May 26, 2014 1:30 pm

BLOG: Morning News Rewind – May 26

Citizen’s Cafe, which offer gluten-free and vegan products, was featured in this week’s segment of Food for Thought.

Eric Beck / Global News

On Monday’s Morning News, Jessica spoke with local fashion designer Kathleen O’Grady in Saskatoon Style and caught up with Chef Dale MacKay on his restaurant making the top 50 in Canada, Joelle went to Citizen’s Cafe in Food for Thought and Melissa put on her dancing shoes at Danza Morena.

Ayden Kitchen & Bar named top ten restaurant in Canada

Ayden Kitchen & Bar is one of, if not my favourite restaurants in the city!!

It does not surprise me one little bit that they earned the #10 spot in top 50 restaurants in Canada. Their success is palpable, from hearsay on the street to the fact they are already expanding their tables seven months after opening.

HUGE congrats to everyone involved in the success of the restaurant!

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Danza Morena gets ready for the Saskatchewan Salsa & Bachata Congress

Salsa dancing is one of my favourite styles of dance out there. It is fun, easy and it definitely gets your body moving.

Carmen mentioned that the congress will particularly focus on Cuban style salsa which I find incorporates more on organic movements. I find bachata to be a very emotional and romantic dance with close and fluid movements.

This week salsa and bachata pros from all over will be in Saskatoon holding workshops and seminars for both pro and amateur dancers. If you love Latin culture or have been to Latin America and miss the dancing and music this can be a way of experiencing it right in our own back yard.

The congress starts May 29-June 1. The international showcase takes place Friday at 8:30 at TCU Place.

Citizen’s Cafe is highlight in Food for Thought

I was introduced to Citizen Café & Bakery by a friend who eats a gluten-free diet. Finding delicious options can be a tad more challenging for those who eat a vegetarian, gluten-free or vegan diet, and for them, a place like Citizen Café is the answer.

Though I am not gluten-free, or vegetarian by any means, it wasn’t hard to find an item on the menu that I raved over. Each sandwich has its own adorable name. Case in point: The Rosa Parks (a bacon, spinach and tomato Panini) or The Benjamin Hooks (a pulled pork sandwich). Or perhaps, you want to honour the cheesiest Canadian out there and enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, also known as “The Ben Mulroney”.

I just love that special touch! And that’s what the co-owners, Brittany Brown and Nikita Brown, are going for. Their grassroots approach to serving food in a corporate culture is refreshing and welcoming. Their baking, breakfast and lunch is mindful of appetites that may need more consideration, but they don’t exclude those just looking for a good old fashioned clubhouse. And it’s all made from scratch!

Nikita specializes in espresso drinks, and after personally sampling both tea and a latte, I can personally vouch for the handmade touch. Citizen Café is located at 23rd Street and Wall Street, and I highly recommend dropping by, even to get a look at the unique design and take in the friendly (and oh-so-Saskatchewan) atmosphere.

Saskatoon designer Kathleen O’Grady bring international experience to her fashion design

We always love supporting local. Local restaurants, local entrepreneurs, local bloggers, local designers… well, you get the gist.

Kathleen has a world of experience, living and travelling around the globe. She is from Saskatoon and has returned to her roots to continue designing for her brand Grady Bleu. Beginning this fall, Grady Bleu’s fall line will be sold in Gentries in Scotia Centre.

As for now, you can find her clothes online at

Jessica and Kevin preview Tuesday’s Morning News

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