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

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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Continental Drift: Chef Xavier Perez Stone cooks at Rostizado
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Continental Drift: Chef Xavier Perez Stone cooks at Rostizado
wishes, quite clearly, to be a world-class city. It's no secret.  One need only scan the downtown horizon, blink once or twice, and then marvel at the gangly sky scrapers popping up like daisies through the tired snow. This shift from "big small town" to "world class city" cannot be forced o...
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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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