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Where to Eat Edmonton

Pop-Up Dining, Shopping, and Parties in Edmonton

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Taste Alberta
When: Tuesday, September 17
Where: Bistro Saisons, 11358 104 Ave.
Cost: $50, three courses; call 780-497-7858 for reservations.

About: Learn more about local suppliers and why it’s important to know where your food comes from during a special local pop-up at local restaurant Bistro Saisons. Every course will be a regional specialty made with ingredients from nearby farms and suppliers.

More Info: tastealberta.ca

Bar / Snacks
When: Saturday, September 21, 8 pm
Where: Barber Ha, 10011 82 Ave.
Cost: $10

About: Woodwork restaurant will soon be opening its doors, and this is an opportunity to preview the cocktail menu and sample three of the bar snacks we will be offering from the kitchen. Enjoy live music by the Doug Organ Trio, mingle, and eat in retro-cool space of one of Edmonton’s best salons.

More Info: www.facebook.com/events/420346014737990

It’s the Spot
When: Sunday, September 22, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: The Paint Spot, 81 Ave. between 101 St. and 100 St.

About: Artists, makers, and designers of all sorts will be selling handmade creations at this artisan festival. Shop local for a unique variety of products. Plus, there will be food trucks out and about!

More Info: www.onthespotcraftsale.com

Previous Events

Pop-up Dinner & Drinks
What: Rich vs Pour
When: Tuesday, August 13, 6 pm (EDIT: SOLD OUT) and 9 pm
Where: The Common, 9918-109 St.
Cost: $48/person

About: Indulge in a  4-course dinner specially paired with hand-picked beers — all brewed locally in Edmonton. Beer is as versatile as it is diverse, providing both complementary and contrasting experiences when paired with food. Chef Gauthier matches his signature innovative cuisine with it’s perfect beer mate. Great for date night, beer geeks, or a friendly group get-together!

More Info: Email Alexis@thecommon.ca to reserve your spot!

Pop-up Dinner
What: Facciamo
When: Sunday, August 18, 4 pm or 8 pm
Where: Tres Carnales, 10119-100A St.
Cost: $110/person

About: Italian food in Mexico? Why not! This Mexican restaurant hosts Alex Bruveris and Becky Ross (Becky was on Season 3 of Top Chef Canada!) as they prepare delectable 4-course Italian meal.

More Info: trescarnales.com

Pop-up Shopping
What: Artisan Market
When: Saturday, August 17, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: The Carrot, 9351-118 Ave.

About: Great shopping from local makers! Poetry, visual art, oil paintings, textile designs, scarves, jewellery, baking, and more!

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/211678095655097/

Pop-up Dinner

What: Summertime Vegan Pop-up Dinner
When: Monday, August 19, 5 pm or 8 pm
Where: Noorish Cafe, 8440-109 St.
Cost: $45 for 5 courses (reservations required)

About: Mirepoix is dedicated to the values of good cooking and sustainable living, with culinary experience from all walks of life around the city and around the world. Even the most picky omnivores will enjoy their creative, tantalizing culinary creations! Enjoy 5 delectable courses prepared by this trio at one of Edmonton’s best raw/vegan eateries in support of local growers and a conscious ans sustainable dining experience.

More Info: http://www.vofa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/The_Leaf.jpg

Pop-up Art and Shopping

What: Min Bid Silent/Live Art Auction
When: Saturday, August 16, 8 pm – 2 am
Where: Vacancy Hall, Mercer Warehouse, 10359 104 St.
Cost: Free to attend, art/furniture for sale and auction

About: Don’t miss this exciting evening of local art, design, and music! Bid on unique and limited-edition furniture pieces — so cool and creative, they’re works of art themselves — from 5 local artists, including pieces from renowned stencil artist Listen and street artist 8BIT. You’ll find interactive media installations, cork & shell lamps, sculptures, graffiti furniture and canvases, abstract paintings, and more interior design fixtures. Throughout the night, enjoy food, drinks, and music!

More Info: www.facebook.com/events/306686292801226/?ref=14

Pop-up Shopping
What: Fashion of Wheels
When: August 15 – 25
Where: Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, ATB Financial Arts Barns in Old Strathcona (104 St. & 83 Ave.)
Cost: Free to browse, lots to buy!

About: Local designers Linda Ritter and Shauna Force, the duo behind the popular brand Salgado Fenwick, will be selling their silk-screened t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, cardigans, throw pillows, and artwork from their mobile “fashion truck”. Stop by on your way to a Fringe Theatre show!

More Info: http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/08/12/fashion-on-wheels/

Pop-up Party

What: Blink Parkade Party
When: Saturday, August 31, 6 pm – 11 pm
Where: Vinci Park 103 (10040 103 St.)
Cost: Free, but donations to Downtown Proud, a program run by Boyle Street Community Services, will be accepted.

