Off Menu Ep. 11- Top Chef Canada Winner Dale MacKay

Dale MacKay and I making pasta in Jasper - November 2014

In this episode, celebrated Canadian chef Dale MacKay gives us some insight into the differences between working for Gordon Ramsay and Daniel Boulud, we talk about learning from “failures”, and he talks about being an unapologetic villain. If you enjoy the episode, don’t forget to subscribe in the iTunes store and leave a rating or […]

15 Questions with Vikram Vij


Vikram Vij is one of Canada’s best known chefs, and also one of the country’s most engaging personalities. The celebrated restauranteur, and his wife Meeru, own multiple restaurants including his flagship, Vij’s, which consistently cracks lists of Canada’s top restaurants, in addition to Rangoli, My Shanti, and even a food truck, Vij’s Railway Express. The […]

Edmonton Brunch Odyssey #4 – Meat vs Next Act Pub

edmonton brunch

Meat and The Next Act may have the same owners, but the menus don’t necessarily convey that relationship. The brunch offerings are distinctly different from each other, and equally interesting. The Old Strathcona area fared pretty well in my searches for Edmonton’s best fried chicken and pizza, and the nearby Ampersand 27 got the area […]

Edmonton Brunch Odyssey #3 – Ampersand 27 vs Wildflower Grill


Two restaurants attached to hotels. One in Old Strathcona, and the other Downtown. The chef at one used to be the chef at the other. Plenty of good reasons to put Ampersand 27 and Wildflower Grill together in the Brunch Odyssey, so that’s what I did. Ampersand 27 – 10612 Whyte avenue Fancy plating and […]

Edmonton Brunch Odyssey #2- Daravara vs The Local Omnivore

Edmonton brisket

Aesthetically, these 2 Oliver eateries are pretty similar – industrial, raw, and unpretentious. The food at both tend to follow the same vein, so they are the perfect spots to pair together in my search for the best Edmonton brunch. Daravara has been around a couple years, while The Local Omnivore has just a scant […]

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 […]