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Recipe Lab Turkey-Pork Meatloaf: Final Version

Thanks, Scrummy, for this little lesson on Worcestershire pronunciation. For years I would go to the store and ask where they kept the "war-chester-shy-er " sauce. My new husband is British and he has straightened me out.
I am going to make this recipe and eat it with a shandy in hand, as a toast to you.

Jun 17, 2009
Cheers in Recipes

Dinner/breakfast in Edmonton over the weekend

I'm glad to see that someone mentioned 9th Street Bistro. We've eaten there many times for brunch (although haven't been there for about 6 months) and I usually have the champagne special that comes with fresh fruit and a choice of hot entrees. It is a sweet little spot with very good food and an excellent cup of coffee. You could probably walk there in about 30 minutes.

Dec 02, 2008
Cheers in Prairie Provinces

Birthday in Edmonton....

Jim, you gave me the best laugh I've had all day! And it's been a long day.
Thanks!

Best donair in Edmonton?

I have had the Halifax donair from the Burger Baron on 111th Ave (I think) in the west end. It is always loaded, fresh, messy...just the way I like it. By the way, what exactly gives it the Halifax name? Whenever I am in the Maritimes and order a donair it is wrapped in a thick pizza-like crust with a very sweet sauce that I do not particularily like.

Aug 24, 2008
Cheers in Prairie Provinces

Best Pizza in Edmonton?

Thanks for the input, WWS and raidar. I will go back and give the place another shot! We did find the restaurant very warm and inviting.

Aug 20, 2008
Cheers in Prairie Provinces

Best Pizza in Edmonton?

I was just at Famoso and had the #2 pizza. I can't remember the name of it but it had fresh cheese, artichokes, olives, mushrooms, and ham. It was incredibly soggy. It was probably due to all the vegetables and I would like to try going there again. I almost ordered the #4 - caprese, I think, with a lot of meat and quite spicy. (By the way, I had a wonderful merlot there and the glass was only $4.50. Where can you find a deal like that?) What pizza would you recommend?

Aug 20, 2008
Cheers in Prairie Provinces

Where can I find a good malt in Edmonton?

I was so excited about having a great malt on this particularily hot day that I went straight to Marble Slab and it was on the menu beside the milkshakes at $5.70. I knew I was in trouble when I had to repeat my order to the manager who gave me a vacant look. Then she had to consult an instruction sheet and came back to me to ask what flavour ice cream I wanted in it. I didn't know what to say. Has anyone ever been asked this question before in regards to a malt? I chose regular chocolate, but in hindsight I should have chosen vanilla. She eventually got another employee to make it and it turned out like a very runny slushy cappuccino. I politely told him that a malt should be thick. He admited he had never made one before so he made me another and I was handed a...chocolate milkshake. Oh, well. It was cold and chocolatey. Far from a malt, though. I will put Motoraunt on my list of places to visit next.

Where can I find a good malt in Edmonton?

When I was a kid I used to love eating the cold, super- thick malts at the little snack counter in the basement of Woodwards in Southgate Mall. Does anyone know where I can get one these days? I know Wendy's has a Frosty but it's a sad imitation to the real thing.

New to Edmonton - need cheap recomendations!

We've been to the La Shish just off Jasper a few times. Never again, though. I used the washroom the last time and it was so incredibly filthy it almost made me sick. Instead, we go to the west end La Shish in Mayfield Common. It is new, clean, and we love the food.

Peaceful Restaurant (Vancouver, Northern Chinese, pictures)

Thank you for this information. I read all about this restaurant here in Chowhound and we went to Peaceful a few weeks ago while in Vancouver. We ordered all kinds of fabulous dishes (including an unforgettable lamb and cumin entree and the famous beef roll) and had a marvellous gastronomic experience. We stuffed ourselves silly and had to leave a lot of food behind as we were staying in a hotel. Love this place.

Jul 24, 2008
Cheers in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Looking for decent Chinese take-out in West Edmonton.

Hey, W.E.Will. I almost fell off the chair while reading what you wrote! We are STILL trying to find a decent Chinese take-out place and are experiencing disaster after disaster. Then, about 3 weeks ago, we received a flyer in the mail with a Chinese food menu from a place in the HoJo Hotel on Stony Plain Road. With great hope, I phoned in my order and told my sweetie I was off to pick up Chinese from a new place I'd heard of. He asked where it was located and when I told him, he insisted on going with me. I thought he was being ridiculous but he wouldn't let me go alone. I waited for a few minutes in the dingy, dark Albert's Restaurant for the order to be ready. There was so much food that it all had to be packed in a huge box. "Wow!", I thought! "All this for only $35! " My sweetie had the car waiting for me at the front doors and in the time I was gone he had witnessed 2 drug transactions and been approached by a hooker. We got the hell out of there and went home to eat. The food was so horrible that even the teens didn't like it and we threw most of it out. Sigh
I will not give up. Somewhere out there is a little gem that we have yet to discover. In the meantime, we are going to keep testing new locations while keeping the Pepto-Bismal handy.

