Food Notes for January 20, 2020

Eat Local Magazine Announces New Editor

Eat Local just celebrated its one year publication anniversary, having launched their first print issue in December 2018. Within that short time, they tripled their print run from 3,000 to 10,000 copies.

This week, they announced that local freelance writer and CBC Food Explorer Twyla Campbell has joined the team as the new editor.

As she described to Eat North, “My role is to help tell the stories behind the pictures and to connect the reader to the good, conscientious chefs and producers who feed us all."

Her first issue will land in March 2020.


Upcoming Events

  • Starting January 22, 2020, Food4Good’s low-cost produce markets are relocating to Salvage Reclaimed Furniture (15308 Stony Plain Road) and will happen regularly every other Wednesday.
  • Culina Chef Brad Lazarenko has organized Pe Mitso, a collaboration dinner on February 9, 2020 celebrating the Indigenous roots of Brad, and Chefs Shane Chartrand and Scott Iserhoff. Tickets for the 5-course dinner are $85.
  • Winefest returns to the Edmonton Convention Centre on February 14-15, 2020. Tickets start at $87.
  • Join Avenue at their annual Best Restaurants event on March 16, 2020 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Tickets are $60 and includes food and beverage tickets.


  • Graham opines that the food at Calle Mexico’s new south side restaurant is “very good”, but “conventional”.
  • Jonny offers some photologs on Korean restaurant Machef, China Burger BBQ in Old Strathcona, and old favourite Sunbake Pita.

Local News

  • The Tomato is accepting nominations for their annual Top 100 Best Things to Eat in Edmonton. Nominations close January 31.
  • Culina will be opening up an outpost called Culina on the Lake at Hawrelak Park. They’ve started a crowdfunding campaign with the hopes of raising $35,000 to help with expenses.
  • Cafe Linnea, along with some partner businesses, is sponsoring a free wedding, valued at up to $10,000. Interested couples have until February 17, 2020 to enter.
  • Bloom’s Valentine’s Day Cookie-Grams are back! They will deliver a box of their egg and dairy-free cookies for $35, with $5 from each box going towards the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. Orders will be accepted until February 7, or until sold out.
  • Speaking of Valentine’s Day, Linda has some great food-related ideas to help you celebrate this year.
  • The Journal offers some background on Chef Ben Staley’s new venture, Restaurant Yarrow.
  • Smokey Bear had received many positive reviews over the past few weeks, but its reputation may have taken a hit after well-known LGBTQ academic and advocate Dr. Kristopher Wells shared his negative experience dining out at the restaurant this weekend.
  • It was reported that Planet Organic has racked up thousands of dollars of unpaid bills with some local vendors, including Honest Dumplings.
  • CTV’s series Josh Eats Edmonton finally has its own landing page – catch up on segments featuring Nello’s.
  • The University of Alberta’s podcast What the Job? interviewed restauranteur Nate Box (of District, Fox Burger, and June’s Delicatessen).
  • In case you’re on the hunt for cheap eats Downtown, The Yards has you covered.

What I Ate

  • It was definitely a soup kind of week, though I never need an excuse to return to Tau Bay for my pho fix.

Pho Tau Bay

My usual at Tau Bay

  • In the middle of the deep freeze, I met up with Su for dinner at another participating Chinatown Dining Week restaurant Youth BBQ. We didn’t end up ordering off the set menu as it was easy enough to put together our own sampling of their charcoal-grilled skewers (most only $2 each – it might possibly be one of the best deals in town). We both found their spicy and slightly sweet seasoning salt addictive, whether sprinkled on beef skewers or fried potato chips. We’ll be back!

Youth BBQ

Beef skewer from Youth BBQ


Food Notes for January 13, 2020

Local Talent on Western Living’s 40 Foodies of the Year

Several Edmontonians made this year’s Foodies of the Year list, put out by Western Living Magazine. While the list will crown the “top 10” on March 7, 2020, three individuals were included among the forty finalists.

Lindsay Porter was recognized for her take on British classics at London Local, Cyrille Koppert for his gem of a French restaurant in Partake, and Keenan Pascal of Token Bitters was highlighted for his line of locally-inspired bitters.


  • Restaurant Yarrow and its accompany 12-seat Bar at Yarrow opened in early January. It is Chef Ben Staley’s latest foray into the Edmonton restaurant scene, after Alta and Alder Room closed in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Dining at Yarrow requires a prepaid reservation at $170 per person for a meal ranging between 18-22 servings.
  • Lan Noodle is the newest hand-pulled noodle restaurant in Edmonton, located at 10475 82 Avenue.
  • Ice District has a new tenant – Delux Burger Bar in the Edmonton Tower is now open.
  • Japanese Village is now open on BRBN St. at West Edmonton Mall.

