Monday, March 7th, 2016 at 10:21 pm

Food Notes for March 7, 2016

  • SPUD Edmonton is hosting their third Meet Your Farmers event on March 12, from 10:30am-1pm. Learn more about SPUD with tours, samples, and a pop-up market.
  • The Wild Heart Brunch Collective is back for its second event this Saturday, March 12 at The Mercury Room from 11am-3pm. The $15 ticket buys you brunch, one drink item, entertainment, and access to market vendors.
  • The French Quarter Grand Market kicked off its spring season last weekend. Join them every Sunday from 11am-3pm at La Cite Francophone (8627 Marie-Anne Gaboury Street).
  • The Buddha Boys are popping-up at Prairie Noodle House on March 27, 2016, serving up their version of ramen and dessert. Tickets are $33.
  • Workshop Eatery has partnered with Taste Alberta for a series of dinners celebrating our local bounty. The first takes place April 5, 2016. Tickets for the four-course meal are $75.
  • On April 15, 2016, the Edmonton Valley Zoo is hosting an event focused on sourcing sustainable seafood locally. Tickets are $50 and include wine and appetizers.
  • Chartier, the much talked about French Canadian restaurant in Beaumont, has announced a soft opening date of March 29, 2016.
  • A new pastry shop called Chocorrant will open a few blocks down from Duchess in the spring at 10330 124 Street.
  • Liane has expansion news from the folks behind Sabor Divino, Bodega and Urbano Pizza: they’re not only opening a larger version of Urbano on 124 Street, but will also be opening up a version of Bodega in Highlands at 6509 112 Avenue.
  • It’ll be interesting to see how Edmonton’s new Shopping Under the Stars Night Market will fare – no doubt they’re thinking big, hoping for 500+ vendors. The market will run May 20 – September 5, 2016.
  • The Tomato released their forth annual Top 100 Best Things to Eat or Drink in Edmonton. Did your favourites make the list?
  • It seems the time of year for lists, as Graham Hicks also offered up his own, all about the best fast-food burger in Edmonton.
  • There are already two reviews of Coco Fresh Tea & Juice which opened just last week at 10147 109 Street. It claims to be the world’s largest bubble tea chain.
  • Cindy shares her love of Noodle Feast with some pictures you should avoid if you’re hungry!
  • Avenue Magazine checked out Seoul Fried Chicken, and found out that the secret is to get there early.
  • Andrea is the latest to write about her introduction to Nando’s.
  • Jonny visited Kerala, a South Indian restaurant located across from Southgate Centre.
  • Frosty Fox Ice Cream is the latest food enterprise to start a crowd-funding campaign, with the hopes of purchasing an ice cream bike or truck.
  • I missed linking to Liane’s excellent series which began last week, called Nosh North. She spotlights interesting, lesser-known food establishments on Edmonton’s North End. Learn more about Marina’s Cuisine and Tamiri Bites.
  • Those familiar with 12 Acres will know the restaurant had partnered with a local farm to source their ingredients as close to home as possible. Unfortunately, it seems like the farm and restaurant have parted ways.
  • Hens live to see another day: City Council approved the continuation of the backyard chickens pilot.
  • Pulses made the cover story of Vue Weekly – but will they gain more traction in meat-forward Alberta?
  • I’m sure some said it couldn’t be done: the March issue of Bon Appetit was shot entirely with iPhones.
  • I love Vital Greens cream as much as the next person, but this sign made me laugh: are there folks out there with a cream hoarding problem?

Vital Greens

Vital Greens at Blush Lane

  • One of the best things about Tao Garden are their customizable, made-to-order soups, but for whatever reason, I always stick to what I know and love. Is that so bad?

Tao Garden

My go-to satay broth, tofu puffs, beef balls and wontons at Tao Garden

  • After work on Saturday, I grabbed a bite to eat at Pho Hoan Pasteur. I rarely say no to pho, but that day, it felt much too warm for soup.

Pho Hoan Pasteur

Chicken and spring roll vermicelli bowl at Pho Hoan Pasteur

  • A Canadian Foodie

    Well, let me tell you about Vital Greens Cream. It is a HOT commodity. The only low temp homogenized milk and cream available – so excellent for cheese making and everything… when I go just for a party I am having – or for Christmas, I would buy 6. They last much longer than their due date if they are not opened, but you have to use it all the day you do open it if it is past the date. Now, to avoid disappointment, Planet O’s great dairy gal Melissa would book me cream every Friday in my cheese making days – otherwise, it just would not be there. Bless her and Planet O. Before Christmas this year, I went in early to book it for my cooking and cream fraiche making etc… and there was a great shelf filled man who directed me to, sadly, a rather curt dairy manager (where dd you go, Melissa?) who really worked hard to avoid taking my order. But, he was kind enough to promise to hold my cream until noon the day it came in. He said they no longer had this practice (reserving products for customers). You cannot imagine how grateful I was. So, this sign is not funny to me. It almost brought a tear to my eye (hahaha) because I usually buy and need 6. Now I will have to bring and ally or go in twice and I can no longer call ahead to reserve it. After everyone reads this – they will charge down there, en-mass to buy one just to see what all the fuss is about and then they will be as hooked as I am… but that is OK. Everyone should do just that. It IS just that good and tastes almost like the raw cream that settled on the top of the milk bottles straight out of the cow when we’d buy it from Bell’s – the dairy farmer in Clive, visiting grandma when I was a kid.
    So, you got me going today – love your Tuesday posts!
    (Isn’t this how 60 year old gramsy’s are supposed to write in the papers?