Stephen Baidacoff and the Black Box Challenge at Get Cooking

As I type, eight of Canada’s brightest young chefs are competing in the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition in Vancouver. By the time I’m done writing this, the winner of the $10,000 and stage (internship) at a top international restaurant may have already been declared. I’m rooting for Edmonton’s Stephen Baidacoff. I …


Lunch on the Bus – Alberta Open Farm Days

A few weeks ago I received an invite to lunch from Catharine Bangel who handles public relations for the Alberta Canola Producers. The second sentence caught my eye, specifically the part about Chef Blair Lebsack of Edmonton’s RGE RD (restaurant and rural dinners) being the one behind preparation of this lunch. A few sentences …


Rocky Mountain Icehouse: No Hotspot

For this followup to my CBC on-air review, I was just going to post pictures and leave it at that, because, as …


Restaurant Review: Qué pasa, El Cortez!?

An exorbitant amount of talent, work and (obviously) money went into creating El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen just north of Whyte Ave on …

Pork and Chicken Platter 
Photo Credit: Dong Kim

Rostizado by Tres Carnales – Winner Winner Pollo Dinner

It’s been three years since Chris Sills, Dani Braun and Edgar Gutierrez opened the doors of Tres Carnales and introduced authentic Mexican …

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Sunday Cocktail: The Florida Belle

This refreshing cocktail’s roots stem from the Ice Pick, a classic southern drink made of vodka, iced tea and lemon. My Florida Belle is a …

The Red Head

Sunday Cocktail: The Red Head

The base model for this cocktail is the Sweet Cherry Ginger Spiked Soda from www.spoonforkbacon.com. I didn’t have any fresh bing cherries or St. …


Thanks, Nate, for District Coffee

I think coffee houses could save the world from all that is wrong and evil. People sitting down and conversing with others …


Hot Rosemary-Garlic Ricotta Dip. Simple. Easy. Delicious.

My daughter requested a meatless meal — which was great because it was a warm summer evening and a heavy, involved meal …


A Taverna – A Portuguese Treat in Edmonton

When we walked in to A Taverna, a group of men clustered around the bar were watching a World Cup soccer game …