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.

Carrot Cake with German Chocolate Icing


Last night the Saint Margaret’s Saturday Evening service said goodbye to the Petkau’s, who have been part of the Saturday service off and on for several years. Josh Petkau is headed out to the Diocese of Quebec where he will continue to pursue ordination to the priesthood. Josh has been part of the planning group over the last year or so, and Bethany his wife, has often provided musical assistance. There children Solomon and Rose have also made their presence known Saturday evenings, with Solomon recently contributing musically as well.

Carrot Cake

The finished product. A little out of focus, but a delicious Carrot Cake, nonetheless.

All four of them are people I’m going to really miss. They live not far from me, and we’ve walked home together on many occasions. Last night we held a barbecue to say farewell. A couple of weeks previously Bethany had mentioned that she really liked Carrot Cake, but not with Cream Cheese icing, but rather with the German Chocolate Icing. you would normally use for a German Chocolate Cake. So, I rashly said I would make one for the barbecue. It turned out it was fairly easy to do.

Carrot Cake

Being a modern kind of baker I went to the internet to find a suitable Carrot Cake recipe. I found what looked to be a good one at Happy Hooligans. Continue reading

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White Star Diner – Kennedy Street


For many years the White Star Diner was a mainstay of Winnipeg’s Exchange District. The diner was a little hole in the wall on Albert Street. It was mainly a takeout joint, with a limited number of seats. I had only been on one occasion and that hadn’t been enough to convince me to go back.

When White Star Diner says cup of soup they mean cup or at least mug, of soup. Not a small bowl.

A few months ago, I heard that it was closing. Then a few months after that I heard that it would be reopening, this time on Kennedy Street. The location it took over had once housed a Greek restaurant, which was then turned into a combination Greek-Ethiopian restaurant. This seemed as odd as the Thai-Shawarma combo at Shaba Thai. Continue reading

Canada Fries Food Truck


Late last summer, early in the fall, my friend and fellow food lover Cory Boehm asked me if I had seen the new fry truck which was parked across from Holy Trinity. I think it showed up between Wednesdays, which are the days I’m at Holy Trinity to Celebrate the Eucharist.

Canada Fries Truck

Back of the Canada Fries truck.

The day after I got the message was Tuesday, so the next day I headed over across Smith Street once my Eucharist was ended. As things worked out, Cory was there as well and we both had an order of fries. I made the mistake of ordering the large order of fries. I say it was a mistake because that was more food then I could handle.

I went once more, but before I got around to writing a post, the truck disappeared for the winter. Figuring there wouldn’t be much interest in a truck that was nowhere around, I decided to hold off and see if they returned again this year. Continue reading

Shaba Thai – Portage Avenue.


Shaba Thai is one of the most inconspicuous restaurants on Portage Avenue. Located at 561 Portage Avenue, just down from the University of Winnipeg. It only seats about 10 people. There have been other restaurants in the location but none of them seemed to promise anything remotely promising. If they didn’t put signs out on the street you would likely walk by without a second glance. Fortunately they did put signs out on the street and I was curious enough that I decided to go in.

The restaurant is a mom and pop style of operation, and offers a menu of Thai and Shawarma. Yep, you read that correctly, Thai and Shawarma. The main emphasis in on the Thai Food so I decided on my first visit to give that a try.

Shaba Thai Samosas

Samosas from Shaba Thai restaurant.

Green Curry Soup and Satay

On my first visit I opted for a bowl of Green Curry Soup and an order of Satay. I ate the Pork Satay, and they meat was quite tender. The peanut sauce was all right, but not one of the better ones I’ve tried. the Green Curry Soup was quite delicious. Continue reading

Tamale Time – Salvadoran Food Truck


With the new year, there are once again new food trucks. As the food truck activity in Winnipeg increases, the truck themselves are covering a wider area of the city. This means I don’t always catch them when they are new. Tamale Time is one that I am aware of, because Wendy Elias-Gagnon posted about it shortly after it hit the streets.

Tamale Time Truck

Judging from the logo on the truck, it’s always Tamale Time.

Wendy is El Salvadoran, so I figured if she’s liking what she sees I need to give it a try. My first stop by I was a little bit early but I’ve managed to make it by for a couple of visits since then. If you read the blog regularly you know I use a different for of review for the trucks. This is mainly because there is no dine-in element to the experience.

Menu at the Tamale Time truck.

The Tamale Time Menu

Value:

This may be a reflection on the general increase in food prices or on the increasing popularity and specialization of food trucks, but you won’t get a meal under $10;00. There are individual items ranging from $4.50 to $7.00, Continue reading