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Thursday
Aug152013

Beer Me: Inversion IPA (Deschutes)

At last!  The moment of truth.  Do your duty, beer, and get in my face!  The flavour is massive. I am inundated with the hop/citrus combination.  There is no mistaking that the first thing that will pop into your head is grapefruit.  The second thing that will pop into your head will be “where can I get more of this?!”  Along with the grapefruit, you will get the hops.  Plentiful, robust and bitter.  It will be as if a large and furious javelin thrower, enraged by government funded experiments to make him unbeatable, hurls the hops right at your tonsils...metaphorically, of course. 

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Thursday
Aug152013

Beer Me: Hello World. 

They say that to expand one’s horizons only serves to open your eyes to more of the world.  To diversify yourself brings fulfillment. To be passionate is essential.  To want to know is key.  Everyone needs to be passionate about something. The feeling it brings is intoxicating and I’m sure it differs for everyone. If you’re James May from Top Gear UK fame, it’s an inexplicable fizzing sensation just behind your gentleman bits.   For myself, it starts as a strange tickle just below my ribcage with an expanding grin that threatens to tear my face in two. 

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Monday
Nov192012

Irie Foods: Lessons from the Island

Irie Foods (pronounced “eye-ree” for all of the newbies who want to call it “eerie foods”, like I did) provides Jamaican-styled Caribbean food. Decorated simply, with the requisite picture of Bob Marley and some other island-themed décor on the walls, it was a chill and unimposing place to have dinner. After a long time investigating the menu, I had to admit there were quite a few words I did not understand and asked our patient waiter what these mysterious items were on the menu.  Once I understood what I was ordering, the choice was not easy. Steamed red snapper? Fried chicken? Curry chicken? Ox tail? All delicious things seasoned with traditional Jamaican spices and tropical flavours.

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Monday
Nov052012

Nomiya, A Hidden Gem On #Yeg's Southside

Just over a year old, Nomiya came to fruition after the manager’s mother had a bowl of ramen at an airport and thought the noodle dish would be popular in Edmonton. From there, the quest to have a “ramen shop” began. Owners, the Chan Family, visited many places to master the art and taste of ramen (Japan, Vancouver, California) and are constantly looking for inspirations.  Since then, they’ve added a sushi bar and a tapa-style menu to the concept of Nomiya.

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Tuesday
Oct302012

Mercer Tavern: yeg's New it Spot

If you haven’t stopped by Mercer Tavern yet, you must be new here. Good food, great location and a comfortable atmosphere are quickly making Mercer the ‘it’ place in Edmonton. Whether it be for after work drinks or a Saturday night out, Mercer’s got it all.

Step into the newly renovated Mercer building, which stood vacant for far too long, and you’ll find a masculine and rustic restaurant complete with extensive drink menus and delicious, satisfying pub fare (Try the Zucchini & Bacon Fitters, or the Turkey Sage Sliders). It’s been described as both relaxing and inviting. 

Fridays are by far the most popular nights at Mercer, and the line ups can be lengthy. Don’t want to wait in line? Come early! “Downtown Edmonton has made it abundantly clear that they're thirsty when they cut out of work!” says Gillian Hodgson of Mercer Tavern.

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Friday
Aug312012

Cookie Love

Cookie Love is not your every day, run of the mill cookie shop.  No, you wouldn’t see gluten free and vegan cookies in just any old shop, but you will at Cookie Love. Not only is the menu refreshing but the atmosphere is something spectacular. When you open up shop in an old bank, there is magic to be found; in fact the old bank vault door was left behind and has now been turned into the Cookie Vault. Aside from the vault, expect to see a lot of imagination and creativity in the design, which is sure to give customers just what they are craving… oh, and the delicious menu is sure satisfy a sweet tooth or two.

Iva and Mike Stone, owners and creators of Cookie Love, took a break from setting up shop, to answer a few questions for MODCITY.

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Friday
Aug102012

Sabor Divino - 1st Annual Classic Seafood Festival

1ST ANNUAL CLASSIC SEAFOOD FESTIVAL AT SABOR DIVINO - AUGUST 10 – SEPTEMBER 08, 2012

Situated perfectly in downtown’s core on the Boardwalk, Sabor Divino is one of Edmonton’s hottest and finest restaurants.  With its warm decor full of rustic charm perfectly balanced with modern flair, this is the perfect place for a night out, an impressive first date or a celebration dinner. The environment, the food and most importantly the service will not disappoint. 

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Thursday
May032012

Creole Cookin

Updated on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 12:16PM by Registered CommenterMODCITY Magazine

CREOLE ENVIE IS NOW LOCATED AT 6509 112 AVENUE AND WILL OPEN THEIR DOORS ON OCTOBER 22, 2012.  SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM FOR MORE DETAILS!

Danielle Majeau of Creole Envie is offering her clients excellent food in innovative ways.  Her catering company, which she opened for business in December of 2011, caters events up to 250 guests delivering Creole / Cajun food.  Danielle is pretty much a one woman show, from sourcing only the finest ingredients to preparing each food item with care, she does it all.

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Tuesday
May012012

Cafe O'Play

Sit, sip and watch them play. This is what Nicole and Steve Gaida, owners of Café O’Play, are inviting you to do – And I’m encouraging it! The first of its kind in Edmonton, Café O’play is a coffee shop unlike any other.  Operating for a little over a year, this deservedly busy café features a playground geared towards young children. From a princess castle, to ride-in cars and the wildly popular Train Table, this place is a sort of toddler’s wonderland.  It’s truly an ingenious concept; moms can sit back and enjoy the café experience – drinking lattes, visiting with friends or even taking advantage of free Wi-Fi, while the little ones get to play and interact with others.  No kids? No problems. The playground (equipped with its own tables and chairs) is separate from the café – which is surprisingly quiet considering the commotion that is often ensuing just on the other side of the door.

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