Browsing Tag

alberta

Passion for Pork
Food, Giveaways, Reviews

Recap + Giveaway: Try June Pork Month Food Specials & Enter to Win Tickets to Porkapalooza Ribfest!

There are so many tasty deals and food specials going on in Edmonton this month – because June is Pork Month!

To celebrate, Passion for Pork has teamed up with restaurants in Edmonton and Calgary to offer special, Alberta pork-themes dishes.

The participating restaurants in Edmonton include:

  • Ampersand 27
  • Canteen
  • Harts Table
  • Fairmont Hotel MacDonald
  • LUX Steakhouse & Bar
  • North 53
  • Packrat Louie
  • Red Ox Inn
  • RGE RD
  • Rostizado
  • Share (Westin Hotel)
  • The Marc
  • TZiN
  • Zinc

The Edmonton pork dishes include a lot of pork belly, bacon, pig head, pork tenderloin, pork shoulder, pork chops (basically almost all parts of the pig) and more!

(Click here to see the participating restaurants in Calgary)

Last week I had an amazing evening going on a “pork crawl” with my friend and Passion for Pork blogger Sharman (@ThePorkGirl), Chris (@shorelinegold) and Andrea (@littlmissandrea). We hit up five Edmonton restaurants to try their pork specials and help promote Pork Month!

Before I get into that, I also wanted to add that Passion for Pork is also involved in Porkapalooza, which takes place June 19-21. Porkapalooza is basically a big, fun BBQ competition at Borden Park – but there’s also food vendors, tons of entertainment, a ribfest, food fight challenge, and more! Porkapalooza’s Bare Bones RibFest is on Friday night (June 19). It costs $10 to get in and then $1 for each additional ticket to get ribs from five vendors. I’m giving away a pair of admission tickets for Porkapalooza’s RibFest!

Scroll down to get to the ticket giveaway, but first – a quick recap of our pork crawl!

We started off #yegporkcrawl at one of my favourite Edmonton restaurants, North 53! Chef Josh Dissanayake’s Pork Month offering is Alberta Pork Buns.

North 53's Alberta Pork Buns!

Pork Month Special: North 53’s Alberta Pork Buns!

 

They are basically Asian-inspired steamed buns filled with ground Alberta pork and Josh’s delicious seasonings. It costs $4 for one bun. I loved the buns, and loved hearing Josh’s inspiration behind the dish: his mom used to regularly make him pork buns to take to school. They were delicious, but he remembers trading the buns with other classmates so he could try their food. No trades necessary here – just take my money Josh!

Next up was Tzin Wine and Tapas for the Pinchitos Morunos (Moorish pork skewers).

The Moorish Pork Skewers from Tzin!

Pork Month Special: The Moorish Pork Skewers from Tzin!

The skewers are seasoned with several spices including saffron, coriander, cumin and paprika. If you don’t like those spices, these might not come off as tasty, but the meat itself was nice and juicy. We also got to try Chef Corey McGuire’s famous BACON dish – which is basically the most amazing, crispy pork belly with a maple balsamic apple compote and apple mayonnaise on a crostini, with calvados gastrique.

Tzin's BACON! Crispy pork belly crostini.

Tzin’s BACON! Crispy pork belly crostini.

I often talk about dishes that “change my life” (just an expression, obviously, but a nice barometer), really it just means dishes that are so damn good. Tzin’s Bacon = so damn good. And it nicely fits the Pork Month theme! I would absolutely recommend getting the Bacon! The Bacon is $16 for 3 crostinis, and $21 for 4. The skewers are $17 for two skewers with rice. As a side note, I am also so impressed with what Chef Corey can do what he can do in Tzin’s tiny kitchen! Apparently it’s the smallest restaurant kitchen in Edmonton. It was my first time at Tzin but certainly not my last!

Our mid – #yegporkcrawl stop was at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald patio. Both of the Fairmont’s restaurants – the Harvest Room and the Confederation Lounge – are offering pork specials. You can order their 1915 Pork Stew – which comes with a really flavourful pork stew with corn bread and one beer of your choice.

Pork Month Special: Pork Stew, Corn Bread and Beer at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald!

Pork Month Special: Pork Stew, Corn Bread and Beer at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald!

It costs $19.15 and is also tied into the Fairmont’s 100-year anniversary! You wouldn’t think a stew would really work on a patio in the summer, but this stew is really good. Even better – the $17 pork belly sandwich. Oh my gah. So good. You can order the stew at any time, but the pork belly sandwich you can only normally get a lunch.

Pork Month Special: Pork Belly Sandwich from the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald!

Pork Month Special: Pork Belly Sandwich from the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald!

