Monday, April 30, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 30, 2018


Learn and Play Café 
Two young women are opening a kid-friendly café at 441-34th Street East. Learn and Play Café will have food both adults and kids will enjoy, organized activities three times a day, and classes, such as yoga and painting, that parents can enjoy alongside their kids. It sounds like fun.

Prairie Sun Moves to Broadway 
Prairie Sun Brewery hopes to move a microbrewery and restaurant onto the former site of the Farnham Block by this winter.

Tsampa 
You don’t have to head to India to eat tsampa. Daybreak Mill sells traditional tsampa made from their own barley that that is sprouted, roasted, and blended with rolled barley flakes and just a touch of Himalayan Sea Salt. The Dalai Lama starts his day with tsampa mixed with tea and butter made from yak’s milk (cow’s milk butter can be substituted if you don’t have a handy neighbourhood yak).

Piece a’ Pizza 
Una Pizza & Wine was packed last Monday evening. I enjoyed the pizza. Maybe next time it will be warm enough to eat outside on their patio.

Almost Vegan 
You know that a vegan diet is coming into its own when you read about an almost-vegan restaurant critic. Three cheers for chefs and critics who recognize that a classy meal doesn’t have to involve meat.
 
That’s Not Waste – It’s Good Food
A Vancouver social enterprise plans to take surplus produce and turn it into new food products that will be distributed to food bank members and eventually sold.

In the UK, Marks & Spencer will soon be selling beer made from surplus bread from a sandwich factory. And in case you did a double take at the idea of a sandwich factory – Marks & Spencer sells 92.7 million pre-packaged sandwiches a year – and they’re just one of many businesses offering ready-to-eat lunches.

Food for Bookworms
Food Tank is recommending 20 new books about food and agriculture this spring. I’d be interested in reading about the lost crops of Africa, the Italian town that banned pesitcides, and the wildcrafting brewer.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 23, 2018


What could be nicer than sunshine and brunch with a good friend at City Perks Coffee Shop!

Living Sky Café Reopens, May 4 
Living Sky Café is re-opening at a downtown location (245 3rd Ave. S) on May 4.

Saskatoon Berries, Food Carts, and Spoken Word, May 5 
Join AKA Artist-Run and CHEP Good Food Inc. for the launch of Locals Only on May 5. Locals Only is a multi-year art project exploring food security, community-led resource development, and intergenerational exchange. This summer’s activities include re-indigenizing Riversdale’s ecology by planting Saskatoon Berry shrubs and mobile art and food carts. The launch includes an afternoon spoken word and Indigenous plant teachings workshop.

Mother’s Day Tea Party, May 13
The Glen at Crossmount is hosting a Mother’s Day Tea Party with a Mary Poppins/Alice in Wonderland theme (music, costumes, special guests) from 2-4 pm, May 13.



Such an elegant way to serve tea from Camellia Sinensis, my favorite provider of loose tea - thank you City Perks!

Eat North Rising Awards, May 20
Grade 12 high school students and full-time post-secondary students are invited to submit fictional stories in three categories (culinary, food service, and agricultural production) by May 20 for a chance to win one of Eat North’s inaugural Rising Awards.

Driven by Curiosity
Mediamatic, a creative think tank based in Amsterdam, looks at food through the lens of art to come up with innovative and even surprising ideas around sustainability. They’re making bowls out of fungus, reading Tolstoy to cabbages, and inviting visitors to solder their own robotic insects.

World’s Largest Oregano Producer 
Take a look and listen to the president of what may well be the world’s largest oregano processing facility.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 16, 2018


Tea on Broadway
Broadway has some great independent coffee shops. Venn Coffee Roasters faces a back alley so it’s quiet. They roast their own coffee; their baked goods are from The Night Oven; and they offer a touch of European class with tiny biscuits served alongside your cup of tea or coffee.

Museo Coffee is an old favorite and a perfect place for a quiet chat with a friend. They fill their cups to the brim!

