Monday, August 26, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 26, 2013

Start from Scratch 

Start from Scratch is a cooking class specifically designed for university students. Students learn how to make easy, budget-friendly recipes from scratch. The Saskatoon classes are run by Chef Tom Brown of Wild Cuisine Catering and will be starting up on Tuesday, October 1, on campus. Apply now online.

Flavours of India
I really enjoyed my lunch at the Flavours of India food truck located at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market last Sunday. The samosas were piping hot and accompanied by a small serving of curried chickpeas. Delicious.

Two Gun Quiche 
A friend had lunch at Two Gun Quiche this past weekend. She says, “The zucchini and feta cheese quiche came steaming hot with a beautiful crust . . . the carrot dill soup of the day was amazing, and the special drink was organic blackberry iced tea. Definitely a great experience, super fast service, friendly people. I highly recommend it.”

La Prep 
Another of Flavourful’s intrepid roving reporters visited La Prep in the Scotia Centre and took some photos. The restaurant is part of a North American chain offering sandwiches, salads, soups, and fresh baked goods. They offer fair trade and Rainforest Alliance certified coffee.

2nd Avenue has some excellent coffee shop options as Honey Bun Café and the Sugar Moon Cakery are two additional local businesses. Plus there’s Starbucks, which is usually open when everywhere else is closed.

Peach Ice Cream 
Prairie Sun Orchard is now making peach ice cream – rich and creamy with a delicate fruit flavour.

Hanes Hummus
Hanes Hummus, a new Saskatoon-based business, was offering samples of their hummus at Dad’s Organic Market on Saturday. They have two flavours: Original and Roasted Garlic and Dill.

Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War 
Annia Ciezadlo shares her experiences of daily life in war-torn Baghdad and Beirut, relying on food for comfort and community, in Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War. The book includes recipes for those of you who love to experiment.

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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Thursday, August 22, 2013

I Got the Job! Five Tips for Developing a Killer Resume

One of my favorite writing assignments is helping individuals to fine-tune their resume so that their skills and accomplishments really stand out.

I’ve prepared a slideshow outlining some key points to keep in mind when working on your resume. I’m always happy to provide additional assistance. Just give me a call.

For further information, check out my professional website.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 19, 2013

Eastview Community Gardens, Aug. 28
Eastview Community Gardens are holding an open house on August 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at both locations. The Arlington Garden is located behind John Dolan School on Arlington Avenue and the Louise Street garden is located a couple of blocks east of Market Mall on Louise Street.

Marr Harvest Fair, Sept. 2 
Bring your entries of best jams, jellies, pickles, flowers, garden produce, baking and handiwork to the Marr Harvest Fair on September 2 from 1-4:30 pm.

Collective Kitchen Leadership Training, Oct. 1-2 
CHEP is looking for participants who are committed to running a collective kitchen. They are offering leadership training on October 1 and 2. For more information, contact Janet Phillips at 306.655.4575 (ext. 223) or email

Community Farmers’ Markets
I visited the Community Farmers’ Market in the London Drugs parking lot on 8th Street last Friday for a change of pace and was pleasantly surprised to find lots to buy – fruit, vegetables, baked goods and flowers. I am enjoying the cherry-truffle brownies and fresh fruit slices from the Cake Witch, and I purchased sweet peas and sunflowers from Tierra Del Sol.

Goodlife Greenhouses had heirloom tomatoes and a variety of canned goods. Diane tells me that she cans every Wednesday so there’s quite an assortment.

The market is compact and you can park immediately beside the stalls – perfect for anyone with mobility problems (I’m currently using a walker).

The Community Farmers’ Market is at the 8th Street London Drugs on Tuesdays and Fridays and at Peavey Mart on 51st Street on Thursdays (9 am – 3 pm). The Saskatoon Farmers’ Market is also open on Wednesdays and Sundays, and those days are less crowded and not as large as the Saturday market – and there’s still lots to buy in the summer.

