Food Notes for May 4, 2009

  • My profile of Flirt Cupcakes was published in Vue this week! Also on the cupcake front – Chris left a comment that Fuss Cupcakes on Whyte will be opening up on May 6 (their website isn’t yet live, however).
  • Chris over at Eating is the Hardest Part wrote about a fairly new Tex-Mex joint called Burrito Libre.
  • I’m sorry to have missed the fourth annual Northern Food Night, a Slow Food Edmonton event, that took place last weekend, but there’s a photo-filled recap that captures just some of the bounty available in Canada’s northern regions.
  • It’s finally looking like spring, and the gardens are blooming – Courtney and Brooke wrote about their respective outdoor projects, as did Kevin Kossowan. I hope they all post pictures once everything has sprouted!
  • I like the direction of Starbucks’ new advertising campaign, with lines such as: “Beware of cheaper coffee. It comes with a price.”
  • Andree at Are You Gonna Eat That posted a link to something titled “The Food Blog Code of Ethics” – a set of standards drafted by two bloggers who are also trained journalists. I’m still mulling over the idea of guidelines beyond one’s personal ethics, but I agree with Andree’s point about the lack of transparency provided by mainstream reviewers – I think any review – whether it be in a paper or a blog – should be read as just one opinion, and nothing more.
  • A few friends and I tried to get a table at Cactus Club on Friday at 6:30. The wait? 1.5 hours. We trudged to Bourbon Street and found it virtually empty, sure that Cactus had diverted the usual brisk weekend business. Our group ended up at Earls, where Court’s post led me to order the grilled chicken and baked brie ciabatta ($13). I liked the sweet fig jam, crunchy apples, and generous slices of cheese, but the chicken was a little on the salty side.


Grilled Chicken and Baked Brie Ciabatta

  • Mack and I finally booked our trip to Washington, D.C.! I’m in the middle of trip planning, so if you have any suggestions for places to see and eat, please share. So far, Bruce has advised that we check out Georgetown Cupcake.

6 thoughts on “Food Notes for May 4, 2009

  1. I’ve pretty much given up on Earls because of the heavy hand with salt. It’s not just one location either. I’ve been to three locations over the past year and a half and it seems to be the same. It’s a shame a ploy to sell more beverages is more important than preparing quality food.

  2. Oh you’ll see pictures of the fruits of our labours. I predict that by summers end people will be like “enough! I get it, you grew food!”

  3. I never it made it down to Washington, but Anthony Bourdain did this year and it’s a great episode.

    Ben’s Chili Bowl
    A true monument to D.C. — Ben’s Chili Bowl has withstood the test of time, hardship, and gentrification to remain a staple of the D.C. scene gastronomically and socially.
    Address: 1213 U Street, NW,

    This sounds like an amazing place to be, just for the history behind it.

    Abay Market
    Ethiopian food has long been a part of the D.C. culinary scene, but Tony’s search for the most authentic takes him out of the District, and into Virginia.

    Why not compare your recent experience at Habesha with the Abay Market.

    Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
    A combination of traditional Mexican flavors with a modern twist, José Andrés’ newest restaurant in D.C. is the perfect place to sample some mescal.
    Address: 401 7th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

    Need I say more, a cheap way to experience the greatness that José Andrés’ puts out.

  4. Thanks for the recommendations, Chris! I had noted down Ben’s Chili Bowl (Guy Fieri visited it in an episode of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), but I hadn’t read about the others yet.

  5. Too bad the line-up was that long for WEM’s Cactus Club Cafe.

    I went predisposed to not liking it. Lumping it in with its predictable competition like Earl’s, Moxies, Montana’s, etc.

    However, I was pleasantly surprised and have become a regular. Their sablefish in dashi broth and halibut in thai curry sauce are both better than what I would have expected. Both could use more veggies that the asparagus spears but I now order a side salad to accompany them.

    The barbequed duck, chicken and bacon club sandwich with fruit-nut bread is quite good as well.

    Nice addition, too bad it’s in “da mall” but at least I can drive by and if the parking lot looks “week-end like crazy” keep going.

  6. Richard Jaffray indicated in his interview with the Journal to expect three more Cactus Club locations by 2010, so by next year you’ll have more options than just the one in WEM.

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