There is a space that I absolutely love in downtown Edmonton and that is the restored Alberta Hotel on Jasper Avenue. When it was Tavern 1903, it was my go-to place for all occasions, so I was devastated when it closed. Recently though, the Alberta Hotel Bar + Kitchen has taken over the space and started serving up delicious bites and drinks.
Earlier this week, Alberta Hotel Bar + Kitchen had their grand opening with a set menu. A few friends were there for dinner and I heard it was a wonderful meal. I wasn’t able to make it but I did pop over during their soft opening phase! I am always dubious about reviewing soft openings and I tend to go in expecting to see kinks that need to be worked out. In fact, I was not planning to write about Alberta Hotel Bar + Kitchen, so didn’t even bring my camera with me (sorry for the lower quality phone photos), but *spoiler alert* my meal was so good that I had to share it with y’all.
As my November Topbox is getting ready to ship, I feel like I should really get on the ball and fill y’all in on my September and October boxes. I would love to say that with such a long delay in writing this post, it must mean that I have had time to test everything in these two boxes, but that is decidedly not true. I have barely looked at these two boxes and have really just left them out on my mail table. Some months, I truly fail as a blogger… but regardless, at the very least, I can share what I received. *insert sheepish smile here*
September 2015 Topbox
For me, mid-fall always means hitting up the Edmonton Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival! I have attended for the past few years now and still like going to hang out with friends while being surrounded by wine and food, especially Papa Chocolat’s handmade chocolates. This year’s event will be taking place on November 6-7 at the Shaw Conference Centre.
Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival 2015. Photo Supplied.
Hello October! I have no idea where September went but I am decidedly unprepared for fall in nearly all aspects of my life, except for the eating. When I think of fall, it’s all about the start of the academic school year and that slow build up to the holiday (eating) season, so it’s quite appropriate that one of the events I attended last month was Feastival of Fine Chefs. Feastival is an event put on by the Alberta Food Processors Association that supports second year apprentice chefs in Alberta via the Stan Ballard Apprenticeship Fund.
Wow… summer has totally flown by. I don’t get to take a lot of time off work in the summer so I always think it will feel incredibly long, but I am proven wrong every single time. While I did get to take off and enjoy sunny California (maybe too sunny since I came home with a sunburn despite copious amounts of sunscreen), all the awesome festivals and events in Edmonton have just filled up what spare time I have, which means I haven’t been able to share my July and August Topboxes with y’all…