Six Tastes of K-Days

Six Tastes of K-Days

K-Days and Taste of Edmonton combined make up Edmonton’s most popular summer festival. Both used to be under the umbrella of the Klondike Days Association, and which locals to this day still lump together for the mindlessly fun, hideously expensive and gastronomically adventurous event to which all major cities are afflicted. Did we say afflicted? […]

Wat’s up! Friendship bonds through food at Abyssinia

Wat’s up! Friendship bonds through food at Abyssinia

From the outside, Abyssinia looks like a charming family home. Of course, it is a family restaurant. Owners Zafu Gessessew and Wond Assefa came from Ethiopia to Canada separately 22 years ago, married in Edmonton and eventually decided to take the risk to start their own place, with their families in mind. The couple offers […]

EIFF REVIEW: Spinning Plates feeds heart and soul

EIFF REVIEW: Spinning Plates feeds heart and soul

Towards the very end of Joseph Levy’s acclaimed documentary Spinning Plates, airing Oct. 3 as part of the Edmonton International Film Festival, there is a defining moment. World-renowned chef Grant Achatz compares his ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Chicago restaurant to those hometown spots run by his parents when he was a kid. He says, “It’s the same […]

BUK STOPS HERE: Birds, bees put heat on Diotte

BUK STOPS HERE: Birds, bees put heat on Diotte

The liberal vote will get split between Don Iveson and Karen Leibovici, which means Kerry Diotte will be the next Mayor of Edmonton – but not if the fair food community has anything to say about it. Those who raise chickens and bees illegally within city limits maintain that the city government has no business […]

FESTIVAL GUY: Heritage Days expensive, fattening

FESTIVAL GUY: Heritage Days expensive, fattening

Is Canada becoming a melting pot? For all the hullabaloo about multiculturalism in Canada, this weekend’s Heritage Festival seemed pretty North American. The festival seemed to serve its product – overpriced food and irrelevant cultural offerings – in a homogenous, inoffensive, stale, typically Canadian package. Meaning: charge too much and make sure it’s deep fried. […]

426-5050, whatever happened to the Lydo?

426-5050, whatever happened to the Lydo?

Four-two-six, five-oh, five-oh, if you’re hungry, call the Lydo! Never had such crappy Chinese food gained such a huge local reputation – thanks to the little jingle written to go with their phone number that remains an Edmontonian brainworm 10 years after the place went bankrupt. A lot of people who ordered Lydo vowed never […]

FESTIVAL GUY: Taste of Edmonton satisfies relish for adventure

FESTIVAL GUY: Taste of Edmonton satisfies relish for adventure

Much like Edmonton’s weather, The Taste of Edmonton had become predictable these last few years. Green onion cakes? Can’t not have those. Chocolate covered strawberries? Big seller. Ginger Beef? Can’t miss it. I understand the need to play to the masses. Someone has to like Justin Bieber. But do organizers think that the same 500,000 […]

Savoy’s Health Cafe will make you swear off fast food forever

Savoy’s Health Cafe will make you swear off fast food forever

Change, they say, is the only constant thing in life. They have obviously never been to Savoy’s Health Café (11010 51 Avenue, 780.437.7718), which has been operating out of the same hole-in-a-strip-mall location across from Southgate for the best part of two decades. In truth, the Savoy is not exactly the same as it has […]

FOOD: Brooklyn Tomato neither Brooklyn nor tomato – just great Vietnamese

FOOD: Brooklyn Tomato neither Brooklyn nor tomato – just great Vietnamese

Not since Le Charles Mansion has a Vietnamese restaurant been so woefully named. I really meant to ask the server at Brooklyn Tomato (8205 83 Street, 780.756.6688) what that borough and that fruit-vegetable had to do with pho or bun or cha gio. Then I got distracted by the huge bowl of food they put […]

FOOD: A ‘taste’ of Edmonton is about right

FOOD: A ‘taste’ of Edmonton is about right

Some, not me, have seen fit in the past to deride A Taste of Edmonton as the River City’s Festival of Small Portions, a pay-to-play agglomeration of lean-to food factories cranking out small bites for ticket-wielding foodies clogging up a Sir Winston Churchill Square desperately in need of shade. But of course, that’s the point—to […]

REVIEW: The Three Amigos es autentico Mexicano, gringo

A Mexican restaurant in Edmonton has a few natural obstacles to overcome in finding an appreciative audience. The big one is that it’s located in Edmonton, where for many years the parameters of Mexican cuisine were defined by Tacos of the Bell and Time variety and Chi Chi’s, gringo-friendly precursor to the modern Chili’s, where […]

FOOD: The fatti is fine at Castle Bake

FOOD: The fatti is fine at Castle Bake

You know that thing where you talk up a restaurant for so long to anyone who will listen that when the time comes to introduce your friends to it, you begin to think maybe it’s not actually as good as you’ve been making out? Or maybe it’s changed in some fundamental way that renders less […]

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