Alberta Avenue eateries get a collective boost from the community

Jerk Chicken from Flave Cafe on 118 Avenue.

If you’re looking for a little adventure while cooped up this winter, let your tastebuds guide you with a culinary tour packaged and delivered straight to your home.

Started in 2016, the Eats on 118th Tour & Taste event was organized as a guided food experience through different restaurants along the multicultural promenade. It was a collective effort to raise awareness of and support some truly unique Edmonton businesses, and this year, they need that help more than ever.

“These are really passionate foodies that have a background in making certain cultural cuisine and they all happen to be in the same place,” says Joshua Semchuk, interim director of the Alberta Avenue Business Association, which organizes the event. “You’ll find a variety of foods from North Africa, from East Asia, from North America, and a genuine love of food and eating.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Business


Baker launches company that mixes cookies with charity

Amanda Palomino has spent the last several months baking cookies for friends while fostering dogs, and found a way to combine both of these interests through a new charitable company: Batter that Matters.

Palomino, 27, lives in Bedford, New York. Her father owns several restaurants, but she is a self-taught baker, learning as she created desserts for her family. Palomino told The Journal News that she began baking more during quarantine as a way to “de-stress,” and when she gave her desserts away to family and friends, she saw how their faces would light up. “I’ve been thinking about starting my own business for a while so I figured why not bake, spread joy, and give back,” Palomino said.

In early January, she started Batter that Matters, an online bakery specializing in cookies — her favorite treat to make. Her menu features classics like chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, with vegan and gluten-free options to be inclusive. A portion of her profits will always be donated to charity, with the organizations changing every few months. Palomino’s first charity is the SPCA of Westchester, and she picked this no-kill animal shelter in honor of the pups she’s helped rescue over the last year. “I’ve spent part of the pandemic fostering dogs and it’s been really rewarding,” she said.

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Source:: The Week – Business


FAA Grounds Boeing 777 Planes and Orders Thermal Inspections After Engine Blew Apart

(DENVER) — The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday ordered airlines in the United States to ground planes with the type of engine that blew apart after takeoff from Denver this past weekend until they can be inspected for stress cracks.

The FAA’s order applies to U.S. operators of airplanes equipped with certain Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines, which are used solely on Boeing 777s. Before the planes can fly again, operators must conduct a thermal acoustic image inspection of the large titanium fan blades at the front of each engine.

The technology can detect cracks on the interior surfaces of the hollow blades that can’t be seen by the naked eye, according to the order.

The FAA directive is a blow to United Airlines, which had 24 of the planes in service and is the only U.S. airline with the engine in its fleet.

“On Sunday, we voluntarily removed 24 Boeing 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines from our schedule,” said United spokesman David Gonzalez. “We’ve been working with the NTSB on their investigation and will comply with the FAA’s Emergency Airworthiness Directive to ensure all 52 of the impacted aircraft in our fleet meet our rigorous safety standards.”

A United flight from Denver to Honolulu made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff Saturday as pieces of the engine’s casing rained on suburban neighborhoods. None of the 231 passengers or 10 crew were hurt, and the flight landed safely.

Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said during a virtual news conference Monday night that a fractured fan blade found in the engine had visible signs of “damage consistent with metal fatigue.” The broken blade hit and fractured the blade next to it as the engine broke apart, according to a preliminary investigation.

Sumwalt said the blade that fractured first was flown on a private jet to Pratt & Whitney’s headquarters Monday night to be examined under the supervision of NTSB investigators.

“Our mission is to understand not only what happened, but why it happened, so that we can keep it from happening again,” he said.

The FAA directive said the agency would review the results of the inspections “on a rolling basis.”

“Based on the initial results as we receive them, as well as other data gained from the ongoing investigation, the FAA may revise this directive to set a new interval for this inspection or subsequent ones,” according to the order.

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Source:: Time – Business


Growth in industrial and tech markets bringing much needed optimism to Edmonton in 2021, says CBRE report

A crew member works on top of the 102 Avenue tunnel approach for the Valley LRT Line in Edmonton on Feb. 10, 2021.

Continued growth in Edmonton’s industrial and tech markets is anticipated to bring more optimism to the city amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CBRE’s 2021 national forecast.

The American-based commercial real estate and investment firm released its forecast for the year on Tuesday and showed several positive trends for Edmonton. The report said the city’s industrial market is catching up with other major Canadian cities as more companies are looking for larger industrial distribution buildings. Edmonton was also highlighted as being Canada’s fifth-largest data centre in the country, just behind Calgary.

Dave Young, CBRE’s Edmonton managing director, said the city is showing a lot of promise.

“I think 2021 will have some bumps (but) we’re much more optimistic than we were (in the) middle of 2020 as to where we’re going to go over the course of the next few years,” he said. “Looking into 2021, there’s a number of areas that I see opportunity in the market. I think the industrial business, and I think you can see that globally, is really growing and it’s growing here. We’re no longer just the manufacturing of just oil and gas. We’re starting to see logistics businesses take hold here.”

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Business