- I recently stopped at Famoso for a meal (lots of photos over at my review from 2009). The pizza was great as usual, but they’ve recently changed their gelato supplier from Edmonton’s Bueno Gelato to Calgary’s Fiasco Gelato. I tried two flavours – the blood orange sorbet and the banana chocolate gelato, and was disappointed. The sorbet was a little too icy and grainy, and didn’t have much blood orange flavour. The gelato, while creamy and smooth, had no banana taste whatsoever and I wasn’t crazy about the chocolate flavouring. This really surprised me; while I haven’t tried them in any of their Calgary locations, Fiasco ordinarily gets pretty good reviews from what I can tell.
- Superstore is now selling bread made with Red Fife. There’s a $1 coupon that you can get if you want to try it out (expires July 16). When you click on the link, just skip to page 4 of their baking booklet. There are also coupons for other breads and cinnamon buns on that same page.
- Liane Faulder at the Edmonton Journal has a blog post about a food writer’s tour of Alberta.
- Gary at travel blog Everything Everywhere has started up Project Pringles – his effort to document every flavour of Pringles from all over the world. If you have a picture of a Pringles flavour, you should send it his way. (And yes, he’s right. They are everywhere. I even found Pringles in Morocco, but unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of them.)
- World Cup fever – did you know that the Dutch wear orange because of purple carrots?
- And more on the World Cup – the “Oracle Octopus” could end up as dinner if German fans have any say.
- Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is in hot water after spending a lot of money on breakfasts during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Maybe he’s a hobbit who needs breakfast, second breakfast and elevenses?
- Jeffrey Steingarten interviewed Gwyneth Paltrow for Vogue magazine – she’s coming out with a “cooking for families” cookbook later this year. The best line from the article has to be “Our conversation was not much different from what it would have been if Gwyneth were a longtime food friend, except that Gwyneth is nicer than most of my food friends.” You can see a bunch of photos of Gwyneth’s kitchen(s) and read an edited version of the article on the Vogue website.
- Fast Company did a feature on innovative U.S. cities, and a couple of cities caught my eye – New York’s urban farms and Portland’s farm-fresh food.
- And lastly, check out Beer and Butter Tarts, a Canadian food and drink blog aggregator. I recently added my blog to the list!
Too many things going on right now. Between work and trip planning and events, I haven’t had much time for myself, let alone to think about the blog other than to write up posts as quickly as I am able.
- Only Here for the Food did a Q and A feature on yours truly. Regular readers of this blog probably won’t see anything new, but you might enjoy my “last meal” answer.
- I have a reservation for a certain London nose to tail restaurant, so I figure that this article declaring Fergus Henderson the World’s Most Influential Chef and this blog post by someone who did a stage at St. John Bread and Wine is appropriate.
- Gary from Everything Everywhere is doing a street food experiment during his Asia travels
- Japadog in Vancouver is getting a LOT of media attention thanks to the Olympics. I recently read this article about special hot dogs they’re making for the Olympics, and they were on NBC’s Today’s Show on Monday morning.
- Founder of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods transfers business to employees – now that’s a good boss!
- How a soft drink became Quebec’s homegrown insult – interesting article on the meaning of Pepsi in Quebec
- How quinoa came to the U.S. – Indiana Jones couldn’t have done better
- Safer beer mugs FTW!
- Travel Alberta features Alberta’s rural cuisine
- A couple of small dining notes – went to dim sum at Golden Rice Bowl recently and was gobsmacked at the high prices. The (somewhat) new Famoso in South Common has a great layout. And another Famoso branch is going to open in Christy’s Corner – YAY!!
- And lastly, the third Edmonton Foodie Meetup is happening in March. I’m going to miss it (yet again), but if you’re free you should attend!
My last Vegas post is taking a while to write. So to tide you over, here’s some news and links.
- Okay not food related, but interesting for travellers – Gary from Everything Everywhere, who has been travelling around the world since 2007, is coming to Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver in a couple of weeks or so. If you’re interested in meeting him, keep an eye on his website and twitter account.
- The bloggers at Foodosophy have a great post up about sushi – what makes it great, what makes it authentic, etc. The comments are as interesting as the post itself, so make sure to take some time to read it through!
- A Canadian study has found that enhanced blueberry juice helped manage — and even prevent — obesity and diabetes in mice. Interesting, because I’ve had dietitians recommend avoiding juice and eating fruit instead, due to caloric intake from juice and the higher fibre content of fruit.
- Eat Me Daily does a roundup of upcoming cookbooks, including Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc, Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s America, Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman Cooks and Cooking with Coolio (yes, that Coolio). There’s also a food-related non-cookbook list as well.
- Some Sigg water bottles marketed as BPA-free actually weren’t – Sigg liners only changed last summer
- After 48 Years, Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking finally made its debut at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list of Aug. 30, in the advice and how-to category. And My Life in France is #1 on the paperback non-fiction list.
- Mother Jones writes about the rise and politics of FIJI Water. And FIJI Water responds back.
- And lastly, something fun – what happens when Sandra Lee and Anthony Bourdain end up in the same room?
Okay I lied, one more thing. I feel the need to complain about Food Network Canada‘s website and advertising. We all know the new fall season of tv shows are coming. They’ve even been advertising them in their commercials, but did you notice that they don’t give any dates? And they don’t have a feature on their website saying when shows start either. When I asked their Twitter account about it, I got back a reply that I should look at their daily schedule. And then they offered to tell me personally if there were specific ones I wanted to know about. Great for me, but sucks for everyone else wondering about what’s going on. Did you know that Top Chef 6 starts on Sept 7? Well I didn’t either, until I scoured the schedule.
Also, I got tired waiting to find out if they were going to broadcast Top Chef Masters, so I recently started watching it online. Am half way through the episodes, and loving it.