CITY LIFE STYLE S A S K AT O O N
DECEMBER 2013 ISSUE 5 VOLUME 2
’TIS THE SEASON FOR LOCALLY MADE GIFTS, CHRISTMAS CONCERTS, HOLIDAY TIPPLERS & MORE!
RISQUÉ RETROSPECTIVE A TIMELESS EVENT AT MERCEDES-BENZ
IVY LEAGUE DINING FREESTYLE IN THE WAREHOUSE DISTRICT
UKRAINIAN YULETIDE AUTHOR MARION MUTALA ON HER FAMILY’S CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS
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editor’s notes The Season that Catches You in a Soft Spot
My mother-in-law Lilia arrived recently from Severodonetsk, Ukraine, late at night on a cold, blustery Saturday. The snow was falling as my wife, daughter and I got to the airport to pick her up. She’d just spent a gruelling 20 hours hopping through four international airports. At first I wasn’t thinking of Christmas or the holidays but there under those welcoming banners at the airport, the meaning of Christmas hit home as never before, sharing a hug with these three girls. I felt the spirit of the season, a celebration of family, togetherness and joy. Long periods of dark at this time of year mean we gather more indoors and get close to loved ones; there’s less of the urgency to do anything but slow down. It’s why bears hibernate in the winter and other animals huddle together to keep warm. It’s in our nature. This month is our annual gift issue, and in it this year we decided to go for things that are locally made, or as close to local as possible. Prairie folk
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spend a lot of time indoors in the winter and the results speak for themselves: left-brained people in Saskatoon work to restore vintage cars (or so it seems) and the right-brained make birch baskets, music, ornaments of blown glass, ceramic mugs and jewellery out of old silverware. It’s gorgeous and, best of all, supporting them helps us all. Another thing we tend to do at this time of year is sing. Whether in choirs or just to celebrate the holidays, we like to raise our voices in song; the city’s many choirs and choruses speak to that. Check p. 12 for a full list of Christmas concerts in and around Saskatoon. Many of them will take place in churches and venues across the downtown, but don’t forget to keep your ears peeled in local malls or even around the neighbourhood. Show some spirit and make merry this holiday season! Speaking of making merry then, December ends with that great party to end the year, New Year’s Eve (p. 14). It’s a chance to reflect on what we’ve achieved, where we’ve been and where we will be in another year’s time. My mother-in-law will no longer be in the city a year from today, but she’s here now and that’s what matters most anyway. Happy holidays to you and yours from everyone at flow magazine!
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2213 Inc. house numbers (MB), $28–30 (set of four) from Area Home+Lifestyle (249 2nd Ave. South; Arealifestyle.ca). Abbott wine bottle cozy (US), $14.50, from Modern Country Interiors (810 Broadway Ave.; Moderncountryinteriors.com). Pela case (Saskatoon; Pelacase.com) iPhone case made from flax straw, $4, available at The Better Good (640 Broadway Ave.; Thebettergood.com) and Escape Sports (110 19th St. West; Escapesports.ca). The Trading Post (226 2nd Ave. South; Saskatoontradingpost.com).
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MERCEDES-BENZ A TIMELESS affair for the Pink Wig Foundation By Mandy Pravda
DISTINCTION IN THE IVY KITCHEN Chef Matthew Sutherland: freestyle flavour By Paul Miazga
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MERRY UKRAINIAN CHRISTMAS! From kutya to koliadky, it’s all about family By Marion Mutala
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Lights, Camera, Premiere!
Tequila Nightclub and Fahrenheit Films kicked off a much anticipated red carpet launch party with style & panache
in vintage dresses and gorgeous leather on the red carpet. It was a fashionista showcase as camera flashes clicked, guests sampled complimentary beverages by LB Distillers and scintillating hors d’oeuvres, while many familiar faces from elite social circles strode in looking very sleek, chic and sophisticated. The screening of Nightclub Confidential ended with a roar of applause and showed that there is nothing easy about being a club owner in Saskatoon. The show highlights the stumbling blocks and moments of chaos behind the scenes, giving all a much greater appreciation for the hard work that goes into making each evening at the nightclub a success. And as champagne flowed in celebration of the event and its success, invitees looking for a reason to show off their swanky new dancing shoes did not leave disappointed.
Text by Mandy Pravda Photos by Mark Tiu The premiere of the first episode of Nightclub Confidential on Oct. 23 had Saskatoon buzzing with anticipation. This six-part, half-hour documentary series produced by City Saskatchewan chronicles the trials and tribulations of Saskatoon’s Tequila Nightclub owners Simon Papadopoulos and Bryan “Chunk” Pawlachuk as they try to bring the big city club scene to small city Saskatchewan. It’s captivating viewing with a story that unfolds in what was once the hottest club in Saskatoon and the struggles the owners endured over the past year. In Tequila Nightclub those struggles were nowhere to be found during the premiere as gentleman in loafers, collars and cologne escorted ladies
Directed by Saskatoon’s Antonio Hrynchuk, NIGHTCLUB CONFIDENTIAL episodes will be available for national online viewing at www.citytv.com/saskatchewan/ The series is produced by Fahrenheit Films for City Saskatchewan. Producers: Antonio Hrynchuk, Karen Parhar, Eric Michael Perez. Production Executive, City Saskatchewan, Rogers Broadcasting: Will Dixon. Maygen Kardash with husband Tyler Dunn.
1. Chantel Jade Fehr (right) with friend. 2. Paige Love, Cary Bowman and Madison Bailey. 3. Holly Decker and Isaac Howe. 4. Jeff Rogstad and Susan Busse. 5. Mitch Gavin and Gina-Marie Wirt. 6. Chantal Hounjet and Claude Hounjet. 7. Brian “Chunk” Pawlachuk, Tony Hrynchuk and Simon Papadopoulos. 8. Danica Kimberly and Mandy Pravda. 9. Lisa Hallum, Jon Aschenbrenner and Erin Crooks. 10. Friends pose on the red carpet. 11. Tricia Steele Kangles and Tasos Kangles. 10
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The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon Various showtimes; tickets from $35 In this comedy by Saskatchewan’s W.O. Mitchell, small-town shoemaker and avid curler Wullie will do anything to win The Brier, including making a deal with the devil. In the final match, with his soul hanging in the balance, Wullie and his team must take on the Devil and his minions in an after-life draw to the house. Persephone Theatre (100 Spadina Cres. East, 306-384-7727; persephonetheatre.org)
Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave., 306-934-1477; broadwaytheatre.ca) Dec. 8: Tonight It’s Poetry presents Buddy Wakefield (8pm; ticket prices TBA) Dec. 20: The Saskatoon Soaps improv comedy troupe (9pm; tickets $12)
Aga-Boom Various showtimes; tickets $25 Created by Cirque Du Soleil veteran Dimitri Bogatirev, this imaginative whirlwind of sophisticated physical comedy and wild chases leads to lots of entertainment for the kids. It’s an explosion of pure fun that crosses all language barriers and has delighted more than 500,000 people worldwide. Tickets available at Persephone Theatre (306-384-7727; persephonetheatre.org) Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave.)
7pm; tickets from $12 The Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the U of S proudly presents this documentary by David Chan about the challenges involved in being involved in a start-up. The film features Saskatoon’s Jayesh Parmar of Picatic fame. For tickets, visit picatic. com/dayjobdocsaskatoon. Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. West, 306-975-7610)
LIVE MUSIC Amigo’s Cantina (806 Dufferin Ave., 306-652-4912;
amigos25.ca). All shows at 10pm; tickets $12 unless otherwise noted. Dec. 6: Six Moons Later with Brendan Flaherty, Silent Sea and Hello Lady Dec. 7: The Pistolwhips with All Mighty Voice Dec. 10: Church Of Misery with Wizard Rifle ($15) Dec. 13: Autopilot with guests Dec. 14: The Karpinka Brothers with Smokekiller Dec. 20: Bear Witness, Eekwol, Tara Williamson, Nick Sherman and Ryan McMahon Dec. 21: Close Talker with guests Dec. 26: MoMarley with guests Dec. 27: The Rebellion with guests Dec. 28: Band Swap VIII (9:30pm)
The Bassment (202 4th Ave. North, 306-683-2277;
thebassment.ca) Dec. 5: John Bryant with Sykamore (8pm; tickets $15/ members $12)
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Dec. 6: 2nd Annual Saskatoon Foodbank Pianothon (9pm; admission by donation of non-perishable food items). Performers include Bryn Becker, Jesse Brown, Maurice Drouin, Irene Elliot, Martin Janovsky and others. Dec. 7: The Toon Town Big Band with Donna Hay (9pm; $20/$15) Dec. 8: Meaghan Smith (8pm; $25/$20) Dec. 13: Tim Williams with Brian McAreavey (9pm; $23/$17) Dec. 14–15: Maurice Drouin’s Jazzy Christmas (9pm, Dec. 14; 2:30pm, Dec. 15; $20/$15). Featuring Tatrina Tai and others. Dec. 20: Karnell & Friends (9pm; $23/$17) Dec. 21: Vesti & The Vexations (9pm; $20/$15). Dec. 27: The Barrelmen (9pm; $20/$15). Dec. 28: The Bob Klassen Octet with Grant Currie (9pm; $20/$15).
O’Brians Event Centre (211 2nd Ave. South, 1-866973-9614; theodeon.ca) Dec. 9: Machine Gun Kelly with Romero Dinero,
Sun29 Gerry Dee 7:30pm; tickets from $47.25 The schoolteacher turned funnyman and star of the CBC comedy “Mr. D” takes his comedy tour on the road. Expect lots of laughs and some wise witticisms on kids, the classroom, parenting and more. TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306975-7610; tcutickets.ca) Word Merchants, Dylan G and Dayda Banks (8pm; tickets $40/VIP $70) Dec. 10: Monster Truck with guests (8pm; tickets $25.25) Dec. 13: “Winter White Party” with FEATURECAST (9pm; tickets $30)
Prairie Ink Restaurant (3130 8th St. East, 306-955-3599; mcnallyrobinson.com). All performances at 8pm; free admission. Dec. 6: Neil Hendry Dec. 7: Wayne Bargen Dec. 13: Wires ‘n’ Wood Dec. 14: Doug Boomhower Trio Dec. 20: The Standards Trio Dec. 21: Jennifer Jane Dec. 27: The Nobles Dec. 28: The Lost Keys with Wendy Thompson Spadina Freehouse (608 Spadina Cres. East, 306-6681000; thefreehouse.com/spadina) Vangelis Tavern (801 Broadway Ave., 306-652-5173)
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7pm; tickets $20/family of 4 $70
Saskatoon’s own Little Opera on the Prairie Inc. (LOOP) presents Engelberg Humperdinck’s classic adaptation of the Grimm Brothers fairytale about the two siblings who go off into the forest and fall prey to an evil witch. Sung in English by unsung operatic upand-comers Alicia Woynarski (mezzo soprano) as Hansel, Laurien Gibson (soprano) as Gretel, Lindsay Gable (mezzo-soprano) as the Witch and Garry Gable (bass-baritone) as the Father. Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave., 306-934-1477; broadwaytheatre.ca)
Shaggy 7:30pm; tickets $25/VIP $45
It’s the chance to see a legend in the world of music! “Mr. Boombastic” is the man behind this and many other big R’n’B hits such as “It Wasn’t Me”, “Hey Sexy Lady” and “Angel.” Opening will be hip-hop artist Rayvon. Lively music that you can groove to.
