The Pecha Kucha 8 deadline for submitting a presentation is just about to expire, and while I’d love to speak about the epicurean world, I don’t think I had enough time (or was mentally prepared) to really show bread (or food) its due diligence. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a better grasp at what goes down at these events by actually attending PK8, and figure something out for PK9. Either way, it’s Friday, so you might as well dance…or at the very least, go enjoy the Edmonton International Fringe Festival!
- I don’t remember Operation Fruit Rescue from last year, but if it’s just slipping my mind at the moment, I’m happy to learn about it all over again. A brilliant initiative that allows for volunteers to pick fruit that the plant and tree owners may not be able to. Pickers receive 1/3 of the fruit, owners 1/3, and maybe best of all, the final portion goes to the Edmonton Food Bank!
- Seeing that local real estate mogul, fund-raiser and all around good guy, Jerry Aulenbach, has been selected by Delux Burger Bar as the November guest burger creator, makes me smile. I have a feeling the burger is going to include…what is the word…you know, that thing..from the thing…oh yeah. BACON.
- To stay on bacon for another minute, why not check out these 17 random bacon facts. Who knew the average American eats 17.9lbs of bacon in a year.
- Liane Faulder mentioned that her upcoming Celebrity Chef article (a great series of interesting locals) will be focusing on Ryan Jespersen and Kari Skelton. With BT Edmonton part of my wake up routine, I’m pretty excited to see what Ryan and Kari can put down.
- The potential for a new farmer’s market is in the works. It looks like it’ll be located in the southwest portion of your city and in proper tech fashion; the group is utilizing twitter to grow the word. As well, if you are feeling creative you can throw in your suggestion for their catchphrase or slogan here.
- There has been so much talk about food carts lately; that it’s no surprise to hear another vendor is going to open up. I’m going to put myself out there and say that I’m a little sad to discover it’s another hot dog vendor. I will continue to hope that one day, regulations and restrictions will be reworked to allow for the cooking of raw meat and other products in the open. Heck, look at what they do in Hawker centre‘s (where policing of health is very intense) or the amazing street side setup’s in Portland.
- I remember some sort of Latin event last year, which had me wondering if that was a trial attempt at what has now become the first annual Edmonton Latin Festival. If you have some time this weekend, why not take the family down to Churchill Square for this free two-day event. “Share the beauty of Latin heritage, experience the tastes , sites and sounds of hispanic culture. Dance ,sing and eat and learn about the diverse communities that make up the Vibrant Latin Community.”
- From all of the twitter talk, it seems like Slow Food Edmonton’s Beer & Boar BBQ was another hit. I’m sure local blogger extraordinaire, Sharon Yeo, who was one of the main minds behind the event, will have something up for all of us who weren’t able to attend. **Link Here.
- There was a nice little write-up in the Edmonton Journal this week about a dutch bakery, aptly named, Dutch Delicious. Located on 118th Ave, just west of St. Albert Trail, the bread baker in me is craving a visit.
- Sarah picked me up a cookbook from 1932 this week. Always a sucker for such things, we shared a few giggles looking through the book and I’ve already attempted the PB & Banana Pinwheels.
- Stopping at Old Country Meat & Deli last week, before butcher and owner Todd went on vacation (shakes fist), I grabbed a fresh package of applewood bacon(top) and his latest version of English back bacon(bottom). Seriously delicious. Seriously addictive.
- Another business lunch last week meant another visit to the Gazebo Cafe at the Royal Executive Inn in Nisku. While the service proves to be dry, I’m consistently impressed by the cornucopia of goods available here, including the ginormous dessert selection.
- Adam Richman, Man V. Food, attempts to take on the Ultimate Destroyer Challenge this week; This six and a half pound platter consists of one and a half pounds of fries and a five-pound hamburger made up of seven different types of smoked meats. Adam has 45 minutes to be the first person to ever complete the biggest sandwich in Kansas City. In case you can’t guess from the ridiculous amount of food and short time period; Adam does not conquer this meal. Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations, was in Dubai this week. For a country that has exploded in the last 15-20 years, I’m almost speechless about what to say. It would have been something else to witness it first hand. Plus you can ski all year round….
Sarah and I will be in San Francisco this time next week, which means I’m not sure how my updates are going to unfold. So you’ll have to bear with me as I try to blog from the road, and enjoy my vacation at the same time. As well, you still have a few more days to pass on any San Fran suggestions; places to visit, things to see, and maybe most importantly, things to eat.