Pho Hoang Sargent Avenue

A few weeks ago I was wandering down Portage Avenue and noticed that the site that formerly had housed Kim Long Restaurant was soon to be the new location For Phô’ Hoàng restaurant. This got to wondering, because I like to wonder as I wander, whether or not the Phô Hoàng location on Sargent Avenue was going to be closing.

Pho Hoang House Special Pho

This is the house special Pho from Pho Hoang. I really appreciated the fact that the rare beef was in fact rare.

A couple of weeks later I trundled down the road from my house to the little mall that holds the original site of the restaurant. I figured that even if they weren’t open, that I might finally get in a visit to Banh Mi Go, which has been just about to open since August of 2017.* Fortunately such is not the case with Phô Hoàng, They were certainly still open for business when I went by, and so I decided that it would make a great stop for a meal.

*They still are on the verge of opening. I don’t know what the hold up is, but I hope that it will be worth the wait. 

the restaurant is relatively large, and one of the good things about it is that it has several two tops among the variety of the dark wooden table tops. It was later in the supper hour that I went, yet the restaurant was still about half full. In addition, like many restaurants, they were doing a brisk trade in Skip the Dishes orders.

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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


Keeping the Ferial

A post from six and half years ago, with a bit of an update.

Dining with Donald

I wrote this post six and a half years ago. I’m reposting it with some change in my thoughts. Not that I necessarily disagree with what I wrote, but that I find my approach to some matters a little changed in the interim.

I’ve just started reading Robert Farrar Capon’s The Supper of the Lamb.” Although listed as a cookbook, it could perhaps better be described as a memoir with recipes.  Capon, a retired Episcopal priest from the U.S, has written a book that brings together two of his loves, theology and food.   There is much of substance in this book and I believe I will be writing several posts about it by the time I have completed it.

However, my attention has already been arrested by the material in the third chapter, where Capon is talking about festal and ferial eating.  Festal eating is that eating which surrounds…

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Fringe Fest 1

This is my review of the original production of Padre X. I really encourage you to go see this show if you can. It’s excellent.

Dining with Donald

Marc A. Moir is remounting Padre X at this year’s Winnipeg Fringe. This is the review I wrote of the original production.

During the first twenty-seven years of my life here in Winnipeg I likely attended three Fringe Festival plays in total.  Two years ago I went to three during one season and last year upped that total to five.  The increase was largely due to the number of plays that friends of mine were participating in, either as writers, actors, stage managers, etc.  This year I decided I would get the frequent fringer pass which allows me to see 10 plays for $69, a substantial savings over 10 individual plays.  Plus, since the festival runs over the best part of 2 weeks, there is no need to rush and get to see all 10 plays right away.

That said, I went to two plays Thursday night, both with religious…

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The Catholic Table- Emily Stimpson Chapman

During Lent I’ve been offering a series of lectures called Eucharistic Eating. This is part of an ongoing project(sadly my attempts to record it have not gone well), and I’m always on the lookout for more material on the topic. So, I was quite pleased when I came across The Catholic Table blog. Written by Emily Stimpson Chapman, a freelance Catholic writer and blogger.

Cover shot of Emily Stimpson Chapman’s The Catholic Table.

The Catholic Table is part memoir, part theological reflection, with a few recipes thrown in along the way. The tone of the book is light and breezy with occasional light touches of satire and sarcasm. Always gentle and never malicious. As a Catholic writer she makes good use of both Scripture and Tradition. Continue reading