Food Notes for August 22, 2016

Time for the Olympic hangover, but it’s been a great run, Canada. On to this week’s food notes:

  • The annual Viva Italia Viva Edmonton Festival takes place in Giovanni Caboto Park on August 28, 2016 from 12-9:30pm. Expect food, cooking demonstrations, music and more.
  • There are still some spots available for a Foodie Bike Tour through some great central Edmonton establishments in September. Tickets are $99, excluding the cost of a bike rental.
  • Nomiya will be opening up a third location in Oliver Square – great news for ramen lovers in the core.
  • Watch out for a second location of Nando’s to open up in Clareview (13324 50 Street) in September.
  • It’s heartbreaking that 104 Street is losing Dauphine Bistro this month. While you can still pick up Linda’s wonderful pastries at the City and 124 Street Markets for the rest of the season, this week will be the last chance for their breads, as the ovens are remaining in the space they are vacating. Pay them one last visit in their existing space before August 27, but Paul hopes they can re-open elsewhere downtown.
  • The Druid raised its last glass this past Saturday, and will make way for a refreshed, rebranded concept.
  • If you needed more convincing that Cafe Linnea is a must-visit spot, Jonny has that covered.
  • Linda and Cindy both reviewed Dorinku Izakaya on Whyte Avenue.
  • The Journal ventured out to SandyView Farms restaurant in Spruce Grove for their brunch.
  • Ever been curious about Saigon Taste and whether it holds up against other Vietnamese restaurants in Chinatown? Vue paid it a visit.
  • Feast on the Field took place last week – check out some of the amazing photos of the fundraiser at Commonwealth Stadium.
  • Vue explores the bean-to-bar process with Jacek Chocolate Couture.
  • Phil’s latest Community Table recipes feature lasagne and pork verde tacos.
  • If you’re hoping to be one of the first few into Duchess’s new teaching kitchen, Duchess Atelier, keep an eye on their website on August 30, when they will be releasing the details and tickets to their fall workshops. Thanks to Su for this heads up!
  • The Globe & Mail shared their complete list of the most influential people in Canadian food.
  • Felicia and I attended a preview dinner at Joey’s Bell Tower (10310 101 Street) last week. I have no doubt the restaurant will busy even before the arena officially opens. The spicy chicken banh mi was respectable, and hit the spot that day. We had a great server that night – personable and attentive – I hope they can keep it up. The location opened to the public on August 18, 2016.

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Spicy chicken banh mi from Joey’s

  • The penultimate What the Truck?! took place at the Edmonton Ballpark over the weekend. The weather was beautiful for a day in the outfield. If you missed it, mark your calendar for the last event of the year on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Churchill Square.

What the Truck?!

Mack and I both enjoyed burgers from Jack’s Mobile Burger Shack

Sizzling Stick

I was also happy to finally try satay from Sizzling Stick (I loved the branded sticks)

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An ice cream sandwich from One Cool Cookie was my must-have treat; I can’t say no to salted caramel ice cream

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