The Week That Was And Is – May 26th, 2010

With Fringe, House and 24 finishing their seasons, I’m both happy and sad. Happy that it means summer is here and I have more time to spend outside in the growing sunlight, and sad that I’ll have to wait a few more weeks for True Blood to start.

  • If you’re around the Shaw Conference Centre in the next few weeks, you may notice a a few vegetables breaking the surface as Executive Chef Simon Smotkowicz believes, “Growing our own food is an important aspect of reducing the centre’s environmental footprint and supporting community garden growth”. A might fine attitude I say, and one that will see a mixture of items blossoming, from carrots to strawberries! Nice work EEDC!
  • Loving all things bread, it shouldn’t surprise you that I was happy to see a how-to video courtesy of the Edmonton Journal and Yvan Chartrand (Tree Stone Bakery). The video gives you a rough idea on how to break down a round loaf. Yet, I can’t imagine who is using the T-Bone sized slices to make a sandwich.
  • I, for one, have never been to Blush Innovative Kitchen & Lounge (thankfully it seems), but after a third shooting outside the club this year, the owners have decided to close for a few weeks as they look at alternative directions for the operation. Umm, how about actually living up the “innovative kitchen” part of your name? Just a thought.
  • I’m certain most of you saw (and played) the Pac-Man google doodle, that helped celebrate Pac’s 30th anniversary, but did you know it sucked up, ” a total of 4.8 million more man-hours were spent on the page. That’s the equivalent of 550 years”. To make this topic food related, how about a look at 10 fantastic Pac-Man cakes!!! Gobble Gobble.
  • McDonald’s sent me an email, as they are expanding the Happy Meal line-up by offering a Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap and reducing sodium across many offerings; “In addition to the Grilled Chicken Snack Wrap, the changes will impact a wide range of menu items at McDonald’s Canada, including the Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich, the Breakfast Burrito, as well as all entrée salads featuring grilled chicken, adding to the sizable sodium reduction numbers the company had already achieved with its new line of salad dressings.” I know not everyone is a fan of the Golden Arches, but I think any move forward to reduce the high levels of salt in food products eaten by such a large portion of society is a good thing.
  • This could be one of those studies that flip-flops depending on the week (like the the glass of wine a day thing), but it’s interesting that that “the researchers combed through 162 articles published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, and found no evidence that organic and conventional foods differ significantly in their nutrient content.”
  • I stopped in at the City Market for week 2 and picked up a package of delicious asparagus. Good thing the stock was deeper this week, as the lineups started before the bell rang for a second week in a row. We must be one asparagus fiendish city. Besides the lineup at Edgar Farms, the market seemed quite slow in the cold weather.

  • I noticed a new Vietnamese restaurant setting up shop across from Bonnie Doon Mall. I don’t think I ever visited the building that MMMPho! took over (wasn’t it some shady pizza or donair place?), but I’m sort of curious now.

  • I picked up one of my favourite combination’s from Thai Valley Grill for a quick meal last week. I find the hot soup, and cool, spicy salad makes for a refreshing and light combination.

  • I finally got around to ordering myself a bottomless portafilter. I’m hoping this helps diagnose a few of the problems I’m dealing with, and after just a few days, I can’t tell you how amazing it is to see your machine work.

  • No Travel Channel update, as they have most shows on hold, so that’s all folks.

6 thoughts on “The Week That Was And Is – May 26th, 2010

  1. the researchers combed through 162 articles published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, and found no evidence that organic and conventional foods differ significantly in their nutrient content.

    The other day, a local chef wrote in a tweet that we don’t know what we are doing anymore. My response?

    “It is the stress caused by these studies telling us what you should/shouldn’t be eating that is killing us! :p”

    Eat local, eat seasonal, eat what is readily available. People have done that for generations and the fact we are still here is evidence that it works!

    • I agree Kim. I think it’s easy in this age to go into a super market and buy a pineapple, some asparagus, or a tomato all year long. If people really want to make a difference, they need to give up on the luxuries. A look into the past and you’ll see whole generations and country’s that didn’t enjoy fresh avocados all year (as an example). In fact, it was the international trips to say Chile or Hawaii that made plenty of these foods so memorable.

  2. mmm, I love Thai Valley Grill, that soup is amazing! And speaking of soup, I certainly won’t protest another pho place opening in town! (P.S. the sign is so cute.)

    • No worries, I’ll take care of the double post. I’m in the pho fanclub Mel. It offers the comfort of a good chicken noodle to the power of 10.

  3. My school of thought about organics: it’s not so much what’s IN them as what’s NOT IN them [pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, etc]. That and sustainable farming practices are really why folks should be going that route, not because it’s a super-food relative to its non-organic peers.

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