?! at Louise McKinney

Louise McKinney Park (2013)

This year, What the Truck?! will be focusing only on large events, to ensure we can cast a spotlight on trucks both new and experienced. You can expect that our gatherings will feature at least fifteen trucks or more, providing a variety of food not found elsewhere.

What the Truck?! at Borden Park

Borden Park (2014)

We also believe that What the Truck?! can still play a key role in using food trucks as a conduit to encourage exploration of some of Edmonton’s hidden gems. We’ll be releasing the details of our season later this month, but we hope you’ll be as excited about our new locations as we are!

For the first event of the season, we’ve decided to return to Churchill Square. The reality is – we’ve outgrown most other sites, and it’s hard to beat the central, accessible and open space of the Square.

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Churchill Square (photo by Dave Feltham)

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 4-8pm
RSVP on Facebook!

Even with the ever-growing interest in food trucks, the organizing team (now a group of seven!) has been blown away by the online response to our first event – over 10,000 people have RSVP’d already. We’ve posted the menus, so folks can start to plan their attack, and if you’ve never been before, please review our tips for attendees to make the most of your experience.

We hope you’re as excited for the season as we are – see you on Saturday!

May 14th, 2015

Korean Street Eats in Old Strathcona: NongBu

Everything’s coming up Korean! With mainstream restaurants like Earls featuring bibimbap and Joey’s serving Korean fried cauliflower on their spring menus, with time, I’m sure other staples like bo ssam and Korean fried chicken might soon appear as well. But for a more authentic taste, Edmontonians have a few fairly new options to choose from, including Tofu House and NongBu. Mack and I decided to give NongBu a try, after seeing a spate of positive reviews.

Located in a former eyewear boutique just off Whyte Avenue, NongBu joins an already vibrant hospitality district. But despite the fact that they’ve only been open a few weeks, the vibe they are cultivating is spot on, and reminded us of some of the young and hip establishments we visited in Seoul.

The décor is minimal, with a focus on wood and polished concrete surfaces. They also made use of a large overhead wall as a fun projected movie canvas – who says art needs to be static?

NongBu

Mack at NongBu

When we arrived, we only had to wait briefly for a table on the main floor. There is additional seating on a mezzanine level, and given the eagerness demonstrated by the staff to accommodate party sizes, relocating tables between the floors wasn’t a problem.

The menu at NongBu is focused, with a variety that spans about a dozen dishes. Most items are intended to be shared, so it’s a great option for those who enjoy small plates. Mack and I ended up ordering the royal ddukbbokki ($11), gemma rolls ($8.50) and the bo ssam for two ($32).

I probably expected too much from the ddukbbokki, hoping the dish would transport me back to the Seoul street food tour we did back in October. The sauce was pleasantly sweet, but the rice cakes were a little on the firm side for my taste. The black pepper was also a bit overpowering.

NongBu

Royal ddukbbokki

The gemma roll was perhaps my favourite dish – I loved the chewy texture of the eggroll, and the beef and vegetable filling had been well cooked and seasoned.

NongBu

Gemma roll

The bo ssam arrived as a beautifully plated platter and several small vessels containing soup and rice. The lettuce was certainly fresh, and we couldn’t complain about the quantity of meat included. That said, the pork was definitely meant to be consumed as a part of a wrap with a generous dab of chili sauce; without that added heat and seasoning, we found that the meat on its own was tender but bland.

NongBu

Bo ssam

Our server was extremely gracious and humble, and apologized for the wait and timing of our food (even though we really didn’t find fault with either). But he seemed genuinely interested in ensuring we had a positive experience, so we appreciated the gesture.

Overall, while we did enjoy our evening at NongBu, we do think the kitchen can improve their consistency in the weeks and months to come. But given their focused menu, I am hopeful that NongBu will have a successful place among this current wave of Korean cuisine in Edmonton.

