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Pasta, Panini and Catering

September 19, 2014
by Gerry
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A Few Friday Musings

Well, it’s been a pretty busy week and a pile of stuff going on.  First off, you may recall my issues with TD Canada Trust. Happy to say I got their attention, and we’re working on resolving some issues. It’s good to see you can get a reaction when you go public with it. I’ll let you know how it plays out….The Oilers are back and I have an even more vested interest in their performance this season. A few weeks back a few of us were having a discussion around the fire and one of the guys proudly proclaimed the Oilers would finish 5th in the West. Maybe it was the port talking, but I gladly took him up on a bet, than I posed the question; LA, San Jose, Anaheim, Chicago and St.Louis, of those 5 teams which would the Oilers be better than?  Crickets.  I’m not saying the Oilers won’t or can’t finish between 6th or 8th, but I just think the talent gap is too big to surpass the top 5 mentioned.  We shall see. I suspect a bottle of port will be coming my way come the spring…You know what’s better than the new Iphone6? Sleeping in your own bed. Seriously? What’s the deal? Let me know when you figure it out. Ok, lot’s to do, see you at noon.

TODAY’S UberFact: In China, you can be a professional flatulence smeller and make about $50,000.00 USD a year.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints will be without Isaac for about two weeks as he gets his shoulder injury treated.  The Saints are back at it tonight in Whitecourt after beating Lloydminster 4-3 Wednesday night.  Isaac is still out. Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Jumbo Cheese Raviolli $10.50

Mushroom Beef Tortellini  $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 18, 2014
by Gerry
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Thursday

Happy Thursday!

TODAY’S UberFact: People who drink several cups of coffee a day are the least likely to become diabetic.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints will be without Isaac for about two weeks as he gets his shoulder injury treated.  The Saints are back at it tomorrow night in Whitecourt after beating Lloydminster 4-3 Wednesday night.  Isaac is still out.                                             Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Baked Pasticcio $10.50

Penne Alfredo  $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 17, 2014
by Gerry
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Wednesday

How’s your week going so far? It’s Wednesday, we’re half way thru it.

TODAY’S UberFact: Each episode of the Simpsons takes 6 months to make.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints will be without Isaac for about two weeks as he gets his shoulder injury treated.  The team is back in action tonight  at home against Lloydminster. Puck drops at 7pm.   Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Bow Tie Bolognese $10.50

Fettuccine Alfredo  $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 16, 2014
by Gerry
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Tuesday

I forgot my laptop at home, so this is about as witty as I can be.

TODAY’S Fact: Leonardo da Vinci was the first to explain why the sky is blue.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints will be without Isaac for about two weeks as he gets his shoulder injury treated.  The team is back in action tomorrow night against Lloydminster.  Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. 3 Pts +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Beef Tortellini w/Tomato Sauce $10.50

Sausage Fusilli w/Mushroom Cream  $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

No Soup Today

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 15, 2014
by Gerry
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I Hate Yellow Pieces of Paper

So I got a speeding ticket yesterday.  They nabbed a  whole pile of us coming off the Anthony Henday approaching Ray Gibbon drive in St.Albert.  Now I know, speeding is speeding.  Apparently, it’s a 60 zone and In was doing over 60, as were a lot of other people judging by the cars ahead of me and the 3 or 4 behind me waiting for our little yellow piece of paper of shame.  I need to explore this one, because I don’t recall seeing a sign stating 60.  I’ve mentioned this before and I have no issue with photo radar or speed traps if they would also set them up, say in residential neighborhoods or around schools and playgrounds.  Anyone can get picked off for speeding coming off the 110 Yellowhead.  It’s the jackasses that are doing 70 thru my neighborhood that has a lot of kids out and about at 4 in the afternoon that need to get pegged.  Oh well, what do I know?  Just think how much smoother the roads will be thanks to my sizable donation coming up on October 24th, 2014.  Now, I must get lunch ready, and there are no Police around so I’m going to try and do it as fast as I want.  See you at noon.

TODAY’S Fact: Watching a horror movie can burn up to 200 calories – The same as walking for half an hour.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints played a home & home with the Sherwood Park Crusaders and came away with a split. The good news is, Isaac had a goal and an assist, the bad news, he separated his shoulder.  Some people will do anything to get out of washing dishes. Looks like he is on the shelf for a week, maybe two   Stats:  4 GP 2G 1A. +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Baked Cheese Gemelli $10.50

Mushroom Cream Fettuccine  $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 12, 2014
by Gerry
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Hello Friday

Friday is here. We have some amazing lunch planned, so we want to see you!  Have a great day and an enjoyable weekend!

TODAY’S Fact: It costs about $2 million USD to make an episode of Family Guy.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints play a home & home with the Sherwood Park Crusaders this weekend, tonight night in Sherwood Park, tomorrow night at the Grant Fuhr Arena in Spruce Grove, puck drop both nights, 7pm.    Stats:  2 GP 1G 0A. +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Chicken & Prosciutto MacNCheese Alfredo $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Nonna Rosa Chicken

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 11, 2014
by Gerry
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Where Were You?

