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Small towns, big flavours.   Cantonese Chow Mein at the Parkview Restaurant, Thorhild, AB.
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Small towns, big flavours. Cantonese Chow Mein at the Parkview Restaurant, Thorhild, AB.

Chinese restaurants in small towns are as ubiquitous across Canada as toques are in winter. While it’s common knowledge that the spread of Chinese restaurants followed the construction of Canada’s national railway system in the 1880s, it was journalist Ann Hui’s book Chop Suey Nation (2019) that described the outward […]

Small towns, big flavours.  Japanese and Korean cuisine at the Alliance Valley Inn Restaurant, Alliance, AB
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Small towns, big flavours. Japanese and Korean cuisine at the Alliance Valley Inn Restaurant, Alliance, AB

Alliance is a village in Central Alberta, population 154, according to one website. 154 people isn’t many people. Heck, my immediate family, uncles, aunts and first cousins count about the same number. My motorcycle friends recently found the Alliance Valley Inn Restaurant, run by Sunny and Allen Choi. Our first […]

Small Towns, Big Flavours.  The Last Griffin Restaurant, Bentley, AB
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Small Towns, Big Flavours. The Last Griffin Restaurant, Bentley, AB

The Covid pandemic has unquestionably disrupted long distance motorcycle touring. But forced to stay close to Edmonton, we were limited to motorcycle day trips. That gave us the opportunity to explore nearby towns, and with that, we’ve ‘discovered’ a handful of exceptional small town eateries. We’d heard through the grapevine […]

European Sweetness Coffee Bar & Deli, Edmonton, AB
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European Sweetness Coffee Bar & Deli, Edmonton, AB

My foody friend, Richard, sent me a photo of Burek, what he and his wife were having for lunch that day. “Burek??”, I texted. Burek is something I’d never heard of before. Apparently, Burek’s origin is Turkish, a savory pastry filled with meat, cheese or ingredients like spinach, wrapped in […]

Turquaz Kebab House, Edmonton, AB
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Turquaz Kebab House, Edmonton, AB

We thoroughly enjoyed our very first visit to Turquaz Kebab House. When I mentioned Turquaz to my friend Fatima, who is of Lebanese origin, she immediately said it was one of her favourite dining haunts. That made it a solid recommendation for me. Fatima is a foody, just like us. […]

Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find
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Amanda’s Restaurant, Nelson, B.C. – a suprise Chinese food find

Chinese restaurants are as common in small town Western Canada as, well, Ford F150 pickup trucks. The proliferation of Chinese restaurants across Canada is well documented in the excellent book, Chop Suey Nation: The Story of the Legion Cafe and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants, by Ann Hui. During […]

Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel
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Incredible Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Black Diamond Hotel

Discovering a fabulous eatery is one of the joys of travel. On the first day of a Fall, multi-day motorcycle tour, we stopped for lunch at the bar in the Black Diamond Hotel. Located in the heart of Alberta’s cattle country, Black Diamond is a small town in the foothills […]

Rockin’ Robyn’s Diner, Edmonton, AB
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Rockin’ Robyn’s Diner, Edmonton, AB

Close your eyes and think ‘diner.’ What image comes to mind?  For me, my mind ‘sees’ an old-fashioned long counter with round, padded, chrome stools, the walls lined with dining booths, and maybe a few nick-nacks like old photos and a few old time ‘interesting’ pieces of ancient equipment parts […]

The Burger Joint, Edmonton, AB
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The Burger Joint, Edmonton, AB

Today was a ‘lazy day.’ I got up first thing this morning, ran the Audi over to the dealership for a complimentary free exterior car wash, then came home and watched the national news. At lunch, I had the hankering for a nice, juicy burger, something I don’t indulge in […]

Epicurean tourism – random thoughts
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Epicurean tourism – random thoughts

Some of my friends laugh at me, because a main attractor when I travel is the variety of new restaurants I can potentially discover. Having said that, there are other of my friends who are hard core, dyed-in-the-wool foodies who celebrate our passion for finding the unique, quirky, special, ‘you-can-only-find-this-dish-here’ […]