Table Scraps – Nov. 18

• I can’t speak for my co-bloggers, but I’ve been very busy of late with limited internet access – that’s why I haven’t been posting.

• Yesterday King Crabby, Truly Scrumptious and I met for lunch at Won Jung Gak, an out-of-the way Korean restaurant that’s been mentioned a few times lately in the Journal. If Crabby was writing this post, she’d want you all to know that she knew about this place long before it became a media darling, because a former co-worker who lived in Korea raved about it to her. Whatever.

It was cold (and very bright) sitting next to the window, but the food warmed us up.

Crabby cuts the homemade noodles with scissors. The dish is called Ja Jang Myun (noodles with black bean sauce). Is it just me, or does Crabby look like Jamie Oliver in this picture?

Separated at birth?

Don’t remember what this is called – some sort of chow mein dish – but it was more delicious than it looks.


I was disappointed that nothing we ordered packed any of the heat Korean food is noted for (I should have paid more attention to the menu). I’m up for a return visit after I’ve studied the reviews.

• Rodeo Burger has added a new signature burger to their lineup:

The Aussie comes topped with pickled beets and a fried egg, the way they eat ’em in Oz.


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• Spotted on 118th Avenue (at 88th Street):

Alexander’s Italian Bistro opening soon.

•Truly Scrumptious’ post about Fort Edmonton Park last week inspired my own visit on Sunday, accompanied by Betty Cracker and S. (who doesn’t have a clever punning blog name yet). There was no bannock to be had! Bummer. There was no outdoor cooking going on at all, though there was a costumed interpreter tending a fire outside a farm house on 1885 Street. She said that homesteaders observing the sabbath wouldn’t cook a meal on Sunday (being considered work), they would have a cold meal from food previously prepared. In answer to my next question, she didn’t know where the atheist part of town was.

These pumpkin blossoms looked good enough to eat (after being stuffed, battered and deep fried). The pumpkins have a lot of growing to do before Hallowe’en.

All the happy, free-ranging farm animals at the park – pigs, chickens, sheep, the handsome fellow above and below – made me ponder how lovely they’d be on a plate. Is that so wrong of me? Betty and S. seemed to be aghast at the suggestion.

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Now with 10% less sodium.

• So Crabby, now that you’re a mushroom identification expert (having been on one mushroom foraging expedition), what can you tell me about this enormous specimen I found on my lawn? Delicious sautéd in butter or deathly toxic? A little moot now, since the lawn cutting dude was here today while I was out.

• I just watered your potatoes, which pretty much guarantees we’ll be getting a torrential downpour tonight. As you can see, they’re blooming. Should I be nipping these in the bud (as it were), the way you’d pinch the blossoms off herbs so that energy isn’t diverted from the edible parts into producing flowers? There’s so much I don’t know about gardening (though I do know not to water in the heat of the day).

• One reason (among many) that I don’t want to be a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen is because Gordon Ramsay would constantly be yelling “You didn’t season this!!! Donkey!!!” at me. That’s because I seldom salt food when I’m cooking.* It’s how I grew up – my mom didn’t salt her food either (because of blood pressure issues) and so my palate is probably a little skewed compared to most people. I mention this because I heard on the radio today (and is anyone really surprised?) that most Canadians eat too much salt. I can’t really be smug about this, though. I’m probably getting more than I need from salty foods such as cheese, olives, pickles and so on, and of course from eating out.

*I do tend to use a lot of freshly ground pepper though – maybe too much (he’d yell at me for that too)

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A little meat, mostly filler…

  • I finally tried Transcend in the Garneau Theatre building, KC. Had the best cappuccino ever (yes, with a heart on – they love me too). Happy day! They have Dry sodas. I’ve been missing these since they stopped carrying them at Sobey’s on campus. And I’ve long been wanting to try the Juniper flavour. So good – like gin for teetotalers.
  • Thanks to Only Here For The Food for the shout out. At last we’re not just talking to each other, KC.
  • Hey KC, you have duck confit on your “bucket list” of foods to make and I have cassoulet on mine. Since duck confit is one of the ingredients in cassoulet,  we should get together and kill two birds with one stone (so to speak). Maybe one cold, snowy day this summer?
  • Did you see Iron Chef America on the weekend? Battle Melon. The challenger made an avocado/honeydew milkshake – reminded me of my favourite bubble tea at Nhon Hoa on Whyte Avenue (they call it Exotic Jungle Cooler). Like Jeffrey Steingarten, I didn’t think the combo would work, but it really does.
  • Dropped in to Café Beirut (10812 Whyte Avenue) on Wednesday night. It was their first day of business and much busier than they were expecting. They’d run out of some things, but luckily not felafel. A very satisfying felafel it was, though not as spicy as I’d like (they rarely are). There are several Lebanese dishes on the menu I haven’t seen before – we need to check it out.
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