Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Food Notes for August 16, 2011

I guess Fringing all day on Sunday took more out of me than I thought – I had to go to bed early last night just to recover (so, no food notes until today). I’m looking forward to spending most of this week on the grounds though – there’s just so many more plays to see! On to this week’s food notes:

  • I have yet to write about the fabulous Old Strathcona Red Shoe Crawl that Mack and I enjoyed last week, but if you missed it, Yelp is organizing something along the same lines – a crawl of East Whyte Ave. It’s on from August 14 to 21, 2011, and includes deals such as 2-for-1 cupcakes at Flirt!
  • If the Fringe isn’t your thing, the annual East Meets West Festival starts this weekend, starting August 20 and running until August 28. The festival just seems to get bigger every year – check out the schedule of events here.
  • Kerstin’s Chocolates will be selling their Vahlrona ice cream at the City Market on August 20, 27 and September 3.
  • I might be in denial that summer is rapidly coming to a close, but it does mean that harvest season is just around the corner: the Prairie Bistro will be celebrating fall with a harvest dinner on September 1, 2011.
  • Rumour alert: Remedy Cafe is said to be opening another location in the downtown space currently held by Health Fare (10279 Jasper Avenue).
  • Look for popular Ethiopian restaurant Langano Skies to re-open at the end of the month.
  • Transcend’s new food menu is now in full swing! Check out their new food and liquor menus (the food is available at all three locations, while the alcohol is only available at the downtown and Garneau locations). Chris also wrote about the food here.
  • Battista’s Calzones also debuted two new additions to their menu: a savoury pesto calzone, and a nutella dessert calzone!
  • An enterprising young Edmontonian is looking at jumping into the local food truck scene – follow along on this blog. Good luck!
  • Slow Food Edmonton held its first ever “canning bee” on Sunday – it looked like a lot of fun! Read all about it on Valerie’s blog.
  • It was great to see wood-fired ovens featured in the Journal (and even better to read what Colleen, Vince and Kevin had to say)!
  • I had no idea there was a locally-made series called The People That Touch Your Food until I read about it in Vue. It was filmed at Upper Crust and chronicles the “adventures of a dysfunctional restaurant staff.”
  • I was excited to see that the Taste of Trucks event in Calgary, put on by YYCFoodTrucks was a huge success. I think we can learn from our neighbours, but I also think there is some great momentum in our province that we can build on in Edmonton.
  • There was a huge outpouring of support on the blogosphere for a mother of two who just lost her husband. How? Food bloggers all across North America responded to her call to make Mikey’s favourite chocolate peanut butter pie to share with a loved one.
  • Whyte is getting some new additions: one chain, and one local chain.


A DQ/Orange Julius will be opening up in the vacant Death by Chocolate space (8137 104 Street)


Famoso will be opening up in the Le Chateau space at 10421 82 Avenue (and also adding a West Edmonton Mall location to boot)

  • Marilyn had Mack and I over for dinner last week (she now has a blog too; check it out!). We had cake for dessert…well, sort of. She made a delicious cauliflower parmesan cake, and green beans with bacon. I brought a blueberry buckle – it was similar to a coffee cake, but I could have done with half the amount of sweet crumble. Still, we loved the cake itself, and I would make it again. Thanks, Marilyn, for the invitation!

Blueberry Buckle

Blueberry Buckle