7pm; tickets $20/VIP $40 Brandon Cole “Bam” Margera is an American professional skateboarder, television and film personality who won his fame in MTV’s Jackass crew. Catch his hard-rocking live performance and enjoy the tongue-in-cheek lyrics inspired by his truly bizarre life story. Opening are Wilson and Kissing Candice.
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O’Brians Event Centre (211 2nd Ave. South)
Kocheda Winter Music Festival 9pm; tickets from $69.95/VIP $119.95
In the language of the Inuit, kocheda means “new snow,” but hopefully there won’t be much on the roads leading into or out of the parkade at this massive DJ music event. Featuring headliner Deadmau5 of Montreal and American hip-hop artist 2Chainz, it’s a party that bills itself as a holiday celeberation of new snow. Go test the hype. Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.; tickets.saskatoonex.com)
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New Year’s Eve The Bellamy Brothers 9pm; tickets $45 Ring in the New Year in style and with some classic hits! The Bellamy Brothers, Howard and David, have enjoyed enormous success for decades but their star first rose back in the 1970s with their crossover No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Top 100 Pop and Country charts, “Let Your Love Flow.” Among their more than one dozen chart-topping singles is “If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me).” Dakota Dunes Casino (20 min. South on Hwy 219, 306-477-7722; dakotadunescasino.com)
Platinum Blonde 7pm; tickets $34.50/VIP $64.50 Remember these Canadian glam rockers from the 1980s? “It Doesn’t Really Matter,” “Crying Over You” and “Situation Critical”: just a few of the reasons Platinum Blonde are celebrating their 30-year anniversary tour. Their New Year’s Eve bash will also feature local cover band Night Train and guests. O’Brians Event Centre (211 2nd Ave. South, 1-866-973-9614; theodeon.ca)
New Year’s in New Orleans 9pm; tickets $55/members $45 Festive Saskatoon bands The Crawdaddios, Zyde-GoGo and Dr. Don & The Black Mambas come together for a New Year’s Eve celebration just like in the Big Easy, only without the alligators! Great music, food, drink and dancing. Entrance includes party favours, an authentic midnight New Orleans meal, champagne and the chance to cut a rug in style. The Bassment (202 4th Ave. North, 1-866973-9614; thebassment.ca)
New Year’s Eve House Party 9pm; tickets $20 in advance; $25 at the door The biggest house party in the city is set to go down at the Exhibition Grounds (aka Prairieland Park) where the unknown DJ Anchor and rock band Men Without Shame will play. Happy hour drink prices of $5 all night and a personalized red cup mean it should be fun for anyone with a thirst for 4/4 beats and cheap alcohol. Prairieland Park (503 Ruth St.; tickets.saskatoonex.com)
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7:30pm; tickets from $50 The work of Canadian actor and musician Tom Jackson to end hunger is well-known. Canadian artists George Canyon, One More Girl, Beverley Mahood and Shannon Gaye join him in The Huron Carole, a concert series that helps spread awareness about food security and raise funds to help local food banks. TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-975-7610; tcutickets.ca)
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Vinyl Café Christmas Concert 7:30pm; tickets from $32.50 Canada’s favourite storyteller, Stuart McLean, has just launched his eleventh book, “Time Now For The Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange,” and he comes to Saskatoon as part of his cross-continental Christmas tour with more stories of Morley, Dave and the gang. This year’s concert will feature the Juno Awardwinning trio The Good Lovelies.
Handel’s Messiah 2:30pm; tickets $30
The Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra and the charming Maestro Victor Sawa continue the tradition of presenting Handel’s glorious “Messiah” with its uplifting “Hallelujah Chorus” as sung by Chelsea Mahan (soprano), Alicia Woynarski (mezzo-soprano), Michael Harris TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-975-7610; (tenor), Dominic Gregorio (baritone) and the Saskatoon Chamber tcutickets.ca) Singers (James Hawn, director). An amazing event not to be missed. For tickets call 306-975-7799 or visit saskatoonsymphony.org. Third Avenue Centre (302 3rd Ave. North)
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS Dec. 1: Eclipse Christmas Concert (7:30pm; tickets $22). At the Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave., 306-9341477; broadwaytheatre.ca) Dec. 6: The Nylons Christmas Concert (7:30pm; tickets $37). At the Roxy Theatre (320 20th St. West). Presented by Third Avenue Centre (TAC). Tickets available by calling 306-384-7727 or at persephonetheatre.org. Dec. 7: Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra—Holiday Gospel Spectacular (7:30pm; tickets from $11). At TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-975-7610; tcutickets.ca) Dec. 8: Noel Favourites by the Prairie Notes Community Choir (Cathy Donahue, director) with special guests Joy of Vox choir (7pm; tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door). At the Biggar Majestic Theatre (60 min. west on Hwy 14). Tickets available at the Biggar Museum, De Moissac Jewellers (Biggar) and from choir members. Dec. 8, 13: There Shall A Star with the Saskatoon Men’s Chorus (7:30pm; tickets $20/children 12 and under free). Sun: Knox United Church (838 Spadina Cres. East); Wed: West Portal Church (3134 33rd St. West). For tickets, call 306-955-5616 or visit Saskatoonmenschorus.ca. Dec. 10–11: Knights of Columbus Carol Festival (7:30pm; tickets $10). At TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-9757610; tcutickets.ca) Dec. 12: Holy Chit–Reviving the Spirit Music Festival for Cancer (7pm; ticket prices TBA). Presented by Willow
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Cree Broadcasting. At the Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave., 306-934-1477; broadwaytheatre.ca) Dec. 13: The Spirit of Christmas featuring Henri Loiselle and Martin Janovsky (8pm; ticket prices TBA). At the Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Ave., 306-934-1477; broadwaytheatre.ca) Dec. 13–16: Elim Christmas Celebration featuring guest artist Kevin Pauls, the Elim Church Choir and full symphony orchestra (various times; tickets $15). At Elim Church (419 Slimmon Road, 306-374-1700; elimchristmas.com) Dec. 20–21: Christmas Memories presented by the Saskatoon Fireside Singers (7:30pm; tickets from $30). At TCU Place (35 22nd St. East, 306-975-7610; tcutickets.ca)
OTHER EVENTS Dec. 6–7: Winter Wonders Handmade Market (Friday 4–10pm, Sat 10am–5pm; free admission). More than 30 vendors and free refreshments. At St. Joseph’s Parish hall (535 8th St. East). Flockandgather.blogspot.com Through Dec 24: Holiday Small Works Show (Tue–Sat 11am–5pm; free admission). Small works for the holiday season (paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, glass, ceramics and furniture) by gallery artists. At Darrell Bell Gallery (405-105 21st St. East; darrellbellgallery.com). Through Jan. 11: BHP Billiton Enchanted Forest Holiday Light Tour (open daily 5:30 – 11pm; $8/person or $30/ vehicle). At the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park (off Attridge Dr.) Enchanted-forest.org
‘Tis the season of cozy sweaters, all things candy cane-flavoured, novelty gift giving, gatherings with loved ones, justifiably increased electric bills and maybe a few celebratory beverages to overcome said electric bill. Many things bring on those festive feelings, but none as compelling as the music to set the mood. We can always rely on the tried-and-true holiday classics and soundtracks during this joyful season. However, after hearing Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” one hundred times in a few weeks (with all due respect to Mr. Crosby), it’s nice to have options to freshen up the playlist. Saskatchewan singer/songwriter Jeffery Straker, who just released a new holiday single “Comin’ Home For Christmas,” comments, “(The music) is kind of evergreen in a sense... It comes back every year for a month, and then goes away for the next 11.” Mike Harmel of Regina band Government Town also recently released a seasonal track called “Christmas Song.” “Fans of holiday music tend to gravitate toward the classics, as they serve as (pleasant) reminders of past holiday seasons,” Harmel says. It’s a valid point being that this time of year is, after all, based mostly on tradition; it makes sense that people are drawn to old favourites. You might think this would pose a challenge when it comes to releasing new holiday songs, or even in re-recording a classic, but Straker has discovered otherwise after a few themed performances. “It seems fans do want a mix of holiday classics, plus new, original tunes,” he says. Harmel agrees, adding that, “When a new holiday song connects with people, it does not take long for it to become a classic as well.” Both artists agree that, regardless of what event you’re celebrating at this time of year, music is integral to getting into the spirit of things. “Holiday music talks about the important and familiar parts of the holidays. Having it playing reminds people of a lot of the great things (about the season),” says Straker. “Music brings people together, as do the holidays,” Harmel says. “Without holiday music some of the magic of the season would be lost.” Head to www.saskmusic.org to hear holiday tracks from these and many other Saskatchewan artists past and present. On behalf of SaskMusic, Happy Holidays and cheers to the New Year! SaskMusic (www.saskmusic.org) represents, promotes and develops the commercial music industry of our province with programming including career advice, artist listings, workshops, marketing, networking opportunities and more. Our artists and music professionals hail from across the province, and work in pretty much every genre you can imagine.
Beaumont Film & Record (100-220 3rd Ave. South; on Facebook) Shooting Guns, “Brotherhood of the Ram” 78 LP, $20 Phonographique (Saskatoon) Two-track flexi-disc, free
Handmade House (710 Broadway Ave; Handmadehousesk.com) Arlis MacNeill (Meota, SK) Fired glass bottle stoppers, $20/ea.
Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (414 Ave. B South; Saskatoonfarmersmarket.com) living sky winery (Perdue, SK; Livingskywinery.com) “Romeo” Port-style wine from Saskatchewan cherries, $35
Santa’s Holiday Helpers! Text by Mike Tory It’s exciting here in Saskatoon! It seems like every week another bar or restaurant is opening with promises of bringing us something new! One of our most recent additions has arrived with full fanfare, including the assertion that they will be bringing classic cocktails to the city “as never done here before!” So that got me thinking surely Saskatoon must have its own “classic” that these guys just don’t know about? What is our “Manhattan”? Is there some gem hidden in the history books? Well, trawling through the annuls of Saskatoon time, I discovered the first bar opened here in 1899, but was swiftly closed down by the Temperance gang a year later, with little time to create a cocktail legacy. Other outfits came and went: the Windsor, the Iroquois, the Flanagan, the Empire…all great names for a cocktail, but sadly all lacking an inspired barman to create the eponymous beverage. Not even our glorious Bessborough has such an offering despite arriving in the city during the golden age of cocktails! So, as luck would have it, it falls to us to spawn a legacy… a task made easier by the fact that we now have some incredible products being created in our
own backyard! Here are a couple of suggestions from us, but feel free to create your own!
Broadway Belle 3oz (150ml) Living Sky Rhubarb wine 3oz (150ml) sparkling wine or Champagne 1 cube raw sugar 3 drops aromatic bitters A take on the classic Champagne cocktail! Pour the bitters onto the sugar, place in a fluted glass, and add the rhubarb wine and champers. A delicious Christmas morning treat!
The Saskatoon! 2oz (100ml) The Gambit Gin (LB Distillers) 1oz (50ml) LB Distillers Saskatoon berry Liqueur A splash of Ginger ale This surely would have been a favourite in the Bessborough during the 30s! Shake ingredients over ice and pour into a chilled martini glass. Mike Tory is a professional sommelier and the Ingredients Artisan Market wine guy. He has written for Wine Spectator and CellarTracker.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
gift ideas Photos by Mark Tiu, Paul Miazga, Olga Bondarenko and Iryna Matsiuk
Gifting Local! Sometimes it seems like everything is made in China: your iPhone, your TV, your scented candles, your winter coat, your holiday decorations, etc. Then you look around and poke your nose into myriad shops and markets about the city and there they are: gorgeous pieces of jewellery or other wonderful crafts made by hands you once shook, by people you’ve probably met in Kiwanis Park by the river. Real people, in other words. This year we say give local—doing so just feels good!
Felted necklace, $35 (Heike Fink, Prud’homme, SK) Handmade House (710 Broadway Ave; Handmadehousesk.com)
Blown glass ornaments, $28/ea. Berting Glass (Cupar, SK) Handmade House (710 Broadway Ave; Handmadehousesk.com)
Stylized owl cloth backpack, $35 River Nile Oriental Foods & Handcrafts (Ebitsam Elsheikh, Saskatoon; 306-382-0876) Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (414 Ave. B South; Saskatoonfarmersmarket.com)
French press cozy, $40 (Stephanie Canning, Saskatoon) Affinity Gallery Gift Shop (813 Broadway Ave.; Saskcraftcouncil.org/gallery.php)
Building block sets, $14–60 (4–35 blocks) “Uncle” (US) Lifestyles by Darrell Bell Gallery (103-105 21st St. East; on Facebook)
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Christmas greeting cards, $4.95 (Ryan Bradshaw, Saskatoon) Twig & Squirrel’s Wild Goods (502 20th St. West; on Facebook)
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Upcycled silver fork necklace, $35 Harvest Moon Antiques (Valery Martin, Meacham, SK; Harvestmoonantiques.ca)
Fired dichoric glass bracelet, $35 (Devin Bradburn, Saskatoon) Headdress earrings, $15/pair (Maxine Thomas, Saskatoon) Peppermint-olive baby/body soap, $7.50/ea. (Riverstone Studios’ Eco Body Care, Craik, SK) Twig & Squirrel’s Wild Goods (502 20th St. West; on Facebook)
Beeswax candles, from $8.95 (Gwen Fehr, Hague, SK) Handmade House (710 Broadway Ave; Handmadehousesk. com)
Ceramic soap dish, $22 Mud Magic (Lois Klassen, Saskatoon; 306-373-5947) Sole Butter foot cream, $10 EarthWear Face & Body Products (Tammy Bessant, North Battleford, SK; Earthwearbody.com) Saskatoon Farmers’ Market (414 Ave. B South; Saskatoonfarmersmarket.com)
Local non-fiction about the city’s music scene, “Exile Off Main Street”, $15 (Craig Silliphant et al, Saskatoon) Beaumont Film & Record (100-220 3rd Ave. South; on Facebook)
Lined cloth handbag with inside pockets, $25 (Shirley Rizoa, Saskatoon) River Landing Craft Market
Hand-carved soapstone bison paperweight, $100 (Darren Cowen, Saskatoon) Twig & Squirrel’s Wild Goods (502 20th St. West; on Facebook)
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A Risqué Journey of the Twentieth Century So how do fashion and cars relate? Perfection, innovation and style–that’s the link between top class fashion and Mercedes-Benz. Combining the gorgeous, sexy and inspirational designs of MercedesBenz vehicles with a fashion event such as TIMELESS is something that has never been seen before in Saskatoon. Mercedes-Benz of Saskatoon and
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Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival presented a risqué journey through the most exquisite boudoirs of the twentieth century in support of The Pink Wig Foundation–a local nonprofit organization that raises money for cancer patients and their families in Saskatoon and the surrounding area. The foundation was created in honour of Tracy Dihn as a way for her loved ones to give back to
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As an event, TIMELESS was pure perfection in every way as elements of fire, ice, smoke and lights set a dramatic mood. The showroom at Mercedes-Benz Saskatoon came to life as the doors opened to prepare the audience to experience the style of decades from the 1920s, 1960s, 1980s and the unforgettable 1990s. With C95â€™s Shauna Foster (above left) as the host and looking timeless as always, the evening started on a high note. A hush came over the crowd as Anna Seibel and Mike Prebble (below left) stepped onto the runway to act out a scene right out of a local train station in the 1920s: a timeless occurrence between two passers by suggesting attraction, seduction and deception. Throughout the evening each of the four decades were introduced by the actors, creating and setting the tone of the dancing and fashion to follow. Braiden Stevenson and Andrea Fontaine (right) captivated the crowd as they toured through the centuries with a swing in their step, lifts that left audience members breathless, and chemistry that kept everyone in suspense. Transforming for each decade, the pair sizzled with energy and heightening the history that followed on the runway.
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Now we turn up the heat! 40 models hit the runway looking sensual, elegant and with a twist on erotic. There was something for everyone; each model had their own unique look, from a romantic wave in the hair to Laurie Brown’s take on the “Madonna” coned bra. Styles from each era were defined and captivated onlookers; the history of women’s intimates unfolded in TIMELESS elegance.
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A huge thank you to the team that made this event possible! Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Saskatoon Creative Directors Mandy Pravda Jacqueline Conway Claire Underhill Candace Fox Kate Mathews Michael Wyant Fashion Stylists Nicole Romanoff
Jennifer Machnee Maegan Macintosh Laura Langen Backstage Paula from Masala Model & Talent All our lovely models Actors Anna Seibel Mike Prebble Dancers Braiden Stevenson
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Jan. 10: Tusq/StaQatto (416 21st St. East)
Feb. 7: Earl’s Bacchus Lounge (610 2nd Ave. North)
Mar. 14: The Woods Ale House (128 2nd Ave. North)
Apr. 11: Il Salici Ristorante at The Willows (382 Cartwright St.) May 9: Weczeria Food & Wine (820 Broadway Ave.)
June 6: Beily’s Ultralounge Patio 2 0 1 3 : A r e t r o s p e c t ive
On January 10, 2013, at StaQatto Lounge, Freeflow Thursdays by Mane Productions began a series of primetime networking events for young professionals in iconic local establishments for a few casual hours of socializing in a fun, energizing atmosphere!
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July 11: Saboroso Brazilian Steakhouse Patio (2600 8th St. East)
Aug. 22: The Prairie Lily (Shearwater River Cruises)
Sept. 11: Mediterranno (119 3rd Ave. South)
Oct. 17: The Saskatoon Club (417 21st St. East)
Nov. 21: The Bell ‘n Whistle (243 2nd Ave. South)
Be sure to look for photos of yourself and friends from these exciting events on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FreeflowThursdaysByManeProduction) and in upcoming issues of flow! Also: post recommendations of venues you would like us to work with and find people you have met during one of our events. We also encourage comments from businesses, plus ideas to make them come alive on the page. Tickets for each venue are limited. To reserve your FREE ticket, please visit www.picatic.com and don’t miss out!
A Christmas Charity House Party: Vote 2 Build (431 Kloppenburg St.) From 8pm-LATE!
Great music, tasty promotional beverages and finger food, plus a stimulating environment where conversation and ideas flow freely! To help raise awareness and funds, Freeflow Thursdays by Mane Productions will host a Christmas House Party in the Vote 2 Build home! Vote 2 Build is aligned with The Princess Shop (www.theprincessshop.ca), a non-profit organization in Saskatoon. Proceeds from the project will be used to award two $5,000 scholarships to deserving young women who are entering the trades industry. DJ Clyde (Deep Entertainment) and DJ Linz (Outfyt Entertainment) will fill the house with music and create a warm, inviting atmosphere. Tickets for this event will be by donation: www.picatic.com/freeflowdonate. Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone; we hope to see you there!
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Many great reasons to buy Sask-made fashions My goal this holiday season is to purchase as many locally made items for those on my gift list as possible. There are many great reasons to buy local: supporting our economy and people; reducing our carbon footprint. However, during my search for gifts, I discovered there’s another absolutely wonderful reason to buy local: Saskatchewan is full of talented artisans who are making the neatest items: 40+ of these crafty individuals sell their wares at Alchemy Clothing and Salon, everything from nail polish to apparel. I’m particularly dazzled by the jewellery and accessories designers! Here are some of my favourites: Melissa Squire Fashion Designs www.melissasquirefashiondesign.com In addition to her clothing line, Melissa also makes a line of accessories including statement necklaces, bow ties, cuffs, belts, purses and more. Most of her line is made from recycled items such as tires and records then embellished with studs and all sorts of radness. Tarnished Trinkets www.tarnishedtrinkets.com Originally from Comox, British Columbia, Tarnished Trinkets owner Paloma Joy has committed to environmentally conscious designs. She makes eyecatching pieces from reworked jewellery
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found in thrift shops and beach glass. Prairie Blossoms www.prairieblossoms.etsy.com Prairie Blossoms creator Lenora credits creating jewellery with helping her heal from an accident. The joy making pieces brings to her is surely shared by her customers. Dainty necklaces, earrings and bracelet are a whimsical mix of vintageinspired trinkets and colourful flows. Lu’nique Handbags & Belts Not only are Lu’nique handbags, belts and watches incredibly stylish and unique as the name implies, but the craftmanship of these genuine leather bags is impeccable. They are available in
an assortment of styles and colors. Made by Magic www.madebymagic14.blogspot.ca Steampunk-inspired, these necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets are intricately detailed with upcycled vintage watch pieces, keys, coins and other oddities. Every unique treasure has a story.
