I am back in Edmonton for the weekend and so happy! As you guys may already know, the Global Visions film festival is on this weekend in Edmonton! This is Canada’s longest running documentary film festival and I had a chance to volunteer with them in 2012. Sadly, since I am working out of town, volunteering wasn’t really an option this year. However, being back today and Sunday, I am going to make the most of my time and try to squeeze in watching as many documentaries as I can. The line up of films this year looks fantastic and I strongly recommend you guys check them out if you are in the Edmonton area.
Ok, now back to my small town travels…
I have to share that I came across a gem in Lloydminster! I was expecting the food options to be fairly limited in a town the size of Lloydminster, especially when it came down to healthy eating. I even made a batch of morning glory muffins to take with me and got all stocked up with organic snacks before I set off for my travels. However, I was so pleasantly surprised to find The Root: Community Emporium in Lloydminster.
This restaurant has been open for about a year and, from what I could see, they are doing a fabulous job. They use local, fresh ingredients and the dishes clearly show that they are prepared with a lot of care. They have both a daily farm and vegetarian feature. The Root also has live music and art displayed on all the walls. I loved this place so much that I came back a second time during my week in Lloyd.
The first time I ordered trout with mashed potatoes and a broccoli/zucchini soup. They let me know they were out of trout and had pickerel instead – that was fine with me. If anything, it was a good sign that they order their ingredients fresh and don’t have a huge stock pile of frozen stuff so when it’s out, it’s out!
The fish was perfectly cooked and reminded me of the fresh fish we’ve made at home when my dad comes home from fishing trips.
The soup was light and comforting. I love vegetables so the combination of broccoli and zucchini was perfect.
(Sorry for the sub-par photos. I only had my phone camera with me and the lighting was not ideal)
The second time, I ordered the vegetarian feature which was an eggplant parmesan. It came with lentil salad and a pear gorgonzola green salad. This meal was also delicious (although the eggplant was a bit too salty for my taste). The salads were perfect though. I was especially in love with the lentils.
Overall, I would gladly return for another meal (and probably will since I am returning to Lloyd on Monday morning). The food was the best I’ve had in the area, the service was friendly and the restaurant was cute and eclectic – definitely a find in Lloydminster!