Little Goat Food & Drink


Little Goat Food & Drink is the latest restaurant from Chef Alex Svenne and his partner and front of house manager Danielle Carignan Svenne. It’s located out on Portage Avenue, right across the street from Underdogs Sports Bar. Little Goat features French comfort food as the base of it’s menu.

Little Goat Meatballs

My meatball starter from my Little Goat Dinner.

I first visited Little Goat shortly after it opened in December of last year. At the time they were only serving breakfast and so I decided I would wait until they were open for all meals before I would write the place up. A few weeks ago I managed to get in for a lunch service, but decided I wanted to add a dinner visit before I did my review.

Sometimes, when a place is out of my normal area of travel, it takes quite awhile before I get my visit in. Yesterday, though, was Bishop’s day with clergy at St. Andrew’s Woodhaven, which is just across Portage and a couple of blocks west of Little Goat. The afternoon session ended earlier than expected, which gave me plenty of time for supper before I head all the way across to Selkirk Avenue for the launch of a parishioner’s first collection of poetry. Continue reading

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Blogger Night Out – Bouchee Boucher


About 6 weeks ago, I reviewed Bouchee Boucher, the new restaurant just down the street from St. Philip’s.  A little while later I received an invitation to a blogger evening at the restaurant. Naturally, having enjoyed myself previously, I made sure to set aside the time to attend.

The evening started at 6 pm. Upon entering we were welcomed and offered a Manitoba 16 cocktail. This beverage is made with 204 gin, chokecherry syrup, and Cava. It’s a fine sweet and tart combination. It was served with a spoonful of jam that added a nice finishing touch.

Blogger evening cocktail

204 Cocktail.

I was the first to arrive along with Alan and Amanda Pineda. While we waited for everyone to come together we wandered around the butcher shop area while enjoying some Duck Heart with Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip, Fried Okra, with a Spicy Green Chili Sauce, and Roasted Chick Peas. Continue reading

Bouchee Boucher – Tache @ Marion


I haven’t anticipated the opening of a restaurant in a long time, as much as I’ve anticipated the opening of Bouchee Boucher. First off, it’s the handiwork of Alex Svenne and  Danielle Carignan Svenne, formerly of Bistro 71/4. I really enjoyed both the food there and the events they hosted such as School Nights. Second, it’s right down the street from St. Philip’s where I’m the priest.

bouchee-basket

a variety of prepared foods for sale in the Bouchee-Boucher butcher’s shop

Bouchee Boucher is divided into sections. The restaurant proper which you enter right of the corner of Marion and Tache, and the butcher shop with it’s entry off of Tache. The two areas are connected by a short hallway.

coffee-at-bouchee

A stiff cup of coffee.

The Boucher in Bouchee Boucher

I was a little surprised when I went into the butcher’s shop portion, at the variety of products that were available. Like so many of the newer restaurants and coffee shops in Winnipeg, Bouchee-Boucher not only works with local ingredients, but also supports local producers by carrying their products in store. Continue reading