Food Notes for December 20, 2011

Between the functions, potlucks and dinners, this Christmas season has been a busier one for me than usual! And with trying to spend as much time with family in Edmonton as possible before we jet off to Yellowknife for a week, I know December will be over in a flash. On to this week’s food notes:

  • Liv checked out one of the newest restaurants to hit Edmonton, Cibo Bistro. Looks like it’s worth a try (and might be a great Italian backup to those who can’t swing a reservation to Corso 32).
  • The Journal also reviewed a fairly new restaurant – Cafe du France, in the LeMarchand Mansion. It sounds like the review might help the restaurant at least raise its profile, “the pretty little café was completely empty at 7 p.m., and remained so until we left more than two hours later, literally shutting the place down.”
  • Great to see several food bloggers participated in the recent Meals on Wheels call out to the blogosphere for volunteers. I wasn’t able to make it, but I love living vicariously through pictures!
  • Michelle also spearheaded a recipe live blogging experiment to capture how to make classic butter chicken. Yum, I don’t need to be told twice!
  • Via Cream and Sugar: ever wonder what’s behind that distinct Subway smell?
  • It seems like vegetarian restaurants are on the up and up this year – Veggie Garden Restaurant (10582 100 Street, 780-757-9060) just opened up at the end of November. My coworker said it’s pretty good, but I have yet to try it myself.

Veggie Garden Restaurant

Veggie Garden

  • Oodle Noodle’s second downtown location on Jasper Avenue just off 104 Street is on the cusp of opening. Mack and I peeked inside today to take a look at the progress – we love the exposed brick and seating that takes advantage of the room’s length. Look for a soft open soon!

Oodle Noodle

Oodle Noodle

  • The Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market was bustling on Saturday! I loved the pine arrangements right up front – fragrant and eye-catching! It’s also open on Christmas Eve for those last minute needs!

Old Strathcona Farmers' Market

Pine arrangements

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday season filled with family and friends. All the best in 2012!

6 thoughts on “Food Notes for December 20, 2011

  1. Just wanted to add, for the live blogging post check out Marlow Moo’s post as well. It captures our session beautifully, and I love the step by step pictures. I never have time to add them to the post, so this is a real treat for me as well.

    http://www.marlowmoo.com/2011/12/butter-chicken-lesson-in-indian-cooking.html
    +
    Photos
    http://s1178.photobucket.com/albums/x361/marlowmoo/Butter%20Chicken/?start=all

    You can also check out the tweets and live pictures using hashtag #yegcurry.

  2. Amanda – Thanks for reading. Happy holidays to you too!

    Michelle – of course! Thanks for the well wishes. I hope you have a good Christmas and New Year’s goo.

    Valerie – thanks for reading!

    Mo – any places that you’ve bookmarked to eat? 🙂

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