Food Notes for May 27, 2019

Filipino Food on the Rise in Edmonton

Just over a year ago, Chef Edgar Gutierrez (of Tres Carnales and Rostizado) opened Kanto 98 St. in Chinatown, making Filipino food trendy in Edmonton in a way it hadn’t been prior to that. Serving up his interpretation of Filipino street food, people took notice, including the prestigious EnRoute Best New Restaurants list who shortlisted Kanto 98 St. in 2018.

In April, Jollibee finally confirmed that construction was underway for their first Edmonton location. The international fast food chain is a gateway for Filipino cuisine, and when open, will help expose many more to some of their signature dishes.

Today, Filistix adds to the city’s Filipino culinary scene with the opening of their new restaurant downtown. Filistix began as a food truck, then became a fixture on several Edmonton post-secondary campuses. Their take on Filipino comfort food was so popular with students and faculty at the University of Alberta that after their lease was unexpectedly cancelled by Aramark last year, the outrage eventually landed them a new space in the Students’ Union Building.

That said, co-owners Ariel Del Rosario and Roel Canafranca wanted to showcase even more of the flavours of home, in a more upscale setting. Cue their restaurant, located at 10621 100 Avenue. While some of the Filistix favourites appear on the menu (their namesake salad, for instance), most of the dishes highlight the grill and the wok. They are also ambitiously serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Filistix

Mack, Emily, and I had dinner during their grand opening tonight. Their grilled meat skewers were fantastic, but the highlight for me was their Filistix caesar. It incorporates Bagoong (fermented shrimp paste) in place of anchovies, and coupled with the char of the grilled romaine, pork chicharron, and lotus root chips, it’s a salad I’ll be returning for.

Filistix

It’s also notable that the menu features several Indonesian dishes, a nod to the heritage of some of their kitchen staff. Mack’s favourite dish of the evening was the mee goreng fried noodle.

Filistix

It’ll be interesting to see how diners will respond to having more Filipino options in Edmonton.

Openings

  • It’s been a great week for new restaurants in #yegdt – Bianco, Rosso’s sister restaurant is now open on Rice Howard Way at #120, 10020 101 A Avenue.
  • 104 Street Downtown also had two restaurant openings this week: the first was Tiffin Fresh Kitchen, which, after numerous delays, was finally able to throw open their (garage) doors last Tuesday. This second branch is located at 10404 Jasper Avenue.
  • Say Uncle, from the folks behind Sandwich and Sons and Northern Chicken, opened last week as well. They took over the space formerly occupied by Aarde at 10184 104 Street. Their menu, as described by Chef Cowan, occupies a space between the neighbourhood pub next door (Kelly’s), and the upscale steakhouse on the other side (DOSC).
  • Dagu Rice Noodle, a chain with locations in Ontario, Quebec, and Calgary, will be joining the 104 Street establishments, filling in one of the vacant bays next to Tiffin Fresh Kitchen, at 10408 Jasper Avenue.
  • We’ve seen mobile coffee carts and cafe trucks, but a cafe built out of a seacan is new to Edmonton – coming soon, Yeg Coffee Can.
  • The folks behind the popular ice cream food truck Scoop N Roll have opened a new food truck called Mish Mash Parfait, focusing on parfait and soft serve. Find them at Kingsway Mall.
  • A Lebanese restaurant called Root of Beirut opened this spring at 10208 127 Avenue.

Upcoming Events

  • To celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, Formosa Bistro is hosting a workshop on June 2, 2019, with a dumpling lesson, dumpling craft, and information about the history of the Dragon’s Festival. Tickets are $10.
  • Rogue Wave Coffee is hosting The Unconventional Brewer’s Cup on June 8, 2019. 4 knockout rounds will determine a winner; the cost of participating is $15 for 16 competition spots.
  • Wild Heart is organizing a preview food crawl for Dine the Ave, the new iteration of Eats on the Ave that will see restaurants offering special menus priced at $10, $15, and $20 from June 17-23, 2019. Tickets for this preview on June 12, 2019 are $47, and include meals at 3 restaurants.
  • Kevin Kossowan is leading several foraging workshops this summer. The cost is $68 per person.

