New Brunswick weekend

Okay, so the weather is kind of wish washy this weekend and the U2 concert in Moncton may be a tad damp. But it’s a weekend for New Brunswick and rain or shine we’ll be enjoying it.

And we’ll be open, as we were today (Saturday). And will be on Sunday for a weekend breakfast. And on holiday Monday, New Brunswick Day, with our weekend breakfast menu. We’ll be on our shortened hours Monday, 10:00am to 3:00pm, so we can enjoy the day too. 🙂

Speaking of our weekend breakfast menu, we received some very nice words from Where in their post Breakfast, lunch, dinner: Saint John, New Brunswick. We were joined in the post by Billy’s Seafood and the Saint John Ale House. Where is a site devoted to finding the best in dining, entertainment, travel etc. across the country. We’re beaming to be included!

We’re hoping everyone has a great weekend! (The forecast is for a much sunnier day on Sunday. Here’s hoping!)

Have fun and be safe.


Have a stroll down King Street this Canada Day

From last year: Canada Day 2010, Saint John, New Brunswick. (Urban Deli photo)

We’ve opened for Canada Day and will be open till 4:00 this afternoon. So when you’re in the Uptown, pay us a visit and say, “Happy Canada Day!”

Come take a stroll down King Street and support all the vendors along both sides of street!

Inside at Urban Deli, we have our regular menu plus a breakfast sandwich feature. And outside? …

We’re also set up outside today on King Street and we have grilled English Muffin breakfast sandwich plus health bars, ice tea & lemonade…all made in-house.

As for lunch … We’re featuring deliciously fresh Lobster Rolls — selling them inside the Deli and outside on King. And outside only: pulled pork English Muffin!

It promises to be a great day in the Uptown and everyone on King Street would love to see you and celebrate the country we love. Have a safe and fun Canada Day!


Mulled wine Urban Deli style – our recipe

We’ve had mulled wine available throughout December and many of our customers have commented on how wonderful it is. We’ve provided the recipe to a few customers that have asked about. Then we thought, let’s put it in our newsletter so those who want to try it at home can do just that over the holidays.

So, here it is … Enjoy!

Urban Deli mulled wine

Yield: 4

  • 1 750ml bottle red wine (we use the Italian Mezzomondo Negroamaro Salento)
  • 1 cup mulled apple cider
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 3 whole peppercorns
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 2 ounces brandy


  1. Put everything in a pot over the stove.
  2. Slowly bring all ingredients to a low simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a crock pot and serve.

It’s actually pretty simple. Pulling all the ingredients together really what it all about. If you do that, the rest is easy. 🙂


Chef Bob talks about his cooking class – Creole Jambalaya

Coming up on Sunday we have another cooking class with Bob McVicar (aka Chef Bob). If you would like to join us, give us a call at the Urban Deli: 652.3354. If you would like to know more, have a look at our post, Creole jambalaya. Or you can just let Bob tell you about it himself:

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Creole Jambalaya – cooking class at the Urban Deli

Creole Jambalaya - photo: laaloosh.comWe did it a few months ago; we’re doing it again – a cooking class coming up on a Sunday – November 21, 1:00pm to 3:00pm –  with ‘Chef Bob.’ That’s Saint John’s Bob McVicar. The subject of the class? Creole jambalaya!

Traditionally, jambalaya is put together in three main parts involving meats and vegetables, and there are two main types of jambalaya: Creole and Cajun.

There are likely many more, because cooks love variations. We understand that Chef Bob has a Creole jambalaya  in mind for us on November 21. If you’re the curious kind, you can read more about jambalaya and its history.

The class at the Urban Deli will be ‘reserved seating only.’ There is a cost — $25 — to help offset some of our costs. But we’ve tried to keep it as minimal as possible. And we ask that you bring your own “to-go” container so you can take away your own sample of the finished dish.

Of course, you’ll also learn how to make this jambalaya and take home a copy of Bob’s recipe.

This should be a lot of fun. If you get thirsty, beverages will be available for purchase: beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks.

If you’re interested in what promises to be a flavorsome and entertaining afternoon, just give us a call at the Urban Deli: 652.3354.

The details one more time:

Cooking class at the Urban Deli
Creole jambalaya with Bob McVicar
Sunday, November 21, 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Cost: $25

We hope you can join us!


At Urban Deli we have been told we have nice racks, racks of ribs that is…

Saint John, New Brunswick has been experiencing an excellent summer season. The sunny weather has incited many to heat up their barbeques, crack a cold beer (or non-alcoholic drink) and socialize.

At Urban Deli we have customers that come in specifically to enjoy our applewood smoked ribs (available as a half or full rack). What is really intriguing about our ribs (and many customers do not know this) is that they are available to be purchased and taken home to be re-heated.

Ribs after a five hour smoking process

This means you can throw it on the barbie and really impress your guests when they arrive.

These ribs are given special attention from the very beginning (starting first with their five hour smoking process which is done on-site) and so has our BBQ sauce.

Great care is taken to ensure the right flavours come through and since our BBQ sauce is made from scratch, we have been able to certify that it is gluten-free.

Half rack of applewood smoked ribs served with your choice of side

Each set of ribs purchased are pre-marinated in our BBQ sauce and we even give you enough on the side for basting or dipping purposes when you pick them up to take home.

So when you are thinking about heating up that barbeque or grabbing a case of cold beer, remember that even with a busy schedule you can always stop by or pre-order our ribs.

Add any of our appetizers (like our roasted garlic and artichoke dip), side salads, hand-cut deli frites to your order or get one of our fabulous desserts.

Take all the credit, we really don’t mind.

There’s no time like summer for barbecues and there’s nothing like ribs for putting the scent of summer in the air and floating through the neighbourhood. 🙂


Board of Trade and Haiti

In case you aren’t already aware of this …

“The Saint John Board of Trade has dedicated a page on its website to help members raise awareness of what their businesses are doing to raise funds for aid relief in Haiti. Activities being undertaken by members of all sizes from small businesses to large companies are listed on this webpage.”

There is a lot of good information to be found there, including a Government of Canada link for businesses wanting to help in the relief efforts. You’ll also find a list of some of the Saint John businesses, large and small, who are already involved in some way. If you’re business is engaging in activities to help raise funds for Haiti relief, you can be added to the list.

Just pay a visit to the Members Helping Haiti page on the Saint John Board of Trade site. (You can also follow the SJ Board of Trade on Twitter: @i_gilman)