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Northeast Edmonton

You'll definitely want to check out Stephanie's Thai and Lao Cuisine if you're into Asian flavors at all. It is pretty amazing. It is located in a small strip mall on 95 st just off 153rd.
http://www.stephaniesthaiandlao.com/

I've also heard good reviews about Sanremo Italian Bistro in Namao on 96st/167 ave. Apparently they make their own pasta from scratch. (I know.. it's not really north EAST Edmonton... but close enough since Clareview is a culinary wasteland).

Feb 05, 2010
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Spruce beer in Edmonton?

So I stopped by Chateau Louis this afternoon and was surprised to see Alba Scot's Pine Ale on the bottom shelf of cooler #4 or 5 (can't remember exactly which one). I poured some into a glass a few minutes ago and noticed a bunch of 'floaties' hanging around the beer. I checked the 'best before' date and it was marked as Dec 07. After some research, I determined that these floaties were likely protein deposits, relatively harmless and that my bigger concern is whether the beer still tastes acceptable.

I just took my first few sips and it pretty much comes as advertised. Smells of berries, fairly sweet, mild carbonation. A bitter finish. I'm probably just paranoid because of the "expiry" date yet I can't help but think a fresher bottle might taste differently.

I wouldn't mind going back in a week or two to find out if they can get some more recently brewed bottles in stock and just compare what I have today against a fresher beer. If anyone makes the trip and finds a fresher bottle in the coolers or asks their staff about replenishing their stock, please let everyone here know!

Reviews for those interested: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

Dec 26, 2009
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Looking for Suggestions in West Edmonton for Tomorrow Night

I don't know about L2.. But if you're in the area and decide against it, you might consider Red Piano. They have something for everyone, from alligator bites to fresh buttermilk onion rings. They don't have shows on Wednesdays, so there won't be a cover charge, but I'd like to think that they would have something 'special' going on for entertainment during dinner. Even if it's just better-than-the-average-restaurant piano music playing through the speakers.

Dec 22, 2009
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Spruce beer in Edmonton?

Yes, that was the vendor I found. When I was doing my earlier research on spruce beer I neglected to consider that many of these results were probably talking about the soda. THanks.

Dec 20, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Spruce beer in Edmonton?

Sorry, I don't have much more information Bob, this was just a word of mouth recommendation. Other than the websites that sound like we both found, the only offering of proof I have that Canada produces an alcoholic spruce beer is described on a link I found from the Wiki article provided by cancowboy:
http://www.agingincanada.ca/TRIVIA.HTM

It is conceivable that my friend was describing a spruce SODA, and not beer, however given her affinity for hops and malts, I would like to think she would clarify the use of the word 'beer' in a non-alcoholic context.

As I mentioned to cancowboy above, Sherbrooke no longer carries Alba Scot's Pine Ale, so don't waste a trip quite yet. I will speak to my friend to confirm there was actually alcohol in this beer she tried. I'll post back if I gather any more information one way or the other.

Dec 20, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Spruce beer in Edmonton?

I checked out Sherbrooke today, a guy working in the cooler - who seemed pretty knowledgeable about his beers - said they no longer carry Alba Scots', and he doesn't think they have ever carried any other pine or spruce flavored beers. :(

Dec 20, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Spruce beer in Edmonton?

I did see your post in that thread, but it was a pretty confusing discussion and I was afraid people may not have even clicked through the link as even the title was (incorrectly) asking about birch beer.

Also, I had my heart set on trying a Canadian beer, but spruce is spruce I suppose. I will give this a try if I can't find anything else. Thanks!

Dec 20, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

perogies in Edmonton

Pretty sure the pyrohy available at Good Earth were from St Michael's (see pengcast's post below)..

Dec 19, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Spruce beer in Edmonton?

I was curious if anyone knew of where you could find biere d'epinette in Edmonton. (the alcoholic beer, not the flavored soda, i.e. Boylan's). A friend came back from a trip to Quebec and raved about this wonderful beer she drank over there. It has piqued my curiosity, but based on my initial research I'm afraid that this particular type of beer might not be normally exported out of Quebec's and possibly Newfoundland's borders.

I have been searching the catalog at http://www.alberta-liquor-guide.com, but it is a little difficult when you don't know the names of many of the beers. I am tempted to go through the bottles at Sherbrooke 1-by-1.. but they kind of have a lot...

I found a vendor at a Calgary farmer's market who claims to carry an imported spruce beer, but I don't really want to travel to the 403 for a beer I may not even enjoy.
Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks

Dec 19, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Edmonton RROTM - December - Red Star Pub

That's really unfortunate, as nearly every single time I visit Red Star, my guest and I are quickly annoyed by just how OFTEN the server stops by. If we just glanced at a photograph on the wall in the server's general direction, she was at our table in a heartbeat. Annoying for us, perhaps horribly unlucky for you that you don't get the same waitresses we do :)

Dec 19, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Apples in Edmonton

That's exactly the vendor I bought from on Saturday, Dan. And the cost wasn't quite as expensive as I thought.

