It is one of my favorite times of year – Edmonton Downtown Dining Week! Downtown Dining Week is really great for trying out restaurants at a reasonable price (lunches are $15 and dinners are either $28 or $48 for 3 courses). I do try to get out and try at least one new restaurant but I also make a reservation for The Marc every single year. This year’s event launched on Friday, March 13, 2105 and I got started right away with a dinner at Share in the Westin Edmonton on Saturday. I had heard rave reviews from everyone who attended the Downtown Dining Week launch party about Share’s dessert option, so I knew I had to try it and luckily Teresa was game for dinner.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Taste of Edmonton 2013 media launch and hearing first hand about some of the cool events they are planning as well as getting a small sample of the items that will be on the menu during the event. This year’s media launch took place in the Art Gallery of Alberta, which is one of my favorite places in the city, the lobby area is a great space for events like this and the natural light that comes in is perfect for photos!
*sigh* Ginger beef… it is one of those quintessential Chinese Canadian dishes that I rail about as being an awful representation of Chinese food. In fact I generally describe it as a bastardized version of Chinese cuisine created to appease the Western palate and I feel the same way about chop suey, lemon/orange chicken and chicken balls etc. – all of those mall food court options just make me sad. But while I hate the idea of these types of foods, I understand their existence as something that Chinese restaurants created to keep their businesses going in the local communities – I just wish we could reach a stage where these types of dishes could go extinct. So why am I ranting about ginger beef? As you could probably tell, despite my lack of love of ginger beef, I went to the ginger beef throwdown at this season’s inaugural What The Truck event. The event was held at the Royal Alberta Museum and was to help promote the Chop Suey on the Prairies exhibit, which focuses on the history of Chinese restaurants in the prairies, hence ginger beef being the theme of the throwdown.