Christ the King – Fall Supper


Last night I made it out to Christ the King Catholic Church for my first fall supper of the year. It was part of a big food day, as my lunch for the day involved taking part in our Fall BBQ at St. Philip’s. With various bits of running around and visiting I didn’t really get any photos of the BBQ. My only picture is of the marinating vegetable that I used in the pasta salad, which was my contribution to the potluck part of the BBQ.

Fall BBQ salad

These are the vegetables I used in my pasta salad. I marinated them over night before adding them to the salad.

While I didn’t get any pictures, I assure you that there was plenty of food to go around. Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, cheese, pickles, chips, and a variety of desserts. Plus a selection of coffee, tea, and soft drinks. All your BBQ needs. With all the rain we ate our food indoors, but a special thanks should go to the St. Philip’s People’s Warden David Cain who tended the grill in the rain so that we could all eat in the dry.

Once the BBQ and the clean up was done, I got to rest for a couple of hours for heading out to the fall supper at Christ the King. This past weekend was a really busy one for fall suppers, so choosing was a little difficult.

Christ the King pie table.

A selection from the pie table at the Christ the King fall supper.

I had two reasons for going with the one at Christ the King. The first was that it is quite close to St. Philip’s just being a little ways down St. Mary’s Rd. The second was a little more personal and goes back to my time preparing for the priesthood.*

*You can skip down toward the bottom if you only want the dinner recap. Continue reading

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Seine River Cafe – Provencher Avenue


Every so often there’s a place that I’m very aware of, but never get around to visiting. Seine River Cafe is one such place. Located in a strip mall on Provencher Avenue, just past the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. I’m generally at the CCFM several times in a year, but never seem to make it the extra half block farther east. Perhaps I need to develop a habit of walking longer distances.

Seine River Cafe menu

The cover of the menu from the Seine River Cafe. I figure that’s the Eponymous river depicted on the front.

Meanwhile my brother Bob dropped in for a visit from Prince Albert. It was during the week so we decided to make it a breakfast visit. I suggested Seine River Cafe, in part because I hadn’t been yet, and in part because it is fairly close to St. Philip’s, my parish.

Seine River Cafe Breakfast

We arrived at the cafe after 10, but the cafe was still busy with a breakfast crowd. The crowd itself never really thinned out the whole time we were there either. This seems to be a quite busy place Despite this, there are enough tables for us to find a seat without having to wait. Continue reading

Saint Francis Anglican Fall Supper


Last night I made it three weekends in a row for fall suppers. This time it was a visit to Saint Francis Anglican. Saint Francis is a relatively new parish, being formed from the joining together of Saint. Anne’s, Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, and Saint. Barnabas. The parish is located in the former Saint Anne’s building on Burrin Avenue. It’s a good place for a bus rider like myself, as it’s only a block off Main Street. The North Main Corydon gets you there quite well.

centrepiece

A pretty little centrepiece.

The hall where the supper is held is in the basement of the building, which is accessible for those who need mobility aids. This dinner has been running for many years, as a result it is run with great precision. It seems like it might get too crowded, but through good organization and considerate behaviour the meal runs smoothly.

The service is interesting is that it is a free for-all. Instead of calling tables, people are invited to get into line. I get in about midway down the line, and the line moves really quickly. Continue reading

ERA Bistro – Human Rights Museum


I have yet to visit the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. I have however managed to make a couple of visits to ERA Bistro, the restaurant housed inside. The first of these visits I made during Le Burger Week Last year, and then I went again a few weeks ago.

The first thing you notice when you walk into ERA Bistro is how wide-open and airy it feels. It contains an interesting mix of tables for small groups along with a very large communal table. One nice touch is when you get to your table, if you ask for water they bring you your own jug. As someone who drinks a lot of water during the course of the day I really appreciate this. Continue reading

Cafe Lemon Tree – St. Mary’s Road


I happened upon Cafe Lemon Tree more by chance than design. Visiting a parishioner in the area I took a look around the strip mall as I waited for a bus. Cafe Lemon Tree looked intriguing so I made a note to visit the next time I was out that way.

One of the first things you notice when you enter is the large collection of tea pots. They are stacked on wood shelves in behind and around the counter. It reminds me of a somewhat subdued version of Dwarf No Cachette.  Another thing you notice is that there are novelty salt and pepper shakers on each table. On my first visit my shakers were a little disturbing as you can see in the picture below.

Cafe Lemon Tree shakers

A vaguely disturbing salt and pepper shaker combo at Cafe Lemon Tree.

Cafe Lemon Tree Breakfast

My first visit was early afternoon. I noticed that brunch is available. On this visit I decided on the cheapest option. I’m not quite sure why scrambled eggs are a dollar more, but decide they’re not worth the extra cost. The meal arrives with a good portion of hash browns, two eggs over medium and crispy bacon.¬† Continue reading