April 16th, 2018

Food Notes for April 16, 2018

Ace Coffee

Ace Coffee Roasters

April 9th, 2018

Food Notes for April 9, 2018

  • Sorrentino’s annual Garlic Fest runs April 9 – May 11, 2018.
  • The Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association is hosting a Taste of Stony Plain Road on May 4, 2018, with 12 businesses participating. Admission is $9, with food and beverage samples costing an additional $1-3 each.
  • Sweet Jesus, the Toronto-based soft serve ice cream company, is now open in Southgate Centre.
  • Little HK, the speakeasy with an entrance through Baijiu, is now open (though only on Fridays and Saturdays).
  • New bakery alert – Jun’s Bakery is now open at 1803 91 Street SW.
  • Baekjeong, a Korean BBQ house, has opened up at 2874 Calgary Trail (the same location as Dookbaeki).
  • Pom Grand, a Persian fast casual restaurant, has taken over the storefront at 10812 82 Avenue.
  • The food court at Edmonton City Centre has welcomed Konz, who serves up pizza in a cone.
  • Another restaurant has been confirmed for the former Sobeys space on Jasper Avenue and 104 Street – Japanese barbecue chain Gyu Kaku BBQ.
  • Splash Poke is opening up their third location this summer in West Edmonton Mall.
  • The big news this week was the City’s decision to award the concession contracts at their golf courses (including Victoria) to a multinational instead of renewing the contract with Dogwood Cafe. Liane wrote a great editorial summarizing why this was a poor decision.
  • After crowning a winner in their Burger Challenge last year, Avenue Edmonton has moved onto another popular category of pizzas.
  • Ms. Hangry Foodie checked out several establishments recently – the newly-opened Hanaichi on Whyte Avenue, gelateria La Carraria downtown, and Lebanese restaurant Sahara Palace in Castledowns.
  • The Journal reviewed Tokiwa Ramen.
  • Leduc sampled a variety of dishes at Hanjan.
  • Graham has nothing but positive things to say about Buco.
  • Phil is recommending the cookies from Ritchie bakery Food in the Nud.
  • Vue Weekly has the story behind how Quebec-based vegan chain Copper Branch ended up in Edmonton.
  • Vue also has a profile on Chef Scott Downey of The Butternut Tree.
  • Eat North has a round-up of  6 businesses that moved from market to brick and mortar.
  • The Downtown Edmonton Community League is finally accepting applications for the community garden located in Alex Decoteau Park – the deadline is April 27, 2018.
  • This is a neat idea – a mobile produce market on a bus.
  • I headed to Taipan Cafe for a quick meeting tonight about the return of Chinatown Walking Tours this summer. I’ll share more information about dates and times when the details are available!

Taipan Cafe

Shrimp wonton noodles in soup

April 2nd, 2018

Food Notes for April 2, 2018

Colombia Mountain Coffee

Colombia Mountain Coffee

  • It’s been some time since I’ve been to Meat for brunch, but they never disappoint! I love the beef brisket benny.


Beef brisket benny from Meat

March 26th, 2018

Food Notes for March 26, 2018

March 19th, 2018

Food Notes for March 19, 2018

  • The next Green Drinks on April 4, 2018, organized by The Local Good, is all about local food. Advance tickets are just $10.
  • The Edmonton International BeerFest is back April 13-14, 2018 at the Shaw Conference Centre.
  • Mark your calendar – the annual Culinary Arts Cook Off is scheduled for April 14, 2018. They just released their line-up of chefs.
  • The family behind Lan’s Asian Grill decided to sell their business. I wish them the best in their new endeavours!
  • Smokehouse BBQ will be relocating to 161 Street & 109 Avenue this spring.
  • Vegetarian restaurant Copper Branch is opening up a location at 10310 Jasper Avenue.
  • Plant-based butcher YamChops is coming to Edmonton.
  • Vue Weekly is the latest to review Biera.
  • Crystal has a pair of reviews for Soy & Pepper and Nello’s.
  • Sharman recaps the last Swine & Dine supper at the Royal Glenora Club.
  • The Local Good’s Restaurants of YEG series highlights Arcadia this week.
  • Last week, the inaugural Alberta Beer Awards took place in Calgary. Take a look at the winners here, including Blind Enthusiasm, who was named Brewery of the Year.
  • Congratulations to Kevin Kossowan on his James Beard nomination for From the Wild!
  • For our first restaurant foray with Emily, we picked an old favourite: Route 99. We didn’t dawdle, but it was sure nice to have a meal out!

Route 99

Hello, old friend

March 12th, 2018

Food Notes for March 12, 2018


Aarde Kitchen & Bar

March 5th, 2018

Food Notes for March 5, 2018

Love Pizza

I can’t get enough of their mac and cheeza

February 26th, 2018

Food Notes for February 26, 2018

Emily is one month old today! I can’t believe the time has gone by so quickly. I couldn’t get to this post last week, with family in town, Lunar New Year celebrations, and Emily’s baby shower over the long weekend, but as a new parent, I’m learning to not sweat the small stuff! On to a catch-up edition of Food Notes:



  • We held Emily’s “sip and see” (aka her post-natal baby shower) last weekend. My Mum and my sisters did an amazing job organizing the party, and fulfilled my two requests: Zwick’s Pretzels, and a doughnut cake from Farrow (because all I craved during the pregnancy was pastries).

Zwick's and Farrow

Savoury and sweet snacks for Emily’s “sip and see”

  • City Market shoppers will be sad to learn that Ed Horvath of Sunshine Organic passed away earlier this month. Mack and I always enjoyed our weekly visits with Ed and Sherry as we picked up our eggs and poultry.  Condolences to Sherry and the rest of the family.

