Food Notes for July 6, 2009

  • Capital Ex released the Sip! wine and food experience menu. We went last year – I would recommend sticking around for the CookTop shows to score free samples instead of purchasing tickets – this year, the stage features Brad Smoliak and Restaurant Makeover’s David Adjey.
  • Transcend released its first podcast last week, which sees Poul talk about how he got his start in the coffee business. Also, with mention of their second cafe location in a recent post, I hope they can release details soon!
  • I passed La Piazza Dasee, which is apparently now serving brunch on Sundays from 10am-2pm. As it looked like they didn’t have a full kitchen, I’d be curious to see what types of dishes they serve.
  • The Journal and Liane Faulder on her blog covered the opening of the new T & T in North Town Mall on July 2. There are also unconfirmed rumours floating around that the vacant Wal-Mart space in South Common will become another T & T.
  • Also with regards to Liane – she’s Delux Burger Bar’s second celebrity chef for their “burger of the month” promotion. Her lamb burger will be featured at Delux for the month of August.
  • Vue Weekly had a solid write-up of businesses along 118 Avenue this week, including the Portuguese Bakery.
  • The Journal profiled local company Bles-Wold Dairy this week – their product makes it “from the cow to the store” in three days.
  • The Canadian Farm Writer’s Federation is hosting their national conference in Edmonton this year. There are a few interesting sessions, including farm tours – check out the September schedule here.
  • Food Inc., a movie about industrial food production that has been called a “horror film” in its own right, will land in Edmonton on July 17 at the Garneau Theatre.
  • Alan Richman wrote a great piece in the August issue of Bon Appetit about the duelling forces at work in Vancouver’s food scene.
  • I missed linking to an article that appeared in the NYT two weeks ago about mid-price chains lowering their prices, and the impact that may have on their future ability to raise their prices to pre-recession standards.
  • The Chicago Tribune points to their nine menu pet peeves. My favourite: “‘Garden Fresh’ –
    Rick Bayless garnishes with microgreens grown in his Bucktown garden. He has the right to say garden fresh. You don’t, Subway.”
  • Mack and I joined his dad, grandma, Kim and Shane for supper at Original Joe’s on Friday. I’ve written about them in the past, and my opinion hasn’t changed much since then. Consistent and casual, they provided a casual venue for a decent meal. The fish and chips ($15.99) were pretty good, with a nice, light batter. Mack also enjoyed his smoked turkey club wrap ($11.49).


Fish and Chips


Smoked Turkey Club Wrap

  • The new Anthropologie in West Edmonton Mall has transformed the space into a homey, rustic store. I love their selection of kitchen goods, including, on a recent visit, wooden ice cream spoons. Retro cool, but not worth the $9.95 price tag.


Wooden Ice Cream Spoons from Anthropologie

5 thoughts on “Food Notes for July 6, 2009

  1. Hey Sharon – I checked out the rumour about a possible T and T supermarket opening at South Edmonton Common, but according to chain executives, that’s not so. Boo hoo.

  2. T&T may be hush about their plans but something is definetly going on at the old Walmart location. Drove by there on Saturday and there is construction happening.

  3. Thanks Liane for looking into it! Yeah, Hamilton – I saw the construction too…and South Common would make sense location-wise for a southside T & T. Guess we’ll have to wait and see!

  4. Fantastic peeves; I think my favorite was the last – If a piece of steak literally or even figuratively melts in your mouth, there’s a good chance it’s not steak.

    I’m really excited to have a peek at Food Inc as well, so thanks for the info.

  5. Agree with you on the “melt in your mouth” – whatever the restaurant can do to try and push their food, I guess.

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