Food Notes for May 23, 2016

Are you following the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals? They’ve played some great basketball these last two games. Go Raps go! On to this week’s food notes:

  • Are you ready for this year’s first What the Truck?!, taking place May 28-29, 2016 at the Expo Centre? Check the website for the menus on Tuesday.
  • Edmonton’s Craft Beer Festival is coming up, taking place on June 3-4, 2016 at the Expo Centre.
  • Edmonton’s newest craft brewery, Situation Brewing, has been open since the weekend, but their grand opening is slated for May 25, 2016. Jason Foster has the lo-down on Situation.
  • One of Downtown’s most consistent revolving door spaces is again changing hands – The Burg (10190 104 Street) is becoming Stage 104 after May 24.
  • Jonny is the latest to visit The People’s Perogy.
  • Last week, the Journal posted the first positive review of The Almanac that I’ve seen.
  • I missed linking to the Journal’s review of Malaysian restaurant Island Cafe and Bistro in the west end.
  • Vue Weekly profiles East African restaurants Mareeg Cafe and the newer Samosa House on Alberta Avenue.
  • Make sure you read your menus carefully and ask questions, otherwise, you can be duped: Liane tackles the confusion around restaurants claiming to serve kobe beef.
  • Western Living Magazine just released their list of 2016 Foodies of the Year, and Edmonton has some great representation, with Italian Centre’s Teresa Spinelli, food activist Kevin Kossowan, Prairie Noodle Shop’s Eric Hanson, and chocolatier Jacqueline Jacek.
  • Liane wrote a great article about the good intentions of restaurants that try – but cannot sustain – the support of local producers.
  • Phil’s latest Off Menu podcast features local butchers Elyse Chatterton and Corey Meyer.
  • Liane profiles Ian Truer and Winding Road Cheese. I hope to make it out to the French Quarter market soon to pick some up for myself!
  • Did you know Edmontonians have had a sweet tooth from our inception? Lawrence Herzog covers our love affair with candy since the 1900s.
  • If you’re looking for some great excuses for a road trip to Central Alberta, check out this AMA article.
  • Ocean Odyssey Inland has a great new space at 10019 167 Street to house their frozen products, but also to offer customers convenient, quick meals solutions such as marinated seafood and fresh options from Iceland.

Ocean Odyssey Inland

Ocean Odyssey Inland

  • It was a soggy first outdoor market day for the City Market on Saturday, but we love that it’s back on our street!

City Market

City Market

Asparagus

Edgar Farms asparagus for miles

Rhubarb cream scones

Rhubarb cream scones

2 thoughts on “Food Notes for May 23, 2016

  1. Wonderful to catch up – as always – thinking of you when I did my Strawberry Shortcake post today – seriously… recall you said my recipes were usually too difficult? Hahaha! Hope you’ll give it a go when the strawberries hit the market. Hugs, V

  2. Valerie – you would have been proud of me last weekend when I baked two batches of rhubarb scones and muffins in the same weekend :). But yes, strawberry shortcake one day!

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