About Donald McKenzie

About Donald the Priest A priest in the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. Currently serving as Priest at St. Philip’s Norwood Anglican Church. Also serving as Priest Associate at St. Mark’s Anglican Church. About Dining With Donald This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food. I can be found on Twitter as @anglibubs.

Pho Binh Minh – Sargent Avenue


Having recently moved, I find myself going out and exploring the various restaurants close to my new location. It’s one of those interesting things. Even though I wasn’t many blocks farther away from these restaurants than I am now, those extra few blocks meant I didn’t get out and check out places like Pho Binh Minh.

The shredded pork Banh Mi (sub)

Pho Binh Minh is located on Sargent, just past Arlington in a little professional plaza. The restaurant takes up about half of the street level floor of the building. Continue reading

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Famine and Feeding Five Thousand


Since I finished doing my Eucharistic Eating lecture series in Lent, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about hunger. Recently I’ve taken it a little farther and have been reading up on famine. Below is an expanded reflection on the sermon I preached last Sunday, on the Feeding of the Five Thousand as it appears in Matthew’s Gospel. The sermon itself can be found on the St. Philip’s website.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts, ask questions for clarification, challenge my statements, or all of the above, in the comments section below. Thanks.

Our Gospel reading for this morning has lots going on in it. Matthew’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand picks up several themes, and they are part of the themes that characterize Matthew’s Gospel as a whole.

One of the themes that runs through Matthew is that Jesus is great than Moses. Another is that Jesus is greater than the prophets. So, there are a lot of these things here, and I am going to just briefly go over some of them before we deal with other parts of this story. Finally, there are echoes of Matthew’s account of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. (Matthew 26:17-30).

harrowing famine read.

One of the books on famine that I have been reading in the last little while. It is a harrowing read and leaves one aghast at how easily we can be lured into treating each other as less than human.

First off, this encounter with the crowds comes at a very difficult time for Jesus. Our reading starts off with Jesus withdrawing to a deserted place. The after this concerns the news Jesus has just received about the death of his cousin John the Baptist. The forerunner of the kingdom has been executed by Herod, and Jesus tries to escape, to have some time alone with his grief. Continue reading

2017 Winnipeg Fall Suppers


It’s that time of the year again. Time to start thinking and planning ahead for fall suppers. I decided to try and get This year’s Winnipeg 2017 Fall Suppers post is my third annual. As always, I encourage you to check out Orest Kinasevych to find out the locations and times for fall suppers outside of the city. Again, I appreciate people sending me the information on dinners that occur outside of down, but if you wish for advertising for it, please contact Orest.

The list for 2017 is as always, a work in progress. You can leave information for any Winnipeg 2017 Supper that you’d like to see in the comments below email me at macbubs13 at gmail dot com. The number of dinners on the list grew last year, and I’d like to see it get even larger this year. One thing I’d like to see in 2017 is whether or not there are any community dinners hosted by members of newcomers to Canada. If you know of any such dinner please let me know.

Fall Supper centerpiece

A centerpiece from the St. Francis Anglican Church Fall Supper

You’ll notice that like last year there is a mix of style and pricing to these suppers. I hope to appeal to people in a broad range of financial positions, but also to give people the opportunity to learn about many great organizations operating in Winnipeg. It may seem like they are all quite expensive, but once you get past the first few weeks, there are many more that fit a more limited budget. Continue reading

Shawarma Time – Ellice Avenue


Shawarma Time on the corner of Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street is one of the oldest Shawarma places in Winnipeg. Despite having lived in the area for the best part of 13 years, I’ve only gone in a couple of times over the years. The main reason for not stopping in was that although the food was quite good, I found the place to be a little on the run down side, and not a particularly pleasant space.

Shawarma Time Grape Leaves

The stuffed grape leaves from Shawarma Time

However, recently I went back because I was looking for something good and cheap. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in to see that they have made some changes to the decor. The most notable thing is large, flat screens that display the menu and catch your eye as you walk in. This has reduced the number of unattractive pictures that lined the one wall. In general the tables and chairs also look much better and the general cleanliness of the place is much higher.

I was quite hungry my first visit, so I decided I would order a couple of appetizers and one of their pies. I chose Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kibbe, and one of the their Cheese and Spinach Pies. Continue reading

Keeping the Ferial


A post from six and half years ago, with a bit of an update.

Dining with Donald

I wrote this post six and a half years ago. I’m reposting it with some change in my thoughts. Not that I necessarily disagree with what I wrote, but that I find my approach to some matters a little changed in the interim.

I’ve just started reading Robert Farrar Capon’s The Supper of the Lamb.” Although listed as a cookbook, it could perhaps better be described as a memoir with recipes.  Capon, a retired Episcopal priest from the U.S, has written a book that brings together two of his loves, theology and food.   There is much of substance in this book and I believe I will be writing several posts about it by the time I have completed it.

However, my attention has already been arrested by the material in the third chapter, where Capon is talking about festal and ferial eating.  Festal eating is that eating which surrounds…

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