Dine and Write

I dine, I write. I relish the new, treasure the old, and anticipate new opportunities to write about Edmonton's food scene. I am a regular contributor to "Dish" in Vue Weekly. I also enthusiastically contribute to UrbanSpoon and Yelp. Erstwhile biologist and lean mean calzone machine.

Recent Blog Posts

Hypothesis Testing at Solstice Seasonal Cuisine
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Hypothesis Testing at Solstice Seasonal Cuisine
A title with specific dsecriptors is a testable hypothesis. Take 'Solstice Seasonal Cuisine,' for example. 'Solstice,' without its modifying adjectives, is a stand-alone moniker - it cannot be falsified, refuted, or rejected. Addition of descriptors, though, makes it testable and - logically - fo...
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Under the Radar at Island Curry Takeaways
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Under the Radar at Island Curry Takeaways
It is 2015. A week and a half in to the new year. Predictions hang, like puffs of warm breath, unanswered in the winter air. These ponderings range from the whimsical (e.g., Is "ugly food" in?) to the practical (e.g., Have food trucks overshot their carrying capacity?) to the poignantly urgent (e...
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Ampersand 27 - Choose your own adventure
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Ampersand 27 - Choose your own adventure
Hit the "rewind" button for a few seconds and one will arrive at an era where "charcuterie" was a concept both mispronounced and misunderstood. Really, was it little more than the constituents of a sandwich, laid askew on a wooden board for all to see?Such naive times, this era of "B.C." - i.e., ...
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A Day in the Sun at Passion de France
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A Day in the Sun at Passion de France
Long-maligned Alberta Avenue will be the next 124 Street. The next Whyte Ave. The next "it" street. For if every street has its day, then 118th Avenue's is poignantly overdue. Arguments in its favour could fill a small volume: an abundance of owner-operated businesses, an eclectic assortment of b...
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Winds of Change at Enzo's on 76
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Winds of Change at Enzo's on 76
The joyous discovery of Enzo's on 76 restored faith that the neighbourhood eatery was alive and well, feet firmly planted, head helt high, with strong arms stirring a cauldron of bubbling marinara. Enzo's had no need for a trendy street to call home, and that was part of its appeal; good food ...
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Breaking the Jinx at Central Social Hall
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Breaking the Jinx at Central Social Hall
There are so many jinxed locations in Edmonton. One can think of a certain spot on Whyte Ave's western frontier that chewed through a high-end eatery, a coffee shop and a sushi joint in a matter of months. Or spaces on Jasper Avenue that suffer the same, perpetual, interminable fate. A certai...
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The Gods of Cake at Duchess Bake Shop
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The Gods of Cake at Duchess Bake Shop
Somewhere, wrapped deep within one's obligatory adult layers of pleasantries, manners and social mores, is a five year-old with an insatiable appetite for cake.Hyperbole and a Half's Allie Brosh explains this phenomenon best.Though there were social mores a-plenty at Duchess Bake Shop's recent...
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Credo Coffee - I Still Believe
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Credo Coffee quietly turned heads when it opened shop downtown. Deftly pulled macchiatos were a timely antidote to overwrought extra-large double-doubles, and Credo's airy, sunlit, art-filled space breathed new life into downtown's dusty bricks. Fast forward a good five years and the rich bre...
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A Minor Epiphany at Cococo
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A Minor Epiphany at Cococo
Italy is not a country of half-measures. Nor are Italians a subtle people. Be it food, architecture or upscale vehicles, all must be brighter, sleeker, and packed with more panache per cubic centimetre than its predecessors. This boisterous joie de vivre is juxtaposed against a paradoxically...
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Close to Home at Rostizado
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Close to Home at Rostizado
Food and language are entities of the same genetic stock. Both are capable of the most sublime expressions and nuances and, under optimal circumstances, present as vibrant layers. Presently, I am writing this in Milan's central train station, where multiple strata of languages are slow-smoked spi...
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