Upcoming Events

  • Kitchen by Brad is hosting Kitchen Suppers on Wednesdays until the end of February. They will be serving a 3-course, $35 dinner; reservations are recommended.
  • The third Nowhere Kitchen event will take place on January 26, 2020 with Chef Chris Tom-Kee, and focus on Chinese cuisine. As with their previous events, it is hosted by chefs of colour focused on their cultural identity and food justice. Tickets start at $30.
  • Filistix continues with its series of special events highlighting aspects of Filipino cuisine – this time, with a Kamayan Feast (“kamayan” translates to ‘eat with your hands’). Tickets for the January 31, 2020 dinner are $56.75 plus fees.


Local News

What I Ate

  • It was definitely a soup kind of week – I started with a warm-up at T and D Noodle House. Their bun bo Hue has perhaps replaced the two-colour vermicelli as my go-to dish!

T and D Noodle House

Bun bo Hue from T and D Noodle House

  • On the weekend, I met up with some friends at Chinese Hot Pot Buffet. I’d never been before, but I can see why they have many fans – the serve yourself (for most things) model means nothing stands in the way of you and getting food in your belly! I also appreciated the opportunity to have a chicken soup sauna for a couple of hours on a cold night, heh.

Chinese Hot Pot

Our (first of many) spreads at Chinese Hot Pot Buffet

  • Mack, Emily, and I went to Syphay’s Chinatown location for the first time for Chinatown Dining Week (which continues until January 19, 2020). They’re offering a great deal – either curry or pad Thai, plus soup and spring rolls for just $18. I really enjoyed the pad Thai, and Emily happily munched on the spring rolls.


Chinatown Dining Week special at Syphay

Food Notes for January 6, 2020

CBC Names RGE RD and Corso 32 Best Restaurants of the Decade

CBC Edmonton released their fifth annual Best Restaurants list for 2019, and to help round-out the decade, included their picks for best restaurants of the decade.

Food Explorer Twyla Campbell chose RGE RD, who attributes their success to the fact that the restaurant is a genuine farm-to-fork establishment, where “the staff eat, live and breathe it, unlike others who profess to be, but fail to abide.”

Radioactive host Adrienne Pan and food writer Phil Wilson selected Corso 32, based on its standards and consistency, writing that the restaurant “ushered in a new standard for quality and flavour.”

The rest of the list includes neighbourhood-based categories, and a cheeky “don’t skip the dishes here”.


  • Calle Mexico’s third location (in the former Atlantic Trap & Gill) is now open at 7704 104 Street.
  • Barbarella is a new restaurant at 17115 100 Avenue (former Milestone’s). They completed their soft opening week on January 6.
  • The Delta Hotel has opened their fully renovated restaurant and cafe in Edmonton City Centre, rebranded as District 102. Interestingly, they offer a 15% discount to “neighbours”, which I take to mean Downtown residents.
  • New cafe alert: Take Care Cafe is now open at 9621 82 Avenue.
  • Also on the cafe front, Overflow Cafe has taken over Da Capo’s Whyte Avenue location (8135 102 Street).
  • Love Pizza announced a second Edmonton location on the south side at Rabbit Hill Crossing.
  • BaoBao is a forthcoming Chinese dumpling and noodle restaurant that has replaced Watari Express at 10544 Jasper Avenue.
  • Wing Snob, an American-based chain, is opening its first location in Canada in the Brewery District (11988-104 Avenue).
  • Chain Leopold’s Tavern will be opening in the revamped Strathcona Hotel this summer.


  • Holt’s Cafe closed on December 28. Liane wrote a beautiful tribute to the restaurant, incorporating the memories of lunching with her mother.
  • The Woodrack Cafe relocated to Old Strathcona, but that meant closing their original location at 7603 109 Street.

Upcoming Events

  • There’s still time to enter Deep Freeze Fest’s tourtière baking contest on January 12, 2020! The deadline to enter is January 11.
  • Chinatown Dining Week runs January 9-19, 2020. The event showcases 16 businesses in Chinatown who are offering $18 multi-course dinners or $10 take-away deals.
  • Silver Skate will be putting on a series of Long Table Dinners from February 7-17, 2020, featuring a number of Edmonton, Calgary, and Saskatoon-based chefs. Tickets for the 4-5 course dinners are $150 per person.


