Food Notes for December 3, 2018

  • More details have emerged for Al Centro, the Roman-style pizza bar from the folks behind Da Capo. Located at 9888 Jasper Avenue, they will be selling pizza by-the-slice and work to develop the aperetivo culture in Edmonton (think Italian happy hour). They’ve launched a crowd-funding campaign with the hopes that the community can help them across the finish line.
  • An H-Mart is finally set to open in Edmonton – there were rumours of one opening on Calgary Trail in the space that Whole Foods was to occupy, but that hasn’t come to pass yet. It seems one can now be expected in spring 2019 in the former Sobeys location in College Plaza.
  • Hurrah – Bloom Cookie’s brick and mortar location is now open! Find them at 10350 124 Street.
  • The Tea Girl will be closing its doors on December 29, 2018, but will continue to sell its teas online.
  • Characters has been sold and will close after December 31, 2018.
  • Cafe Bicyclette has one of the most picturesque winter patios in the city. They’re kicking off the season with a party and Christmas Bazaar on December 7, 2018.
  • The next Northern Bites experience is Italian inspired, which includes a lesson on how to make chicken Parmesan at Pasta Pantry. Tickets to the January 28, 2019 event are $70.
  • Vue featured a story about how Lui-Chi’s permanent location came to be after running as a mobile espresso cart for a year.
  • The Edmonton AM Snackchecker score tally has been updated. The brownie from Sugared and Spiced still reins supreme.
  • Twyla posted a rave review for Formosa Bistro’s Taiwanese cuisine.
  • Baijiu is the focus of Scott Lingley’s last review for Vue (the paper announced it was ceasing publication at the end of November).
  • Crystal sees some room for improvement at Town Square Brewing.
  • Lydia found the food at Loft Thai Eatery to be overly sweet.
  • The Journal reviewed the long-standing Ukrainian restaurant Uncle Ed’s in Beverly.
  • Linda’s launched her second year of Christmas food giveaways, with some amazing prizes for 24 days in December.
  • Perfect for the chocolate-lover in your life, Jacek is offering a chocolate subscription made up of 5 shipments throughout 2019. The $250 gift is only available until December 8, 2018.
  • Whimsical Cupcakes provided the set of a Christmas movie about a bakery filmed in Edmonton earlier this year.
  • There’s a new farmers’ market in town – the Ottewell Artisan Farmers’ Market started in early November. It operates year-round on Thursdays from 7211 96A Avenue.
  • The Alberta Government is amending the Occupational Health and Safety Code on January 1, 2019 to ensure servers and bartending staff won’t have to wear unsafe footwear (read: high heels).
  • Buffets never photograph well, but I enjoyed the dinner buffet at Namaste India’s Chinatown location. The price also can’t be beat – they’re currently offering a 15% discount on their lunch (regular $15) and dinner (regular $20) prices.


My first helping at Namaste India

  • Since having Emily, Mack and I haven’t been to Route 99 as often. So in some ways having a baby has been good for our health.


Our Route 99 usual

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