Spending a week in Edmonton for New Year’s, I finally experienced what a proper winter would be like, cold and snowing. We left rainy Vancouver for snowy Edmonton, with issues of freezing rain at the airport when we landed. Upon arrival it was a bit warm, however, the next few days hit to negative 39 degrees Celsius, when wind chill was counted into effect. Luckily for us, the car was always warmed up in the garage before we left, the streets were mostly plowed, and it was a quick brisk chilly walk to wherever we were getting to indoors from the car.
What did negative 39 degrees feel like? C-c-c-c-cold! I wore a heavy down-filled ski jacket, with toque and earmuffs, double layer pants and sweaters, thick wool socks, and mitts. However, the wind still blew through all the layers and I still felt a bit frozen. The part of the face that ended up exposed started feeling super cold and chapped. After a couple days of feeling the deep cold, it warmed up enough for us to go out sledding and testing out the GT Snow Racer in the garage. I even managed to make some snow angels, which I hadn’t done since I was a kid!
You know how bears hibernate in winter? We felt like that in Edmonton – staying indoors, eating and sleeping. Lots of tasty homemade food, including a delicious brunch made by my sister-in-law, and some homemade Malaysian steamed dumplings I helped make. A family hot pot dinner also allowed us to enjoy some tasty steamed fresh seafood. Nothing says family like a table full of food!
We made it to Highlevel Diner, a local diner highlighted on You Gotta Eat Here for breakfast with friends one chilly morning. As they were still celebrating a seasonal daily special menu, they offered Egg Nog Pancakes (served with a side of rum cream cheese and maple syrup) as part of their specials for the day. Highlevel Diner is famous for their large cinnamon buns, which I ordered one to snack on the go, after a hearty Egg Nog pancakes, whereas my hubby ordered their recommended Farmer’s Egg Benny. My favorite was the cinnamon bun! They are really fluffy and soft, with a crunchy shell, and not super sweet. I managed to devour it in the afternoon for a snack.
Another treat we enjoyed was a dinner out with family friends to Nomiya, a Japanese ramen and sushi restaurant located on Calgary Trail. I didn’t expect ramen in Edmonton to be the same quality as Vancouver and Toronto. However, Nomiya’s ramen is comparable. The soup base was light, however, the noodles were cooked a bit too soft. The service was friendly and fast, with the bowls topped with lots of toppings including bamboo shoots, seaweed, bean sprouts, corn and egg. Their sushi was a bit pricey compared to Vancouver sushi, however was fresh and featured special rolls as well. I would highly recommend this Japanese restaurant in Edmonton – make reservations since it’s a small restaurant.
Our final night in Edmonton, we went for a family dinner at River Cree Resort & Casino, where they had their delicious Prime Rib buffet on special at their Kitchen Buffet & Bistro. For $21.95 per person, unlimited Alberta beef prime rib with Yorkshire Pudding, soup, salads, mashed potato, salmon, peel & eat shrimp, desserts and more, this is an excellent deal for a buffet. The prime rib was juicy and served to order – if you wanted it well done, they will sear the piece more, whereas the medium/medium-rare were served succulent pieces with au jus and fresh made Yorkshire pudding that was to die for! I ended up eating 3 pieces of prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. For dessert, the chef-prepared flambe Crepe Suzette was not super sweet and just the right amount to complete the evening’s meal!