Local News

Beyond Edmonton

What I Ate

  • While I wasn’t intending on taking a break from the blog over the holidays, with family in town, it was a nice excuse to relax! It also meant we ate really well, and perhaps indulged a little too much. We started with a family brunch at OEB, which seems to have become a tradition for us.


My usual order of Confit de Canard

  • We also introduced some of my family to one of our Downtown favourites – Love Pizza! Emily is a fan.

Love Pizza

Our Meatatarian standard at LovePizza

  • My sister Amanda then introduced us to her favourite donair in the city, which she has to have while in town. Mack and I had never been to Swiss Donair, but clearly, based on the line-ups that day, it is well-known to the Edmonton community. We were amazed at how fast they were.

Swiss Donair

Mack attempted to finish the jumbo-size donair at Swiss Donair

  • We had a pretty great meal at Langano Skies; with such a big group, we were able to sample many of their meat and vegetarian dishes (I particularly loved the split peas with curry).

Langano Skies

Our beautiful platter from Langano Skies

  • We also had a chance to finally try the “bring your own soup pot”-style bun bo Hue from Calgary-based Bun Bo Hue Deli. Even after six generous bowls, the $40 pot my sister brought back yielded enough leftovers for at least another meal for four.

Bun Bo Hue Deli

Home-style bun bo Hue!

Food Notes for December 16, 2019

Chinatown Dining Week Returns for a Third Year

Chinatown Dining Week is back for its third annual celebration of delicious eats in one of Edmonton’s most underappreciated neighbourhoods. It will be the biggest event so far, with a total of 16 participating businesses, doubling last year’s total.

Running January 9-19, 2020, participating restaurants will offer $18 fixed priced 2-course dinner menus available after 5pm. In addition, a new category will feature other businesses that may not focus on the sit-down experience, and offer $10 takeaway packages. Full menus will be released the week of December 16, 2019 on

Disclosure: while Chinatown Dining Week is an entirely volunteer-run initiative, I am the co-founder and a part of the volunteer team.



  • The Downtown location of Doan’s is currently closed for kitchen renovations until the New Year. The southside location remains open.
  • Looks like the renovated Garden Cafe in Chinatown was never really able to get off the ground; it is now permanently closed.

Upcoming Events

  • Formosa Bistro is celebrating their second anniversary with lion dances and discounts on December 21 and 22, 2019.
  • The menu for The Marc’s special brunch on December 29, 2019 is now up; call the restaurant for reservations.
  • Save the date for Silver Skate’s new Battle of the Neighbourhoods event on February 12, 2020. Restaurants representing 4 neighbourhoods (Oliver, Ritchie, Downtown, Old Strathcona) will be judged on their best stew creations. Entrance to the event is free, but tickets will be required for food and drink samples.


  • Graham reviewed Braven and states that it is “a satisfying replacement for the late, great Hardware Grill.”
  • Twyla raved about the traditional flavours served up in a modern way at Tiffin.
  • The Journal had a positive experience at Noi Thai (located in the former Viphalay space).
  • Stephanie shared her impressions of Brasserie Bardot after attending a media event.

Local News

  • In the Journal’s latest Food Notes column, writer Tom Murray sheds more light on Royale and Pablo (both opened by Kevin Cam, the man behind Baijiu and Little HK), and also shares his favourite bites of the year.
  • The Yards’ latest Best in the Core includes categories for best brunch, best date night, and best grab-n-go.
  • Avenue vouches for the seafood poutine at eatery FrenCheese (8943 92 Avenue).
  • Also from Avenue – check out their Christmas Day dinner guide if cooking isn’t for you.
  • Congratulations to Eat Local magazine, who just published their first anniversary issue!
  • Chris Lachance, the restauranteur behind the Century Hospitality Group, and designer Chris Kourouniotis commemorated their 20-year partnership this year.
  • The latest episode of “Josh Eats Edmonton” on CTV News features Old Strathcona mainstay Langano Skies.
  • The second episode of Global Family Favourites features Lisa MacGregor’s recipe for rosette apple pie.
  • Epicurean Adventure Tours founder Bryanna Kumpula-Yung started a pop-up called Adley’s Bakeshop in honour of her daughter; all proceeds will be directed to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Orders for cookies can be placed until December 19, 2019.
  • If you’re looking for holiday cocktail recipes, Avenue has some festive suggestions.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • Exceed Solar is working with the University of Alberta to “study and perfect cold climate greenhouses in an effort to increase locally grown food supplies in colder climates.” The project includes building a solar powered off-grid greenhouse at the U of A Students’ Union’s community garden.

