Food Notes for July 11, 2016

I rarely take Fridays off, but I did so this past weekend, and learned that I should be doing that more often, especially in the summer! It’ll be a few months until our next vacation, but long weekends may be able to tide me over in the meantime. On to this week’s food notes:

  • The kitchen cook-offs are spreading: The Local Omnivore is hosting their first Knifewear Kitchen Fight on July 16, 2016. Tickets are $35 and include 4 appetizers.
  • The third annual Grand Taste Tour is scheduled for July 24, 2016, and will end with a meal at Tangle Ridge Ranch prepared by Chef Frank Olson from Red Ox Inn and Canteen. If it’s anything like last year, be prepared for a wonderful learning experience and spectacular supper. Tickets for the tour and the dinner are $100, while tickets for the tour and a bagged lunch are $50.
  • The next COMAL Mexican Table Dinners are scheduled for July 30 & 31, 2016. Tickets are $51 for the 3-course meals.
  • The Heritage Festival, which runs July 30-August 1, 2016, has now posted this year’s menus, so start planning!
  • We’re so fortunate in Edmonton to have multiple locations of the Italian Centre, so it only makes sense the suburbs want in, too: the folks behind the Italian Bakery are opening up a similarly-inspired deli and grocery store in St. Albert called Mercato by Italian Bakery.
  • Relish Burger has closed on 124 Street, but may consider a new location in the future.
  • Linda tried out the new brunch menu at Holt’s Cafe.
  • The Hotel MacDonald recently added a Friday night dinner buffet to their roster; Lillian sampled just a few of their indulgences.
  • Jonny returned to an oft-overlooked restaurant, A Taverna, in the Delton neighbourhood.
  • Wendy’s Perogies, a favourite for many Edmontonians, was a recent discovery for Evonne.
  • The Journal continues their patio series with reviews of Cafe Bicyclette (interestingly enough, their third review of Cafe Bicyclette in three years) and Violino.
  • Vue Weekly asks: what’s in a review? Phil, one of the food writers interviewed in the piece, also tackles the subject in his newest Off Menu podcast.
  • Phil put together a price check to compare the cost for products at Safeway versus the new, expanded Duchess Provisions.
  • While the newly revamped Earls on Stephen Avenue in Calgary didn’t completely do away with tipping, they’ve instituted a 16% “hospitality charge” that will divide equally among the hourly staff.
  • Liane wrote a great piece about Alexis Hillyard and her YouTube cooking series called Stump Kitchen.
  • What do you think is healthy? Do nutritionists agree? Based on a recent survey of Americans and a panel of nutrition experts, there is some dissonance in those opinions.
  • Along those lines, Grub Street published their Neurotic Eater’s Grocery List, pointing out ethical, environmental and health problems of supermarket foods, and the New York Post highlights some of the fake food you’ve likely be scammed into buying.
  • The last What the Truck?! at Park After Dark took place on Friday, but if you missed it, be sure to mark your calendar for the next one at Telus Field on August 20, 2016.

Molly's Eats

S’mores cake from Molly’s Eats at What the Truck?!

  • Speaking of food trucks, it’s been a while since I’ve tried new vendors outside of What the Truck?! I was able to do so on Friday downtown. Ka Bao was parked near Alberta Hotel, and I loved that they sold individual baos at $3.50 a piece, which meant I could have it as a snack as we were in-between meals. We tried the pork belly and chicken baos, and enjoyed the flavours of the meat and the consistency of the bao base.


Cluck’N Dandy from Ka Bao

  • I also stopped by Kitchen on Friday for meatball madness – offered most Fridays out of their storefront at 10130 105 Street. On that day, Korean meatballs on bacon and egg fried rice were on offer for $8. It was a good portion size for the price, and definitely a quick lunch for those on the go! Follow Chef Brad Smoliak on Twitter for their next meatball date.

Kitchen by Brad
Korean meatballs on rice from Kitchen

  • We also took in an Edmonton Prospects game last week. Though we lost, I took solace in my Ukrainian Dog, a hot dog topped with three fried perogies (and only $5 to boot).

Telus Field

Ukrainian Dog at Telus Field

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