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


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


Garry Street Coffee, Human Bean Coffee + Tea

Downtown Winnipeg has recently seen the opening of two new coffee shops. Or to be more precise, one new coffee shop, and an old coffee shop that has relocated. The new shop is Garry Street Coffee, located at 333 Garry Street, and the relocated shop is Human Bean Coffee & Tea, which after leaving both The Forks, and the Millenium Library,has reopened in Cityplace, just across the street from the library.

Hot Chocolate from Garry Street Coffee

A warm, soothing Hot Chocolate.

In some ways the two shops are quite different. Garry Street Coffee is located on the main floor of an older building and next to the Garrick Event Centre. Depending on whether or not it’s sunny outside, the interior can be quite dark and moody. There is limited table and counter space and the vibe is 60s coffee house, even to the magazines that look like they were published in that era(they’re not, they are up to date).

Human Bean Cider.

The Caramel Hot Apple Cider from Human Bean City Place. I like that the cider is not overly sweet.

Human Bean Coffee & Tea on the other hand is located on the main floor of Cityplace, a downtown mall. Continue reading


Mercatino- Upmarket Digs, Downmarket Food

Mercatino is the new restaurant that is open underground at 201 Portage Avenue. It’s part of their renovation and creation of a conference center in the basement.

Over the years I’ve gone through the underground at Portage and Main, hundreds if not thousands of time. I’ve also eaten many times at the various restaurants and food courts. The food court at 201 Portage is the one I’ve visited the least, but I’ve still purchased a few meals there. My favourite food place in that food court would have been Deek’s chicken of 20 years ago. At the time they served a rather nice roast chicken dinner.

Mercatino TV

There’s a really big TV down by Mercatino, where you can catch up on all sorts of sporting news. I’m sure it will be popular when the Winter Olympics start.

When I saw them close the area off and start to renovate I was curious as to what kind of food would be available once the renovations were finished. After the renovations were finished, I noticed that there was only one restaurant, Mercatino, and it looked a lot like Marcello’s. One of the things that also caught my eye was that it had a lot of tubs of candy and chips, etc. such as you would find at a convenience store.

Although I had been waiting to see what the restaurant choices might be, the first thing I noticed was the dining area. Continue reading