January 18th, 2018

Northlands Food Lab: Lemon Cheese

Northlands’ Food Lab workshops at FarmFair International (an agricultural showcase which runs every November) are one of the best hands-on cooking class deals in Edmonton. They’re free with the price of FarmFair admission, which is just $5! I only signed up for one this year, but one could easily sign up for multiple workshops to stretch their dollar value even more. I participated in one of the first Food Labs organized back in 2015.

Su and I were curious about the idea of “lemon cheese”, so we registered for one of the workshops that took place on a Saturday afternoon. Although the class was full on paper, quite a few participants didn’t show, so each attendee ended up with their own station (and a product portion that was generous enough to feed a family of four).

Lemon Cheese Food Lab

Su at her station

The instructor was one that we were both very familiar with due to our prior involvement with Eat Alberta. Chef Allan Roote from NAIT was one of our faithful cheese instructors for several conferences. However, neither Su or I had experienced his instruction first hand.

Lemon Cheese Food Lab

Chef Roote addresses the group

The lemon cheese recipe we were directed to make was similar to a ricotta; it would serve well as an entertaining staple alongside crackers and crudités. As Su and I were both new to cheesemaking, we were particularly grateful this recipe was ideal for beginners – the instructions and techniques were straightforward and would be easy to replicate at home. Chef Roote was also a great teacher, patiently answering questions and offering guidance to participants as he checked in on each station.

Lemon Cheese Food Lab

Separating the milk and curds

One tip – it was recommended that a metal spoon be used to stir together the milk base; as wooden spoons are porous, any flavours absorbed into the wood would be imparted into the final product. We also sped up the process described below considerably – as the entire workshop was about an hour long, we did not have time to leave the mixture undisturbed for 3-4 hours, or to drain the curd for 12 hours before adding the seasonings. Although I did let the cheese rest overnight in the fridge before sampling it, the final product didn’t seem to be hampered by the shortcuts we took.

Lemon Cheese Food Lab

Draining the curd

The light, spreadable cheese we ended up with kept in the fridge for a week. We enjoyed it with crackers and a sprinkling of fleur de sel, though I also heard it was pretty tasty paired with cinnamon raisin toast, too.

Lemon Cheese

3L 3.25% milk
1L heavy cream
150-400mL lemon juice (freshly squeezed and strained) or 30g citric acid or acid of your choice
zested and finely chopped lemon rind (optional)
sea salt (to taste)

  1. Pour the milk and cream into a stainless steel pot and heat to 100F (no higher).
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and add the lemon juice. Stir the milk slowly until the milk and cream mixture starts to curdle and separate.
  3. Leave the milk mixture undisturbed at room temperature for 3-4 hours.
  4. Drain the curd into a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Let the curd drain in the cooler for 12 hours.
  5. Put the drained curds into a large stainless steel bowl and add the lemon zest. Season with salt to taste. Be careful not to touch the cheese with your hands as this will speed up the deterioration process of the cheese.
  6. Press the cheese into a mold. Top the cheese with a 2kg weight. Pres the cheese overnight under refrigeration to expel any excess whey.
  7. Unmold the cheese and use within the next 4-5 days.

While I haven’t yet had a chance to replicate lemon cheese again, it is a recipe I can see myself making for company or for gifts. Kudos to Northlands and NAIT for putting together such a great and value-oriented learning opportunity!

