Culinary Q & A with Twyla Campbell

Occupation: Food and Travel Writer, CBC Edmonton AM Restaurant Reviewer

What did you eat today?

Liberté strawberry yogurt for breakfast, beef satay Bánh mì from V’s Sandwiches. Supper is going to be nasi goreng with five spice duck breasts using Greens Eggs & Ham duck.

What do you never eat?


What is your personal specialty?

I’m a wicked soup-maker—a skill I got from my mama.

Complete this sentence: In my refrigerator, you will always find:

olives in a jar; you never know when there’ll be a martini emergency you need to tend to or an antipasto platter that needs to be whipped up.

What is your weekday meal standby?

Steak. Usually yak/beef cross from Real Deal Meats.

What is your favourite kitchen item?

A hand forged Masakage chef knife from Knifewear in Calgary, but I also love my onion goggles.

World ends tomorrow. Describe your last meal.

First off, my husband would probably be having his own “last meal” with Charlize Theron, so the fact that a semi-nude Adam Levine would be serving me has to be taken in that context. That being said, Adam would serve up a Dusty dry Victora Gin martini to go with an amuse bouche of sea urchin (uni). After that it would be a starter of charred octopus from Stamatis Greek Restaurant in Queens, NY, followed by a 24 ounce Bone In Rib Eye steak from Vic & Anthony’s in Las Vegas with some juicy Tuscan tomatoes drizzled with Poranino olive oil from Chianti. For dessert, Adam would (obviously) spoon feed me Callebaut Chocolate Mousse from Narayanni’s in Edmonton. All of this would be washed down with a bottle of Night, a cab sauv/cab franc/merlot blend from my favourite Okanagan winery, Ex Nihilo. If the world is going to end, I’m going down in a blaze of protein and alcohol—with a side of Levine.

Where do you eat out most frequently?

Pho & Bun in Forest Heights. Best peach shrimp in the city.

Where’s the best place to eat in Edmonton?

Tres Carnales. Fantastic food and a great vibe. A hug from Daniel makes all things right in the world, Chris has the corniest humour ever, and Edgar—who my daughter calls Saint Edgar—is a wizard in the kitchen.

If you weren’t limited by geography, where and what would you eat?

I’d return to Italy, specifically to Susan McKenna-Grant’s agriturismo, La Petraia, outside of Radda in Chianti. Anything Susan makes is spectacular and the constant aroma of rosemary and lavender is balm for the weary soul.

Twyla blogs at It’s a Weird, Wild and Wonderful Life.

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