Food Notes for July 9, 2012

This heat wave is a bit unreal! It makes me appreciate the air conditioning at my office much more, heh. Hope you’re finding ways to stay cool! On to this week’s food notes:

  • One way to stay cool for free: 7-11 is handing out free slurpees on July 11, 2012 to the first 1,000 guests.
  • Get ready frozen yogurt fans: Pinkberry opens in Edmonton at West Edmonton Mall on July 12, 2012. Free samples will be handed out from 6-9pm.
  • Gleaned from the July/August 2012 issue of The Tomato: Chef Andrew Fung (most recently of the Blackhawk Golf Course, and 2010 Gold Medal Plate winner) is opening up a restaurant in MacTaggert. Also, Fat Franks will be opening up a diner-style restaurant.
  • The Italian Centre is also planning a restaurant to open in the fall called Massimo’s Kitchen, named after Teresa Spinelli’s son.
  • Capital Ex has introduced a number of new dishes at this year’s festival, including cricket pizza, flavoured mini doughnuts and a grilled cheese burger – where the bun of a typical burger is replaced by two grilled cheese sandwiches.
  • Liane wrote a great story about a trend of local restaurants serving up staff dinners.
  • Vue asks, “How does Edmonton stack up as a beer town?” It sounds like we have a long way to go, but it’s interesting to find out that two of Calgary’s successful beer destinations are heading to our fair city.
  • Addie’s article on the Next Gen blog about a few restaurants trying to keep it local is worth a read.
  • I love lists – Jay Palter, “newish in Edmonton”, made a list of his favourite dishes in the city.
  • I was sad to have missed the supertaster sessions offered by Sobeys, but at least I was able to read about the opportunity on Kelly’s blog.
  • The community some want to create in Mundare sounds a bit like a local food utopia. One mile diet, anyone?
  • Jonathan Waxman, who competed alongside Hubert Keller in our favourite season of Top Chef Masters, was another contestant we were cheering for. Great interview with him in Eater this week discussing seasonality and trendiness.
  • Sad news in the food world today: Chef Anthony Sedlak of Food Network Canada’s The Main, was found dead on Friday in his Vancouver home.
  • Food competition shows are going mainstream: Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson are hosting The Taste to air on ABC this fall.
  • Mack and I were happy to have been asked to participate in Next Gen’s food-focused DIYalogue last week at The Black Dog. It’s always fun to talk food, and there was no shortage of enthusiasm and love for the subject in the room! I mentioned that day that one thing missing in Edmonton’s scene is southern comfort food, but neglected to also say that we could also do with what Grub Street calls “Asian hipster cuisine”.

DIYalogue Talks Food


DIYalogue Talks Food

Representing What the Truck?!

DIYalogue Talks FoodF

ilistix served up some fine Moroccan tagine

  • It’s been a while since we’ve been in the food court at West Edmonton Mall, since I had no idea we had a Freshii in the city. Mack and I tried them for the first time on the weekend. The Asian noodle bowl ($7.29) had a good variety of texture, and more chicken that I was expecting, while Mack thought his chicken club wrap ($8.29) tasted light and fresh.


Asian noodle bowl


Chicken club wrap

  • I can’t tell you how much we were craving Route 99’s poutine last week.

Route 99


  • What’s better in +30 degree heat than a hot bowl of pho? I met Mack at Pho Tau Bay today for just that at lunch, and good thing too – they will be closed from July 16 – August 15, 2012. Get there while you can!

Pho Tau Bay


8 thoughts on “Food Notes for July 9, 2012

  1. Thanks for including me in your weekly summary, Sharon. Lots of other cool stuff to try in your post too — I see my my list of culinary “must-haves” expanding, along with my waistline 😉

  2. I had just read Jay’s post, too… interestingly. Also, do you and Mack recall meeting Slav Heller last September at the Slow Food visioning day – he is the one spearheading the 1 mile diet. He is brilliant and his work is incredible. The gal in the photo is also incredible. I missed Addie’s post and your link takes us to the beer post…. Addie’s article on the Next Gen blog about a few restaurants trying to keep it local is worth a read.
    Can you re link it?
    Great piece… I got the press release for Anthony S and about had a heart attach on Monday am. What a tragedy! There was another locally famous chef in TO – 35 – that died suddenly July 4th. So hard to hear for me.
    You and Mack look like you have had a great week with mighty tasty food!

  3. I love your blog! Just thought I’d write to mention this empanada place near Southgate I’ve been getting lunch at lately. They offer a bunch of different kinds, some of which are just okay, and some of which are great; the chorizo empanada is amazing, and a steal at $2.50. I’ve never seen anyone else in that place, and it deserves fans, so I thought I’d talk it up here. Definitely worth a stop if you’re anywhere near! 

    (And no, I don’t work there. Just love the chorizo empanada enough to want the place to stay in business.)

  4. Fixed!

    Agreed – it is a tragedy, and I didn’t even hear about the other Toronto chef passing.

  5. Think it might just be “my empanada” – same on twitter… tucked into a stripmall on 51st near the London Drugs, if it’s the same one I’ve been to 

  6. Ah, that’s probably it! I did see some Twitter chatter about that place. Still have to check it out…

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