January 15th, 2018

Food Notes for January 15, 2018

  • A reminder that Chinatown Dining Week kicks off January 20 and runs until January 28, 2018. 5 restaurants are offering 2-course menus for just $15.
  • Prairie Noodle Shop is hosting a Taste Alberta dinner on January 21, 2018 featuring local ingredients. Tickets are $70 plus tax.
  • The first Dining with Friends event of the year, organized by the Friends of the Royal Alberta Museum Society, will be taking place at Wheat Garden Bazaar on January 25, 2018. Limited tickets are available for $37.
  • Those interested to learn about how to grow our own microgreens and sprouts may want to consider attending a workshop by Wild Green Garden Consulting on January 25, 2018. Tickets are $35.
  • Tickets are already available for Ice on Whyte’s 4th annual Whiskey Stew Off on February 4, 2018 – taste 4 versions and vote for your favourite at El Cortez. Tickets are $8.
  • Always great to see when farmers’ market vendors expand to brick and mortar locations – congratulations to Golomein on their grand opening at 2976 Ellwood Drive SW today.
  • Let’s Grill Sushi and Izakaya is now open downtown at 10709 Jasper Avenue.
  • Splash Poke is expanding to the south side, with a second location in the works on Calgary Trail near Whitemud Drive.
  • Graham enjoyed his savoury dishes at Pip, but was disappointed with dessert.
  • Vue Weekly had a positive experience at An Chay.
  • Linda puts the spotlight on a delightful family-run eatery called El Fogon (I also love their arepas!).
  • Twyla was happy with her visit to London Local.
  • The Journal was hoping the food would match the excellent decor of Holy Roller.
  • Jonny checked out Hanjan for dessert.
  • Linda partnered with The Rec Room to promote their Make My Donut contest – contribute your doughnut creation for your treat’s chance to be featured at one of their two locations.
  • It’s a little early to plan for summer, but I couldn’t resist linking to these too-cute t-shirts available at Tix on the Square featuring Edmonton’s unofficial culinary mascot – green onion cakes.
  • NAIT has announced that Chef Rod Butters of Kelowna will be the 10th Hokanson Chef in Residence, and will be sharing his expertise with culinary program students in March.
  • This week’s Monacle’s Menu podcast mentions Edmonton’s online edible food map.
  • Culinare Magazine offers up 8 food and drink trends for 2018.
  • It looks like a new restaurant will be trying their hand at turning over a space that has proven difficult – look for Drunken Ox/Sober Cat to open some time at the corner of 104 Street and 102 Avenue.

Drunken Ox / Sober Cat Coming Soon

Drunken Ox/Sober Cat

  • District Cafe debuted a new dinner menu in December featuring sourdough-based pizzas. I met up with Su last week to try one, and can report back that it was delicious! The sausage pizza wasn’t my first choice (they were out of pepperoni and mushroom), but after tasting it, it might just become my favourite – I loved the crumbled Salz bratwurst on top of the chewy, tangy crust.

District Cafe

Sausage pizza at District

  • It’s been some time since I’ve been to Cafe Amore, so I couldn’t think of a better place to have my last work lunch of the year.

Cafe Amore

My usual order of truffle chicken pasta at Cafe Amore

  • The Vatican City burger from Burger’s Priest is our go-to when we’re looking for something gluttonous (they use two grilled cheese sandwiches in place of a usual burger bun). It always hits the spot.

Burger's Priest

Vatican City from Burger’s Priest

    January 12th, 2018

    Introducing Chinatown Dining Week: January 20-28, 2018

    Back in the summer, I was a part of a group of volunteers who piloted a series of free walking tours in Edmonton’s Chinatown. The tours covered the history of why the city has two Chinatowns, and included visits inside cultural institutions and retail businesses.

    Edmonton Chinatown Tour

    At the Harbin Gate

    We didn’t expect the overwhelming response we received, averaging about 40 participants each tour. It was interesting to see so many Edmontonians join us who shared that they frequently passed through Chinatown, but wanted to learn more so they would have a reason to stay and explore the neighbourhood.

    Edmonton Chinatown Tour

    Overlooking Chinatown South

    For some of the attendees, the highlights were the culinary stops: we had a peek behind the scenes of Ying Fat, which specializes in soy products; a taste of sweet treats at Ruby Bakery; and an introduction to grocer Kim Fat. Food can be such a great gateway into new cultures or places, and this was definitely the case with our tours. Many people asked us for restaurant recommendations afterwards so they could make the most of their time in Chinatown.

    Edmonton Chinatown Tour

    Inside Kim Fat with owner Phong Luu

    While we chose to put the tours on hiatus over the fall and winter months, we did want to continue the momentum somehow, and provide people with the opportunity to satisfy their curiosity about Chinatown. And so, Chinatown Dining Week was born.

    Downtown Dining Week has been a staple in Edmonton for more than a decade, offering set price deals to entice diners to try new restaurants. We thought a similar model could be replicated in another central neighbourhood with even more diverse culinary gems to discover.

    Viphalay

    Green curry at Viphalay – one of the featured Chinatown Dining Week dishes

    We’ve partnered with 5 Chinatown restaurants who will be offering $15 two-course dinner menus from January 20-28, 2018: Asian Express Hot Pot, Cua Hua Gui Lin Noodle House, King Noodle House Pho Hoang, Taipan Cafe Restaurant, and Viphalay Laos and Thai Restaurant. Take a look at the menus and consider trying a new restaurant, or revisiting an old favourite.

