An Edmonton Thing

There are a few things that seem to be very popular in Edmonton.  Some make more sense than others.  I’ll give you a few examples.It seems to be an Edmonton Thing to:

1.  Run up and down a ridiculous flight of stairs outside in the park for a painful amount of time just for fun.  This, I suppose, is a good thing.

2.  Make a donair/shawarma in the messiest way possible.  Instead of using a pita for exactly what it was created for (ie. to fill that painstakingly crafted pocket) they like to just make it taco style.  While still using a pita.  Wasting the pocket!  And getting my hands messy.  Unacceptable.

3.  Have two restaurants owned by the same people/group and called the same thing but be entirely different in terms of decor, crowd and price point.  For example – Beruit Cafe.  On Whyte Ave it looks like a regular donair place with McD’s-style chairs and fast food.  North of the river on Jasper it has the same name (and sign!) but a full menu with $25 entrees and occasional belly dancing.  That was a surprise to walk in, sit down and have to walk right back out again because all you wanted was an $7 shawarma at their other location.  Smarten up, Edmonton!

4.  Pronounce coyote funny.  Yes, they have them in many different provinces but here we don’t have “kai-oh-tees” we have “kai-oats”.  Used completely unironically.  What I was to ask these people is 1) Do you think the name Wile. E. Coyote works with this?  2)  What do you call the movie “Coyote Ugly”?


One thought on “An Edmonton Thing

  1. Anonymous says:

    As for number 2 that's why you have to go to the Pita Pit on Jasper Ave to have it done properly.

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