Food Notes for May 25, 2015

Who could have predicted this heat wave in May? It’s so unusual to have so many consecutive days of good weather this early that I forget that it’s still technically spring. Hope you’re out enjoying it! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Workshop West is hosting a Magical Feast at Lux on May 28, 2015, with a three-course meal and, what else, magical entertainment! Tickets are $150, with a $75 tax receipt to be issued.
  • Save the date for the second annual Mercer Super Summer Party, taking place in and around the Mercer Warehouse on June 5 from 5-10pm. There will be live music, art, and food!
  • Great to hear that the 124 Street Market is taking over the French Quarter Market, starting June 7.
  • 12 Acres, the restaurant concept that has taken over the River House space in St. Albert, opened last week with a farm-to-table philosophy. Linda and Cindy already have reports in.
  • Looking forward to see what Chef Ryan O’Flynn has in store with the revamped Share restaurant, due to open in July.
  • I was happy to hear that Blue Plate Diner is now serving up breakfast Tuesdays to Fridays, in addition to their weekend brunch. A solid breakfast in the core (outside of hotels) shouldn’t be a rarity.
  • Cindy reviewed Tofu House, and loved the soothing nature of the stews.
  • Phil’s latest Pizza Odyssey took him to B-Street Bar and Il Forno.
  • I know Mack would love this – Farrow’s launching a coffee club, with beans offered exclusively to members only.
  • If you ever wanted to learn the history of the donair in Edmonton, read Omar’s piece in The Walrus.
  • Congrats to the eight new members of Edmonton’s Food Council. I wish them the best of luck in the Council’s second year.
  • Hurrah for France, who just passed laws that will fine big supermarkets for dumping food, and will see them sign agreements with food charities in the next year.
  • What if you could have your groceries delivered to you in an hour? Well if you live in select parts of Manhattan, it’s now possible.
  • Mack and I stopped by the 124 Street Grand Market in its second week. It was a good excuse to get a double-dose of Drift – first in its truck form and then for some beverages at Dovetail.


Buttermilk chicken sandwich from Drift


Sangrias with apple and mint from Dovetail

  • Afterwards, to accompany us on the walk home, we stopped by Cococo for a scoop of gelato each. I love long summer nights.


Cookies and cream and salted caramel gelato from Cococo

  • On Friday, we grabbed a late meal from Attila the HUNgry at Night Market Edmonton, which takes place on Jasper and 105 Street every Friday from 7-11pm. I love outdoor movie screenings, so enjoyed the fact that they were showing Breakfast at Tiffany’s so folks could have dinner and a movie.

Attila the HUNgry

Duck tots from Attila

Attila the HUNgry

Buddha burger from Attila (hash brown, fried egg and patty on brioche – delicious!)

Night Market Edmonton

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • Mack and I had a great brunch at Meat – it definitely helps when you have the best company!


Beef brisket benny at Meat

  • With said company, we made it back across the river in time to watch the swearing in ceremony. I’d never been in the wading pool before, but it was a good time as any for my first dip!

NDP Swearing In

Great vantage point from the pool

  • We also couldn’t pass up food trucks at the Legislature (making it four days in a row of sampling food trucks), and finally had the chance to try Explore India.

Explore India

Samosas from Explore India

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