Food Notes for May 15, 2017

The playoffs are so unforgiving – just a few days ago the Oilers were still in it to win it, and now, we’re reminiscing over what could have been. On to next year, or in my case, to the Jays. Here are this week’s food notes:

  • The City Market returns to 104 Street this Saturday, May 19!
  • Be among the first to check out Downtown’s newest addition – Wishbone is offering a sneak peek on May 19 and 20, 2017. 6 courses, with wine pairings, $100.
  • Micro-funding forum Fresh Meaet is back on May 24, 2017. This event will focus on food and urban agriculture initiatives. Admission is $15, with $10 from each ticket going to the winning presenter.
  • Rebecca posed 20 questions to Graziano Catering, who is hosting a pop-up Italian Sunday dinner at Privada on May 28, 2017. Tickets are $50 for the 4-course meal.
  • Want to meet fellow urban farmers and gardeners? Consider attending a mixer on June 1, 2017 at the Edmonton Intercultural Centre.
  • Just a Little Night Market has relocated from Beaver Hills Park to the Aviation Hanger at 11410 Kingsway Avenue. They’ll have two evenings of markets on June 9 and 10, 2017, with $5 admission cost.
  • Chartier, in partnership with Great West Farms, will be hosting long table dinners on June 14 and 15, 2017. Tickets are $150 and include appetizers, a 3-course meal and cocktail pairings.
  • Second Line is hosting a Spring Pig Fling and Backyard Bash on July 5, 2017. Tickets are $65 and include a pig roast and drinks.
  • Great to see more renewal on 118 Avenue – a new pub called Simba’s Den & Bistro is opening up next to The Carrot.
  • A Tutti Frutti is coming soon to Oliver Square.
  • If you needed another excuse to visit Baijiu, they’re offering “baodays” every Tuesday – 2 baos for $7.
  • Packrat Louie is currently under renovations and will be re-opening in June.
  • Oodle Noodle added another location to its roster – they’re now open in Tamarack, 2515 17 Street.
  • Jonny discovered a new Asian dessert and drinks restaurant in the west end called BlackBall, located at 17288 Stony Plain Road.
  • Cindy checked out Tang Bistro, serving up Northern Chinese food.
  • High praise from Michelle – the “best South Indian food in #yeg” at Banjara, located at 3927 106 Street.
  • Andrea has the latest review of Takami Sushi.
  • I love this idea of Urban Pedal Tours: an untraditional pub crawl via a 15-passenger bike, inspired by a similar Seattle-based experience. Tickets are $38, not including drinks.
  • Have you heard of YEG Box? It’s a subscription-based service that hopes to introduce those at home (or abroad) to local makers and producers.
  • Mack and I picked up some take-out from Pind Punjab last week in Mill Woods while house-sitting for my parents. I really enjoyed the mutter paneer in particular.


Our spread from Pind Punjab

  • I had the privilege of attending a tasting at Cactus Club Cafe last week, featuring some of the new dishes they’ve rolled out onto their menus nationwide. My favourite dish of the night was the modern bowl, a combination of tabbouleh, pineapple salsa, roasted cauliflower and broccoli, rice, and miso carrot ginger sauce. With a range of textures and flavours, it would make a light and flavourful lunch or supper.


Modern bowl with salmon from Cactus Club

  • We kicked off the weekend at Kazoku Ramen, Mack’s favourite ramen joint in the city.

Kazoku Ramen

Tonkotsu at Kazoku

  • The rain held out at What the Truck?! on Sunday for the first event of the season, held at Northlands. Among the many dishes I had that day included La Mar’s land and sea taco.

La Mar

Land and Sea taco from La Mar

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