Food Notes for July 4, 2011

Hope you had a good Canada Day, and enjoyed the festivities! I feel like I’m again so behind with my posts – so much to write, so little time! But my goal is at least to capture a bit more of San Francisco (only ten months after the fact, sigh) before we leave for Toronto in a few weeks. On to this week’s food notes:

  • Press’d is celebrating the grand opening of their second location at 112 Street and Jasper Avenue by offering a chance to win free sandwiches for a year: simply head down and buy a sandwich on July 8 or 9 for one of five chances to win. In addition, from July 4 – 9, they are donating $0.50 from every sandwich sold at both locations to the Youth Emergency Shelter Society.
  • I thought I had posted about it earlier, but it seems I missed mentioning the opening of the Green & Gold Garden at the U of A. It works on a pay-what-you-choose model, but all funds collected support a not-for-profit organization that supports socially and economically marginalized women in Rwanda. Produce available this week includes lettuce, arugula, Chinese cabbage, pak choi and kale.
  • Kevin’s first From Local Farms video of 2011 is up! Featured is Tangle Ridge Ranch. Congrats also to Kevin for being named one of Alberta Venture’s “Next 10”.
  • There’s now an Asian food option in Century Park – Spring Roll Kitchen (2395 111 Street, 780-437-5547) was set to open on Canada Day.

Spring Roll Kitchen

Spring Roll Kitchen

  • Cupcakes are still going strong in Edmonton – Flirt Cupcakes just opened their second storefront downtown at 105 Street and Jasper Avenue. I stopped by this afternoon for a treat, and Michelle told me the renos aren’t quite done (the location was a former Treats Cafe). Expect more seating to come!

Flirt Cupcakes

Flirt Cupcakes

  • I stopped by Pho Tau Bay for soup last week, just in time before their annual summer vacation. They will be closed July 4, and will reopen on August 25, 2011. Alternatively, you could always check this handy site to see if the restaurant is open.

Pho Tau Bay

I heart beef noodle soup

  • Mack and I picked up some bubble tea from Bubble Buzz to accompany our evening walk last week. I’d never had Hong Kong-style milk tea before – it was a nice, balanced alternative to iced coffee. Mack, who isn’t the biggest fan of bubble tea, couldn’t get over the bursting mango bubbles – his look of sheer glee every time he bit into a mango surprise was too funny. Liv checked out Bubble Buzz recently too.

bubble buzz

Bubble Buzz

  • We met up with Mack’s Dad (and Thom) for dinner on Saturday while he was in town. His restaurant of choice? Origin India, which we had introduced him to about this time last year. As always, we thoroughly enjoyed their buffet.

Origin India

Plate #2 at Origin India (the karahi paneer was particularly tasty that night)

  • Mack had lunch at Tres Carnales today, which opened over the weekend. Chris powered through the menu, and wrote an extensive review here.

Tres Carnales

Tres Carnales

  • While Mack dined on tacos, I had lunch at Taipan Cafe. The rice noodles with beef were okay (I think I prefer the Garden Bakery version a little more), but even more exciting, it was the first time in a long while that I had an iced Horlicks! Cold drinks made from powder always seem to transport me back to Asia…

Taipan Cafe

Taipan Cafe

  • It’s a bit of a miracle I haven’t yet killed the tomato plant on our balcony, so the fact that we were able to harvest our first tomato last week was a bit of a personal victory. I have Jennifer and James at Sundog Organic to thank, for growing a hearty variety that can survive the likes of me!


Our first tomato!

2 thoughts on “Food Notes for July 4, 2011

  1. What kind of tomato? Gorgeous plant – and HOW GOOD WAS IT? Great review, Sharon, as always! I now want to drink a mango bubble tea with Mack to see that child-like glee for myself!

  2. Valerie – I think they are the “sweet baby girl”…and it just keeps on growing! It was great, and part of it was, of course, the satisfaction of having picked it right off the balcony :). Yes – we should meet up at the market and do bubble tea some time!

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