Hildegard’s Bakery Will Have you Bingi(e)n’


For the last two or three years I’ve been having people ask me if I was familiar with the pizza nights put on by Integrity Foods. Only by people talking about them (one thing about not driving, rural events are mainly missed). Then one day I was talking with my friend Travis Unger. Travis and his wife Stephanie, run a small property management firm in the Spence Nieghbourhood, and are friends of mine from my days back at St. Vital Evangelical Mennonite Church.

Hildegards Oven

The wood-fired oven that is the heart of Hildegards Bakery.

On this occasion he told me that the son of the owners of Integrity Foods was looking at opening a bakery in town, including offering pizzas. As time went by I started to more about this new bakery, as the owners also have connections to some of the people I know at St. Margaret’s.

Over the last few months I’ve watched the southwest corner of Portage Avenue and Maryland Street. During this time I’ve had some contact with Dave Newsom one of the owner’s of Hildegard’s, and have anxiously awaited it’s opening. Continue reading

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Pasquales – Marion Street


Despite being just off Marion, it’s really only recently that I have visited Pasquales(There should be an apostrophe but those nasty Google crawlers don’t like them). I had tried Pasquales as part of my Just Eat promo, but hadn’t been back since. In large part this is because I generally walk down the south side of the street, because that’s where the bus stop downtown is(I’m a creature of habit).

Pasquales meatballs

When I visited Pasquales they were offering a meatball special where a part of the proceeds went to support Siloam Mission. Such promotions are a regular feature for Pasquales

However, I figured it was time I got there, so a little while back I headed to the restaurant for a late-ish lunch. Despite being fairly close to one, Pasquales was quite full. I ended up with a seat in the mezzanine with a view over looking the rest of the restaurant and looking out onto Marion Street.

I was fairly hungry that day, so I started off with the soup of the day. I followed that up with the Penne Salcisse. I ordered a cappuccino to drink, and finished off the lunch with a cannoli. Continue reading

Café 22 On Broadway


Café 22

Earlier this week I wrote about my life undergoing some changes.  I said at the time that I would be doing fewer restaurant reviews, but not eliminating them entirely.  At the top of my list to review are restaurants that I have already visited, but wished to give at least one more visit before reviewing.  Café 22 at 336 Broadway falls into this category.

Technically the restaurant is Café 22/Pizza Hotline.  I have not ordered pizza from there, so this review is only focusing on the first part of the name.  In the past I’ve picked up salad and a couple of their other items to go.  I haven’t found the items to be particularly memorable, but they were generally satisfying and a good value, and I was able to get in and out in good time. Continue reading