Reviews

Local News

  • Back in February, as a part of the lead-up to the provincial election, Restaurants Canada was pushing for some labour law changes in a campaign called “Restaurant Realities”. The foodservice lobby group had released a video featuring several local restaurant and food business owners vocalizing their desire to roll back holiday pay increases and advocating for a lower wage for youth workers. Delivering on his campaign promise, Premier Jason Kenney announced his proposed labour law changes today.
  • Western Living released the list of finalists for the 2019 Foodies of the Year. Local representatives include: Ryan and Roselina Hotchkiss of Bundok, Adam Smith of Strathcona Spirits, Ben Staley of forthcoming restaurant Yarrow, and Shane Chartrand of SC at River Cree. The top 10 winners will be announced on July 12, 2019.
  • Duchess now offers a line of ice cream, with three flavours to choose from: tonka bean, passion fruit rasperry, and Valrhona chocolate salted caramel.
  • Presale tickets for Taste of Edmonton, which runs this year from July 18-28, 2019 at Capital Plaza are now on sale. Sheets of 40 tickets are $10 off in advance.
  • Sharman shared her experience at the Edmonton Expo’s recent Winery Spotlight Series dinner.
  • Global News covered the special meal prepared by some local chefs, including Chefs Shane Chartrand, Lindsay Porter, and Nate Henry for clients of The Mustard Seed last week.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • The City Market announced last week that in fact, they will be setting up shop on 104 Street this year. As of June 15, 2019 (so long as LRT construction doesn’t get in the way), they will be back on 104 Street on Saturdays. On Sundays, however, they will still set up adjacent to the GWG Building on 103 Avenue and 97 Street.
  • The Edmonton Food Council is recruiting new members. The deadline to apply is June 5, 2019.

What I Ate

  • We’ll be eating a lot of asparagus over this next month; nothing says spring like fresh asparagus from Edgar Farms (for those interested in seeing how they grow it, they’re hosting their wonderful Asparagus Festival again on June 2 and 9, 2019).

Edgar Farms

Edgar Farms asparagus at the City Market

Food Notes for May 20, 2019

Padmanadi To Open Second Location

The popular vegan restaurant Padmanadi is opening a second branch on the south side. To be located on Gateway Boulevard, north of 68 Avenue, the restaurant is intended to meet their customers’ demands, many of whom reside in south Edmonton.

However, it will be a fraction of the size of their main location, and, as befits the current shift in dining culture, will focus on delivery and take-out business. They hope to open in late July or August.

Openings

  • Congratulations to Reinette Cafe for opening a second location in West Edmonton Mall (Phase 1).
  • It looks like Farrow will be opening a location on 124 Street, just south of Remedy.
  • A new all-you-can-eat sushi joint called Sushi Toshi will be opening at 13619 St. Albert Trail.
  • Ono Poke will be adding a second location at South Edmonton Common.
  • Tiffin Fresh Kitchen’s Downtown location at 10404 Jasper Avenue may finally be open on May 21, 2019.
  • Milk Crate, Chef Steve Brochu’s new cafe/sandwich venture in the Epcor Tower, will open May 29, 2019.
  • O’Byrne’s Irish Pub on Whyte Avenue re-opens on May 24, 2019 after restorations.

Upcoming Events

  • Seconds, Please!, a locally-produced web show highlighting ethnic foods, will be premiering their latest episode about green onion cakes at the Green Onion Cake Man on June 1, 2019.
  • Eats on 118 has changed formats to Dine on the Ave, with participating restaurants offering special menus at $10, $15, and $20 price points. The event runs from June 17-23, 2019.

Reviews

Local News

  • I am enjoying Liane’s current series featuring walkable, food-centric neighbourhoods. Last week, she wrote about Old Towne Beverly’s charming and delicious gems.
  • Also from Liane – she interviewed blogger and author Karlynn Johnson on her latest cookbook, The Prairie Table, to be released May 21, 2019.
  • Liquor consumption laws at some provincial parks and at festivals have been relaxed as of this long weekend. It’ll be interesting to see how this manifests itself at events this summer.

What I Ate

  • It’s been some time since I’ve been to Cafe Amore. The daily pasta special is no longer available at dinner, but all of the former daily pastas are on for $10 at lunch. So although it wasn’t Thursday, I was able to order my usual pasta alfredo, delicious as always.

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Pasta alfredo (with chicken)

  • We took Emily to Love Pizza on Friday, one of our #yegdt staples. We had been wanting to try the “Not Just for Breakfast-Za”, featuring our favorite Irvings Farm Fresh bacon. The feature is available until the end of the month!

Love Pizza

The Meatatarian and the Not Just for Breakfast-Za

  • The City Market’s new location is just short walk away from Chinatown – I hope others take advantage of this as we did on Saturday. I foresee more weekend visits to King Noodle House on the horizon because of it!