    King Noodle House

    Pho at King Noodle House – another of the featured dishes

    There’s a lot to discover in Chinatown, and we hope that this event will encourage more Edmontonians to learn more about an often underappreciated area of the city.

    January 8th, 2018

    Food Notes for January 8, 2018

    I can’t believe it’s already a week into the New Year! I was able to have a nice (albeit short) break over the holidays – I hope you were able to have the same rejuvenating time away! Lots to catch up on though:

    Love Pizza

    Mac & cheeza from Love Pizza

    • Over the weekend, we finally had the chance to check out some new places in Old Strathcona, including Pip, the third restaurant from the folks behind The Next Act and Meat. It’s a cute spot, with a simple but well-executed menu. Mack enjoyed their traditional eggs benedict, while their classic grilled cheese and tomato soup hit the spot for me.

    Pip

    Traditional eggs benedict from Pip

    Pip

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup from Pip

    • We also headed to Ohana Donuterie, which opened in December. Although there are now several bakeries specializing in doughnuts, Ohana stands out with their made-to-order treats. We can attest that the cinnamon sugar and vanilla custard was delicious!

    Ohana Donuterie

    Ohana Donuts!

    January 7th, 2018

    Exploring Our Backyard: 29th Annual Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-Off and Fair

    Back in October (apologies for the tardiness of this post!), Mack and I checked off another item off of our local bucket list – to take in the Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Fair in Smoky Lake, Alberta.

    The 29th iteration took place the first weekend in October, meaning the event will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018. We learned that this event is part of the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth, linking it to standards and regulations observed by squash-growing enthusiasts worldwide.

    Located about 1.5 hours northeast of Edmonton, it was clear this festival is a major tourist attraction for the community, with most businesses using it as an opportunity to showcase their products.

    The event was spread out over a large enough area that it was serviced by a free yellow bus shuttle that ran between several buildings near Main Street. In addition to arts and craft vendors, it was nice to see some familiar faces at the farmers’ market set up, such as Winding Road Cheese, Birds and Bees Winery, and Serben Farms. We limited our purchases that day to pumpkin-related items, including pumpkin pie and pumpkin cinnamon buns from Mundare Bakery.

    Smoky Lake Weigh-Off

    Farmers’ Market

    Outside, it was also nice to see lots of families taking in the amusement rides and games – I love how charming smaller-scale midways can be!

    Smoky Lake

    Midway

    The main attraction, of course, is the weigh-off of the pumpkins. It takes place in the main hall of the agricultural complex, with all the pomp and circumstance you’d imagine – the competitors are forklifted onto the stage one by one, and hoisted onto a massive scale for their moment of truth. Hosted by a boisterous and engaging MC, it was definitely an entertaining show.

    Great White North Pumpkin Fair

    Pumpkin weigh-off

    We watched as the 2016 champion from Lloydminster, Don Crews, was again crowned the victor with a festival record-busting pumpkin weighing 1652 pounds.

    Great White North Pumpkin Fair

    Victory for Don Crews!

    Afterwards, festival attendees were invited to get up close and personal with the different contest entrants including the longest gourd – we couldn’t resist taking a pumpkin selfie!

    Great White North Pumpkin Fair

    One of the smaller competitors

    Smoky Lake Weigh-Off

    Pumpkin selfie!

    We also enjoyed some of the food available at the festival – the Ukrainian concession was served up some very satisfying perogies, kubasa, and cabbage rolls.

    Smoky Lake Weigh-Off

    Ukrainian lunch

    In town, we also stopped for a meal at Betsy’s Burger Shack. There was nothing special about the meal, but it was nice to say we’ve now eaten at a local institution.

    On our way home, we detoured through Andrew so we could add the “world’s largest mallard” to the list of Alberta oddities that we’ve visited this year.

    Visiting the Mallard in Andrew

    With the world’s largest mallard

    If you’re hoping to take in the pumpkin weigh-off next year, mark your calendar for October 6, 2018!

    January 6th, 2018

    Culinary Highlights: 2017 Edition

    At the very least, compiling a list of some of my favourite food moments over the past year reminds me of how grateful I am to live where we do! It’s also a good opportunity to reflect on our travels, and how fortunate we were to be able to explore a bit more of our country.

    Here are some of my favourite food-related memories from 2017:

    Our favourite new restaurant was Otto. Mack and I love their approachable menu, simple but well-made food, friendly service, and accessible location (just one bus from work or home).