Support the Local Economy – Buy Directly From a Farmer
A UC Davis study has found that “a dollar spent buying directly from a farmer has about twice the impact on the local economy as spending a dollar on food that goes through a middleman—a supermarket, for example. There are all kinds of reasons for that: Farmers who sell directly to consumers tend to buy more supplies locally, which can benefit seed and equipment sellers in the area; and they also tend to hire more local labor, which in turn benefits in the community.” One more good reason to shop at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Turning Surplus Food into Gold
Entrepreneurs are turning surplus food into opportunity – from avocado pit tea to snack bars made from spent brewer’s grain. Philadelphia’s largest food bank is partnering with farmers to make cheese from surplus milk.

You have to watch your terminology though. Upcycled surplus food will appeal to consumers, but “If you put ‘food waste’ on package they’ll feel like they’re getting trash.”


Instant Tea 
Many of us have switched from tea bags to loose tea, but there’s something new/old on the horizon – instant crystallized tea, “an ancient method for turning tea leaves into a form of medicine through a process of boiling and reduction known as Cha Gao, or tea paste.” The founder of Pique Tea wants to “to deliver on the health benefits and the quality parameters of loose leaf tea, combined with the convenience of something that’s in a crystal form.”

Movies 
Roman gladiators, gorillas, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have two things in common: super-powered strength and a plant-based diet. The Game Changers is one man’s quest to debunk the myth that you have to eat meat to be strong and healthy.

Jean-Marc Roulot, is an actor and a winemaker. As actor, script consultant, and technical adviser, he set out to ensure that Back to Burgundy was authentic.

What Should I Read? 
If you’re wondering what to read next, Eater recommends 4 memoirs and a handful of other food-focused books.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 9, 2018


Green Cycle City Farm 
Green Cycle City Farm has just joined the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. They’ll be selling a range of vegetables they’ve grown in the city, without chemicals, and transported to the Market by bicycle. They say they are “passionate about sustainability and committed to keeping our operations as green as possible from packaging to transportation.”

Fresh Local Tomatoes? Yes, Please! 
The best kind of news! Grandora Gardens says there may be cherry tomatoes at next weekend’s Farmers’ Market.

City-wide Food Drive, May 5 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a city-wide food drive on May 5. Most wanted items are infant formula, whole-grain pastas and cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans and meat, 100% fruit juice, hearty soups and stews, and gluten-free foods.


How Organic Wine Finally Caught On 
The demand for organic food has grown exponentially, but the same can’t be said for organic wine. The situation is beginning to change as individuals seek out local, artisan wines with as few added chemicals as possible.

A Cow-Free Dairy Industry 
Perfect Day has developed a type of yeast that ferments sugar to produce the same proteins found in cow’s milk. These can then be turned into milk and cheese that taste identical to products made with cow milk.

Tucson Models Affordable Food Access 
Tucson was named UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2015, not because of its gourmet restaurants but because it’s addressing the community’s food security and food justice needs. “Because of protective farming traditions that span the last 4,000 years, more than 2,000 edible plant varieties thrive in Tucson—from prickly pears to mesquite pods and Pima Lima beans.” That tradition is being carried forward by community gardens, seed-saving co-ops, and the food bank.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 2, 2018


Plant Hustle, Apr. 8 
Nosh Eatery & Tap is hosting a pop-up market selling Nosh original products such as their vegan cheese on Sunday, April 8, at 10:30 am.

World Malbec Day Celebrations, Apr. 13 & 14
Celebrate World Malbec Day on Apr. 13 and 14 with Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Rum, Apr. 21 
Catch up on rum’s dark and stormy past while sipping some great rums on Apr. 21 at Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Saskatoon Brewery Tours 
Visit three of Saskatoon’s microbreweries on a microbrewery tour that includes beer, cider, American whiskey, and gin.


Living Sky Winery 
Living Sky wines are now available online. You can also purchase gift cards.

Childhood Obesity 
A recent study by Saskatoon researchers notes that children living in walkable, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods have a smaller waist measurement and a lower body mass index.

Pea Protein 
Civil Eats has put together a primer on pea protein, with an overview of farming and production  as well as a comparison with other plant proteins such as soy and almonds.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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