I thought the fries that accompanied the sandwich weren’t anything to rave about, but the star is really that pork belly! The sandwich I also felt had a Vietnamese banh mi-style influence with the pickled carrots/veg. There’s also a gluten-free duo of pork option for Sharman, which is also on the regular menu (at $36) and features a cardamom crusted nagano pork, slow cooked caraway citrus pork belly, yukon gold potato pave, mustard greens and cilantro yogurt ($36).

I love you Kiwi Sapphire Tonic.

I love you Kiwi Sapphire Tonic.

I also ordered the Kiwi Sapphire Tonic drink (extra kiwi) which was one of the best drinks I’ve ever had. (Rivaling that of the amazing pearjito from XIX Nineteen). Chef Serge Jost was also such a pleasure to talk to (like always!) and the patio has such a fantastic view.

Feeling stuffed, but determined, we carried on to the next stop on our crawl: Share at the Westin Hotel. The Westin’s Chef is Ryan O’Flynn – who recently won the national competition Gold Medal Plates. His Pork Month offering is pork belly with arancini and morel mushrooms ($22).

Pork Month Special: Westin's Pork Belly, Arancini and Morel Mushrooms!

Pork Month Special: Westin’s Pork Belly, Arancini and Morel Mushrooms!

I thought the pork belly was solid, arancini was creamy, crispy and delicious, but the morel mushrooms weren’t as good as I wanted them to be. Also though, my stomach was feeling pretty full at this point so I don’t think that helped.

So, you would think four places would’ve been enough on our pork crawl – we certainly could’ve wrapped up after Share, but Sharman really wanted us to try Packrat Louie / Chef Andrew Cowan’s pork offering south of the river. We happily obliged! Packrat is offering Pork & Foie Gras Bratwurst for Pork Month.

Pork Month Special: Pork and Foie Gras Bratwurst from Packrat Louie!

Pork Month Special: Pork and Foie Gras Bratwurst from Packrat Louie!

It includes ground Alberta pork shoulder mixed with foie gras, on a bun, topped with some foie gras, with a side of potatoes. I found the bun to be a bit too thickly cut for me, but the bratwurst with foie combination was quite good. The potatoes – at that point in the evening – I couldn’t even think about touching, but admit that the plate felt a bit hastily put together.

Overall, our #yegporkcrawl was SO FUN! and delicious. The company was also fantastic. I love eating with people who love eating as much as I do!

I will happily food crawl with these beautiful people any time!

I will happily food crawl with these beautiful people any time!

On the Fairmont Mac patio, we felt like leisurely ladies for sure!

On the Fairmont Mac patio, we felt like leisurely ladies for sure!

Thank you so much Sharman / Passion for Pork for having us out to try some of these amazing pork dishes. I will be back so fast. (In fact I headed back to the Fairmont later in the week for lunch and will hit the patio again next week with friends for the pork specials and the Kiwi drink!!)

I will also be at Porkapalooza over the weekend – and am excited now to give away a pair of admission tickets to RibFest!

** GIVEAWAY **

ENTER TO WIN A PAIR OF ADMISSION TICKETS TO PORKAPALOOZA’S RIBFEST (JUNE 19, 2015)!

I’m giving away a pair of admission tickets to Porkapalooza’s RibFest (valued at $20). Find out more information about RibFest (including participating vendors and entertainment) here! Please note the tickets get you into RibFest, but you still need to purchase your own tickets for food ($1 per food ticket). 

There are multiple ways to enter – but tweeting this exact sentence is mandatory: 

  • I’m excited for @PorkapaloozaYEG June 19-21! Hope I win @lindork’s tix to #RibFest: http://bit.ly/1G3A2wZ @PassionforPork #yeg #yegfood 

You must tweet the above sentence in order to be eligible for this contest.

Additional entries:

Please note comments are moderated so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear right away!

This giveaway closes on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 10 p.m. I will randomly choose a winner based on the entries after the contest closes.

Good luck, spread the word, and if you’re not sure about your chances: just go buy RibFest tickets here!

There’s also a great Father’s Day Brunch special you can get tickets to as well!

UPDATE!

Congratulations to Salina D. – the winner of this giveaway!

Linda

Follow lindork on Instagram

Alberta Primetime

Alberta Primetime: Pop Culture Panel (Dec. 12, 2013)

Alberta Primetime: Pop Culture Panel (Dec. 12, 2013)

Alberta Primetime: Pop Culture Panel (Dec. 12, 2013)

Click the image above or the link below to watch the December 12 Alberta Primetime Pop Culture Panel (#PTPopCulture) in which I am a guest panelist! We talk viral hoaxes, WestJet miracle, Facebook ‘sympathize’ button & the kindness of Albertans.

Click here to watch the Dec. 12 Pop Culture Panel

I was on the panel with Calgary-based comedians Trent McClellan and Lori Gibbs.