City Market 2012

Ed and Sherry Horvath

February 12th, 2018

Food Notes for February 12, 2018

    I’m slowly finding my new rhythm at home with Emily – it’s definitely an ever-changing adventure! On to this week’s food notes:


    Grick Middle and something sweet from Farrow

      February 5th, 2018

      Food Notes for February 5, 2018

      It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for Mack and I this last week, as we welcomed our first child, daughter Emily Fengcai Male, into the world on January 26, 2018! As expected, it’s been a bit of an adjustment, but we love being parents! I’ll do my best to keep up with Food Notes as much as possible, but we’ll see how it goes. On to this week’s food notes:

      • La Poutine Week runs nationally from February 1-7, 2018, and Edmonton has 7 participating restaurants offering their take on the popular dish.
      • The Silver Skate Festival will be offering a new food and beverage event this year called Spirits on Ice. Taking place on February 9-10, 2018, it will be an opportunity to sample items from businesses including Blind Enthusiasm, Urban Tavern, Rig Hand Distillery, and Pasta Pantry. Admission is free, but food and drink tickets are priced at 10 for $10.
      • A reminder that the Taste Alberta #ABFoodFight Culinary Combat, in support of the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, is taking place on February 12, 2018. Linda is giving away a pair of tickets – enter prior to February 8, 2018.
      • Avenue Edmonton will be hosting their launch of their annual food issue on March 5, 2018 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Tickets are $50.
      • A high-end pop-up dining series starts March 6, 2018 called The Nomad Cook. Tickets for the four celebrity chef dinners runs $1200 – it’ll be interesting to see what type of uptake they receive.
      • NAIT is giving away 4 pairs of tickets to the March 15, 2018 lunch prepared by this year’s Chef in Residence Rod Butters. Enter prior to March 6, 2018.
      • The latest restaurant to fill the revolving door location of 8 Mission Avenue in St. Albert is Riverbank Bistro.
      • Travellers at the Edmonton International Airport looking for a local food option will be happy to see that Delux Burger Bar will be joining the fray in a couple of months, just off gate 56.
      • Chef Cory Rakowski will be opening Kitchener’s Taphouse & Grill in Old Strathcona.
      • Chef Shelley Robinson, who helped open the restaurants in the Grand Villa Casino, has left Edmonton for Banff.
      • The Alder Room was vandalized on Friday – I hope they get back on their feet soon enough.
      • Cafe Linnea is changing up their high tea this month – they’re moving from a weekly to a monthly themed service.
      • Inferno Coffee is a new roaster in Edmonton. Started by a firefighter, Inferno is also raising money and awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder, with 5% of proceeds going to a PTSD charity. They offer free delivery in Edmonton.
      • Vue Weekly profiles the family behind Destination Doughnuts.
      • Ms. Hangry Foodie reviewed Ohana Donuterie.
      • Vue Weekly has a pair of reviews for The Moth Cafe and Gui Lin Noodle House.
      • Sharon tried the baked goods and more substantial breakfast and lunch offerings at one of the newest cafes in south Edmonton, Brown Butter Cafe.
      • Twyla loved the food at Chix Shack.
      • I’m a big fan of the arepas at El Fogon so I’m happy that they’re getting more coverage – this time from Graham at the Sun.
      • YEGCravings had a great experience at Let Eat Snow, and enjoyed a variety of dishes at T & D Vietnamese Noodle House.
      • The Globe Diary’s latest brunch-venture took her to Pip, and she planned a date night at Woodwork.
      • Awesome to see this glowing review of Zwick’s Pretzels, a definite gem in the local food scene, in the Globe & Mail.
      • Graham reviews the pair of hot dog purveyors, Mayday Dogs and Montreal Hot Dogs, that opened in Ice District late last year.
      • Sharman recaps what you missed at the last Taste Alberta Dinner, held at Prairie Noodle Shop.
      • Jennifer Crosby (in for Ryan Jespersen) hosted a Restaurant Panel on January 29 with representatives from Duchess and Cafe Linnea, The Marc, and 1st Rnd sharing their perspectives on how the changes to Employment Standards have impacted their businesses.
      • The latest That’s So Maven podcast features Lynsae and Marnie, the mother and daughter duo behind The Nook Cafe.
      • Edmonton’s first kombucha micro brewery has launched a crowdfunding campaign with ATB BoostR. They hope to raise $10,000 to boost brewing capacity and modernize their bottling techniques.
      • It looks like Edmonton has another food delivery service – Nomme entered the increasingly crowded market last week.
      • I love pho, and I love a good cause, so it’s neat to see these two things married in a fundraiser called Phobruary: “Use the month of Phobruary as your excuse to get together with your friends, family, colleagues and clients over hot, delicious soup… and donate to the Food Bank!”
      • With weather like this, it’s nice to look forward to summer – The Local Good’s very popular River Valley Medicinal Plant Walks is returning. The $60 tickets are still available for August 15.
      • Cara Operations (who already owns chains like Swiss Chalet and Milestones), will be purchasing The Keg.
      • I don’t go out for breakfast often, but when I do, I’m reminded of some of the gems in the city. This includes the bacon, cheddar, caramelized onions, eggs & arugula sandwich at Lock Stock Coffee. While it’s delicious with their house-made English muffin, I highly recommend upsizing to their herb and cheddar scone.

      Lock Stock Coffee

      Breakfast sandwich at Lock Stock Coffee