Food Notes for August 2, 2010

I really needed this long weekend – as we are now into August, it feels like the summer is flying by at a maddening pace, and I can’t keep up! And with the Fringe right around the corner, I know it’ll be September before we know it. On to this week’s food notes:

  • It’s your last chance to pick up Beer & Boar BBQ tickets – hope to see you at Alley Kat on Sunday, August 8!
  • On Saturday, the Edmonton Food Bank wasn’t on target of meeting its target. Hopefully, they were able to do so on the last day of the Heritage Festival today, but in the event that they don’t, there’s an upcoming event that may help: “Kraft has partnered with Edmonton’s Food Bank for an event on August 14th at the West Edmonton Mall. The Kraft Peanut Butter Bears ‘Smoothie’ and ‘Crunchy’ will be on site sharing free hugs to everyone who visits between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. For every hug that ‘Smoothie’ and ‘Crunchy’ receive, Kraft will donate one 500g jar of peanut butter to Edmonton’s Food Bank in an effort to help relieve hunger within the city. Anyone who can’t make it out in person, can still support the cause by visiting this website to send a virtual hug.” to send a virtual hug. Kraft hopes to generate enough hugs to donate up to 7,500 500g jars of Kraft Peanut Butter to Edmonton’s Food Bank.”
  • The ARTery is having a block party on August 21 – look forward to a pancake breakfast, BBQ and lots of art for sale.
  • Expect three more Cora’s to land in Edmonton by October – I hope one of them is located downtown.
  • Lillian is in Toronto and will be attending Foodprint, a conference discussing how food shapes the city – I hope she will be writing about the sessions!
  • Want to escape? Check out Valerie’s blog to read about her adventures in Paris. I can almost taste the crepes…
  • I made a lunch date with Ellen on Friday to finally try the sandwiches at Elm Cafe. From what I’ve been reading on Nate’s Twitter feed, I am amazed with the continuous creativity of the sandwiches, and was happy to be able to sample them!


Mexican pulled pork with nachos, avocado, sour cream and cheddar


Ellen’s sandwich with romano, ricotta, pinenuts, arugula, eggplant and roasted red peppers

  • More alfresco dining, this time with one of our favourite summer recipes – braised tilapia (from Ocean Odyssey) with Sundog Organic leeks and Gull Valley tomatoes

Braised tilapia with leeks and tomatoes

6 thoughts on “Food Notes for August 2, 2010

  1. Dining al fresco is the best; i tried to my best to eat outside this weekend but those renegade mosquitoes won the battle.

    It was nice seeing you Saturday, thanks for cruising by the Hat to say hello!

  2. Bianca – those darn mosquitos. I think we had that dinner before the swarms descended.

    It was nice to see you too – Maria mentioned that you would be there. Sorry we couldn’t partake in a drink though…we had an early morning the next day!

  3. You were right about the hot sauce, my pulled pork was delicious! It was great to run into you and Ellen. Hope you guys enjoyed your lunchie:)

  4. Great to catch up. I have just arrived and have a lot of reading to do here, I see. May not finish it all today. We are currently in Belgrade and will be home mid week. YEAH!!! I am really ready to be home. I see everyone is so busy and enjoying summer in the city. See if you can get back to that last e-mail on JPL with the 50 extra and your opinion on that. I will get on it again. I have not forgotten, but want your opinion before I do more. Great looking supper, and I am sure the view is lively, too. I did hear the mosquitoes were bad there now…. but they can be NOTHING like the Serbian komartz. They attack. You feel nothing, Then itch for days. They are evil.

  5. The three new Cora locations are decidedly not downtown. West Pointe, Kensington Crossing, and Sherwood Park (NE corner of Baseline and Broadmoor, next to Joey Tomato’s).

  6. Sarah – it was delicious, wasn’t it? Yes, we did enjoy our lunch! It was nice to eat outside for a change :).

    Valerie – looking forward to chatting when you get back!

    Chris – you are right. That’s what I get for scanning the piece!

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