Is anyone else equally disappointed in The Newsroom so far? I had such high hopes for Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, but several episodes in (I’m at 1.4 so far), his two female leads are still maddening. It’s actually made me re-watch some of The West Wing just so I can be reminded of how good Sorkin can be. Here’s hoping it gets better! On to this week’s food notes:
- Don’t forget – What the Truck?! @ the Victoria Promenade takes place this Friday, August 3 from 5-9pm.
- Have you started planning your meals yet? The Heritage Festival runs this weekend from August 4-6, 2012. Check out this year’s menu here.
- On the heels of their first successful food crawl in May, the North Edge Business Association will again be offering patrons another chance to tour some of the neighbourhood’s ethnic eateries on August 15, 2012. For just $30, diners will be treated to three meals at Caffe Sorrentino, Acajutla and Africa Restaurant. Purchase tickets here.
- Eat St. is coming to town: the hit series will be in Edmonton from August 7-9 to profile Molly’s Eats, Drift, and The Act. Congrats to the three trucks for helping to put the city’s food trucks on the map!
- Sounds like Little Village Food Truck, Koutouki’s venture into the mobile world (and Edmonton’s first truck serving up Greek eats) will be setting up downtown this week – check them out at 105 Street and Jasper!
- Yellowbird Cafe Truck (to be technical, it is a trailer) also launches this week, serving at the Canadian Little League Championships this weekend at John Fry Park.
- Naan-o-licious is now open at 10331 82 Avenue.
- Tutti Frutti is now open in Southgate.
- Amber’s Brewing Company has found a new brewing home – they have contracted a new St. Albert-based brewery Hog’s Head to produce their beer.
- The Journal reviewed Tumbleweeds last week, a restaurant I will admit that I hadn’t heard about until reading the article.
- Global Edmonton had a great feature last week highlighting a few Edmonton restaurants who choose to source products more locally.
- Want to be on TV? CBC has put a call out to find its next food star.
- A good read about the politics of the Canada Food Guide.
- If you have an abundance of Saskatoons and don’t know what to do with them, Karlynn has five recipes for you.
- Food Secure Canada will be hosting their seventh national assembly in Edmonton from November 1-4, 2012.
- Valerie posted about a special event Calgary’s Knifewear is hosting on August 4, 2012. The shop has invited master blacksmiths who will be hand-hammering knives outside the store.
- Also from Calgary, OliV, a store similar to Edmonton’s Evoolution, looks like it’s worth checking out. Love the idea of tasting vinegars and olive oil together.
- A victim of its own success? Calgary is putting a halt on new food truck permits for the remainder of its pilot project.
- How about this for terroir: a New York artist serves up a five course rat-based meal. Yes, rats.
- It looks like Korean favourite Wong Jung Gak will be moving into the digs formerly held by Basil Leaf (10023 107 Avenue) in Chinatown. I’m excited that good Korean eats will soon be walking distance from both my home and workplace! A sign on the door claims the grand opening will be August 1, 2012.
Forthcoming Wong Jung Gak
- I didn’t know Noodle Maker (9653 102 Avenue) shut down until Mack and I passed by it this weekend. It will be replaced by a Filipino eatery.
Panciteria De Manila
- The best thing about not having my lunch last week was an excuse to indulge in Mama Pizza/Pho Huong’s green onion cakes. Yum.
Green onion cakes
- Mack and I helped organize most of the food vendors at this weekend’s Interstellar Rodeo, and it sounds like they were very well received. But that was nothing compared with the rave reviews the festival received as a whole! Congrats to Shauna and the rest of the organizers for a job well done!
Pork belly sandwich from Drift
Whitehorse performs on Sunday at Interstellar Rodeo