BC is local enough for me. It doesn't have to be Alberta. I was just trying to supplement our family's harvest and didn't want to throw the tasteless mystery apples from Safeway in with the one pastry I can make pretty well.

egon, thanks for the tip about RCWC. That sounds just about what I was looking for. I will check them out this weekend if we do another round.

Oct 05, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Apples in Edmonton

So its that time of the year where my family's thoughts turn to fresh apple pies. We usually make about 6-8 for the winter months, but this year, improper pruning + wacky fall wind storms have combined to wreck havoc with our family tree, and we don't have nearly as many fresh apples on the branches as previous years.

With my heart still set on at least a half-dozen pies plus apples for snacking, we're going to have to turn to other supplies. Groecery store apples are out of the question, as they have travelled 100s of kilometers in less than ideal storage conditions, and coated with whatever that disgusting waxy substance is.

So where do I go for fresh, bulk apples? I know the farmer's market has them available, and l'm going to check out selection and prices today, but if I remember correctly those will be some expensive pies if I go that route. Is there something an apple orchid in the city I don't know about? Do I have to drive to BC? Or is the cost of fresh apples just something I'm just going to have to deal with?

Oct 03, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Scraping the barrel for local Grand Prairie eats

Turns out Jeffrey's was a block from our hotel, so we stopped in for brunch on Saturday morning. Food was decent, but we were the only people in there and it took over 30 minutes for a few wraps and breakfast loafs to make their way to our table. I noticed a few shortcuts in my breakfast wrap, but still a lot better than most breakfast joints in the area, I imagine. Plus it was made fresh to order. I think we would have enjoyed it a lot more if we weren't hungover and in a better mood.

If anyone's curious, we went to the Keg for the rehearsal dinner. I can't complain as it was free for the wedding party, and I'm not a steak connoisseur or anything so the meal was fine by me.

Aug 16, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Help in Edmonton for a Newbie...

Welcome to our city! And enjoy our months of summer, great timing ;)

Might I suggest the Italian Center for all your grocery needs. It's just on the other side of the river. Cheap produce, cheap pasta, best deli in the city, a nice selection of desserts and bakery items, the only thing you're not going to have a great selection of is fresh meat: ie. beef or bison. For that I would recommend taking a nice walk east down Whyte (82nd) Ave east to the K & K Import store on 99th street. They mostly stock imported German and other European foods, but they have a cheap, high quality meat selection... brats, sausages, bison, pork, veal, some fish... check it out.

Link to Italian Center website (with address): http://www.italiancentre.ca/
K&K Foodliner: http://www.kandkfoodliner.com/index.html

As for cheap eats, you don't mention which area of the city you are staying, but I'll go ahead and assume it is on campus. I think you can find a few pho (vietnamese soup) joints on 109th street just south of the bridge... Chinatown is another great place to find dozens of cheap restaurants with tasty eats, if you make the short trip... its actually located just two blocks west of the italian center. I don't know of anything that would be considered "cheap" in your area, I'm sorry, I'm not sayinbg there aren't any, just not that i can recall at this late hour - I'm sure others will be able to help.

I would have loved to suggest some of the better diners in the area, High Level or Sugarbowl on 109 st, south of the bridge, but I don't know if $15-$20 brunches is in the price range you're looking for. Also, I would have suggested the Strathcona farmers market for fresh produce, but the farmers gotta make a living and I don't think purchasing overpriced organic carrots from Farmer Bob is responsible on a student's budget.

Jul 14, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Scraping the barrel for local Grand Prairie eats

Mmm now that sounds like the type of place I'm looking for. I wonder if its the same Jeffrey's cafe in west Edmonton? (jeffreyscafe.com)
Thanks jdl

Jun 17, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Scraping the barrel for local Grand Prairie eats

Situated in a hotel, I imagine the Italian Bistro would be open for a decent brunch. Hopefully they retained some of the Sorrentino's quality.
Thanks for the suggestions, it's nice to have some choices in a town I thought was lost.

Jun 14, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Scraping the barrel for local Grand Prairie eats

Next month I have to travel to GP for a friend's wedding. (I'm terrified that the rehearsal dinner is going to be at Boston Pizza, but that's beyond my control). What I am looking for is a nice locally-owned (non-chain) restaurant for brunch/lunch on a Saturday. I don't want to eat at the hotel or a Timmy's.

A quick search on both Google and Chowhounds returned next to no results for anything but the typical fare you'd normally find in a large shopping area like South Edm Common. It's a big enough city, I figure there must be a little gem somewhere in town, right? Has anyone lived/been there recently that can help me out?

Thanks!

Jun 13, 2009
ScottP in Prairie Provinces

Where to buy a goose?

K & K Imports on Whyte, if you're in Edmontom...

Dec 21, 2008
ScottP in Western Canada Archives

foodie gift baskets in Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary and/or Edmonton?

I would go with Sunterra here in Edmonton. Their website doesn't appear to list the baskets available for purchase, but they range in price from $49.99 (actually comes in a colander, not a basket!) to $139.99. I brought home a pamphlet so I can list the contents of the baskets in your price range if you wish. No nuts or jams, mostly crisps, sauces, and oils.

Dec 21, 2008
ScottP in Prairie Provinces