Food Notes for August 10, 2015

It feels good to have finally finished up a big project at work over the weekend – so I’ll hopefully get to make the most of what’s left of summer! On to this week’s food notes:

  • I’m so excited for the tour of El Mercado’s corn tortilla factory on August 15, 2015, from 10:30am-1:30pm. You may be familiar with their product already, as it is used at Tres Carnales and Rostizado, and available for sale at The Italian Centre and Tienda Latina (among other shops). The public is invited to come see how the tortillas are made, and to taste the products freshly made. El Mercado is located at 4723 101 Street.
  • The next Edmonton Food Fight pits two vegan chefs against each other on August 17, 2015.
  • Sturgeon County Bounty will be hosting Rostizado for a culinary cookout at Cardiff Park for al fresco tacos on August 21, 2015, from 4-8pm. Food tickets for 2-4 people cost $40.
  • If you have a hankering for ice cream in the west end, you can now head over to a new 80 Flavours location by Meadowlark Mall on 87 Ave & 159 Street.
  • Massawa Café & Bistro (10153 97 Street) looks like it’s ben open for more than a month. It’s located in the old City Market building.
  • Twyla reviewed a new restaurant called Sambol Sri Lankan Kitchen (9261 34 Avenue) on the southside, opened by the family behind Razzelberries downtown that was forced to close due to a rent increase.
  • The Journal reviewed Cured Wine Bar, the newest charcuterie/wine bar on Edmonton’s southside.
  • Stephanie shared what seemed like a fabulous first pop-up for Crossroads, held at The Mercury Room. The dinner was inspired by “The Three Little Pigs” .
  • Eat This Poem is featuring a literary city guide of Edmonton, including many great restaurant recommendations.
  • Speaking of recommendations, Linda’s put together a list of her top 10 Chinatown spots (but in my opinion, I’d say the omission of Pho Tau Bay is glaring, though I know Linda still hasn’t been yet!).
  • Although the study isn’t conclusive, recently released research is suggesting that spicy food may lower your risk of dying prematurely.
  • Here’s another innovative way a company is trying to reduce food waste: taking unsold or ugly fruits and preserving them in freeze-dried form.
  • Soylent, the food substitute, has just released its second version, a ready-to-drink bottled variety.
  • For a late dinner last week, I finally introduced Mack to the brilliance of the build-your-own-soup at Tao Garden (9642 107 Avenue). Even better, their special noodle was ramen!

Tao Garden

Ramen in satay soup with beef balls and tofu puffs

  • We also finally checked out The Cone, Edmonton’s cutest soft serve ice cream trailer, parked just north of Wild Earth Bakery on 99 Street. I tried the French vanilla while Mack had the banana. Worth heading back for just to try some of the other flavours!

The Cone

French vanilla from The Cone

Packrat Louie

Chorizo pizza from Packrat Louie

  • Mack and I also had the pleasure of spending most of the weekend with his family, including a leisurely Sunday out at the guest house where his parents are staying near South Cooking Lake. Among its charming features: an honour-system jam, egg and pottery shed (we picked up a jar of Saskatoon jam).

Honour Jam Shed

Jam shed!

  • And for dessert after our barbecue supper, Mack’s sister made some awesome apple pies.

Homemade Apple Pie

Apple pie

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