Food Notes for May 8, 2017

At least we were 1/2 on Sunday – the Raptors were shut out of their series against the Cavs, ending a disappointing run. Hopefully the Oilers can continue! On to this week’s notes:

  • The Telus World of Science is hosting Suds and Science on May 11, 2017. Local beer makers and distillers will be on hand with samples alongside a series of hands-on experiments to explore your perception of flavour. Tickets are $15.
  • Also on May 11, 2017, the 124 Street Grand Market re-launches at their original location on 124 Street and 108 Avenue. The market runs from 4-8pm every Thursday night until October 5, 2017.
  • What the Truck?! is back on Sunday, May 14, 2017, with # food trucks lined up. To plan – make sure you check out some tips for attendees, and of course, take a look at the menus when they’re posted!
  • Just in time for summer, Little Brick will be hosting backyard barbecues every Thursday evening starting May 25, 2017.
  • The next Swine and Dine will be taking place at Tzin on May 30, 2017. The five-course dinner is on for $55.
  • El Mariachi, a Latin restaurant at 10991 124 Street, hosted their grand opening on May 2, 2017 after finally completing their renovations.
  • Brittney has an Urban Shabu update: the new owners will be shifting to communal hot pots, replacing the individual pots.
  • From Vue Weekly, this year’s Golden Fork Awards are now up.
  • Cindy is hoping Tokiwa Ramen continues to improve as the newest ramen spot in the city.
  • Twyla is the latest to submit a positive review of Takami Sushi.
  • Jonny reviews an easily overlooked restaurant on the southside – Punjab Paratha House.
  • Vue Weekly enjoyed the brunch at The Local Omnivore.
  • Linda recapped her first experience at the Jubilations Dinner Theatre, and is also giving away tickets to a show.
  • Earth’s General Store announced they are closing their Downtown location on October 31, 2017.
  • Sandwich and Sons on 104 Street also announced their closure last month.
  • Valerie’s latest post in her Cooking with You series features Elyse Chatterton’s oven baked chicken.
  • Since my office relocated to 118 Avenue, I’ve been slowly checking out our neighbours. My downfall will probably end up being the Portuguese custard tarts at Handy Bakery, located just a few blocks away.


Portuguese custard tarts from Handy Bakery

  • I also returned to T & D Noodle House to sample the pho. While almost nothing can live up to Pho Tau Bay (in my opinion), the broth was good. I could have used a bit more meat, less well done, and a sprinkling of cilantro.

T & D Noodle House

Pho from T & D Noodle House

  • Café Linnea launched their dinner menu a few weeks ago, and I finally had the chance to try it last week. We shared a few dishes, but the standout was definitely the beef special – a beautiful braised beef tart topped with roasted bone marrow. Service in the no-tipping establishment was also stellar that night.

Cafe Linnea

Braised beef tart from Café Linnea

  • I met up with May for brunch at Match Eatery in the Grand Villa Casino over the weekend. As far as brunch spots go, the atmosphere is anemic, but with $10 mains as the attraction, they’re definitely just hoping for foot traffic. The frittata with goat cheese was all right, but not worth seeking out.

Match Eatery

Frittata from Match Eatery

  • Good on the boys for stretching out the series to seven games – as a result, there’s still time to indulge in duck dishes before Wednesday. At Cactus Club with friends on Friday, I followed up their classic prawns and ravioli dish and their BBQ duck clubhouse. Let’s go Oilers!

Cactus Club Cafe

BBQ duck clubhouse from Cactus Club Cafe

2 thoughts on “Food Notes for May 8, 2017

  1. As someone who also works on 118ave, I personally prefer Pho King to T&D. I felt the broth had a better flavour and the meat was a better doneness.

  2. I’ll have to make my way down to Pho King at some point – it’s a bit further down the Ave for me, but I’ll give it a try, thanks!

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