Joy’s Tea – Westminster Avenue

In my last post on Verde Juice Bar, I mentioned that I ended up there because Joy’s Tea happened to be closed the day I intended to visit. Joy’s Tea has been open since December. I was their first paying customer the day of their soft opening.

Cutlery Coat Rack at Joy’s Tea.

One of the things that struck me when I walked in was the spare decor of the place. I also really like the fact that they have a couple of touches that separate them from other restaurants/coffee shops. The first is the coat rack that uses cutlery for it’s hooks. The second is a couple of cabinets that look like medical cabinets that you would see in TV shows depicting turn of the 20th century hospitals. Continue reading


Stone Soup Sharing, Caring

This year marks the 5th Annual Stone Soup Fundraiser. The Stone Soup Fundraiser serves to raise money to support the programs of the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. The council is a volunteer organization that lends support to schools that run breakfast and other feeding programs in their schools. (what goes into a program can be found here). At present there are 165 schools* that receive support split evenly between Winnipeg and other areas of the province.

*I was informed after publication that the number of schools helped has now reached over 200.

The fundraiser is Wednesday, March 22, 11:15 am to 1:15 pm, Manitoba Hydro Place, 360 Portage Avenue. Tickets are $10,00 which let you taste three soups along with bread, water and fruit being available. I have a noon service so I’ll be there as soon as it opens at 11:15 am. Look for the guy in the dog collar and come and say hello.

I’ve taken in the Fundraiser for the last couple of years. I wrote about my experience back in 2015. The Council is something I believe in because it offers not only healthy food alternatives, but it teaches children skills in the kitchen, and brings them together to eat.

This year, Viola Prowse, head of the council, got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in writing something about the event. I happily said yes. I was sent a list of the restaurants involved and noticed right off that there was a fair bit of turnover from previous years. It turns out this is in part because there are so many restaurants and/or chefs wanting to be part of this event.  Continue reading

Fools & Horses, Coffee & Wine

An update to my original post on Fools and Horses. The beer and wine are now flowing. There are a few varieties of beer from Half Pints. I’m especially happy that Stir Stick Stout is among them.

On the food end, the sandwiches are now available. I had the one with filling from Shawarma Khan. Great sandwich. Bursting with flavour.  There are a variety of chocolates from Chocolatier Constance Popp. I enjoyed both the wafers, and the Puff cookies.

Since I wrote this post, Fools and Horses has opened a second location in the Common at The Forks Market. You can find my review of that location over here.

In my Bronuts post, I commented on the trend towards gourmet toast. Yesterday, I walked into Fools & Horses Coffee, on Broadway, and what’s on the menu? Gourmet Toast. Apparently Winnipeg’s food scene is even trendier than I thought.

Fools and Horses seating

Even in the cold of a Winnipeg winter you can enjoy the warmth of the sun at one of Fools and Horses counter seats.

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Chocolatier Constance Popp

Now that the weather is warming up again, I find going out for a walk in the middle of the day a more frequent and pleasant activity. It also means that I’m more often in the Provencher area. This means trips for coffee to Café Postal. At some point I also hope to visit Dwarf No Cachet. However, the most tempting spot on Provencher is undoubtedly Chocolatier Constance Popp .

Popp Ginger chocolate

The dark chocolate and ginger combo is a flavour favourite.

Chocolatier Constance Popp was originally opened in the St. James area of Winnipeg. As long as it was out there, it was quite a ways off my beaten path. The next move was briefly to the underground mall in the Richardson Concourse before settling into the current location on Provencher.

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Chef’s Table, Wining, Dining

The last few days I’ve been working my way through my basket of Manitoba Holiday goodies. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. However, much of it has been eaten on the go. It’s nice to be able to sit down at table once in a while. Thankfully, the Manitoba Chicken Producers were accommodating in that regard. Yesterday evening, they invited me to their Chef’s Table event in conjunction with De Luca’s Fine Wines

I’ve been to a couple of Manitoba Chicken Producers events before, so I knew I was in for both good food and a good time at this Chef’s Table event. The event was co-sponsored by De Luca’s Fine Wines and was held in the back of their wine shop. There is a small, but well equipped kitchen there, and there was seating for the 15-20 of us in attendance. This was a side of De Luca’s I wasn’t familiar with, although when we have our Sunday evening St. Margaret’s gatherings, the food for the evening often comes from De Luca’s.

On arrival, we were shown downstairs, where there was a place for us to leave our coats and we were offered a glass of sparkling wine.

After everyone had arrived, we headed upstairs to the back of the shop for the meal proper to begin.

Chef’s Table Meal:

Our meal and wine pairings were presented to us by two of De Luca’s employees. I had a good vantage point where I could also watch quite easily as the chef’s were finishing each menu item. Continue reading