Food Notes for July 12, 2010

Sometimes it feels like I’m going to be back-blogging for ages. I know one day I’ll catch up, but until then, thanks for being patient with me! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Some of the Fork Fest menus have been released – hopefully the rest will follow fairly soon! The pre-fixe food festival runs July 18 – 22 and July 25 – 29, 2010.
  • Advance tickets to the Taste of Edmonton, which runs July 23 – August 1, 2010, are now on sale (they will save you 10%, and time in line).
  • I’m not sure how long these hours have been in effect, but Tree Stone Bakery has new hours (they’re open at 8am on weekdays now!).
  • We spotted a new festival food vendor at the Works and at the Street Performers Festival called Twice as Nice. May said they have a new storefront location as well, offering Caribbean cuisine (10049 156 street, 780-757-7550).
  • Marianne reviewed the new location of Padmanadi – it looks gorgeous inside! Also, a sign up in the window of the original location on 97 Street states that it should have re-opened today, July 12, 2010.
  • Marianne also wrote about the revamped Parkallen Restaurant, as did Sarah (though I’m linking to it a little late) – I want to see that wine case in person!
  • On the subject of closures, Kabsa on Jasper Avenue and 104 Street has now closed – no notices, but all signs of life has evaporated from the storefront. I had the chance to visit them for the first time earlier this year, and had enjoyed my meal.
  • Jennifer Cockrall-King has a great post on community gardens in Edmonton, and an interesting piece on the rooftop hive on the Royal York in Toronto. She’s also taking registrations for the 2010 Okanagan Food and Wine Writers’ Workshop.
  • This is pretty cool – the new Kingsland Farmers’ Market in Calgary offers free coffee to the mayor of FourSquare!
  • I’ve never heard of Where to Eat in Canada, but Liane posted that the book just released their 2010 edition, which seems to feature a random smattering of restaurants in Edmonton. I’m glad she’s following up to see what the criteria is.
  • Vancouver just announced the winners of their food cart lottery – insane to think they received 800 applications for a coveted 17 spots. The carts are to be operational on July 31, 2010.
  • The Opener, David Adjey’s new show about first time restaurant owners, is looking for interested Edmonton restauranteurs who would like some assistance with their opening. Take a look at the trailer here.
  • Ben & Jerry’s released the finalists in their contest to name their newest ice cream flavour. You can vote for your favourite here.
  • Eater posted their round up of the 5 biggest bar and cocktail trendsTreasury, the vodka bar and eatery on Jasper Avenue, would fall into their trendwatch…if it were to ever open.
  • A forthcoming restaurant called 4Food opening up in New York is right up Mack’s alley, featuring crowd-sourced burgers, a giant screen highlighting relevant Tweets, and iPads replacing traditional pen and paper systems. Wonder if it’ll survive the novelty, in spite of their claims of quality food.
  • Mack snapped a photo of a Breyers ice cream truck that stopped on Jasper Avenue and 103 Street on Friday. They were handing out free ice cream samples – better than coffee for an afternoon break!

Free Ice Cream!

We all scream for ice cream!

  • Our agency held its annual “Kick Off to Summer BBQ” on Tuesday, having been rescheduled from a blustery day in June. Nothing says summer like a parking lot cookoff, right?

Kick off to Summer BBQ

Free lunch!

  • Not related to food at all, but timely – I helped organize a soccer game at the office, to help commemorate the World Cup final. We had an awesome turnout, and though the skies poured a half hour before our game was set to start, the sun appeared just in the nick of time. It was a wonderful way to spend a lunch hour, soaking up the rays as a spectator (to have played myself would have equalled death by cardio).

World Cup!

I love it when the weather cooperates

7 thoughts on “Food Notes for July 12, 2010

  1. When I stopped in at Sit & Chat earlier in the year, I had a chat with the owner who mentioned some issues with the location, and rent. It sounded from the talk, that they would be closing Sit & Chat, and doing something new (ie, new name, new location)

    So from a quick look at that address, it would appear that they have re-branded the store front as “Twice as Nice”.

  2. Bianca – thanks! There was so much going on on Sunday (soapbox derby, sourdough race, SOS…), but we didn’t get to any of it! We started painting this weekend. Did you? How was it?

    Chris – thanks for the tip – I wouldn’t have known it was the same owners as Sit & Chat.

  3. Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but the new french bistro in the Krua Wilai space appears to be called “The Marc Restaurant” or so several signs in the windows are saying is coming soon.

  4. Well, they’re not “real” signs, just written on the white paper covering the windows. Maybe it will be called just “The Marc”, but I suspect they added “Restaurant” just for clarification since they’re not open and it’s not obvious yet.

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