Monday, April 23, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 23, 2018


What could be nicer than sunshine and brunch with a good friend at City Perks Coffee Shop!

Living Sky Café Reopens, May 4 
Living Sky Café is re-opening at a downtown location (245 3rd Ave. S) on May 4.

Saskatoon Berries, Food Carts, and Spoken Word, May 5 
Join AKA Artist-Run and CHEP Good Food Inc. for the launch of Locals Only on May 5. Locals Only is a multi-year art project exploring food security, community-led resource development, and intergenerational exchange. This summer’s activities include re-indigenizing Riversdale’s ecology by planting Saskatoon Berry shrubs and mobile art and food carts. The launch includes an afternoon spoken word and Indigenous plant teachings workshop.

Mother’s Day Tea Party, May 13
The Glen at Crossmount is hosting a Mother’s Day Tea Party with a Mary Poppins/Alice in Wonderland theme (music, costumes, special guests) from 2-4 pm, May 13.



Such an elegant way to serve tea from Camellia Sinensis, my favorite provider of loose tea - thank you City Perks!

Eat North Rising Awards, May 20
Grade 12 high school students and full-time post-secondary students are invited to submit fictional stories in three categories (culinary, food service, and agricultural production) by May 20 for a chance to win one of Eat North’s inaugural Rising Awards.

Driven by Curiosity
Mediamatic, a creative think tank based in Amsterdam, looks at food through the lens of art to come up with innovative and even surprising ideas around sustainability. They’re making bowls out of fungus, reading Tolstoy to cabbages, and inviting visitors to solder their own robotic insects.

World’s Largest Oregano Producer 
Take a look and listen to the president of what may well be the world’s largest oregano processing facility.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 16, 2018


Tea on Broadway
Broadway has some great independent coffee shops. Venn Coffee Roasters faces a back alley so it’s quiet. They roast their own coffee; their baked goods are from The Night Oven; and they offer a touch of European class with tiny biscuits served alongside your cup of tea or coffee.

Museo Coffee is an old favorite and a perfect place for a quiet chat with a friend. They fill their cups to the brim!

Support the Local Economy – Buy Directly From a Farmer
A UC Davis study has found that “a dollar spent buying directly from a farmer has about twice the impact on the local economy as spending a dollar on food that goes through a middleman—a supermarket, for example. There are all kinds of reasons for that: Farmers who sell directly to consumers tend to buy more supplies locally, which can benefit seed and equipment sellers in the area; and they also tend to hire more local labor, which in turn benefits in the community.” One more good reason to shop at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.

Turning Surplus Food into Gold
Entrepreneurs are turning surplus food into opportunity – from avocado pit tea to snack bars made from spent brewer’s grain. Philadelphia’s largest food bank is partnering with farmers to make cheese from surplus milk.

You have to watch your terminology though. Upcycled surplus food will appeal to consumers, but “If you put ‘food waste’ on package they’ll feel like they’re getting trash.”


Instant Tea 
Many of us have switched from tea bags to loose tea, but there’s something new/old on the horizon – instant crystallized tea, “an ancient method for turning tea leaves into a form of medicine through a process of boiling and reduction known as Cha Gao, or tea paste.” The founder of Pique Tea wants to “to deliver on the health benefits and the quality parameters of loose leaf tea, combined with the convenience of something that’s in a crystal form.”

Movies 
Roman gladiators, gorillas, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have two things in common: super-powered strength and a plant-based diet. The Game Changers is one man’s quest to debunk the myth that you have to eat meat to be strong and healthy.

Jean-Marc Roulot, is an actor and a winemaker. As actor, script consultant, and technical adviser, he set out to ensure that Back to Burgundy was authentic.

What Should I Read? 
If you’re wondering what to read next, Eater recommends 4 memoirs and a handful of other food-focused books.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 9, 2018


Green Cycle City Farm 
Green Cycle City Farm has just joined the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. They’ll be selling a range of vegetables they’ve grown in the city, without chemicals, and transported to the Market by bicycle. They say they are “passionate about sustainability and committed to keeping our operations as green as possible from packaging to transportation.”

