Clementine Cafe – Exchange District


Over the last few days I’ve been blogging primarily about the Fringe Festival. Being in the Exchange for the Fringe, I’ve done a bit of dining in the area. One of the places I’ve visited is Clementine Cafe.

I’ll get to the review of Clementine in a bit, but in case your interested, these are the Fringe shows I’ve reviewed: Wanderlust, Josephine, Vera Lynn-We’ll Meet Again, 4:48 Psychosis, Wooster Sauce, and Time’s Fancy. I recommend any and all of these shows if you’re interested in taking in some of the Fringe in the next few days. There are also lots of other good shows as well.

Clementine Cafe sign

Sidewalk sign for Clementine Cafe

Clementine is located on Princess Avenue, and it’s just a couple of blocks from Old Market Square, the heart of Fringe Country. The cafe itself is in the basement of the building. Continue reading

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Fools, Horses, Forks


I’ve made no bones that I’m a big fan of Fools and Horses. As it happens I’m sitting in their Broadway location as I’m writing this post. I probably write about 80 percent of my blog posts at this location. It’s a home away from home. Filled with great beverages and run by great people.

So, I was quite happy when I found out that they were opening a new location at The Forks. There are a lot of things that are the same at both locations and some things that are different.

 

Fools, Horses, Forks

Fools, Horses Feature menu at The Forks

Same but Different

Let’s start off with the things that are the same. The first big things that is the same is the staff. Yes there are some new people who haven’t worked at the Broadway location, but several of the staff from there have moved over and they’ve trained the new staff. Continue reading

Red Lake Coffee Co Truck


Saturday was Canada Day, and as always, I was on the lookout for various food experiences as I traveled through some of the sites during the day. I started off my day with a visit to The Forks, made a brief trip through Osborne Village, back to The Forks, and then ended my day at the St. Norbert Celebration.

Along the way I made a couple of visits to the new Fools and Horses location at The Forks. I also stopped at the BBK Barbeque trailer for my lunch. I’ll be writing up both of those in the next couple of weeks.

The logo on the door of the Red Lake Coffee Co. Step Van.

The main reason I ended my evening out at St. Norbert was that Sweet Alibi was the closing act just before the fireworks. If you are a fan of close harmony singing, this Winnipeg trio is one that you need to check out as soon as you can. Continue reading

Baires Gelato & Cafe – Marion Street


A few months ago as I was wandering down Marion Street, I noticed a sign for a new cafe opening in the bottom of a condo complex.I made note and a few weeks ago  I paid my first visit to Baires Gelato & Cafe. I wasn’t in the mood for supper, but wanted a little something sweet to eat.

Being on the corner of the ground floor, the cafe has lots of window that give it a real bright feeling. There are several tables as well as about 8-10 counter seats along the Marion Street Wall.

The cafe offers a good selection of gelato, from Eva’s Gelato, along with a real good selection of sweets. On my first visit to Baires, I started off with an Americano to drink and had a piece of toffee cake to eat. From what I’ve learned some desserts are made in shop and some are brought in from places such as Goodies. I don’t know which category the toffee cake fell into but it was a real sweet treat. Rich and flavourful with a nice sponge to it.

My favourite item.

My favourite item at Baires.

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Daily Grind Coffee – Portage Avenue


In the years leading up to my ordination, part of my training consisted in doing placements in various parts of the city. One such placement was at St. Chad’s, at the time sharing space with Saint John XXIII on Portage Avenue at Rouge Road. During the several months that I was there, one of my favourite stops was The Daily Grind, coffee shop. At the time it was in a little strip mall, just northeast of St. Chad’s.

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My table marker at The Daily Grind happened to have just the right letter on it.

Well, fast forward about a decade, and St. Chad’s has moved east and is now sharing space with Kirkfield Park United Church, and The Daily Grind has also moved east, and has taken over a much larger space Continue reading