    Otto

    I love the Otto dog and fries

    Zwick’s Pretzels was another new favourite – there’s nothing better than a fresh, savoury pretzel warm out of the oven.

    Zwick's Pretzels

    Trio of pretzels

    We also had a fabulous meal at the chef’s table at Baijiu with Amanda and Jason in the fall.

    Baijiu

    Braised pork bao from Baijiu

    My office moved to Alberta Avenue in the spring, so it was great timing that Eats on 118 continued this year. I had a blast at each of the food tours, but I had a soft spot for the bowling edition, where I was introduced to the wonderful Plaza Bowl.

    Eats on 118

    Plaza Bowl

    Mack and I had a great time exploring more of our backyard last year as well, with trips to Lake Louise, Lacombe, East of Edmonton, Calgary, and Smoky Lake.

    Eagle Creek Farms

    Selfie at the Bowden Sun Maze

    Continuing with the theme of visiting farms, a highlight was a tour of the Sunworks Farm, one of the producers we purchase from regularly.

    Sunworks Farm Tour

    Chickens at Sunworks Farm

    Similarly, it was an special experience to be able to visit Doef’s Greenhouses as a part of this year’s Grand Taste Tour.

    Doef's Greenhouses

    Doef’s Greenhouses

    Alongside a small team of volunteers, I enjoyed introducing many Edmontonians to Chinatown (and some of its culinary gems) through a series of walking tours. I’m happy this will continue into 2018 with Chinatown Dining Week.

    Edmonton Chinatown Tour

    Edmonton Chinatown walking tours

    We did some travelling as well, with visits to Montreal, Toronto, Seattle, and Vancouver Island.

    Schwartz's

    Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwich was the best thing we ate in Montreal

    Maison Christian Faure

    Although I wish I had gone back for a second croissant from Maison Christian Faure

    Wild Mountain

    We did not expect to find a restaurant like Wild Mountain in Sooke on Vancouver Island

    Red Fish, Blue Fish

    The tacones at Red Fish, Blue Fish in Victoria lived up to my expectations

    There is a lot to look forward to in 2018, so we’ll see what makes the cut next year!

    January 4th, 2018

    Epicureous in Edmonton: 2017 Year in Review

    It was without a doubt a banner year for bakeries in the Edmonton area, with no less than ten shops opening up in the last twelve months. It’s been particularly great to see the range of businesses, including French-style patisseries (Macarons & Goodies, Chocorrant, Fan Fan Patisserie, Arno’s Fine French Pastry), fancy cakes and treats (Sugared and Spiced, Art of Cake expansion), and gourmet doughnuts (Doughnut Party, Destination Doughnuts, Frickin’ Delights Donuts in Devon, Ohana Donuterie). Speaking as someone who currently has quite the sweet tooth, it’s been wonderful sampling my way through different desserts and finding any excuse to pick up something new to try.

    Sugared & Spiced

    Here are a few other items that were notable to me in 2017:

