Monday, July 17, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 17, 2017


Earth Bound Bakery Changes Hands
Oh, Trent. You brought great organic bread and pastries to Saskatoon. Thank you – and have fun in your new adventures!



Venn Coffee 
There’s a new coffee shop just off Broadway. The door and patio for Venn Coffee (803 Dufferin Avenue) are in the alley between Amigos and Bike Doctor. They’re serving Scandinavian-inspired pastries researched and executed by Night Oven Bakery.

New in Saskatoon 
Here are some more new places that sound like they’d be worth checking out.
Lynn’s Road Petals ‘n Edibles is selling locally grown flowers at the Ideas Inc. market around the corner from the Saskatoon Farmers' Market.
Hometown Diner on 20th Street is serving all-day breakfast and lunch.
There are some new ice cream places as well – Fable Ice Cream on Avenue H and The Wholesome Roll (check out their alcohol-spiked ice cream at Silver’s Local Market).


Designing Dignity in Food Banks 
The Toronto Vegetarian Food Bank “was founded on the premise that people who live below the poverty line shouldn’t have to abandon their core values in a time of vulnerability. The food bank, which relies on donations and fundraising, is a contradiction of the idea that “beggars can’t be choosers.”

“For Katie, on long-term disability for Crohn’s disease, a gastrointestinal disorder with symptoms that can be partially managed through diet, the food quality here gives her a bit of a boost to deal with a difficult situation. “I never thought I’d be in this situation of having to rely on food banks,” she says. “I just want something that will nourish me and give me a little bit of pride.”

Non-Dairy Cheese Industry
Market Research Futures says the global non-dairy cheese industry will reach $3.5 billion by 2023. Europe is a leader with Germany representing almost 26% of the market. Research firms are predicting a bright future for all plant-based foods.


Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Twitter, or by email (top right corner).

Monday, July 10, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 10, 2017


Toad Lane Market
If you’re looking for fresh, local produce straight from the farmer/producer, head over to Early’s Farm and Garden on Lorne Avenue on Thursday afternoons from 2-6 pm. You’ll find familiar faces from Grandora Gardens, Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens, and Country Lane Market. Other farmers will be joining them as the summer progresses.

Urban Agriculture in Saskatoon


Celebrating Women Farmers
A Tanzanian television show is celebrating its women farmers in a talent contest that pits 16 contestants against each other in challenges involving cooking, planting trees, and making tools.

Venus Sophia Tea House & Vegetarian Eatery, Victoria
Venus Sophia Tea House & Vegetarian Eatery near Victoria’s Chinatown combines some of my favorite things – tea, vegetarian food, and yummy desserts. They have a large collection of their own organic tea blends and many of the desserts are gluten-free. It’s such a warm and inviting atmosphere for a visit with friends.


Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post articles about food that is good, clean and fair; travel; and books. You can follow Wanderlust and Words on Twitter or by email (top right corner).

Monday, July 3, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 3, 2017


Pike Lake Farmers’ Market 
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is holding a Pike Lake Market every Thursday at 10 am from June 29 to August 31.

Saskatoon Berry Festival, July 22 & 23
Don’t miss the Saskatoon Berry Festival at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on July 22 & 23. There will be a black box chef challenge, a charity pie sale, pie-making classes, and a saskatoon berry waffle bar brunch. Local restaurants will be competing to win an award for the best saskatoon berry dessert.

Veggin’ at the Lake, July 27 
Join Chef Jenni at The Local Kitchen on July 27 and pick up some excellent vegetarian recipes for lakeside barbecues or camping trips.

Building a Food Policy for Canada 
The Government of Canada recently brought representatives of various groups to consult on a Canada food policy. There were many positive aspects to the event but also concern that the federal government’s focus on increasing food exports would detract from ensuring food security for Canadians.


Moss Street Market, Victoria 
Moss Street Market is Victoria’s most popular market. Vendors are expected to “make it, bake it, or grow it and sell it” and farm vendors must be organic. It has a powerful mandate that I believe the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market would do well to consider:

“To strengthen the foundation of healthy community by offering a safe, relaxing and enjoyable place for families and individuals to come together. 

To stimulate and support our local economy by providing a venue for organic market gardeners, backyard growers, home produced food, crafts and artisans. 

To create an opportunity for community groups to convey information to their neighbours concerning important local, social, political and environmental issues. 

