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.

Booster Juice – Downtown Locations.

As this blog is self-sustained and self-supported, I’m always looking for deals that will help me out as I dine about town. So, a couple of months ago when Ian McCausland was selling Booster Juice coupons in support of the Scout Troop that he helps to lead, I thought it would opportunity to support a good person, a good cause and save myself a few dollars as I checked out Booster Juice.

Booster Juice berry smoothie

a Berry smoothie from Booster Juice.

Booster Juice is a made in Canada success story. Starting out in Alberta in 1999, the chain has expanded to over 350 franchises in under 20 years. It’s been years since I’ve visited a Booster Juice, but if my memory serves, for the longest time smoothies were all they served.

When I went recently I realized they had expanded to include protein ball, protein bars, puddings and wraps/sandwiches. Since my coupons were only for smoothly, that was mainly what I tried, but I did add a couple of the smaller type extras to my orders.  Continue reading


Bruichladdich Scotch Tasting Event

Last night I headed out to Smith at The Forks, to enjoy a scotch tasting event put on by Bruichladdich distillery. I ended up there because the event had been posted in the Manitoba Bartenders Guild on Facebook.

The Manitoba Bartenders Guild appeared in my Facebook feed not long after my post on Brown’s Socialhouse. On one of my visits there, the drink special had been hi-balls. I had tried a couple of different alcohols in my drinks, but they both simply left me feeling that I was drinking cranberry juice and nothing else. Having had a rather disappointing experience I thought it would be worth my time to learn a little more about cocktails and other beverages.

Bruichladdich scotchs

The first four of the Bruichladdich scotchs that we tasted last night.

Joel Carleton, the group admin (more on him later in the post), had posted a teaser in the group about a possible scotch tasting, so I was keeping my eyes open, and when Reed Pettit, the rep for Bruichladdich, posted the details for the event I jumped at the chance to get a ticket. A few years ago I had done a similar event hosted by a rep for The Maccallan, and had found it very enjoyable and informative.

Last night was also the first time I had been at the Inn at The Forks since the restaurant was called the Current. The event was held in a back reception room of the restaurant. Continue reading


More Crime and Cuisine

I’m taking a bit of a break from the series I just started, to do an addition to another topic that I beg a while ago. A couple of months ago, i wrote a post on some of my favourite fictional detective figures where food plays a significant roles in either the stories or character development.

On a whim, when I tweeted the post I tagged Ian Rankin, creator of Rebus, my favourite detective, lack of food narrative notwithstanding, Surprisingly, he answered back my tweet, and even included a couple of other notes. One was making note of Hamish Macbeth, and Agatha Raisin, by MC Beation, and the other was that there exists a whole sub-genre of, largely American, writers whose mysteries include recipes at the end of each chapter.

MC Beaton

When Ian Rankin recommends a mystery writer, there is no choice but to take the time to check that writer out.

One of the writers that came up in the comments to the last post was Martin Walker, and his Bruno Chief of Police series. I have started reading that series and I will be writing about him, but I intend to give Bruno his own post, which I’m going to connect to the idea of French Cuisine. For now, all I’ll say is, if you can get your hand on the Bruno books make sure you do.

One character I left off the list is Jim Qwilleran, from Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who series. Although the cats are the main focus of the series, Qwilleran proves himself to be quite adept in the kitchen.

Baking, Catering, and Crime Solving

It was reading Diane Mott Davidson’s Catering to Nobody, that got me started on this crime and cuisine jag. I don’t know if she is the start of the genre, but she is clearly marked out as one of the best in the genre. Joanne Fluke is another author who has achieved a great deal of success in this genre.  Continue reading


Holy Hunger – Margaret Bullitt-Jonas

The next couple of weeks or so, I’m going to be doing a series of three book reviews. There may be some other posts mixed in there, but the three books I’m writing about are: Holy Hunger: A Woman’s Journey from Food Addiction to Spiritual Fulfillment, by Margaret Bullitt-Jonas. Hunger: A Memoir of My Body, by Roxane Gay. The Comfort Food Diaries: My Quest for the Perfect Dish to Mend a Broken Heart, by Emily Nunn.

The last two books listed were both published last year. Holy Hunger was originally published in 1998, but Bullitt-Jonas’s story dovetails nicely with the stories by Gay, and Nunn.

Holy Hunger Cover

Cover from the original hardcover edition of Holy Hunger

All three stories came to my attention as a result of my relatively new found focus on visiting my local library for reading material. I found The Comfort Food Diaries in the new and noted section of the Winnipeg Public Library. Reading it made me think of Hunger, which I had heard a great deal about in the last few months, and while reserving a copy of that book, Holy Hunger popped up in my search feed.  Continue reading


Hong Hing Chinese Restaurant

Hong Hing restaurant on Ellice Avenue, is a  Chinese restaurant of the type I was familiar with growing up. Lots of dishes featuring chop suey and chow mein. However, there are a few Szechuan dishes available on the menu, and even an eight item Dim Sum list.

This is a place that I’ve often wondered, when I passed, if it is still in business. It’s a squat, rather non-descript, exterior that doesn’t appear all that inviting even in the daytime. However, it is also not far from where I live so I thought I should stop in some time.

Hong HIng Sliced Chicken.

The sliced chicken from Hong Hing. The skin is nice and crispy and the chicken is quite good, if slightly overcooked.

Hong Hing specializes in takeout, but there are a few table and about twenty seats in the restaurant if you want to dine in. Although I dined in on my first visit, I got the impression that they would prefer you to place takeout orders. Continue reading