Food: Edmonton16 Mar 2010 11:02 am

You can tell it’s been a while since I have had enough free time just to tool around the city, since I’ve been so oblivious to openings and closings!

Kabuki has opened at what is shaping up to be a very busy food corner near the Garneau Theatre at 109 Street and 87-88 Avenue. In an area already home to a Japanese restaurant (Kyoto), there is also an Italian restaurant (Fiore), Dominos Pizza, Phobulous Vietnamese Soup, Remedy Cafe, DaCapo Caffe, Sugarbowl, High Level Diner and now Kabuki. Soon to come: Transcend Coffee and Whimsical (Cup)Cake Studio. And that’s not even counting even more restaurants not even a block south. Remember the days when Keegan’s 24 hour cafe anchored that strip mall on 109 Street? Yikes!

While at West Edmonton Mall yesterday, I already had a hot cuppa from Starbucks when I saw a new tea studio opened, overlooking the Santa Maria boat. David’s Tea is a Canadian chain with 11 locations that started in Montreal, and is a tea bar. I was intrigued by their “tea martini” but they also offer plain cups of tea, and many retail items, including tea related gifts and loose leaf tea. It kind of reminded me of Teavana in the U.S.

Finally, the tarp seems to be down at Parkallen Restaurant, but renovations continue. Their sign (but not their website) says they are still open limited hours for takeout during their renovations. Good news for my coworker who loves their pizza.

I’ve sent my camera away with Mike who is on a backcountry ski trip, so I apologize for the dearth of photos.

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