Food

Review: Grain of Rice

Linda Hoang - February 26, 2017
Grain of Rice Chinese Vietnamese Restaurant Edmonton

I live out in the ‘burbs so typically restaurants in the immediate area are either few and far between, or primarily chains. So, whenever a small, family-run shop opens up nearby, I get really excited! That’s how I felt about the new-ish Grain of Rice, located at 1312 Webber Greens Drive. You’re probably like, where the heck is that? (lol) It’s basically on the very …

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Review: Pho Boy Vietnamese Kitchen (Whyte Avenue)

Linda Hoang - February 14, 2017
Pho Boy Vietnamese Kitchen Edmonton 7

I’m addicted to pho. Because my parents have owned a Vietnamese pho restaurant since I was a kid, I grew up eating it multiple times a week. Of course, there’s always going to be that “my mom makes it best” bias, but in my case – 9/10, my mom at King Noodle House Pho Hoang does make it best. I usually can’t go a week without …

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Review + Giveaway: HelloFresh Meal Box Delivery Service

Linda Hoang - February 11, 2017
HelloFresh Canada Food Meal Box Delivery 1

Mike and I have tried some food delivery subscription services in past, but have never landed on anything we wanted to use long-term. Either the delivery dates for our neighbourhood were too close to the weekend (so we’d be eating out during those days anyway and food would go to waste) or we’d get ingredients in the box and some ideas on what to make …

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Review: Daravara (124 Street)

Linda Hoang - December 13, 2016
Daravara 124 Street Brunch Edmonton

I love that despite how many restaurants I’ve come to try in Edmonton, there’s simply always more to try. Sometimes I’m ashamed that it’s taken me so long to try places that have become well-established and well-loved.  That was the case when I finally visited Daravara on 124 Street a few weekends ago!  Daravara is a pretty trendy, industrial-looking gastropub – spacious, a bit stark, with lots of black, red and wood. Over the last …

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Review: Me 2 Japanese Sizzling Restaurant

Linda Hoang - December 10, 2016
Me 2 Japanese Sizzling Restaurant Edmonton

So often, posts I see on social media end up influencing where I eat in Edmonton. That’s what led Mike and I to Me 2 Japanese Sizzling Restaurant (9314 34 Avenue) last week. I had been seeing photos and video on Instagram showing these sizzling dishes of rice and meat that looked so delicious (and fun – what with the sizzle and all!) that when we were planning a dinner …

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Review + Giveaway: The Rec Room (Edmonton)

Linda Hoang - December 6, 2016
The Rec Room Edmonton Cineplex South Common

When I was younger, I used to spend a lot of time in the mall arcades with my brothers. I have really fond memories of playing different games and watching my brothers play theirs. We would spend hours at the arcade.  Those kinds of arcades and entertainment centres have become harder to come by over the years, which is why I was pretty excited for The Rec Room to …

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A Dinner with Russell Bird: World Food Championships’ Bacon Chef

Linda Hoang - December 4, 2016
World Food Championships Bacon Competition Russell Bird Edmonton

I’m always raving about food in Edmonton. We have incredibly talented chefs in the city and some of the best restaurants (a list that’s constantly growing), but we also have some pretty amazing home cooks.  I like cooking at home but I like eating out more (it’s just way more convenient with Mike and my current lifestyle). I think the stuff I dish out (ha, …

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Review: Halo Bar & Bistro at the Renaissance Hotel (Edmonton International Airport)

Linda Hoang - November 28, 2016
Halo Bar Bistro Renaissance Hotel Edmonton International Airport

Last week, I was invited to try Halo Bar & Bistro Restaurant and tour the Renaissance Hotel at the Edmonton International Airport, with some of my closest friends Andrea (Little Miss Andrea) and Chris (Eating is the Hard Part) and our partners.  The experience was put together by FlyEIA as a way to highlight some of the airport’s many dining and shopping opportunities. Most people who visit the airport (myself included) …

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Giveaway: Popeyes Chicken Comes to Edmonton!

Linda Hoang - November 22, 2016
Popeyes Canada Louisiana Kitchen

Every so often I get asked, ‘what’s the trendy thing to eat these days in the city, what’s really popular?’ Last year I felt like the answer was ramen – there were so many ramen restaurants opening in Edmonton and pre-existing ramen places were getting a lot more attention too.  This year? Fried chicken seems to be ‘it’ food. There’s been fried chicken dishes introduced in a lot of …

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Explore British Columbia: Anniversary Trip to Kelowna & Vernon, B.C. (Things to Do)

Linda Hoang - November 12, 2016
Kelowna Vernon British Columbia Travel

In October, for our third wedding anniversary, Mike and I took a trip to Kelowna and Vernon, British Columbia! This was our very first visit to the Okanagan – which is shocking because it’s so close to Edmonton – but I think it will be the first of many! British Columbia is just so beautiful – a day didn’t go by where we didn’t think, ‘yeah, definitely makes …

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