Food Notes for December 2, 2013

While I’m not looking forward to the temperature drop this week, we were certainly treated to a gorgeous snow fall tonight, shimmering in the air and beneath my feet. It’s easy to forget how beautiful winter can be when we’re bundled up! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Though there have been a rash of restaurant closings in the past few weeks, we’ve been buoyed by a similar number of opening announcements: Chic-Hog-O’s is one, replacing the former Chateau Beirut at 10058 112 Street (disappointingly, I couldn’t find anything to link to, not even a Facebook page). Liv has already visited and posted about her meal here.
  • Century Hospitality Group’s newest restaurant, The Parlour, is also open. Looking forward to trying one of their signature pizzas.
  • It was great to hear that Credo, our beloved neighbourhood coffee shop, is expanding! Expect their second location to open some time in the spring/summer in the Limelight Building (10350 124 Street).
  • Nearby, Colonel Mustard’s, which was devastated by a flood in February, is looking to tear down the building and rebuild.
  • Are fresh vegan convenience meals a myth? Not if VegPalette has anything to say about it. They offer different meal plans based on the needs of the customer.
  • Liane Faulder, fresh off the heels of a successful culinary tour in Italy this year, will be hosting an 8 day food and wine tour in Barcelona in March 2014. It sounds like a great combination of food experiences, cultural site visits and walking tours.
  • This is such a neat idea (thanks to Jill for sharing!): a pop-up restaurant in Austria accepted food scraps as payment for a meal. Given the amount of food thrown away daily, it was an opportunity to highlight the possibility of converting compostable waste into biofuel.
  • First Urban Shabu, and now, Hot Pot 97 to come. It makes sense for a winter city to embrace hot pot – maybe this can be one of Edmonton’s signature dining experiences.

Hot Pot 97

Hot Pot 97

Bannock Burger

Bannock Burger

  • One of the Boards I volunteer for hosted a lovely Christmas dinner at ZINC last week. The service was attentive, and the meal was well prepared. As one of my colleagues noted, it was a great way to kick-off a season of eating!

ZINC

Sablefish with green pea and asiago risotto

  • Mack and I took Grandma Male to Izakaya Tomo on the weekend. It was her first time there, and she enjoyed being able to sample a multitude of dishes. It was also a good excuse for us to indulge in a second order of chicken kara-age…

Izakaya Tomo

Chicken Kara-age

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