Monday, July 27, 2015

Flavourful Saskatoon, July 26, 2015

Symphony Vineyard, Saanich

Bruno Cherry Sunday, Aug. 16
Bruno Cherry Sunday is on August 16 and includes a sour cherry u-pick, pancake breakfast, cherry sundaes & hot food canteen, entertainment.

I’m delighted to be back on my feet and housesitting in Victoria for the next 5 weeks. I plan to report on some of my food finds in the hope that they will stimulate similar ideas in Saskatoon.

Breakfast Variety
I had brunch at Shine Café in Victoria this week and was thrilled to discover lots of vegetarian/vegan options. I had Eggs Benny Provence – French toast smothered in zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, fresh spinach, goat cheese and Provencal herbs with two poached eggs and pesto hollandaise.

It was a tough choice as I was very tempted to try Karin’s Brunch – any 4 of 9 vegan dishes ranging from hashbrowns and granola to a black bean patty, avocado, or sweet-chili sesame tofu.

Shine Café only serves a breakfast menu and is open from early morning to mid-afternoon.

Locally Produced Yogurt
Tree Island Gourmet Yogurt is a small-batch dairy processor. They use whole milk from grass-fed cows and traditional kettle cooking. There is a layer of cream on top of their yogurt. They flavour their yogurt with local fruit and honey and aren’t afraid to be different with flavours like Chai Latte, Orange Blossom Cardamom, Coconut Lime, and Pumpkin Spice.

Spicing Up the Corner Grocery Store 
Willow Park Grocery in Oak Bay is a corner grocery store with a difference. The owner is from Birmingham, the curry capital of the UK, and he makes and sells a wide variety of fresh and frozen curries. The owner became the chef when his cook quit and he needed to ensure reliable service for the students and teachers of two large neighbourhood schools.

I picked up Turnip Curry, Dahl, Rice Pilaf and Gulab Jamun as well as a frozen container of Mixed Peppers Curry.

Food bridges so many cultural divides, and it’s wonderful to see our differences being promoted rather than hidden.

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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