Monday, May 2, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, May 2, 2016


Saskatoon Food Bank Fundraiser, May 6
Karma – Conscious Café and Eatery is hosting a fundraising dinner from 6-9 pm, May 6. They’ll be serving khichdi, a staple of the Ayurvedic diet that combines rice, lentils and ghee to provide carbohydrates, proteins, dietary fibre, Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.

Slow Food Saskatoon Dinner, May 29 
Join Slow Food Saskatoon for the annual Eat These Words fundraising dinner on May 29. There will be live music, readings of food- and nature-related creative writing, and local food prepared by local cooks.

Dutch Growers 
Karma – Conscious Café & Eatery will be serving specialty drinks and baked items at Dutch Growers starting April 30, 2016.

SK Snail Trail 
Slow Food Saskatoon is developing a province-wide database of sustainable growers and producers.

Turn off the Lights – Turn on your Senses
Willow on Wascana, Regina, will be hosting a dinner in the dark every Monday in May.

The Backyard Regina
The Backyard Regina is now booking dinners for small gatherings in May. They’ll also be holding dinners in Regina’s Cathedral neighbourhood on May 20, 21 and June 3, 4.


Wannabe a Bokashi Ninja?
Michelle wanted to be able to compost her food waste, even in the coldest months of the year. She’s encouraging others to try out Bokashi composting as part of a trial project.

Surplus Food Equals Delicious Meals 
Transition Café Fishguard in Pembrokeshire, Wales, is dishing up delicious meals from surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.

Happy Birthday, Yukon Gold 
The Yukon Gold potato is one of Canada’s most successful innovations. The potato is now 50 years old: check out its history and growing popularity.

Okanagan Wineries
There are so many wineries in the Okanagan, and it can be hard to decide which ones to visit. EatNorth has published a useful article listing five hidden gems.


Photos 
Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen, Victoria, BC, held a Big Cheese Cut on April 30, cutting and slicing some of the world’s biggest cheeses. I was fascinated to discover that Provolone Piccante is shaped like a long, fat sausage.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 25, 2016


Green Almonds & Plums 
Tis the season! Green almonds and green plums are available at Petra Market.

Prairie Bella Pasta 
Prairie Bella Pasta is back in the kitchen after a maternity break. Subscribe to her newsletter to know when she has something for sale.

SpiceWorks
Dad’s Organic Market sells SpiceWorks seasoning mixes, and they’re delicious. If you’re a vegetarian, don’t be put off by the name as the Buttered Chicken mix is delicious with tofu and vegetables.

FairTrade Coffee Challenge
Coffee drinkers are invited to join the World FairTrade Challenge from May 13-15 to support coffee producers in their fight against climate change. Register online and record how many cups of fair trade coffee you drink.


Breakfast Around the World 
Lucky Peach magazine’s breakfast issue highlights breakfasts around the world – from Spain where pancakes are served at 9 pm (Spanish people don’t eat breakfast) to North Carolina where leftover pizza has replaced grits and biscuits.

Hotel Options 
The hottest attraction at your hotel may be its farmers’ market.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 18, 2016


Warman Farmers’ Market, May 5 
Warman Farmers’ Market will be reopening for the season on May 5. They’re located in the City Hall Parking Lot, Thursdays from 2-6 pm.

Beer Fest, May 7
Louis’ on the University of Saskatchewan campus switched to serving only Saskatchewan-made craft beer this year. They’re hosting a Sask Beer Fest on May 7 with over 30 local beers.

Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company, May 7 
Blazing Star Wildflower Seed Company will be at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market every Saturday and Sunday during May and June with their heirloom tomato plants, native wildflower plants, and native wildflower seeds.

Women on the Go, May 14
Women on the Go is offering a South Sask Sampling Tour, with the first tour on May 14. They’ll be visiting Last Mountain Distillery, Over the Hill Orchards, and Rebellion Brewing.


