Food Notes for October 19, 2009

I’ve been looking forward to this week for a while – on Wednesday, I’m heading down to a conference in Calgary, and after that, Mack and I will be spending the weekend in Banff. Nothing like a mini-break in the fall to rejuvenate our spirits! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Congrats to Chad Moss of Transcend Coffee for placing third in the Canadian National Barista Championships held this weekend in Vancouver! Check the Transcend website for photos of the competition.
  • The Journal filed an early review for the sparkly-new Indian eatery, Zaika, tucked on the city’s burgeoning southwest side.
  • See Magazine published a positive review for Nyala (10875-98 Street, 780-761-2000) this week, the relatively new Ethiopian eatery that took over the space previously occupied by the Blue Nile.
  • Original Fare has a new contest to encourage patrons to visit independent eateries (or, alternatively, to reward those who do already): experience 10 different Original Fare restaurants before December 31, 2009, and you can enter a draw to win a $250 gift certificate!
  • The Manor Bistro (formerly known as the Manor Cafe) as a new website!
  • The Duchess Bake Shop received more online food love this week, with a post by Twyla at It’s a Weird, Wild and Wonderful Life. A note to anyone looking to visit the bakery – Duchess just changed their hours to hopefully allow Garner and Giselle some breathing room: closed Monday-Tuesday, Wednesday 9am-6pm, Thursday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm.
  • Liane blogged about the launch of an exciting new cookbook called We Eat Together, filled with recipes, photos and stories from nine local farming families. It is being launched at the Artery on November 25.
  • Thanks to Valerie (aka A Canadian Foodie) for writing about her experience in hunting down the ingredients (and of course, subsequently pulling them all together) for Julia Child’s boeuf bourguignon. I’d like to attempt it someday…
  • In recent weeks, Mack and I hit up two of our favourite restaurants in Edmonton. Before the final City Centre Market day, we just had to have brunch at Blue Plate Diner.

It was full when we sat down, but cleared out by the time we were done

Mack in weekend-mode

Mack’s Pancake Breakfast

My Big Breakfast

  • A quick meal at Route 99 prior to a show in the nearby theatre district has become standard for us. Or, we just need an excuse to indulge in poutine. Yum.

Poutine!

Pepperoni & Mushroom Pizza (as always, so generous with cheese)

Fish & Chips

Enjoy the return of fall!

4 thoughts on “Food Notes for October 19, 2009

  1. Hi Sharon, do you know if The Passionate Plate on the southside is still open? How do you think these make-and-take meal kitchens doing in the Edmonton economy?

  2. Hey Sharon!

    I should point out that the Manor Bistro’s current site is pretty minimal, but that we’re working to expand the content over the coming weeks, so watch for changes there soon!

  3. Miss Edmonton – I have no idea about Passionate Plate. That was my first question to D’Lish, for example, when they first opened, but their response was that people need to eat, and meal assembly is still a cheaper alternative than eating out.

    Adam – thanks for the comment! I’ll keep an eye on the site.

  4. Just a reminder: Duchess had originally hoped to open on Sunday for the first time on October 25th. Unfortunately, this will not be possible this week.

    Because of unanticipated demand on Saturday, due in part to CBC Radio coverage, their plan is to close Sunday-Tuesday to prepare for their new schedule.

    They will reopen on Wednesday, October 28th.

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