A few years ago, we spent our Christmas holidays watching the first few seasons of Mad Men, as we had jumped on the show’s bandwagon quite late. This year, I spent much of the holidays catching up on past episodes of Scandal, the juicy drama focused on Olivia Pope, D.C.’s most sought after crisis manager. It’s soapy and over the top, but I can’t get enough of the plot twists and betrayals. On to this week’s food notes:
- Congratulations to Nomad, who announced that they are moving into a bricks and mortar location this year! Look for them in the McLeod Building.
- Knifewear finished a successful run of their pop-up store on December 31, but has promised a permanent location in Edmonton in 2013. It’s about time!
- To celebrate their 100th edition to be published in March, The Tomato is looking for your recommendations for their list of top 100 best things to eat in Edmonton. Make a suggestion by January 25, 2013 for your chance to win prizes.
- I’m sure the reviews for Canteen will start to pour in soon, but here’s the first from Little Miss Andrea.
- The Journal published a glowing review for Sloppy Hogs Roed Hus – it’s not for the meat weary!
- Little Miss Andrea checked out Izakaya Tomo over the holidays. It’s on my must-try list!
- Jennifer Cockrall-King’s popular Okanagan Food and Wine Writers’ Workshops is taking place in Kelowna from April 28 – May 1, 2013. Look for more details to be posted on January 16, 2013.
- It’s the time of year for food forecasts: check out Liane’s here, and Paul Shufelt’s here (I will say I respectfully disagree with Paul that food trucks are on the way out!).
- Marlow Moo posted her list of trends she’d both like to see, and prefer would disappear, in 2013.
- Eatocracy shares trends they’d like to see in 2013 (I love the idea of interesting virgin cocktails), and the NYT throws down their 10 trends for 2013 (I can see chicharrones taking root here too).
- On the weekend, we met up with my parents at Pampa. They’ve never been, and though we’ve been before, it took us over a year to ready ourselves for another night of carnivorous gluttony. There were some misses with the selections offered, but we enjoyed most of them, with chicken and pork sausage being the favourites around the table. Since our last visit, Pampa has stepped up the table service as well, asking on numerous occasions whether we had any meat items that they could send our way (instead of having to wait for a particular kind of meat to make the rounds). On the other hand, an off-putting change was Pampa’s adoption of Q Water (the filter system that is de rigueur in Edmonton right now). We asked for tap water, but were told it wasn’t an option. We paid the $2/person for water, but it was a cost that did not go down easy.
Bring on the meat
- Mack and I also started our New Year off right with a visit to La Poutine!
- On the walk home from La Poutine, we finally found the skating rink at the Legislature that has eluded us for some time. It turns out it is located behind the building, our own little Wollman-esque rink in the city.
Beautiful night for a skate