Posts Tagged ‘BBQ’

I have to be honest, I was a little hesitant to try this restaurant because of my insane love of BBQ and the fact that I knew one of the owners was a vegetarian.

I have heard nothing but good things about MEAT though, so we were in the neighborhood and starving, so what better to fill a hungry belly than with BBQ?

I am a Certified BBQ judge for Kansas City BBQ Society, so I am no expert on BBQ but I have a good palate for competition fare.  I badly wanted to be impressed by the smoky, tender quality of the Texas style BBQ at MEAT.

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In January of 1999, George Siu and Park Hffelfinger of Vancouver food scene fame, had a stopover in Memphis while flying home from New Orleans. Lunch was a pulled pork sandwich, and it was love at first bite.

Since then they have attended BBQ competitions and done their research. They were able to reproduce the recipes at home, and decided to bring authentic Southern BBQ to Canada.

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Firstly, I must apologize to my followers, I have been away for a while now due to illness.  Things are slowly coming back to normal again, and I am ready to get back to where my passion lies; the Edmonton food community!

Since I got my shiny new KCBS BBQ Judge badge, I thought I would put it to good use in the community and try out my newly trained tastebuds.  Please join me in my BBQ Roundup!

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Another summer and another 10 days filled with food, food, and more food!

If you are planning on going to Kdays in Edmonton this year, you had better bring your appetite!  There is plenty to choose from for all kinds of appetites.

Personally, I like the carnival food.  There is no other time of year that I can indulge in the “deep fried flavour of the year”, elephant ears, cotton candy, candy apples and stuff “onna stick”!

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Edmonton never ceases to amaze me with its local food community.  We have so many small businesses that deal with food on a daily basis; food trucks, restaurants, cafes, delis, grocery stores, butchers etc., etc.  If you are willing to go exploring and a little outside of your comfort zone, it is amazing at what you will be able to find.

I don’t cook at home much due to a very hectic lifestyle.  My husband and I are both very creative, artistic people and I also like to donate my time to volunteer for a couple of local charities whenever I can.

When I do have the time to cook at home, I want to make sure that it is relatively healthy and flavourful.  I have been following Brazilian Ice on Twitter for quite some time.  The photos that Maxine posts are mouth watering!  To make a long story short, I entered a contest to win a pair of camping stones and ended up winning.

I figured that it would be a great idea to do a blog piece on the stones, so Maxine agreed to meet me for lunch and I got to learn all about my new found tools.

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This is a hidden gem for Edmonton.  Period.

Vi’s is one of our favourites for date night.  It is small and relatively intimate.  There is a beautiful patio for when weather permits and a fireplace inside for winter.

The daily menu is brought to your table as a chalkboard on an easel.  They generally have a selection of comfort food all year round, and barbeque in the summer months.

We have never been disappointed with the soups.  They are always flavourful and hit the spot every time. They always use really good ingredients for everything on the menu.  You will never leave hungry!

Vi’s, as the name suggests, is famous for the desserts.  The selection is always different.  Cheesecakes, tortes, pies, squares etc.  There hasn’t been anything that we have tried yet that we haven’t enjoyed.

They also sell the cakes etc whole to take home, but I suggest you call ahead, as you never know what will be in the case.

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