All posts tagged: Edmonton

Recap: Get Cooking -Taste Alberta Burger Club

Earlier this month, Get Cooking Edmonton transformed their final Burger Club in their summer pop-up dining series into a Taste Alberta – Prairie on the Plate event. Chefs Doreen Prei and Kathryn Joel helped celebrate a Prairie on the Plate first by featuring all seven of Taste Alberta’s partners – Alberta Canola Producers, Egg Farmers of Alberta, Alberta Milk, Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, Alberta Chicken Producers, Alberta Turkey Producers, and Alberta Pork – on their Burger Club Wednesday menu. The sun was shining and most of the patrons that night opted for a seat on the Get Cooking patio. To help keep everyone hydrated, butcher (and Get Cooking culinary instructor) Elyse Chatterton was helping out on the bar serving up everything from Alberta brewed Medicine Hat Brewing Company Burnside Blood Orange Ale and Pimm’s cocktails. The appetizer for the evening was deep-fried chickpeas, which helped recognize the Alberta Pulse Growers Commission, represents 6,000 growers of field pea, dry bean, lentil, chickpea, faba bean and soybean in Alberta. There were four burgers packed with Taste Alberta ingredients available, each served with side of either kennebec fries …

Five Reasons to Brunch at Dogwood Cafe at Victoria

It is no secret that I like to brunch at the Dogwood Cafe located in the clubhouse of the Victoria Golf Course. My friend Linda (@lindork) teases me that ‘I love that place’ every time I rave about it – but I think she is just jealous she doesn’t have a neighbour gem like Dogwood so close to her house.  As a resident in Oliver, I absolutely love being able to walk down the hill, or when the weather agrees, get in a quick cross-country ski loop or two on the Victoria Golf Course, before enjoying a relaxing brunch at the Dogwood Cafe. During the winter season, anytime someone asks me for a recommendation for brunch in the downtown area I always list Dogwood Cafe in my top three options. Here are five reasons you should brunch at The Dogwood Cafe. 1.  À la carte Saturdays or buffet brunch on Sunday This winter season, chef Brad Lazarenko decided to switch things up by offering an à la carte brunch from 9am-2pm on Saturdays and Sunday brunch buffet from 10am-2pm. While the Eggs …

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 …

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 …

The smell of queso at Paddy’s Cheese

When The Spaniard walked in the door of Paddy’s International Cheese Market located off High Street (12509 102 Ave) in Edmonton for the first time he took a deep breath in and said “Oh my, I love this smell.” The pungent aroma of cheese, or queso in his case, must have brought him back to the market in his hometown of Santander for just a moment. While the selection of cheese at Paddy’s isn’t quite the same as the array of Cantabrian cheeses from the multiple cheese stalls at his market, I know that stopping in for some specialty cheese would be a pleasant experience for him in Edmonton. The last time we hit a specialty cheese store was in Toronto, where we walked out with a selection based on the advice of the man helping us. This time we decided to go with the aceite grand olive oil goat cheese (from Spain and also conveniently 15% off), and two recommendations from the store. We both love trying new things and were very happy to walk out with …

Sessa Wearables launches new collection at The Beauty Parlour

Last Monday night my friend Tressa Heckbert unveiled her latest collection for Sessa Wearables – Sheer Business – at The Beauty Parlour. Designed and produced entirely in Edmonton – Tressa has long been my favourite local designer. My closet is packed with Sessa Wearables pieces that consistently get compliments whenever I wear them. I don’t own anything black from Tressa – she helped me fall in love with wearing colours and i’ve never turned back; I think I may be the most colourful-wearing girl at the office. I had the pleasure of walking in the Sessa Wearables show on Monday where the beat on the runway was rocking out to Serbian folk dance music. Tressa’s latest collection was inspired by Serbia and the Balkan Peninsula – from traditional costumes to current turbofolk club wearers. The landscapes laid was for the colour story and the landmarks were recognized through each of the garment’s names. The Beauty Parlour is such a beautiful space – the flower-lined runway weaved a circle through the vintage salon. A big thanks to Des …

An evening at the Red Ox Inn

Although Red Ox Inn recently received an honourable mention for best overall restaurant in Avenue Magazine’s 2016 Best Restaurant Awards, when I mention it as one of my favourites in Edmonton I still find that many people have not eaten there or sometimes even heard of it. Perhaps it is because it is not the new and trendy kid on the block, but owners Andrea & Frank Olson have consistently kept loyal customers happy over the years. Chef Sean O’Connor and his culinary team have always served me remarkable meals; every time I leave I think – I must come here more often. The menu is not extensive – but a small menu clearly allows the kitchen to perfect each dish. We shared the pork belly and lamb carpaccio appetizers, both dishes left me wishing we had ordered another serving. Served perfectly pink, The Spaniard was very pleased to have taken our server’s suggestion of the lamb for his main course. Marc decided on the gnocchi, and while I couldn’t sample his gluten-filled dish, I feel he made …

5 reasons to try YEG’s Sambol Sri Lankan Kitchen

Last Friday night I had my fifth visit to Sambol Sri Lankan Kitchen in the past five months; I can’t get enough of the bold and flavourful dishes served up at this Millwoods restaurant. The first trip with my ladies supper club after reading a review by Twyla Campbell.  Our supper club goal is to find a restaurant that none of us have been to before, and with positive review from Twyla we were excited to try Sambol Kitchen. That day we ordered a combination of shared appetizers followed by individual bowls – I left knowing I wanted to come back to try more dishes off the menu. Three weeks ago I organized a group of nine friends to check out Sri Lanken. In attendance was my buddy Linda Hoang, who did a review on the night.   Not wanting to compete with Linda’s thorough review – I would rather share reasons why I think you should try Sambol Kitchen. 1.  A Unique Flavour in Edmonton Disclaimer – Sambol Kitchen is the first and only Sri Lanken restaurant I have eaten in, so …

Get Cooking launches brunch series with Chef Doreen Prei

I can vividly remember the first meal Chef Doreen Prei ever made for me. She had invited me for dinner at Zinc Restaurant, where she was the chef de cuisine, as a thank you for including her on a feature I had written for Where Edmonton on art-inspired/stylish food. The five-course meal was exquisite; visually stunning and unlike anything I had ever tasted before. Her chef’s menu was my first introduction to gourmet food, and the best part, it was made especially for me. Chef Prei still has that effect on me with her cooking. Most recently, I had the pleasure of experiencing brunch created and executed by Doreen at Get Cooking (a teaching kitchen that can accommodate pop-up meals located in the MacEwan Residence in Oliver). The space and concept is perfect for someone like Doreen who is a natural-born teacher. Although she trained in a Michelin Star restaurant in Germany, and even worked at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant in Ireland, Doreen is not a food snob. Sure, her standards for ingredients and what the final dish …

A Birthday Dinner at The Harvest Room

I think The Harvest Room at Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is one of the most underrated restaurants in Edmonton. I often get asked what my favourite restaurant in the city is, and while I prefer to answer I have chefs I favour, over the restaurant itself, there is a special place in my heart (and my belly) for the Harvest Room. Also, Chef Serge Jost is a passionate Frenchman who brings an instant smile to my face every time I see him – he makes me want to dine at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald. My first visit was just a year ago when I took The Spaniard there for his birthday. The meal was so memorable that I wanted to make it a tradition. The Harvest Room is not on the top ten hipster list in Edmonton; there is no bearded bartender mixing herbs with bitters at the bar and there is no app to tell you when your table is available. Instead, it is a place where I am escorted to my table where my chair is …