Fresh Local Tomatoes? Yes, Please! 
The best kind of news! Grandora Gardens says there may be cherry tomatoes at next weekend’s Farmers’ Market.

City-wide Food Drive, May 5 
The Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is hosting a city-wide food drive on May 5. Most wanted items are infant formula, whole-grain pastas and cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, canned beans and meat, 100% fruit juice, hearty soups and stews, and gluten-free foods.


How Organic Wine Finally Caught On 
The demand for organic food has grown exponentially, but the same can’t be said for organic wine. The situation is beginning to change as individuals seek out local, artisan wines with as few added chemicals as possible.

A Cow-Free Dairy Industry 
Perfect Day has developed a type of yeast that ferments sugar to produce the same proteins found in cow’s milk. These can then be turned into milk and cheese that taste identical to products made with cow milk.

Tucson Models Affordable Food Access 
Tucson was named UNESCO City of Gastronomy in 2015, not because of its gourmet restaurants but because it’s addressing the community’s food security and food justice needs. “Because of protective farming traditions that span the last 4,000 years, more than 2,000 edible plant varieties thrive in Tucson—from prickly pears to mesquite pods and Pima Lima beans.” That tradition is being carried forward by community gardens, seed-saving co-ops, and the food bank.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 2, 2018


Plant Hustle, Apr. 8 
Nosh Eatery & Tap is hosting a pop-up market selling Nosh original products such as their vegan cheese on Sunday, April 8, at 10:30 am.

World Malbec Day Celebrations, Apr. 13 & 14
Celebrate World Malbec Day on Apr. 13 and 14 with Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Rum, Apr. 21 
Catch up on rum’s dark and stormy past while sipping some great rums on Apr. 21 at Saskatoon Co-op Wine Spirits Beer.

Saskatoon Brewery Tours 
Visit three of Saskatoon’s microbreweries on a microbrewery tour that includes beer, cider, American whiskey, and gin.


Living Sky Winery 
Living Sky wines are now available online. You can also purchase gift cards.

Childhood Obesity 
A recent study by Saskatoon researchers notes that children living in walkable, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods have a smaller waist measurement and a lower body mass index.

Pea Protein 
Civil Eats has put together a primer on pea protein, with an overview of farming and production  as well as a comparison with other plant proteins such as soy and almonds.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 26, 2018


It All Depends on the Weather 
It’s hard to believe that last year I purchased locally grown tulips from Kaleidoscope Gardens in the middle of April. That certainly won’t happen this year with the continuing snowfall and cold temperatures. Adi says the tulips have only just popped out of the ground and it will be another 3-4 weeks before they flower.

It’s a real challenge for farmers to cope with unpredictable weather, so let’s make sure we don’t complain if our seasonal favorites are a little later than usual.

Fresh Cukes!
Grandora Gardens is back at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market with fresh cucumbers. They also have hot pepper jelly and dried spices.


Beer Makes You Smarter 
9 Mile Legacy Brewing is hosting a series of talks:
March 27, 7:30 pm – Ernie Walker, Local Archaeology & Wanuskewin
April 24, 7:30 pm – Jeff O’Brien, Temperance & Prohibition
May 15, 7:30 pm – Dianne Wilson, Early Riversdale Business

9 Mile Legacy Turns 3
9 Mile Legacy Brewing turns 3 on April 15 and you’re invited to join the celebration.

Gangsters Italian Sandwiches 
Gangsters Italian Sandwiches is opening at 816 16th Street W (corner of Spadina and Avenue H) on May 10 – takeout and patio only.

Youth Cooking Camps
The Local Kitchen is listing all sorts of fun cooking programs for kids this summer. I like the sound of Pirate (Caribbean) food.

From Waste to Fresh Vegetables
I was delighted to learn that Our Farm recycles about 1000 pounds of organic waste into compost every week with supplies from their partners at Dad’s Organic Market, The Night Oven Bakery, and Venn Coffee Roasters.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 19, 2018


Global Food Security, Mar. 19 
Dr. Maurice Moloney, Executive Director & CEO, Global Institute for Food Security, will speak on Global Food Security: Not Just Quantity but Quality at 7 pm, Mar. 19.

