Thaw-Camille Bakery – Pembina Highway

The Thaw take out bag. Elegant design.

Living in Winnipeg The Thaw is always welcome. It signals the end of winter and the arrival of spring and more enjoyable weather. Well, now Winnipeg can enjoy the thaw year round. I’m talking about The Thaw French Bakery which opened last December on Pembina Highway, just north of MacGillvray Avenue.

I first heard about this bakery from staff at the Diocesan offices. I made a note of it, and promptly forgot all about it. Then a week or so ago, I was heading down Pembina and saw the bakery’s sign out the bus window. I was headed for an appointment and noticed it was open. My appointment over, I went back to see if it was still open. It was.

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Chicken Delight – Cajun Ribs Update

When I originally wrote this post on Chicken Delight I wrote about how the Cajun Ribs were simply plain ribs with a package of hot sauce. My original comments are below, for context. If you go to the comments below you will see that Chicken Delight got in touch with me in order to make things right. They do offer an actual Cajun Ribs (pictured below).

Once I received the coupon I decided I should give the ribs a second try as soon as possible. This meant I went to a different location. This one is on Ellice Avenue not far from where I live. Clearly the message had been past on to all locations as I received a genuine Cajun Rib order. The Cajun seasoning is on the sweet rather than the spicy side of things, but it has good flavour. In addition it adds a nice crunch to ribs when you bite into them. This is a dry rib I would definitely order more than once. 

Thank you Chicken Delight in reaching out to me. Thank you also for being proactive in making sure your franchises are all on the same page. I hope the Cajun Ribs stay on the menu for quite a while.

Chicken Delight Cajun Ribs

The Cajun Ribs from Chicken Delight

Every so often, there are  meetings to attend at the Diocesan offices just off Pembina Highway. Sometimes these occur over the lunch hour and are bring your own lunch affairs. Subway is a fairly typical stop on these occasions as it’s close and real quick. The other day, I managed to allow myself a little more time and stopped at the Chicken Delight on Pembina just south of McGillivray.

This is also an area where I lived before entering into the priesthood. Now, when it comes to fried chicken, I prefer Chicken Delight over KFC. I also prefer Chicken Chef to KFC. To be honest, I would probably prefer raw chicken in uncooked bread crumbs over KFC. The best fried chicken I ate in Winnipeg was at Percy Hayne’s chicken shack. I only ate there once, but it was fantastic. The chicken at Johnny’s on Marion isn’t to that level, but it’s enjoyable and your three pieces are three large pieces.

Three pieces chicken

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12 Hours, One Man, $20K for Refugees

This year the event will be held on June 20th, 2017.

Monday, June 27th, Geoff Woodcroft from St. Paul Fort Garry will be playing guitar for 12 hours in an attempt to raise money for a soon to be arriving family of refugees. This event will be held at St. Paul Fort Garry Anglican Church, 830 North Drive, beginning at 8 am and running through to 8 pm.

One man playing for 12 hours

Geoff Woodcroft, the man who we’ll be playing for twelve hours.

While the last couple of years has seen an increased awareness of refugees, some people and groups have been working to assist refugees for many years. One such group is the Rupert’s Land Refugee committee. This group has been helping refugees find their place in Canada for many years. When an already in progress refugee sponsorship faced new challenges, they stepped up. You can read about the challenges when you visit the Facebook Event Page.

12 Hours – Geoff Woodcroft

The video below features Geoff Woodcroft, priest at St. Paul’s Fort Garry Anglican Church. Among his many gifts and service to the church, Geoff has also served as my mentor both formally and informally. Despite having St. Paul’s to look after, Geoff has been a willing supporter of St. Philip’s as well, most notably at our pub night.

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Winnipeg Fall Suppers – 2015

I know it’s only mid-August, but it’s time to start planning for the rush that comes with the return of the September routine. A nice break from that routine is a visit to a fall supper. If you live outside of Winnipeg, or like to travel outside of the city for your fall supper, there is a great web resource put together by Orest Kinasevych.  I didn’t see a corresponding list for fall suppers in the city, so I have decided to start one. I’ve put out some requests, but could use a few more suppers to fill out the list. If you know of a fall supper happening in Winnipeg, let me know in the comments, and I will add it to the list.

