Monday, December 13th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

Food Notes for December 13, 2010

Just 12 days to Christmas…I know I say it every year, but it seems to be barrelling down on us awfully fast this year. It probably has something to do with the fact that it falls on a Saturday, but I know I am far from being ready! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Congratulations to Unheardof, who celebrated thirty years in business back in November.
  • Mack nearly leapt from his chair to tell me about the forthcoming La Poutine (8720 109 Street), a restaurant devoted to, well, poutine: “created by an Edmontonian and a Quebecois who have enjoyed poutine from east to west. Finally, both worlds are coming together in one place to deliver an incredible taste sensation.”
  • People seem to be deliriously excited about the city’s first IHOP, to open on December 20 (3921 Calgary Trail). While it’s nice to have another option that puts us in “big city” territory, my only experience with IHOP (in Vancouver) was unimpressive.
  • I know I’ve read so many “coming soon” pieces about the new Enjoy Centre that I’m not sure the actual building can possibly live up to the hype – but here’s another one.
  • This is probably the cutest post I’ve seen in a long time – Valerie’s write-up of gingerbread making with Kevin and LeQuan’s children. You can’t help but smile when seeing their determined faces!
  • A heads up about the newly-redesigned Chicken.ca website by the Chicken Farmers of Canada. The recipe section containing 300 recipes has been reorganized, with 200 more on deck to be added in the new year. Check it out if you’re in need of a dinner idea!
  • The Wall Street Journal wrote about Italy’s campaign to educate patrons about authentic, made-in-Italy products (prosciutto de Parma, mozzarella di bufala, Italian olive oil, etc.).
  • Thanks to Shermie’s comment, I found out that Big City Cupcakes opened their City Centre location this past week (next to Cleaning by Page). I wish their display cases were a little more visually appealing (a la Whimsical or Flirt), but it’s nice to finally have a cupcake option in the core.

Bit City Cupcakes

Big City Cupcakes

  • I stopped by Kerstin’s Chocolates on the weekend to pick up a few Christmas gifts. They are selling some special baked goods, just for the holidays, including caramel macarons and brownie cakes.

Kerstin's Chocolats

 Special treats from Kerstin’s

  • Last week was a rough one, with many late nights at the office. So it was a nice treat to come home to a comforting meal on one of those nights – thanks, Mack!

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs!

  • If you’re still looking for unique Christmas gifts, you still have a few chances at local farmers’ markets – Alberta Avenue’s last market until the new year is on Thursday, December 16, Old Strathcona on December 18 and a special market on Thursday, December 23, and of course, the City Market on Churchill Square on December 18. Speaking of the City Market, Mack and I stopped by on Saturday – we were too late for eggs, and Kuhlmann’s, who would have been the only vegetable vendor, couldn’t make it. Needless to say, our basket was emptier than we would have liked! Ah well – there’s always next week.

City Market

City Market on the Square

City Market

The marshmallow-roasting pits doubled as hand warmers on Saturday

City Market

Carollers did their best to warm the spirits of patrons and vendors alike

  • http://foodiemcpoon.blogspot.com foodieMcPoon

    Sharon, funny that you took that picture at that exact moment at Big City Cupcakes–that’s actually myself on the left and one of my girlfriends beside me! I didn’t try one (i’m not too big on icing), but did they ever look tempting and mouthwatering.

  • http://adamsnider.com/blog/ Adam Snider

    I’m not sure why everyone is making such a big deal about IHOP. Another big American chain? Forgive me if I don’t get excited.

  • http://www.jonlin.ca Jon

    La Poutine is a great idea – Calgary has at least one excellent poutine at Laurier Lounge, so hopefully La Poutine lives up to it. No idea when it opens though?

  • tricotmiss

    IHOP is basically Denny’s, right? I’m much more interested in breakfasts by local places. Urban Diner’s French toast?! So delicious!

  • http://www.onlyhereforthefood.ca Sharon

    FoodieMcPoon – that’s funny! Hopefully we meet one of these days :).

    Jon – haven’t tried the poutine at Laurier – on my list it goes. It’s supposed to open at the end of January.

    Tricotmiss – yes, it’s basically Denny’s! More pancake options though.