Monday, April 29, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 29, 2013

Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens
Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens, who sold the most delectable mini eggplants and Asian greens at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market last year, are expanding their operations and looking for more garden space. Do contact them if you can be of assistance. They’re a lovely young couple.

I had lunch at d’Lish by Tish Café last week and it was positively d'lish. The vegetable gumbo was bursting with vegetables and nice and spicy. The roasted vegetable panini, flavoured with basil pesto and cheese, was really flavourful, and Isobel enjoyed her salad.

Hops & Tapas, May 9
Head over to the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market at 6 pm on May 9 for the Hops and Tapas Fusion Experience. You’ll enjoy Loki and 1000 Monkeys Paddock Wood beer paired with six different tapas prepared by the Market tenants – Garlic Guru, Riverbend Plantation Café and Wild Cuisine & Catering.

When is a food local? The federal government says it must be grown within 50 km of the place where it is sold. The Ontario government disagrees and says that anything grown and sold within the same province is local. I agree. Wild mushrooms from northern Saskatchewan and mustard from Gravelbourg are still local.

The Perfect Meal 
Francophiles will enjoy reading The Perfect Meal: In Search of the Lost Tastes of France by John Baxter. In imagining the perfect menu for a banquet as in days of old, Baxter travels around France exploring the history and stories surrounding various food items – from anchovies to madeleines to ox roasts.

Vegan Barbecue
Are barbecues only for meat lovers? Not necessarily. I’ve had some great tempeh kebabs in my time. Now there’s a whole book full of recipes. Grilling Vegan Style by John Schlimm contains 125 recipes ranging from Italian Herb Burgers on Focaccia Bread to Seitan Flares (aka Hot Wings). (with thanks to Victor Das)

Hotels for Food Lovers
I’m ready to take an extended road trip through the United States in order to visit some of these hotels for food lovers.

Cake as Art
If you enjoy cake and modern art, be sure to check out the modern art desserts being served at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Pelican Solitaire
I’ve started a new blog – Pelican Solitaire. Absolutely no mention of food – just poetry, philosophy and photographs.

Flavourful Saskatoon is a weekly Monday feature. I also post regular profiles of culinary entrepreneurs, new restaurants and new food products.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 22, 2013

Fair Trade & Ethical Investment, May 1-2 

Jennifer Willems, CEO of La Siembra (makers of Camino chocolate bars), will be speaking in Saskatoon on Fair Trade and Ethical Investment on May 1 and 2:

May 1, 7:30 pm, Station 20 West – What is behind the fair trade label?

May 2, noon, St. Andrew’s College, University of Saskatchewan – Fair and Ethical Investing

Camino is a Canadian brand of fair trade and organic food products, owned by the Ottawa-based La Siembra Co-operative. La Siembra works directly with 23 producer co-ops, supporting more than 39,500 family farmers in 11 countries.

Garden Patch 
The Saskatoon Food Bank’s Garden Patch is a great initiative, providing fresh vegetables to folks who must use the Food Bank. Why not lend a hand by taking responsibility for looking after a small section, supplying items on their wish list, or turning out on Wednesdays to weed?

Journey Bar 

Take a look at any display of energy/nutrition bars, and you’ll see all sorts of chocolate and fruit combinations. But as a backpacker or kayaker, you may soon tire of such a sugary diet.

Journey Bar, on the other hand, offers 5 different savory options – sesame ginger, rosemary, pizza marinara, sea salt, and coconut curry. My brother and his wife found the marinara bar flavourful and a nice change from the sweet bars.

Journey bars are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, and made with whole grains for lots of fiber. They’re currently available at Dad’s Organic Market.

Cherry Tomatoes 

It’s such a delight to find loads of cherry tomatoes once again at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. They’re available from both Floating Gardens and Grandora Gardens.

Herschel Hills Cheese
Locally-produced Herschel Hills cheese is now available at Souleio as well as at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Global Beer Collection

If you’re interested in tasting craft beer from around the world, be sure to check out the line-up at Ingredients Artisan Market. The photo shows just a few of the beers that they are selling. They also stock Living Sky wines/cider and Lucky Bastard spirits.

Campus Food Waste 
It’s encouraging to read about these student initiatives to reduce food waste on university campuses. Interesting to note that tray-free dining can reduce food waste by 32% – and it saves on water!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 15, 2013

Cheese Seminar, Regina, Apr. 24
The Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC), Regina Branch, is hosting a cheese seminar from 7-9 pm, April 24, at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

Cheese expert, Reg Hendrickson, will lead a guided tasting of 10 kinds of cheese. For more information and to reserve a place, email (via CJ Katz, Savour Life)

Eat These Words Community Supper, May 26
Slow Food Saskatoon and CHEP Good Food Inc., with The Open Cooks Society, are sponsoring Eat These Words Community Supper at 5 pm on May 26 at Station 20 West.

