Mack and I were really happy when we were approached to be a part of a University of Alberta alumni magazine New Trail article about bloggers. It’s a great group to be a part of, and it was neat to read about the “origin stories” of the other writers. On to this week’s food notes:
- Remember to come out to our Pulled Pork Throwdown on Wednesday, August 15!
- The Greater Edmonton Alliance has organized an opportunity to tour some of the city’s best farm land in the north east on August 26, 2012. Included on the tour are Kuhlmann’s and Riverbend Gardens.
- Staff Meals (a pop-up dinner collaboration between five Edmonton chefs) is hosting a meal out at Tangle Ridge Ranch on August 26.
- The Bothy’s downtown location (10124 124 Street) is now open! Looking forward to getting our chicken and leek pie fix closer to home.
- The Phat Noodle (10347 Jasper Avenue) is also open – I’m curious to try their pho to see if it’s up to par.
- The Tomato tweeted that Normand’s inside The Citadel complex is set to open on August 15, 2012.
- It sounds like The Junction will be closing its doors next month.
- The Edmonton Journal reviewed Mercer Tavern: apparently, the menu’s a bit of a mixed bag at the moment.
- More signs that point to food trucks going mainstream: Applebees and Taco Bell have embraced the trend, too.
- Curious about what might be on your plate in 20 years? How about an insect burger, or sound-enhanced food?
- Meguro Ramen in Chinatown has been replaced by Golden Orchid (10626 97 Street), a Vietnamese restaurant.
- The media were in a bit of a frenzy last week when Eat St. was in town filming Molly’s Eats, Drift and The Act. Mack was on hand for Drift’s turn in the spotlight, while I filmed a short segment for The Act. It was great to see the support for the trucks, with people out in droves. Long live Edmonton food trucks!
Drift filming on Wednesday
The Act’s line on Thursday
Robyn talks about The Act’s salad
- Vue profiled Roast Coffeehouse last week. And though I’d been there for coffee, my coworker and I ducked in for lunch on Wednesday. I picked up a Chopped Leaf salad (loved the evil peanut dressing on the Bangkok salad), and an iced coffee. They looked to be short staffed that afternoon – hope that rectifies itself soon.
Chopped Leaf salad
3 thoughts on “Food Notes for August 13, 2012”
I have to say I somewhat agree with the Journal’s assessment of Mercer’s. I was excited about it opening, but was woefully disappointed when I had a chance to get there, as I was expecting a gastro pub ala 3 boars or Red Star. I did not know the chef was from Joey’s and I think this explain the menu – it is huge because it is a carbon copy of a Joeyesque bar menu plus the standard gastro pub elements thrown in (ie charcuterie and short ribs). I don’t see a possible way they can maintain quality given the size of their menu. Furthermore the portion sizes seemed to be all off, the focus seems to be on on large entrees instead of small bites to share; this again reminds me of chains such as Joey’s or Earls. As for the beer selections, it was uninspired and features a meager token “exotic” beer (erdinger) on tap and very poor selection of beers by the bottle; all with high prices. I have seen that the management is very active on Urbanspoon, so I guess we’ll see if they take any of the critiques to heart … although it always seems packed so while they’re making money I’m not too hopeful.
Well – without you, as much as I have been hibernating this summer, I would know nothing!
N – I haven’t been yet, so I still don’t have a firsthand experience to share! Thanks for the comment though – I do hope they find a way to refine the menu.