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Alta 10328 Jasper Ave 780-244-3635 altayeg.ca   Food: 4.5 of 5 Suns Service: 4 of 5 Suns Ambience: 4 Suns 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Closed Sundays and Mondays Dinner for two, excluding drinks– Basic $40, loaded $80. (Alta is a no-tipping establishment) At long last, Chef Ben Staley is back on the scene. In 2014, Chef Staley created a stir during his 10 month stint as chef at North 53 restaurant.  His was a menu like no other, going far beyond the obligatory “local” and “sustainable” to new dishes using local ingredients in utterly unforeseen ways.   “Every dish at North 53 is unique, a creation unto itself,” I wrote in this column at the time, “tastes, textures, food combinations and presentations  leave you with unabashed admiration for this kitchen.” Staley left North 53 in the fall of 2014 to open his own restaurant. Thirty months later, that dream has finally been realized. Alta opened its doors la ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks on Biz: Growth in electric cars will come, but only with heavy government intervention BY GRAHAM HICKS FIRST POSTED EDMONTON SUN: FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017

Electric cars are coming. In this part of the world, with our cold weather, three hours driving time to the next big city and inexpensive gasoline, electric vehicles will come later. We’ll be many years behind California, where, thanks to government subsidies and incentives, every major auto-maker now has a fully electric car on the market.  The biggest barrier to electric cars is about to come crashing down. Industry buzz says the next generation of electric cars – specifically the Chevy Bolt EV (Electric Vehicle) and the Tesla Model 3 will represent price breakthroughs to the $30,000 US range, with batteries that will double the current 160 to 200 kilometre range of electric vehicles. (One current EV, the Tesla Model S, has a 320 to 530 kilometre range.) Which sounds like the era of fossil fuels is drawing to a close. Prepare ye the end of the Alberta economy as we know it. HOWEVER … there are multiple reasons why Edmonton car dealerships only sell, if they’re l ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks Weekly Dish: Sorrentino's annual garlic festival BY GRAHAM HICKS FIRST POSTED EDMONTON SUN: TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2017

Sorrentino’s 26th Annual Garlic Festival April 2 to April 30, 2017 Downtown – 10162-100 St. – 780 424 7500 South – 4208 Calgary Trail – 780 434 7607 West – 6867 170 St. – 780 444 0524 Little Italy – 10844 95 St. – 780 425 0960 Stony Plain – 108 Genesis Drive – 780-591-2121 Bistecca Italian Steakhouse – 2345 111 St. – 780 439 7335 Food: 4 of 5 stars Ambience: 4 of 5 stars Service: 4 of 5 stars   At least 15 years ago, at the lively reception that always kicks off the Sorrentino’s Garlic Festival, Sorrentino’s Carmelo Rago and I retreated to a corner to enjoy our wine. “This festival has sure worked out,” I said to Carmelo. “But how long can you keep this garlic theme going?” “I’m thinking the same thing,” said the always restless Carmelo. “What’s next?” There was no next! So many good things – a puppy licking your cheek, ... Read the rest of entry »

Hicks on Biz: Labour laws in play BY GRAHAM HICKS FIRST POSTED EDMONTON SUN: FRIDAY, APRIL 07, 2017

It’s not like it’s unexpected. Two years ago, Alberta shocked the nation by electing the province’s first ever left-of-centre, union-biased government. That the Notley government hasn’t yet reformed and revised Alberta’s labour laws to conform with its views on workers’ rights, i.e. unionization, has purely been a matter of priority. Here it comes, folks. There’s nothing official, other than an innocuous workplace legislation review questionnaire on the Alberta Labour website. But labour and business circles are abuzz with rumours that much, much more is about to come down the pike from this government. Major labour law changes: Like an end to secret ballots for union certification, no more replacement workers during strikes and compulsory arbitration of some labour disputes. The rumoured changes, depending on your point of view, could either give Alberta’s workers a better deal through unionization, or represent yet another blow to Alberta& ... Read the rest of entry »
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