Food Notes for January 24, 2011

There’s some good news coming– watch for an announcement about the venue for the year-round City Market in two weeks. I can’t wait until it’s official!

Taipan Cafe

Taipan Cafe

  • Mack was nice enough to stop by Bistro Praha to check on its status – turns out, it will actually be opening this coming Friday, January 28. The interior, even though it is in a new building, actually reminds me very much of the old space.

Bistro Praha

Bistro Praha interior

  • There’s a new Mucho Burrito downtown, in the HSBC Building (10250 101 Street).

Mucho Burrito

Mucho Burrito

  • Before Ice on Whyte, I had a bite to eat at the newest location of Nhon Hoa (10154 82 Avenue). My usual order at the Chinatown location is a sub with shredded pork, but they didn’t even have it on the menu here (I ended up with a sausage and shredded pork sub). The bread was too toasted for my liking, but it hit the spot.

Nhon Hoa

Sausage and shredded pork sub

  • Mack and I ended up at our neighbourhood Blue Plate Diner on Sunday night for a pre-show dinner. I ordered the $45 Fork Fest special, which included an appetizer, entree, and glass of wine. The tomato & parmesan tart was delicious – the pesto beurre blanc that made the dish. I was expecting a little more from the braised plum lamb shank though – the meat was nearly fall-off-the-bone tender, but more than anything, I was left wanting an accompanying jus or sauce of some kind. Also of note – it was the third time, in trying to have points added to our Original Fare VIP card, that the machine did not work – the program has been in place for a few years now, so we wondered why glitches haven’t yet been remedied.

Blue Plate Diner

Tomato & parmesan tart

Blue Plate Diner

Braised plum lamb shank

  • To help celebrate Annie’s birthday, her parents cooked us a grand meal, and finished with fondue made from a Kerstin’s Chocolates kit. Happy birthday, Annie!

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate fondue

3 thoughts on “Food Notes for January 24, 2011

  1. Hi Sharon, another tip for you. Japanese Village will be opening a southside location soon. The sign said they were hiring. It’s right beside The Melting Pot on Calgary Trail in the old Blush lounge building (formerly a billion other things).

  2. Valerie – thanks! 🙂 Isabelle’s post was great.

    Anonymous – thanks for the tip, as always! It helps to have eyes and ears in the city :).

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