News and links… and a contest!

And lastly, I am happy to announce an official Brûlée Blog contest!

The kind folks at Sobeys have offered to give one of my readers 1375 Club Sobeys points, which works out to approximately $10.00 in free groceries. Yes, I said free groceries!

Club Sobeys is Sobey’s free loyalty card where you can earn reward points through your purchases and redeem them for groceries, appliances, gift cards, and Aeroplan Miles. Since September 2008, more than 2.2 million Club Sobeys members have collected over 6 billion Club Sobeys points, and redeemed them for over $26,000,000 in free groceries. If you don’t already have a Club Sobeys card, you can sign up for a free one right over here. Please note that the points (and therefore also the contest) are only available to residents of Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Ok so how can you win these wonderful points? Simply follow any of these three options:

1. Post a comment here. And make sure to include your e-mail address in the e-mail address line so that I can tell Sobeys who the winner is! If you don’t want to post a comment, feel free to send me an e-mail instead at bruleeblog@{no-spamming}gmail.com (remove the stuff between and including the fancy brackets).

2. Talk about this contest on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and post a link to it here in an additional comment. No limits as to how many of these you do.

3. E-mail your friends and have them mention your name when they post their comment.

This contest closes at end of day May 7th.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid anything nor given anything to promote Club Sobeys.

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Links galore and some thoughts on Top Chef

Top Chef – You know, at first I didn’t like Carla but she totally grew on me and I’m hoping she wins the whole thing. Glad Gail is back; Toby was irritating. And I totally thought the other person would get kicked out of the final, but I guess past performance was a factor.

Only Here for the Food has a great interview with Chef Rob Feenie.

The Downtown Business Association has posted their Downtown Dining Week info ahead of time (for once) , including menus. (Interesting that the information is only posted on their home page, and not on a separate Dining Week page. And there are no cross links to the info when you click on Dining or Events. Obviously they need some tutoring when it comes to marketing and the web. At least this time I didn’t have to e-mail them a week before the event and ask where the restaurant listings were.) Meals are $15/$25/$50 per person and run from March 6-15. On a few menus that I clicked on, lunches were generally $15 while dinners were all an astounding $50! Not much savings for the dinner choice. At least there’s a better choice of restaurants this time around. (Although I have to say, the Spaghetti Factory? Srsly?)

eggbeater has a post on vegan baking and substitutions.

Edmonton Journal interview with Mark Bittman and on eating less meat.

If you’re a fan of the Watchmen, you might be interested picking up some limited edition Nite Owl dark roast coffee.

And speaking of coffee, Starbucks has some interesting package design for their new instant coffee, the VIA Ready Brew.

Mark Bittman in the NY Times on breakfast alternatives.

Frank Bruni in the NY Times gave Susur Lee’s new restaurant Shang a single star rating (ratings are 0 to 5). Ouch. Other reviews have been mixed. Does this mean he should have stayed in Toronto?