NongBu
8115 104 Street
(780) 989-0997

May 11th, 2015

Food Notes for May 11, 2015

Spring is (finally) here – hope you’re out and about enjoying the beautiful weather! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Get thee to an outdoor farmers’ market – Callingwood was among the first to open on May 3, and the South Common Market this past weekend on May 9 & 10. But my favourites are coming up – the 124 Grand Market on Thursday nights from 4-8pm starting May 14, and of course, the City Market on Saturdays from 9am-3pm beginning May 16. Check out the full list of Alberta Farmers’ Market Association markets here.
  • Northlands is kicking off a series of their Urban Farm tours on May 15, with several more being offered throughout the summer. It’s a free look at their farm and beekeeping operations.
  • Have you RSVP’d to our first What the Truck?! event of the season yet, taking place at Churchill Square on May 23? There are over 8,000 people expected already.
  • The Capital Care Foundation is hosting a unique long table dinner on the field of Commonwealth Stadium called Feast on the Field. Taking place on August 12, it is a fundraiser for seniors in care. Tickets are $140 each.
  • Parkallen’s new west end location, located at 10804 170 Street, opened on May 10, 2015.
  • I can only hope this is true – Three Boars might be opening up a second location in the space vacated by Moriarty’s downtown (10150 100 Street).
  • Phil breaks down what you can expect from Chef Lindsay Porter’s new menu at El Cortez.
  • NongBu has been getting a lot of online love: this week, from Jonny.
  • Congratulations to Phil (aka Baconhound), who not only won the 2014 Yeggie for Best in Food, but also took home the medal for Best Twitter Persona. Congrats to Phil and to the rest of the winners!
  • Speaking of accolades, Vue Weekly released the results of their annual Golden Forks Awards last week – check if your favourites made the cut.
  • Also from Vue – did you know that Knifewear offers a knife skills class?
  • The rumours have been rampant for a long time, but it’s finally confirmed – south Edmonton is finally getting its own T & T Supermarket, located in the old Future Shop at 3451 Calgary Trail.
  • Loblaws will be linking their new rewards program with incentives for purchasing healthy products – though we’ll see how big the net will be in defining “healthy”.
  • It’s been a while since we’ve been to the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market, but we were delighted to come across Mo-Na Food’s booth. They’re still waiting to hear back if they’ll be vending past the end of May.

Mona Foods

Mo-Na at OSFM

  • I had a hankering for Bun Bo Hue on Friday, and was saddened to encounter a closed King Noodle House that evening. Mack and I eventually had to settle for Pagolac’s version across the street.

Pagolac

Bun Bo Hue from Pagolac

  • Before the Yeggies on Saturday, Mack and I had a bite to eat at Café Bicyclette. The serving was as generous as I remembered, though the gravy was a little on the sweet side this time around.

Cafe Bicyclette

Poutine from Café Bicyclette

See you at the City Market!

May 8th, 2015

Recap: Eat Alberta 2015

After four years on the organizing committee of Eat Alberta, Mack and I had decided to let a new group of individuals take the reins. One year later, it meant we could, for the first time, enjoy the day as participants!

Eat Alberta, started in 2011, promotes hands-on learning about how to prepare local food. Held at NAIT, the Eat Alberta model has always involved engaging instructors drawn from our community, initiating connections that can continue past the event itself.

As we knew from our involvement, certain tracks (tickets are sold for pre-set groupings of classes) tend to sell out right away, so we made sure to get a jump on our preferred track right away. We were rewarded with two tickets to the Foothills track. Priced at $150 each (unchanged from 2014), I know some still think tickets are steep. But given individual cooking classes at other venues are upwards of $100-$140, the fee, which covers the cost of four workshops plus two plenary sessions, breakfast, lunch and a wine down, is more than fair.

We started off the day with a keynote from Takota Coen of Grass Roots Family Farm. He spoke about his operation, which not only utilizes a permaculture philosophy for their vegetation crops, but also promotes the practice for their animals (for example, the cohabitation of cows and pigs ensures even the cow manure doesn’t go to waste – the pigs root through for nutrients the cows are unable to digest). To help finance some of their long-term perennials, which they hope will provide food for decades to come, Grass Roots employed an interesting multi-year Community Supported Agriculture model, where investors would reap their share not over one growing season, but over several years. Takota definitely piqued my interest – I’m sure exploring the farm in person would provide even more perspective.

Our first workshop was with Chef Allan Suddaby, who we were fortunate to work alongside with during our years organizing Eat Alberta. Since then, Allan has become the Executive Chef of Elm Café and all of its properties, which include District Coffee Co., Burrow and Little Brick. We’ve always known Allan’s passion for food and knowledge sharing, but we never had the opportunity to experience it firsthand until his egg cookery class.

