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

Rogue Wave Coffee Co. - Survival of the Fittest
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Rogue Wave Coffee Co. - Survival of the Fittest
Edmonton's coffee scene has diversified and proliferated - Coffee Bureau, Barking Buffalo, Lock Stock, Iconoclast, and that is just scratching the surface - and yet barely sates our endless thirst. All occupy similar, but distinct niches - indicative of a diverse urban culinary environment. Indee...
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Summer Nights at Ikki Izakaya
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Summer Nights at Ikki Izakaya
It's a resonantly, unforgivably hot night on Jasper Avenue. Heat radiates from metal and concrete in a prolonged exhale. But it's a fine night for drivers to show off their tuned-up classic cars, trotting them out like pedigreed horses for the few short months when the roads aren't bedeviled with...
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Faith Restored at 12 Acres
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Faith Restored at 12 Acres
"Local" is the most overused word in the food industry. Once an indicator of something edgy and progressive, this adjective has been bandied about far too much to have impact. Indeed, the diner grows weary of every up-and-coming eatery boasting of "local" food when items that clearly hail from re...
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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants - Rge Rd
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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants - Rge Rd
Rge Rd, when it first opened, reminded our fair city that food came from somewhere, be it ground, leaf, hoof or feather. It did so without being preachy, elitist, or smug and brought barn and farmhouse paraphernalia to an urbane city street without resorting to kitsch or contrived country-frie...
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Reach out and Touch Faith at The Burger's Priest
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Reach out and Touch Faith at The Burger's Priest
This, the year 2015, is fixing to be the "Year of the Hamburger/Hotdog." One barely blinks and another "Coming Soon" sign proclaims the imminent arrival of a quirky-gourmet hotdog stand, or promises to reinvent (and restore faith in) the burger as we know it. It is scarcely May, and these quasi-u...
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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants - Corso 32
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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants - Corso 32
Edmonton's Corso 32 once again earned a spot in Maclean's quasi-periodic 'best restaurants' issue. In this year's issue, Corso shares the podium with deserving co-victors Rostizado by Tres Carnales and Rge Rd. Though functionally different, common philosophies of locally-sourced yet pragmatic ing...
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Bubba's Rises From the Ashes
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Bubba's Rises From the Ashes
Bubba's BBQ and Smoke House once lived in a nondescript field behind a south-side Superstore, hemmed in by two busy roads and operating out of a regular-looking trailer. Yet here, alchemy occurred. Slabs of meat were transformed by smoke and spice rubs, kissed and carried into otherworldly realms...
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Sandwich & Sons - There's a Theory for That
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Sandwich & Sons - There's a Theory for That
Diffusion Theory describes, quite simply, how an idea takes hold through time.  The diffusion, or spread from its original source, begins with "innovators" concocting the idea. "Early adopters" begin using this idea before it is "cool," and "early majority" users follow soon thereafter. "Lat...
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Change from Within at Coffee Bureau
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Change from Within at Coffee Bureau
If you have ever taken an urban geography class, you've doubtless encountered the "doughnut effect." This not-so-unrealistic theory describes an evolution of urban areas wherein the downtown slowly deteriorates to the point of darkness (i.e., the "hole") and the outskirts fatten up like concentri...
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Bul Go Gi House - A Promise Half Fulfilled
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Bul Go Gi House - A Promise Half Fulfilled
Bul Go Gi House feels like it fell right out of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." The interior is so outlandishly dated that it could easily have been where Ridgemont characters Stacy Hamilton and Mark Ratner shared an awkwardly prolonged dinner, thanks to Mark's realization that his wallet was mis...
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