Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Last fall, I did a blind tasting of some honey samples from local Edmonton beehives. I was asked to do so by Dustin Bajer, one of Edmonton's beekeeping experts and fellow Food Council member, on behalf of the YEG Bees Honey Co-Op: a collection of local beekeepers who pool their honey together and sell it at markets.... Continue Reading →

Backyard beekeeping in Edmonton

I'm officially a beekeeper! The bees arrived from New Zealand today and Matt and I installed them this afternoon. For those who just want to watch a video of us installing our package of bees, here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSEie3h4kt4 Matt and I took an urban beekeeping course at the John Jantzen Nature Centre last October, taught by... Continue Reading →

Food writing in Avenue Edmonton

I've done a number of pieces for Avenue Edmonton magazine in recent months, though I just realized I haven't shared them here. I was pretty happy to connect with Avenue shortly after leaving Vue, and that they were willing to bring me on to do a few pieces. Here's a roundup of everything I've done... Continue Reading →

Eating Haida Gwaii: Green Gaia

The soup was great, but the community values were outstanding. We knew we’d have to stop in as soon as we discovered there was a place in Masset describing itself as an organic vegetarian cafe – more or less the diet we’ve adopted in recent months. Green Gaia did not disappoint: the bright, funky mural... Continue Reading →

Eating Haida Gwaii: Charters Restaurant

Hungry and haggard from air travel, we stumbled into Charters about an hour after they had opened for dinner. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of a large house overlooking the harbour in Masset, just a quick two-minute walk from Copper Beech House. The space is open and bright, with clean whitewashed walls... Continue Reading →

Eating Haida Gwaii: initial thoughts

Haida Gwaii is weird. That’s a massive generalization and far too vague to mean anything, admittedly, but I haven’t been able to find another way to articulate my thoughts about the place yet. So, this post will be the first in a short series about the food culture I discovered on my recent trip to... Continue Reading →

Starting Seeds Indoors & Cold Stratification

Though it still seems early in the year, gardening season is well underway in Edmonton. Last Sunday I bought a number of seeds from the annual Seedy Sunday, mainly from Harmonic Herbs—a 15-acre farm up near Barrhead. I picked up some veggie cultivars, both common favourites and some more unusual things I haven't tried yet, as well as a... Continue Reading →

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