Karma Conscious Café & Eatery
I had a delicious lunch from Karma Conscious Café & Eatery on Friday. A large slice of Victoria sponge cake was the perfect complement to the spicy bahn mi naanwich filled with sliced paneer and pickled vegetables. I’m looking forward to enjoying their outdoor seating area (see photo). Keep your eyes peeled for their bicycle cart offering cold brew coffee. Karma is currently donating 3% of its profits to the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre.

Saskatoon Food Bank
More than 20,000 people visit the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre each month, up 4,000 from last year. Despite generous donations, the Food Bank is having a hard time keeping up and may have to go from 2 hampers per person per month to only one.

Canadian Vegan
Here are 8 vegan restaurants in Canada worth trying.

Lies, Lies & More Lies 
“If you eat food, you are being lied to every day.” A Tampa Bay journalist checked the facts for restaurants claiming to serve local food and farmers’ market vendors who claimed to grow the food they sold – they didn’t.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 11, 2016


Taming of the Brew, Apr. 23/25
The Woods Alehouse is celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday and St. George’s Day on Apr. 23 and 25 with traditional English cuisine and special kegs of The Merry Wort of Windsor, a mild ale with a light chocolate profile. Recite your favourite Shakespeare sonnet or quote and get 50% off your first pint of the featured ale.

Street Stall Saturdays, May 7
The newly-formed Saskatoon Food Truck Association will be holding Street Stall Saturdays beside Ideas Inc./Saskatoon Farmers’ Market starting May 7.

SK Author Tracks Rise of Organic Food Movement
Pointing to the different customer groups that buy organic food, Lisa Clark, author of The Changing Politics of Organic Food in North America, says she "hopes her book sheds light not only how the organic movement evolved, but will help readers better understand its current state, and the ongoing debates around where it may be headed. . . .

"These things are political . . . . One of the things I try to examine in more detail in my book is that it is not just about science. It’s not just about economics. It’s actually about politics and how people perceive value in certain models and ways of production.”


Making Vegetarian Food Appealing to a Mass Audience
Two of the hottest burgers on the New York City food scene right now are vegetarian or vegan, and they’re changing the way people think about meat-free food. “One of the biggest problems with bringing vegan food to the mainstream is people think of it as hippie food: crunchy, granola, and sprouts,” says Chloe Coscarelli, the chef behind one of the burgers transcending that stereotype. . .

Both eateries are confronting and overcoming a major challenge for vegetarian, and especially vegan, casual food places: appealing to a mass audience. Coscarelli explains her approach: “You need to make it familiar. People need to realize it’s hearty and delicious. Veggie burgers are fun because they show people you can eat something hot and really bite into it.”

The Free-From Restaurant Boom 
“Whether it’s gluten, sugar, nuts, eggs, waste or even carbon, today’s most successful restaurants care as much about what’s off the menu as what’s on it. . . . “When we opened, we wanted to have places where you can eat vegan, gluten-free, paleo, or none of the above, and still eat something delicious and satisfying.”

Japan’s Heirloom Vegetable Revival 
In Yamagata, a whole community is mobilizing to save its heirloom vegetables from disappearing.

Zak's Garden Herb peas are a crunchy addition to a salad and loaded with iron and protein

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 4, 2016


Karma Grand Opening, Apr. 15
Karma Conscious Café & Eatery is holding its grand opening on Apr. 15. There will be live entertainment and free samples.

Orofino Wines 
Award-winning Orofino Winery is owned by former Saskatchewan residents. You can enjoy their wines at the following events:
Regina, Apr. 21 – wine pairing dinner at Wild Sage Kitchen & Bar
Saskatoon, Apr. 22 – wine tasting seminar at Co-op Wine, Spirits, Beer

Canning 101, Apr. 23
Take a Canning 101 workshop at the Glen at Crossmount on Apr. 23.

