Food Notes for September 19, 2011

Thanks to everyone who came out to What the Truck?! 2 on Friday! We thought the wind and overcast conditions might deter the crowds, but we should have known better than to doubt the hardy nature of Edmontonians! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Sturgeon County is hosting another one of its taste events, called Sturgeon County Bounty, on October 1, 2011 at the Prairie Adventure Gardens. The menu is full of harvest favourites, like roasted pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie, and intriguing dishes like saskaturkey (turkey from Saskatchewan? Turkey stuffed with Saskatoons?). Mack and I attended the Bounty event back in July, and based on that experience, would definitely attend it again.
  • The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival is on October 21-22, 2011.
  • Undercover Gourmet Catering is now open!
  • Twyla’s review of Vivo was much less praise-worthy than the Journal’s.
  • Phil wrote a great post about Drift Food Truck: “While Drift has mastered the art of the gourmet sandwich, it’s the teal beauty’s affable owners, Kara and Nevin, and their mastering of those little intangibles of business that make for ultra loyal, ultra valuable, repeat customers that really sets them apart.”
  • Speaking of food trucks, Vue also had good piece on Nomad.
  • The biggest news out of NY this week was the announcement that Sam Sifton is moving to a different position at the Times. Already, there are retrospectives on his two year tenure as the Dining Critic, and the speculation begins on who will be his replacement.
  • As much as I love Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Food Network is taking the genre of “vicarious eating” a little too far – with The Best Thing I Ever Ate, and now, Sugar High and Heat Seekers, what happened to the cooking side of things?
  • While at Superstore this weekend, I came across a “Buy BC” logo for the first time. It’s not new, but I hadn’t noticed it before. Anyone know if there is an Alberta equivalent?

Buy BC

Buy BC

  • I stopped in at Transcend for lunch last week, and finally got to try their Latin American street food menu. The arepas ($7.50) were delicious, luscious pulled Irvings pork perfectly balanced with a fresh, slightly sour sauce. I’d probably need to order two plates for a full meal, however.

Transcend

Arepas

  • On Monday, I headed to watch Mack Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. It was a good excuse to eat from Bo Thai, the tiny trailer that has been parked at Churchill Square for a number of weeks. The green curry ($8) didn’t quite have the kick that I was hoping for, but the chicken was tender and on that chilly morning, it hit the spot.

Bo Thai

Bo Thai

Bo Thai

Green curry

Walk a Mile

And I know you’re all dying to see Mack in high heels (and yes, he rocked the walk too!)

3 thoughts on “Food Notes for September 19, 2011

  1. Those arepas look good, I think I’ll have to make a point of stopping in to try some. Nice BC grapes too. We brought some back with us when we went to the Okanagan for the weekend and Trev made a great jam.
    Nice heels Mack, but next time, no socks 🙂

  2. Valerie – heh, there was another image, but it probably would have looked better sans socks!

    Courtenay – yes, the arepas are definitely worth trying! I am noticing more BC grapes in the stores this year – did they have a good crop, or did I just fail to see them in years past?

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