Shawarma Time – Ellice Avenue


Shawarma Time on the corner of Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street is one of the oldest Shawarma places in Winnipeg. Despite having lived in the area for the best part of 13 years, I’ve only gone in a couple of times over the years. The main reason for not stopping in was that although the food was quite good, I found the place to be a little on the run down side, and not a particularly pleasant space.

Shawarma Time Grape Leaves

The stuffed grape leaves from Shawarma Time

However, recently I went back because I was looking for something good and cheap. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in to see that they have made some changes to the decor. The most notable thing is large, flat screens that display the menu and catch your eye as you walk in. This has reduced the number of unattractive pictures that lined the one wall. In general the tables and chairs also look much better and the general cleanliness of the place is much higher.

I was quite hungry my first visit, so I decided I would order a couple of appetizers and one of their pies. I chose Stuffed Grape Leaves, Kibbe, and one of the their Cheese and Spinach Pies. Continue reading

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Chess-Winnipeg Fringe Festival


One  would think that the game of chess wouldn’t make for a good dramatic subject. However, throw in some Cold War politics, a character based on a quirky legend, and you have the makings of an interesting show. This is the premise of the musical Chess. Created by lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar) and Bjõrn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA fame, Chess explores the collision of politics and popular cultural. Think of it as the Summit Series without Paul Henderson.

Chess Poster

Poster for Chess – The Musical

Chess: Show Times

If Chess were a movie it might begin with a screenshot saying “inspired by true events.” In this case the events are the Fischer-Spassky World Chess Championship match of 1972.

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