Monday, April 4th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Food Notes for April 4, 2011

I love that it is again warm enough to open up our windows. There is something so comforting about being able to hear the downtown soundscape from our condo. On to this week’s food notes:

  • The Alley Burger comes to Edmonton: Liane posted that Century Hospitality Group will indeed start the back alley tradition here – starting this Friday.
  • Chris reviewed the new restaurant Nomiya last week. Looks like a great place to share food!
  • See Magazine reviewed Bistro India, the newest restaurant serving south Indian cuisine in the city.
  • Cathy paid a visit to the relocated Japanese Village that, in her words, is now “nearer Red Deer.” Heh.
  • Avenue Edmonton interviewed the city’s brisket superstar, Rand Petersen (aka “Bubba” of Bubba’s BBQ and Smoke House) for their April 2011 issue (I will link to it when it goes online). I have to say I’m a bit disappointed that he won’t be moving around much, or at least to a location where it is a tad more transit accessible.
  • Castledowns Farmers’ Market celebrates their grand opening on April 6, from 4-8pm (via Liane).
  • On the heels of Top Chef All Stars (loved who won, by the way), comes the first season of Top Chef Canada, which starts on April 11. To get you through the week – check out Sherene’s  interview with host Thea Andrews.
  • Canned tomatoes and beans are a great weekday shortcut for me, but the more I read about the prevalence of BPA in the plastic liners, the more I think we should be eliminating canned foods from our pantry.
  • The WSJ had an interesting piece about how small businesses are having to be shrewd in order to keep from losing money when offering online coupon deals.
  • I couldn’t help but think of Ellen and Jill when I read about NY’s newest “build your own sushi” joint (can you say Doritos sushi?). Finally, sushi I’d be interested in! Heh.
  • How cute are these retro lunch boxes from Old Navy?

Lunchboxes

I’m a pepper!

  • While on the LRT on the weekend, we spotted an ad for Urban Diner. Loved the idea of stains communicating their range of dishes!

Live Fast, Dine Hard

Urban Diner ad

  • We were happy to see Pat at the City Market on Saturday. She will be at every other City Hall market. She was also happy to announce that Ocean Odyssey also launched their website!

City Market

Pat of Ocean Odyssey Inland

  • After the Taste of Bourbon on Wednesday, Mack and I grabbed a bite at Cactus Club. My original intention was to dine on the butternut squash ravioli, but I was swayed by the idea of Korean lettuce wraps ($14.75), while Mack ordered flatbread with tomatoes, feta and a balsamic glaze ($10.50). The pork and pickled vegetables were lovely, but forming the wraps using the iceberg lettuce leaves weren’t quite as elegant or as easy as I had hoped. Still tasty though!

Taste of Bourbon

Korean lettuce wraps

Taste of Bourbon

Flatbread

  • Mack and I headed to L’Azia for the Edmonton Champions after party on Thursday. My wine on an empty stomach ordered the gyoza (a pricey $6.95) instead of the siu mai. They were all right, but we expected them to be filled to the brim with goods, and not the half-empty pockets that they were. Especially for $1.40 a pop.

L'Azia

Gyoza

  • The GalaGuru that Mack and I attended on Friday at the AGA featured a burger bar (with choice of bison, beef or turkey patties, with an assortment of condiments and cheeses)! We loved the round, stylish chafing dishes.

Burger Bar!

  • Did you know New York Fries is now offering two new poutine varieties? Instead of the traditional gravy, how about a mild butter chicken sauce with your cheese curds? Or, a red wine sauce and angus beef? We tried the former (though the latter reminded us of the upscale poutine we had last year at Madison’s Grill). Though the chicken was a little dry, it actually wasn’t half bad.

Butter Chicken Poutine

Butter chicken poutine