What I Ate

  • Continuing to taste our way around Chinatown, the Chinatown Dining Week crew tried Shijing Taste Mixer last week, one of only a few restaurants in Edmonton offering Malatang street food. Named after a spicy mala sauce used to flavour the dishes, orders can be customized to include a variety of meat, other proteins, and vegetables, which are then stir fried with noodles and the sauce. It was a tasty and warming dish perfect for a cold night!

Shijing Taste Mixer

Chinatown Dining Week special from Shijing Taste Mixer

  • We don’t order Skip the Dishes very often, but a craving for Padmanadi on the same day as their infamous Christmas Buffets meant I was more inclined to choose the delivery option in favour of line-ups.


Padmanadi delivery

  • The kouign amann from Lock Stock is easily my favourite pastry in the city, and it’s a treat every time I’m early enough to snag one. Mack also tried their snegl (a Swedish cardamom bun).

Lockstock Coffee

Lock Stock pastries

    Food Notes for December 9, 2019

    Dine Under the Stars Coming to Edmonton

    An international event series is coming to Edmonton in 2020. Dine Under the Stars organizes pop-up 4-course dinners that take place in unique locations, with diners seated inside weather-resistant Garden Domes. The events have taken place in cities across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

    In Edmonton, the domes will be situated on the terrace of the Edmonton Convention Centre, with spring and fall event dates listed, from April 15-May 15, 2020, and September 10-October 11, 2020, respectively. Dome reservations run $110 without a promotional code, with food costs priced at an additional $92 per guest plus gratuity.

    Dine Under the Stars held one successful event in Calgary this past May at Fish Creek Provincial Park, with another that was planned to take place at Deane House in September. Ultimately, the fall event was cancelled because the venue had been flooded, and prospective diners have been experiencing challenges acquiring full refunds.

    It is also worth noting that the Riverside Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott has similar weather-resistant domes on their river valley terrace.



    Upcoming Events

    • The Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market is hosting a series of gingerbread making workshops on December 14 and 21, 2019 led by Meat Street Pies. Each kit sells for $27 and includes $5 in market bucks.
    • For a taste of the holidays, The Associazione Giovani Italiani Di Edmonton will be roasting chestnuts on an open fire outside of the Italian Centre in Little Italy on December 15 and 22, 2019.


    • Lydia was invited to try new Japanese restaurant Tokeo Station.
    • The Journal’s wine columnist Juanita Roos paid Old Strathona’s Smokey Bear a visit.
    • Graham enjoyed the “French-inspired” fare at Brasserie Bardot.

    Local News

    Beyond Edmonton

    • A new report states that the average Canadian family will pay up to an additional $487 for food in 2020. The anticipated increase is mainly tied to climate change causing unpredictability with crops.
    • This Toronto-based article captures some prevailing threads in the food world related to the marginalization of certain cuisines based on conscious or unconscious racial bias.

    What I Ate

    • In search of a cold remedy last week I ended up at King Noodle House for their comforting bun bo Hue.

    King Noodle House

    Bun Bo Hue from King Noodle House

    • Mack, Emily and I were invited to check out the Edmonton Christmas Market at ATB Place over the weekend. We loved the light installations and the beautifully-crafted vendor huts outside. While there weren’t as many warm food options as I was expecting, they did have a hot beverage menu reminiscent of European Christmas markets. Thanks again to Wild Heart for having us! The market takes place from Thursday to Saturday until December 21, 2019.

    Edmonton Christmas Market

    Mack and Emily at the Edmonton Christmas Market

    Food Notes for December 2, 2019

    Local Businesses Remedy Cafe and Tiffin Continue to Expand in Edmonton

    Many in the hospitality industry are struggling in this current economic climate, but two local businesses are continuing to expand their footprint in the Edmonton area.

    Remedy Cafe opened its seventh location in Sherwood Park on November 27, its first outside of Edmonton. Located in the Savona Centre at #110, 200 Festival Lane, founder Zee Zaidi has even committed to hiring only Sherwood Park residents for that branch. Additional locations are in the works, including another Downtown in the Bell Tower.

    Tiffin expanded to its third location on November 30, adding a storefront in Windermere at 6089 Currents Drive. This is the second new storefront for the fast casual Indian restaurant this year; they opened their “flagship” restaurant on 104 Street back in May.


