As this blog is self-sustained and self-supported, I’m always looking for deals that will help me out as I dine about town. So, a couple of months ago when Ian McCausland was selling Booster Juice coupons in support of the Scout Troop that he helps to lead, I thought it would opportunity to support a good person, a good cause and save myself a few dollars as I checked out Booster Juice.
a Berry smoothie from Booster Juice.
Booster Juice is a made in Canada success story. Starting out in Alberta in 1999, the chain has expanded to over 350 franchises in under 20 years. It’s been years since I’ve visited a Booster Juice, but if my memory serves, for the longest time smoothies were all they served.
When I went recently I realized they had expanded to include protein ball, protein bars, puddings and wraps/sandwiches. Since my coupons were only for smoothly, that was mainly what I tried, but I did add a couple of the smaller type extras to my orders. Continue reading →
About 6 weeks ago, I reviewed Bouchee Boucher, the new restaurant just down the street from St. Philip’s. A little while later I received an invitation to a blogger evening at the restaurant. Naturally, having enjoyed myself previously, I made sure to set aside the time to attend.
The evening started at 6 pm. Upon entering we were welcomed and offered a Manitoba 16 cocktail. This beverage is made with 204 gin, chokecherry syrup, and Cava. It’s a fine sweet and tart combination. It was served with a spoonful of jam that added a nice finishing touch.
I was the first to arrive along with Alan and Amanda Pineda. While we waited for everyone to come together we wandered around the butcher shop area while enjoying some Duck Heart with Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip, Fried Okra, with a Spicy Green Chili Sauce, and Roasted Chick Peas. Continue reading →
Last Monday I attended a tasting event at Frescolio Oils on St. Mary’s Road. The event was put on by the Manitoba Chicken Producers. I recommend you follow their Facebook page to keep informed about great contest ideas, along with recipes etc. I almost didn’t make it. Being a typical male I didn’t pay attention to the directions and ended up at the Frecolio location on Corydon. Luckily, I arrived quite early and rerouted down to St. Mary’s to get there just as the festivities started to get rolling.
I picked up an Herbes de Provence EVOO while at the event.
Along with Manitoba Chicken producers and Frescolio, the event featured wines from Poplar Grove Winery. This is my second time sampling there wines. They also provided the wine at the Underground Opera event I attended a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately my phone camera was acting up. This means I didn’t get all the photos of every item. This is unfortunate, as chef Kelly Cattani working with Shawn Brandson of Promenade Cafe and Wine came up with three innovative dishes for the evening.
Last night I made a Chili-Lime Chicken Vegetable Soup as my entry in a soup-making contest to help raise awareness of SoupBee. Soup Bee is a social enterprise run out of the West Broadway Community Organization. I was excited about the competition for a few reasons. I think social enterprises are a great concept. I’ve connected on an off with some of the programs out of the West Broadway Community Organization. The event was held at a place I’ve had a chance to visit, the Knox Community Kitchen. Finally, I got a chance to actually cook together, in a fashion, with some of my food blogger pals.
The main organizer of the event was Shel Zolkewich, who can’t be thanked enough for all the hard work she put in. One interesting aspect of the evening was making soup while being videoed. Fortunately, our videographer, Ian McCausland made that all go smoothly. Soup making is hungry work. Happily, that was tastily taken care of with snacks from Ben Kramer of Diversity Foods.
My chili lime vegetable soup simmering on the burner.