Melt”wich” Food Co – CityPlace


About a week and a half ago I wrote about build your own pizzas. Today I’m writing about Melt”wich” Food Co, which could best be described as build your own grilled cheese sandwich. It appears that the Subway model is taking over the food courts of the world. Perhaps it’s a nefarious ploy to get us to eat more vegetables. Whatever the reason I think a trend is emerging.

Melt"wich" grilled cheese

Basic Melt”wich” grilled cheese with all the toppings.

Melt”wich” Lunch:

My first visit was the day after the place opened. It was clear that the staff will need more time and training before the place begins to run smoothly. I asked what a combo was and if there was a combo deal was. None of the people working knew, and there was no manager around to ask. Continue reading

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Spice Affair – Donald Street


Spice Affair is a new Indian restaurant opened in Donald in the space that was filled for several years by Dhoom Indian restaurant. Dhoom was one of my earlier reviews, but I had heard that it had gone down in quality in subsequent years, and a change in ownership hadn’t reversed that. My one visit after the change of ownership seemed to bear that out.

So, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled over the last few months for the opening of Spice Affair.

Spice affair buffet.

Spice Affair buffet choices.

Spice Affair Buffet Lunch

My first visit to Spice Affair came at lunchtime. The first thing I noticed on walking in was that some of the interior walls had been removed and there was one larger open space as opposed to two or more smaller spaces. The second thing that caught my eye was that lunch was buffet only. I enjoy a good all-you-can eat buffet, so that didn’t really faze me.  Continue reading

A & W – Pembina @ Plaza


For several years I lived just off Pembina and McGillivray. At the time I was a member at St. Vital EMC located originally at St. Mary’s and Bishop Grandin, then at Burland School. Being on the other side of the river, bus travel was a little tricky at times. However, the 16 route or the Dart were available at Pembina Highway and Plaza Drive. Given that there is often a bit of wait between the two buses, the A & W located there was a convenient place for a quick meal while I waited to transfer.

A & W Root Beer

We’ll have a mug of root beer,or maybe two or three. Old A& W jingle.

A & W Burger Combo

A couple of weeks ago I found myself down that end of Pembina. I had some time to kill and was feeling a little peckish. As I got off the bus I noticed that the A & W was offering a Mama Burger combo for only $5.00. I figured even if it was pretty bad, I couldn’t go too far wrong at that price. Continue reading

Pizza Hotline Vs Za Bistro


A couple of weeks ago, after publishing posts on Nuburger, and Harvey’s, Cory Boehm, a friend and fellow food lover, asked if I had tried either of the new downtown pizza restaurants, Za Bistro, and Pizza Hotline. He said he had been having a conversation with a couple of his friends, and that since both offered similarly priced build you won pizzas, they might make for a good comparison.

As it turned out I had just made my first trip to Za Bistro, recently opened in CityPlace. I didn’t realize Pizza Hotline was similar, but on finding that out I thought a comparison post would be a good idea.

Za Bistro.

All the Za Pizza Bistro orders come in take out boxes.

Pizza Hotline Wins the Decor Battle

When it comes to a dining space, Pizza Hotline wins hands down. Za Bistro is the middle of the City Place food court, while Pizza Hotline has a stand alone location with a variety of comfortable seating arrangements tucked into Winnipeg Square. Continue reading

Blogger Night Out – Bouchee Boucher


About 6 weeks ago, I reviewed Bouchee Boucher, the new restaurant just down the street from St. Philip’s.  A little while later I received an invitation to a blogger evening at the restaurant. Naturally, having enjoyed myself previously, I made sure to set aside the time to attend.

The evening started at 6 pm. Upon entering we were welcomed and offered a Manitoba 16 cocktail. This beverage is made with 204 gin, chokecherry syrup, and Cava. It’s a fine sweet and tart combination. It was served with a spoonful of jam that added a nice finishing touch.

Blogger evening cocktail

204 Cocktail.

I was the first to arrive along with Alan and Amanda Pineda. While we waited for everyone to come together we wandered around the butcher shop area while enjoying some Duck Heart with Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip, Fried Okra, with a Spicy Green Chili Sauce, and Roasted Chick Peas. Continue reading