Driving to Grande Prairie, flipping thru the radio stations and landing on K-Rock when Bill Cowens announced a plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre.  A moment later Terry Evans wasn’t sure if it was a replay of the crash or if in fact a second plane had just crashed into the WTC as well.  I at first was thinking it was a small Cessna on a cloudy foggy day not realizing where it was.  How wrong I was.

TODAY’S Fact: Today marks the 13th anniversary of the attacks of 9-11.  Never Forget

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints play a home & home with the Sherwood Park Crusaders this weekend, Friday night in Sherwood Park, Saturday night at the Grant Fuhr Arena in Spruce Grove, puck drop both nights, 7pm.    Stats:  2 GP 1G 0A. +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Fettuccine Bolognese  $10.50

Rotini Alfredo $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 10, 2014
by Gerry
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Wednesday

So  we’re a few days into our changes here at the cafe, and so far, it seems you are all okay with them.  Thank You!   To those of you that haven’t heard, we now have just one size pasta portions. The happy medium if you will between the half  and the full.  We’re trying to make things smoother all around to ultimately enhance the overall food experience.  Let’s face it, everything changes, and I think these changes are for the better.  Okay, busy day ahead, time to get to it.  See you at noon.

TODAY’S UberFact: Che Guevara and Fidel Castro raised their national literacy rate from 60% to 96% within one year.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints play a home & home with the Sherwood Park Crusaders this weekend, Friday night in Sherwood Park, Saturday night at the Grant Fuhr Arena in Spruce Grove, puck drop both nights, 7pm.    Stats:  2 GP 1G 0A. +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Spicy Sausage Penne  $10.50

Mushroom Beef Fusilli $10.50

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 9, 2014
by Gerry
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Tuesday

TODAY’S UberFact: The “ice cream” you see in ice cream ads is often mashed potatoes because they will not melt during production.

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints play a home & home with the Sherwood Park Crusaders this weekend, Friday night in Sherwood Park, Saturday night at the Grant Fuhr Arena in Spruce Grove, puck drop both nights, 7pm.    Stats:  2 GP 1G 0A. +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Cheese & Spinach Raviolli w/Tomato Sauce $10.50

Penne Alfredo $10.50

Linguine w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Linguine w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Cream of Mushroom

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00

September 8, 2014
by Gerry
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It’s A Great Day For Change

Well, this was a hell of a weekend for Edmonton and not in a great way to be honest with you.  First the Soul less Stampeders came up from Calgary and thumped the Eskimos, sweeping the season series 3-0.  If that wasn’t bad enough, Jim Prentice won the Progressive Conservative Leadership and is now the new Premier of Alberta…he’s from Calgary.  Oh well, kudos to Thomas Lukaszuk who ran a great campaign in what is a very dark time for the PC’s in Alberta.  If nothing else, he still has amazing hair.  Seriously, have you seen it?  His hair alone got my vote….I had a busy weekend as well, making some changes here at the cafe which take effect today.  The biggest change is we are doing away with the two portion size pastas.  So all sizes are bigger than the half portion, smaller than the full portion and include the house salad or the caesar salad, with garlic toast, $10.50.  There is no more ranch dressing as well.  The panini combos also went up in price to $10.95 but also include the house salad or caesar salad. Individual panini are now $8.00.  The biggest driving force behind all of this is the fact that food prices have gone up 4% across the board and I held off raising prices substantially for as long as I could.  Keep in mind, the quality of the food is some of the best you will find anywhere and I don’t take short cuts on anything we prepare.  I feel quite strongly about the quality of my food and what is charged for it.  As well, the portion adjustments are just another way to make our process simpler to serve you so that you’re not spending more time than you need to in line. I trust you’ll find these changes fair and justified. I’m also starting a new feature here on the site….Ronald McDonald House is holding their annual golf tournament today at the Edmonton Petroleum Club.  We just happen to have one of our Private Catered Dinners For 10 on their auction table.  So if by chance you are participating in the tournament and the auction afterwards, keep your ears open as Danny Hooper will be emceeing the auction. Bid large my friends as all proceeds raised go to the Ronald McDonald House here in Edmonton, and they are close personal friends of mine.  Capisce? (That’s Italian for “understand”)  Plus, you could have my devilishly handsome self cooking up a feast for you and 9 of your friends in your home.  As you may or may not know, last week we hired our first male employee. Mr. Isaac Farrah of the Spruce Grove Saints.  Isaac is in his second season with the Saints, and so I think it will be fun to keep tabs on our new favorite Saints player. Truth be told, he is our first ever favorite Saints player. The “Isaac Farrah Watch” will be under the daily  UberFact.  Yes, it’s the first day of the rest of our lives! See you at noon.

TODAY’S UberFact: The Honey Badger is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Most Fearless Creature.”

Isaac Farrah Watch: The Saints opened the season with a home & home against the Whitecourt Wolverines. They lost 4-3 Friday on the road and won 5-4 at home on Saturday.  Isaac was:  2 GP 1G 0A. +2

THE PASTAS: includes Garden Salad w/House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Caesar Salad & Garlic Toast

Baked Pasticcio w/Tomato Sauce $10.50

Mushroom Cream Rotini $10.50

Linguine w/Meat Sauce $10.50

Linguine w/Tomato Sauce $10.00

TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15

Italian Wedding

THE SIDES:

Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25

Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50

TODAY’S DOLCE:

Tiramisu $3.00