Jul 24, 2008
Cheers in Prairie Provinces

Russian Salads and Desserts in Edmonton

Olivier Salad is quite popular in Russia (as told to me by a Russian couple I met last year - not being Russian myself!) Anyway, it consists of uniformly diced ham, potatoes, onions, eggs, gherkins, carrots, etc. in a mayonnaise base.

Russian Salads and Desserts in Edmonton

I agree that the items are pricey but I am certainly willing to pay for the quality you receive from this vendor. I am wondering if anyone has tried any of the other products, other than those I have already mentioned?

Russian Salads and Desserts in Edmonton

I recently stumbled upon a marvellous farmer's market stall that sells Russian salads, soups and desserts. The stall, called Marina's Cuisine, carries home-made versions of the quintessential Olivier salad, a fabulous beet, prune and walnut salad, and an eggplant and garlic salad that will knock you off your feet. I also bought a huge slice of a 9 layer Russian Honey Torte that was smothered in fresh, finely chopped walnuts. It too was delicious. There were many other items to choose from of equal Russian heritage.

I am not aware of any other outlet in the city for food items such as this, especially of such high quality. The stall is at the Strathcona Farmer's Market on Saturdays and at the Callingwood Market on Wednesdays. It could also be at other locations. Has anybody else tried food from this kiosk?

Reuben in Edmonton

Ah, Bob mentioned Wolfies and I am smiling at the fond memories of that place. No place in town did a Rueben like them. Since they closed I have been looking for a decent replacement and have found that Urban Diner on High Street make a wonderful Rueben. I'm not a huge Urban Diner fan, but will go there for their Rueben and great fries.

Jul 18, 2008
Cheers in Prairie Provinces

Edmonton - Suggestions for tough situation

As I read about your situation, I immediately thought of Culina. I see yen was already on top of that for you. I agree whole-heartedly. Good luck to you!

Hot Cross Buns in Edmonton

In the past few weeks we have tried hot cross buns from many locations. This is what we found:
Cobbs Bakery - The traditional buns were dry and contained only raisins with no other fruits. The chocolate chip hot cross buns were a novelty that were liked by our teenager but not something we wish to try. Overall, the buns were very expensive and not to our liking.
Bon Ton - The buns are good, but for the price we didn't feel they were worth the expense.
Portuguese Canadian Bakery - These buns were a big disappointment as they were doughy and contained very little fruit. They were small buns and, at 45 cents each, they were not cheap.
Andy's IGA - These buns, at $2.99 for 12, were by far the best both in quality and price. They were always fresh and full of fruit. We are not big IGA bakery fans but these buns cannot be beat.

Has anyone eaten in the new Greek OPA restaurant chains in Alberta?

I've seen 2 of these little places here in Edmonton so far - one just off Whyte Ave and one in the West end. If you have an opinion of them, please let me know as I may give them a try.

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

My mother's family came from northern England and we always had bread sauce with our roast chicken or turkey. Scald homo milk with an onion studded with a few cloves. Add white bread crumbs until thick and let it simmer a while. Fish out the onion and add a dash of white pepper and a knob of butter. Pour gravy over top. Heaven. I make it myself with my poultry but my mom still makes it best!

May 20, 2007
Cheers in Home Cooking

Looking for decent Chinese take-out in West Edmonton.

I live in West Edmonton. With teens in the house, it would be nice to fill them up with take-out Chinese on a Friday after work. We have had no luck, however, and usually end up with mediochre fare. Any recommendations?

May 20, 2007
Cheers in Prairie Provinces

In Edmonton and Calgary next week - budget recs, please?

If you are near the University in Edmonton, go to Leva. It is a little Italian joint that sells drinks and snacks and has THE BEST gelato in Edmonton. I'm drooling as I type this...

In Edmonton and Calgary next week - budget recs, please?

