Food Notes for November 28, 2011

  • The downtown location of Oodle Noodle is turning one! Help them celebrate this weekend, December 2-4, 2011. This coupon will get you an entree and a drink for just $7, while there will be cupcakes and a magician on hand at noon on December 2.
  • To help you be a more thorough shopper, Vinomania is offering free wine tastings from their Enosystem over the next three Saturdays from 11am-5pm (December 3, 10 and 17, 2011). You might just pick up a bottle for yourself, too!
  • Sutton Place Hotel’s annual Taste of Christmas kicks off December 6 and ends on December 16. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation!
  • Are you ready for a party? The Downtown Edmonton Community League is having a Christmas mixer at the office (10113 104 Street) on December 8 from 7-9pm. If you don’t have a membership yet, they will be selling them at the door for just $5. And with food being catered by Drift, you know it will be a good time.
  • Twyla reviewed Hakuna Matata, a fairly new Somali restaurant on Alberta Avenue. I’d be interested to try it myself to see how it compares to African Somali, my go-to Somali restaurant.
  • Marianne offers up a review of Noorish. Seems like most people are at first sceptical, but are quickly converted.
  • The Journal had a great piece about the trend (and Edmontonians’ hesitation) towards fully embracing the communal table. I remember first encountering one a few years ago in DC – we were apprehensive at first, but found that it was a great way to break bread with strangers.
  • Sarah Chan, of Girls + Bicycles fame, published a cookbook with her friend Leanne Brown. You can buy a hard copy, but you can also download it for free as well. I love how it is sectioned off into shops/farmers’ markets.
  • I’ve had Thanksgiving in a bowl, but never in croissant form. It looks delicious.
  • It’s a little disheartening to read about the food truck crackdowns in Midtown Manhattan. I really hope they find some way to work towards a more conducive solution for everyone.
  • Did you see the headlines last week about how the US Congress now considers pizza a vegetable? I did too, but it turns out that wasn’t exactly true.
  • A coworker had her farewell lunch at Khazana last week. I balked when I heard their lunch buffet was priced at nearly $18/person, but clearly this isn’t a problem for most – it was packed! Decent variety and good food, but I’m not sure I would pay that much for a lunch buffet on a regular basis.

Khazana

The saag paneer was my favourite

  • I love putting together baskets of food products and trinkets to give as gifts. The Italian Bakery in Chintaown (10646 97 Street) is a great place to go, where last week I spotted a marzipan pig.

Italian Bakery

Some pig

  • I can’t wait until the Legislature grounds are all lit up for Christmas (taking place on December 1, which also kicks off the choir and hot cocoa season), but in the mean time, City Hall is looking lovely as well.

City Hall

Have a good week!

4 thoughts on “Food Notes for November 28, 2011

  1. Prior to them closing, Panda Bakery (a food cart in Vancouver) made sort of a croissant “sandwich” which had turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mashed potato with some gravy in it. Sure, it is not baked “inside” but, hey, does it really matter? 🙂

    About communal tables, I am actually curious as to why a lot of restaurants here don’t offer it. In fact, the opposite might be true: Because I tend to eat by myself a lot, seating by myself on a table for four is a bit weird.

    As for restaurants offering a “communal” table, I have seen some local Vietnamese restaurants (Thai Binh comes to mind. Good Bun Bo Hue, if you would like to give it a try!) where several tables are together giving a feel of a communal table. Last time I was in Hooters (not in WEM, though), several of the tables set up communal style.

    To push the concept of communal tables, assuming they can set several tables together (or, even better, have such a long table), a restaurant could try a meal similar to the Long Table Series at the Irish Heather (Vancouver). For a fixed price, dinners will be seated on such long table and served an entree with a beer. Price can’t be beat and, depending on the size of your group (or if you are by yourself), chances are you will be interacting with your neighbour!

  2. Kim – the prix fixe dinner option sounds like a great way to “encourage” communal dining. I think like anything else, it will just take time to develop. After a few years when it becomes common, I don’t think diners will blink an eye!

    Mo – thanks for the link. I had no idea!

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