March Reading Roundup


I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading over the last little while. Much of it revolves around food, but there are books of theology and detective fiction. As I’ve been reading I’m discovering that not everything I’ve read, allows for the longer-form posts that I’m trying to write. So beginning this month, I plan on doing a reading roundup.

March book Bound to the Fire

Another fascinating book on the slave era roots of Southern Cooking and Hospitality.

I still intend on doing some of the longer posts such as finishing of the trilogy of posts that I began with Holy Hungry, and I will in the next week or so be posting my thoughts on Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Policeseries. However, I hope at the end of each month to post some reflections on the various books I’ve completed in that month.

Bound to the Fire: Kelley Fanto Deetz

Bound to the Fire is one of the more recent publications that examines the complicated and tangled roots of Southern cuisine and culture, and the role that slaves played in creating that cuisine and culture. Continue reading

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Rodos Greek-French Eatery


I find my schedule takes me in and through downtown on a regular basis. This means I can often make short detours on my trips to visit various restaurants in the area. The last couple of weeks I took the time and paid a couple of visits to Rodo’s French and Greek Eatery In Winnipeg Square.

Rodo's baklava

Rodo’s offers a substantial piece of baklava, full of flavour.

Winnipeg Square is one of those places that is slightly off my track, but doesn’t add to much time to my trips. I’d say that Winnipeg Square might have the best food court in Winnipeg. 

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Le Croissant-Taché Avenue


Le Croissant sign

The Croissant shaped sign which hangs over the sidewalk on Tache Avenue

Note:  Le Croissant is closed Monday and Tuesday.  Open 8-1 weekdays, til 2pm Saturdays, and 12 noon on Sunday. They also closed periodically without much warning. They bring the Slow Food idea to their bakeshop, making sure there is plenty of time for family and friends.

Since I wrote this post, I have tried their croissants, and they are perfectly light, and fluffy, and it’s enjoyable to tear your teeth into them.

As I’ve mentioned, I start a new job at the beginning of February.  I am now the priest at St. Philip’s Anglican Church on Taché Avenue.  New jobs bring lots of new learning experiences, a long with the chance to get to meet many new people.  It also brings you close to new food haunts.  One of these for me is Le Croissant, a French Patisserie just down from the church on Taché.

It’s been a few years since I have been at St. Philip’s with any regularity.  As a result, it’s been awhile since I was last at Le Crooissant. I would have visited a couple of weeks ago, but the start of my tenure coincided with the owners being away.  So I waited, somewhat patiently, for my chance to visit.  The visits have definitely been worth the wait.

As odd as you may think me, I haven’t tried Le Croissant’s eponymous pastry.
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Adam Gopnik – The Table Comes First


From the back cover of Adam Gopnik’s The Table Comes First:  Family, France and the Meaning of Food.  

Never before have we cared so much about food.  It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing.

What is the meaning of food?  Increasingly writers are attempting to wrestle with this question.  A couple of the more interesting entries in this area are:  Geneen Roth’s, Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything, attempts to show that how women eat provides a reflection on most of their views on life.  Gabrielle Hamilton’s, Blood, Bones & Butter, The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, traces the way food has played a dominant part in her life and relationships, long before she ended up a restaurant owner. Continue reading

Beaujena’s Mobile French Table


I first noticed the Beaujena’s truck last year.  However, it always seemed to have large lineups.  I was also told by co-workers that the service was quite slow.  I ended up giving it a pass.  Early this summer I noticed the truck was back.  There was no one in line so I decided to give it a try.  I wanted to try it again before writing it up, but a couple of days later it had disappeared.

It turns out the owners had taken a trip to Europe.  So, I kept waiting and as soon as I noticed that the truck had returned, I visited again.  This is one truck whose return to Broadway was worth waiting for.

Value:

Beaujena’s only offers sandwiches and most are between $8.00-$8.50, and packed with food.  One of my co-workers tried the duck confit sandwich which is the outlier at $13.50, but described it as worth the price as well. 4.5/5 Continue reading

Snakes on a Plate


A few months ago, while strolling down Portage Avenue, I saw on the corner of Portage and Lipton, a new little restaurant by the name of Café Ce Soir.  I made note of it, with the intention of visiting one day.  As is often the case with new restaurants, I looked to discover what their internet presence was, and started following their Facebook page.

While scrolling through my news feed last night, I noticed that they had posted that the special on the menu was Python stew. Now snakes aren’t a regular part of my diet, but I was intrigued by this prospect, so I chatted back and forth with them and made a reservation to come try it.  The cafe recommended that you reserve your python portion before they were all gone. Continue reading