YQL Food

Umami Shop: Southern Alberta Food Adventure- YQL (Part 1)


I recently visited Umami Shop Canada, which is located in Lethbridge Alberta. I was so surprised to see how cool it was. When I lived in Lethbridge, it used to be a Skateboard shop, where I used to go skate ! IMG_4633 umami-7

Umami was opened just one year ago by Patricia and her partner Sven.  Patricia was born and raised in Lethbridge and her parents own an Asian grocery store on the Northside.   She moved to Germany, where she lived for several years and met Sven.  Sven is born and raised in Germany, he is the head of logistics and operations, and he does all the ordering. It was a big risk to come to Canada, and open Umami Shop, but also a big opportunity!

Patricia and Sven moved to Lethbridge, and wanted to open a  grocery that people would love, with  a  kitchen to teach cooking lessons, and a store that had more to offer than other stores in Lethbridge. The prototype for Umami Shop is in France.  It is about ten times smaller and has a lot more European products.



Umami Shop Canada has many more Asian products like Japanese, Korean and Indian, to cater to the growing demand for these type of foods in Lethbridge.  There is also a good selection of German and  Italian and French products.

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At Umami they have cooking classes with fully trained chefs and a very beautiful kitchen.  I was lucky to be able to have a one-on-one cooking class with Chef Mi-Ran Shin. Chef Mi-Ran is from Korea, so she taught me how to make a traditional Korean Bi-bim-bap (rice & veg bowl).




Check back tomorrow when I show you what Chef Mi Ran taught me!!


Photo Credits: Jonathan Ruzek (www.lethbianlove.ca)

Piggyback Poutinerie - Southern Alberta Food Adventure: YQL


Piggyback Poutinerie has been open in Lethbridge just since April 2014.  The owner Dylan, has been in the food industry for several years, and started his career out at the Keg.  When he realized that their was a niche in the market in Lethbridge, he and his wife decided to open a poutinerie. IMG_7226



As much as is possible, Dylan tries to buy local ingredients.  But there are just some things that you can’t get in Alberta;  Lobster for example. Which was a special poutine a little while back.

All of the potatoes are pre-blanched, which work better for preparing, as frozen potatoes don’t work because there is too much water on them.

In the first 6 weeks that they were open, Piggyback Poutinerie sold over 7,500 lbs of potatoes!!


One of the favourites on the menu is the Triple Porky : BBQ Pulled Pork, Bacon, Maple Sausage, Cheese Curds and Brown Gravy! This was my favourite!!


Another one that I tried when I was there was the Daisy: Duck Confit, Bacon, Cheese Curds & Brown Gravy.

There are often specials that Dylan comes up with. On the day that I got to help cook it was Chicken Parmesan Poutine, lots of people ordered that one!





There are also vegetarian options available.

Piggyback Poutinerie uses a cheese blend of Quebec Curds and Mozzarella  for that pulley stringy texture. So delicious!!


So Aberta foodie friends! Take a drive to Lethbridge and go visit Dyaln at Piggyback Poutinerie. 315 6th Street South.