Off Menu Podcast Episode 9 – Tipping

Tipping is such a contentious topic, with plenty of points to be made either pro or con. To sort things out, I enlisted Garner Beggs, co-owner of Edmonton’s highly acclaimed Duchess Bake Shop, and Kelsey Johnson, kitchen manager and co-owner (along with the Duchess owners) of an upcoming breakfast spot yet to be named. Kelsey […]

Pimento Cheese Recipe

ultimate chip dip

What began many decades ago as a way to market a new product – pure white cream cheese – and a newly available imported product – spanish pimentos – has evolved into one of the most identifiable staples of Southern U.S. cuisine. Pimentos became a major crop in the south when folks discovered how delicious […]

Jasper Coffee: Indie Shops as Diverse as the Landscape


I was lucky to be invited to enjoy Jasper in January‘s Appetites weekend where Robyn and I got to participate in a lot different activities. We checked out the Wine in Winter event, went snowshoeing and attended a Back Country Cooking demonstration. We also had lunch and brewery tour at Jasper Brewing Company and ate […]

Off Menu Episode 8- Chef Robin Wasicuna

Robin Wasicuna

Chef Robin Wasicuna is passionate about food and his home city of Yellowknife. That comes across in spades during our conversation for this episode of Off Menu. I chatted with Robin about his experience as a competitor on the Food Network show Chopped Canada, and we delve headfirst into one of my favourite topics- burgers. […]

Perogy Soup

potato soup

  You may have noticed that I’ve had perogies on the brain recently. While I may have had my fill of traditional style, there is something about they classic flavours of potato, cheese and bacon that I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of. Since I am always in search of an interesting way to […]

The Great Edmonton Perogy Showdown- Crowning a Winner

Final round

After blind taste testing 3 rounds, and 13 different perogies, I rounded up the 5 best and assembled a crew of food lovers to do one final round – the round that would finally crown a champion. It’s been a very interesting experiment, this practice of tasting multiple versions of the same thing back to […]

Off Menu Episode 7- Prairie Noodle’s Arden Tse

noodle logo

The long awaited opening of Prairie Noodle Shop has finally happened, and I sat down recently with one of the owners, Arden Tse, to chat about their Prairie inspired ramen. You’ll learn a little about ramen, what makes Prairie Noodle Shop different, and we chat a little about the dreaded online reviews.   Prairie Noodle […]