Easter Dinner at Friendship Inn 
Saskatoon Friendship Inn is looking for volunteers to help with their Easter meal.

Easter Egg Hunt, Mar. 31 
Make sure your kids don’t miss the Easter Egg Hunt at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market from 11 am – 1:30 pm, Mar. 31.

Love those Vegetables!
Chain Reaction Urban Farm is offering 20 weeks of bulk deliveries of fresh produce to groups (friends, neighbours, workmates) with at least 8 members. The deadline for group memberships is March 31.

Chain Reaction has also set up a Vegetable Academy with tools, methods, and resources to help you grow your own food.


Nuts for Cheese
I made an impulse purchase at Dad’s Organic Market on Saturday – a Smoky Artichoke and Herb Cashew-based Vegan Cheese made in southern Ontario by Nuts for Cheese. On looking at the bill, I discovered it was super expensive (don’t ask!), but it’s so tasty that I may well buy it again. It spreads well, has lots and lots of flavour, and is made from real food not chemicals. I highly recommend it.

Regenerative Organic Certification 
As organic food has become more popular, its production has expanded from small family farms to large multinationals, raising concerns that wide-scale production isn’t sustainable. An alliance is now promoting regenerative organic certification, which requires growers to focus on soil health and carbon sequestration.

From Veggie Food Options to Culinary Education 
Yves Potvin, the founder of Yves Veggie Cuisine is the new owner of Vancouver’s Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Potvin plans to increase the focus on nutrition and sustainability at the school. Yves Veggie Cuisine is now owned by the multinational Hain Celestial Group.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Flavourful Saskatoon, March 12, 2018


Pimatisiwin, Mar. 8-16
Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre’s youth program is putting on Pimatisiwin from Mar. 8-16. The play “follows members of the Kihew family, the food they eat and how that affects their physical, mental and spiritual lives.”

Saskatoon Beer Run, June 3 
Saskatoon is participating in this year’s Canada Beer Run on June 3. Participants run in waves from brewery to brewery, stopping for 20 minutes for a sample. Costumes are encouraged. $5.00 from every registration will be donated to the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Participating breweries include High Key Brewing Company, Shelter Brewing Company, 9 Mile Legacy Brewing, 21st Street Brewery, Crossmount Cider Company (at Cathedral Social Hall), and Prairie Sun Brewery.

City Perks Coffee
City Perks is now open 6:30 am to 10 pm, Monday to Friday; 8 am to 5 pm on weekends; and offers brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm. They also cater sandwich trays, salads, soups, and desserts.


Vector Coffee Company
“As long as you have a plug-in, I can serve specialty coffees,” says Daryl Grunau, Vector Coffee Company. His portable coffee cart is a great addition to everything from an office coffee break to a wedding reception.

FoodRenew
FoodRenew is working with local businesses to ensure food isn’t thrown away. They made their first official food rescue this past week, delivering leftovers from Citizen Café & Bakery to the Saskatoon Friendship Inn.

One a Penny, Two a Penny . . . 
. . . Hot Cross Buns! Tis the season. They’re available at both Earth Bound Bakery and The Night Oven. (Mother Goose rhyme)

Cheesecake Chef 
Brady Fornwald started making cheesecake when he was 13. Nowadays, he makes 2 or 3 a day and hopes to set up a booth at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market in the summer.

Sidewalk Cafés 
Finding room for both pedestrians and sidewalk cafés can be challenging under Saskatoon regulations that require two metres for pedestrians. DeeAnn Mercier, Broadway Business Improvement District, is recommending a longer season for parking patios, which are currently only allowed from April 1 to October 31.


Apron Strings
Now that I’m home, I’m reading up a storm (thank you, Saskatoon Public Library!). Apron Strings by Jan Wong is the story of a journalist and her culinary son who stay with families in France, Italy, and China to learn homestyle cooking. The chapter about China was particularly interesting as the families were all very wealthy with maids – and it was the maids who demonstrated local specialties.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You may also enjoy EcoFriendly Sask profiling Saskatchewan environmental initiatives and events. 

You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Facebook, Twitter, or by email (top right corner).