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

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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A Fine Kettle of Fish at Maritime Concession
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A Fine Kettle of Fish at Maritime Concession
Good seafood requires no embellishment. Indeed, memories of Victoria's Red Fish Blue Fish run as clear as a tidal pool in full sunshine, resplendent with colourful fauna that dart in and out of the shadows faster than the thoughts that chase them. Queuing on a dock to purchase fish and chips from...
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I Love Lusitania - An evening at A Taverna
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I Love Lusitania - An evening at A Taverna
Nature abhors a vacuum.Indeed, good restaurant real estate is a limiting factor in most cities. When Cafe Amore - a treasured Italian eatery - vacated its Delton digs, another Italian cafe rushed in to fill the void. Alas, it was not to be. Several months thereafter, A Taverna assumed this cozy n...
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Meat for Dinner and dinner the next day and the day after
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Meat for Dinner and dinner the next day and the day after
By the third day, I was feeling like this cat below.Leopard (Panthera pardus) feeding off a cached kill (photo from Wikipedia)Indeed, multiple visits to the oversized take-out box in the refrigerator produced successive meals of meat that lasted for nearly a week after a visit to Old Strathcona's...
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The Farrow's Bounty
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The Farrow's Bounty
Farrow ("far-oh")1. noun   a litter of pigs2. verb (used with object)   (of swine) to bring forth young3. verb (used without object)   to produce a litter of pigs Origin: before 900; Midde English farwen, to give birth to a little of pigs, derivative of Old Engl...
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