Monday, November 26, 2012

Flavourful Saskatoon, November 26, 2012

Christmas Shopping Goes Local
LocalSask has made it easy for us to shop locally this Christmas. Their online catalogue includes everything from children's toys to alpaca socks and gourmet food baskets. And it's all local!

Two Gun Quiche House
My sister in law, Shelley, had lunch at Two Gun Quiche House on 20th Street last week and gave it a good review. None of the sandwiches were vegetarian, but she thought they sounded good. And at least 4 of the 8 to 10 quiche options were vegetarian, and there was a chick pea salad that sounded interesting. Shelley says that the spinach feta quiche was excellent, and the vegetarian carrot-ginger soup was awesome with a little crème fraîche drizzled on top.

They were serving loose leaf teas (including vanilla earl grey) – a sign, according to Shelley (and I agree), of better quality. The restaurant is bright and colourful, and there’s lots of room between the tables so it didn’t feel crowded.

Two Gun Quiche House will be expanding its hours in the new year and offering a dinner menu as well as some breakfast items.

Job Opp
SaskMade Marketplace is looking for a full-time Assistant Manager. For more information, contact Ken Neuman at 955-1832 during business hours.

Eaux de Vie
LB Distillers has taken the fruit pressings from their yummy liqueurs (saskatoon berry, seabuckthorn, carmine jewel cherry, crème de cassis) and turned them into Eaux de Vie. They also have locally distilled vodka and gin. It’s definitely worth stopping by the distillery (1925 Avenue B North) to pick up a bottle or two.

Saskatoon’s Persian Store
One of these weekends, I am determined to visit Saskatoon’s Persian Store to pick up some of their ready-made products. I’ve been following their Facebook page and over the past few weeks they’ve had asheh reshteh (herbs and bean soup) and sholeh zard (rice pudding with rosewater, pistachio and saffron).

Ingredients Artisan Market
According to Twitter, Ingredients Artisan Market (next door to Earl’s on 2nd Avenue) opened on November 23. I haven’t had a chance to visit yet, but, in addition to wine and spirits, they are selling local, organic produce from Fresh n Local. (via @curtisj_coleman)

Land Access and Affordability
Little Swan is a proposed small-farm community near Sylvan Lake, AB. It's designed to promote local food, small farms and new farmers. As dee Hobsbawn-Smith says, it's an interesting take on increasing land access and affordability.

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