Monday, January 4, 2016

Flavourful Saskatoon, January 4, 2016


Winter Holidays 
The Griffin Takeaway will be closed from Jan. 1-10.

The Odd Couple Restaurant will be closed from Jan. 1-31.

UNA Pizza & Wine
Calgary-based UNA Pizza & Wine is opening a second restaurant on Broadway Avenue in Saskatoon in about 10 days time. I’ll be curious to see what it’s like and how it tries to differentiate itself from all the other pizza places that have recently opened in Saskatoon.

Calgary’s wine list looks very interesting, emphasizing small boutique wineries and specifying which ones are organic, sustainable, or biodynamic. I visited Parés Baltà winery in Spain and would highly recommend their wines.

The Calgary take-out menu shows quite a few vegetarian options (vegans would need to ask for the dishes without the cheese).


Choo-It
Craig Campbell introduced Choo-It cereal in 2007. He’s now ceased production and it looks like he’s beginning a new adventure as Rock Paper Coffee Roasting Company.

Chain Reaction Urban Farm
There are so many community-supported agriculture businesses in Saskatoon and area. I wish that we had a complete list. Chain Reaction Urban Farm has just announced three different CSA options, depending on whether you want to stick with the familiar, try a wider range of vegetables, or buy in bulk.

Eat Your Beans! 
U of S students are looking for ways to fight malnutrition in Ethiopia by growing and eating more pulses (peas, beans, lentils). 2016 has been declared the International Year of Pulses.

There’s More Than One Way to Run a Business 
These two entrepreneurs prove that opening a shop is only one way to run a business.

Urban Agriculture 
Sara Ward of Hen Corner in West London offers classes encouraging people to explore urban farming and self-sufficiency (urban hens, toast and marmalade, fruit wines & liqueurs), using her own smallholding as an example. Sara and a friend also run a micro bakery taking online orders from their local community for bread and baked goods that are available for pickup on Friday afternoons.

Opening a Bakery was Stupid 
Zachary Golper feels like an idiot for opening a Brooklyn bakery. “I thought that I would get to do what I love. And in the end, you have to get other people to do what you love," Golper says. He is now promoting slow, cool fermentation and crusty bread via his cookbook. He’s also issued a Grains Challenge, inviting bakers across the country to try one of his recipes and send him an account. "This isn’t just one bakery that does awesome stuff—this is a bakery doing awesome stuff that’s got a book that represents awesome stuff being done by many places."

Recipe Round-ups
One Green Planet has published their 40 most popular vegan recipes of 2015. They range from Blueberry and Granola Breakfast Popsicles to Chili Lime Lentil Tacos with Spicy Grilled Pineapple Salsa.

And here are 25 more vegetarian options. I’d like to try the Butternut Squash Farinata (made with chickpea flour for extra protein) and the Phyllo Veggie Pockets.

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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Photos are of  Parés Baltà winery

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