In addition to the more traditional fall suppers, I’ve added one or two fundraising dinners. These are run by Winnipeg groups aiming to create better communities within Winnipeg. While more expensive than most of the dinners, they help to promote community development and friendship, so they are on the list. By Winnipeg, I mean within the perimeter or accessible by Winnipeg Transit.

This list is appearing a fair way ahead of the suppers. Times and dates may change between now and the actual suppers.  I will attempt to get information updated as soon as possible. In many case tickets won’t be available until closer to the event itself.

I also hope to include a map, but since google maps is new to me, I want to make sure that I get the information out, just in case my map creation skills are not what I hope they are.

Fall Supper in Winnipeg

More Fall Potluck than Fall Supper, but it captures the idea quite well.

UCWLC of St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church – November 1-2015

250 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

1st sitting at 12:30pm 2nd sitting at 4:00pm Advance tickets to be purchased from Ollie @ (204) 334-0858 Adults: $15.00 Children: (6-12): $7.00 Children under 6: Free
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Pancake House-Pembina Highway

I have to admit, I don’t have a lot of memories connected to specific restaurants. One or two but not a lot. The Original Pancake House on Pembina Highway is one of the few, and even then it’s more an association than a memory. I associate the Pancake House with meetings. Whether they be committee meetings, or brainstorming meetings, or occasionally meetings with someone such as the Bishop. Almost every trip to the Pancake House has been for some sort of meeting.

Pancake House sign.

A shot of the pancake house sign, taken through the snow.

This last week I went by myself for breakfast, but just prior to that I had been their with some colleagues from the Diocese. One of the aspects of the restaurant that makes it such a good place for groups to gather is that there are a lot of tables, and they are far enough apart that you feel you have enough privacy for your conversations.

Pancake House Breakfast:

The Pancake House menu has a large range of options on it.  So many in fact that even if you dislike pancakes, you can still find plenty of alternatives to satisfy your hunger. When I went on the evening to meet with my colleagues I wasn’t overly hungry so I decided to go with the poutine. I’d describe it as meh. The gravy tasted like it came from a package and they used grated marble cheese rather than cheese curds. Still. it’s an improvement over plain fries, especially if. like me, you don’t like ketchup.

Breakfast special at the Pancake House

The Pancake House breakfast special

The coffee is a little thin tasting, but it’s a bottomless cup, and sometimes that’s enough to make it worthwhile. Continue reading

Slow Church-Taste and See

Over at I’ve just finished a review of a book entitled In the book, the authors make the contention that we need to slow down in our approach to the way and which we practice our church life.  They fear that the church has succumbed to “McDonaldization” and needs to recover a practice of “Slow Church,” much like many in the food world are saying we need to recover a practice of “Slow Food.”


Chris Smith and Jon Pattison who wrote the book believe that eating together is a crucial role in achieving this slowing down.  I go into more detail on that in the review, so I won’t write about that here.  As an aside, I like that their view of hospitality touches on some of the same things I touched on in my Common Eating post on the subject.

What I do want to write about an idea from early in the book that got me thinking.  The authors talk about taste in the context of “terroir,” which they define as the “taste of the place.”  Thy then go on to talk about how taste is the most intimate of our senses.  All of which is true, but I think they didn’t take it far enough is they failed to mention that taste is the one sense that incorporates all the other senses. Continue reading

Whitebread Protestants – Daniel Sack

Whitebread Protestants:  Food and Religion in American Culture

What do Welch’s Grape Juice and Graham Crackers have in common?  They are both products that arose out attempts by committed Christians to bring their faith to bear on the food they ate.  These are just two of many interesting tidbits that populate the book Whitebread Protestants:  Food and Religion in American Culture.  

Written ten years ago by Daniel Sack as his doctoral dissertation. Whitebread Protestants, looks at the role of food, a very material substance in the lives of people, who focus on the immaterial in their worship and theology(or so they claim).

Along the way Sack demonstrates this by looking at how theological and liturgical decisions were often buttressed by the use of medical information.  This was the case with the Graham cracker.  Sylvester Graham was a clergyman who believed in the use of whole wheat never refined flour, which created his lasting legacy the Graham cracker. Continue reading