Food Notes for March 25, 2019

Loblaws CityMarket to Open Downtown

The plans for Ice District have included a grocery store for some time, but the details were elusive until today. Loblaws announced that they will be opening an “urban concept” CityMarket in fall 2020, to be located at 103 Avenue and 103 Street.

The 22,000 square foot facility will feature “chef inspired grab ‘n’ go meal items for lunch and dinner; a wide selection of products to suit a variety of dietary needs, including organic and gluten-free choices and all the fresh food and grocery items customers will need to complete their weekly grocery shop.”

CityMarket opened its location in the Brewery District in 2016.



  • Cafe Caribe on Rice Howard Way has shuttered, and will be replaced by Korean restaurant Cup Bap.
  • Munch in the Milner Building on 104 Street has closed.

Upcoming Events

  • Cafe Bicyclette’s annual Sugar Shack dinners have begun. They take place on Fridays and Saturdays until April 13. Tickets for the 7-course long-table dinner in a wood-heated tent are $75.


  • The Journal was impressed by the food at Artisti Pizzeria. However, it’s disappointing that all three featured photos were supplied by the restaurant.
  • Also on the pizza front, Graham sampled fare from Pink Gorilla, Rosso, Blaze Pizza and Love Pizza.

Local News

  • Baijiu is now offering Sunday brunch once a month. The first took place on March 24.
  • Normand’s is celebrating its 30th birthday with a special menu, running from now until the end of April.
  • Pampa introduced a Lunch Club – diners can purchase a card for $25, which can be redeemed for 10 adult lunch rodizio experiences for $14 until the end of April.
  • The newest episode of CBC’s Fast Food features a simple pasta recipe from Chef Daniel Costa.
  • Where Edmonton lists six independent cafes worth checking out.
  • Sharman recapped the latest Prairie on a Plate held at Cafe Linnea.
  • Avenue Edmonton now has a companion podcast to their magazine called Sidebar Edmonton. The first episode covers their latest Best Restaurants issue, and includes Chef Christine Sanford from Biera.
  • Another podcast from Shift Workplace features Teresa Spinelli of the Italian Centre.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

What I Ate

  • Now that I’m back at work, I’ll definitely be frequenting El Fogon more often again! Their beef and gouda arepa is so good.

El Fogon

Beef and gouda arepa from El Fogon

  • The crowds at OEB show no sign of slowing down; I’m finding that even on a weekday, reservations are absolutely essential. Their breakfast poutine hit the spot for me today.


Confit de canard from OEB

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