    • Royale, the new burger-focused restaurant from the folks behind Baijiu, will open this week; details to come. Royale is located in the former Blue Plate Diner storefront at 10145 104 Street.
    • Adding to the idea that 104 Street is the new “burger district” in Edmonton, chain Wayback Burgers will be opening its first Alberta shop on Jasper Avenue & 104 Street.
    • Calle Mexico will be opening a south side location at 7704 104 Street.
    • Polar Park Brewing opened after a lengthy renovation period in Old Strathcona (10416 80 Avenue).
    • Also in Old Strathcona, wood-fired eatery Smokey Bear is now open. The Journal has information on what to expect at the restaurant.
    • Whyte House Cafe opened in the space formerly occupied by Gama Cafe (10813 82 Avenue).

    Upcoming Events

    • The Alberta Beer Guide is launching their Winter edition on December 4, 2019 at Dirtbag Cafe. Tickets will be available at the door.
    • The annual Christmas Market held at La Cite Francophone will be held on December 6, 13, and 20, 2019 from 5-9pm, and will feature roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, in addition to vendors and music.
    • Filistix has organized a Christmas edition of their popular Bayanihan dinner series on December 18, 2019, which again brings together more than a half dozen Edmonton-based Filipino chefs. Tickets for this 8-course dinner are $85.


    • The Journal had a positive experience at Shojo Izakaya, with “well-priced small plates” to share.
    • Twyla offered a mixed review of Braven; while she enjoyed her mains, she felt “shortchanged” on the service end.
    • Graham reviewed a pair of fairly new brew pubs – Campio and Polar Park. He preferred the food at the latter.

    Local News

    • Phil started a new web series called Through the Pass, which will explore some of the “stories behind our favourite foods.” The first episode focuses on the chefs at Panini’s Italian Cucina, who happen to be from Eritrea.
    • A vlogger with a travel and food YouTube channel called Cup of TJ toured Edmonton; her visits to the Green Onion Cake Man and Yelo’d were highlights.
    • Ever wanted to re-create the famous University of Alberta Tuck Shop cinnamon buns at home? Here’s your chance.
    • Food Network will debut a new culinary competition show featuring amateur cooks called Wall of Chefs on February 3, 2020. Among the 33 professional chefs who will be part of a rotating judging panel is Edmonton’s own Chef Shane Chartrand.

    What I Ate

    • I’ve been spending a lot more time in Chinatown as of late, as we gear up for the third annual Chinatown Dining Week, January 9-19, 2020 (more details to come!). We had a planning meeting last week at one of my favourite Chinatown restaurants, Gui Lin. I love their fried noodles with pork.

    Gui Lin

    Fried noodles with pork from Gui Lin

    • I was back in Chinatown over the weekend, and picked up one of my favourite grab ‘n’ go lunches – a $5 combo sub from Nhon Hoa. They make their own bread, too.

    Nhon Hoa

    Combo sub from Nhon Hoa

    Food Notes for November 25, 2019

    Chef Ben Staley to Launch New Restaurant

    Chef Ben Staley has released more details about his forthcoming new restaurant, Restaurant Yarrow.

    Described as a “place to interact with regional, seasonal cuisine and those who prepare it”, Yarrow seats 10 and will offer only tasting menus ranging between 18-22 servings. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $170 per person. Seatings are available starting January 3, 2020.

    Chef Staley first made a name for himself at North 53 in 2014, where he created a menu using exclusively Canadian ingredients. Although he would depart the restaurant less than a year later, his next two ventures operated with similar hyper-local parameters. Alta, which opened in 2017, served small plates at room temperature or cold, but would close within months. Alder Room opened in the same year next door, offering elaborate tasting menus at a 12-seat bar. It garnered national acclaim, landing on enRoute’s Best New Restaurants list in 2017, but unfortunately, closed in 2018.


    • Downtown has a brand new coffee shop: Cafe Rosa is now open just above El Beso (10432 Jasper Avenue). They brew Rogue Wave Coffee, and offer baked goods sourced from Lock Stock.
    • Green Onion Cake Man has opened a second location downtown, at the kiosk above the Central LRT Station (10020 Jasper Avenue). It is open 11am-2pm on weekdays.
    • Bubble Cream is now open at West Edmonton Mall, serving up Hong Kong-style waffles and ice cream (they did have a kiosk at the Premium Outlet Collection by the airport for a time, but that had since closed).
    • Sepps Pizza, from the folks behind Leva Cafe, is the latest ghost kitchen to open in Edmonton. Orders for their “classic New York pie with a northern twist” can be made through their website or Uber Eats.
    • Jay Bee’s Diner is opening a second location on 127 Street north of 137 Avenue.

