July 28, 2014
Wow, well that was a crazy 10 days. Taste of Edmonton wrapped up on Saturday night and it was great. The weather during Taste was a bit of an issue for all of us, especially on Friday but overall, a pretty decent turnout. Not sure yet what the final turnout was, but I’m certain it was around the 500,000 mark. As I look back, nothing but awesome thoughts and memories created. First off, my partners in crime, Paolo Pucci and Rocco Saad. We had each other in stitches and at times probably wanted to put one of us in stitches. They were also a big reason why we were named Most Congenial Customer Service Award Winners at Taste of Edmonton. We all did our best to make sure anyone that came to our booth had a fun experience. A big thank you has to go to Miss Kim Quibell, she helped out immensely with doing so many runaround trips for us. The A-team of Aline, Angie and Amanda back at the cafe kept things running smoothly. A big part of what makes Taste of Edmonton so much fun is your neighbor vendors. This year when I had the chance to select a booth next to The Lingnan, I was all over it. It makes it that much easier to get that tasty Dry Spicy Chicken. Oh sure we were all hacking up a lung due to the chili spice in the oil that would burn and get into the air. However, I had the pleasure of meeting Miles Quon and Ajit Nakhwa last year, and being able to spend 10 days next to them, well worth the hacking lungs. Plus, Mandy, (Miles sister/Ajit’s wife) was always bringing us treats. We also had Three Amigos on our other side. Alfredo Rosales and his staff were a treat to work beside and they made some tasty Churros. Yes, 10 days, all kinds of sights, sounds and smells. Oh and the people watching is pretty amazing there. You ladies sure like your lulu lemons. In any case, it was a great event, and planning now begins for next year. Let’s see how this plays out. For now, it’s back to work for a couple of days and then, I’m taking off for a few days until after the August long weekend. See you at noon.
We also ( more like me really) decided our official song of Taste was “Hideaway” by Kiezsa.
TODAY’S UberFact: The U.S. has 115,000 janitors, 83,000 bartenders, 323,000 restaurant servers, and 80,000 heavy-duty truck drivers with bachelor’s degrees.
THE PASTAS: includes garden salad w/ House Balsamic Vinaigrette or Ranch & Garlic Toast –Add Caesar Salad $0.50
Jumbo Raviolli $8.45 Half $11.45 Full
Mushroom Cream Linguine $8.45 Half $11.45 Full
Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce $8.45 Half $11.45 Full
Spaghetti w/Tomato Sauce $7.50 Half $10.50 Full
TODAY’S SOUPS: Includes Garlic Toast Small $4.70 Large $6.15
Saintly Good Meatballs $1.25
Sensational Spicy Sausages $1.50