Food Notes for June 27, 2016

  • A new Vietnamese restaurant is opening on July 4, called Pho Ha & Hoa, at 9616 165 Avenue.
  • Dorinku is a forthcoming Japanese restaurant in Old Strathcona, at 10205 82 Avenue. Thanks Su for the heads up!
  • Learn more about Chef Ben Staley’s vision for his twin restaurants, Alta and the Alder Room.
  • Lillian recaps her experience at the Cafe Linnea pop-up, the breakfast restaurant opening in mid-July from the folks behind Duchess. She notes that the restaurant will feature a no tipping policy, which would make it the first establishment to adopt this concept in Edmonton.
  • On a related note, Provisions will be closed from June 27 – July 7, 2016 in order to relocate to their new space.
  • Rosebowl Pizza has announced that they are closing after 37 years of operation in Oliver, but have plans to reopen locations in both Downtown and south Edmonton. They will be offering free pizza from 6-7pm on June 29, 2016, their last day of operation.
  • Western Living announced their 2016 Foodies of the Year – congrats to Italian Centre’s Teresa Spinelli for making the list!
  • I suppose its inevitable that Edmonton will always be compared with other Prairie cities, but did we need someone from Calgary to say Winnipeg has now surpassed Edmonton’s food scene?
  • Jason Foster is hoping Edmonton will relax its bylaws to encourage more craft breweries to start up in our city.
  • Loblaw’s first City Market location in the Brewery District opened last week. Mack and I checked out the shop over the weekend, and were instantly reminded of the Maple Leaf Gardens flagship in Toronto (that it is, in fact, modeled after). It’s a beautiful store, to be sure, full of ready-to-eat products. The prices are noticeably higher than Superstore though, but the location is definitely more convenient and transit-friendly.
  • Phil’s latest Off Menu Podcast covers the topic of farmers’ markets, and features guests Owen Petersen of Prairie Mill and Kirsta Franke of the 124 Street and French Quarter Markets.
  • Mack and I enjoyed a birthday dinner at Cafe Amore last week. It was the first time in a long while where I finished my plate of pasta in one sitting!


Truffle chicken and tomato pasta from Cafe Amore

  • Mack and I checked out Farm to Fork in Sherwood Park when we were in the neighbourhood. We enjoyed their take on sliders, moist flavourful patties between potato chips instead of the usual bun. We did find the cost on the high side ($15), but recognize that they use local suppliers. We were also touched by the generosity of the kitchen, who provided a dessert on the house in recognition of my recent birthday. For more information about the restaurant, listen to Twyla’s review on CBC.

Farm to Table

Slider bites from Farm to Fork

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