Monday, February 3, 2014

Flavourful Saskatoon, February 3, 2014

Seedy Saturday, Regina, Mar. 1 
Seedy Saturday, Regina, will be held at St. Mary’s Anglican Church from 10 am to 2 pm. Lots of fun activities for kids as well as speakers on making baby food with garden vegetables and a plant-based diet.

Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers, Mar. 7
Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers is holding a fundraising dinner on March 7 at the Western Development Museum. Tickets are $40 and are available at McNally Robinson.

Fruit Honey
Grandpa’s Garden in Coran, SK, has just launched a new product – fruit-flavoured honey. Most of the fruit and the honey come from their own garden. Flavours are: cherry, haskap, raspberry and strawberry.

City Perks
City Perks coffee shop is now open until 10 pm, Monday through Saturday. They’ve expanded their Sunday breakfast menu to include Mushrooms Florentine, Waffles and Eggs Benedict. And they’ve started selling artisan products, such as olive oil.

Sarah Galvin, a market vendor and Slow Food member in Swift Current, has been experimenting with using einkorn flour. She’s put a lot of effort into making a good loaf of bread, tricky, as einkorn is extremely low in gluten. I definitely recommend checking out Sarah’s blog if you are interested in using this grain.

Einkorn is an ancient variety of wheat and is available from Daybreak Mill in Estevan.

Terra Madre 2014
Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto will be held in Turin, October 23-27. This is an amazing opportunity to talk to producers and taste hand-crafted food from around the world. Slow Food Saskatoon will be sending a delegate and members often receive reduced rates. If you’re not yet a Slow Food Saskatoon member, now is the time to join!

Restaurant Reviews
 I am always eager to try out Saskatoon’s new restaurants. Unfortunately, two recent visits have been disappointing.

There are only two vegetarian entrees and an appetizer on Bottega Trattoria’s menu. Both the pasta and gnocchi were swimming in a creamy sauce – way too rich and bland.

In my opinion, you should only go to State and Main if you want to watch sports on their multitude of screens. I had a veggie burger and fries – neither were made from scratch and neither had much flavour. The menu – and atmosphere – at Spadina Freehouse is vastly superior.

On a more positive note, I enjoyed the lunch buffet at Spicy Bite on 3rd Avenue on Saturday. There were four vegetarian options plus side dishes and desserts.

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