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Chianti(s) ?? in clareview Open??

I thought I a sign that said that a Chianti or Chianti's was opening up in the old East Side Mario's location in Clareview? Does anyone know anything about this place? Is it open? Is it associated with Chianti on Whyte or the Chianti's small chain in Calgary and Saskatoon?

May 31, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Edmonton - Lingonberries

I remember seeing them at one of the farmers' markets -- I think downtown. But only for one week.

You may want to check the alta gov web site for market gardens, they show what is in season at the u pick places.

May 31, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

looking for restaurants in Edmonton

I have heard good things about Luisa Ristorante on Parent, but have not been myself. Have been to Cajun House, not sure I would say it works for kids. It was nice though and had good oysters.

i would heartily recommend Lazia in the NW, on St. Albert Trail. Good range of dishes and definitely a step up from the chains.

May 19, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Stracciatella (Italian whipped egg soup) in E'ton??

It must be the cold weather, but I am graving Stracciatella (Italian whipped egg soup) and can not think of anywhere other than Gino's (which was sadly just closed) that makes it. Anyone know of a place serving it and hopefully doing it well?

May 04, 2010
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Looking to have wedding reception in a restaurant - Edmonton

The Century Grill has a lovely private room that would be perfect. I have been to a couple of farewell lunches there and thought they did a great job. The fixed menu lunch was really nice.

There is also rooms in the basements of the Hardware Grill and Ruth's Chris. Both are nice. I would prefer Hardware Grill.

Hope you have a lovely wedding.

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Century Grill & Bar
3975 Calgary Trail, Edmonton, AB T6J 6S6, CA

Apr 28, 2010
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Edmonton Recommendation Please - 50th birthday dinner

Do not go to Japanese Village. It is awful. There so many better Japanese restaurants in town.

Apr 22, 2010
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Foodie Wedding Gift

How about things to remind them of where the wedding was held? Spices and utensils and a cookbook from their special destination.

Apr 14, 2010
pengcast in Not About Food

Information on what I can / can't bring back into the United States from Canada.

I think it can also depend on which state you are re-entering. I know both Hawaii and Washington state are tougher about the importation of food stuffs.

Apr 14, 2010
pengcast in Not About Food

How to pack knife for (checked) air travel?

I just took a smallish kitchen knife with me to Hawaii so I could have fruit from breakfast in my room. I wrapped the knife in a dishcloth and put it is a plastic bag. It was checked and no problem.

Apr 14, 2010
pengcast in Not About Food

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives in Edmonton

I second Da De O's and would add Uncle Ed's (part of the Mundare Sausage Shop) on that list.

Apr 13, 2010
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Finding grits in Edmonton

I would also check SuperStore for this one too.

Mar 18, 2010
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Saskatoon trip

Clarence Avenue Market is near my Mom's in S'toon and it seems I always end up doing an emergency run there and come back with a bunch of extra stuff. The perogies are good, especially when served with the in-house kobassa. And the smoked chicken is amazing. The local jam, particularly the saskatoon jelly, good.

Also love the candy racks. They alway seem to have obscure candy I haven't seen in years.

Mar 16, 2010
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Edmonton: Best Indian Buffet

My favourite used to my Maurya Palace. Last time I went, it seemed to have slipped. Still good but seemed like there were fewer choices. I think their pakoras are really good.

Also went to New Asian Village Sask. Drive last week and the renos are done and it looks really nice. The buffet line is much improved - no steam table any more -- instead lovely brass pots. The lamb stew/curry was the highlight. Butter chicken OK. And sadly no paneer that day. The smaller pots mean that food is refreshed more often which is a good thing.

Mar 16, 2010
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Goat's milk products in Edmonton

The other chhoice is SuperStore. I know I got goats milk yogurt there a while ago. Don't know about butter.

Mar 15, 2010
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Holt Renfew Cafe- Edmonton

Of course the portions are small. If you are one of the ladies who lunch, you can not eat much of anything and stay thin enough for that crowd.

Mar 05, 2010
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Trying to find good beef in Edmonton

Perhaps this is really a semantics discussion -- chilled is not the same as frozen. And North American meat processors do tend to chill their unfrozen meat to a colder temperature than most EU countries. The same is true of milk and eggs. It is probably because it tends to get transported much longer distances here.

But to say that all supermarket meat has been frozen in just false.

Feb 25, 2010
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Trying to find good beef in Edmonton

Having grown up in a ranching family, I am shaking my head over this post. aja thinks they were spoiled by the beef in Britain or Toronto. I don't there are many folks who would prefer the beef in either of those places to the beef here. In fact, I think frozen Alberta beef is still much better than anything that is cornfed (which much of the beef in Ontario is).

It comes down to the breed of cattle ranched and the amount of time spent on the range (as opposed to feedlots). So as long as shoppers check hat the beef is from Western Canada it will most likely be far superior to anything from the UK or Ontario. Most butcher shops and most supermarkets feature lots and lots of fresh beef.

If you are getting frozen and you think it is poor quality, I would suspect it may not be from Western Canada -- perhaps Argentina or U.S. and been frozen for a long time.

As for the quest for a good Sunday roast, I would suggest Victoria Fancy Sausage or Bens. Hell, I think even Costco does a good job of butchering Alberta beef. I bought a standing rib roast there a few weeks ago and it was wonderful.

