Monday, April 28, 2014

Flavourful Saskatoon, April 28, 2014

I don’t venture out into the suburbs very often, but I did meet a friend for lunch at Brown’s Socialhouse last week. There aren’t a lot of vegetarian options, but the Veggie Burger is excellent – lots of sauce and cheese and lettuce and tomato in a fresh bun, and the burger has excellent taste and texture. I like the restaurant layout as well. Brown's is a small Canadian chain that originated in BC.

Two doors down from Brown’s Socialhouse is Mortal Sin Foods. They sell single-serving tarts, cakes and cheesecakes. I tried the Lemon Lime Tart and it was excellent. The crust was just the right thickness and it was nice and tangy. But my personal favorite was the Hazelnut Layer Cheesecake. It was light and fluffy like a mousse. The top layer was white chocolate with flecks of hazelnut, then there was a layer of chocolate, and finally a graham wafer crust. It was sweet but not too sweet, had lots of chocolate and hazelnut flavour, and melted in the mouth. It’s worth a trip to Stonebridge just to pick up dessert. There were lots of other options – carrot cake, tiramisu, dark chocolate cake….

I also stopped in at Hygeia. They appear to specialize in gluten-free products. I was intrigued by the Coconut Bacon and the Vegan Parmesan.

Evening Market, May 1
The Saskatoon Farmer’s Market will be holding a monthly evening market on the first Thursday of each month. The first is on May 1 from 4:30 to 9 pm. And I heard that Chef Jenni will be cooking!

Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen, April 30
Mary-Ann Kirkby will be launching her new book, Secrets of a Hutterite Kitchen: Unveiling the Rituals, Traditions, and Food of the Hutterite Culture, at McNally Robinson on April 30 at 7 pm.

Churchill’s British Imports 
Brit Foods is re-opening in Saskatoon under a new name – Churchill’s British Imports – but has already run into trouble over the lack of bilingual labelling on some of the items in a recent shipment.

SK Sour Cherries
Canadian Cherry Producers Inc. has completed a study to measure the nutritional value of the sour cherry varieties developed at the University of Saskatchewan. All the cherries scored high for total antioxidants and far better than the sweet cherries, raspberries and green grapes tested.

The Canadian Cherry Producers are offering workshops in recognizing brown rot in Regina on May 2 and in Saskatoon on May 3. The public is welcome to attend.

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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