About: A parkade rooftop will be turned into a temporary party with food by Fat Franks and Cookie Love, entertainment, and a unique view of downtown Edmonton.

More Info: www.blinkedmonton.ca

Pop-up Shopping

What: The Modern Bartender
When: September 6 – 8
Where: Manor Bistro, 10109-125 St.

About: The Modern Bartender — the first retail store in Vancouver to cater to bartending enthusiasts — is bringing their wares to Edmonton for a special, limited-time pop-up! Find everything you need for bar tending and crafting specialty concoctions including bitters and syrups, tools and recipe books.

More Info: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Modern-Bartender/483322548363293

Pop-up Shopping & Party
What: Fashion Industry Mixer
When: Saturday, September 7, 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Latitude 53 Gallery, 10242 106 St.
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

About: Meet some of Alberta’s best fashion talent including designers, models, bloggers, and more; shop Bamboo Ballroom’s pop-up shop, enjoy food by The Common, and music by Girls Club DJs.

More Info: instagram.com/p/dhddDfpPai

Pop-up Dinner
What: Pig-nic Pig Roast
When: September 8, 6 pm
Where: Manor Bistro, 10109-125 St.
Cost: $55 per person (includes 2 drinks)

About: Chef Alex Sneazwell will be preparing a roast pig dinner (all-you-can-eat!) and guest bartender Rod from Modern Bartender in Vancouver will be crafting creative specialty cocktails.

More Info: www.facebook.com/events/511379445608526/

Mercer Collective
When: Saturday, September 14, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Mercer Warehouse, 10359 104 St.

About: Stroll this cozy, inviting space while enjoying live music and browsing pop-up “boutiques” with high-quality, handmade products from a variety of local vendors.

More Info: www.facebook.com/OntheSpotPopUp

The Common Market
When: Monday, September 16, 4 pm – 10 pm
Where: Accent Lounge, 8223 104 St.

Cost: $35 four-item tasting menu; a la carte items available.

About: Dine on delicious, creative takes on vegan fare by the Mirepoix Trio, three passionate local vegan cooks. There are plenty of European-inspired dishes to choose from — including appetizers, entrees, and desserts — so diners aren’t restricted to a set menu. Yum!

More Info: mirepoixtrio.com

5 Best Spots for Mac n’ Cheese in Edmonton

 

Best Mac 'n' Cheese in Edmonton

Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in Edmonton: here’s where to indulge (Photo: michaeln3)

Chefs at several Edmonton restaurant have put their creative culinary skills to work to design some tasty mac ‘n’ cheese variations, meaning there’s no reason to tire of  this comfort-food staple when you’re in town. Here are our picks for the best mac ‘n’ cheese in Edmonton.

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Your Complete Guide to Edmonton Food Trucks

 

Edmonton Food Trucks

Edmonton Food Trucks: stopping at Molly’s Food Truck (Photo: Stefane Berube)

Edmonton’s culinary scene has taken to the streets, with over 20 Edmonton food trucks set to be out and about during the spring and summer months 2013. From strictly vegan fare at Sailin’ On to the locally-iconic PB&J burger from The Act, there’s plenty of variety to satisfy all taste buds. Each Edmonton food truck is parked in a designated spot and keeps its own hours, in addition to appearances at Farmers’ Markets and special events throughout the season. Here, our guide to which trucks serve what, where and when.

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A Cornucopia of Cuisine: Authentic International Dining in Edmonton

In the May/June 2013 issue of WHERE Edmonton, we told you about some of the best spots in Edmonton to go for an authentic international dining experiences — restaurants that not only serve great international cuisine but that also had immersive decor and an ambiance that makes you feel as if you had been transported to the country of origin to dine on fine cuisine! In addition to Mikado, Koutouki Taverna, The Creperie, and Tres Carnales, here are three more great dining options for enjoying authentic international cuisine:

Creperie

What’s the next best thing to a trip to France? How about dessert crepes from The Creperie — How can you resist!

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Garlic Fest Edmonton

Foodies can indulge in a celebration of THE favourite ingredient in Italian cooking, the 22nd Annual Garlic Festival takes place from April 8 – May 11, 2013.

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Visit any Sorrentino’s or Bistecca location to enjoy the feature menu, where garlic makes an appearance in every  dish from small plates to entrees, and even dessert! The salted caramel garlic popcorn and the vanilla bean garlic gelato will tickle your taste buds with their addicting combinations of salty and sweet flavours. Thirsty? Pair your food with a glass of garlic-flavoured Chardonnay, an exclusive garlic beer brewed by Hog’s Head Brewing Co. in St. Albert, Alberta, or a Caesar spiced up with — you guessed it — garlic. If you feel there still isn’t enough garlic between all of your courses (if you need to ward of vampires, or if you’re on a really awkward first date) you can ask to add an extra dash (or two, or three) of freshly chopped garlic to any dish!

