Food Notes for October 2, 2017

  • This is the last call for outdoor farmers’ markets: I’m partial to the 124 Grand Market and the City Market, but head to your favourite this week before they wrap up for the year!
  • It’s always great to see local chefs collaborating with one another! The latest: XIX Nineteen’s Chef Andrew Fung will be in the kitchen at Baijiu on October 3, 2017 for their Tuesday Bao Night.
  • There’s still time to source out your Thanksgiving supper – Sorrentino’s turkey-to-go starts at $195 without sides (order by October 3, 2017), while the Shaw Conference Centre is offering a turkey feast for 10-12 for $225 (order by October 6, 2017).
  • Transcend is hosting this year’s Canadian National Barista Championship on October 14-15, 2017, and they’re looking for judges and volunteers.
  • Sazon (from the folks behind Comal Taco Therapy Nights) is offering Nixtamal Taco kits to take home. Reserve your kit for 2 ($40) or 4 ($80) in advance for pick up on October 17, 2017.
  • Leftovers YEG is hosting an event to help bring awareness to food waste. They’re partnering with Ernest’s at NAIT on October 21, 2017 to showcase a meal made entirely from excess food. Tickets are $40 and include a tour of the kitchens.
  • It was announced this week that Chef Ben Staley’s Alta has closed.
  • Unfortunately, Mayday Dogs will not be open this Wednesday, October 4, 2017 due to electrical issues.
  • Cafe Vancia is now open on the main floor of the Ledgeview at 9707 110 Street.
  • Pizza lovers take note: Royal Pizza is opening up a location in the Hys Centre at 11010 101 Street.
  • PhoEver Noodles & Grill opened in Griesbach back in the spring at #102, 9934 137 Avenue.
  • Phil has more details about what you can expect from Chef Lindsay Porter’s new restaurant, London Local, opening later this month.
  • Also from Phil, a round-up of some of his best kept “foodie secrets”.
  • Vue Weekly had an overall great meal at Loft Thai Eatery.
  • Cindy recommends the Spanish brunch offered at Bodega Highlands.
  • Graham asks “where’s the soul?” of Bottega 104.
  • Lydia at YEG Cravings reviewed Miga, one of the several Korean restaurants on 34th Avenue.
  • Jonny is the latest to visit Nara Chicken & Tonkatsu.
  • Sharman recapped the latest Taste Alberta Prairie on a Plate dinner that took place last week at Northern Chicken.
  • Congratulations to Sweet Lollapalooza and The Violet Chocolate Company for their medals gained at the International Chocolate Awards.
  • The moral of the CBC Marketplace story exposing some duplicitous vendors at Toronto-area farmers’ markets is to make sure you get to know the vendors, or at least ask some questions.
  • It was neat to see photos of a farmers’ market taking place on the Legislature grounds last week, but unfortunate it was only a one-time pop-up.
  • I didn’t know pea milk was a thing – it apparently has more calcium than cow’s milk.
  • Mack and I finally made it out to Sugared & Spiced’s storefront location at 10334 82 Avenue. It’s a beautiful space, tucked in an alley within view of the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. We picked up some treats to accompany dinner, but certainly plan to visit again when we’re in the neighbourhood!

Sugared & Spiced

Sugared & Spiced

  • We were in the area, so stopped by Kiwado last week for a late lunch. We didn’t realize the restaurant closes between lunch and dinner service, but were grateful they stayed open for us! We enjoyed our usual options (tonkatsu for me, shoyu for Mack), and particularly appreciated that they offer half orders of chicken karaage on their menu!

Kiwado Ramen

Tonkotsu ramen from Kiwado

  • We also celebrated our anniversary over the weekend at Bundok. We had a lovely meal, but the kohlrabi salad and gnocchi were our favourite dishes of the night.


Bundok’s gnocchi

  • Some of our errands took us to Ritchie on Sunday, so it was a great opportunity to finally explore the Ritchie Market, which we had yet to visit. We sampled some of the bar snacks on offer at Biera, along with a flight of Blind Enthusiasm’s beer. We loved the lofty ceilings and windowed room; we’ll be back some time for diner.


Mack with his flight of beer at Biera

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