    Upcoming Events

    • The University of Alberta has published a cookbook featuring 25 recipes and stories from their campus community. The official launch takes place on November 28, 2019 and is free to attend.
    • Whole Family Health has partnered with Chef Blair Lebsack of RGE RD to host an event titled Mindful Eating to offer tips about how eating more consciously can help prevent illness. The workshop will be held at RGE RD on December 1, ant proceeds from the $50 tickets will go towards Movember.
    • On the heels of their successful Filipino-focused special events, Filistix will be hosting “Jajan: an evening of Indonesian Cuisine” on December 11, 2019. It is an opportunity for two of their chefs of Indonesian heritage to present dishes from their country of origin. Tickets are $60.
    • The Marc will be offering a special brunch on December 29, 2019.


    Local News

    • A handful of eateries were featured in enRoute’s Edmonton City Guide, including Baijiu, Biera, Bundok, Cibo Bistro, Partake, Prairie Noodle, and Woodshed.
    • Open Table released a list of the top 25 restaurants for solo dining in Canada, and Tzin made the cut.
    • Graham interviewed Chef Brad Lazarenko about his current venture, Culina To Go.
    • Jason Foster points out the unfortunate results of the annual Edmonton Journal Readers’ Choice Awards for “Best Craft Brewery”.
    • The Hotel Macdonald unveiled their 2019 gingerbread house earlier in the month – this year’s creation stands 20 feet tall.
    • Also from Graham, he wrote about his experience at the first Culinary Team Luncheon hosted by the NAIT chefs in preparation for the Culinary Olympics in Germany next year. NAIT will host two additional practice sessions on January 18 and February 1, 2020. The events are open to the public; tickets for the lunches are $20.95.
    • In commemoration of the Silver Skate Festival’s upcoming 30th anniversary, they’ve put together an ATB BoostR campaign to help manage the increasing costs of the event. A number of rewards offered are food-related, including a private tasting tour of their food event, Spirits on Ice, and a private dinner from the Chef Richard Toll of Under the High Wheel.
    • Sharman shared a recap of the recent Swine and Dine dinner hosted by Drift at the Shamrock Curling Club.
    • This video from the Alberta Motor Association features Darren and Sylvia Cheverie on the origin story behind their restaurant Chartier.
    • Sweet Lollapalooza was recognized with a silver and bronze at the 2019 International Chocolate Awards.
    • I learned about another new-to-me small batch coffee roaster based in Edmonton called High Horse Coffee. The product is available through their online shop, as well as at Save-On Foods.
    • The 5th annual Cookie YEGTweetup, supported in part by Cookies by George, raised $500 for the Christmas Bureau.

    Urban Agriculture and Farming

    What I Ate

    • Mack, Emily and I were in Chicago last week and so I decided to take a break from the blog. We had a lot of great eats, much of which were Mexican owing to the neighbourhood my sister lives in. These tacos from Rubi’s, a vendor at the Maxwell Street Market, were amazing.


    Tacos (with fresh-made tortillas!) from Rubi’s in Chicago

    • Upon our return to Edmonton, I tried several new-to-me restaurants. On the more casual side was DeRose Fine Foods, located in a light industrial area off 99 Street. They offer two breakfast dishes, but were no less busy because of it. The breakfast bowl ($12), featuring tater tots, a very tasty house-made brisket, and an over easy egg, was enough to feed two people. They also host Bagel Bar and offer a variety of meat cuts and sausages.

    DeRose Fine Foods

    Breakfast bowl from DeRose Fine Foods

    • Revel has flown under the radar for me for some time, but I was looking forward to trying it. Of the dishes I shared, the short rib was my favourite.


    Short rib from Revel

    • Mack, Emily, and I had been to Filistix for dinner, but this weekend was our first sampling of their brunch menu, offered 11am-3pm on weekends. I always welcome the opportunity to have noodles for breakfast, and Filistix offers this and more! I particularly enjoyed the beef broth underlying my brisket noodle soup.


    Beef brisket noodle soup from Filistix

    • Braven was my first taste of the new O & B run-restaurants at the JW Marriott. Service was excellent, and there’s something to be said about a well-designed room. We enjoyed all of the dishes, including the short rib, but this plate of roasted BC black cod was too pretty not to share.


    BC black cod from Braven

      Food Notes for November 11, 2019

      Local Amateur Baker Wins National Baking Competition

      Edmonton-based Nataliia Shevchenko was crowned the winner of the third season of CBC’s The Great Canadian Baking Show. The show hosts ten amateur bakers from across Canada to compete in themed challenges.

      The finale aired on November 6, 2019, although the episode was actually filmed back in June. Although she works as an administrative assistant by day, she learned to love the kitchen by cooking with her mother.

      Nataliia plans to launch an online baking channel with Chris Koo, the other Edmonton-based contestant on the show this season.