    • It was a bit of a Jekyll-Hyde year for Ice District. After Rogers Place opened in the fall of 2016, it was assumed that it would be a boon for businesses within walking distance of the arena. While that proved to be the case for certain enterprises (Baijiu, Bundok, and Bottega 104 to name a few), it didn’t prevent some fairly high-profile closures in 2017, including Alta, Vivo’s Downtown location, and Transcend’s Mercer Warehouse branch.
    • Edmontonians seem to have a growing taste for charcuterie and well-made sausage, with Fuge Fine Meats blossoming alongside the opening of two fine meat boutiques in Meuwly’s and Porc Sale.
    • Korean cuisine (including the very popular Korean Fried Chicken) continued to stake its claim in the city, with restaurants including Miga, Yummy Chicken, Hanjan, Pelicana, Hansik, and Dookbaeki opening.
    • Similarly, when it rains, it poured for bingsu, also known as Korean shaved ice. Edmonton went from zero bingsu purveyors to at least four in Snowy Dessert, Snowy Village, Let Eat Snow, and Snow Bear, in addition to other cafes who’ve since added it to their menus.
    • On a smaller scale, the city was also introduced to the world of poke, with Splash Poke and Ono Poke opening up within two weeks of each other Downtown.
    • Those seeking vegan and vegetarian options were able to broaden their choices to include vegan pizzeria Die Pie, Vietnamese restaurant An Chay, quick-serve cafe Good Stock, and The Moth, sister restaurant to Old Strathcona mainstay Cafe Mosaics.
    • Many local restaurants were able to grow their presence with additional locations or concepts, offering diners more unique alternatives. Among them: Monument (Block 1912), Pip (Next Act, Meat), Holy Roller (El Cortez, Have Mercy), Grandin Fish & Chips (The Common), Ong Hanoi Style Fried Chicken (Jack’s Burger Shack, Cerdo Tacos), Salz (Elm Cafe, District, Little Brick), Amore Pasta and Bottega 104 (Cafe Amore, Black Pearl), Wishbone (Three Boars), Mercato Foods (Italian Bakery), Pampa, Farrow, Credo, and Remedy Cafe.
    • I’m always heartened when food truck operators or market stalls are able to transition into brick and mortar storefronts, and this trend continued over the last year. The list included some of the bakeries mentioned above, but also Casa 12 Doce’s La Patrona, Little Village’s take-out spot, and Calle Mexico’s restaurant on 107 Avenue.
    • Food tourism initiatives were another highlight this year: Edmonton Food Tours introduced tours focused on the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market and Downtown eateries, Urban Pedal Tours offered a unique spin on social drinking, and Edmonton Brewery Tours shed light on the history of brewing in our city.
    • It was interesting that despite the splash made by Cafe Linnea’s foray into no-tipping in 2016 (and their subsequent end to that concept in 2017) there haven’t really been many more examples of gratuity-included restaurants in Edmonton (Grain of Rice and Alder Room notwithstanding).
    • The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission made a few welcome shifts, including their changes to licensed patios, and allowance of beer and spirits to be sampled and sold at farmers’ markets.

    You can check out previous year in reviews here.

    December 18th, 2017

    Food Notes for December 18, 2017

    It’s hard to believe Christmas is a week away – where has the time gone? I’m looking forward to some down time with friends and family, and of course, to the food! A heads up that I won’t be posting Food Notes next week. If you’re celebrating the holidays, all the best of the season to and yours!

    • Butcher Jeff Senger of Sangudo Meats is leading hands-on workshops on pork butchery and charcuterie on December 30, 2017. Tickets run $135-$295.
    • Deep Freeze, which runs January 13-14, 2018 on Alberta Avenue, is bringing back their tourtiere baking contest – they’re looking for entrants for your chance to win gift cards from Chapters (and the title, of course).
    • La Carraria, Edmonton’s newest gelato shop, is now open at 10067 109 Street.
    • The Rooster Cafe (which replaced Artisan Resto-Cafe at 10732 82 Avenue) is in its soft opening phase.
    • Congrats to Credo who opened their third location in the Kelly-Ramsay Building last week! Check them out at 10062 101A Street.
    • Did you know Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is coming to Edmonton? They’re opening at West Edmonton Mall in March 2018.
    • Some time in 2018, the cafe in Holt Renfrew will re-open as Colette Grand Cafe. I’ve been to the original in Toronto, and I think it’s safe to say it’ll fit in well with its surroundings.
    • On December 22, 2017, Urban Tavern is launching what they’re calling “Canada’s largest beer wall”, featuring self-serve taps (the same system found at Barney’s in Leduc).
    • The Butternut Tree will begin offering brunch on January 14, 2018.
    • The Yards annual “Best in the Core” features some suggestions on some secret food gems and where you can spice things up in Downtown and Oliver.
    • The Journal had a positive take on brunch at Vintage Fork, the new restaurant inside the historic Rutherford House.
    • YEG Cravings reviews the treats at Destination Doughnuts.
    • Vue Weely is the latest to check out YEG Burger.
    • Graham enjoyed the food at Loft Thai Eatery on the south side.
    • Crystal stumbled upon Mai Vietnamese Fusion located on BRBN Street in West Edmonton Mall.
    • Also from Crystal – she had a mixed experience at Little India Cuisine.
    • Taproot’s latest feature is all about food waste in Edmonton.
    • Jason Foster responds to the notion that Canada is reaching “peak craft beer”.
    • It’s been a while since my last visit to Viphalay, but their pad thai was just as good as I remembered! They’re one of the restaurants that will be participating in our inaugural Chinatown Dining Week (more details to come!).

    Viphalay

    Pad Thai from Viphalay

    • On Friday, Mack and I commemorated the ten year anniversary of a fateful trip to New York. One of the first places we tried in Manhattan was the tourist-oriented Burger Joint, a quick-serve eatery tucked behind a curtain at Le Parker Meridien. So although a flight back to New York would have been better, the next best thing was to a trek to our similarly named but unrelated establishment in Edmonton. We appreciate their consistency, and the tarter dipping sauce that accompanies their fries helps them stand out.

