Food Notes for June 20, 2011

I finally broke and traded up for a smart phone. I’m not sure it will mean I will necessarily be tweeting more, but it will definitely be useful for communicating with my family (hurrah for Facetime)! On to this week’s food notes:

  • “Taste” events abound this summer! First up, Sturgeon County is planning to showcase their Sturgeon County Bounty on July 1, 2011 at the Edmonton Garrison. The menu includes alpaca burgers, beef sliders, a beet stacker with goat cheese and dill, and saskatoon-rhubarb pie.
  • The burgeoning Alberta Avenue community has also organized a Taste 118 event, to showcase the restaurants on the Ave on July 9, 2011 (one has to think perhaps Todd Babiak’s article pushed MP Peter Goldring into action, as he is listed on the flyer as a “Taste 118 supporter”).
  • The Al Fresco fundraiser for E4C at Hardware Grill, originally scheduled for June 21, 2011, has been postponed.
  • Taste of Ukraine will be moving closer to the core: their new digs will be in the Icon II, 10152 – 104 Street.
  • Valerie wrote a great post about why gardens are so critical to schools.
  • Thumbs down for Vancouver: superstar chef Daniel Boulud regrets even trying to succeed in the Vancouver market.
  • Grub Street featured a piece on shutterbugs in restaurants – and the growing movement against allowing cameras in dining rooms.
  • The Wall Street Journal had a piece on the fact that for some food trucks, a significant amount of revenue is generated not from street sales, but from private catering events. It’s not hard to imagine the same might be true for Edmonton’s food trucks one day.
  • Move over, deep-fried Coke: the new darling of the county fair scene is deep-fried Kool-Aid!
  • This isn’t new, but if you need a laugh, take a look at a recipe for boiled water (yes, you read that right) on Serious Eats.
  • Mack snapped a picture of a forthcoming Good Earth Cafe on the main level of Scotia Place.

Good Earth Cafe coming to Scotia Place

Good Earth Cafe

  • Sushi is coming to Bourbon Street at West Edmonton Mall – look for Oranj in “summer 2011”.

Oranj

Oranj Sushi Bar

  • There’s also lots happening on Whyte Avenue – City Donair opened up in the former Megatunes (10355 Whyte Avenue). They’ve really opened up the interior; it looks great!

City Donair

City Donair

  • The Whyte Avenue branch of V Sandwiches I wrote about last week will be housed in the old Friend’s Nest Eatery space.

V Sandwiches

V Sandwiches

  • And look out for Tutti Frutti on Whyte as well – it’s an international chain that’s looking to expand to over 100 locations!

Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti

  • At Africa Connect, Jill and I had Mas Pasta at the EXPO Centre for lunch. The portion size was generous (for $9.25), but the cream sauce I had wasn’t that flavourful (and much too thin). It wasn’t seasoned at all, however, leaving the salt control up to the diner.

Mas Pasta

Mas Pasta

  • I also attended a coworker’s baby shower on Saturday. The organizers did a great job with the decorations (everything pink!), including this beautiful cake.

Baby shower

For Baby Victoria

5 thoughts on “Food Notes for June 20, 2011

  1. Sharon, thanks for including the link to the story on taking pictures in restaurants. Personally, I’m on the “don’t like” side of this topic, and am very uncomfortable taking pictures while dining. If I have to, I never use a flash, try to sit with my back to others, away from everyone else and when I snap, I do it quickly and quietly. When I’m out eating and not “on duty” as my kids say, it is such a relief to just sit back and enjoy the food and not have to worry about whipping out the Canon. I can fully appreciate why restaurant owners get annoyed with picture takers but in this day and age of mini-cams and cell phones, it’s pretty hard to prevent people from “snapping”. I think a restaurant owner’s argument of ruining the surprise of what the dish looks like for others who haven’t yet eaten at a particular establishment is weak. I appreciate getting a heads up on how dishes look at a restaurant before I go there…if I see a picture of a dish that looks like a puddle of regurgitated God-knows-what, it tells me the kitchen doesn’t care about the end result, and to me, that speaks volumes. So, like the article says, if you have to do it, do it with respect to others around you.

  2. Twyla – I agree with you wholeheartedly. I remember when I started food blogging, I was quite uncomfortable too about taking photographs, but after a while, it just became second nature. More recently though, I felt as you described – that an undocumented meal is a bit of a respite. So I think a balance is good…otherwise it could become a bit of a chore.

    I also think that for most restaurants, the publicity and increased awareness from the Twitpics and reviews (positive, or at least balanced), helps business. And I agree with you, a “preview” of the meal definitely helps set expectations.

    Mack – it means you can stop bugging me :).

  3. A long, long time ago there was a sushi place on Bourbon Street. I only remember it because it was the only place in town that had a revolving conveyor belt.

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