Delightful Havens in Garneau: Farrow Restaurant and Edmonton City Arts Centre
Many Edmontonians like to live life to the fullest, or, to use an old expression, to drink life to the lees. Hoping to drink life to the lees, and drink the best coffee too, paired with the best sandwich you can find? There are caches of treasure to be found in Garneau, which is one of Edmonton's most beautiful and well-situated neighbourhoods. Read about these prized spots here, and discover what Garneau has to offer those who seek pleasure and personal growth.
Edmontonians who desire to have fun while receiving an education in the arts can enjoy a variety of classes at the central branch of the City Arts Centre, located in Garneau Park. Visual artists can work with many mediums. The centre offers instruction in drawing, pottery, stained glass, and silversmithing. There are opportunities to learn photography and hone one's creative writing skills. One can learn to dance. There are also cooking and baking classes for those who would like to cook for themselves or their families and/or bake gifts for their friends. The centre has programs for adults, kids, and youth. The centre hosts birthday parties, so artistic kids and their friends can dabble with clay, oil pastels, or paint, or participate in other fun activities. Past students whose have developed their skills at the centre have written positive reviews. If you're having an event, you can rent space. There's a kitchen available and the building is wheelchair accessible. There's a playground, so kids can not only enjoy their classes but also get some exercise and soak up sunshine.
One block north of Garneau Park, a tiny sandwich and coffee shop can be found, teeming with addicted customers. The address is 8422 109 street , and the store is open from 8 - 4 on weekdays and from 9 - 4 on weekends. Farrow Sandwiches & Coffee, which opened in April of 2014,has become increasingly popular. Justin Benson and Laine Cherkewick are the imaginative owners. Farrow has attracted rave reviews. One, in the Edmonton Sun, refers fondly to the onion soup and grilled cheese sandwich: "Heaven in a sandwich!" Farrow's famous breakfast sandwich, the Grick Middle, has bacon, egg, cheddar, arugula, and rosemary aoli on a Portugese roll. The restaurant offers it all day long, so night owls can grab breakfast late. There are always vegan choices, but the menu shifts constantly, as new creations are dreamed up. The store uses such genius combinations as roast chicken, sweet chili mayo, pickled carrots, pickled onions, oranges, and iceberg lettuce. Another medley included cajun spiced turkey, remoulade, basil pesto, lettuce, and tomato. Guacamole and tortilla chips have featured on a mexican sandwich that looks absolutely scrumptious. Sandwich prices range from about $7 - $10. The store has a loyalty card program which rewards customers with free sandwiches. They serve delicious coffee, experimenting with various gourmet varieties. As days get warmer, iced coffee is available. Connoisseurs can also drip their own! The store's website, farrowsandwiches.ca, links viewers up with instagram. On Farrow's facebook page, one can check out some images of delectable desserts and sandwiches which will make anyone's mouth water.
Farrow is not far from 82nd avenue. That means those looking to spoil themselves can eat and go shopping. The walk from the restaurant to 82nd is gorgeous. For students at the University of Alberta and for those who work in the area, this might be a sure bet for a delicious lunch or a fuel-filled hearty breakfast on a work day. On days off, a sandwich stop could be part of a delightful family outing, as Farrow is close to Kinsmen and Waterdale park areas.
A visit to Farrow will bring comfort to a cold, snowy day, or a hard work day, without emptying one's wallet, while a visit to the City Arts Centre is sure to endow aspiring artists with a sense of achievement and a break from their hectic schedules. A well-deserved session at a pottery class or a gourmet sandwich stop can be slotted into a day of recreation by the North Saskatchewan river. Spoil yourself and do both! The two locations are nestled closely together.