Food Notes for February 15, 2016

It was great to have an extra day off – I hope you were able to enjoy it with your loved ones! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Rostizado will be hosting a five-course collaboration dinner with Top Chef Canada winner Rene Rodriguez on February 21, 2016. Tickets are $150 and include wine pairings.
  • The Westend Food Hub Alliance, in partnership with The Organic Box and Trinity United Church, are hosting a free screening of Michael Pollan’s documentary “In Defense of Food” on February 26, 2016.
  • Prairie Noodle will be hosting a pop-up with Effing Seafoods on February 28, 2016. $50 will get you freshly shucked oysters, a seafood ramen bowl, and drinks.
  • Soy and Pepper, billed as a “modern Korean eatery” is now open at 11212 Jasper Avenue.
  • The Chvrch of John is also now open with a focus on interesting cocktails.
  • Sandwich and Sons is expanding downtown, and will be sharing Sante’s space at 10184 104 Street. They hope to open up by the end of February.
  • No Way Jose’s Taqueria opened in Sherwood Park back in early December at #144, 160 Broadway Boulevard.
  • Andrea is the latest to visit Love Pizza.
  • Twyla was disappointed by her two meals at The Almanac and recommends that patrons stay for drinks and skip the food.
  • The newest Off Menu podcast is all about tipping.
  • The 2016 Golden Fork Awards ballot is now out – vote for your favourite dishes and restaurants for your chance to win $500 in gift certificates.
  • The Journal dives into how grocery stores are trying to vye for your business amidst rising prices.
  • Dan shared his scratch ramen noodle recipe on Lillian’s blog – if you’re ever wondered if it’s possible to recreate it at home, Dan has done the legwork for you with his research.
  • Grub Street ruminates on the “ridiculous rise of viral food and the great line apocalypse”.
  • After too many desk lunches to count, it was nice to get out last week for some warming noodle soup at Tao Garden.

Tao Garden

Satay soup with egg noodles, tofu puffs, beef balls and wontons

  • Our Chinese New Year celebrations continued over the weekend, including our annual prosperity toss.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

  • Mack and I also checked out the Lunar New Year festivities in Chinatown – our annual dose of firecrackers and lion dancers. It was a mild one, which I’m sure the performers and audience members were more than happy about!

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Dragon dancers from McNally High School

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