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Bun Bo Hue at King Noodle House

    Food Notes for May 13, 2019

    Bountiful Farmers’ Market Announces Opening Date

    Edmonton’s first three-day indoor farmers’ market will open on June 21, 2019. Bountiful Farmers’ Market, located at 3696 97 Street, is planning a grand opening celebration over the summer solstice weekend. They will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm.

    In addition to vendors, they will have other activities to appeal to shoppers, including an entertainment stage and children’s play area. A Bountiful Farmers’ Market representative did an interview with Edmonton AM about what people can expect when the market opens.

    Openings

    Upcoming Events

    • The Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association is hosting a gathering at Smokehouse BBQ. They will be serving up gluten-free smoked meat sandwiches and sides. Tickets are $24 for adults and $10 for children.
    • The next Swine and Dine will be held at RGE RD on June 6, 2019. Tickets are $75.
    • Food Bike Tours are returning this summer with a new tour – the Doughnut Cycle Crawl. The two hour tour will lead cyclists to “hot spots for savoury doughnuts”.

    Reviews

    Local News

    Urban Agriculture and Farming

    What I Ate

    • It was a happy accident that I forgot my lunch one day last week. Deviating from my usual vermicelli bowl at T & D Noodle House, the Bun Bo Hue really helped move my cold along.

    T and D Noodle House

    Bun Bo Hue at T & D Noodle House

    • Mack and Emily took me to a special Mother’s Day dinner held at The Foundry Room in the Oliver Exchange Building, organized and catered by Culina. It’s a beautiful space, with lots of room for kids to wander and explore. We enjoyed the food as well, a family-style meal of Ukrainian classics.

    Culina To Go Mother's Day Dinner

    Salad platter (I loved the briny cabbage salad)

      Food Notes for May 6, 2019

      Culina Muttart to Close in July

      Fans of Culina Muttart will want to head to the restaurant soon. Due to renovations at the Muttart Conservatory to commence this summer, Culina has announced that their last day of service will be July 1, 2019. The Muttart will be closed for 18 months of rehabilitation.

      However, Culina will soon be opening up Culina To-Go in the trendy Oliver Exchange Building. In the May issue of Avenue Magazine, chef/owner Brad Lazarenko shared that this concept is inspired by take-out establishments like Pret a Manger, but will feature many local suppliers.

      Openings

      Upcoming Events

      Reviews

      Local News

      Urban Agriculture and Farming

      • Congratulations to Winding Road Cheese, who will no longer be selling at farmers’ markets effective in mid-May because they will be shifting to support wholesale and retail business. Their product will be available in over 20 Sobeys and Safeways in Alberta.
      • You may soon see local shrimp on the menus of your favourite restaurants – a shrimp farm based in Calgary called Waterford Farms will be harvesting their first “crop” at the end of the month.
      • There is an opportunity to grow the food processing sector in Alberta – this article highlights the successes of the Little Potato Company and Sylvan Star Cheese.

      What I Ate

      • Any day I can get to Pho Tau Bay is a good day.

      Pho Tau Bay

      My usual at Tau Bay

      • Linda introduced Mack, Emily, and I to Jack’s Drive-In in Spruce Grove. It’s a casual little diner with red vinyl booths that was right up our alley, and it’s been around for almost 60 years! The burgers were basic but tasty.

      Jack's Drive-In

      Our spread at Jack’s Drive-In

      Food Notes for April 29, 2019

      Elm Cafe Closes to Make Way for a New Concept

      Back in 2010 when Elm Cafe first opened, I wrote, “With his passion for good food and community, I think Nate [Box] is on to something great.”

      Elm Cafe

      Nate Box on Elm Cafe’s closing day

      Nine years later, Elm has spawned the Black Box Hospitality Group, a cluster of popular casual eateries in central Edmonton, including District Cafe and Salz. Last year, they undertook their most ambitious project yet in the historic Gibbard Block in Highlands, where they will open new concepts Fox Burger, June’s Delicatessen, and Highlands Liquor this summer.

      Last week, Elm Cafe announced that it would be closing on April 27, 2019 to make way for another chapter for the space. Speedy’s Cantina will open in mid-May, serving “simple, affordable, delicious burritos” for lunch and dinner, and “eventually late night”. Notably, while Rostizado offers their La Mision burritos at lunch and through food delivery services in the evenings, there is definitely room for others on this front. Elm Cafe will be missed, but the strength in Black Box is one that evolves to meet changing community needs. I look forward to trying the new concept!

