Author: theporkgirl

Recap: Prairie on the Plate at Bündok

It may have taken until June for a restaurant in Edmonton to host the first Taste Alberta Prairie on the Plate dinner of 2017, but it was certainly worth the wait. On Wednesday June 28, 2017, Chef Ryan Hotchkiss and his team at Bündok delivered a stellar meal highlighting ingredients from a number of commodity groups that make up Taste Alberta including Alberta Canola Producers Commission, Alberta Pulse Growers, Egg Farmers of Alberta, Alberta Pork, Alberta Chicken Producers, and Alberta Milk. The 38 seat restaurant opened in January at the base of the Fox Tower on 104th street in downtown Edmonton. From the outside Bündok is unassuming; the restaurant is slightly hidden next to the construction going on at the Fox and there is no sign for the restaurant – merely a logo printed on the door. But step inside, and patrons are treated to beautifully plated dishes with complex flavours served from an open kitchen. After my first meal at Bündok, I couldn’t wait to ask Chef Hotchkiss to participate in a Taste Alberta dinner; his introductory menu was already highlighting the …

Sessa Summer ’17 Studio Sale

This weekend my friend, and favourite #YEG designer, Tressa Heckbert will be a holding studio sale. This means E-town lovers of local fashion can pick up some unique pieces from Sessa’s Spring/Summer ’17 SESSA Wearables VagaBOND collection and past collections. Sessa Studio Sale 9625 79 ave, Edmonton AB Saturday June 10, 2017 – 11am-5pm Sunday June 11, 2017 – 11am-5pm A post shared by SESSA Wearables (@sessa_wearables) on Jun 8, 2017 at 6:05pm PDT I have an action packed weekend so I was lucky enough to sneak in for an early look on Thursday night. A visit with Tressa is always a riot and involves getting to try on some of her new looks to see how they fit. I loved this look so much I walked out with it – can’t wait to wear these wide-leg high-waisted pants this summer! A post shared by Sharman Hnatiuk (@theporkgirl) on Jun 8, 2017 at 7:44pm PDT I absolutely love how she designs for the female body and her use of colour is an instant pick me up. …

A weekend in Halifax – 10 things to keep you busy

When I learned that WestJet was offering direct flights from Edmonton to Halifax, I jumped at the chance to spend the Victoria Day Weekend there. The Spaniard had never been to Atlantic Canada yet, and with just a few days, we managed to squeeze in an action-packed city break on the east coast of Canada. We relied on public transit (only $3.50 each), from the airport to Halifax, walked a ridiculous number of kilometers around the city, and rented a car for one day ($70 including gas) so that we could explore the South Shore (and take an obligatory headstand photo). A post shared by Sharman Hnatiuk (@theporkgirl) on May 20, 2017 at 3:02pm PDT While it feels like we did 101 things on our trip, here are 10 things we did that could keep you busy during a weekend in Halifax. 1. Fuel up at Breakfast & Brunch We made the most of our trip to Halifax which required lots of energy to get us through the day. That means starting things off with a …

Taste Alberta Tour Recap: 9 things learned from Egg Farmers of Alberta

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of joining a Taste Alberta tour featuring one of their industry partners – Egg Farmers of Alberta. Our tour took us to Morinville Colony, a Hutterite colony north of Edmonton, where Paul Wurz showed us around the colony’s 20,000 hen laying barn. While most eggs in our province would get transported from a farm to a grading facility, Morinville Colony is one of the few egg operations with its own grading facility, monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, allowing the colony to sell directly to restaurants, stores, at markets, and to consumers who show up at the farm. After suiting up – we were able to enter the grading station, where we watched as eggs made their way along a conveyer belt to be washed, graded, packaged by weight, and loaded on to a truck for same day delivery to restaurants and stores in the Edmonton area. Past the grading station we entered into one of the barns which was home to 10,000 hens. It was quite comical …

A Weekend in Portland – 10 things to keep you busy

Taking advantage of the statutory holiday on Friday, The Spaniard and I did a city break to Portland over the Easter holiday. Our reason for going was simple – it isn’t that far away from Edmonton, and well, my old roomie Marc said it is awesome. Having seen only one episode of Portlandia I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’d heard it was becoming quite the food destination in America, and since it was a haven for hipsters, I knew they would have loads of gluten-free options. Portland didn’t really strike me as the kind of place you go where you need to check things off a list, but if you are looking for some inspiration, here are 10 things to keep you busy during a weekend in Portland. Side note – we relied on public transit the whole weekend, including to and from the airport. We made great use of the $5 day passes that include access on city trains, buses and street cars. Congrats to the City of Portland on your public …