Earth Sisters Creations www.earthsisters.org Two sisters who share a passion for creating custom jewellery, they offer a variety of clay and resin pieces. Their handmade beads consist of fresh and dried flowers: a bride can have her bouquet turned into a bracelet so that she has her special day with her, always.
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food+drink Jerk marinade 1/4 yellow and red onions, chopped 3 large Jalapeño and 2 Scotch Bonnet or Habanero peppers, chopped 3 cloves garlic Zest and juice of 1 lime and orange 1/2 tsp (2.5g) each ginger, allspice, ground chipotle and cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp (1g) cinnamon Pinch of nutmeg and sage 1 tsp (5g) dry thyme, powdered hickory smoke 1 tbsp (30g) honey 1.5 tbsp (45g) brown sugar 1 oz. (50ml) dark rum
Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Grilled Pineapple Salsa by Matthew Sutherland
In high school back in Prince Albert, Matthew Sutherland pondered a career in architecture. He was good in maths and sciences, so it seemed the right way to go. But then he decided instead to take some time off and work for a bit. He could hardly have imagined that, ten years on, he would be running one of the finest dining rooms in the city. “I didn’t really choose to be a chef,” Sutherland says. In his own way, he just fell into cooking. After deciding to work after high school, Sutherland got his start at Montana’s doing all kinds of thankless little jobs but the leadership, team spirit and enthusiasm in that kitchen—and all others he’s worked at since—shaped and crafted his latent talent for food. Sutherland describes the other chefs he’s worked—Jeremy Baron, Kerwin Shatilla, Terry Schulhauser—as his “biggest influences”, but he also counts among these his brother Andrew
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Sutherland and his boss at The Ivy, Curtis Korchinski. “They have all played a huge roll in my creativity and knowledge,” he says. From Montana’s he went to Manos on 8th, just a stone’s throw away, then across the river to Tusq four years later for his first taste of downtown dining, learning everywhere he went. Since 2011, he’s become ensconced at The Ivy Dining & Lounge in the city’s warehouse district at 24th Street East and Ontario Avenue. As the executive chef at The Ivy, Sutherland gets lots of room to let a decade worth of ideas (and the hundreds of recipes he’s downloaded onto his Blackberry) infuse the menu, which changes quarterly. “It’s all about the food. I like to freestyle a lot with the ingredients,” he says, speaking specifically of sauces and marinades. “There are dozens of recipes out there so I like to put together things that will make the flavours really stand out.”
Text by Paul Miazga Photos by Greer Frances
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz. Use the blend to marinate the chicken supremes (breast with drumette attached) for 24 hours. Sear chicken in a frying pan on high heat for approximately 1 minute per side then transfer to a hot grill. Allow each side to cook for 5 minutes then flip and return to the grill at an angle. Place in a pre-heated oven (375F/180C) for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through. Finished the chicken with a grilled pineapple salsa and a grilled lime. Serve with pan-seared vegetables and rice.
Grilled Pineapple Salsa 1/4 pineapple, sliced and grilled 1/4 red onion, sliced and grilled 1/4 red pepper, finely diced 1/2 Jalapeño, finely diced Small bunch cilantro, chopped 1/2 oz. (25ml) rum Grill pineapple and onion then cool and dice. Add remaning ingredients and season.
A Celebration to Remember Text by Marion Mutala It’s as easy as one, two, three/odyn, dva, try. Ukrainian Christmas Eve—Sviat Vechir—with the traditional 12 dishes of a Ukrainian supper can be celebrated on December 24 or January 6. Our family has celebrated both days depending on when family members come home for the holidays. That is really the main purpose of the supper for Ukrainians: to celebrate love, faith, family, friends and good food. Many of the symbols or traditions of a Ukrainian Christmas have their roots in Christianity. To start the festivities, look for the first star in the east, like the wise men at the time of Jesus’ birth. A lit candle is then placed in the window to welcome the homeless or strangers, as is the candle in the kolach (bread centrepiece) on the table. A didukh, a sheaf of wheat bound by an embroidered ribbon, is brought into the room before the start of the meal as a reminder of the farming heritage shared by many Ukrainians. A bit of hay placed under the table symbolizes Jesus’ birth in a manger, and for fun the children get to look for the special candies and coins hidden in the straw after the meal is done. And we always made sure to leave an empty spot at the table, an empty place setting is always set at the Sviat Vechir table, to honour family members who have passed away. That’s it for decorations.
Then it’s time to start singing! The first song sung on Sviat Vechir/ Christmas Eve is “Boh predvichnyj na rodyvsia.” (“God eternal is born today.”) In general, the preparations are all rather simple. You do not have to be Ukrainian to celebrate Sviat Vechir and if you are not fortunate enough to have a good Ukrainian friend or get invited to their household, you can still celebrate (re-kindle?) these traditions with family and friends. Ukrainian Christmas celebrations are about the love of one’s faith, family, friends and food, not presents. That is why I love this holy night, this beautiful, meaningful celebration! After singing, gather around a table laden with plenty of food and smiling faces glowing in the candlelight. Numerous dishes—twelve in all to recount the 12 Apostles—can be placed on an embroidered tapestry draped along the table. Of the twelve dishes on the table none is made with meat other than fish. It is a Ukrainian tradition to take part in a forty-day fast before Christmas in anticipation of this night. Three loaves of round, braided kolach bread that have been stacked on top of each other are placed specially in the centre of the table, each shaped to reflect the circle of God’s unending love (they are always eaten later but not on Christmas Eve). The oldest person at the table speaks:
(Freshsheetnutrition.com) My Mom Sophie’s kutya recipe This is a very simple way to make kutya in a slow cooker: 6 cups of water 2 cups of wheat 2 tbsp honey ½ cup poppy seed (optional: chopped walnuts or apple pieces)
“The three loaves of the kolach represent the Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Next, the kutya—a sweet pudding made from whole boiled wheat and honey—is raised up: “The kutya represents prosperity, peace and good health.” Kutya is the first dish eaten at Ukrainian Christmas Eve and is often eaten from a common bowl as a symbol of unity. Some families still follow the tradition of throwing a spoonful of the sweet, syrupy stuff at the ceiling: the more wheat kernels that stick to the ceiling, the more prosperity the New Year will bring! In our family, the prospect of cleaning rugs and the ceil-
Steam the wheat in a slow cooker for 3-4 hours. Add the honey and cook about 30 minutes more or until wheat is cooked through. Add the poppy seeds, plus walnuts or apple pieces (if using) and set aside to cool. Place in a jar and keep refrigerated if not used (it can last up to a month).
ing means we just symbolically motion towards the ceiling with the kutya. We are superstitious and want the good luck and prosperity, but the prospect of cleaning kutya from the stucco made us think better of this tradition. Another bowl on the table is of uzvar, or God’s drink, a fruit compote traditionally made of twelve different kinds of fruit. It is served last as dessert. The other 10 dishes are foods that many people living in Saskatchewan have probably eaten before or at least seen. They are: the pyrohy and varenky (dumplings stuffed with plums or See 12 DISHES, p. 31
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Downtown Saskatoon has seen three unique gastropubs open this past year and all within walking distance of each other. Importantly, all have gluten-free menus. As a food lover with a gluten sensitivity, I’m happy to have more options.
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Woodfire Grill (152 2nd Avenue South): This is the smallest and most subdued of the three spots but it has the biggest selection of gluten-free eats—good news for diners (including two of the owner’s loved ones) who both have celiac disease and are unable to tolerate gluten. The welcoming fireplace upfront is a
helpful and knowledgeable. Congress has been open since May and offers local beer samplings. If you call ahead you can try five half-pints of different beers for $15, including their gluten-free beers. Next time I go I want to try the Granville Island maple cream ale (they were out the night a friend and I stopped by).
reprieve on cold December nights. My good friend and I quickly settled in here and we went for the hearty vegetable ratatouille with a side of house-made beet and parsnip chips—the chips perfect for a happy hour snack. We also shared the BBQ chicken burger on a gluten-free bun, salads with delicious homemade dressings, and glasses of warming pinot noir. The tapas-sized meals were tasty and filling, though some may find the serving bowls a little small. Personally, I like space to dig my fork around without food spilling over. We couldn’t skimp on dessert, and it was hard to resist my favourite, a classic crème brulée. It didn’t disappoint, creamy on the inside and sugar-crisped up top. The Drambuie-marinated fruit skewers covered in caramel sauce and sprinkled with icing sugar didn’t satisfy quite as much. I would’ve preferred the raw fruit to be caramelized, but overall the meal was gluten-free, the space warm and casual, and 100 percent satisfying. Congress Beer House (215 2nd Avenue South): Rustic and inviting describe this place—an unexpected and pleasant surprise for me. The food here blew me away too: it’s pub food but kicked up a few notches and full of gluten-free food and beer selections. I invited an old friend out and we started with the sea salt and smoked paprika potato chips with a sinful Sriracha aioli, plus baked brie with roasted garlic, candied nuts, sea salt and jam. Easily one of the prettiest, most delicious compositions I’ve ever had. We also had the “eat ya damn veggies” special: roasted, seasonal vegetables and the “twisted Greek” quinoa salad, along with a selection of beer and cocktails. Their Honey Nut Old Fashioned warmed me right up. The food here is simply delicious and the servers
Though more spacious than your typical pub, verging on restaurant size, Congress is my new favourite watering hole/eatery for sure. Bell ‘n Whistle Bar and Bistro (243 2nd Avenue South): The most pub-like of the three restaurants I visited this month, Bell ‘n Whistle is full of wood and brick accents in their décor and they offer a glutenfree menu as well. A great spot for drinks out with friends, Bell ‘n Whistle not only has an energetic vibe to it but also delights with food selections. I had heard the Caesars here are one of a kind so we each grabbed one, and extra spicy, of course. These drinks are appetizers in themselves since they are served with skewers of shrimp, cheese, garlic and olives. The rumours proved correct—one of the city’s best. As for actual food, we couldn’t resist the steamed, lemongrass-curried mussels. I’m glad we didn’t. The only thing lacking was more bread to soak up the flavour-packed sauce. My friend had the Mediterranean wrap while I caved and indulged in my idea of comfort food: a grilled Gruyere cheese and pear sandwich (with a beet and arugula salad on the side). Little touches here made the night seem that much more special, from being greeted at the door to the server writing her name on our napkin as a personal touch. I’m still dreaming of their Caesars. Maybe they’ll soon do delivery? Lynette Suchar is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga teacher who also works for the Saskatchewan Environmental Society as their communications coordinator. An inveterate foodie and traveller you may see her hanging out at the Saskatoon Farmers’ Market on weekends when it’s cold but sunny out. @mycreativefling
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Homestyle Italian food
EUROPEAN Aroma 405 20th St. East (Radisson Hotel), 306-667-
2358. Wood oven-fired pizzas, steaks and Mediterraneaninspired dishes, with vegan and gluten-free menu options. Open daily 6:30am–2pm and 4:30–10pm. $$
Daily lunch specials
David’s Restaurant 294 Venture Cres., 306-664-1133.
