Food Notes for April 3, 2023


Upcoming Events

  • The second annual Filipino Restaurant Month returns April 1-30, 2023. In Edmonton, four restaurants are participating: Filistix, Max’s Restaurant, Cebuchon and BBQ, and Manila Grill.
  • April is also Garlic Fest at Sorrentino’s, with garlic-themed menus, events, and cooking classes.
  • Edmonton Public Library is hosting an event called Milner After Dark on April 15 in support of their early literacy program. The event includes live music and tasty bites served in The Kitchen. Tickets are $35 for general admission.
  • Hungry Zine is popping up at Fu’s Repair Shop on April 16 to celebrate their latest issue, which is all about mall food. Adult tickets run $32.88 and include a choice of meat or vegetarian combos.

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What I Ate

  • Friends of ours brought us some take-out from XO Bistro last week – their vermicelli bowl really hit the spot for me that day.
  • XO Bistro

Grilled chicken and spring roll vermicelli from XO Bistro

  • Last week, we were #hosted by Prestons, the restaurant inside the Coast Edmonton Plaza downtown. They are A Capella Catering’s first foray into a restaurant, and they serve breakfast and dinner. I tried the Great One Skillet, with Montreal smoked meat and roasted vegetables topped with poached eggs, hollandaise. It was very satisfying! Mack enjoyed his meat lovers’ benny (featuring BBQ brisket as well as the same Montreal smoked meat). The atmosphere of the restaurant was much more laid back than other brunch restaurants in the neighbourhood, which for us was a welcome change given we had Elizabeth with us. Thanks again to Prestons for having us!
  • Prestons

Great One Skillet from Prestons

  • We walked over to Chinatown on the weekend and picked up some banh mi from Van Loc. The restaurant re-opened with new ownership earlier this year, and feels like a breath of fresh air in the area. The sandwiches were huge, and were packed with meat!
  • Van Loc

Assorted banh mi from Van Loc

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