The supper is part of the NatureCity Festival and will feature local music and “nature in the city” readings, courtesy of the U of S MFA in Writing graduate students.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance through CHEP (306.655.4575). The event is child and vegan friendly. There will be a raffle for made-in-Saskatchewan prizes and a cash bar.

Root Down – Temporary Closure
I was sorry to hear that Root Down Workers’ Cooperative is temporarily closed. Their lease expired, and they have not yet been able to find another space. They will continue to be available for catering.

Weczeria Open Sundays
It’s good to know that Weczeria Food & Wine is open on Sunday evenings as so many restaurants are closed.

Wild Cuisine Lunch 
My Sunday lunch was courtesy of Wild Cuisine Catering at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. The Spiced Tomato Soup has a hint of curry and a healthy dollop of pickled ginger – lovely and just the thing to stimulate your taste buds.

Dessert was Wild Cuisine’s Mango Strawberry Crisp. There was a really generous serving of fruit and the fresh fruit flavour wasn’t smothered by sugary sweetness.

Vegetarian Butcher Shop
This is so awesome! Monk’s Meats is a vegetarian butcher shop in Brooklyn. Chris Kim, who owns the store, says that they want to bring high-quality, interesting proteins that are plant based to the market. “We don’t make fake meat,” he says. “We make real food.” (via New York Times and Food.Curated)

Plastic Tea Bags
You know those fancy tea bags that feel like silk (Tea Forte, Mighty Leaf)? Well, they’re actually made of plastic – Mighty Leaf uses corn plastic.

Hard to say if paper or plastic tea bags are safe/safer. I’ll stick to loose leaf tea, thank you.

BC Truffles
They’ve harvested the first black truffles in the Fraser Valley. Excellent! I want a taste.

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Presentation: Communication and Public Education

Tilting at Windmills: 
The Quest for Effective Communication 
presentation for the 
Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council
Spring Forum 
8:30 am, April 19, 2013 

Changing people’s behaviour is really, really hard. You can’t tell people what to do. Frightening them doesn’t work well either. Instead, you need to:

Reshape the problem;

Understand your audience and their interests;

Be a storyteller; and

Share a positive message.

Join me as I share some of my ideas with participants at the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council’s Spring Forum on April 19.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 8, 2013

Sundays at Two Gun Quiche 
Starting April 21, Two Gun Quiche House will be open Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm, offering their regular menu as well as a special Sunday feature.

Collectively Green Sale, Apr. 27
Don’t miss the Collectively Green Sale & Celebration from 10 am – 5 pm, April 27, at Grace-Westminster United Church. All the products will be planet friendly – organic, natural, reclaimed, recycled, upcycled, or used; along with musicians and food.

Herschel Hills Cheese
I am completely infatuated with Herschel Hills Artisan Cheese House’s products. My refrigerator is currently well stocked with Gouda, Gruyere, Feta Marinated in Olive Oil and Rosemary, and a lovely creamy cheese reminiscent of Humboldt Fog.

Do visit their stand at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Cheese. This is locally-made cheese with European flair.

School Lunches
18,000 pounds of elementary school lunch garbage are sent to the landfill every year – that’s shocking! The Grade 8 Experiential program at Dr. J. G. Egnatoff School plans to lead by example. Two or three times a year, they will plan, cook and serve a hot, nutritious lunch on reusable dinnerware.

They’ll be working with students from the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition to prepare healthy meals in line with Sask Education’s Nourishing Minds nutrition policy.

Fraser Valley Food Tour 
It’s still snowing, and I’m still dreaming of moving to BC. And within 40 minutes of Vancouver you can find wineries, a hazelnut orchard, a cheesemaker, a potter, and a restaurant serving food from within 50 miles. I’m definitely ready for this Fraser Valley Food Tour.

There is so much history and culture attached to even a single spice, such as paprika. It’s well worth reading this detailed article about Hungarian paprika.

“In the Hungarian kitchen, color, flavor, and aroma are equally important. A good paprika, the kind that makes Hungarians proud, is complex, intense, and fresh, sometimes with hints of tomato, sometimes with a subtle nuttiness. Some paprikas are more sweet and vegetal, others more earthy. The color should be bright, and there should be no bitterness.” 

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Presentation: Social Media for Business

You want ME to use Social Media? 
You’ve got to be kidding!

Penny McKinlay, Communications Consultant 
a presentation for the 
Editors’ Association of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch 
April 15, 2013, 7 pm 
Jessie Miller Room, St. James Anglican Church, 609 Dufferin Avenue 

From pest removal companies to pet insurance firms, everyone is on social media. Find out how you can use social media effectively to promote your business, share information, and create a sense of community.

If you are interested in learning more about Social Media for Business, join the Editors’ Association of Canada, Saskatchewan Branch, at 7 pm, Monday, April 15, 2013, when I’ll lead a discussion regarding the most effective approaches and content for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and more.

