Booster Juice – Downtown Locations.

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.

Booster Juice berry smoothie

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


Rodos Greek-French Eatery

I find my schedule takes me in and through downtown on a regular basis. This means I can often make short detours on my trips to visit various restaurants in the area. The last couple of weeks I took the time and paid a couple of visits to Rodo’s French and Greek Eatery In Winnipeg Square.

Rodo's baklava

Rodo’s offers a substantial piece of baklava, full of flavour.

Winnipeg Square is one of those places that is slightly off my track, but doesn’t add to much time to my trips. I’d say that Winnipeg Square might have the best food court in Winnipeg. 

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Pizza Hotline Vs Za Bistro

A couple of weeks ago, after publishing posts on Nuburger, and Harvey’s, Cory Boehm, a friend and fellow food lover, asked if I had tried either of the new downtown pizza restaurants, Za Bistro, and Pizza Hotline. He said he had been having a conversation with a couple of his friends, and that since both offered similarly priced build you won pizzas, they might make for a good comparison.

As it turned out I had just made my first trip to Za Bistro, recently opened in CityPlace. I didn’t realize Pizza Hotline was similar, but on finding that out I thought a comparison post would be a good idea.

Za Bistro.

All the Za Pizza Bistro orders come in take out boxes.

Pizza Hotline Wins the Decor Battle

When it comes to a dining space, Pizza Hotline wins hands down. Za Bistro is the middle of the City Place food court, while Pizza Hotline has a stand alone location with a variety of comfortable seating arrangements tucked into Winnipeg Square. Continue reading


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.

Freshii wall sign

Wall 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 Romaine lettuce sign

Romaine lettuce as featured in the Freshii periodic table of ingredients.

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


Seoul Nami – Downtown, Underground

The other day I was underground at Portage and Main and decided I would make a stop for lunch at Seoul Nami which sits in the rotunda between Winnipeg Square and the Richardson building.

A good though oddly priced, $1.67, Miso soup

A good though oddly priced, $1.67, Miso soup

There has been a lot of talk recently about possibly re-opening Portage and Main to pedestrian traffic. Moving to Winnipeg in 1980, I’ve only known a closed corner. Meanwhile, the underground has been part of my life at various times. I worked at Henry Armstrong’s in Winnipeg Square and banked at the TD branch undergound at the intersection. My first regular coffee place was the Second Cup that was open there at one time. I’ve stopped at the food court at Winnipeg Square for late lunch on several occasions. Continue reading