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Original Joe's a quiet winner: Weekly Dish review originally published Feb. 27, 2013

Original Joe’s 8404 109 St. (Six other locations in Edmonton) 780 988 5600 www.originaljoes.ca Food: 4 of 5 stars Ambience: 3 of 5 stars Service: 3.5 of 5 stars Dinner for two (without beverages): Basic, $25; Multi-course, $50 —— Way to go, Original Joe’s. These guys like to lurk under the radar, with minimal advertising. Original Joe’s started in Calgary in 1997, shortly thereafter snuck into Edmonton and has since quietly expanded to seven Original Joe’s in Edmonton, 55 across Western Canada. The original city outlet is still on 102 Avenue west of 124 Street. My memory of Original Joe’s from years ago was of a not-bad burger bar with good beers. But I’d been hearing good things. Going back to an Original Joe’s – on 109 Street in the Bridge District north of Whyte Avenue – was truly positive. Today, Original Joe’s is like Toyota – offering excellent value for you ... Read the rest of entry »

Premier Alison Redford is smart: HIcks on Biz, originally published in Edmonton Sun, Feb. 23, 2013

He’s mad! He’s mad! This Hicks on Biz chap has gone clear off his rocker! He is suggesting Alison Redford is smart! Super smart! A superb politician! I am indeed. It’s fashionable these days to verbally pound Alberta’s premier at every turn. In Wednesday’s Edmonton Sun, four columns, one editorial and one news story were all over Redford and Finance Minister Doug Horner for not anticipating a huge drop in energy royalty revenues, a drop creating $4 billion government revenue shortfalls for the current and next fiscal years. You read it here first. By the time Redford heads into the next election, likely April 2016, she could have a balanced budget, no provincial debt, and a start on building the Heritage Fund ($16 billion) to the size of Alaska’s Permanent Fund (now at $41 billion). Why am I not a madman? The current free fall in government revenue is all about the “bitumen bubble,” the massive discount on the pr ... Read the rest of entry »

Makk Restaurant falls short: Weekly Dish review in Edmonton Sun, originally published Feb. 20, 2013

The Makk on 124  10418 124 St. 780-705-3710 www.themakkon124.ca  Food: 3 of 5 stars Ambience: 3 of 5 stars Service: 2.5 of 5 stars Dinner for two (without beverages): Basic, $70; Multi-course, $110 Where was our bread, my wife gently queried at the meal’s end … having observed bread baskets on nearby tables. “Well,” explained the waitress, “we serve bread between the appetizers and main courses. But your entrees were ready soon after your appetizers, so we didn’t serve you bread.” ?????????? The Makk on 124th Street, I’m afraid, fell short of expectations, especially when proclaimed (by Where Magazine) as Edmonton’s Best New Restaurant of 2012. It’s a little thing, this bread business, but indicative of the evening’s less-than-satisfactory experience. Service was mildly indifferent. There was no visible sign of a maître d’. Before the Saturday dinner rush ... Read the rest of entry »
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