Food Notes for September 25, 2017

  • Oktoberfest returns to the Northlands Expo Centre on September 29-30, 2017, with local craft and Bavarian beer on tap.
  • Get ready – the City Market moves indoors to City Hall on October 14, 2017. The first 200 customers through the door that day will receive $5 in market bucks to spend.
  • The Avenue Burger Challenge has continued and is currently accepting votes to determine the final two competitors. Voting for round five closes October 2, 2017.
  • Mayday Dogs has finally confirmed their opening date to be October 4, 2017, just in time for the first regular season Oilers home game.
  • Liane shared that the folks behind North 53 and Baijiu are opening not one, but two bars on 104 Street – one just inside Baijiu and another adjacent to Blue Plate Diner.
  • Town Square Brewing is holding a soft opening phase to collect early feedback – check them out for lunch.
  • It looks like Bean Here, the cafe that replaced Rogue Wave at 10571A 114 Street is now open!
  • Kiwado Japanese Cuisine is now open in the space formerly occupied by Sapporo Sushi at 10923 101 Street.
  • The Nook Cafe will be hosting a grand opening celebration September 28-30, 2017.
  • Earth’s General Store’s downtown location will be open until October 8, 2017.
  • Phil reports that Pitaghetti is no more, and will soon be replaced by another restaurant.
  • CBC, the Journal and Sharon all positively reviewed Old Strathcona’s Avila Arepa last week, but it’s worth noting there is a second lower-profile Venezuelan restaurant in Edmonton on 118 Avenue called El Fogon.
  • Vue Weekly profiles the operators and food at Nonna’s Bistro downtown.
  • The Globe & Mail thought Wishbone could have been better.
  • Jonny checked out Songkran Thai in St. Albert.
  • In anticipation of La Ronde’s 50th birthday this week, Graham sampled their Retro Thursday menu ($66 for three courses).
  • Cindy recapped the recent dumpling pop-up hosted by MasterChef Canada competitors Mai Nguyen and Jordan Levin.
  • CBC had a taste-off of five locally-sourced cinnamon buns, which crowned Hazeldean Bakery’s bun the winner.
  • Seafood lovers rejoice: Effing Seafoods is starting up a Fish Club, offering a monthly subscription to interesting seafood options. Vue Weekly also profiled Effing Seafoods last week.
  • Congratulations to the bloggers, including Linda and Phil, who were recognized under Vue Weekly’s Best of Edmonton 2017 Food Blog category!
  • While I’ve had my share of soy-based meats, this bleeding plant-based burger is definitely imitation taken to a whole different level.
  • Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Love Pizza is getting into the spirit with a special #lovesgivingza, available from September 22 – October 7, 2017. It’s topped with mashed potato spread, pulled turkey, stuffing, cranberry chutney, gravy, and brie cheese drizzle. The chutney was on the sweeter side for me, but I loved the mashed potato and gravy! And bonus – $1 for each pizza sold goes to the charity Stop Abuse in Families.


Our #lovesgivingza and Meatatarian

  • Since my office moved away from being walking distance to Chinatown, I haven’t had the chance to frequent Pho Tau Bay as often. I finally returned over the weekend, not realizing just how much I missed my regular order.


My ritual at Pho Tau Bay

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