Feb 24, 2010
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Has Food Network "Jumped the Shark"?

There are shows on the FN that I really like - Ace of Cakes, Iron Chef and Ina. But really most of the shows are no longer about teaching anything. The restaurant centred ones can be fun at first -- GBB. But how many burgers or sandwiches can you watch before it all seems the same. Many of the shows that are supposed to teach seem so simple and simplified. Big Daddy and the 5 ingredient one come to mind.

I learned more from the first two seasons of Essence of Emeril than I have learned in the last five years on FN. I yearn for Mario to be back in the kitchen making real meals that I might actually try at home.

And please enough of the food challenge, competition shows. I never want to see another cake decorating or chocolate show piece game show.

Feb 22, 2010
pengcast in Food Media & News

Breadmaker recipe question

When I first got my breadmachine, I went to the public library and took out a few of the breadmachine books and they were a great way to get to understand the whole world of breadmachines. My favorite quote was that "measuring carefully is everything as breadmachines are unforgiving". I think of that every time I am measuring out ingredients. I really like Beth Hensperger's Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook (actually bought a copy) and The Complete Bread Machine Cookbook by Sonia Allison. both have multiple recipes for multigrain or whole grain breads.

As for multigrain, it really does depend on the mix in the flour.

Feb 18, 2010
pengcast in Cookware

Best Pizza in Edmonton?

My recent favs are Ragazzi on Whyte and Famoso. Both are great thin crust and I would give the edge to Ragazzi because the range of combinations. The boccancini pizza (The Godfather I think) is truly great. The service though can be hit or miss.

Famoso also very good and I like that they have a kids sized pizza.

Feb 18, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Graduation Dinner- Edmonton

You will absolutely need reservations at Culina and tell them that it is a special occasion and they are good about that kind of thing. I went to a working lunch meeting thing there and our host have arranged for nice cold appies to be on the table when we arrived.

Feb 18, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Good take out in Edmonton

That location is a little difficult and probably won't be served by dialanddine. I live near the downtown but out of their service areas by a few blocks.

Certainly, the big pizza chains would deliver there and some, like Boston Pizza, do more than pizza. Actually their Jack Daniels ribs are not bad at all for takeout. Not really Chowhound quality though.

There may also be places on the east-end of St. Albert that would deliver.

The only places in that area I have been to and thought were good/OK. are Mount Fuji shushi and San Remo italian. Don't know if either delivery. Would bet not.

Feb 18, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Dried-on-stuff glassware question

My go-to is to add a tablespoon of liquid dishwasher detergent and filling the glass up with hot water and letting it soak for a couple of hours. It works on most things because of the increased concentration. It also works to remove coffee or tea stains from cups or mugs.

Feb 18, 2010
pengcast in Cookware

Valentine's Day Edmonton

My 10 year old son is taking me for heart-shaped pizza at Boston Pizza. We do it every year. But I suspect that may come to an end sometime soon, when it is not cool to go out with your mom.

Feb 11, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Best Potato Pancakes in Edmonton??

Anyone had really good potato pancakes or latke in Edmonton?

I have not had good ones since my SO's granny died. At 93, she could still manage to make the most wonderful pancakes and grated all the pototoes by hand.

Feb 11, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Butchers/best meat in Edmonton? Specific ethnic style meat preparation or items?

The other two to add to the list are:
Victoria Sausage which does Dutch-style sausages and just great smoked meats. I only ever use their triple smoked ham for jambalaya or their bacon for coq au vin.

A few blocks down, at the Portugues Bakery one can find a good selection of sausages like corizo and linguiza (sp?) and other Portuguese and Spanish goods like really smokey paprika. Also have salt cod (although I have never had any desire to cook it).

Jan 29, 2010
pengcast in Prairie Provinces

Smokin Iron Meats - Edmonton

I live walking distance from Smokin Iron Farms and have been quite often. They do some things really well and other less so. I have got my fresh Thanksgiving + Christmas turkeys from them and think they were extremely good. But the price has risen alot in a few years. I am also a fan of their roasting chickens. Have also got good beef steak.

The thing I purchase the most often are the perogies made by the folks at St. Micheals and sold as Babba's. They are simply the best frozen perogies available anywhere. They are the ones served at Culina.

I have not been as impressed with some of the frozen wrapped meats. Or the smoked meats. Victoria Sausage, which is also nearby, is a far superior smoker. Their triple smoked bacon and smoked pork shop are great.

Jan 29, 2010
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The Granary in Saskatoon

Your experience at the G is pretty typical. They do good roast beef, but not much else. I had scallops there that I actually sent back they were so watery, rubbery and chewy.

I second the rec on the Cave. It is a bit of a time travel experience. But unlike the G, it does turn out good versions of what they do. The Greek-style ribs are good. The tomato orzo soup always great. And I had roast veal the last time I was there and it was very good. Unfortunately, I think it was a special, not a usual menu item.

Jan 26, 2010
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Has anyone ever seen this dutch oven before?

I think I saw it on an episode of Good Eats.

Jan 21, 2010
pengcast in Cookware

pork back fat in Edmonton

I would try one of the caribean stores. Or maybe somewhere like Smokin Iron Farms that does custom butchering and finishing.

Jan 18, 2010
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