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April 17-30
VOL.12 ISSUE. 17

Return Of The PhoNoelle Chorney

Published Thursday April 17, 05:23 pm
Asian Hut brings an authentic take on a Vietnamese classic back to Saskatoon
ASIAN HUT320 Ave. C South306-954-0188Saskatoon has a lot of Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai restaurants — and it seems there’s enough demand out there for even more. But for all the places that are currently open — many of them great at what they do, by the way — there aren’t many that serve up my absolute favourite dishes.For example, we used to brave the dank, horrifically leaky building that housed Pho on Idylwyld (since demolished for obvious reasons) because they offered the best (and one of the only) bowls of spicy beef and pork noodle soup in the city.I like my pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup) to have some authentic ingredients in it, like tripe and tendon. And Pho (the restaurant) was one of the few places that offered them as options.And then they closed. Boo hoo for me.But wait: there’s hope! Asian Hut, newly opened in an old house-turned-restaurant on Avenue C South (it’s very much like eating in someone’s living room, complete with a whiff of mothballs as you enter and a wide-screen TV and couches at one end of the room), offers traditional pho, and spicy pork and beef noodle options. They even use thick, spaghetti-style rice noo

Green BeerJason Foster

Published Thursday April 17, 05:26 pm
The enviro-friendly kind rather than the St. Paddy’s day special, that is
With the polar ice caps melting, growing frequency of severe weather incidents and worries about reliable supplies of fresh water around the world, beer drinkers are no different than anyone else: it’s clear we can’t just blithely tip our pints and ignore the environment anymore. Consumers of all stripes are becoming more concerned about the environmental costs of the products they buy, but it’s often hard to figure out what exactly those costs are.So in honour of Earth Day (April 22), here’s an overview of the environmental consequences of beer — and a few tips on ways to shrink the environmental footprint of your beer consumption.There are three major factors in determining a given beer’s environmental impact: ingredients, production and distribution/serving.INGREDIENTSThe three main ingredients in beer — malt, hops and water — are all fairly innocuous. Most malt used by Canadian breweries is grown in western Canada, largely Saskatchewan, and malted in nearby facilities. Better yet, most breweries have arrangements with area farmers to feed spent grains to cattle or pigs, maximizing the use of the barley.Hops aren’t grown in C