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Dishcrawl: Experience Local Edmonton Dining

Dishcrawls are a contemporary culinary trend, with events held in major cities across Canada and the United States. The format of the event mimics the idea of a pub crawl – but with food and great culinary experiences as the goal of the evening! They allow participants the opportunity to discover and experience exciting local restaurants in their city. Edmonton is hosting it’s own Dishcrawl on February 19 and 20 at 7 pm, with a tour of the High Street area. The exact restaurants to be visited will be kept a secret until the event date, and the meeting location and first restaurant will be revealed to participants 48 hours prior to the event via email. 

During the event participants will visit four restaurants and sample a variety of dishes from each one. They will also get to meet with the chefs or owners behind the creative menus at these venues, and learn about what inspires some of the most unique, quality dining in the city. Come alone, with a date, or as a group; either way you’ll get to meet new people in a fun, social setting and have the opportunity to try delicious new foods at places that just might become your new favourite restaurant!

Vegetarian options are available, and some venues can accommodate other dietary restrictions. Contact Zoë, the Edmonton Dishcrawl Ambassador, at zoeg@dishcrawl.com prior to the event to inquire about dietary requests or with any other questions.

Tickets are $50 per person and includes all food served during the dishcrawl. Purchase tickets online at www.dishcrawl.com/edmonton.

Pop-up Dining: A Food and Word Pairing at The Common

You’ve been told not to play with your food, but wordplay is definitely involved in the latest themed pop-up dining experience at The Common (9910-109 St.), which takes place on Tuesday, February 26, with seatings at 6 pm and 9 pm. In-house Chef Jesse Morrison-Gauthier has designed this innovative pop-up dinner around the descriptive words that inspire reviews, trends and the promotion of foods, creating a dining event called ”Adjective: A Food and Word Pairing.”

Photo courtesy of The Common

Chef Morrison has asked that guests provide him with an adjective (descriptive word) that may be used to inspire each of five courses he will prepare for the event. Adjectives may be used to describe any aspect of food, from an origin, nationality, or ingredient, to a word describing the size, flavour, or texture. Are you intrigued by foods that are savoury, sweet, local, classic, sugary, drizzled, infused, moist, browned…? Pick a word that comes to mind and let Chef Morrison know!

Why is it called a pop-up dinner? It’s spontaneous, it’s one night only, and it’s fun! You won’t know what the five courses are in advance, so be adventurous and ready to try some innovative and delicious culinary creations. Likewise, the evening’s menu will be created and prepared by Chef Morrison especially for this event, so you’ll be dining on unique creations not served any time else! Follow The Common on Twitter (@TheCommonYEG) for updates on upcoming pop-up dining features.

The cost for the five-course meal is $40 per person. Reservations are required; email Alexis at alexis@thecommon.ca for reservations. In the email, be sure to include one adjective that you like to use to describe food, and specify the seating time (6 pm or 9 pm) you would like. Pop-up dining events usually sell out in advance, so be sure to reserve early if you want to experience an extremely creative dining experience!

And, if you haven’t been to The Common already, go! Their innovative menu puts a delicious, unique twist on upscale comfort-food favourites; their chicken and waffles with goat cheese and blackberry compote is simply the best version of this meal I’ve ever had. They also host a variety of music events and weekend dance parties featuring an ever-changing selection of electronic, indie, funk, hip hop, and soul artists. The Common is open Tue – Thu 11:30 am – Late; Fri 11:30 am – 2 am; Sat 5 pm – 2 am; Closed Sun. For more information, visit www.thecommon.ca or call 780-452-7333.

– Breanna Mroczek

Tea Cozy! Top Spots for Great Tea in Edmonton

Best tea in Edmonton

Enjoying a flavourful cup of hot tea is always a great way to relax, and with hundreds of flavours of each variety there are many ways to enjoy this classic beverage. Teahouses provide a great environment to relax and cozy up with a good book, enjoy a conversation with friends, or even to work or study (several teas have caffeine in them, perfect to give you that extra jolt of motivation or inspiration!) Plus, they are always stocked with several flavours of tea — so you can order whatever flavour or properties you fancy! Here are our recommendations for top places to grab a spot of tea in Edmonton, based on their tea selection and atmosphere.

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Savour Local Flavour: Fork Fest Edmonton

Experience the culinary excellence offered by some of Edmonton’s best independent restaurants at the annual Fork Fest showcase. During this event, select local restaurants each offer a fixed-price, set menu so that diners can try some of the restaurant’s best foods at incredibly affordable prices.

