Food Notes for May 9, 2011

The 30th edition of the Edmonton Fringe Festival has a nameFringeopolis, celebrating the mini-municipality formed in Old Strathcona every August. I love the idea of becoming a “citizen” of the Fringe (or better yet, becoming a “builder”). Looking forward to it already! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Twyla filed a review of the new Prairie Bistro (situated inside the Enjoy Centre). Looks like it is worth a special trip out!
  • Courtenay wrote about the “preview” tacos cooked up by the folks behind Tres Carnales. They were served up to a hungry crowd at Red Star last week for Cinco de Mayo.
  • I passed by Yakitori Grill (10524 101 St, 780-760-0900) last week, and it now looks open. Anyone been yet?
  • I had heard rumours, but I wasn’t sure if it was true – a new waffle truck from a Victoria-based company called Wannawafel will be on Edmonton streets this month.
  • The Journal started a series on neighbourhood bakeries last week. First up, a shop I often frequent – the Italian Bakery.
  • Want to learn more about local Community Supported Agriculture you can support? Read on here.
  • I’m always interested in learning how farmers’ markets (and the politics of them) work in other cities – this is an interesting primer on the situation in Calgary, and specifically, about their lack of a central food policy.
  • Overflow for Hudson’s on Whyte: The Pint will be opening up soon in the former Purple Onion location (8032 – 104 Street).

The Pint

The Pint

  • Now I know how to sneak fruit into Mack’s lunch – disguise it as chips! The Plaid Giraffe has fabric “chip” bags for sale.


What will they think of next?

  • I wandered into Wild Earth Foods last week, and found that they stock Steve & Dan’s BC Fruit on the shelves! It always helps when grocery stores can carry local product, and keep regular hours – it helps discount the “inconvenience” factor some have about farmers’ markets.

Wild Earth Foods

Steve & Dan’s at Wild Earth Foods (yeah, the signage is faint – hope that’s something they work on)

  • There’s something about seeing Edgar Farms at the farmers’ market (even without their bunches of asparagus) that gives me so much joy. Speaking of Edgar Farms – mark your calendars – their annual Asparagus Festival will be taking place on May 28 & 29, 2011.

Edgar Farms

Edgar Farms

  • When I asked my Mum what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she answered, “Biscuit sandwiches.” We did our best to deliver! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day as well!

Breakfast Sandwich

Buttermilk biscuit sandwiches with cheddar, Irvings back bacon and Sunworks egg

7 thoughts on “Food Notes for May 9, 2011

  1. As a Calgarian currently living in BC (but spent last year in Edmonton) I can understand both sides of the farmers market situation in Calgary. Edmonton’s arrangement is phenomenal, and prior to the Calgary Farmer’s market’s unwilling relocation theirs wasn’t half bad either. I’m looking forward to a trip to Calgary in August to check out the new digs, but they clearly still have bugs to sort out. Some easier than others.

    Missing Edgar’s asparagus….. (I still have a smidge in the freezer from last year)


  2. The Pint on Whyte has been open for a while. We were in there on Sunday and had the worst service I’ve had in the past 10 years though (0/10 type stuff, words were had, I hope she got fired), so I would recommend a trip downtown if you need to get some deep fried pickles.

  3. Kristin – yeah, I hope the Calgary situation sorts itself out too. Always interesting to learn about other cities though!

    Edward – that’s what it looked like on the website, but from the outside of the building, it looked closed! Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience; the downtown location’s patio is hard to beat also.

    Trevor – thanks for reading!

    Valerie – these were different than the ones I served at our meeting…better, if only due to the butter content!

  4. Hello Sharon…glad to see you were checking out Wild Earth Foods and all the local product we are carrying…We are really trying to support local farmers and growers at Wild Earth and are constantly trying to contribute to the local scene. We have several vendors from the Strathcona market who now supply our store (Steve & Dans Fresh BC Fruit, Happy Camel, Skyline Greenhouse, Irvings Meats), and our mandate is to grow the amount of local product available and be another venue who can supply customers with tons of local product Shop local eat local! Working on profiling and promoting local product with shelf talkers….keep checking us out

    Joanne Bateman
    Wild Earth Foods

  5. Joanne – thanks for leaving a comment! While I don’t visit Wild Earth Foods as often as I’d like to, I try to pop in when I’m in the neighbourhood. Great to hear you are consistently stocking more and more local products! It’s really a gem of a store, and as I mentioned, a great option for those looking to support local producers but can’t make it to the farmers’ market. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to checking out the shelf talkers soon!

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