To encourage the continuing transition towards ecologically harmonious methods of food production, striving to work with, rather than against the natural system, and 

To have fun!”


Vegan Hippie Chick Cafe, Victoria 
I had some great take-out food – pad thai and dessert – from the Vegan Hippie Chick Café in Victoria. The owner, Karen Rousseau, is a “vegan mom, environmental activist and lover of nourishing plant-based food.” She’s chosen to only serve raw food so the pad thai consisted of zucchini noodles with a cashew sauce. It was absolutely delicious!


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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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Roses, Government House Gardens, Victoria, BC


 Victoria's Government House Gardens are overflowing with roses. Words can't do them justice.








It is perhaps fortunate that the rose gardens are enclosed or this visitor might cause havoc.




Monday, June 26, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 26, 2017


Rozendal Vinegar
12-year aged Rozendal Botanical Vinegar is now available online from Doug’s Wines. Our family’s favorite is hibiscus, but you can try them all in a special introductory offer.

SaskDrinks 
Looking for a local craft beer? Check out this interactive map shows the location of craft breweries and distilleries across Saskatchewan.

Güd Eats 
Güd Eats, Saskatchewan’s first entirely plant-based food truck, is now in operation. They pride themselves on offering crave-worthy plant-based eats.


Flavourful BC 
I’m in Victoria, BC, for the summer. I visited the Very Good Butchers this week, and I’ll be back again. They are a family-owned, plant-based butchery. They use 100% vegan, organic ingredients and local products whenever possible. Their “Roast Beast” slices were firm and tasty.



I’ve been looking for an authentic vegan equivalent to the cheese I love and have finally found one. Miyoko’s Kitchen makes cultured nut products. Their Aged English Smoked Farmhouse is sharp and smoky and absolutely delicious. I’m looking forward to trying some of their other flavours. Unfortunately, distribution is limited in Canada. They’re available at Morningside Bakery on Saltspring Island, Pepper’s in Cadboro Bay, Victoria, and supposedly can be ordered online from https://vegansupply.ca/ or http://morningsideorganic.com/


The End of Fairtrade?
Sainsbury’s, a large British supermarket chain, is planning to pull out of Fairtrade and establish its own corporate system for branding “fairly traded” products. Tea farmers in Africa are concerned, asking why there is a need to change a system that’s been working well for 25 years, ensuring farmers receive a fair price for their product as well as providing social and environmental benefits. Fairtrade certification has also provided consumers with a guarantee of a certain fixed standard. Now that corporates are going it on their own, consumers will be forced to trust the corporation rather than an independent certification.

Beyond Meatless Mondays
Here are five excellent ideas for getting more plant-based food on North American plates, including training more chefs to cook less meat.


Past & Future of Urban Grocery Shopping 
Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman chronicles the history and evolution of grocery stores. Topics range from supermarkets and niche stores to online delivery and food deserts.

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, June 19, 2017

Flavourful Saskatoon, June 19, 2017


Urban Agriculture Film Night, June 23 
Join the Saskatoon Food Council at 7 pm, June 23, for films about urban agriculture, food, and craft beer.

Our Farm on Broadway, July 1 
The first Our Farm market will be from 8 am to noon, July 1, in the parking lot of St. Joseph’s Hall – lots of lovely, local, organic veggies.

Wine Tasting, July 6
Join Jerome Chomos, a member of the International Sommelier Guild, on July 6 at The Local Kitchen to taste and learn about 5 wines that are perfect for summer sipping. I’ve relied on Jerome’s advice for years now.

The Next Great Food Business
The Local Kitchen and Square One have a launched a competition for the next great food business. The application deadline is August 15.

Story Behind Risotto 
Risotto, a quintessentially Italian dish, and yet the Romans only used rice medicinally and it was the Arabs during their tenth century occupation of Sicily who began growing it for food. By the 1920s and ‘30s, however, the Fascist regime tried to impose risotto as a national dish. For more about risotto’s history, check out this article.

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).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saltspring Island's Saturday Market

Salt Spring Island Market - everything is grown, produced, or made on the Island. Here are just a few of the lovely treats available.

Elderflower Cordial

All sorts of homemade bread

A fairy door for a fairy house (you'll find lots on the Island)

Flowers

Just one of many tasty treats!

Such talent!

Colourful!

And, if you can't get enough of market photos, here are some from the Salt Spring Island Tuesday Market two years ago.