Harveys – 600 Portage Avenue


My previous post I wrote about Nuburger, a gourmet burger shop here in Winnipeg. Shortly after I was walking down Portage Avenue deciding where I would like lunch, and it suddenly occurred to me that I should give Harveys another try.

My first visit to Harveys had not overwhelmed me. I had heard that their burgers were a cut above the average fast food place. However, I found my burger to be rather grey and tough. The burger patty reminded me of the Burns brand frozen burgers that you get at your local grocery store.

Harveys Angus Burger

The Angus Burger with Braised Beef

Harveys Angus Burger

One thing that caught my eye as I was walking up to the store was the advertisement for an Angus burger. Now, Angus has become the fast food burger buzzword, meaning that it’s almost meaningless. Continue reading

Nuburger – Forks Market Location.


After my reviewing got me featured in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, I figured I should follow it up with a new review. The overhaul of the eating opportunities at The Forks Market is an ongoing interest of mine. I’ve written about Simon’s and Fusian Experience, and today I’m adding Nuburger,

Despite going through Osborne Village on a fairly regular basis, I don’t often hit the side streets, so I’ve never been to the original Nuburger location. However, once I saw that they are open at The Forks, I put my mind to visiting ans seeing if it was as good as I heard. If you have a chance to read the Free Press article you’ll find that I’m not a huge burger fan, but I enjoy them a few times a year.

Nuburger Chicken Burger

Generally when I visit a place that is known for a specialty I try the specialty and another item or two that don’t qualify as specialties. First, I believe if you put something on the menu, it should be good, not necessarily great like you specialty, but god. Second, it allows for a greater diversity of people to come together over food.

That being the case, I ordered a Chicken Burger on my first Nuburger visit. I also decided to go with the multi-grain over the regular burger bun. I really enjoyed the burger, although I found the multi-grain bun to be a little crumbly.

Tender moist chicken with a good mix of toppings.

Tender moist chicken with a good mix of toppings.

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Eucharistic Eating – Bibliography


Eucharistic Eating Bibliography

Starting on Monday, March 6, I will be leading a lecture series through the six weeks of Lent, entitled Eucharist Eating. You can find the details of the course over at the St. Philip’s website. The purpose of the class is to look at how we can bring our everyday eating into the Eucharist and the Eucharist into our everyday eating.

This is an ongoing project of mine. This series marks a step along the road. Below I’ve listed a series of books that have or will continue to influence my thinking on the subject. This list is not complete, and I have read most, but not all the books contained therein. I hope as I continue on to work my way through the few that I haven’t been able to read yet.

If you have any suggestion for me to add to this list, please feel free to add them in the comments section beneath the post. Thank you.

Biography

Angelou, Maya. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes. Random House, 2004.

Apple Jr., R. W. Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R. W. Apple Jr. St. Martin’s Press, 2009.

Bracken, Peg. A Window Over the Sink: A Mainly Affectionate Memoir. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1981.

Brand, Jo. Feast Here Awhile: Adventures in American Eating. Ticknor and Fields, 1993.

Bruni, Frank. Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, The Penguin Press, 2009

Bourdain, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Bloomsbury, 2001.

DeSalvo, Louise. Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feuds, and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family, Bloomsbury, 2004.

Ehman, Amy Jo. Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner. Couteau Books, 2010.

Gaffigan, Jim. Food: A Love Story. Crown Archetype, 2014. Continue reading

Khao House – Sherbrook Street


Late last year I heard a lot of talk about a new restaurant opening up on South Sherbrook Street. It was a small little place without many seats that would be serving Asian Fusian cuisine. The name of the place was Khao House. The first time I tried to visit happened to be at a time when they were closed between lunch and dinner, there was a note explaining that service had been so large, that they needed to replenish before opening for dinner. So, I took note of the hours and decided to come back at a later time.

Hearing how busy the place is, I decided that my best bet would be to be there the moment the doors opened. I suppose I could always make a reservation, but where’s the fun in that. So, I showed up on the stroke of 4:30 pm and sure enough there was no problem getting a seat.

Khao House is located, appropriately enough, in an actual house. When you enter the space is not unlike a large living room. Along the front windows there are stools at a counter, and scattered about the room there are a few two and four top tables.

cutlery

No need to ask for cutlery vs chopsticks, as both are provided along with fish and soy sauce.

My first time around, I chose to sit at the window counter, and watch the traffic as it passes by on Sherbrook. One thing I like about the menu is that it isn’t very large. There is a nice variety of items but not so many that it’s difficult to know where to start. Continue reading

Vinyl Revival – Open Mic Night


Last Wednesday after work, I grabbed a bus and headed out to Vinyl Revival. Vinyl Revival, is a record shop, music school, performance site, and coffee shop all rolled into one. VR,as it is also called, is located in the old Tredwell’s Music store site just behind the Safeway at Pembina and McGillivray,  Many years ago it was the place to stop in when I needed sheet music or choral scores.

The Performance area at Vinyl Revival.

The Performance area at Vinyl Revival.

Walking in, you’ll find a couple of sections where of LPs. The performance area is against the back wall to your right as you enter. There’s a small area where the beverages are served and where you can make your LP purchases. Finally scattered around the room there is a great selection of tables, chairs, and sofas for you to sit in while you listen to the tunes.

Door repurposed as a table top.

Door re-purposed as a table top.

Vinyl Revival is the brainchild of Darren Sawchuk. Darren’s story has been told several times in recent months. His diagnosis of untreatable brain cancer, has not stopped him from performing, and it also hasn’t stopped him from turning Vinyl Revival into a place where seasoned musicians and young people looking to make music can come together to perform and support each other. One way this happens is through the Wednesday night Open Mike evenings.  These generally start around 7 pm and run for three or four hours. Continue reading