Pancakes, Pancakes, Pancakes.

It’s just about that time of year again. Tuesday, February 13th, is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. As I have done in the past with my Fall Suppers posts, I am creating a list of pancake meals in the upcoming couple of weeks or so.

Pancake day waffles.

Waffles will work just as well as pancakes.

One difference between this and the fall suppers, is that this is open to community groups inside and outside of Winnipeg. So, if you are having a pancake supper, please feel free to get in contact with me. My email is macbubs13 at gmail dot com.

On a related note, if as a parish you hold fish fries during Lent, pass that on to me as well, and I will make a separate list of those.

February 3rd, 2018 Canadian Celiac Association, Manitoba Chapter

The information for this event can be found on the poster. The tickets are $5.00 for adults, and children under 12 eat free. The heading says that all affected by gluten are invited. So this may be something new for you if you have issues with gluten in your diet.


February 10th, 2018, All Saints Anglican Church

Address: 175 Colony Street

As you may have heard, All Saints is the process of undergoing major changes. This will be one of the final events in the old church hall. It’s Mardi Gras themed, and the poster with all the details can be found here.

February 13th, 2018, Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church

160 Ethelbert Street.

This dinner runs from 5 to 7 pm, and there will be pancakes, sausages, fruit, other toppings along with coffee, tea, and juice. I will be at this one, making sure that the sausage are well cooked and browned. Ticket info in a day or two.

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Johnny’s Marion Street

When I started working at St. Philip’s I also started to explore the neighbourhood restaurants. One of the first was the Marion Street Eatery. At the time I noticed there were a couple of other restaurants. Dairy Wip and Johnny’s, close by. I made a mental note of this, but unfortunately  my memory isn’t what it once was, so I forgot my intention.

Then, a couple of months go, the owners of Johnny’s happened to show up at St. Philip’s one Sunday, and I was reminded about the restaurant.

Johnny’s is a Greek-Canadian restaurant. One of the things about visiting Johnny’s is that it took me back to when I first moved into the West End. There was a similar restaurant called Minerva’s on Sargent Avenue. It was a favourite place for breakfast with a group of guys from church. Minerva’s closed and the group has moved to various parts of the city but we still keep in touch from time to time.

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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

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