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Melting Pot

If you like dipping your food into something hawt before it enters your mouth either to cook it with a savoury broth or coat it with something sweet enough to induce diabetes, read on.  Now, I’ve never had a true fondue experience other than a childhood filled lovingly with fondue chinoise (Chinese fondue = hot pot). I’ve always had an itch to hit up that popular CAPSTONE place in Vancouver but I kept putting it off and off and before I knew it, I had settled down on the other side of the country. It kinda goes without saying, but we opted for the “4-course experience” which consisted of cheese fondue + starter salad + savoury entree fondue + chocolate dessert fondue because having to decide on only one fondue would be like choosing between children and I ain’t about that life. I’m in equal opportunity non-foodie. —— Artisan Trio Blue cheese,…

Continental Treat Fine Bistro

Number two on my Edmonton hit list was this quaint little place on Whyte Avenue for lunch called CONTINENTAL TREAT FINE BISTRO. Advertised as a “taste of Europe,” this family-owned business boasts two generations of collaboration and pride. Or at least that’s what the front page of the website says. As a self-proclaimed baguette connoisseur, I appreciate bread. I really, really do in all shapes and forms but this starter was essentially just slices of generic bread. Who really knows though? It probably was a cherished home-grown recipe passed down from thirteen and a half generations all across Europe before making its way to Edmonton but I mean if you had me blindfolded like in a Febreze commercials to give you my unadulterated opinion… They say to not judge a book by its cover so perhaps more fitting in this instance, I should not judge a highly-rated restaurant on Urbanspoon…

Cheesecake Cafe

was not in culinary heaven in Edmonton. Admittedly, my sample size was extremely modest in size so this isn’t a sweeping statement but rather, me low key (publicly) throwing shade at my host for choosing such places. I would classify myself as an easy eater since I’d be down to eat anything anytime with very little complaints because food is rarely that bad. Perhaps the food bloggeuse role I bestowed upon myself has gone straight to my head. You’ve changed, Jen. In any event, the induction of my Albertan food baby took place at CHEESECAKE CAFE, an Alberta exclusive. Go to CHEESECAKE CAFE for the cheesecake and nothing else unless you have an appetite for disappointment. Happy hour cocktails and half-priced appetizers are acceptable if you’re hungry and desperate but definitely skip the overpriced sub-par food. The entrees of salmon maple chilli salmon and champagne chicken were so awful that my mind…