      • Dorinku Osaka (the sister restaurant to Dorinku in Old Strathcona) is now open at 10328 Jasper Avenue. In addition to the main restaurant, there’s also a ramen bar called Osaka Noodle tucked in the back of the space.
      • The first of Century Hospitality Group’s ghost kitchens is now open. Orders for The Flying Dodough (serving pizzas, rotisserie chicken, and salads) are available only through Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats.
      • Apparently Tokeo Station, the long-awaited restaurant in the McLeod Building at 10009 101A Avenue, is finally opening on November 12, 2019.
      • Pablo (10432 Jasper Avenue), hosted a soft opening last weekend, but hasn’t yet announced  an official opening date.
      • Doughnut Party has moved the opening date of their Ritchie storefront back to some time in early 2020.

      Upcoming Events

      • The Christmas tree in Churchill Square will officially be lit on November 15, 2019, with roasted chestnuts, maple taffy on snow, bannock, hot chocolate, and cookies.
      • All is Bright returns to 124 Street on November 16 from 4-8pm; expect s’mores, food trucks, and a beverage garden. Thankfully, the organizers have decided to again close 124 Street for the festivities.


      • Turqaz Kebab House gets more love from local media, this time from Graham.

      Local News

      • Edmonton business Caramunchies has launched a different kind of crowdfunding campaign – they’re hoping to raise $5,000 to help them host monthly suppers at a local soup kitchen.
      • Sweet Lollapalooza is a 2019 finalist in the International Chocolate Awards in two categories: flavoured dark chocolate and milk chocolate ganaches or truffles.

      Urban Agriculture and Farming

      • The Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market reopened the doors of their indoor location on Saturday after finally resolving their permit issues.

      What I Ate

      • Mack, Emily, and I finally made it to Woodshed Burgers, encountering a packed house on Friday night. While we had to try their now infamous fish sandwich, it was their namesake burger that we most enjoyed  – the tomato jam and the red wine braised onions sealed the deal! Emily, as predicted, preferred the fries.

      Woodshed Burgers

      The Woodshed from Woodshed Burgers

      • Although the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market is open, they still don’t have a coffee purveyor on-site. Thankfully, Peche Cafe is just a half block away. The sister cafe to Die Pie, they also offer an entirely plant-based menus (think soy, almond, and oat milk-based drinks). We tried some oat milk lattes (a first for us!), and a generously-sized dark chocolate scone. With great service and an inviting space, I hope more people discover it!

      Peche Cafe

      Dark chocolate scone from Peche Cafe

      • Mack, Emily, and I also stopped by Toast Culture on the weekend. The ahi tuna toast was good, but the real surprise was the pizza, featuring Meuwly’s soppressata. I appreciated the crust that was thin but sturdy enough for the toppings. Given pizza makes up approximately half of the evening menu, they could easily be called “Pizza Culture With a Side of Toast”, heh.

      Toast Culture

      Meuwly’s soppressata and pesto pizza from Toast Culture

      Food Notes for November 4, 2019

      Kanu Closes to Make Way for Plant-based Pizzeria

      Kanu, a partnership between local developer Sherry Schluessel and American chef Matthew Kenney, has transitioned to a new concept after just over a year in operation. Kanu re-opened as Doppio Zero on October 31, 2019, and joins Die Pie as the second plant-based pizzeria in Edmonton.

      When Kanu opened back in September 2018, it was heralded as a major step in the city’s embrace of plant-based cuisine, as it was the first higher-end restaurant of its kind. However, as told to the Journal, it appears Kanu struggled because of ingredient costs.

      “It was very difficult to manage because of some of the ingredients,” [Sherry Schluessel] says. “Especially the nuts. We don’t, for example, grow macadamia nuts here, and even some of the micro greens were very expensive. Keeping the quality of the dishes intact was just a bit more than we could afford, even if we had a faithful, repeat customer base who loved what we did. It just wasn’t sustainable for Edmonton.”

      This is the sixth Doppio Zero location (known as Double Zerio in the US), joining branches in New York, LA, Boston, and Baltimore.


      • Little Duchess (the smaller, sister location of Duchess Bake Shop) is now open in Ritchie Market, located at 9570 76 Avenue.
      • The Woodrack Cafe is opening a new location, taking over the Cafe Besos space in Lyon.
      • Thamel Bistro, offering Nepalese cuisine, is now open at 12413 118 Avenue.


      • Flamingo Restaurant, which has been operating for more than 40 years in west Edmonton, is closing on November 30 due to expropriation for the Valley Line LRT.