      Openings

      • Say Uncle has taken over the space formerly occupied by Aarde at 10184 104 Street, and is aiming for a May opening. The restaurant comes from some of the folks behind Sandwich and Sons (which, at one time, was actually housed at this location), and Chefs Andrew Cowan and Matt Phillips of Northern Chicken are involved in designing the small plates menu.
      • Mimi’s is a new pub-style restaurant that opened over the weekend in Greenfield, located at 11403 40 Avenue. The restaurant has been a long time coming, with a restrictive covenant having held up the process starting back in 2016.
      • Although news about Misoya Ramen’s forthcoming location was shared in February, it is now under construction at the Icon site at 10148 104 Street.
      • Century Mile Racetrack opened out near the airport in April, and features a restaurant fittingly called The Derby.
      • Thanks to Tamara for the heads-up about a new-to-me halal grocery and bakery called Baba that opened last summer. It is located at 9848 63 Avenue.
      • I had also missed the opening of Kusina Filipino, at 12329 97 Street, last summer.

      Closures

      Upcoming Events

      • Due to its popularity during Downtown Dining Week, Kitchen by Brad is hosting another Ukrainian pop-up lunch on May 18, 2019. Tickets are $18 and must be purchased in advance.
      • The Edmonton Craft Beer Festival runs May 31 – June 1, 2019 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Admission starts at $20.
      • Diner on Blanc will be returning to Edmonton for the first time since 2016 (when it was held on 104 Street). If interested, mark your calendar for July 17, 2019, and join the waiting list. As per Diner en Blanc guidelines, the location is kept under wraps until attendees are notified the day of the event.

      Reviews

      • Graham found the flavours and execution of the food at Revel (under new Executive Chef Kunal Sawhney) to be exceptional.
      • Twyla comments on some inconsistencies at Chef Hung.
      • Crystal offers a pair of reviews on Die Pie and Hanjan.
      • There’s a new blog called Like Mother like Daughter, which chronicles the adventures of Monique and Ali. Their first post covers a trip to Destination Donuts and Formosa Bistro.

      Local News

      • Graham reported that Chef Tony Krause left Revel to join Chartier.
      • Chef Doreen Prei will be returning to helm ZINC at the Art Gallery of Alberta as the Executive Chef in mid-may.
      • A Western Living columnist gripes about Edmonton’s poor showing in the recent Canada’s 100 Best list.
      • Liane published the first of her articles focusing on “walkable food-centric areas” on Chinatown.
      • Phil’s latest Fast Food webisode centres around a Venezuelan street food dish from the chef/owner of Avila Arepa.
      • Stephanie shared her experience at the recent Hokanson Chef in Residence luncheon at NAIT, led by Chef David Hawksworth.
      • The former Il Portico restaurant is finally being demolished, and will make way for a new downtown park.
      • In partnership with Travel Alberta, German-based FoodBoom put together a video featuring Chef Blair Lebsack butchering cuts of meat at RGE RD, demonstrating their food philosophy.
      • Beyond Meat products are now available at all Sobeys locations. The products have also been available for some time through SPUD.

      Urban Agriculture and Farming

      • It’s time to gear up for the outdoor market season! Callingwood kicks things off on May 5, 2019, with the Thursday iteration of the 124 Street Grand Market (a public market) not far behind on May 9, 2019. Check out the full list of Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market list here.
      • On the topic of markets, some news out of the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market: City Market vendor Sundog Organic will be taking over for August Organics, and long-time vendor Maru Ukrainian Food had her last day after 16 years over the weekend.
      • Northlands is currently recruiting youth for their free Beekeeping Project.

      What I Ate

      • Mack and I rarely get out for meals on our own any more, so it was a treat to partake in brunch at Baijiu’s new monthly pop-up. There was a solid crowd lined up out the door before the 11am start, so although this was just their second pop-up, word has clearly gotten out! The vibe is similar to The Common’s Hip Hop Brunches, with a DJ and boozy drinks for those inclined. The menu is brief, but with enough variety for most groups. We enjoyed the bao (a must order when at Baijiu), but the gem of our meal was the very unique eggs benny spring roll, with two perfectly soft poached eggs and Meuwly’s ham wrapped in rice paper and fried, and served over crispy potatoes. Follow Baijiu on Instagram for the details on their next pop-up.

      Baijiu

      Eggs benny spring roll from Baijiu

      Food Notes for April 22, 2019

      Local Chefs Vie for “Fire Masters” Title

      A new show on Food Network Canada called Fire Masters will features some local talent in upcoming episodes.

