Monday, June 22nd, 2015 at 11:28 pm

Food Notes for June 22, 2015

June has dwindled so quickly I’m afraid the rest of the summer will go by equally fast. I guess that’s why we should all make the most of it – hope you’re enjoying all Edmonton has to offer! On to this week’s food notes:

  • A unique pop-up, to be sure: SalvagED will combine the talents of Get Cooking Chef Eric Hanson and Mercury Room Chefs to  prepare food using ingredients that would have otherwise been discarded. Check it out at Earth’s General Store downtown on June 26, 2015 from 11am-2pm.
  • Little Italy is hosting a street festival in conjunction with the Women’s World Cup called Kick It Up on June 27, 2015, from 10am-9pm. There will be food, games, and a street dance party!
  • Robert Rogers’ popular river valley medicinal plant walks are taking place in July and August. For $50, learn all of the natural remedies available in our own backyard.
  • 124 Street Grand Market is again partnering with Taste Alberta to produce a series of farm tours that will provide a peek into some of your favourite (or soon-to-be-favourite) local producers. The July 10, 2015 tours will end with a catered lunch prepared by Chef Daniel Costa. Tickets are $90 for adults.
  • New Korean restaurant alert: Daorae (9334 – 34 Avenue).
  • La Mademoiselle Bakery is new to the Oliver neighbourhood, having just opened last week. They took over the space formerly occupied by Fresh Cafe at 10038 116 Street.
  • Cindy paid a visit to Barking Buffalo Café (10842 124 Street), one of Edmonton’s newest cafes, tucked in a space alongside Salgado Fenwick’s latest collections.
  • Liane has more information about the mobile coffee cart, Nomad Espresso, coming to a caffiene-starved place near you.
  • Massimo’s, the restaurant next to the southside Italian Centre, won’t be returning. Instead, the space will be used as a commissary to prepare take-away meals.
  • Can you believe it? Phil’s come to the end of his Pizza Odyssey, concluding with a battle between Rosso and Packrat Louie.
  • Hurrah for Rostizado, the latest local restaurant to be featured on You Gotta Eat Here. Filming will take place in July.
  • I love that Jacek is partnering with other local businesses for their chocolate – with their Credo bar (which in taste reminds me of the Kerstin’s/Transcend Chocophilia), and their beer-infused collection for Father’s Day.
  • Speaking of Alley Kat, congratulations to the homegrown brewery, who just celebrated their twentieth anniversary.
  • Do you think the green onion cake should be considered Edmonton’s official dish? There’s a petition for that.
  • Taste of Edmonton tickets are already on pre-sale – get them for 20% off until July 15, 2015.
  • Who doesn’t love photos of food? Curtis Comeau will be releasing an exhibit called “Off the Menu”, documenting the diversity of Edmonton’s food scene. Check it out at the Shaw Conference Centre from July 15 – August 16, 2015.
  • Feeling stressed? Then reach for fermented or pickled foods – they might make you feel less anxious, according to a recent study.
  • There’s finally something going into the base of the old farmers’ market building on 97 Street.

Cafe Massawa

Massawa Café & Bistro

  • Mack and I took in the China vs. Cameroon game on Saturday. Our late arrival meant we missed the flash downpour, but we also didn’t get to see the lone goal in the game. Still, it was an exciting match to watch alongside fervent fans.

FIFAWWC

Commonwealth Stadium

  • On Sunday afternoon, Mack and I took a leisurely stroll across the river and down through Mill Creek. Along the way, we encountered the “Save the Footbridge” pop-up (why aren’t bridges more often used as musical venues?). We stopped at Wild Earth Bakery, which was a welcome rest stop.

Cloverdale Footbridge

Cloverdale Footbridge

Mill Creek Ravine

Mill Creek Ravine

Wild Earth Bakery

Wild Earth Bakery

  • For Father’s Day, my Dad chose Co Do Hue (12819 140 Avenue), a restaurant that serves up his favourite bun bo Hue in the city. It was a little on the spicy side for me, I have to admit.

Co Do Hue

Bun bo Hue from Co Do Hue