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Nov 11, 2013 06:32 AM

Regional Must-Eat Foods Saskatchewan

I am doing some research on Canadian regional foods, and I am struggling with Saskatchewan. Basically, I am looking for unique regional dishes, local institutions and hidden gems. When I visited Saskatoon a while back, I had these Saskatoon berry perogies at Touch of Ukraine and they blew my mind. I'm looking for stuff like that, and your guidance would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. Grew up there. Pemmican, perogies. Saskatoon berry pie. Yeah, that's what we've got. I'm interested in what your choices for Manitoba and Alberta are, though. Alberta barely has perogies (and, really, perogies are eastern European, so you shouldn't count them).

    Well, there's also Vern's Pizza. They used to buy expiring deli meat and build a four inch thick pie. Probably still do. There's that.

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    1. re: Leibowitz

      I lived in Calgary for a few years, so I have probably too much knowledge on that subject. Here is something: living out there I discovered dry ribs. Now that I search for it, I don't see any references to dry ribs outside the Canadian prairies. That's interesting.

      Edmonton I have narrowed down to some local gems, mostly Vietnamese. A few of my Calgary picks: ginger beef, bloody Caesars, salt and pepper wings with ranch dressing, Rocky's Burger Bus, Greek-style Pizza, Vietnamese subs, pho, some Cantonese food, some Hong Kong cafeteria style food, Spolombo's, Alley Burger (Charcut), Cowtown Beef Shack, Caesar's Steak House, Peter's Drive In...

      My Winnipeg research: Fatboys (Greek chilli burgers), Rae & Jerry's, Gunn's pizza bagels, Salisbury House, smoked goldeye, Bistro Dansk.

      For Saskatoon so far: Touch of Ukraine, Schryer Fries, "deep dish" pizza (Verns, Houston, etc), Berry Barn, For Regina: Peg's Kitchen, something about hamburger soup?

      Do people really eat pemmican?

      1. re: existential_crisis

        I grew up in Saskatchewan. Never ate pemmican...but I did eat bannock.
        how about bison? My uncle was one of the first bison farmers in SK.
        And in university we ate A LOT of Verns!
        You may want to check out the 'A Canadian Foodie' blog by Valerie Lugonja. She is headiing a project called 'the Canadian Food Experience Project' where bloggers across Canada (including me) write about monthly Canadian food topics.

        1. re: gardengorilla

          I am registered with Food Bloggers of Canada and I am familiar with the project. I feel that my project is of a different spirit than anything I am currently seeing the blogging/food community doing, but I would love to find someone who shares my vision.

          I find that the food community in general is focused on the local farm-to-table trend, where "chef inspired" and "gourmet" are often central buzz words. Recipe blogging and food photography seem to be of great emphasis.

          I am primarily interested in food tradition, in the form of local institutions and regional dishes. I'm not going to venture into a restaurant that is serving the same "gourmet" food as every other city, only with local ingredients. I want to go to restaurants that serve crappy burgers that have become intertwined with the fabric of the community. Does this make sense? I am still working on articulating what I am trying to archive.

          I am looking for the Philly cheesesteaks of Canada - what the locals eat. What the people eat, and not just a minority of "foodies".

          1. re: existential_crisis

            well then...there's the Big Olaf in Waskesiu. That's as local as you can get :)
            And I am part of that project. The post that I did this morning only has a tiny bit to do about food and there is no recipe. Valerie assured me it was okay to do a post with no recipe.
            As I grew up on the farm, I really find the 'farm to table' and grass fed beef really funny ;) Isn't that how we all eat? I didn't realize how good I had it!


            and the Big Olaf

        2. re: existential_crisis

          Never had pemmican in my life. Wanted to try it though.

          I agree with the bison and definitely anything made with saskatoons- Co-op grocery sells Saskatoon ice-cream and yogurt.

          lol- you can also get all kinds of foods with Saskatchewan Roughriders packaging at Co-Op.

          Lake Diefenbaker steelhead trout is another possibility.

      2. What about wild rice? Not exclusively a Saskatchewan item but it's not everywhere.

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        1. re: Beachy1

          This is on the right path. My next question is: where does a tourist go to eat this? Is there a restaurant, for example, that specializes in Aboriginal cuisine?

          1. re: existential_crisis

            That I do not know. We often had it at home but I've not seen it at a restaurant.
            Thanks for the more detailed explanation above. After reading that I'd suggest Nellie's Bakery in Melville. It's been in the community for ages and they make the best long Johns, among other baked goods. People get their baking there or just stop in for coffee and a treat. Is a long John considered regional? Haha Is Melville too out of the way? Is this more like what you're looking for?
            Good luck with your project! Sounds interesting.