Hearty? Try the Kasseler Rippenspeer (smoked pork loin) or the German platter (consisting of spatzle, bratwurst, pork schnitzel, red cabbage and sauerkraut). Open daily 6am–2pm, 5–8pm. $$
135 20th St. West 306.380.5209
Duck Duck Goose Tapas Bar 616 10th St. East, 306-
Two Gun Quiche House Hours: Tue thru Sat 8 am - 4 pm Sun 10 am - 3 pm
649-3825; duckduckgoosetapas.com. The only place in town to get Spanish tapas. And some smashing cocktails. Open Mon–Fri 4pm–midnight, Sat 11am–midnight. $$
German Cultural Club 160 Cartwright St. (Lorne Ave.
South), 306-244-6869; saskatoongermanculturalcentre.ca. Schnitzel, sausages, struedel and German beers. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 11am–2pm. $$
Mediterranno 119 3rd Ave. South, 306-244-4777; mediterranno.com. Beautifully restored restaurant in the 100-year-old Drinkle Building offering two-for-one pizzas Thursday nights, plus superb Greek and French mains. Open Mon–Thu 11am–9pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat 4–10pm. $$ Touch of Ukraine 2401D 22nd St. West, 306-382-
7774. Hearty Ukrainian standards at the buffet table (perogies, cabbage rolls, etc.) Open Wed–Fri 11:45–2pm, 4:30am–7:30pm. $
Tusq 416 21st St. East, 306-244-8877; tusq.ca. Multi-
course tasting menus, live piano music and other things to tempt diners. Open Mon–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat–Sun 5–11pm. $$$
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FRENCH St. Tropez Bistro 238 2nd Ave. South, 306-652-1250;
sainttropezbistro.ca. Simple, refined and attentive to detail, this quaint bistro presents regional influences in its cuisine, plus house-grown herbs, vegetables and flowers. Open Wed–Sun 4–11pm. $$$
Truffles Bistro 230 21st St. East, 306-373-7779;
trufflesbistro.ca. Parisian charm, superb brunches and three-course Table d’hôte, plus impeccable service create one of Saskatoon’s most beloved restaurants. Open Mon–Fri 11:30am–3pm; Mon–Sat from 5pm; Sat 10am–2:30pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm. $$$
ITALIAN Bottega Trattoria 110 2nd Ave. North, 306-954-2932; on Facebook: BottegaTrattoria. Master Chef Amedeo Vallati presents his take on authentic Italian dining using fresh, simple ingredients. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm; Sun 11am–9pm. $$
Il Salici Ristorante 382 Cartwright St., 306-956-1100;
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willowsgolf.com. Rustic Italian fare in a delightful setting at the Willow’s Golf Course. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2pm, 5–10pm, Sun 10am–2pm. $$
Taverna 219 21st St. East, 306-652-6366
A staple for Italian dining in the city centre for decades, Taverna offers a taste of Italy at reasonable prices. Daily specials on the wipeboard outside. Open Mon–Fri 11am–10pm, Sat–Sun 5–10pm. $$
Two Gun Quiche House 35 20th St. West, 306-380-5209; on Facebook: Two-Gun-Quiche-House The story behind the name is as true as Red Seal Chef Bill Mathews’ food. Quiche is the dish; try it with the house-made Italian pork sausage and roasted peppers. Open Tue–Sat 8am–4pm. $
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EE Burritos 102 Ave. P South, 306-343-6264;
12 Grill At Greenbryre (0.5km south of Boychuk Drive and
eeburritos.com. Start and end your Friday night with salsa dance parties at this El Salvadorean spot which has been featured on The Food Network Canada. Open Mon–Thu 10am–9pm, Fri 10am–2:30am, Sat 11am–9pm. $$
Hwy 16), 306-373-7600 ext. 3; twelvegrill.com. Regal dining in the country with chaffeured limo service available. Open Mon– Sat 10:30am–2pm and from 5pm, Sun 10am–2pm. $$$
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Las Palapas Resort Grill 901 Victoria Ave., 306-244-
blissfinefood.com. Appetizers, salads and mains with a touch of elegance. Open Tue–Sat 11am–2pm and from 5pm. $$$
306-249-4454; saboroso.ca. Traditional beef, chicken, pineapple and more on the rodizio. Open Mon–Thu from 4:30pm, Fri–Sat from 4pm, Sun 10:30am–2pm. $$
Christie’s Il Secondo 802C Broadway Ave., 306-384-
0506; on Facebook: Christies-Il-Secondo. Grab a seat in the window and tuck into pizza or panini while the world goes by. Open Tue–Sat 10am–8pm. $$
d’Lish by Tish Café 702A 14th St. East, 306-652-5483;
on Facebook: livingdlish. A sublime hideaway in the Broadway district with its cozy nooks and deliciously fresh food. Open daily 8am–10pm. $
Earth Bound Bakery & Deli 220-1820 8th St. East, 306-9552184; earthboundbakery.blogspot.ca. A top city bakery with memorable sammys and soups. Open Tue–Sat 9am–5pm. $$
The Griffin Takeaway 10-33118th St. East, 306-933-
3385; thegriffintakeaway.com. Unbeatable takeaway options for gluten-free baked goods or lunches, with many vegan options too. Open Mon–Sat 10am–7pm. $$
JaKe’s on 21st 307 21st St. East, 306-373-8383;
jakeson21st.ca. A busy downtown lunch spot with numerous dessert options. Open Mon–Fri 8am–5pm. $$
5556; laspalapas.ca. Go for the food, return for the fun in this buzzing eatery and lounge. Open daily 11am–11pm. $
caloriesrestaurants.com. Well-known for its desserts (especially cheesecake), quick lunches and deep wine list. Open Mon–Sat 10am–11pm; Sun 10am–5pm. $$$
labambarestaurant.ca. It’s always packed: the food is that good. Open Sun–Thu 4–8pm, Fri–Sat 11:45am–8:30pm. $$
The Hollows 334 Ave. C South, 306-652-1505; thehollows.ca
Blackstrap Lake, 306-492-4804; holeinthewallrestaurant.ca. Go for a drive and savour tempting fish and grilled meat dishes, plus original appetizers. By reservation only. Open Wed–Sun from 6pm. $$$
One of the city’s most eclectic restaurants, presenting local foods using novel approaches. Open Wed–Thu 3–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–3pm, 5–11pm, Sun 11am–2pm. $$$
The Ivy Dining & Lounge 301 Ontario Ave., 306-384-4444;
ivydiningandlounge.com. In the city’s warehouse district diners can expect an upscale continental menu. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, 4–11pm; Sat 4pm–midnight; Sun 5–9pm. $$$
Gibson’s Fish and Chips 1501 8th St. East, 306-374-
John’s Victorian Steakhouse 2033 Ave. B North, 306-
Joey’s Two loations: 101-2100 8th St. East, 306-343-5639;
Prairie Harvest Café 2917 Early Dr., 306-242-2928;
1411. Delicious English-style fish and chips (with brown vinegar) for more than 30 years. Open Mon 11:30am– 7:30pm, Tue–Sat 11am–8pm. $$
Poached Breakfast Bistro 259 2nd Ave. South, 306-651-2255 Stuffed French toast, maple pecan bacon and other sumptuous breakfasts. Open daily 8am–2pm. $$
3 Worobetz Pl., 306-955-5858; joeys.ca. This Calgary chain has weekly AYCE specials on fish and shrimp. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun noon–8pm. $$
Underground Café 430 20th St. West, 306-370-7963
Red Lobster 2501 8th St. East, 306-373-8333; redlobster.ca.
Tasty panini and lots of space to just hang out. Open Mon–Sat 8am–6pm, Sun 10am–6pm. $
Calories 721 Broadway Ave., 306-665-7991;
La Bamba Café 3-1025 Boychuk Dr., 306-242-2622;
The Hole In The Wall 25 min. south on Hwy 11 near
Bliss Fine Food 1002 Broadway Ave., 306-477-2077
The North American standard with fish and seafood feasts in large portions. Open daily 11am–10pm. $$
664-2313; johnsvictorian.com. Found in the city’s north end, this spot has turned a new leaf and attracts a wellheeled crowd. Open Mon–Sat 4:30–9:30pm. $$$
prairieharvestcafe.com. This cozy little haunt of epicureans was recently ranked among the top 100 restaurants in Canada. Open Tue–Thu 11am–9pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10pm. $$
Rembrandt’s 243 21st St. East, 306-244 8555;
rembrandts.ca. Edwardian décor, attentive service, creative entrées and the city’s deepest wine list. Open Mon–Thu 7am– 11pm, Fri 7am–midnight, Sat 8am–midnight, Sun 10am–2pm. $$$
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deliciously authentic cajun & creole cuisine Tue-Wed 12pm-9pm, Thu-Sat 12pm-10pm 239 Idylwyld Drive South 306 382 1795
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From Kutya to Koliadky! From 12 DISHES, p. 27 potatoes then either boiled or fried); the holubtsi (cabbage rolls); pickled herring; butter-fried fish; mushroom gravy; rice; borshch (beetroot soup); potatoes; plus rolls made with stewed fruit, walnut and poppyseed. If you can’t find these dishes at your local store then get them from your favourite Ukrainian baba or grandmother. After eating we always sang koliadky, or Christmas carols. Having nine siblings that sing and play instruments, I have a very musical family and we always brought out a guitar, accordion or banjo to play when singing together. If feeling ambitious and it is not too cold out, go carolling around your neighbourhood or visit a local nursing home. A welcoming and thankful household should reward the singers in the form of a shot of horilka (vodka) or candies and cookies. Our family would often go to a midnight church service after singing and when it was done one could hear calls of “Khrystos rodivsya!” (“Christ is born!”) with the characteristic refrain, “Slavimoh Yoho!” (“Let us praise Him!”) or even just “Merry Christmas” echoing out as everyone headed home for the night, leaving the onion-domed church silent and serene under the midnight moon. Many Saskatchewanians have at least partial Ukrainian ancestry, so why not try something special this Christmas and celebrate Sviat Vechir. I guarantee it will be a night and a celebration to remember.
