Monument: Quality Coffee Without the Wait

by Zosia Czarnecka Whyte Avenue’s 27 year old Block 1912 is everything you would expect from a cozy, romantic coffee shop.  Brick interior, soft lighting, live music, and mismatched furniture: its romantic eccentricity is now conventional.  Last year, owner Jorel Pepin set aside everything he knew about coffee bar branding and started fresh. From that blank canvas rose Monument Coffee Bar – Block 1912’s hip … Continue reading Monument: Quality Coffee Without the Wait

Two Italians Hunt for the Tastiest Bug

by Claudio La Rocca & Silvia Ronzani If you grow up in Italy, food is a central part of your life. For an Italian, food is almost a religious matter, every dish the revered sum of history, culture and tradition. So what made us, two Italian grad students, decide to put bugs on everyone’s plate? One day, one of our lab mates brought some dried … Continue reading Two Italians Hunt for the Tastiest Bug

Mayday Dogs – Edmonton’s New Best Friend

by Monika Viktorova Hot dogs are the newest ‘lowbrow’ street food to get a gourmet makeover. And if hot dogs are a foodie’s Cinderella, then Justin Benson is the Edmonton food scene’s edgy, tattooed Fairy Godmother. And he’s here to deliver gourmet but accessible dogs to Edmonton’s downtown core with his newest project, Mayday Dogs. When asked why he wanted to make hot dogs, Justin … Continue reading Mayday Dogs – Edmonton’s New Best Friend