      From the Food Network website description: “In each episode, three chefs push their grilling talents to the limit as they do battle in fiery culinary challenges, cooking up creative, mouthwatering, flame-kissed dishes. One chef is eliminated in each of the first two rounds. The last chef standing then goes head-to-head with a Fire Masters judge in an epic third and final round, vying for $10,000 cash and the coveted title of Fire Masters Champion!”

      Chef Lindsay Porter of London Local is up on the April 25, 2019 episode (they will be hosting a viewing party that night at the restaurant). Lindsay already has a competitive title to her name, having previously won Guy’s Grocery Games.

      Chef Steven Brochu, formerly of Chartier, stars in the episode airing May 9, 2019.

      Two other local participants include Chef Serge Belair of the Edmonton Convention Centre and Steve Buzak of the Royal Glenora Club.

      Openings

      • A franchise location of Eat Clean is opening up in the Mayfair building on Jasper Avenue and 108 Street. There are already locations in Sherwood Park and Spruce Grove.

      Closures

      • Old Strathcona chocolatier Francois Le Roi is now closed.

      Upcoming Events

      • Rogue Wave will be hosting regular free public coffee cupping events, starting on April 28, 2019. RSVPs are necessary, and are limited to 10 people each time.
      • The next Dinner with Canada’s Top Chefs at the Shaw Conference Centre is taking place on May 11, 2019. Chef Levi Biddlecomb of Why Not? will be joining Executive Chef Serge Belair to prepare an 8-course meal. Tickets are $150.
      • The Stony Plain Road and Area Business Association is organizing another Taste of Stony Plain Road on May 23, 2019. Tickets are $10.

      Reviews

      Local News

      • E-Town Eats is a new-ish YouTube channel launched by the some folks behind Re/Max Real Estate. So far, they’ve highlighted some local restaurants, cafes, and microbreweries, including Baijiu, Awake Coffee House, and Sea Change Brewing.
      • Open Table released a list of the 100 best restaurants for a “big night out”, which included 4 Edmonton entries: Biera, Sabor, Pampa, and The Melting Pot.

      What I Ate

      • Mack, Emily, and I were in Calgary for part of last week, which meant indulging in some old favourites and discovering new ones. We usually stay in the East Village, meaning we’re within walking distance of Village Ice Cream. I love their salted caramel.

      Village Ice Cream

      Salted caramel from Village Ice Cream

      • We also checked out Mari Bakeshop near our flat, which had the cutest bread display. The sourdough we brought home was pretty good!

      Mari

      Bread display from Mari Bakeshop

      • We ordered from POW Pizza, opened by the same folks behind Without Papers Pizza. POW serves “Detroit-spirited” pizza. The braised pork on the Crime Wave was so tasty.

      POW Pizza

      Crime wave from POW Pizza

      Food Notes for April 15, 2019

      Edmonton Jollibee Location Under Construction

      Back in January 2018, rumours about an Edmonton location of the popular Filipino international fast food chain Jollibee were confirmed, but with no set opening date.

      While that date hasn’t yet been announced, the location is now under construction at 3803 Calgary Trail. South Park will very soon become a hub of Asian cuisine/staples, with the forthcoming Korean grocery store H-Mart joining the existing T & T Supermarket next door.

      Openings

      • Another Downtown location of Remedy is forthcoming, in the space formerly occupied by La Prep in the Bell Tower.
      • Rush Bowls, a Colorado-based franchise that sells smoothie bowls, opened in the space vacated by Remedy on Whyte at 10404 82 Avenue.
      • Spotlight Cabaret, offering cocktails, food, and stage programming, opened today in Old Strathcona at 8217 104 Street. Check out the menu here.
      • The Writer’s Room opened at 11113 87 Avenue with the tagline, “A bar with surprisingly good food.”

      Closures

      • The South St. Burger located in the Brewery District closed at the end of February.

      Upcoming Events

      • The Edmonton Resilience Festival posted its schedule for the event on April 27, 2019. Workshops include sauerkrauting 101, mead making, and apple cider making. Tickets for sessions range from $5-25, depending on the session and the sliding scale.

      Reviews

      Local News

      Urban Agriculture and Farming

      • Since grocery delivery is all the rage these days, it’s not a surprise to learn about a monthly meat delivery service called TruLocal. They promise clean, locally-sourced meat; in Alberta, their suppliers include TK Ranch and Effing Seafoods.

