So it’s been a couple of weeks since my last little food update, and so much has happened around town. While I try to conquer more of my San Francisco experiences for you, just know that I’m swamped with my actual job and that means, until I can travel and write about food full time, things may be a bit slower than usual to get out. Upwards and onwards to this weeks notes.
- The summer season didn’t seem to put a damper on new restaurants in our city! A new Urban Diner location is opening across the street from Da Capo in the old Fiore location. Linda Kearney who is the mind behind the popular Queen of Tarts, at the City Centre Market, plans to open a bakery and cafe in November. Somerville Wine Cheese, at 10723 124th St., will be a new 38 seat venue with wine, cheese, and a variety of nibbles from olives to gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Also, Pacific Buffet Co.will be opening on the south side September 15.
- A big congratulations to Cheryl Arkison, the mind and creator behind Backseat Gourmet, as she’s stepped away from her day job to become an official freelance writer. Stop by and wish her the best of luck, and then have peek at some of her recent contributions at What’s Up Family, Simple Bites and Babble.
- Slow Food Edmonton is hosting a Dairy Farm Field Trip on September 26th. Hitting up Sylvan Star Cheese and Bles Wold Dairy Farm for tasting, the evening will finish with a meal at Eco Cafe. Tickets are 75 bones, and can be purchased here.
- After my pleasing experience this year with Silver Hills Bakery, I wanted to let everyone know about their current Mack’s Flax contest – Mack has been a favorite bike rider at Silver Hills for quite a while. But a few months ago a mom named Jenny emailed us and told us that while her family loved Mack’s Flax – they worried that Mack was setting a bad example by not wearing a bike helmet. You know what – we TOTALLY agreed! So we have given Mack a bike helmet so he can ride safely. Now we’re giving away two bike helmets, t-shirts with Mack on them, Mack stickers and bread coupons. Consumers can enter here – http://www.silverhillsbakery.ca/mack
- Mr. Mikes just wrapped up their 50th Anniversary, Mikeburger Madness, and exceed their goal by reaching $50,887 for local charities across BC and Alberta. With all of their locations, including our local West Edmonton Mall restaurant, participating in a little friendly competition, the Quesnel location came out on top, raising $8,000 for the Crooked Leg Ranch: a rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary centre for abandoned and abused animals. Nice work!
- Ever the man about town, Jerry Aulenbach has teamed up with Chef Andrew Cowan of Lux to created our cities very own Bacon Camp meal. Sarah and I were lucky enough to meet up with Jerry recently, and convinced him to ditch the standard bun on his Wendy’s Baconater for two glazed donuts, in turn recreating my very tasty Glazed Bacon Burger (see video below).
- Thanks to Sarah Jackson at Luzzara, I finally got around to ordering myself a tamping stand. Lord knows how I operated without this tool for so long, as it just makes the at home experience that much better.
- I picked up a few goodies from San Francisco that won’t make any larger post, like this bottle Caribbean Banana Caramel from Earth & Vines, and jar of Cognac Mustard from Oliver in Napa Valley. So many little markets down there, and so many treats.
- Finally a Travel Channel update that is definitely more about the shows this week, as a lot happened while I was gone. Camilla Ford is back in Food Wars and has squared off with a Slopper Challenge in Pueblo, and BBQ Challenge in Kansas City. Man V. Food has seen Adam Richman tackle food in Indianapolis (he gives up during a serious food binge) and a bad ass, sweat inducing chicken wing challenge on the Jersey Shore. Finally, Anthony Bourdain has had a couple of amazing weeks, but more importantly, just reached the 100th episode and looked back at his No Reservations career in the latest episode. Nice work Tony; stay angry.