Alder Room: Keeping it Close to Home with Regional Ingredients

As Food Day Canada approaches (August 5, 2017), I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to highlight Alder Room, which does a fantastic job of highlighting what we can do with regional ingredients. The tasting menu at Alder Room is regionally and seasonally inspired, so it will probably be a different experience each time you go. The Alder Room website describes itself as follows, so that gives you a hint of what’s to come.

Alder Room is a modern, experiential restaurant; a place to interact with regional, seasonal cuisine and those who prepare it. Our menu is inspired by our connection to the land.

Alder Room can host up to 12 diners at its single 7pm seating (Wednesday to Saturday) and we arrived for our reservation on a Friday night. We had a group of four and there was another couple there as well, bringing the total number of people in our seating to 6. This was certainly an intimate meal and it definitely helped that the initial bites were served in the front seating area, where we would be able to chat while having champagne and snacks.

Before diving into the snacks, Chef Ben Staley (owner of Alta and Alder Room) gave us an overview of Alder Room’s philosophy and noted that he uses regional ingredients from Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. In particular, he indicated that he had a partnership with Vesta Gardens (in Thorhild) where they supply both his restaurants with produce. Each week, he heads out to Vesta Gardens to see what is available and tailors the Alder Room tasting menu to whatever is ripe and in-season.

Snacks (Clockwise L to R): Pickled carrots, Dried fermented peach, Quail egg rolled in vegetable ash, Fried sunchoke skin

Snacks (Clockwise L to R): Pickled carrots, Dried fermented peach, Quail egg rolled in vegetable ash, Fried sunchoke skin

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Topbox Review: January – April 2017

Phew… I think we are almost at the all caught up level of the Topbox reviews. Somehow knowing that a review for the May to July Topboxes will be coming at y’all soon makes it feel like I’ve really started making a dent (of sorts) in my blogging backlog, after all, if I can manage to do the beauty stuff, food stuff shouldn’t feel like a monumental task?

January 2017 Topbox

January 2017 Topbox

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Topbox Review: July – September 2016

I know… it’s been forever since I’ve produced a blog post and I was originally thinking I would be able to catch up on some while I was on vacation. Anyone who tells you they are super productive using their plane time is (in my opinion) incredibly impressive! So, obviously I failed on that front, but as my next Topbox is due soon – I feel it’s only good form to get back to my Topbox reviews… starting from a year ago. 😮

Here is also the moment where I own up to the fact that y’all are mainly getting more of a photo log than true review since I can’t recall a lot of how I felt about products unless they were something I really loved or something I did not like at all.

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Subscription Service Review: Sticker Swaps

Being a student (again) has been an exhausting and yet super rewarding experience, but it has certainly forced me to really think about how I spend my free time, and unfortunately, blogging has fallen to the wayside. But Reading Week is upon us and I have declared today to be a day off to do fun things, so let’s catch up on some reviews, starting with Sticker Swaps!

When I was younger, I was an avid sticker collector and spent huge portions of my allowance on stickers of all varieties, but Sandylion and Sanrio stickers were definitely my favorites. As an adult, I am still drawn to stickers, but wouldn’t really go out and buy them to put on things, I suppose eventually we have to “grow up”, although this hasn’t stopped me from putting a giant “sticker”/skin on the back of my laptop.

Sticker Swaps, which is based in the UK, reached out a while back and asked if I would be interested reviewing in their subscription service where subscribers are sent an envelope each month with high quality stickers and my inner child was like ‘YES!’. Sticker Swaps stickers are nothing like the ones of my childhood, but it did remind me of the ones that people put on their skateboards and of course, now I see a lot on laptops. As you can see – I received an envelope with 10 vinyl stickers of varying sizes and designs!

Sticker Swap Stickers!

Sticker Swap Stickers!

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