      Upcoming Events

      • Nowhere Kitchen is a new cooking class/workshop series that will be hosted by chefs of colour focused on their cultural identity and food justice. The first class will take place on November 10, 2019 and feature Chef Addie Raghavan at Get Cooking. Tickets are $30.
      • Linda is leading a Food Crawl and Instagrammable Walls walk in Chinatown/McCauley on November 17, 2019. Tickets go on sale November 5.
      • STEM Sisters will launch their first event on November 28, 2019 with an interview and tour with Lisa Davis of Yellowhead Brewery, one of the few female brewers in Alberta. Tickets are $10.
      • Save the date for the first Edmonton Christmas Market, organized by Wild Heart Collective (the folks behind the 124 Grand Market), on Thursdays to Sundays from November 28-December 21, 2019. It will be located Downtown at ATB Place.


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      What I Ate

      • I was in Calgary with Mack and Emily last week, and was able try a couple of new-to-us restaurants. We always seem to stay in the East Village, but hadn’t yet sampled the fare at the historic King Eddy. Though we had to duck out before the live music started, they offer a very respectable mac and cheese – creamy, and nicely textured with breadcrumbs, bacon, and mushrooms.

      King Eddy

      Mac and cheese from King Eddy

      • Before we left the city, we had the chance to grab lunch at Chix Egg Shop, the latest addition to the Charcut/Charbar empire. It’s a cute, modern diner located in the Alt Hotel in the East Village, only open for breakfast and lunch. I enjoyed my hot fried chicken sandwich, and Emily loved the  shoestring fries. Calgary continues its brunch domination of Edmonton.

      Chix Egg Shop

      Hot chix sandwich from Chix Egg Shop

      • I don’t get to Brio Bakery nearly as often as I would like, but when I do, I load up on bread (their Prairie loaf is my favourite in the city), and add a cruffin for good measure.

      Brio Bakery

      Cruffins from Brio Bakery

      I was honoured this past week to be recognized as one of this year’s Top 40 Under 40 in Avenue Edmonton, in part because of my contributions to the local food scene. It’s been such a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful community – thanks to all of you for reading and for supporting the events I’ve participated in.

      Food Notes for October 28, 2019

      Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market Opens Year-Round Location

      The Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market opened their new year-round location on October 26, 2019 in the GWG Building located at 10305 97 Street.

      This date came about after numerous delays and confusion. In March, it was first reported that the market would not return to 104 Street in the summer, and instead, would transition from their previous winter home in City Hall directly to their new digs in the Quarters. Then, after operating outdoors for a few weeks in May and June adjacent to the GWG Building, the market returned to 104 Street for the remainder of the summer season. Permitting issues delayed their move indoors in October, despite the market’s announcement of a grand opening party.

      Although the Downtown Farmers’ Market has plans to become a multi-day market (to operate on Saturdays and Sundays), for the time being, they will only be open on Saturdays until further notice.



      Upcoming Events

      • The next discount Fruit & Veggie Sale run by Food4Good is scheduled for October 29, 2019.
      • Seconds, Please, a web series documenting stories and traditional recipes from immigrant families is launching their newest Diwali-centred episode with a free event on November 6, 2019 featuring food, and a Bhangra dance workshop.
      • The next Swine & Dine event will be hosted by Drift at their winter home (the Shamrock Curling Club) on November 14, 2019. Tickets for the multi-course meal are $45.
      • As the NAIT Culinary Team continues its preparation for the Culinary Olympics, they are hosting a lunch on November 16, 2019 that will serve as one of their practice sessions. Tickets are $21 plus fees.
      • The final Winery Spotlight dinner at the Edmonton Expo Centre takes place on November 28, 2019. Tickets are $125 each.


      • Lydia had a positive experience at Japanese restaurant Kobachi in Sherwood Park.
      • Stephanie had a complimentary staycation at the JW Marriott that include sampling the fare at their bars and restaurants Alchemy, Kindred, and Braven.

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      Beyond Edmonton

      What I Ate

      • I attended Lit Fest’s sold out Food Matters event over the weekend at The Common. It was a great afternoon featuring an (all female!) panel of writers – Ann Hui, Lenore Newman, Twyla Campbell, and Giselle Courteau. Giselle even brought some macarons from Duchess to share!


      Macaron treats at Food Matters

      • Mack, Emily, and I are in Calgary for a few days as I’m attending a work conference. It’s been an excuse to get some take out, and we ended up going back to Pow Pizza for their Detroit-style pizza.

      Pow Pizza

      Italian street meat from Pow Pizza