The Week That Was And Is – July 23rd, 2010

With all the rain we’ve been seeing lately, it’s almost no surprise that when the sun comes out, Twitter is awash with comments like; What’s that giant ball of fire in the sky? Whoa, where is that fire coming from? Hopefully with the Honda Edmonton Indy, Capital Ex, and The Tase of Edmonton starting today, we’ll have some warm weather and good crowds. Anyone want to hook up and chow down on deep fried Oreos?

  • Food Network Canada is still looking for first time restaurant owners for their new show The Opener. After meeting Chef David Adjey at NAIT earlier this year, I think it would be a pretty fun experience. And as someone who’s always wanted to open a restaurant, I was hurt to see the eligibility limiting; Restaurant must be full service (no delis, bakeries, take-out), serve alcohol and have at least 30 seats. We need a deli!
  • With a post that’s named Dinner Disaster – A Celiac Cautionary Tale you can be sure that it’s not a good thing. I know celiacs face a potentially dangerous challenge when dining out, but it’s worse when enticed by a restaurant that claims they are in the know.
  • I was contacted by the crew over at Yelp who are currently recruiting for an Edmonton based Community Manager. I’m not sure exactly what it entails, other than what they have for you too read, but if anyone is interested in living the dream of food and social networking in our city…apply here.
  • Wednesday’s Bistro section of The Edmonton Journal, saw our very own Laurel Bowers take food writer Liane Faulder on a tour of her neighbourhood. With stops at Tienda Salvadorena, Portuguese Canadian Bakery, Smokin’ Iron Farms butcher shop, and A Yah Mi Deh Jamaican and Caribbean Bakery and Restaurant, it sounds like a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
  • Surprise is not the word I would use to describe my reaction to the news that Edmonton’s own Quon family will be participating in another show. I understand that drama sells, but the over the top (and at times annoying cast), will be filming a new show called The Quon Dynasty, and I’m just glad it won’t be on The Food Network. “The Quon Dynasty will air on CityTV, OMNI, and Biography Channel beginning spring 2011
  • Can you believe that Baskin-Robbins is phasing out French Vanilla ice cream! Introduced in 1945, this long standing flavour is being put out, along with Caramel Praline Cheesecake, Campfire S’mores, Apple Pie a La Mode and Superfudge Truffle. All in the name of National Ice Cream Day in the U.S. on Sunday, and Baskin-Robbin’s 65th anniversary; so run out and get them while you can!
  • Sarah picked up a fruit yogurt and granola container from Starbucks last week when we were headed out of town. I have to say, for such a simple dish, I was impressed with the yogurt and fresh fruit.

  • Ever the fan of local products, Nate Box (Elm Cafe) finally created a sandwich with waffles from Eva Sweets. Playing on the very tasty creation from south of the border, this chicken and waffles sandwich provided a fun Saturday lunch. Not something to do everyday, the main issue I had was the sweetness from the waffles, which overwhelmed the chicken and left me wishing for a more savory balance. I look forward to more of this sandwich creations.

  • Opening the mailbox last Sunday, I was surprised to see some sort of plastic wrapped package instead of my usual Edmonton Journal. After whipping the sleep from my eyes, I discovered it was my Edmonton Journal, but in disguise. I wonder how much it costs Nutella to run a promotional ad like this. Either way. Thank you Nutella for some early morning hazelnut.

  • No Reservations was unbelievable with Tony in Liberia for a eye opening experience, while Adam Richman was in Puerto Rico for a gargantuan challenge called; Vaca Acosta Challenge.  This mountainous platter of french fries, steak, mushroom sauce, and cheese, weighs over eight pounds.  If Adam can polish off this plate in 40 minutes, he will receive a free meal, t-shirt, and crisp $100 bill.  Only three people have ever completed this challenge.

2 thoughts on “The Week That Was And Is – July 23rd, 2010

  1. Thanks for the props there Chris I was very honoured that Liane took me up on the offer to visit the ‘hood. just remember National Bagel day is quickly approaching and there are bagels to be eaten !

  2. Thanks for the Yelp Community Manager position plug! If anyone is curious about this dream job (it’s what I do in Vancouver), feel free to drop me a line.

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