April 23rd, 2018

Food Notes for April 23, 2018

  • I love the idea of watching the Royal Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald over breakfast on May 19, 2018.
  • Five local restaurants are participating in A Taste for Life, where 25% of proceeds from dining on April 25, 2018 will support HIV Edmonton. Reservations must be made in advance.
  • Cinnaholic, offering gourmet, customizable cinnamon buns, will open on May 11, 2018 at 10075 109 Street, and will sell $1 rolls from 10am-2pm that day. Cinnaholic offers vegan customizable cinnamon rolls.
  • You might remember Baijiu Chef Alexei Boldireff’s bread from his food truck days, when he was slinging sandwiches from S’wich. Well, the bread’s back, in the form of banh mi at Baijiu on Fridays starting May 11.
  • Eats on 118 is back this summer! Tickets are already on sale for the two events taking place June 13 and August 29, 2018. I attended all three events last year and had a blast!
  • Rogue Wave Coffee’s new cafe location to open in late May or June will add to an already great scene downtown, at 10190 104 Street.
  • KB and Company will be adding two new locations this year – one on 124 Street and another in Windermere.
  • Vue shares the story behind the Colombian Coffee and Roastery.
  • Graham is the latest to visit Rooster Cafe & Kitchen.
  • YEG Cravings posted reviews for El Fogon and The Butternut Tree.
  • Bundok received a pair of reviews last week from the Journal and Vue Weekly.
  • Also about Bundok – Sharman recaps their recent Swine and Dine dinner.
  • Dawn is running a contest to honour the Sweetest Bakery in Canada. Voting is open from April 2 – July 31, 2018.
  • Eat North is offering awards to “help, encourage and mentor the next generation of Canadian culinary writers”, with a competition open to grade 12 and full-time post-secondary students. Submissions are due May 20, 2018.
  • If you’re planning out your garden, consider the plants raised by Forest City Plants, Dustin Bajer’s experimental nursery.
  • Northlands is accepting applications for their free Princes Beekeeping Project, which teaches 12-18 year olds all about beekeeping, hive-building, and honey production.
  • It looks like Montreal-based chocolate/dessert shop Cacao 70 is opening up a standalone location in Ice District, at the base of the Edmonton Tower (they had an ice cream cart at Kingsway Mall up until earlier this year).

Cacao 70

Cacao 70

  • It was time to introduce Mack to the sourdough crust at District Cafe – the Salz sausage pizza is my favourite.

District Cafe

Pepperoni and mushroom and Salz sausage pizzas at District

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