Everyone is welcome. The event is free of charge for members of the Editors’ Association of Canada. Non-members pay $10. Refreshment and conversation will follow the presentation.

You can contact the Editors’ Association of Canada – Saskatchewan Branch at Here is information about my freelance communications services.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Granville Island Delights

If you are in Vancouver, be sure to visit Granville Island.

I stay at the Granville Island Hotel as it’s not only convenient but offers magnificent views of False Creek from many of the rooms.

For a simple breakfast or lunch, try the Agro Café in Railspur Alley, which is very close to the hotel. They offer organic, fair trade coffee. My breakfast muffin was full of fruit and seeds and still warm from the oven. They also offer organic wine and beer, and there's outdoor seating in the warmer weather.

Railspur Alley is a wonderful street to explore as there are craft stores and even an artisan sake maker.

The Aquabus will take you on a circuit of False Creek with many stops along the way. It’s great fun.

Be sure to visit the duck pond as well. You’ll find turtles sunning themselves on the rocks in the warmer weather.

Granville Island Market has such an immense variety of fruit and vegetables for sale.

Plus chocolates ...

and rugelach (try the chocolate walnut - and don't worry, calories don't exist on Granville Island!).

Don’t miss Terra Breads. Their products are all delicious, made with wholesome, often organic ingredients. Some of my favourites are: walnut bread, grape bread, and mini pizzas.

I also enjoyed their macarons – the only ones I’ve tasted that have come close to matching the quality of the ones from Wild Serendipity Foods at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market. The Belgian chocolate brownies are excellent too.

Benton Brothers sells the most amazing variety of cheeses – both Canadian and European. And they’ll provide samples to help you decide which ones to buy.

Last but not least, there are always flowers and plants for sale. Enjoy!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 1, 2013

Museo Broadway 
Wow! Saskatoon has another new coffee shop. Museo, the coffee shop located in the Mendel Art Gallery, has opened a second location at 730A Broadway Avenue, next door to Steep Hill Co-op and the Bulk Cheese Warehouse.

Museo Broadway offers a full selection of espresso and single origin coffee along with pastries; the roaster is on site. The Mendel location will remain open and serves lunch.

Coffee Shops – WiFi or Conversation? 
Coffee shops were initially a place for people to meet and talk, but more and more they have become a place for individuals to use the internet. A pop-up coffee shop in Denver hopes that a mobile outdoor location will encourage discussion and interaction.

Instant Coffee
30% of the world’s Michelin-starred restaurants serve push-button coffee made with Nespresso capsules. Sounds crazy to me. If you believe in excellence, it should apply to everything you do and serve.

Saskatoon Farmers’ Market
The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market has two new vendors.

New Life Organic Foods
New Life Organic Foods is based at a century-old family farm. They are selling a wide variety of organic grains (whole and stoneground), pulses (lentils, peas) and eggs. I believe they sell organic meat as well.

Stuart, who calls himself the Chief Pot Stirrer, is selling small and large containers of frozen soup.

Soupavore uses local and/or organic ingredients as much as possible.

He is currently offering three varieties of soup: Roasted Carrots and Ginger East Indian Curry (spicy), Puréed Roast Beets and Quinoa, and Wild Boar and Wild Rice Hungarian Goulash.

The first two soups are vegan and gluten-free.

Literally Place-Making, Apr. 12
Some of the Prairie’s best authors – Gail Bowen, Jennifer Cockrall-King and Candace Savage – will be speaking at the Centre for Civic Governance’s April 12 forum on Literally Place-Making. Gail will speak on building community around the arts; Jennifer will speak on the rise in urban agriculture; and Candace will speak on the planted city. There will also be workshops on bikeable communities, managing growth, inclusive schools and a living wage.

Ag in the City, Apr. 13
Ag in the City is at Lawson Heights Mall from 9:30 am to 4 pm, April 13. There will be cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, a lively family agricultural game show, a chance to meet Saskatchewan companies with innovative products and to see how our crops are being used for food and non-food uses.

Kraft Dinners
You can lobby to remove the artificial dyes from Kraft macaroni cheese, but it still won’t be any healthier than two servings of Cheez-Its and a glass of milk.

Today's Weeds - Tomorrow's Dinner?
“Currently, only 30 crops provide 95 percent of calories consumed worldwide, yet some 7,000 plant species have been used as food crops throughout history.” Will greater diversification help us address changing climates?

Cows Power Trucks
At Fair Oaks, one of America’s largest dairy farms, livestock waste creates enough natural gas to power 10 barns, a cheese factory, a café and a gift shop.

There was lots of manure left over, which has now been turned into fuel powering 42 tractor-trailer delivery trucks.

What are the opportunities for Saskatchewan dairies?

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