An excellent variety of foods are represented by the participating restaurants, so whether you’re feeling like an adventurous foodie and are looking to try something new, or are wanting to stick to familiar favourites, you’ll be able to find something to try. From Italian food to pub fare to steak and seafood to Indian cuisine, Fork Fest represents some of the best places in Edmonton’s local food scene — some  you may not have heard of, but  are definitely worth trying out! Pick a restaurant and enjoy amazing food and drink at a great price, whether its at an intimate spot for a date, casual family restaurant, or lively pub to enjoy time with friends.

Enjoy some of the delicious food (Gorgonzola Pizza is pictured here) from 124th Street’s trendy comfort-food favourite, Tiramisu Bistro, during Fork Fest. Photo by Stefane Berube

Each participating Fork Fest restaurant offers a multi-course meal for $25 or $45, depending on location and the time of day; some restaurants have different set menus for lunch and dinner.

Fork Fest runs from Sunday, January 20 – Thursday, January 24 and Sunday, January 27 – Thursday, January 31 during each restaurant’s regular operating hours. To view a full list of all 23 participating restaurants, menus, and/or to make a reservation, visit the Live Local website.

Best Restaurants in Canada to Open in 2012

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The Vancouver pick on our list of the best restaurants in Canada to open last year (Photo: KK Law)

Where magazine’s Best Restaurants in Canada is an annual award program that celebrates the top dining establishments to open in the past year. Recognizing some of the best restaurants in Canada from coast to coast, this award serves as the highest recommendation from the editors of Where. One amazing eatery from each of the Where regions is highlighted below in the Best Restaurants in Canada 2012 list—Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Muskoka-Parry Sound, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. From classic comfort foods to refined fusion fare, this year’s selection offers a range of cuisines that’s as diverse as the regions they come from.

See Where’s picks for the best restaurants in Canada to open in 2012 » 

You Are Here: Garneau!

For the November/December issue of WHERE Edmonton, we explored the trendy Garneau Area along 109 Street South, where something interesting is always going on — whether you’re out shopping, looking for a place to grab a bite, or looking for something to do. You can view all of our highlighted spots here, plus here are some more of our favourite venues in the area:

High Level Diner (10912-88 Ave.): Stop by for breakfast to try one of their gigantic cinnamon buns, view the ever-changing displays of local artwork that adorns the walls, or come by for lunch/dinner and sample some delicious comfort food. They even have a separate menu for those who need to eat gluten-free, including a delicious Ukrainian plate with gluten-free pyrogys.

The Californian Hot Dog from Urban Diner

Urban Diner (8715-109 St.): Waffles with wild berry compote! Three cheese grilled cheese sandwiches! Fried chicken and gravy! Yum! In addition to their regular menu, Urban Diner has recently started hosting beer + dinner pop-up parties that have been quite successful (Jelly Donut Beer and Gourmet Hot Dogs, anyone?). The best way to find out about these hot dining events? Follow @whereedmonton and @UrbanDinerYEG on Twitter to get up-to-date information.

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5 Best Burger Spots in Edmonton

Nothing beats a good burger! After a lot of taste testing — with a few suggestions from our local Twitter followers — we’ve selected the 5 Best Burgers in Edmonton so you know where to go to grab a bite when hunger strikes:

1. The Next Act Pub (8224-104 St.) 
This trendy watering hole features some of the best burgers (and beer!) in the city, each version is made with a housemade patty and loaded with fresh ingredients. Topped with bacon, cheddar, and an over-easy egg, The Class Act burger is a toothsome indulgence — just be sure to have some extra napkins on hand! There’s even a delicious veggie burger option, topped with avocado and pea shoots. Need a burger alternative? The Sweet & Savoury Chicken Sandwich is simply addictive with its mix of goat cheese, rosemary honey honey, and roasted pecans combining for a sensational taste and texture experience. The staple menu options are always complimented by a weekly burger special affectionately referred to as The Cameo: each weekly special is packed with unique ingredients to create taste-bud-exploding combinations. Pop-culture favourites like Popeye, Honey Boo Boo, and James Bond have all made appearances at The Next Act in the form of a delicious burger tribute.

2. Delux Burger Bar (14111-23 Ave. & 9682-142 St.) 
Alberta beef from the Spirit View Ranch is used to make all the succulent burgers at this innovative hamburger hot spot. Try one of their nine varieties, or get yours in fry-form with their delicious Hamburger Poutine. Going gluten-free? Ask for one of their freshly made gluten-free buns! Feeling adventurous? Attack their Grilled Cheese Stacker: a 7 oz patty, and delicious toppings, piled between two grilled cheese sandwiches! Or try the monthly specialty burger — their Peanut Butter Burger was such a hit that you can now ask them to add crunchy peanut butter anytime.

One of the delicious – and intense – burger creations from Delux Burger Bar.
Photo by Troy Griffith

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