Meet Renee Kohlman, a chef and blogger living in Saskatoon, Canada. Although Renee makes a living out of food, her blog, Sweet Sugar Bean, isn’t about work. It’s about her passion for preparing delicious, wholesome food for her family and friends. Having lived the first seven years of her life on a farm, she quickly learned where food comes from. To her, using fresh, local ingredients is paramount, and on her blog, she shares recipes that makes produce the star of savory and sweet dishes. Oh, and butter, bacon and chocolate may make appearances once in a while, too. Here’s Saskatoon, in her own words.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Saskatoon has been my hometown for almost five years. It’s a beautiful, small city in the heart of the Canadian prairies. Saskatoon is definitely urban with a small town, friendly vibe. There’s always plenty to do and our arts and culture scene is thriving. We may get a bad wrap for our freezing cold winters, and I won’t lie – they can be rough. But our gorgeous, sunny summers more than make up for it. With loads of festivals, scenic attractions, a creative culinary scene and a bustling year-round farmer’s market, Saskatoon has a well-deserved reputation for being a destination city.
Fresh, local ingredients. In Saskatoon, the culinary scene is constantly evolving, and that makes me happy. More and more restaurants are focusing on fresh, local ingredients: The Hollows, Prairie Harvest Cafe, and Duck Duck Goose are just a few of my favourite places doing it best. Coffee culture is alive and well here too. Museo, Collective Coffee and City Perks are where I go when I need a jolt of java and cozy surroundings to just chill out in. But when I want a burger, there is one place that does it well, every single time, and that is The Park Cafe. Nestled in the Riversdale neighbourhood, it’s an old school diner with fresh and delicious brunch and lunch offerings. I go here every couple of months just for the burger – it’s housemade with their own sauce, their own smoked bacon and fresh cut onion rings. Sometimes I eat the rings by themselves, and sometimes I squish them right in the burger itself. Yummy both ways! The Park Cafe is always packed so the people watching is a treat, as is sitting in the vinyl booth. If you ever find yourself in the Paris of the Prairies, I suggest stopping in at the places I’ve listed – I promise you won’t be disappointed with the food or the hospitality.
- I’m not the only one who likes Renee’s blog! She was recently named one of Canada’s Best Food Bloggers by The National Post and one of 13 Food Bloggers to Watch in 2013 by Eat In Eat Out Magazine
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