Eat Alberta 2015

Chef Allan Suddaby

Allan shared tips and tricks on how to properly hard boil, poach and fry an egg – seemingly basic, but essential skills to master. To fry eggs on a less than non-stick pan, try using parchment paper – it’s better than Teflon! And perhaps most revelatory for me – Allan demonstrated how easy it was to make mayonnaise from scratch: whisk an egg yolk with a splash of vinegar, get it started with just a bit of oil, then work in up to a cup of oil. Magic!

Eat Alberta 2015

OMG, Mack poached an egg!

Next, we moved onto mastering dumplings with Ray Ma of Honest Dumplings. You may be familiar with Honest Dumplings from local farmers’ markets; they specialize in handmade dumplings with creative flavour combinations using local products. Although Mack and I have made our own dumplings before, we’ve never attempted creating the dough from scratch.

Eat Alberta 2015

Ray Ma and Chris Lerohl

Ray was a great teacher, and she made the dough recipe seem very approachable: 1 cup of water + 1 cup of all-purpose flour (instead of water, some vegetable juice can be substituted for colouring, or pliable ingredients, such as chives, to stud the wrappers). After kneading for 7 minutes, the dough will need to be chilled for 30 minutes or overnight. Then, using a pasta roller, working from 0 to 6 settings, the dough is rolled out and cut into rounds to be filled. That morning, we made vegetarian and meat dumplings, but the latter – a quinoa maple pork belly, were definitely our favorite!

Eat Alberta 2015

One semi-decent dumpling fold

After lunch, we headed back into the kitchen for a lesson on the ramen egg and miso broth with Chef Wendy Mah. Wendy is the chef behind the popular pop-up Prairie Noodle Shop (mark your calendars: she announced that the date of their next supper is June 20, to take place at NAIT/Ernest’s).

Eat Alberta 2015

Chef Wendy Mah

No doubt most in the class were familiar with the instant version of ramen, but it would have been ideal if Wendy started the class with more of an overview of ramen (different bases, composition, etc.). When Wendy was providing some of the ingredients for the soup or eggs, I know I didn’t know what wakame was, for instance. She also blew through the proportions for the ramen egg pickling liquid, assuming we would all find our own combination of the soy, Chinkiang vinegar, mirin and water, and was surprised to hear we all followed her recipe (given it was the first time for most, if not all, of us, it shouldn’t have been). That said, I liked that Wendy had an “Asian mirepoix” that served as the base of her vegetable broth – suey choy, Chinese chives and mushrooms.

Eat Alberta 2015

Our ramen eggs and miso soup

Our final session was the perfect cap to the day – a cocktail presentation with Evan Watson of Three Boars. It was only fitting that we started the class by making a drink to sip throughout – an Old Fashioned, made with a dash of spring cherry bitters that Evan had created for us to take home, and Alberta Premium whisky (known for being 100% rye).

Eat Alberta 2015

Mack’s reaction when he learned we’d be making his favourite cocktail

Although the class deviated from its promised focus on how to use local ingredients, it was still a very informative session. Evan is an encyclopedia of cocktail knowledge, and obviously takes his role as an educated bartender very seriously. The session was not only a primer on the history of cocktails, but also on many of the spirits that are mixed into cocktails. If you have a chance to sit at Evan’s bar, make sure you do.

Eat Alberta 2015

Tools of the trade

The afternoon plenary featured Jennifer Cockrall-King and Eva Pang, who started a discussion about the role of food writers in the Edmonton food scene. Mack thought it was a topic that felt out of place within the context of the day, but it did generate some interesting questions from the audience.

We had been looking forward to the wine down, as we knew Allan was still involved in producing the tasting boards. He didn’t disappoint, putting together another varied and beautiful celebration of local bounty.

Eat Alberta 2015

2015 tasting board

Given Mack and I know how the sausages are made, so to speak, we have to commend the organizers for what looked to be a seamless event. Everything was well-organized, and the attendees we spoke to were having a great time. I would say the classes I attended could have been improved with handouts of some sort, containing tips, recipes, or resource lists, as I only walked away with the notes I made on my own (and I know I probably missed some key points). Alternatively, as one presenter said, the content may be shared online at some point.

But overall, we’d have to say bravo! And given the direction Eat Alberta is looking to move in the future, we want to wish the team the best of luck. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers and presenters who made it a great day.

May 6th, 2015

Sandwiches Worth Seeking: Farrow

With today’s return to winter, it seems even more distant, but before my trip to Boston, there wasn’t any better excuse than a gorgeous spring day to cross the river on foot and finally try Farrow’s much lauded sandwich creations.