Well, I live in Edmonton and I would love to share my favourite restaurants with you. For Italian, you can't go wrong with Piccolino's which is in the mid-range (approx. 142 Street 91 Ave). The food is always great and fresh and Lino runs it with dedication and love. I rate his lasagna the best in the city. Be sure to make reservations. I've eaten there for lunch and dinner. Another place for good solid mid-range food is The Urban Diner (just off 124 street)). Very popular for home-style food in a comfortable setting. Our friends live in a highrise condo just behind the restaurant and they go there at least once a week. Last time I was there was for Sunday brunch and I had the eggs benedict, which I love even more than my own recipe. We often go to Cafe de Ville (Kenny, the waiter is a favourite) and don't forget Yiannis on Whyte Ave. It is still delicious. Vi's for Pies on Stony Plain Road has a nice lunch (homemade soups, filled buns, salads, entrees, and mouth-watering desserts.)
Try The Italian Centre Shop (Little Italy or Southside) for a panini and latte. Inexpensive and a nice change. Jeffery's is a cafe and wine bar on 142 Street that serves a nice little lunch that is again, fresh and delicious. Nice comfy atmosphere, too. In the same cute little strip mall is DeLuxe Burger Bar that is very hip and sells yummy but very pricey burgers. Loads of food, though.
In St. Albert, go to Nello's Italian place on St. Albert Trail. I work with a number of people who live in St. Albert and they swear by this place. Not too fancy but great food. Really, that's what really matters, isn't it. DO NOT go to the new Greek place next door to Nello's. I posted my horrible experience there on the Board last week.

The owner/chef yelled at me from the kitchen for 5 minutes-I was mortified.

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. A couple of you asked for the name of the restaurant. It is ADONIS GREEK RESTAURANT, on St. Albert Trail in St. Albert, Alberta, which is a suburb of Edmonton. (I actually haven't seen any evidence of anyone from this area on CHOWHOUND, which is a shame.) Anyway, I have told as many people as I can. I'm not off Greek food, however. I have a moussaka in the oven right now!

May 14, 2007
Cheers in Not About Food

The owner/chef yelled at me from the kitchen for 5 minutes-I was mortified.

The other day we popped into a new Greek restaurant that had been open for only a few days. We ordered glasses of white wine and an order each of dolmades and calamari. The calamari was acceptable, if not rather rubbery. The dolmades were straight out of a can - you know the kind. You can buy the can for about $3.00 at any Greek or Italian store or at your local supermarket, for that matter. They are plain grape leaves stuffed with white rice and swimming in poor quality oil. Well, on our plate lay about half a can of dolmades, very cold from the fridge. The cost was $10.00. When the waitress came over to ask how the meal was I politely told her that I was very disappointed in the canned dolmades and the fact that they were so cold. She went back to the kitchen (which was an open kitchen for all patrons to see and hear) and immediately the chef/cook started yelling that I know nothing about Greek food, he always eats them cold, I shouldn't bother eating them then, etc. He kept this rant up for at least 5 minutes. It was directed solely at me. I was so embarrassed! We paid and got the heck out of there.
Was I wrong about dolmades?
If we are dissapointed in restaurant food and the waitress asks how we are enjoying the meal, shouldn't we reply honestly? What do you think I should have done?

May 07, 2007
Cheers in Not About Food

What can I do with this ham bone from yesterday's Easter meal?

I have a ham bone and a heaping pile of ham slices from yesterday. Any good recipes or ideas out there?

Apr 09, 2007
Cheers in Home Cooking

Specialty restaurants/eateries across Canada - Suggestions please

Edmonton is chock full of fabulous quirky shops and restaurants. On Saturday mornings we head out the door with the flush of anticipation on our faces, ready for the next culinary adventure. A fun and delicious stop is Langano Skies, an Ethiopian restaurant on Whyte Ave where you unroll your bundles of spongey grey pancake to scoop up the delicacies from a communal platter. The Cupcake Shoppe on Stoney Plain Road bakes up cupcakes so decadent and perfect that decision-making can take ages. We don't let a weekend go by without stopping at the Italian Centre. There are two of them in town and we usually go to the southside store. We stop at the cafe first for a latte and something tasty from the huge pastry counter. Then we ooh and aah up and down the aisles until we hit the deli. That's the best part! Also check out Tim Wood's Eco Cafe near Pigeon Lake (south of Edmonton). I haven't been yet but everyone who has raves about it. This man knows how to cook and all of his food honours the environment around him.

Apr 09, 2007
Cheers in Atlantic Canada

Purchasing Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

Both Dutch ovens are 6 quart. The Schulte-Ufer is from Germany and the company is relatively new in Canada. It is a black uncoated cast iron pot with a coated bottom and glass lid. I can't seem to get any info on this product and there isn't much on the net. Thanks for your help.

Apr 06, 2007
Cheers in Cookware

Purchasing Cast Iron Dutch Ovens

I am looking to purchase a good quality Dutch oven. I am well aware that Le Creseut and Straub are the best but I am not willing to spend over $200 for one. I am debating between a Mario Bartali ($99.95) and a Schulte-Ufer ($39.99), both from Homesense. Anybody have an opinion?

Apr 06, 2007
Cheers in Cookware