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

Serenity at Miki Sushi Express
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Serenity at Miki Sushi Express
Sushi imparts serenity. Unless one is extremely adept with chopsticks, one cannot wolf down sushi as one might with a burger, or inhale maki as one might with a sandwich, or massacre sashimi as one might with French fries. No; the very act of sushi consumption insists upon serenity.This is why ev...
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True to Form at Bodega Tapas & Wine Bar
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True to Form at Bodega Tapas & Wine Bar
Words come and go. Their tenure might last for decades, or even centuries, but words can and will fall out of favour more rapidly than they accrued widespread usage. Remember when people used to say that things were "rad"? Or "far out"? Slang terms in particular, once their era has trundled acros...
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Bar Bricco - No Holds Barred
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Bar Bricco - No Holds Barred
No reservations. No nonsense. No holds barred.These three descriptors, when taken together, nicely sum up Bar Bricco. Bar Bricco is right downtown, the nearest neighbour of Corso 32. Both share the same mastermind, the incomparable Daniel Costa. Similarities end there. Bricco trades Corso's bare ...
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District Coffee Co. - Hip to be Square
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District Coffee Co. - Hip to be Square
"Hipsters ruin everything."Plaid shirts, horn-rimmed glasses, goo-gaws of yesteryear recycled into ironic statements that, really, aren't statements because they are out to prove that they've got nothing to prove. (For further reference, please refer to Kate Beaton's comic above.) Basically, old ...
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D'Amore's Italian Mercato - A Little Amore for the South Side
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D'Amore's Italian Mercato - A Little Amore for the South Side
Independent grocery stores, though notable exceptions buck this rule, have been conspicuously absent from Edmonton's landscape. Indeed, it's all too easy to succumb to the Big Box Stores' siren song of low prices and "everything from a twelve pack of winter tires to a case of peaches" under one r...
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Land of Fire, Ice, and Fine Feasts
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Land of Fire, Ice, and Fine Feasts
Iceland, though half an ocean and more than a few icebergs away, felt closer than ever this week. Iceland Naturally, which promotes travel to this mid-Atlantic volcanic isle, instigated a joyous and meticulously organized celebration of Icelandic food, drink and music to celebrate Icelandair's ma...
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Identity Crisis at The Glass Monkey
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Identity Crisis at The Glass Monkey
One cannot force an identity upon a restaurant. It must evolve organically and iteratively. Identity must meld with every aspect: decor, personnel and, of course, food and drink. It is easy to rattle off names of restaurants with well-defined identities, for one can "feel" the coherence. It is le...
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Faith-Off: Korean Fried Chicken
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Faith-Off: Korean Fried Chicken
Certain food items are often ruined by fast food institutions, in that we are saturated and inundated with supersized portions of half-assed quality. This scenario certainly applies to fried chicken; redemption, however, has arrived in the earthly guise of Korean fried chicken. Korean fried chick...
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Setting the Stage at Stages Kitchen & Bar
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Setting the Stage at Stages Kitchen & Bar
Hotel restaurants can be tricky territory, for a steady supply of sleepy travelers and harried businessfolk ensure - for better or for worse - hungry mouths that demand sustenance. Case in point: I once traveled to a conference in North Carolina and arrived, exhausted and ravenous. Once deposited...
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Strong and Free at North 53
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Strong and Free at North 53
Defining "Canadian" food has remained a quandary for generations. Unless one's parents are Aboriginal, then we are all recent immigrants to this particular part of the planet. Poutine and butter tarts, among others, are proposed as quintessentially Canadian dishes, but trying to define food items...
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