Introductory Beekeeping Courses 
Saskatoon – May 14-15, Lalonde Honey Farms
Regina – May 28-29, St. Joseph’s Honey, Balgonie

Riversdale Deli/ Capanna Pizzeria 
I was sad to learn that Riversdale Delicatessen and Capanna Pizzeria are closing and will be up for sale.


Culture Mother 
Culture Mother in Gravelbourg, SK, sells live Kefir, Kombucha Scoby, Jun Scoby, Mesophilic Yogurt and Sourdough cultures.

New(ish) Regina Businesses 
Malty National Brewing Co. bills itself as a small micro brewery specializing in small batch IPAs, stouts, and unusual ales. They’re sharing the space at 1130 15th Avenue, Regina, with 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters who offer fresh, seasonal, and ethically sourced specialty coffee.

Spring Reading
Food Tank’s recommended spring reading list includes Adventures in Urban Bike Farming; Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love; and First Bite: How We Learn to Eat.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Abkhazi Garden in Springtime


Prince and Princess Abkhazi married and settled in Victoria, BC, in 1946. They immediately set about developing their one-acre property and continued to work on it for the next 40 years.


Abkhazi Garden is now maintained by The Land Conservancy of BC, and it’s enchanting.


The paths meander past ponds and around large boulders.


You can climb up to the Teahouse or sit and relax on a bench.


My sister treated me to tea on Easter Sunday. We had Elevenses, a smaller version of the full Afternoon Tea.



There is an amazing variety of flowers, shrubs, and trees and the spring blossoms were an absolute delight.


See also: Abkhazi Garden in the Summer

 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 28, 2016

Brunch at Be Love vegan restaurant

Firkin Friday for Meewasin, Apr. 1 
They’ll be tapping a keg of Meewasin 80 beer from Prairie Sun Brewery at Fionn MacCool’s on Apr. 1. One dollar from every pint will be donated to Meewasin Valley Authority.

Spring Fling, Apr. 17 (Moose Jaw)
Sarah Galvin, Swift Current, will be selling her baked goods in Moose Jaw for the first time at the Spring Fling trade show. You can find out more about Sarah and her food by following her Facebook page, FoodCraft by Sarah.

Café Noir / Karma 
Café Noir on 2nd Avenue is rebranding itself as The Karma – Conscious Café and Eatery. Roshni and Vivek are trained baristas. They plan to serve vegetarian/vegan food, fair trade coffee, and will donate 3% of the Café’s earnings to local charities.

Lunch at Ottavio's Italian Bakery & Delicatessen

Local & Fresh (Regina) 
Local & Fresh delivers local products to your Regina home or workplace. You can select from over 1,000 products.

Calgary's Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants
Avenue Calgary magazine has compiled a list of 14 restaurants that offer a completely or partially vegetarian menu. There’s pizza, bar food, Asian fusion, Indian, Thai, and burgers.

Package-Free Shopping in Vancouver
A package-free grocery store is coming to Vancouver later this year. They’ll offer dried goods (nuts, seeds, grains) in bulk as well as fruit and vegetables and hope to expand to include a wider range of products, such as soap. Customers will be expected to bring their own containers.

Pizza in Rome 
A pizza crawl of Rome includes 12 very different pizzas, many of which are unfamiliar and not available in Saskatoon.

“I asked for two slices of bianca and the clerk held up a two-foot-long piece of pizza and rested his knife a few inches from one end. I approved the portion and he cut us a long strip of the sea salt-seasoned pizza, then halved it. Like most pizza bianca, Roscioli’s is thicker than pizza rossa; the flatbread does double duty as a snack eaten on the fly and as sandwich bread”

Overdosing on Protein
It bothers me when I see restaurants posting photos of foot-high burgers with bacon and two meat patties or recipes for lentil and meat dishes. North Americans are not only overweight, but research shows we’re consuming twice as much protein as we really need. If we care about our health and our environment, it’s time to cut back.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post regular profiles of culinary entrepreneurs, new restaurants and new food products. 

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