Food Notes for October 15, 2018

I took a break from the blog last week for a quick getaway to Vancouver Island – we left Edmonton’s winter for a few days to bask in their fall glory. Thankfully, it seems autumn has also (temporarily) returned here at home! On to this week’s food notes:

  • The fifth annual Restaurants for Change fundraiser is planned for October 17, 2018. RGE RD and Otto are participating; proceeds from their dinner service that night will go towards supporting Food4Good in Edmonton.
  • Northern Bites has planned an Oktoberfest-themed experience featuring beer, pretzels, and sauerkraut on October 24, 2018. Tickets are $70.
  • Audrey’s is hosting the launch of Twyla Campbell’s biography of the late Chef Gail Hall, titled Maps, Markets and Matzo Ball Soup, on October 28, 2018.
  • Studio 99, a new sports bar located inside Rogers Place, opens on October 18, 2018. Note that a valid game day ticket is required to access the bar.
  • Chef Hung, a BC-based restaurant chain that specializes in Taiwanese noodle soups, is set to open their first location in Edmonton on October 21, 2018 in Old Strathcona. Find them at 10336 81 Avenue.
  • Three Vikings, which took over the space formerly occupied by Daravara, is now open at 10713 124 Street.
  • I missed the opening of a new cafe in the west end back in the spring called Rise & Root, located at 20020 Lessard Road.
  • A couple of new Chinatown restaurant openings: Noodleholic, at 9658 107A Avenue and Tacos Y’amor at 9711 107 Avenue.
  • You can now find a cafe serving up coffee and pastries inside the Hotel Macdonald!
  • Soy and Pepper at 11212 Jasper Avenue is no more, but in its place, Jang looks to offer similar fusion flavours from Korea, Japan.
  • Cafe Linnea now offers two- and three-course prix fixe menus daily, at the cost of $35 and $45, respectively.
  • Linda shares just how economical the food is at the Green Onion Cake Man’s Alberta Avenue storefront.
  • The Journal is the latest outlet to visit Cartago in Forest Heights.
  • Vue Weekly was not impressed by the food at the King of Donair.
  • Sharman recapped the most recent Swine & Dine event that took place at Salz.
  • Twyla positively reviewed Tang Bistro.
  • Speaking of Twyla, she is interviewed for the latest More than Maple Syrup podcast to discuss the current state of Alberta’s food scene.
  • Liane spoke to some local restaurant operators to see how the minimum wage hike has affected their operations.
    • Chef Daniel Huber wants the practice of “house tipping” to end in restaurants.
    • A sponsored post in Bon Appetit lists 8 notable restaurants to visit in Edmonton.
    • It looks like a new Edmonton food magazine is on the horizon, called Eat Local Magazine. A digital version of their pilot issue is available, but they’re hoping for their first print copies to be released in December.
    • Vegan hot dogs are now available at the IKEA in Edmonton.
    • Food4Good is hosting a free screening of a documentary about a community food centre in Dartmouth on November 2, 2018.
    • It was my first time at Liuyishou Hot Pot in Chinatown over the weekend. We opted for a communal pot, but they have the option for individual hot pots as well! I’m more familiar with the buffet versions for hot pot, as opposed to ordering individual items off of a menu, but with our large group, we ended up paying just $20 per person. Bonus: we helped ourselves to a ton of the pickled daikon and roasted peanuts to snack on throughout the night.

    Liuyishou Hot Pot

    Hot pot at Liuyishou Hot Pot

    • It’s been too long since my last visit to Pho Tau Bay – but finally, I was able to satisfy my craving.

    Pho Tau Bay

    My usual

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