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.

Night Market Marks?


I went out to the new Night Market last night, and I was generally disappointed with the experience. First off, it was a 26 minute wait in line to get into the event. Then, there is no information available as to what is happening or which vendors are where once you get inside. As I thought about it overnight, I was wondering if we Winnipeggers were being played, and aiding in this. However, before I discuss that, a few good things about the Night Market.

Night Market Coffee

Due to the long lineups, I couldn’t get the whole sign in, but this is Joy Coffee Company one of the Night Market highlights.

On the food side of things, the food trucks and tents did a great job of feeding the people. It was good to see new companies such as Joy Coffee Company, Continue reading

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Royal Paan – Meadowood Drive


Royal Paan on Meadowood Drive is a relatively recent discovery for me. A couple of weeks ago, I headed up to St. Vital Centre to see what was available at the Children’s Hospital Book Market. I managed to find a few deals as I navigated my way around the tables, and then decided I wanted to have an early supper.

Menu from Royal Paan

The Royal Paan menu.

Despite there being a relatively large number of options in the area, none of them was catching my eye, or stomach. However, as I walked along Meadowood, I noticed a place I had never seen before. This was Royal Paan. Continue reading

Thaw Bakery – Pembina Highway


The Thaw take out bag. Elegant design.

Living in Winnipeg The Thaw is always welcome. It signals the end of winter and the arrival of spring and more enjoyable weather. Well, now Winnipeg can enjoy the thaw year round. I’m talking about The Thaw French Bakery which opened last December on Pembina Highway, just north of MacGillvray Avenue.

I first heard about this bakery from staff at the Diocesan offices. I made a note of it, and promptly forgot all about it. Then a week or so ago, I was heading down Pembina and saw the bakery’s sign out the bus window. I was headed for an appointment and noticed it was open. My appointment over, I went back to see if it was still open. It was.

It wasn’t much before closing time, so the selection was a little more limited than it would usually be. Continue reading

Mongo’s Grill – Blogger Night


Last week I received an invitation to a blogger night out at Mongo’s Grill. I had heard the name of the restaurant, but didn’t know an awful lot about it. Mongo’s is short for Mongolian, so in style it resembles at one level Palatal or Palatal Express. This should have been fairly obvious to me, but whenever I hear Mongo this is the first thing that comes to mind:

Don’t miss the video of me grilling. You’ll find it at the bottom of the post.

However, Mongo’s Grill is part of a fast casual chain. The one we visited out by Polo Park is one of three located in Winnipeg. While I said that it has something in common with Palatal, it shares more in common with Freshii. The emphasis here is not only on fresh ingredients, but also on having a really broad selection to chose from.

I was the first to show up for the evening, so I had a couple of moments to wander around the restaurant when I arrived. The restaurant was larger than I expected, but is also wide open, and as a diner you get a feeling of having plenty of space for you and your party. The grill is the centerpiece of the restaurant and it’s the first thing that catches the eye once you enter. Continue reading

Long Island Cafe – Portage Avenue


I recently decided to visit the Long Island Cafe on Portage Avenue just across from the University of Winnipeg. It’s been quite a few years since I last visited the cafe. At the time it was largely a coffee and dessert sort of place. Since then it’s become more of a lunch/early supper place with an emphasis on Vietnamese cuisine.

The prices are quite good and there is a good bit of variety on the menu. The cafe does a lot of takeout. As a result a lot of the dishes are pre-made, and the freshness tends to vary. If you are regularly in the neighbourhood it seems like the sort of place where you could find out the best days for certain dishes.

The fried rice from Long Island Cafe. A somewhat disappointing dish.

The cafe is an interesting place to walk into. There are coolers and freezers all over the place, It gives the vibe of being coffee shop, restaurant and tuck shop all rolled into one Continue reading