Author: theporkgirl

A culinary adventure with Edmonton Food Tours

On Saturday I had the opportunity to be a tourist in my own city by joining the Edmonton Food Tours 104 Street Feast tour led by the fabulous Liane Faulder, food writer for the Edmonton Journal. The Spaniard and I met up with Liane at Kitchen By Brad, a downtown culinary studio open for cooking classes and private events on 105th street, to kick off our tour with brunch served up by Chef Tracy Zizek. We were joined by Jayne of Girl Tweets World, a full-time travel blogger, who was in town to courtesy of Travel Alberta. Chef Zizek treated us to a menu of Ukrainian dishes including handmade perogies, coleslaw, pork meatballs slathered in mushroom gravy, house-made Irvings Farm Alberta Pork sausage, and two kinds of pickled beets. Tracy also demonstrated how they make Nalesniki, a crepe filled with cottage cheese. As a second-generation Canadian with Ukrainian heritage, it was a comfort food menu I have eaten on many occasions. Sadly, since getting diagnosed with Celiac disease seven years ago, I haven’t had Nalesniki, Tracy graciously had a …

Recap: Prairie on the Plate dinner at Northern Chicken

On Tuesday night, Northern Chicken played host to the latest Taste Alberta Prairie on the Plate dinner series.  This time, the event highlighted one of Taste Albert’s commodity partners, Alberta Chicken Producers, to help celebrate that September is National Chicken Month. One could argue that every day at Northern Chicken is a celebration of Alberta Chicken Farmers, but chefs/owners Matt Phillips and Andrew Cowan were happy to close their restaurant for a one-night, set menu designed to celebrate farmers and their hard work and dedication to farming and to Albertan/Canadian consumers. Once the $50, five-course menu was released the event quickly sold out. My table scored the back room, which has a retro basement vibe, along with access to a custom Steam Whistle beer Crokinole board. Even though Andrew had a restaurant full of guests, he found a few minutes to explain the Canadian invited game and school The Spaniard before heading back to the kitchen. Back to the Prairie on the Plate menu. First up, we were served a chicken liver pate on a house …

Bacon Day 2017 at Workshop Eatery

Last weekend, Chef Paul Shufelt and the crew at Workshop Eatery played host to the 8th Annual Bacon Day Dinner. The event is designed to tempt diners to mass consume all things pork, but really it is about raising money for Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS). It is also a chance for Paul to cook with his buddies and former colleagues Chef Andrew Cowan and Chef Matt Phillips of Northern Chicken. Thanks to the generosity of many local sponsors including: Nicola and Alan Irvings of Irvings Farm Fresh who donate one of their Berkshire pigs and an assortment of cuts, Alberta Pork, Southgate Audi, and media sponsor CTV Edmonton, every penny from the $90 ticket price went directly to YESS. Along with a silent auction, live auction, a balloon draw, and the ticket prices – $25,000 was raised in support of YESS. More than 150 people came out to support the event, including some anti-meat eaters who protested for a few minutes before moving along. My official date for the evening was the lovely Liane Faulder, …

Weekend in NYC – La Gran Manzana

Over the Labour Day Weekend, The Spaniard and I jetted off (that sounds far more glamorous than the red-eye flight we took from Edmonton to Montreal, and then on to La Guardia), for a weekend in New York City. Both of us had been there once, but for each, it felt like a lifetime ago. While I am normally the one in charge of planning vacations and trip, this was entirely The Spaniard’s choice. You see, he wanted to go to the US Open. Since I force him to watch ice hockey – it is only fair I agree to watch some of his favourite sports as well (like our trip to San Antonio to watch an NBA game). Arriving at La Guardia Friday morning and checking into our AirB&B in Astoria Queens by 11:30 a.m. meant we had almost four full days. Although we were jet lagged from an overnight flight – here are 10 things that kept us busy in the five boroughs: 1. 12 hours of tennis at US Open Months after …

Ocean Wise – From Sabor to the kitchen Table

Confession –  I pay attention to where my meat comes from, but I haven’t been as diligent when ordering or buying seafood. As a blog contributor for Alberta Pork I have become an advocate for always buying local, Alberta raised, western Canadian raised, or Canadian pork (in that order). I’ve actually walked up to strangers in Costco and said “do you know that giant pork loin is American?” I’ve picked up racks of lamb in grocery stores and upon seeing a label from New Zealand – quickly put it down. But just because Alberta is a land-locked meat heavy province, that doesn’t mean that I, or other Albertans, shouldn’t care about making the same choices when buying seafood. A few years ago my family joined a community supported fishery called Skipper Otto that believes in fair-access fishing – but that’s as far as I have gone in my commitment to local and/or sustainable seafood. That is changing, thanks to an invite the Spaniard and I received to Sabor’s Annual Seafood Festival media sneak peek event. This year’s …

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 …