CAFÉS & DINERS
Ding Dong 105 21st St. East, 306-664-2232. Grab quick
Broadway Café 814 Broadway Ave., 306-652-8244
and authentic pan-Asian cuisine at this friendly spot in the beautiful Canada Building. Open Mon–Sat 11am–8pm. $
Golden Pagoda 411 2nd Ave. North, 306-668-9114;
goldenpagoda.ca. Among the green tea salad and other things, the coconut chicken soup is legendary. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2pm, Mon–Sat 5–9pm. $$
Keo’s 1013 Broadway Ave., 306-652-2533. Feast on Lao, Thai and Cambodian mainstays in one locale. Open Sun– Mon 4:30–10pm, Tue–Sat 11am–2pm, 4:30–9pm. $$
Lien Thanh 311 Ave. A South, 306-933-4299. A
charming old couple serve up delicious meals at this hole in the wall in Riversdale. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm. $
Noodle King & Ice Cream Queen 803 2nd Ave. North,
306-979-4233; noodleking.ca. An unlikely combo: noodle shop (where they hand-pull all the noodles while you watch) and gelateria, but it works. Open daily 11am–9pm. $
Royal Thai 2-325 3rd Ave. North, 306-244-8424; come. to/RoyalThai. Unbeatable Thai curries, noodle dishes and more. Two doors down is late-night takeout spot Chef Express. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 4–9pm. $
Saskatoon Asian 136 2nd Ave. South, 306-665-5959.
Serving pan-Asian cuisine in a sunny upstairs dining space. Busy at lunch. Open Mon-Sat 11am–2:30pm, 4:30–9pm. $$
Sawadee Bistro 101-129 2nd Ave. North, 306-652-5367. Pleasant, spacious and spice to take your breath away. Open Tue–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 4:30–9:30pm, Sat 11:30am–9pm. $$
Spicy Garden 1501 8th St. East, 306-373-8585;
spicygarden.ca. Cheap, flavourful eats in a busy strip mall. Open Sun, Tue–Thu 11am–8pm, Fri–Sat 11am–9pm. $
It’s where to go for pancake stacks, milk shakes, etc. Open Mon–Wed 9am–8pm, Thu–Sat 9am–9pm; Sun 8am–8pm. $
Broadway Roastery Two locations: 614C Broadway Ave., 306-652-8888; 2318 8th St. East, 306-955-7434; broadwayroastery.com. In-house roasts and loose-leaf teas. Open daily 8am–8pm. $$
Café Noir 157 2nd Ave. North, 306-249-2554; on
Facebook. Refreshingly cheery and prompt service. Good nibbles too. Open Mon–Sat 7am–5pm. $
City Perks 801 7th Ave. North, 306-664-2060; cityperks.ca.
Tastefully lit, great coffee and a top spot for weekend brunch. Open Mon–Fri 7:30am–6pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm. $
Collective Coffee 220B 20th St. West; collectivecoffee.com.
Inside the 220 co-work space, it’s the place to see and be seen in Riversdale. Fresh sandwiches and baked goods. Open Mon– Wed 8am–6pm, Thu–Fri 8am–10pm, Sat–Sun 10am–6pm. $
Kelly’s Kafé 2520 Jasper Ave., 306-374-7525. Expect
nothing but home-cooked goodness for cheap from this greasy spoon by the Exhibition Grounds. Open Mon–Fri 7am–3pm, Sat–Sun 8am–2pm. $
Museo Coffee Two locations: 950 Spadina Cres. East; 730A Broadway Ave., 306-651-3933; museocoffee.com. European styling and service in the Mendel Art Gallery and on Broadway. Open daily 8am–6pm. $
Mystic Java 128 4th Ave. South, 306-954-2404. A dark and woody space with espresso, desserts and music. Open Mon–Sat 8am–11pm, Sun 8am–6pm. $
Park Café 512 20th St. West, 306-652-6781; parkcafe.ca
As classic a diner experience as it gets. Open daily 8am–4pm. $
food+drink GLOBAL Afghan Kabob & Donair 3-100 2nd Ave. South, 306-477-2255 The full menus is worth a sit-down meal, though the kebabs are always nice. Open Mon–Sat 11am–10pm. $
Ayden Kitchen & Bar 265 3rd Ave. South, 306-
954-2950. Former Top Chef Canada winner Dale MacKay opens his latest upscale creation. Open Mon–Fri 11:30am–3:30pm, 5:30–11pm, Sat 5:30–11pm. $$$
Bon Temps Café 223 2nd Ave. South, 306-242-6617
Seafood creole, chicken and sausage Jambalaya, BBQ shrimp and mash, plus the aptly named Big Messy. Open daily 11am–9pm. $$
Cesar’s Cakes & Cafe 11-3000 Diefenbaker Dr., 306-244-1188 Filipino arroz caldo (chicken soup with rice), kare kare (a peanut stew with beef), tokwat baboy (steamed pork and fried tofu) and more at this out-of-the-way space. Open Tue–Sat 8am–8pm, Sun 8am–5pm. $
Konga Café 204 Ave. H North, 306-244-7867;
kongacafe.com. The place to go for classic Jamaican jerk chicken or banana fritters. Open Tue–Sat 11am–9pm, Fri– Sat 11am–11pm. $
Mardi Gras Grill 239 Idylwyld Dr. South, 306-382-
1795; on Facebook: mardigrasgrillrestaurant. Cajun and creole po’ boys with gator meat, fried green tomatoes seafood etouffé. Open Tue–Wed noon–9pm, Thu–Sun 11am–10pm. $$
Lebanese Kitchen 1206 Emerson Ave., 306-242-8892
Fast and friendly service to go with great kebabs, falafels, hummus and tabbouleh, but also meat pies (fatayer) and more. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $
Leyda’s 112 20th St. West, 306-244-0707; on Facebook: leydas Gluten- and nut-free “experiential” cooking. Flowing, open kitchen design. Health-positive choices on their simple menu. Open Tue–Sat 11am–10pm. $$
Saba’s African Cuisine 901 22nd St. West, 306-933-4447 Use the bread, called injera, and with your hands scoop up spicy servings of delicious Ethiopian/Eritrean food. Open Tue–Sun 4:30–10:30pm. $$
Wanuskewin Restaurant Wanuskewin Heritage Park, 306-931-6767; wanuskewin.com. Executive Chef Kevin Merasty presents “First Nations cuisine with a modern flair.” Superb game meats to go with bannock and muskeg tea. Open daily 9am–4:30pm, holidays 11am–4:30pm. $
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The Woods Ale House 148 2nd Ave. North, 306-6525883; woodsalehouse.com. Craft beers from microbrewery Paddock Wood, plus good eats and live music. Open Mon–Thu 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–2am. $$
CHINESE Café 224 224 3rd Ave. South; 306-664-4566
A mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and other styles, plus daily lunch specials at this inexpensive nook downtown. Open daily 11am–9pm. $
Black Pepper 5-1501 8th St. East, 306-244-6777; on
Genesis 901 22nd St. West, 306-244-5516
Mogul Divaan 2115 22nd St. West, 306-343-5005;
Best Asia Buffet 415 Circle Dr. East, 306-974-5611. Open
Facebook: Black-Pepper-Restaurant . A welcome and fragrant stop for curry or vegetarian eats on the city’s east side. Open Tue–Fri 11:30am–2pm, Fri–Sat 5–9pm. $ moguldivaan.com. This Pakistani spot produces a delicious buffet made fresh daily and which strictly adheres to old family recipes. Open Tue–Sat 11:30am– 10pm, Sun 11:30am–9pm. $
Passage to India 440 2nd Ave. North, 306-477-7164
Simple and satisfying Indian food (special thali!) just north of downtown. Open Mon–Sat 11am–2:30pm, 4:30–8:30pm. $$
Spicy Bite Two locations: 113 3rd Ave. South, 306-374-4774; 4-3401 8th St. East, 306-373-4747; myspicybite.com Excellent Pakistani mains and desserts at the buffets for lunch and for sit down meals at supper. Open Sun–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri–Sat 11am–11pm. $$
Find your way to this spot in a tiny strip mall and have at the crab Rangoon, succulent lemon chicken (which is to die for) and more. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$ daily 11am–3pm, 4pm–9pm. Huge selection here and highly rated for the quality of their food. $$
Jin Jin Dumpling Cuisine 416 20th St. West, 306-244-1891 Come for dumplings (pan-fried and steamed) and items on the menu circled in blue pen. Open Mon–Thu 9:30am–10:30pm, Fri–Sun 9:30am–11:30pm. $
Lin’s Kitchen 316 Ave. C South, 306-244-1330
Szechuan and Hunanese cooking; several daily specials on the wipe board. Lunches for under $10. Open daily 10:30am–3pm, 5–10:30pm. $
Mandarin Restaurant 245 20th St. West, 306-244-1818
One of the city’s tried-and-true places for dim sum, Mandarin is a showstopper on the weekends with lineups out the door. Order ahead for their Peking Duck or spring for fresh seafood. Open Thu–Tue 11am–8pm. $$
2nd Avenue Bar & Grill 123 2nd Ave. South, 306-
Szechuan Kitchen 835 Broadway Ave., 306-664-8668;
244-9899; 2ndavegrill.com. A downtown favourite for 5 o’clock drinks on a Friday. $$ 6Twelve Lounge 612 Spadina Cres. East (in the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel), 306-652-6770; 6twelve.ca. The most original cocktails in the city. $$$ Flint Saloon 259 2nd Ave. South, 306-651-2255; flintsaloon.com. Martinis and charcuterie platters. $$$ The James Hotel Lobby Bar 620 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-6446; thejameshotel.ca. Decadence defined. $$$ StaQatto Piano Bar 416 21st St. East, 306-244-8877; tusq.ca. Hard to beat the duelling piano performance. $$ Spadina Freehouse 608 Spadina Cres. East, 306-668-1000; thefreehouse.com. Always buzzing, good live music. $$ Winston’s English Pub 243 21st St. East, 306-374-7468; winstonspub.ca. The most beers on tap in the city. $$ The Yard & Flagon 718 Broadway Ave., 306-653-8883; yardandflagon.ca. It’s the place for a pint on Broadway. $$
szechuankitchen.ca. A busy eatery with daily specials and worth a visit if in the Broadway area. Open Sun–Thu 11am–9:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am–10:30pm. $$
Taste Legend 423 20th St. West, 306-665-3388. Some of the city’s most authentic old-world Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine. Noodles made fresh daily. Open Thu–Tue 11am–9pm. $
Tsui King Lao 208 Ave. H North, 306-665-8866
Expect prompt, friendly service and tasty food here. Nice selection of seafood and hot pots, plus Peking Duck, spicy ginger beef and vegetarian mains. $ Open Tue–Sat 11am–9:30pm, Sun 11am–9pm
Yip Hong’s Dim Sum 1501 8th St. East, 306-956-3375 Arrive early on weekends to avoid the lineups for their sumptuous dim sum, which is arguably the best in Saskatoon. Open Fri–Wed 11am–9:30pm, Fri–Sat 11am– 10:30pm, Sun 10am–9pm. $$
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Know Your Varietals
The recent explosion of interest in quality wine and craft beer comes partly from the educational experience of touring vineyards or local microbreweries. In the coffee world, the same behind-the-scenes experience is rare for coffee lovers. Where most of “the craft” of beer and wine happens in the brewery or cellar, a coffee roaster is only as good as the work done at the coffee farm.
