BBK Barbeque Trailer


I mentioned in my post on the Red Lake Coffee Co Truck, that on Canada Day, I had also eaten at BBK Barbeque trailer and that I’d include a review of that trailer shortly.

BBK has been around for quite a few years now. It’s more of an event trailer than a street truck, so I don’t see it out that often. I have though, over the last few years had a chance to try several of their items.

BBK sauces

BBK offers a wide variety of sauces to their customers.

This is a comment I made on one of my earlier visits to the truck.

I started my weekend in the early afternoon. I had already had lunch, but still had enough room to stop at one of the trucks. I decided on the Beef Brisket from BBK. BBK is the upscale partner truck to Extreme Fries.* In ordering I went with the plain sandwich and didn’t add any condiments. The brisket itself was tender and fatty in a very good way.

*Extreme Fries is now under new ownership. 

So here’s my typical food truck breakdown on BBK:

Value:

As I said in the above quote this trailer is an upscale version of a typical burger/hot dog truck. Continue reading

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Holy Eucharist Fish Fry


Last night I attended the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry. Last year when I did my post on Fall Suppers, I got started a little late. As a result, I only got to three. Those were connected to my role as a priest. This year when I listed the suppers I decided to try and attend a few more. The Fish Fry at Holy Eucharist was the first.

This was a dinner that had me reminiscing as I was getting ready to go. For years I worked at the Family Foods on the corner of Watt and Kimberley. Being a bus traveler, I had rode past Holy Eucharist many times, but had never gone in. After last night I still haven’t, because the Parish Hall is located across Watt Street from the church. Still I found myself wondering if I might run into any former customers during the evening.

Holy Eucharist Hall

The Hall at Holy Eucharist is large and spacious.

Suppertime at Holy Eucharist

The meal at Holy Eucharist consisted of pickerel, potatoes, coleslaw, slices of rye bread, and peas and carrots. The pickerel had been brought into town fresh that day, and was lightly breaded. I really enjoyed the coleslaw. I’m a coleslaw fan, and this one was a real nice oil and vinegar one, without too much dressing on it. As you can see from the photo below I was served a good plateful. Dessert was a choice of vanilla or chocolate cake.

Holy Eucharist Fry

Plate of Pickerel and sides from the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry

When I arrived, the hall was only about two-thirds full. Not knowing anyone there, I took a table on my own. Like many of these suppers the tables were called up to be served by number. My table was called early. Despite having sat down by myself, shortly after I picked up my food, the table started filling up. In a few minutes the table was completely filled.

There was a family of three. Four sisters from the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, (They operate out of Holy Family Home), as well as a mother and daughter. During the course of the meal, we talked about calling, and about community. One of the pleasures of events such as fall suppers, is the general hum of conversation that goes on all around you.

I mentioned earlier that I wondered if I would see any former customers, and I have to admit that while one or two people looked familiar I didn’t run into anyone. However, I did run into Davada a friend and parishioner from Holy Trinity. It turns out she also has connections to Holy Eucharist as well as the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. It’s great to come away from an event like the supper creating new relationships and friendships, and seeing in how many ways I’m already connected to new people.

Along the way, I also discovered that there is another supper coming up at Holy Eucharist. This is their Fall Supper, and it happens on November 8th. Their fall supper is a perogy supper and it sounds real good. Plus the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate have a women’s supper coming up. I’ll have more information on that shortly.

Finally, I decided to pick up a few silent auction tickets. Wonder of wonders, my number was called for a set of Ukranian serving dishes. It is really quite an attractive set. Though, I’m not sure yet if I will put in on my shelves or add it to the prize pool for the St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off. Do think this will make a good prize?

Holy Eucharist Prize

My silent auction prize.

Pastrami & Things, Tache Avenue


I recently discovered Pastrami & Things, a restaurant about five blocks down Tache from St. Philip’s. I made the discovery because I hadn’t really noticed any restaurants around St. Boniface Hospital.

As a priest, hospital visits are recurring events. Yet, despite having made many visits to St. Boniface, I’ve never been all that aware of what’s surrounding it. That’s because generally when I’m heading to the hospital, it means I’m meeting with someone whose life is in some sort of distress. As a result I’m focused on the encounter ahead and the surrounding area tends to fade into the background.

Pastrami & Things Sign

Sign featuring a caricature of the owner of Pastrami & Things

Located in the Family Medical Centre, 400 Tache, Pastrami & Things offers a classic deli menu. It runs from breakfast to late lunch. In 2014 it was awarded the title of “Best Deli in Winnipeg,” by the Winnipeg Sun. Both times that I visited there was a steady stream of customers coming through for dine-in or take-out. Continue reading

Modern Taco Company


A few weeks ago Joanne Epp, a friend and parishioner from St. Margaret’s, held the launch of her poetry collection Eigenheim. The launch with reading was at McNally Robinson’s in Grant Park Mall. Figuring that Prairie Ink, the bookstore restaurant would be quite busy, I decided to look around and see what else was available. As I wandered the mall, I ran across Modern Taco Company. I had heard about the place, and figured I’d give it a try.

Modern Taco Company

Modern Taco Company offers a variety of hot sauces to add to your food

Grant Park was the the mall hangout of my youth. The place to go at lunch hour and after school. Honing my skills on Pac-Man pinball. I was never very good at the Pac-Man game itself. The mall seems to be in constant flux these days, and is barely recognizable as my old haunt. Still, the Co-op grocery store is roughly in the place where the Dominion Store was. Dominion was forever banning and unbanning students from going through for one reason or another.  Anyways, enough of my nostalgic ramblings. Continue reading