Food Notes for April 22, 2014

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter! On to this week’s food notes:

  • It’s your last chance to nominate your favourites for Vue Weekly’s annual Golden Fork Awards. Fill out your ballot online before April 28, 2014.
  • Mark you calendars – Indulgence will start selling tickets this year on May 1, 2014.
  • Barbecue lovers, rejoice: Porkapalooza will take place June 13-15, 2014 in Hawrelak Park, and will offer demonstrations, barbecue competitions, and of course, lots of food.
  • The big news this week was the forthcoming launch of a second farmers’ market downtown in the building that formerly housed Mother’s Music (10251 109 Street). They are hoping to launch mid-May, right around the time the City Market returns to 104 Street. Based on the CTV story, it doesn’t sound like the organizer of Mother’s Market will be focusing on locally-sourced products, but I’ll wait and see.
  • Farrow (8422 109 Street), Three Boars’ new sandwich joint, opened on April 16, 2014.
  • The Act Out & About won’t be hitting the streets this summer, unfortunately, with The owners of The Next Act focusing on their new restaurant, MEAT, to open this spring. That said, their truck won’t be sitting idle, as Big City Sandwich will be taking it over this season.
  • Vue Weekly reviews the new Three Amigos location downtown.
  • Twyla posts one of the first reviews of Hart’s Table, the newest of the Century Hospitality restaurants.
  • Speaking of Twyla, she had a terrible experience at Craft Beer Market, and unfortunately, the higher ups have failed to rectify it.
  • Phil’s latest Burger Odyssey post is up, pitting The Burger Joint up against Rodeo Burger.
  • Curious who will be participating in this year’s Gold Medal Chefs battle in October? Liane has the news.
  • Valerie’s newest Canadian Food Experience round-up highlights local food heroes across Canada.
  • There was an interesting piece in Grub Street last week, asking the question – why aren’t more restaurant critics women?
  • I finally caught Three Chocolate at the City Market this Saturday (Edmonton’s coming up chocolate it seems, with Pinto Chocolates also being a fairly recent addition to the scene, and news of Jacek Chocolate Couture’s expansion with a second storefront). Three sources all of their cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic, and their name is derived from the number of ingredients in their dark chocolate – cocoa nibs, cocoa butter and sugar. They will be vending the next two weekends at the City Market, but will not be transitioning to the outdoor location.

Three Chocolate

Three Chocolate

  • After a successful trip to a bridal salon in Sherwood Park where my sisters finally agreed on a bridesmaids dress, we headed to the nearby Sumo Sumo for sustenance. It was relatively busy for a Wednesday evening, but if there was anything to be said about our meal, it was that portion sizes were very generous. The udon soup I ordered was just $13, but it really could have fed two people.

Sumo Sumo Sushi

Tempura udon from Sumo Sumo Sushi

  • Mack, Thom and I had a pre-Rush game dinner at The Common over the weekend. Though we enjoyed our initial visit when it first opened, the kitchen has been inconsistent since then. The umami burger I ordered this time was disappointing – both the patty and focaccia bread it was served on were quite dry.  

The Common

The umami burger from The Common

  • At District Coffee Co. today, Mack and I noticed bottles of Upson’s Classic Cordials for sale. We didn’t know such a product was being made in Edmonton! The fruit drink concentrate is meant to be mixed with sparkling water or spirits for drinks, making it something to consider especially now as the weather warms up.

Elm Cafe

Upson’s Classic Cordials

6 thoughts on “Food Notes for April 22, 2014

  1. Sharon, I love reading your food notes. You’re always on top of everything! Keep up the good work.

  2. The Lingnan also sold their food truck! I’m not sure if this has been listed in a previous food notes yet but thought I’d share after seeing that Next Act food truck line!

    Thanks for this round-up Sharon 🙂

  3. I’ve had both really good, and really blah experiences at The Common. Much like most restaurants in town I suppose. Even the chicken and waffles, which are usually pretty great, were a little disappointing last time.

    Also, I have the distinction of getting the last ever order of food from the Lingnan truck!

  4. I didn’t know you had that distinction!

    Consistency is definitely one of the hallmarks of “great” restaurants.

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