The COVID 19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of society in the past few weeks, and the food world – restaurants, bars, catering companies, delivery services, and all the workers that power them – has felt the impact acutely.
In an effort to encourage people to support our local businesses during this time, here is a list of places in Edmonton offering pick-up and/or delivery services.
I love hotels. Opening the door to your hotel room is like opening a bicycle-shaped present at Christmas. You know what you are going to get, but the fun is in the details.
There are many options for travel accommodations nowadays – Airbnb, motels, hostels or the more traditional bed and breakfasts. You can crash with a friend or a relative or even camp. The list goes on. I have used all of these at one point or another, and have nothing against them but I prefer hotels. I love hotels.
I had the opportunity to check out the new JW Marriott in Edmonton’s ICE District. From the moment you step in the lobby, you know that this is not another generic box hotel. It is shiny, new and absolutely beautiful. With two lounges, two restaurants and the possibly the fanciest gym I have ever seen, the hotel is an attraction …
On a warm summer day in Edmonton, a line of people has formed, neatly herded by a rope under the cover of several tents, in front of an unassuming building in a southside shopping centre. A man stands guard at the front of the line, asking individuals how many people per party and ushering in just a few at a time.
No, this isn’t the scene outside some hot, new Edmonton nightclub. It’s dinnertime and the crowd is waiting to eat at Edmonton’s first Jollibee – suddenly, it’s the place to be.
The first time I heard about Jollibee was after Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Manila in Parts Unknown, where he called it “the wackiest, jolliest place on earth.” Founded in the Philippines, the fast-food chain has become an absolute sensation across the globe.
Store openings attract crowds days in advance – the first person in line for the Edmonton opening waited three days to be exact. So what is all the hype about?
One of my top-five favorite TV shows is Boardwalk Empire. Boardwalk Empire tells the story of a twenties gang called the Big Seven Group and their rise to gangster fame. The Big Seven came together to bring people booze during Prohibition by smuggling barrels of Canadian Club whisky across the border. Gangsters like Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Nucky Johnson, Meyer Lansky and, my personal favorite, Lucky Luciano.
Why is this relevant? It’s relevant because right now in my top-five favorite Edmonton coffee shops is Lui-Chi’s. A shop that sells wood roasted, whisky barrel aged coffee (see what I did there? Luciano-Lui-Chis, whisky barrels… you get it).
What are you doing for lunch? According to recent studies, two-thirds of Canadians do not leave their desk at lunchtime, and choose to dine “al desko”, a phrase that somehow makes this statistic all the more depressing. This isn’t a new phenomenon. If you Google #SadDeskLunch you will find picture upon picture of people eating in front of computer screens, and a laundry list of how-to tips on avoiding the practice.
Here’s the thing – just as 5 p.m. is to cocktails, noon is to lunch. It is the earliest socially acceptable time to grab a slice of pizza or burger. With so many great lunch specials out there, who needs to wait for happy hour?
One such example are the newly launched lunch specials from The Rec Room’s Three10 restaurant. Named in honor of Canada’s 3 territories and 10 provinces, Three10’s menu offers Canadian-inspired cuisine (which is difficult to define, but I digress).
Would you believe that there was a time in Canadian history when lobster was so inexpensive and undesirable that it was fed to servants and prisoners? It’s true. Unfortunately, this is not ‘back in the day’. So, to anyone younger than 100 years old and not living on the Atlantic coast, fresh lobster is a luxury.
With that said, there are very few things that I look forward to more than Lobster Summer at The Keg Steakhouse and Bar.