Food Notes for January 2, 2012

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a good start to 2012 so far! Mack and I had a wonderful holiday (including quite a long break from our computers) in Yellowknife, and took a few days to get settled back in Edmonton. Thanks for being patient with my absence from this blog – needless to say, I have some catching up to do now! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Liane posted about the newest arm of the L’Azia group of restaurants – East (16049 97 Street, 780-457-8833). It offers “Authentic Modern Chinese with a Malaysian twist.”
  • Twyla reviewed Cibo Bistro this week. Looks like there’s some work to be done at the upstart Italian eatery.
  • Valerie had an amazing series of posts capturing thoughts of local and international food writers, farmers, chefs and others involved in the industry on trends to watch for in 2012.
  • Liane also broke down what to expect this year, as well as a summary of what was seen in 2011, food-wise, in Edmonton.
  • Inspired by Oprah’s “favourite things”, Carmen put together a list of her favourite dishes sampled in 2011.
  • Michelle wrote a great post on dining with children in Edmonton: “…So many people find it perfectly acceptable to tsk at kids in restaurants, and on one memorable occasion, ask to change seats when they realised I was going to sit next to them with my daughter. How rude it that? In our politically correct society, we wouldn’t dare do something like this if we were sat next to say, a black person or an openly gay couple. Yet its perfectly acceptable to do this to children? How low can we sink?” Worth a read.
  • It looks like Viphalay’s second location downtown (10523 99 Avenue) is open – I’m excited to have a great Thai option within walking distance.



  • Mack and I will be writing more about Metropolis later, but did anyone else take a trek through the food pavilion on New Year’s Eve? It was crowded, to say the least, and definitely wasn’t built to accommodate the traffic and flow of people that evening. I hope it was just first night issues that will be rectified in later weeks.

Metropolis & Fireworks

Food pavilion

Metropolis & Fireworks


3 thoughts on “Food Notes for January 2, 2012

  1. Happy 2012 – lots to catch up on here, as always. My 2012 Food Trends Posts are overwhelming and far too much. Next year, I hope people will still send in their ideas and I will compile them all into one post. That will be the read of the year!
    Thanks for the shout out, and for participating! The feedback has still been very positive!

  2. Valerie – you do all the work for us readers, and we really appreciate it.

    Carmen – thanks! I still feel like I’m behind, though :). Happy 2012 to you too.

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