Food Notes for August 1, 2011

I hope you enjoyed this long weekend! It was one of those weekends where we weren’t home very much, but with such beautiful weather, and so many things to do in the city, it just felt like summer! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Who doesn’t love ice cream? Kerstin’s is hosting a summer ice cream party on August 3, 2011 from 3-7pm. Try their Pinocchio Valrhona ice cream three ways: au naturel, as a milk shake, and as a float.
  • Tomato Fare, another alternative “taste” event, is happening on August 14, 2011 at Salisbury Greenhouse. A minimum of 50% of the dishes will incorporate the tomato. I went two years ago – recap here.
  • An annual harvest tradition, the Edmonton Horticultural Society invites you to “Show What You Grow” at Fort Edmonton Park on August 27-28, 2011. This year, they’ve even introduced a local food category.
  • Based on this photo on The Edmontonian, things are looking up for the return of Langano Skies!
  • Culina Highlands is now known as Highlands Kitchen.
  • I think this is old news now, but Zen Sushi has opened up a south side location at 7618 104 Street, the former Gino’s Italian Kitchen space (and most recently housed David’s).
  • Chris reviewed Spring Roll Kitchen, a new restaurant located in Century Park.
  • Liv wrote about Drift Food Truck – if you’re in the area, definitely stop by for a sandwich!
  • Great profile in Vue last week on Absolutely Edibles, a restaurant on 118 Avenue.
  • Thanks to Keri for a tip about Real Deal Meats: on Saturdays, the shop is offering a special smoked meat special every Saturday that is ready to be picked up after 5pm.
  • I knew we missed out on a great dinner: check out Valerie and Kevin’s recaps on the fabulous dinner at Nature’s Green Acres.
  • Red Rooster, the uber-hip restaurant in Harlem, will soon be offering free bike rentals to customers to explore the neighbourhood! Too cool.
  • After attending a wedding at the Art Gallery of Alberta on Sunday, Mack, myself and a few friends wanted to grab a bite to eat nearby. It was more difficult than it should been (with so many restaurants either typically closed on Sundays, or closed for the long weekend). We ended up at Doan’s on 107 Street. The food was okay, but the service was poor – no water refills, and a very long wait for the bill.


My special beef noodle soup


Mack’s combination plate with grilled beef

  • We experimented more with our new charcoal barbecue this weekend, and we (okay, Mack) is finally getting the hang of it! Rib eyes from Nature’s Green Acres was first, and though the coals still weren’t as hot as they should have been for a nice sear, marinating them for a few hours saved us. Next, was some halibut from Ocean Odyssey, sprinkled with a Moroccan spice blend I had picked up in Toronto. Turns out third time’s the charm (or at least the fish was) – it was perfectly cooked, with that hint of smoky flavour.

Steak and Potatoes

Steak and potatoes



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