Food Notes for December 22, 2014

It’s nice to be off from work this week so Mack and I can focus on getting the final few things ready for Christmas. And though I’m enjoying the more moderate temperatures, it would be nice to see more snow in the next few days! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Edmonton’s inaugural Resilience Festival will be taking place February 7-8, 2015 at Boyle Street Plaza, with workshop topics including canning, beekeeping, gardening and cheese making, among others. Tickets are now on sale for one of thirteen streams, made up of three workshops each, ranging in price from $65-80.
  • Solstice, the new restaurant that took over from Somerville Wine Room & Bistro, opened today at 10723 124 Street. Chef Jan Trittenbach, formerly of Packrat Louie, is at the helm of a menu that promises seasonal cuisine.
  • Linda is the latest to review Ninja Club in Old Strathcona.
  • Massimo’s has closed for the holidays, but will re-open in January with a new grab-and-go concept.
  • Want to be a part of the gingerbread cathedral demolition party at Duchess? Bring a pair of socks to the bakery by December 31, 2014 (they will be donated to the Bissell Centre) for your chance to do so.
  • I had to make sure to get one last bowl of pho in before 2015!

Pho Tau Bay

My usual at Pho Tau Bay

  • Mack and I had dinner with Grandma Male at Tropika. It’s been some time since we’ve been there, but we appreciated their efficiency (we were done within an hour) and the quality of the food. The roti canai was especially scrumptious!

Dinner at Tropika

Dinner at Tropika

  • I tried out Anna Olson’s recipe for bacon cheddar shortbread last week, and they turned out close to what I remember from Christmas in November! They made a great edible gift, and with their savoury nature, was contrary to what some people expected of a homemade treat.

Bacon Cheddar Shortbread

Bacon cheddar shortbread

I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!

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