    The Burger Joint

    Our meal at The Burger Joint

    • While the City Market is still our go-to farmers’ market, we switch it up a bit in the winter months with occasional trips to the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. It’s a bit dangerous though, as we can combine those visits with the excuse to pick up something sweet from one of the many bakeries that have opened up in that neighbourhood in the last year. This weekend, it was a jaunt to Ace Coffee Roasters, where we were won over by their delicious brown butter donuts.

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    Tempting display case at Ace Coffee Roasters

    • Mack and I headed to King Noodle House to properly fuel up before an afternoon of Christmas shopping on Sunday.

    King Noodle House

    Bun bo Hue from King Noodle House

    December 11th, 2017

    Food Notes for December 11, 2017

    El Fogon

    Beef and gouda arepa from El Fogon

    • The weather has been amazing so far this month – who knew it’d be warm enough to still be considered food truck weather! Mack and I happily shared some empanadas from Casa 12 Doce at the Holiday Bazaar this weekend.

    Casa 12 Doce

    Pork and potato empanadas

    • We don’t make it out to RGE RD as often as we’d like, but every time we do, we have a great experience. This weekend was no different – the food and service was stellar. Of note was the questionable bits we enjoyed: beef tongue pastrami.

    RGE RD

    Beef tongue pastrami from RGE RD

    December 4th, 2017

    Food Notes for December 4, 2017

    • Crash Hotel is hosting Beats n Brunch, a hip hop-themed brunch on December 10, 2017. The $20 ticket includes one brunch item and a cocktail.
    • There are lots of festive meal choices available at this time of year, including the Dickens Brunch at the Royal Glenora Club on December 10 & 17, with holiday carolers to help set the mood. The events are open to the public; adult tickets are $39.95.
    • The newest donut-focused bakery Destination Doughnuts is now open at 10548 124 Street.
    • Brown Butter Cafe, located at 1528 91 Street SW, is in its soft opening phase.
    • New Asian Village has added a new restaurant to their roster – Hyderabad Kabab & Biryani House is now open at Mill Woods Town Centre.
    • Dogwood Cafe, Culina’s takeover of the restaurant at the Victoria Golf Course, has returned for the winter. They’re open for supper Wednesdays to Saturdays and for brunch on weekends.
    • Blakbar Tavern, billing itself as “Edmonton’s newest alternative rock resto/bar” is now open at 10762 82 Avenue.
    • I hadn’t heard of Mezos Roastery, a local business specializing in dry roasting nuts and seeds.
    • ‘Tis the season for giveaways, but Linda has some amazing gifts that will span 24 days – check them out!
    • Nook Cafe allows people to pay it forward by buying a button someone in need can cash in for a coffee and a day-old pastry.
    • Ms. Hangry Foodie and YEGCravings both tried the phorrito (a pho burrito) at new Vietnamese restaurant Miss Saigon. It sounds gimmicky to me but there’s something for everyone!
    • Graham enjoyed the breadth of offerings at Holy Roller.
    • Phil reviews a trio of quick-serve pizza joints.
    • Crystal enjoyed the happy hour specials offered at Bar 94.
    • Vue Weekly paid Cafe Linnea a visit.
    • Congratulations to Karen Anderson, one of the authors of the forthcoming book, Food Artisans of Alberta. It’s now available for pre-order, and will be released in May 2018.
    • Eat Alberta announced their conference date for next year – April 29, 2018. Tickets are now available for pre-sale.
    • Global featured Camola Bakery, which features sustainable cricket “flour” in their products
    • If you’re interested in gardening in a vacant city lot, you’re encouraged to attend a workshop on December 6, 2017 to learn more about a pilot next year that will involve 150 empty lots.
    • I really should have made it a point to get to Pho Tau Bay earlier in the cycle of my cold last week – there’s really something about their broth.

    Pho Tau Bay

    My usual

    • Mack and I made it to Salz on Friday for some comfort food. I really liked my brat in a bun, alongside some cheesy spätzle and caraway slaw.

    Salz

    Mack with his brat on a plate

    • A shopping excursion on 124 Street wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Zwick’s Pretzels, where we found ourselves on the weekend.

    Zwick's Pretzels

    A duo of pretzels from Zwick’s