One event that comes up for me every February is the Campus Food Bank’s annual Mac ‘n Cheese Affair fundraiser. JP has been involved with the Campus Food Bank for years and for as long as I have known him, I have attended the event (I even did a recap from a few years ago). The Campus Food Bank does tremendous work for students, staff and alumni at the University of Alberta in the fight against hunger. I love their motto/mission of “Hunger for knowledge, not food” because that really is what student life and university should be about – the pursuit of knowledge.
Despite my social hibernation this month, I have taken some time to meet up with some friends and lengthy brunches have been on the agenda. Cured Wine Bar recently started offering brunch and my fellow food loving friend Cindy rounded a bunch of the “food friends” up to go for brunch (her review is already up!). Cured Wine Bar is located in Ellerslie and I have to admit, my preference is usually to head out to the city centre instead of the suburbs, but for good food, I am willing to make the drive.
I have been really good about trying to maintain a strict budget to start off 2016, especially as I try to get into graduate school (again) for the Fall term, so I haven’t been receiving any packages in the mail, which makes me a sad panda. I get so much joy out of having packages come to my door and the rush of packages coming over the holidays really made the slow January period feel extra depressing. Luckily my topbox arrived just in time to get me out of my funk. :)
Happy New Year! Is there a point when it is absolutely just unacceptable to say Happy New Year, especially when you’re trying to wrap up the previous year? I will admit that the holiday season completely wiped me out – it was one of the most social months that I can remember and it just bled into exhaustion for January. I have toned things down significantly for January but that also means lacking all motivation to turn on my computer. So as I try to get my groove back, let’s chat about the November and December Topboxes.
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.