The Whole Fromage 
Cheese – glorious cheese – and it’s all French. The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison is a fantastic read. Lison takes you from milking sheep by hand in the Pyrenees to the cavernous, industrial production of Roquefort. It’s a fascinating look at how you maintain tradition while still running a successful business. Just be sure to have some cheese on hand to nibble while you read.

Summer in a Jar 
It’s that time of year when the tomatoes are finally ripening and gardeners have an over-abundance of zucchini – time to store some of that summer bounty away for the winter. I wrote an article for Trifecta, SaskMade Marketplace’s newsletter, about some of the wonderful Saskatchewan products we can eat all year round.

Facebook Updates
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 12, 2013

Great SK Mustard Festival, Aug. 25
If you’re in Regina, be sure to attend the Great Saskatchewan Mustard Festival from 11am to 4 pm, August 25, at the Willows on Wascana – tastings, music and more.

Eat, Drink and Celebrate Summer on the Prairies, Aug. 29
If you’re impatiently waiting for Top Chef Canada Dale Mackay to open his restaurant, Ayden Kitchen & Bar, you’ll be happy to hear that he’ll be serving up a four-course meal, paired with cocktails, at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market on August 29.

Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens
I love the diversity of produce and the creative combinations (Salsa Verde Mix, Ratatouille Mix) offered by Kaleidoscope Vegetable Gardens. Plus amazingly sweet husk cherries.

Kaleidoscope is at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and Sundays. Be sure to stop by and check out their amazing collection of vegetables, many aren’t available anywhere else in Saskatoon.

La Plaine Trail 
La Plaine Trail, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market, has some lovely vegetables. I’m particularly enjoying their lettuce, but everything is good.

Canadian Food Heroes 
 Valerie Lugonja (A Canadian Foodie) initiated a cross-Canada blog project profiling Canadian food. This month’s focus was on Canadian Food Heroes.

Kevin Kossowan, Edmonton, is an amazing guy. He does everything from building wood ovens to foraging for mushrooms and wild greens.

Sarah Galvin sells bread at the Swift Current farmers’ market, writes for The Western Producer and is a member of Slow Food Saskatoon. I’m really enjoying her blog, All Our Fingers in the Pie. She profiles a number of Saskatchewan food heroes.

The Berry Barn
I had lunch at The Berry Barn this past week. The flower displays and the views of the river are delightful. And you can’t go wrong if you order a waffle with all the toppings!

Bring Your Own Bottle
SLGA has loosened up their liquor regulations, and restaurants can now offer a bring-your-own-wine service (with a corkage fee). And Chef Simon can now serve wine at his cooking classes.

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, August 5, 2013

Flavourful Saskatoon, August 5, 2013

Words in the Market
Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild members will be reading from their work at the Saskatoon Farmers' Market at 12 noon on August 18 and 25, as well as September 7, 15, 22 and 29.

Sustainable Gourmet, Sept. 21
I’m looking forward to attending the Sustainable Gourmet dinner hosted by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society on September 21. Local food prepared by local chefs.

Prairie Sun Brewery, Oct. 5 
Prairie Sun Brewery will be celebrating their Grand Opening with an Oktoberfest on October 5.

SweetSugarBean Eats Out
I’m looking forward to reading Renée Kohlman’s (aka sweetsugarbean) restaurant reviews in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. The first one is this week, and it’s for one of my favorite restaurants.

Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery 
Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery will be opening soon beside State & Main. They are looking for someone to buy the franchise.

Haskap Liqueur 
Haskap liqueur is back in stock at LB Distillers.

Harvest Eatery, Shaunavon
If you’re taking a road trip to the southwest corner of our province, check out the Harvest Eatery in Shaunavon. It sounds good in the review - a copper-tiled ceiling and locally-sourced food.

Community Wood Oven 
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has a community wood-fired cob oven. There are bi-weekly workshops in the summer (Pizza, Wood-fired Desserts). Sounds like fun. I know this is something Bryn Rawlyk (@brynrk) would like to bring to Saskatoon.

Top 20 Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants in the US 
Check out this slideshow of the top 20 vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the US. They all look good to me!

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

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