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

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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

Klindienst – The Earth Knows My Name


A couple of weeks ago, I was on my way to lunch downtown, and decided I wanted something to read as I ate. So, I stopped into Bison Books and had a browse through their cookbook section. In among the cookbooks, I found two or three interesting non-cookbooks. After leafing through them, I decided upon The Earth Knows My Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americansby Patricia Klindienst.

The Earth Knows My Name

Cover for The Earth Knows My Name

The Earth Knows my Name recounts two journeys, interwoven together. One journey consists of Klindienst’s visits to various ethnic gardens throughout the United States. The other journey takes the author back to her Italian roots. Continue reading