      What I Ate

      • It took me long enough to finally hit up Bloom’s brick and mortar location, but I was rewarded with the choice of their full slate of cookies. Their London Fog cookie was delicious, but the oatmeal stout special was also great! I hope I’m in the area again soon.

      Bloom

      I shamelessly stole Linda’s staged photo idea

      • Mack and I took Emily for a pretzel date at Zwick’s over the weekend too, to make the most of the beautiful spring conditions. Though really, the pretzels really are an all-weather food…

      Zwick's Pretzels

      The cheddar black pepper pretzel from Zwick’s

      Food Notes for April 8, 2019

      The Wired Cup Announces Closure

      It’s the neighbourhood gems that are the hardest to lose, and The Wired Cup fits that description. Dave and Ann Jackson, owners of the Strathearn mainstay, shared on Facebook last week that they will be closing their doors effective June 1, 2019.

      The post reads, “This decision hasn’t been made lightly and there have been many factors (yes, the LRT construction is one of them), but what it comes down to is we’re not getting younger and we’ve still got things we’d like to do with our lives.”

      The owners were interviewed in early February when TransEd’s proposal to close a stretch of 95 Avenue came up. At the time, Dave Jackson was quoted as preferring the annoyances of piecemeal closures compared to a total closure.

      Openings

      • Toast Culture seems to be Edmonton’s first establishment built around “fancy toast”, a trend seen in other cities. Expected to open in late spring, it’s taking over the space formerly occupied by Bru at 11965 Jasper Avenue.

      Closures

      • The Downtown location of Montreal Hot Dogs at 10503 104 Avenue has closed.

      Upcoming Events

      • Cafe Linnea is hosting a Cabane A Sucre (Sugar Shack) on April 13, 2019. Tickets are $48 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under.
      • Indulgence returns on June 10, 2019. Tickets go on sale May 1.
      • Early bird tickets for the annual Feast on the Field on August 14, 2019 are now available. Tickets are priced at $175.

      Reviews

      Local News

      What I Ate

      • One of the benefits of returning to work is being surrounded by some great food options, such as Battista’s Calzones.

      Battista's Calzones

      The New York Mama from Battista’s Calzones

      • Now that we’ve limited our dining out experiences, I find more and more that I’m just drawn to familiar restaurants (either that, or this is a sign of age, haha). Over the weekend, Mack and I returned to Tau Bay with Emily to satisfy our pho craving.

      Pho Tau Bay

      My usual at Tau Bay

      Food Notes for April 1, 2019

      Made by Marcus to Open in Edmonton

      First OEB brought its brunch stylings to Edmonton, and now Calgary-based ice cream purveyor Made by Marcus is heading north.

      Made by Marcus branched out into a brick and mortar shop on 17th Avenue in 2016. They followed that success with a second location last year. Their product is currently available at some retailers in Edmonton, but a full-service parlour is a welcome addition to Old Strathcona. Look for it this summer, to be designed by local company Oliver Apt.

      Openings

      • It’s odd that they would choose April Fool’s Day to make this announcement, but Workshop Eatery shared that they’re behind the forthcoming burger shop The Woodshed, moving into the space formerly occupied by Solstice on 124 Street.
      • Firecrust Pizzeria is opening another location, this time in the Meadows at 3820 17 Street.

      Closures

      Upcoming Events

      • Culina is hosting a Ukrainian pop-up dinner in The Foundry Room, the second floor event space located above their forthcoming Culina To Go space in the Oliver Exchange building. The Mother’s Day event runs May 12, and tickets are priced at $45.

      Reviews

      Local News

      • Congratulations to Kevin Kossowan, who has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation award for Visual and Technical Excellence, alongside Parts Unknown and Chef’s Table.
      • Spoiler alert for the first episode of Top Chef Canada season 7: Edmonton’s first local contender, Alexei Boldireff of Baijiu, failed to make it into the main competition.
      • Katy Ingraham of Cartago shared her view that the increased minimum wage is good for business.
      • As Solstice has now closed, the chefs have moved on to The Almanac.
      • What the Truck?! shared an update that they will no longer be organizing events, but will continue to promote food trucks online.
      • Sharman recapped the latest Swine & Dine that took place at London Local.

      Urban Agriculture and Farming

      What I Ate

      • It was nice to catch up with a friend over pasta at Uccellino last week. Even better, we ended our meal sharing our go-to dessert: the olive oil cake and olive oil gelato.

      Uccellino

      Olive oil cake and gelato from Uccellino

      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.

      Openings

      Closures

      • 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.

      Reviews

      • 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.

      OEB

      Confit de canard from OEB