Determined to unearth the perfect recipe for pita bread, Sara Larsen made the arduous journey from Edmonton to her home village in Israel, where she spent days exploring the shops and sites of her childhood, tasting traditional cuisine and studying cooking methods. Sara returned to her bakery in Edmonton armed with two specialty electric pots, which she used to bake warm, fluffy pita breads, piece by piece. As the demand for Sara's authentic breads and dips grew, she moved out of her home kitchen and into her own shop, complete with a specialty pita oven and a 1,600-square-foot kitchen.
There, Sara bakes up the dozens of multigrain, whole-wheat, and fresh spinach pitas lauded by the Edmonton Journal. To craft her specialty dips, she peels garlic by hand, chops fresh dill, and grills eggplant on a smoky barbecue. Her corn and potato breads are completely free of gluten and foreboding fortune-cookie slips. She peddles her products throughout town, from specialty grocery stores to local farmers markets.
The staff at Millcreek Cleaners shares more than 35 years of industry experience, and approaches every soiled fabric with a veteran’s eye for blemishes. From designer labels to everyday clothes and household linens, the experts clean and press all items until they’re as spotless as a bleached dalmatian. Not only that—they also tackle sensitive fabrics such as wedding dresses, silks, and draperies with equal amounts of finesse and vigour. Millcreek Cleaners also staffs seamstresses who can alter and repair ill-fitting or damaged garments.
Olive Me recruits olives from Spain and Egypt to join the local company's ranks and stuffs them with nuts, cheeses, and herbs. The almond-stuffed Californian surprises palates with a parade of lemon, basil, and garlic flavours, and the Little Italy variety exchanges the olive's natural solid-gold pits for feta cheese and red peppers (All stuffed olives are $8/8 oz. and $16/16 oz.). The Gooch explores the olive's sweet side, inviting figs, cashews, and cranberries into its inner sanctum. Signature tapenade ($8) adds a tasty twist to grilled vegetables or pasta dishes with a blend of olives, Italian sun-dried tomatoes, and a smidge of fresh garlic. Olive Me's staff eschews preservatives and packages olives with a bare minimum of oil and salt, making for a snack as wholesome as a pony ride through Neverland's farm district.
Movement Matters guides students through a muscle-toning medley of fitness classes including pole-dancing workouts held in a gym bedecked in kaleidoscopic hues and DJ-quality sound and lighting equipment. Alluring and enjoyable, pole dancing cultivates strength and litheness with exercise that tests the mettle of every muscle in the body. Those looking to foster flexibility and basic pole precision climb up during the Pole Fit session, which imparts the foundational grips of bar work and readies pupils for more difficult maneuvers on the pole, such as parallel parking. After students complete one instructed drop-in session, they can sharpen their skills during Open Pole, a free-for-all forum ideal for practicing lessons from previous classes and perfecting impressions of billowing flags.
At Saccomanno’s Pizza Pasta & Deli, which was named Avenue Edmonton Magazine's runner-up for Best Italian Restaurant, a team of pizza specialists creates the eatery’s signature crust and sauce from scratch, as well as crafting veal cannelloni, chicken parmesan, and diverse menu items. Guests can complement their meal with a frosty brew or fine wine, or end the experience by staring pensively into a cappuccino and trying to plot out the second act of a Godzilla reboot.
B Sweet is a feast for the senses. From the moment you pass through the curvy, candy cane-colored archway in the West Edmonton Mall, you'll find yourself greeted by a sugary scent. After that, you'll have to give your eyes a chance to adjust to the bright confections that line every wall. Then, the only thing left to do is stock up on your favorite sweets in bulk by filling bags or extra shoes with jelly beans, gummy coke bottles, and a variety of specialty chocolate bars.