Food Notes for November 11, 2013

I spent most of last week in Calgary attending a work conference, and am leaving tomorrow for Ottawa, again for work. Though I still have intentions to post things other than food notes, it’s going to take some time! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Don’t miss the annual Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up, this Saturday, November 16, 2013!
  • I love that Cally’s Teas is partnering with their neighbour The Briefing Room to host a ladies night full of tea, and, well, underwear. The event is taking place on November 23, 2013.
  • Shanghai 456 has found a new home at 14456 118 Avenue, due to open in January 2014.
  • Jeff posted a picture of a forthcoming barbecue joint – Chic-Hog-O’s Social Roast House on Jasper Avenue and 112 Street.
  • It’s been a bad month for independents in Edmonton – first Bistro Saisons, and now The Makk on 124 has announced its closure.
  • Dishcrawl hosted its first ever “secret supper”. The dinner took place at Creole Envie, and Cheryl and Liv recapped the meal in all its glory.
  • Vue Weekly explores the meaty offerings of Fired Up Southern Barbecue.
  • Collecting Culinaria is an exhibit at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library at the University of Alberta that showcases over 100 recipe books. It will be displayed until February 7, 2014.
  • I didn’t know that the Highlands Farmers’ Market has now moved indoors – but as Cathy posted, the market will operate inside St. Mary’s Anglican Church (11203 68 Street) from 4-8pm on Thursdays between October 3 and April 24, 2014.
  • I immediately thought of Su when I read about this: The Kitchen Library in Toronto is a “non-profit lending library of small to medium size kitchen appliances…Just like a traditional library, you can check out appliances (instead of books) for short periods of time to experiment with new recipes and cooking techniques.” How cool is that, especially for those who are space-starved in condos.
  • While in Calgary, we finally made time to check out the newest farmers’ market to Calgary, Symons Valley Ranch. I loved the wooden beams, and it’s not hard to argue with a market that features Phil & Sebastian’s as a vendor! Though they could have used more produce vendors, Symons Valley had a decent selection of local goods for a winter market.

Symons Valley Ranch

Symons Valley Ranch

  • On our way back home, Mack and I stopped at Cross Iron Mills for some shopping, and ended up at the Nathan’s Famous for some sustenance (they have two locations in Canada – in Airdrie and Cross Iron Mills). Needless to say, the poutine dog, with its artificial cheese sauce  and hickory sticks didn’t exactly live up to expectations, but the hot dog itself was enjoyable.

Nathan's Famous

Poutine Dogs

  • Over the weekend, we also stopped over at Pagolac, one of our old haunts for some late night pho.



  • We also had a family dinner at Tasty Noodle. It was my first time at the restaurant, and the food was definitely good enough to plan for repeat visits in the future. Hopefully we can return for dim sum soon enough!

Tasty Noodle

Mu shu pork

4 thoughts on “Food Notes for November 11, 2013

  1. Wonderful to get together for family dinners, Sharon – and you have the MOST lovely family. The Phil and Sebastian coffee at your house was noticeably delicious the other day! YUM!

  2. i love the kitchen appliance share idea
    i think that with the limited use some of these appliances get, the more we share with our neighbors & friends, the better!
    happy & safe travels

  3. Quick update: Chic-Hog-O’s is a gastropub, not BBQ. Oh, and they are open! (As of yesterday.)

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