Blue Plate Diner

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I love celebrity gossip.  For instance – did you know, that back in 2012 when Justin Bieber was in Edmonton that he went to the Blue Plate Diner with then girlfriend Selena Gomez?  Yep, its true. And if you have ever eaten at the Blue Plate Diner (10145 104 St), you would understand.  There is something about the food and atmosphere that make the 104st Street fixture unique.  The staff are accessible and friendly.  It is just plain good.     Green Onion Cakes ($6) – with chili sauce and black vinegar       Bacon & Smoked Cheddar Beef Burger ($18) – house mustard blend, crispy bacon, aged cheddar, roasted garlic aioli and all of the fixings on a brioche bun     Roasted Jalapeno Grilled Cheese ($14) – served on grilled Parmesan-crusted sourdough bread     BBQ Meatloaf Sandwich ($17) with sweet potato fries and spicy mayo (add $2)  …

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Mikado

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Generally speaking, when I go out to eat, I like to go out for things that I can’t easily make at home.  Sushi is one of those things and lately I have had a craving for it.  To satisfy the craving, we decided to go to Mikado downtown (10350 109 Street).   It had been a long time since I visited any of the Mikado locations, but not much has changed.  In terms of bang for your buck for sushi, Mikado might take it.  It’s delicious, affordable and the service is outstanding.  Simply put, they have a large selection of high quality, great tasting food.   Miso Soup ($3) – with seaweed, tofu, and green onion.   Spicy Tuna Roll with sesame ($9) – An inside out roll with spicy tuna and cucumber.   Dynamite Roll ($16) – Tempura shrimp, avocado, chopped scallops, cucumber, spicy sauce and tobiko (flying fish roe). …

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Malt & Mortar

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I confess, I had no idea what the word “gastropub” meant when my boyfriend and I went to try Malt & Mortar, the self-proclaimed “gastropub” which joined the growing dining trend in October. And, I confess, that after we left, I still had no idea what the word meant.  So, I turned to Google.  I love Google.     Malt & Mortar, which opened in October, is located in the heart of Whyte Avenue (10416 82 Ave).  The inside is a modern take on a classic pub-style restaurant with high-ceilings, lots of brick and vintage photographs. The large central bar is surrounded with multiple seating options and no shortage of TV’s, which interestingly enough were playing everything from hockey to curling to Indiana Jones.  They have made a modest attempt to differentiate themselves from the usual pub suspects, which I think is a prerequisite of calling yourself a “gastropub” (versus just …

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Otto

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My dad has been talking about trying Otto, the new Norwood neighborhood restaurant since it opened in December.  Located at 11405-95 Street, next to La Favorite pastry shop, the 50 seat restaurant has a casual and friendly atmosphere.  In fact, we were greeted by the owner when we arrived (former co-owner of Culina Mill Creek), who took the time to sit down and talk to us, and offer us some suggestions. To say the menu at Otto focuses on sausage would be an understatement; it is the only entrée on the menu, along with some sides.  Customers can order a variety of sausages – pork, beef, chicken, vegan, served with, sauerkraut, pickles, and mustard (yellow, Dijon, or hopped). Some of the sides include fries, coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese and sausage buns, which are ordered separately. The menu is complemented by an extensive list of bottled craft beer, which is appropriate considering …

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Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies

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To celebrate the New England Patriots advancing to the NFL championship game, I decided to make Nutella Peanut Butter cookies.  I mean, what says “I’m so happy that the Patriots are making their 9th Superbowl appearance” better than Nutella and peanut butter combined in a cookie. Nothing.   Nutella Peanut Butter Cookies   Ingredients   1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 cup Nutella   Directions Preheat the over to 350 degrees Beat together the butter, peanut butter and sugars by hand or using an electric mixer, until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes) Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined In a separate bowl, combine the flour baking soda and salt Using the mixer (or …

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Lock Stock Coffee

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There is nothing I rely on more for a jolt of energy (and happiness) than a cup of coffee, and over the last year, Edmonton has developed quite the expansive cafe scene with everything from the main chains (think Tim Horton’s and Starbucks) to the tiny, indie variety). To complement our squad of veteran cafes are a new generation of sleek, quirky java haunts. One of these many new cafes is Lock Stock Coffee (10534 Jasper Avenue). Moonlighting as Redstar at night, the exposed brick walls, high top seating, and dark wood accents create a wonderfully cozy, yet modern, Lock Stock cafe.  The coffee, made with Danesi Espresso beans, does not disappoint.  It is probably one of the better Americano’s I have had in the city, and will definitely kick-start your day.  All of the food is made in-house.  The bacon, rosemary, cheddar muffin is simply irresistible, and a crowd favorite. …

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