Mongo’s Grill – Blogger Night


Last week I received an invitation to a blogger night out at Mongo’s Grill. I had heard the name of the restaurant, but didn’t know an awful lot about it. Mongo’s is short for Mongolian, so in style it resembles at one level Palatal or Palatal Express. This should have been fairly obvious to me, but whenever I hear Mongo this is the first thing that comes to mind:

Don’t miss the video of me grilling. You’ll find it at the bottom of the post.

However, Mongo’s Grill is part of a fast casual chain. The one we visited out by Polo Park is one of three located in Winnipeg. While I said that it has something in common with Palatal, it shares more in common with Freshii. The emphasis here is not only on fresh ingredients, but also on having a really broad selection to chose from.

I was the first to show up for the evening, so I had a couple of moments to wander around the restaurant when I arrived. The restaurant was larger than I expected, but is also wide open, and as a diner you get a feeling of having plenty of space for you and your party. The grill is the centerpiece of the restaurant and it’s the first thing that catches the eye once you enter. Continue reading

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Freshii Winnipeg Square


Freshii Winnipeg Square is the second Freshii location I’m writing about. A couple of months ago I visited the Kenaston location. Then, a couple of weeks ago I received an invitation to attend the soft opening of Freshii Winnipeg Square. Thanks to Kevin Sawka for the invitation, and the meal.

Sign inside the door at Freshii Winnipeg Square.

Sign inside the door at Freshii Winnipeg Square.

Having been at the Kenaston location, which is big and open with lots of windows, I was a little surprised to find the Winnipeg Square location to be smaller. However, the space is used very well, with a counter and a few booths for the customers at the front and the service area at the back. Along one side wall are what only can be described as the periodic table of ingredients. The image below is the one for romaine lettuce.

Freshii Winnipeg Square Romaine

Romaine from the periodic table of ingredients at Freshii Winnipeg Square

During the soft opening I enjoyed the spicy lemongrass soup. This was actually the same dish I had tried when I was at Kenaston. It was equally good at both locations. Continue reading

Freshii – Kenaston Village Mall


Freshii is a new fast/fresh food restaurant that has taken the restaurant biz by storm. Freshii has Winnipeg connections at it’s root, so it was only a matter of time before they showed up here.

Freshii Smoothie

I’ll make no health claims for the Freshii Powerhouse Smoothie, but it is both delicious and refreshing.

In a previous post, I mentioned that I was working my way through a book by Lizzie Collingham called The Taste of War. I haven’t gotten around to doing my write up on it, but I did receive the chance to do a brief lecture which I entitled Citizenship and the Calorie. This lecture was for a course entitled Citizenship, Land, and Economy. The course is offered at Canadian Mennonite University and is taught by my friend James Magnus-Johnston. Continue reading