Canal Days at Gull Lake

For the Family Day Weekend The Spaniard and I invited ourselves to my sister’s cottage at Meridian Beach at Gull Lake, Alberta. Last Saturday marked the first annual Canal Days – winter edition – which provided an opportunity for The Spaniard to try out something truly Canadian – curling. After a week of warm weather I debated if the ice events could proceed, but on Saturday morning we arrived at the canal to find a flurry of activity. Our first curling game was set for 9:30 a.m. My nephew Kohen arrived with his own curling brooms – not sure how excited he was to have a couple of rookies on the team. I know the Spaniard was expecting to see a set of identical rocks, like on television, but Canal Days offered a more homemade version. Four litre milk jugs had been filled with coloured liquid and rings (or the house) had been painted on haphazardly on the ice. A post shared by Sharman Hnatiuk (@theporkgirl) on Feb 19, 2017 at 6:18pm PST We had …

Prairie on the Plate at the Yellow Door Bistro

Last week, Chef Jan Hansen hosted the first Taste Alberta – Prairie on a Plate dinner in Calgary. Following three successful Prairie on a Plate events in Edmonton in 2016, the dining series travelled down the QEII where chef Hansen treated diners at the Hotel Arts‘ Yellow Door Bistro to four-course meal highlighting the best of what is grown, raised, and produced in Alberta. The whimsical decor of Yellow Door Bistro was the perfect background for a creative menu from executive chef Jan Hansen, chef de cuisine Quinn Staple, and the rest of the Yellow Door Bistro culinary team. The challenge put to chef Hansen was to highlight Taste Alberta partners including Alberta Milk, Alberta Pulse Growers, Alberta Chicken Producers, Alberta Turkey Producers, Egg Farmers of Alberta, Alberta Pork, and Alberta Canola Producers Commission.   Chef Hansen started things off with a melt in your mouth amuse bouche –  Sunworks Farm chicken liver parfait, seabuckthorn berry, and a Highwood Crossing rye cracker. My date for the evening – fellow Passion for Pork contributor Dan Clapson – captured …

10 Minute Closet Consultation with Anton Atienza

I love following Anton Atienza on social media – he consistently manages to make Edmonton look stylish, delicious, and somehow, not so cold in the winter. A photo posted by Anton Atienza (@antonatienza) on Jan 8, 2017 at 6:57pm PST Long before he was posting stylish photos on instagram, Anton worked for me at the Edmonton Oil Kings games. He was still a student and it was just one season, but he left a lasting impression on me. He had no interest in hockey – but he certainly made the games more entertaining. As much as I enjoy following Anton out and about through the city on social media, I love even more when I run into him around Edmonton. He is a busy boy, but he recently pencilled me in for a request I had. Knowing that Anton was adding his style to photo shoots and store windows around the city, I asked if he would come and play in my closet. I often wear a lot of colour, so I was curious what …

Paella on the Prairies

For most Canadians, when we think of Spanish cuisine we think of paella and sangria. I’ve watched for years as my friends or new people we meet interact with The Spaniard – the conversation is often the same. If they have been to Spain it is to Madrid or Barcelona, and if they talk about food, they talk about paella. The Spaniard is from the north coast of Spain. While you can find sangria and paella at bars and restaurants in Santander, the region of Cantabria is far from the south where the dish and the drink originate from. Funny enough, The Spaniard only started making paella after he moved to Canada. He brought back a paella (the name for the flat pan the rice cooks in, as well as the name of the finished dish) to Edmonton after his first trip back home at Christmas, and he has been feeding my friends and family paella on the prairies ever since. Since a paella is to be cooked over an open flame, The Spaniard took advantage of the covered …

Sunny in San Antonio

For The Spaniard’s 30th birthday I wanted to do something special – I wanted to take him to his first NBA game. Unfortunately, preseason was still going on during his actual birthday, so I couldn’t deliver on my gift until two weeks later. Thanks to the city suggestion from my old roomie Marc, we decided on San Antonio so we could catch the Spurs. We had an early morning flight with two connections, so by the time we arrived in San Antonio we were exhausted. Our hotel was conveniently located along the river walk, a world-renowned urban waterway below street level, which allowed us to orient ourselves with the downtown just 15 minutes away. On our first morning we set out along the river heading north towards the Pearl Brewery district, a very cool area that mixes residential, restaurants, shops, a hotel, and a branch of the Culinary Institute of America into refurbished (and a few new) buildings from the old Pearl Brewery. Saturday happened to be market day so we grabbed a gluten free banana …