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

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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The Velvet Revolution at Whimsical Cake Studio
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The Velvet Revolution at Whimsical Cake Studio
Second chances are important. Chefs change. Recipe change. Owners change. Good thing too; an unfortunate by-product of the food industry is that everyone - quite literally - wants a piece of the pie. Or wants to make the pie, no matter how good or bad it may be. Channels like the Food Network and...
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Suddenly Last Summer at Jimmy Poblano's Southwest Cantina
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Suddenly Last Summer at Jimmy Poblano's Southwest Cantina
Oh, how summer is racing by. Racing like the scads of white cloud that hurry across the sky as if chased by some invisible force. Racing away like the fleeting days of summer that, perhaps a month from now, will have given way to frost-tinged nights and orange leaves.But for now, the night is sof...
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Fly Me to Halo Bar & Bistro
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Fly Me to Halo Bar & Bistro
Airports are an endless source of entertainment. Indeed, the passing parade of harried humanity proffers many small truths about how one's fundamental human nature bubbles to the surface when pressed through a strainer of arrivals and departures. Good food, however, is generally absent, as airpor...
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