Alberta Primetime airs weekdays at 6 and 11 on CTV Two channels across Alberta as well as on a few satellite channels nationally. The Pop Culture Panel airs on Thursdays, with the segment link posted online on Friday.


Linda

Life, Reviews

Review: Alberta Railway Museum

Day trip to the Alberta Railway Museum!

Day trip to the Alberta Railway Museum!

Over the long weekend, Mike and I were really inspired to take a day trip (or a half-day trip). After browsing through Edmonton Regional Tourism Group’s Edmonton’s Countryside website, we decided on heading to the Alberta Railway Museum!

I hadn’t even heard of the Alberta Railway Museum before this weekend. The outdoor museum is located north east of the city and is an outdoor display of railway equipment, buildings and trains. We picked a great weekend to go because it was opening weekend! The Alberta Railway Museum is open weekends starting the May long weekend and guests can ride on Steam Engine 1392 on long weekends throughout the summer.

All aboard Northern Alberta Railway locomotive 1392!

All aboard Northern Alberta Railway locomotive 1392!

Since it was the May long weekend, Steam Engine 1392 was taking passengers! All board! :) The conductor gave everyone a run-down of the train and the museum. The ‘tickets’ we got are how the original tickets for the Northern Alberta Railway line looked. We learned that this year 2013, actually marks Steam Engine 1392’s 100th birthday! The train last ran as part of the NAR in 1956 and was then donated to the Edmonton Expo and sat at K-Days/Northlands before being donated to the Alberta Railway Museum in 1970.

Conductor Steven shares some tidbits about the history of the Northern Alberta Railway.

Conductor Steven shares some tidbits about the history of the Northern Alberta Railway.

What was also really neat is that the son of the first captain who worked in Steam Engine 1392 was actually running the train rides at the museum that day too! Fun fact. :) Admission to the museum is only $5 for adults (train rides are $4). So it’s a very affordable outing. The train ride itself was fairly short and not too exciting – the train just went back and forth on the same track for about 20 minutes while conductor Steven talked ARM/NAR history. But the history was fun to learn and the conductor was funny and very friendly! After the train ride you basically take yourself on self-guided tours of the stationary trains/cars and museum grounds.

Fun facts about the Alberta Railway Musuem:

  • It has more than 75 cars and locomotives
  • You can ride on vintage trains, speeders, and see examples of railway maintenance equipment
  • It has archives of railway history
  • It’s the third largest railway museum in Canada, largest in Alberta
  • It’s home to the most extensive collection of telegraphy equipment in Canada
  • They’re looking for volunteers!

Below are some photos from our morning at the Alberta Railway Museum!

Bed in one of the trains at Alberta Railway Museum.

Bed in one of the trains at Alberta Railway Museum.

Bathroom/toilet in one of the trains at the Alberta Railway Museum.

Bathroom/toilet in one of the trains at the Alberta Railway Museum.

Pull-out overhead bed on a train at the Alberta Railway Museum.

Pull-out overhead bed on a train at the Alberta Railway Museum.

Narrow, narrow hallway on a train at the Alberta Railway Museum.

Narrow, narrow hallway on a train at the Alberta Railway Museum.

One of the old trains had a classroom! At the Alberta Railway Museum.

One of the old trains had a classroom! At the Alberta Railway Museum.

My date at the Alberta Railway Museum.

My date at the Alberta Railway Museum.

Alberta Railway Museum's office has a telegraph collection. (Check out the Keurig!)

Alberta Railway Museum’s office has a telegraph collection. (Check out the Keurig!)

The Alberta Railway Museum is also home to the most extensive collection of telegraph equipment in Canada. There’s a looot of old equipment. It was a big blast from the past… I can’t imagine living in a time when there was no Internet! smartphones… laptops… Twitter!

Happy 100th anniversary to locomotive 1392!

Happy 100th anniversary to locomotive 1392!

Overall we had a great time at the Alberta Railway Museum. A lot of the other visitors there when we went were families with young kids so it’s definitely a very family-friendly outing. I just love exploring local and exploring Alberta’s local attractions is high on my list of to-dos. If you’ve never been to the Alberta Railway Museum, you should check it out! It’s a quick drive to get there thanks to the Anthony Henday, it costs almost nothing and it’s nice that it’s self-guided and you can go at your own pace. There are a LOT of mosquitos but the museum is nice enough to provide bug sprays to guests. ;)

Pro tip: Go during a long weekend so you can ride the historic train!

Day trip to the Alberta Railway Museum!

Day trip to the Alberta Railway Museum!

Related links:

Alberta Railway Museum
Edmonton’s Countryside
Travel Alberta
Edmonton Attractions
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

Look for more Edmonton area/ explore Alberta-esque blog posts from me this summer!

Have you been to the Alberta Railway Museum? What did you think? ;)

Linda