Food Notes for September 3, 2018

  • The 4th annual “In the Spirit” of Festival Place takes place September 13, 2018. Expect drinks tastings, appetizers, and entertainment. Tickets are $65.
  • The Alberta Food Processors Association is hosting its annual FEASTival of Fine Chefs on September 19, 2018. The event is centered around a black box of ingredients that chefs have 24 hours to transform into a dish. Attendees are treated to a total of 4 of these dishes. Tickets are $150.
  • This is such a great story, shared by Julie Rohr – one of the Syrian refugees her church sponsored has opened a shop just a year and a half after arriving in Canada. It’s called Alqitta Nuts at 12130 161 Avenue, and offers freshly-roasted nuts and coffee (done without any oils), just like he had done back home.
  • A Scandinavian pub called Three Vikings will be moving into the space recently vacated by Daravara on 124 Street.
  • Filistix announced that they are closing their kiosks at MacEwan University.
  • Northern Chicken is now serving brunch! The menu looks great.
  • Edmonton Made covers the rise of ice cream businesses in the city over the last few years.
  • Great to see The Colombian showcased in this month’s issue of Avenue.
  • Avenue has the details on a number of new breweries opening soon in Edmonton, including Omen Brewing, Ale Architect, and Polar Park Brewing.
  • Graham was impressed by the food at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Siu To, the creator of green onion cakes in Edmonton, will be teaching classes of how to make the addictive cakes through Get Cooking. Linda is giving away two tickets to an upcoming class on September 21, 2018.
  • Avenue highlights the work of culinary documentarian Kevin Kossowan, and features some chefs that are as comfortable in a garden as they are in the kitchen.
  • Have you heard about the #tipthebillchallenge, where diners tip 100% of the bill?
  • Should cities put limits on where drive-thru restaurants can be located? New research suggests there could be benefits to doing so.
  • The New York Times checks out some innovative grocery stores, including Nada, a Vancouver-based shop that offers packaged-free bulk food.
  • I met up with some friends at Bodega Highlands for brunch over the weekend. It was nice to have the full brunch menu to order from (unlike at the 124 Street location). The tortilla espanola was very generously sized, with two pieces of chicken served atop a Spanish potato omelette.

Bodega Highlands

The tortilla espanola from Bodega Highlands

  • We ended our visit to the neighbourhood with some end of summer soft serve from Be-a-Bella.


Sprinkle cone from Be-a-Bella

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