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

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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

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