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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Prairie Bistro - Waltz of the Flowers

Flowers, as much as it pains me to write this, are already beginning to languish. The sun no longer stays up until after 10 pm and, though autumn's undercurrent of pathos and urgency is not yet present, senescent vegetation and long evening shadows hint at its presence, just out of sight.

A prognosticatory photograph

My photos from Prairie Bistro were misplaced in the shuffle of summer dining events and resurfaced during this evening's anticipatory thoughts of autumn and the vexing passage of time.  I remembered hearing rumours of a European baker and knew I must go. And soon. Prairie Bistro lives within St. Albert's The Enjoy Centre. The Centre's sheer size strikes most as staggering; I agree but am loathe to call it the "Ikea" of greenhouses. There is only so much Ikea I can stomach (twice a year - tops).

Prairie Bistro is an efficient mix of cafeteria-style line-ups, ample natural lighting, very unusual ice teas and soft drinks (rose iced tea, anyone?), and a smart smattering of baked goods, sandwiches, soups and other comestibles. We sample a cinnamon bun and a citrus-dried cherry-rosemary scone.  The bun craftily balances a sticky interior with a crusty exterior; each bite releases a waft of the eponymous spice. The scone is amply studded with dried cherries, though the rosemary is a bit inconsistent.

A grilled cheese sandwich follows suit. Here, a seductive layer of melted cheddar and gouda are hugged by two hearty slices of sunflower seed bread. A silver cup of homemade spicy ketchup is a clever take on a ubiquitous condiment.

I'm amazed that it took me so long to write this. The memory of this sandwich and the mental snapshot of floor to ceiling flowers will warm my subconscious self, no matter the season or weather.

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