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 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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Small Bites - Delicious Pho and New Way Pizza
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Small Bites - Delicious Pho and New Way Pizza
Extraneous verbosity eschews exactitude and circumvents precision.No, really.Vividly descriptive recollections of dining experiences are grand, but summations served with an extra helping of brevity are rare. And so, tonight: Delicious Pho and New Way Pizza. Served short and sweet.Delicious Pho, ...
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Sabor Divino on my mind
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Sabor Divino on my mind
It is so easy and, admittedly, great fun to be swept up in the summer flurry of restaurant openings. So easy, in fact, that one tends to neglect time-tested stalwarts. Case in point: Lusito-Iberian powerhouse Sabor Divino. On this particular evening, Sabor's vintage warehouse digs are hopping. Fl...
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Ticket Give-Away for Host Edmonton...
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Ticket Give-Away for Host Edmonton...
Eat. Drink. Think.These three concepts will be shaken, stirred and perpetuated at Host Edmonton, an upcoming three day conference on...well, eating, drinking and thinking. I'm going and you should be too.Hence, I have tickets to give away. Just tweet me or email me to let me know which ones you'd...
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Lost and Found at Iconoclast Koffiehuis
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Lost and Found at Iconoclast Koffiehuis
Architectural fixtures lead non-linear lives. Prospective lifespans differ greatly; a treasured cutting board might be bequeathed to one's progeny, but a twenty year old (translation: obsolete) toaster oven might be, at best, relegated to goodwill or, at worst, tossed out with yesterday's trash.&...
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Daravara - Occam's Razor
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Daravara - Occam's Razor
Daravara nudged itself onto the corner of 124 Street and 107 Avenue a few months ago with nary a squeak, tweet, or chirp. This is quite the contrast to the usual onslaught of social media marketing, in an age where enigmatic tweets and cryptic instagram photos routinely precede grand openings. No...
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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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