Coffee terraces and coffee drying on roofs, Ismaili, Yemen.
The sheer genetic diversity of Arabica varietals is the good fortune of the coffee lover; as wine has varietals such as Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon or Tempranillo, coffee has prized varietals such as Bourbon, Typica, SL-28, and Gesha. And just as vintners skillfully blend varietals to express Terroir, coffee farmers blend varietals to craft the complexity or balance of their coffee. Unlike wine, however, coffee shares a common ancestor, traceable to one place—Ethiopia—where the regions of Harar, Jimma, Limu, Sidama and Yirga Cheffe grow regional heirloom varietals. If there is one country in coffee comparable to France for wine as regards diversity of flavour and micro-region, it is Ethiopia. From Ethiopia, coffee arrived first to Yemen, famous for its ancient terraced coffee farming. Historically, Yemen produced very chocolate-like coffees shipped from the port of Mokha, giving name to the drink Mocha, where chocolate is added to steamed milk and espresso. In 1699, the first isolated varietal was found on the Dutch-colonized island of Java, called Typica, and is still prized for crisp, clean floral and citrus notes. Kona and Jamaica Blue Mountain are the most famous Typica offshoots. Typica grown in Java became half of the first coffee blend in the 18th century, Mocha-Java. Bourbon is the other famous varietal, a product of French colonialism but originating in Yemen. Bourbon out-yields Typica and produces a powerful cocoa-like body, and berry-like sweetness. Bourbon and Typica
The most expensive coffee in the world In 2004, a varietal known as Geisha or Gesha emerged in Panama, garnering the highest auction taste scores on record to become the most expensive coffee in the world. The coffee came to Panama in the 1960s by way of Gesha, Ethiopia, as a potentially fungus-resistant varietal, planted on the back lot of an experimental farm and forgotten about until rediscovery in 2004. The beans it produces are long and narrow, and the taste is exceptional: clean, sweet, poignant fruit notes of ultra-ripe apricot, background notes of grapefruit and jasmine-like florals. It is significant too for what it lacks: devoid of bitterness, devoid of woodsy notes and so unlike any coffee, it is considered a once a year indulgence for coffee lovers. Today, the best lots fetch upwards of $180 dollar per pound, unroasted.
STEAKS, BURGERS, ETC.
appetizers and pizzas. Open Mon–Sat 8am–midnight, Sun 9:30am–2pm. $
Bell ‘n’ Whistle Bar & Bistro 243 2nd Ave. South, 306-
The Hub 101 Pacific Ave., 306-986-5000.
931-4411. Gastro-pub food in the old Royal Bank building (vault doors and all) from Hanosh Dubash of Saboroso. Open Mon–Sat from 11am, Sun from 10am. $$
Bright, spacious and ideal for food or drinks before or after an event at TCU Place. In the Holiday Inn. Open daily 6:30am–11pm. $$
Carver’s Steakhouse 612 Spadina Cres. East, 306-652-
The Keg 1110 Grosvenor Ave., 306-653-3633;
8292; carverssteakhouse.ca. Top steaks and dozens of special-order wines. In the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel. Open daily 5–10pm. $$$
Congress Beer House 215 2nd Ave. South, 306-974-
6717; on Facebook: Congress-Beer-House. Chef Cole Dobranski and his crew from Calgary serve tasty nosh that goes well with beer. Open daily 11am–2am. $$
The Granary 2806 8th St. East, 373-6655; thegranary.com.
This mini grain elevator houses an iconic steak house that serves prime rib, chicken and fish, and with every order of an entrée you get a trip to the salad bar. Open Mon–Thu 5–10pm, Fri–Sat 4:30–11pm, Sun 5–9pm. $$
Haywood’s Grill 3016 Arlington Ave., 242-7699;
haywoodsgrill.ca. A cozy meeting place for locals serving good, hearty breakfasts, but also savoury sandwiches,
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thekegsteakhouse.com. The standard across Canada for many years with respect to its Caesar salad and AAA steaks. Reservations recommended. Open Mon–Thu 4:30–10:30pm, Fri–Sun 4:30–11:30pm. $$$
Manos Two locations: 200-1820 8th St. East, 306-9555555; 2202 22nd St. West, 306-683-3333; manos.ca. Greek accents to classic North American dining and top-notch service. Open Mon–Fri 11am–midnight, Fri– Sat 11am–1:30am, Sun 10am–midnight. $$
Montana’s Two locations: 1510 8th St. East, 306-384-
9340; montanas.ca. A Canadian chain for meat lovers: sticky beef or pork ribs, plus chicken, fish, pasta, salads and even a veggie burger. Open daily 10am–10:30pm. $$
Rock Creek Tap and Grill Two locations: 1820 McOrmond Dr., 306-979-7337; 160-220 Betts Ave.,
dominate Central and South America in crossbred or evolved varietals. Maragogype was the first in 1871, a Typica variant from Brazil, producing significantly larger beans and a unique, cola-like taste. In 1940, Brazil discovered a Bourbon offshoot, Caturra, offering a natural spice note in the cup at low altitudes, and citrus notes at high altitudes. Mundo Novo is a hybrid of Bourbon and Typica: it is known for its caramel sweetness and muted brightness. Catuai is a cross of Caturra and Mundo Novo, showing cocoa and mild citrus notes on the finish. Pacas is an El Salvadorean Bourbon offshoot known for fruit and floral notes, and Pacamara combines Pacas and Maragogype, growing well at very high altitudes, packed with sweetness, citrus notes and a floral finish. Villasarchi is a Costa Rican Bourbon offshoot producing exceptional sweetness and fruitiness. Today, most coffee grown in Central and South America is a child of Typica or Bourbon. Outside the Americas, Kent, a Yemeni coffee, was hybridized with Bourbon to make SL-28 (Scott Laboratories Selection 28). Its propensity for citrus, cocoa, and blackberry-like notes with incredible depth makes it prized among coffee lovers: top crops are fetch farmers prices 4-5 times the Fair-Trade price. In Indonesia, Jember originates from Mocha and Typica, producing caramelized sugar, spice and cocoa notes. Bergendal is Indonesia’s closest descendent of the original 1699 Dutch Typica. Eastern African countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda all grow heirloom varieties of Bourbon. Rwandan Bourbons can show unique rosehip and berry notes, while Burundi Bourbons show the caramel and cocoa body of Kenyan SL-28. The best African coffees show more body, structure and complexity than most other regions of the world. 306-974-7392; rockcreekgrill.com. Steaks, pizzas, Tex-Mex Sunday brunch and live sports on TV. Open Sun–Wed 11am–11pm, Thu 11am–midnight, Fri–Sat 11am–1:30am. $$
Saskatoon Station Place 221 Idylwyld Dr., 306-244-
7777; saskatoonstationplace.com. Take a walk back in time in this dining room comprised of two old rail passenger wagons. Open Mon–Sat 10:30am–10:30pm, Sun 10:30am–8:30pm. $$
State & Main 100 2nd Ave. South, 974-6201;
stateandmain.ca. Just down from the Remai Arts Centre, this resto-lounge has ideal spaces in which to shrink away from the world. Open daily 11am–2am. $$
Tony Roma’s Two locations: 125 Circle Dr. East, 306-
384-7427; 3007 Clarence Ave. South, 306-979-3111; ribs.ca. This chain serves lots of ribs (St. Louis style, Tony Roma’s pork rib tips, beef ribs), but plenty more besides. Open Mon–Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–10pm. $$
Woodfire Grill 152 2nd Ave. South, 306-653-7437; on Facebook: WoodfireGrillDowntownSaskatoon. Owner Matt Schryer has a top-notch, 100% gluten-free menu and daily lunch and drink specials. Open Mon–Sat 11am–1am, Sun noon–10pm. $$
5 hidden lunch spots
1. Coffee with a Twist (331 1st Ave. North, 306-664-6263; in Charter House Interiors).
You have to follow the steps at the back upstairs and then you see this simple lunch counter where it’s easy to forget the world.
2. Carey’s Café (510 25th St. East, 306-6534652; in the YWCA). Do a workouit in the gym,
or drop off the kids for their swimming lessons and enjoy one of the daily lunch specials in this totally unassuming place.
3. Boomtown Café (2610 Lorne Ave., 306-931-1910; in the WDM). It may look
exceedingly simple, but that’s the kind of place you get with most small-town cafés on the Prairies: simple, unpretentious and good value for money.
