The Week That Was And Is – October 1st, 2010

Today will be a sad day as I head to work. My dear coworker GR is leaving. Having spent the last year together, in a room no bigger than the average bedroom, we have become quite close. She is moving on to bigger and better things, something she has definitely earned, so I can only hope that she’ll still be able to partake in these food adventures. Now, on to the food.

  • There seems to be a string of new restaurants opening in town right now; Chef and co-owner Paul Campbell, of Cafe de Ville, is opening a second location. Located in Sherwood Park, it’s supposed to be a 50 seat spot. Tres Carnales, which flooded the twitter world this past week, is talking about March 2011 for it’s grand opening. I for one just hope the tacos live up to the hype. Former il Portico GM Patrick Saurette is celebrating the opening The Marc Restaurant this week as well.
  • Lux Steakhouse + Bar is offering a 3 course set menu tomorrow. For only $45 bucks you get a delicious farmers market inspired appetizer designed during tomorrows market, free range chicken supreme, roasted baby potatoes, goat cheese veloute, prosciutto peas for the main, along with burbon bread pudding with sour apple candied popcorn for dessert!! Sounds like a hit to me.
  • Duchess Bake Shop is celebrating their 1st anniversary in town. While it was great that they brought macarons to the forefront here in town (maybe dethroning cupcakes), I`m happy to see they have shown great staying power with a solid line of products. Plus, they sell there muffins at Elm Cafe!!!
  • There will be lots of perogies next Monday (October 4th) between 5 and 7 p.m, Culina Highlands, is hosting a perogy supper. $15 (cash only) will get you a plate which includes Marchyshyn’s kielbasa, Baba’s Own perogies, Sparrow’s Nest coleslaw and Jam Lady mustard. There are no reservations so I bet you’ll want to line up early.
  • I spent the better part of this week recovering from the most amazing cheese coma of my life, courtesy of Kevin Kossowan and Smoky Valley Goat Cheese. With so much to write, and some pictures to sort, my post has been delayed. Hopefully I’ll have it up tomorrow. Until then, you can have a sneak peak over at Cellar Door, and A Canadian Foodie.
  • Chef Blair Lebsack has announced he is leaving Madison’s Grill, with his last day October 17th. Seeing as he will be leaving the city to tour and cook in Europe, I’m sure his absence will be felt. Chef Robert Simpson will take over the duties.
  • The infamous Motoraunt closed its doors yesterday. I seem to remember plenty of attempts to close and then stay open so it’ll be interesting to see if it comes back. Or maybe the truck will finally make its way to California.
  • If eating nothing but McDonald’s every day is worthy of a book and movie, I wonder what you could do with this diet consisting of Twinkies, Nutter Butters, steak, milk, and a multivitamin. Egad! Oh yeah, and a month later the associate professor of nutrition at Kansas State University lost 15 pounds.
  • Valerie kindly donated a jar of her homemade apple juice to me a few weeks back. If I forgot to mention Valerie, it’s amazing.

  • Also a few weeks back, Sarah and I headed downtown to take in the Autumn Corn Fest put on by the Downtown Edmonton Community League. I don’t know about you, but anytime a community league offers hot food, just call me up!


  • Sarah and I saw Gord Downie and The Country of Miracles at the Myer Horowitz this week. Not as crazy or as vocal as I’ve seen him in the past, Gord was very adamant in telling the crowd that we have a beautiful river, and it’s ours to live and play in. Not big brothers.

  • Finally, some food for thoughts. Ever wonder what the average American eats. How about  85.5 lbs. of fats and oils, as well as 110 lbs. of red meat, including 62.4 lbs. of beef and 46.5 lbs. of pork. Click the picture for a bigger look.

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9 thoughts on “The Week That Was And Is – October 1st, 2010

  1. Love the chart. YIKES! Great catch up for me. I had no idea Blair was leaving and am blown away sad. What a loss for our city. I hope this is his home and he returns here. Has he already places scheduled to work in through his travels? And, thanks for the shout out… that is also always appreciated!
    🙂
    Valerie

  2. Twinkies and steak for a month, and lost 15 lbs? I guess I would lose weight too if I was puking because I was so disgusted after every meal…

    I’m sure the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Dairy Council, Interstate Brands Corporation, and Kraft will be happy to endow that professor’s program for his publicity stunt!

  3. Wow…I knew Americans were fat, but I guess I didn’t realize the extent of it – those average weights seem really, really high to me. And good lord, all that dairy! I like cheese as much as the next person, but yeesh.

  4. Don’t forget – the Ukrainian churches around town host perogy suppers certain Friday nights during the fall/winter/spring. Usually they’re $12-15 and include kolbasa, cabbage roll/rice, fish, salad and dessert. Check their websites or the Edmonton Journal (What’s On Fridays or Religion section Saturdays) for dates/detail.

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