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Recap: Taste of Edmonton 2011

At the 2011 Taste of Edmonton - Having a "Hurricane Potato!"

On Wednesday I went to this year’s Taste of Edmonton with some of my lovely friends!

I haven’t been to a Taste of Edmonton in years (well, I might have stopped by one time during a summer while I was reporting/taking photos, but that doesn’t count!) So because of previous years’ absences, I was very excited to go this time around! I mean, it’s mostly the same thing every time, so I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by the event but it was just an overall fun, summer thing to do, you know?

As a group we tried the following (mostly) yummy items:

  • The Old Spaghetti Factory’s Penne with Chicken.
  • The Lingnan’s Dry Spicy Chicken.
  • Khazana’s Butter Chicken with Rice.
  • Roma Bistro’s Cheese Empanadas.
  • Japanese Village’s Sirloin Beef Bowl with Sesame Sauce.
  • Korean Village’s Hurricane Potatoes.
  • Palace Banquet’s Bacon Wrapped Scallops.
  • The Hat Resto Bar’s Deep Fried Mars Bar.
  • New Asian Village’s Chicken Tikka and Garlic Naan.
  • Italian Bakery’s Canolli.
  • I Love Bubble Tea’s Lychee and Strawberry Bubble Tea.
  • Lemon Heaven’s Strawberry Lemonade.
  • The Sutton Place Hotel’s Cappuccino Chocolate Shooter Cup.

Mike loves the beef and sesame sauce from Mt. Fuji so he was eager to try Japanese Villages’.

Taste of Edmonton: Japanese Village's "Sirloin Beef Bowl with Sesame Sauce"

We both didn’t think it was as good as Mt. Fuji’s. The sauce was a little weird. And we <3 Mt. Fuji. My friend Rachel was super excited to head to The Lingnan booth. She puts in the Cantonese subtitles for The Lingnan family's show "Quon Dynasty" so she's a huge fan of the entire family, especially son/chef Milo, who she got to meet: [caption id="attachment_6395" align="aligncenter" width="475" caption=""The Lingnan's" Milo Quon with Rachy Lees at Taste of Edmonton!"][/caption]

Their dry spicy chicken was delicious and very popular – the line up was so long! It also turns out my brother’s friend is dating one of the Quon’s/also appears in the television show and was helping out at the booth too! A nice surprise, I didn’t know he was a reality star, haha! ;)

I had to try the Palace Banquet’s bacon wrapped scallops. 1) Because it’s bacon. and 2) Because I saw a lot of tweets about it (both good and bad, but I wanted to be the judge!)

The Palace Banquet's "Bacon Wrapped Scallops"

It was really salty – but I’m a pretty salty-loving person, so it was quite enjoyable! Note: The line up for the bacon wrapped scallops was SUPER long and by the time I got in line there was an extra wait because they had sold so many that they needed time to cook up a new batch of bacon!

The Palace Banquet's Bacon Wrapped Scallops

Mike and my friend Alyssa were dying to have The Hat’s deep fried mars bar. I had absolutely no interest in it, lol. Alyssa loved it, but Mike thought it was only okay.

The Hat Resto Bar's Deep Fried Mars Bar

Strawberry lemonade and bubble tea were nice thirst quenchers and Mike topped off the trip with The Sutton Place Hotel’s cappuccino chocolate shooter cup because we had 1 food ticket left. The only item at the Taste of Edmonton that is 1 ticket is that…

The Sutton Place Hotel's Cappuccino Chocolate Shooter Cup

… and it was not good. At all, lol.

We spent almost two hours at the Taste of Edmonton and it was pretty fun times! :) We explored The Taste of Desserts in the AGA but other then that didn’t check out any of the musical acts, the beer gardens or The Taste of Wine. As I said when this post started, the Taste of Edmonton is usually always the same thing, and not the most exciting event but it filled its purpose as a fun, outdoor summer event (involving food) to attend. *crosses off my list*

Hanging by the fountain at Taste of Edmonton!

Today was the last day so my review and recommendations kind of come at a bad time (lol), but my week was busy okay! Still, if you read this today you should have time to go and enjoy the last couple of hours if you really wanted to!

And if you have gone to this year’s Taste of Edmonton, what did you think?!

Linda :)

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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