4. The Nest (333 3rd Ave. North; in the Concentra Financial Building). This might
be the most well-hidden restaurant in the city: it’s on the top floor of a building that few people know exist, but that it’s beauty: it’s just you, a cool view of the downtown and some good local grub.
5. U of S University Club (101 Administration Pl., 306-966-7781; U of S campus). As long as you have some affiliation with the university (as alumni, staff or as a current student), wander in here for some of the most delectable food anywhere close to campus. Good place to hobnob with old professors, too.
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Serving up various types of sushi rolls, rice and noodle bowls, plus bubble tea. Open Mon–Sat 10:30am–9pm. $
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Go for Sushi 2105 8 St. East, 306-931-8898.
All-you-can-eat sushi on the east side (next to Doug’s Spoke ‘n’ Sport). Open daily 11am–10pm. $ sushi right in the city centre. Open Tue–Sun 11am–9:30pm. $
Otowa 227 2nd Ave. South, 306-651-3888. Popular as a lunch spot (specials under $12), especially for teriyaki beef and salmon dishes. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$
Samurai 601 Spadina Cres. East, 306-683-6926. True Japanese teppan yaki—with all the fire and flair (in the Delta Bessborough Hotel). Open daily 5–10pm. $$$
Sushiro 737B 10th St. East, 306-665-5557; sushiro.com.
The Broadway area’s best for sushi and eclectic Japanese fare. Reservations a must. Open Mon–Sat 5pm–midnight. $$$
Fuzion Sushi & Deli 2-100 2nd Ave. South, 306-244-2005.
Nisen 240 22nd St. East, 306-653-8188. All-you-can-eat
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Seoul 334 20th St. West, 306-652-2310; seoulsaskatoon.
com. Use the iPad menus to order kimchee, bibimbap (rice and veg topped with a fried egg), meat from the table-top barbecue and free appetizers to start each meal. Open Mon–Sat 11am–9pm. $$
VEGETARIAN Garlic Guru 410 Ave. A South (in the Saskatoon Farmers’
Market), 306-370-0033; garlicguru.ca. The city’s lone vegetarian spot offers satisfying and healthy meat-free soups, salads and snack items all made using local produce. Open Tue–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat 8am–2pm, Sun 10am–3pm. $
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Comfort Cabs (306-664-6464) Radio Cabs (306-242-1221) United/BlueLine (306-652-2222)
Lakewood Civic Centre
#23 Montgomery/ Hampton Village #60 Confederation/ Lakeridge #2 8th Street/ Meadowgreen #17 Market Mall/Lorne Ave. Stonebridge/Clarence #70 Lawson Heights/ Silverspring #12 Airport/Downtown Adult one-way fare: $3 Click & Go bus info: http://ww9.saskatoon.ca:83
Key city bus routes
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COLLEGE DRIVE Terry Fox Griffiths Stadium Track
For a list of city leisure facilities, visit www.saskatoon.ca.
University of Saskatchewan
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Prairieland Park Western Development Museum
Holiday Park Clarence Downey Speedskating Oval
www.viarail.ca Pike Lake Prov. Park (20 min. south on Hwy 60)
Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre
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VIA Rail passenger terminal
Saskatchewan Railway Museum (seasonal)
ATTRIDGE DRIVE SaskTel Soccer Centre
Forestry Farm Park
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Weather forecasts: www.weatheroffice.gc.ca
Flight arrival/departure information: www.yxe.ca/flights
Wanuskewin Heritage Park (5 min. north)
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Dakota Dunes Casino (20 min. south)
1. Best Western Blairmore (H2; 306 Shillington Cres., 306-242-2299) 2. Best Western Harvest Inn (E6; 1715 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-244-5552) 3. Colonial Square Inn & Suites (I8; 1-1301 8th St. East, 306-343-1676) 4. Comfort Inn (D6; 2155 Northridge Dr., 306-934-1122) 5. Confederation Inn (H3; 3330 Fairlight Dr., 306-384-2882) 6. Country Inn & Suites (D6; 617 Cynthia St., 306-934-3900) 7. Days Inn (E6; 2000 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-242-3297) 8. Four Points Sheraton Hotel (K8; 103 Stonebridge Blvd., 306-933-9889) 9. Heritage Inn (E6; 102 Cardinal Cres., 306-665-8121) 10. Sandman Hotel Saskatoon (D6; 310 Circle Dr. West, 306-477-4844) 11. Saskatoon Inn Hotel (E6; 2002 Airport Dr., 306-242-1440) 12. Super 8 Saskatoon (D7; 706 Circle Dr. East, 306-384-8989) 13. Super 8 Saskatoon West (G6; 1414 22nd St. West, 306-974-2900) 14. Travelodge (D6; 106 Circle Dr. West, 306-242-8881) 15. Westgate Inn (H5; 2501 22nd St. West, 306-382-3722) 16. Comfort Suites Saskatoon (B3; 203 Bill Hunter Ave. 306-955-6565) 17. Motel 6 (B3; 231 Marquis Dr., 306-665-6688)
Horse-drawn carriage rides (near the Delta
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Bessborough Hotel; 306-373-0754 or 306-220-4141; https://sites.google.com/site/horsedrawnrides/) Enjoy sleigh, wagon or carriage rides in downtown Saskatoon by Elaine Moe and her husband Willis, who acts as coachman. Their 15-minute Downtown Tour rides go Friday and Saturday evenings from the Bes to River Landing and return along Spadina Crescent East (first come/first served; $15 per person, maximum $45).
G.D. Archibald Parks (on Spadina Crescent East at
Windsor Street; along Alexandra Avenue; saskatoon.ca) This very urban park group in Richmond Heights consists of three parts: Memorial, North and West. Memorial features Archibald Rink, which has public skating every Saturday (12:30â€“2pm; adults $4/kids 6 and under free), while North is known for its legendary tobogganing hill, which is lit by floodlights at night.
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(map 1, K4; 2610 Lorne Ave.)
(F7; 601 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-5521) (D5; 90 22nd St. East, 306-244-2311)
3. Holiday Inn Saskatoon
(D5; 101 Pacific Ave., 306-986-5000)
4. Holiday Inn Express
(D4; 315 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-384-8844)
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9. Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
(G6; 405 20th St. East, 306-665-3322)
10. Ramada Hotel
(A4; 806 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-665-6500)
11. Hotel Senator
(E4; 243 21st St. East, 306-244-6141)
Ukrainian Museum of Canada
(map 1, F8; north on Spadina Cres. East)
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(G4; 410 Ave. A South) The Marr Residence (I6; 326 11th St. East, 306-652-1201)
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Bessborough Hotel and Gardens Saskatoon’s “Castle on
the River,” the “Bess” is arguably the city’s most photographed landmark, intentionally designed by Montreal architects Archibald and Schofield to resemble a Bavarian castle. Built by the CNR, it was completed in 1932. 601 Spadina Cres. East.
Forestry Farm Park and Saskatoon Zoo Open year-round,
this designated National Historic Site is home to indigenous plants and animals, plus exotic creatures from similar climates. Call for tours of the former Superintendent’s Residence and grounds (306249-1315). Off Attridge Dr., 306-975-3382; saskatoon.ca/go/zoo.
12. Sheraton Cavalier Hotel
(E7; 612 Spadina Cres. East, 306-652-6770)
13. Northwoods Inn & Suites
(A4; 610 Idylwyld Dr. North, 306-244-2901)
Knox United Church A designated municipal heritage building and finished in 1914, this two-storey, dark red brick building boasts beautiful stained-glass windows and acoustics that make it a regular venue for musical performances and other events. 838 Spadina Cres. East, 306-244-0159.
Canadian Light Source Synchrotron A football field-sized
research facility for light optics, particle acceleration and more that is also one of the largest laboratories in Canada. Guided tours (Mon, Tue, Thu) allow the public to see how extremely bright light is used to peer inside matter. 44 Innovation Blvd. (U of S campus), 306-657-3500; lightsource.ca.
Dakota Dunes Casino The only casino serving Saskatoon
features slot machines, Texas Hold’Em poker, Blackjack, Roulette, a restaurant and regular live events. Check their online schedule for free regular shuttle service from pick-up points city-wide (e.g. Delta Bessborough Hotel). 204 Dakota Dunes Way (20 min. south on Hwy 219), 306-667-6400; dakotadunescasino.com.
Diefenbaker Canada Centre The only combined Prime
Ministerial archives, museum and research centre in Canada features cultural, educational, and historical collections from the life and times of our 13th Prime Minister, John G. Diefenbaker. Free admission. Open Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm. 101 Diefenbaker Place (U of S campus), 306-966-8384; usask.ca/diefenbaker
Serving Saskatoon for Over 80 Years 709 43rd Street East. Saskatoon, SK Ph: (306) 664-3458 www.houghtonboston.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Text by Lisa Patrick Photos courtesy of Donald Cockcroft and by Paul Miazga
Water, Weather & Inspiration The inspiration to build ice castles in his front yard came to Donald Cockcroft, a professor of medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (his clinical expertise is in asthma), from a gentleman who years ago built ice structures by his house on 13th Street near Wiggins Avenue. The homeowner created scale models of buildings such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower and others during the winter using chain saws and scaffolding. Donald liked the idea but embarked on a more natural way of creating beautiful wintertime decorations with just water and science. Since 1992, ice castle construction has been an annual family affair for him, his wife Sue and their son Sean. In 1993, passers by knocked down their ice castle three times, but the vandals of this beautiful, one-of-akind creation did not deter the family. “I learned to use slush as glue during construction,” Donald says, “so they are really hard to knock down these days.” On average it takes Donald at least six hours just to fill and move the hundreds and hundreds of milk and juice cartons (this year he has used 300 2-litre and 100 1-litre and half-litre cartons); construction itself is “about twenty hours” broken into five or six sessions of two to three hour’s work, he adds. And naturally, all of this must be done when the weather is below freezing. Three of the early structures were based on castles or churches, namely St. Paul’s Cathedral (with the dome), Westminster Abbey (with 2 towers) and a Portuguese castle. More recently, however, the inspiration has come from within: “For the last 10 years,” Donald says, “I just wing it.” Lighting from the back provides colour, and in the spring the castles quite literally melt away. To admire Donald’s ice castle for 2013/2014, go for a walk in leafy Grosvenor Heights and look for it along the south side of Garrison Crescent at the bend in the road. See what a few ice bricks can become.
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