Farrow

When we arrived at around noon, the line was more than half a dozen deep, spilling out onto the sidewalk. The predominant aroma of bacon, wafting through the open door, kept us firmly rooted in place. The interior of the sandwich counter is predictably straightforward – sandwich art and a few window stools (though everyone ahead of us chose to eat al fresco on the picnic tables outside, or on the raised patio of its neighbouring sister restaurant, Three Boars). I will say I enjoyed Farrow’s simple line and carabineer chit system, to efficiently carry order information to the kitchen on the other end of the counter.

Farrow

The chalkboard menu proclaimed that one of the four varieties had already sold out for the day. Mack and I both ordered the “grick middle” ($7.25), a name no doubt inspired by their fast food counterparts across the street. But the comparison stops there.

Farrow

Our butcher paper-wrapped packages concealed a classic but well-made combination of ingredients – crackling bacon, a yolky fried egg, cheddar and a tangle of fresh arugula – you won’t find that at McDonald’s. But my favourite part of the sandwich was actually the bread – squishy and yielding, it let the “middle” sing. Consumed outdoors with a cup of cold brew coffee alongside it, Farrow provided us with the perfect low-key brunch. As a bonus, Farrow has a loyalty card – record 12 sandwiches on a punch card and the next one’s free!

We spent some more time exploring the businesses in “The Bridge District” (that name never took off, did it?), including dessert at Menchie’s and shopping at The Red Pony. It was a nice reminder of what awaits us on the other side of the river, which increasingly, seems to be anchored by Farrow. Get yourself to Farrow soon – it meets the hype and then some.

Farrow
8422 109 Street
(780) 757-4160
Monday, Wednesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm, closed Tuesdays

May 4th, 2015

Food Notes for May 4, 2015

I had a fun time in Boston, but I’m happy to be back – it wasn’t as green (or as warm) out East as I wanted it to be! But regardless of the weather in Edmonton tomorrow – make sure you get out and vote! On to this week’s food notes:

  • I love food crawls! An upcoming food crawl on May 30 and 31 from 1-4pm will be taking place in one of Edmonton’s most underappreciated neighbourhoods – Chinatown. Tickets are just $35 and guests will sample 4 dishes. I’m happy to be involved as a volunteer “guide” for one of the tours – hope to see you there!
  • RGE RD’s annual dinner at Nature’s Green Acres will take place on August 15, 2015.
  • Delux’s new location in St. Albert (101, 150 Bellerose Drive) is now open!
  • The latest Korean restaurant to open in the city is Nongbu – both Andrea and Cindy have already checked it out.
  • Curious as to what might be on the menu of a vegan-oriented bar? Get My Tab showcases Arcadia Bar’s food, which includes a donair wrapped in a green onion cake.
  • Chef Tony Krause is continuing his Underground Dinners in The Salt Room at Mother’s Market; last week, Chris and Liane captured his most recent supper.
  • The Journal takes it turn to review HALO, the restaurant located at the Renaissance Airport Hotel at EIA.
  • While One Republic were in town last week, they shared their positive visits at Transcend Coffee and North 53. It’s no BuzzFeed shout-out, but it’s pretty cool.
  • Congrats to Allan Suddaby (the Executive Chef at Elm Café) on the launch of McKernan Food Works, which will produce craft food products. The first and flagship product is an apple cider vinegar, made exclusively with apples harvested in Central Alberta. You can pick up the product at Little Brick – can’t wait to get my own bottle!
  • It must be the warm weather, but I had to hit up a food truck when I returned to Edmonton. Thankfully, Bully was parked just around the corner from our condo, where I picked up a tasty turkey provolone sandwich.

Bully Food Truck

Turkey provolone sandwich from Bully

  • My other delirious craving had to do with, what else, beef noodle soup. Pho Tau Bay, it had been too long.

Pho Tau Bay

My usual at Pho Tau Bay

April 27th, 2015

Food Notes for April 27, 2015

Hi everyone, Mack here! Sharon is still in Boston on her vacation so I’m guest blogging her food notes this week. You can check out some of her adventures on Instagram. I haven’t run out of food yet but if Sharon doesn’t make it home soon I might be in trouble. Kidding!

The Tonight Dough

  • Here’s another one from Sharon’s adventures in the USA – Utz Chips!

Utz Chips

This guest post was written by Mack, an Edmonton-based geek who fancies himself a part-time foodie. You can find him online at his blog, and on Twitter.