Beet Happening – Notre Dame

Despite living really close to Notre Dame Avenue I find that most of my life and eating happens to the south and east of that street. That’s why when it comes to new restaurants I’ve been writing about place such as Sherbrook Street Delicatessen and The Tallest Poppy over the last few months.

I occasionally find my way down to Lucky Supermarket or one of the Vietnamese restaurants on the street. With the opening of Beet Happening on the corner of Notre Dame and Beverly, those trips will become more frequent. The signage for Beet Happening with it’s “Good food is Good” slogan has been up on the building for a long time. I’d walk past it and wonder if anything was ever going to open. Last week one of my friends posted on her Facebook page that Wednesday, March 25th, was going to be the opening day. I set my alarm clock early and set out for breakfast.

Beet Happening sign

The sign says it all.

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More With Less, Memories, Milestones

This year is a milestone year for me. On October 12 I hit the big 5-0. In accordance with such a momentous event, it is a national holiday in Canada (as it should be every year). 2015 marks a couple of other notable events in my life. It was 25 years ago that I spent a summer in Southern Ontario on a course sponsored by the now defunct Student Mission Advance. The course was called World Christian Leadership Development. 2015 also marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of the More With Less Cookbook, by Doris Janzen Longacres. 

Yesterday Chris Smith of the excellent website Englewood Review of Books, and whose book Slow Church is one of my recent favourites, made mention that Rachel Marie Stone whose book Eat With Joy I previously reviewed, is planning on doing an updated edition. That was a long sentence. Anyway, it got me thinking about how the More With Less cookbook is connected to various important elements in my life.

More With Less

My old copy of More With Less

More With Less and Me

Around this time 25 years ago, I had just been baptised and was suddenly presented with the opportunity to leave my job, and head off to Southern Ontario to spend four months immersed in an intense Christian Leadership learning experience. I wasn’t supposed to be going, but the person who had originally been selected had backed out, and there I was on the verge of a new and scary thing. Continue reading

Carlos – Murphy’s, Osborne

Last Wednesday I met up with the Why Cook Wednesday’s Supper Club from St. Margaret’s, over at Carlos & Murphy’s. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten together with this group. However, scheduling and everything worked out and I was able to reconnect.

The group meets more frequently during Lent, which may seem a little odd. Dining out during a time associated with giving things up. However, the more frequent meetings serve as times of connection. Relationships can get lost during the rush of daily living, and sometimes the thing that we need to most give up is our focus on ourselves. Being with others on a regular basis is a good way to do that.

One of the reasons I sometimes miss meeting with this group is that I forget to RSVP my intentions when reservations are needed. I had forgotten to do so again this time, but decided to show up anyway thinking that 6:30 on a Wednesday evening would likely not be too busy at Carlos and Murphy’s. I wandered over to Osborne Village to happily discover that I had reasoned correctly.

Carlos and Murphy's Barking Squirrel Beer.

Barking Squirrel Beer out of Ontario.

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Union Station Cafe Kiosk

Union Station on Main Street at Broadway was once one of the transportation hubs in Winnipeg. There still are some trains that come through, but mainly the building is dedicated to offices. With the Forks a stone’s throw away, there is also not a great demand for food services in the building. However, in the rotunda, there is a little kiosk called the Union Station Cafê Kiosk.

The kiosk has a limited menu that mainly consists of salads, sandwiches, and wraps. However, there is a small kitchen in the back where they produce soup, and a hot special or two each day. For the travelers who may stop through, they also carry the usually supply of chocolate bars, and gum, etc.

Lunch at Union Station:

I had stopped by the kiosk a couple of times and picked up a cup of coffee, but until recently hadn’t tried any of the food. My first stop was at lunch time, and so I decided to give the chili a try. The price was right at only $4.00 and the serving came with a slice of garlic toast included. This was a pretty good chili. It had the right flavour, and there was a nice little bit of spice to the dish. All in all it left me feeling satisfied.

Union Station Chili

Taller and skinnier than some containers, there is still a good portion of chili here from the Union Station Cafe.

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Daily Bread Cafe – St. John’s College

When I began training for the priesthood, I had some theological education. Most of this had been done at Providence Seminary in Otterburne. However, there was still work to be done, especially in the area of Anglican theology and practice. So I enrolled in the Diploma Program at St. John’s College(the program is currently on hiatus). Classes were at 7:00 pm, so I often would go to the Daily Bread Café for supper beforehand.

Daily Bread Cafe, Daily Special sign.

Daily Bread Cafe, Daily Special sign.

Daily Bread is located in the basement of St. John’s College. While functioning as a restaurant for the college, it is open to the general public. The café is only one part of the St. John’s food service program led by Ian Park. On my last visit to Daily Bread, I was having supper before attending a lecture by Bishop Linda Nicholls from the Diocese of Toronto. The lecture was followed by a reception where the desserts pictured below were served by the college’s catering arm.

Daily Bread Catering

Dessert platter and a bit of a fruit platter served by St. John’s food service catering department.

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Coffee Depot-Downtown Skywalk

Back in January I wrote a post on Café Asante. In it I explained how a fall had caused me to spend more time walking indoors. While it has it’s critics, I really appreciated the downtown walkway system. Especially during the real cold months. With the weather warming up I’m sure I’ll be spending more time outdoors when I walk. Still, it’s nice to know the walkway is there. That could also describe Coffee Depot, a little hole-in-the-wall café located in the walkway.

Coffee Depot Sign

The sign advertising Coffee Depot’s specialty the Fava Mudammas

The Beautiful Game at Coffee Depot:

I first discovered Coffee Depot during Euro 2012. I’m not a massive footie fan, but am generally aware of what is going on in the sport. The TV in the place isn’t the biggest screen, but I knew the game would always be on. On top of that I knew the owner wouldn’t object if I sat there and watch almost the entire game while nursing one cup of coffee. Continue reading