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.
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.
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.
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!
BBQ duck clubhouse from Cactus Club Cafe