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The Planit – downtown’s newest hangout!

October 6, 2015


There is so much going on downtown these days – I can hardly keep up! But as I was bustling down Portage Ave one noon-hour, I noticed a new business in a space that’s been empty for a while!

The Planit – at 285 Portage Ave. – is a very cool addition to the Portage strip. Owners Ashley and Sandra pride themselves on hosting guests in a safe, comfortable space and serving up fantastic, locally sourced food.

I tried a few apps when I was there – the elk flatbread pizza and stuffed jalapenos, which were both delicious, and I’m looking forward to going back to try a few of the sandwiches and entrees. And because they’re big on sourcing ingredients locally, the menu will change with the seasons.

Other cool things about this place: they’re super focused on the community through hosting events, fundraisers, bands, djs, poetry readings…you name it, staying open till 4 a.m. on weekends, offering up wall space to local artists to display and sell their wares, and they even have a program in place for people experiencing homelessness to grow the skills they need to transition into the workforce.

They’re hosting the Flash Photography Festival this month, so there’s your perfect excuse to pop by for lunch or when hunger hits after hours on the weekend!

Want to win a $50 gift cert to The Planit? Check out their menu and let me know in the comments what you’d order and you just might be the lucky winner!


Guess who’s going to live Sky high?

October 1, 2015

SkyCity Centre just opened its sales centre on Garry St., and I couldn’t help myself but stop in for a peek! As many of you know, I love to shop downtown – so naturally, I left the sales centre with a 1 bedroom, 651 sq. ft. unit – oops!16964-FOR-SKY-Floorplan-Inserts_GARRY-(1)

The space has a 50 sq. ft. balcony, too – can’t wait to relax on one of my Eames chairs and take in the gorgeous view of downtown’s emerging skyline. What really sold me was the extensive list of amenities; there are 30,000 sq. ft. of them, all available exclusively to residents. The 8th floor features a gym, stretching room, hot tubs, a dog run and more. There’s2015September15__DIL0480
a movie theatre, huge lounge area and private dining room for dinner parties on the 45th floor. As the highest building in Winnipeg, this will be an amazing place to watch fireworks on Canada Day!

SkyCity Centre Winnipeg will be located at 245 Graham Ave. between Garry Street and Fort Street, just one block north of the new MTS Centre (home of the Winnipeg Jets), and flanked by a transit only street to the west. This iconic building will have a striking design created by award-winning Kirkor Architects and will become the postcard shot for downtown Winnipeg. The typical suites range from 529 sf to 1,003 sf, with larger combination suites available up to 1,600 sf. Units are now on sale and start from the $190s.

I’d love for you to be my neighbour! Visit for more information and to view the floorplans, standard suite features, artist’s renderings of common amenities and much more!2015September15__DIL0020

#finditdowntown for Le Burger Week!

September 1, 2015

Something has come over Winnipeg – it’s saucy, juicy, meaty, and quite frankly, a bit messy.

It’s Le Burger Week. And people are going wild for the city’s best burgers.

How it works: check out the Le Burger Week website, let your mouth water for a bit, designate your top picks (play eenie, meenie if necessary) and then go forth and eat those burgers!

And don’t forget to download the Burger Week app and vote!

I’ve conveniently compiled a list of the nine downtown burgers I’ll be trying this week (photos courtesy of Charcoal Collaborative)! And if you try one, be sure to #finditdowntown and tag me in your tweets and Instagrams!

The Keg – 115 Garry St.
Maple Crunch Burger


The Keg’s signature 8oz prime rib burger with jalapeño aioli, maple butter, bacon, melted brie cheese, shredded iceberg lettuce and house-made crispy chips on a toasted bun.

Shannon’s Irish Pub – 175 Carlton St.
The Grinder


Served on ciabatta bun with a garlic mayo, cheese, tomato and Jameson-infused sautéed onions and house fries.

ERA Bistro at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The ERA-sistable


In house made beef patty, chedda, swiss, all the fixings on an in house made pao de queijo.

Rudy’s Eat & Drink – 375 Graham Ave.
The “Dad Bod” Onion Burger


Caramelized onion, havarti cheese & house bacon stuffed in a freshly ground 100% steak patty on an onion cheddar bun topped with house-made onion rings.

The Merchant Kitchen – 314 Donald St.
Sweet & Sour Pork Belly Burger


Slow roasted pork belly, pork pate, cilantro, Sriracha mayo, grilled pineapple, fried egg, sweet and sour BBQ sauce, sesame seed bun.

The Velvet Glove – 2 Lombard Pl.
Nacho Libre


Ancho cumin beef burger, guacamole, pica de gallo, cheese sauce, crushed Doritos, pickle chips, red onion and Sriracha crema on a brioche bun.

Nick’s on Broadway – 287 Broadway
The Asobi Burger


Manitoba Beef Patty soaked in bacon fat, goat cheese, nori bacon, watermelon radish, arugula, black garlic aioli, edamame chow-chow on brioche.

Oscar’s Deli – 175 Hargrave St.


Two beef patties, bacon, pastrami, salami, American cheese, egg, lettuce, tomato, fried onions, dressed with hot mustard and horseradish sauce on a sesame seed egg bun.

SMITH at the Inn at the Forks


SMITH spiced pork burger with house cured bacon, grilled pineapple, Fort Garry Beer mustard.


Just be awesome.

August 25, 2015


Hey! Did you go to Interstellar Rodeo a few weekends ago at The Forks?

What an awesome time. How great that we could come together as a community, in the heart of our city – where two rivers meet – and where people have been meeting for most of history, to share in the amazing music created by top musicians.

I thought it was a great fest. The music was fantastic – now I can say I’ve been serenaded by the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Dwight Yoakam and Vance Joy.


The crowd was a pleasant size and it was really enjoyable to have the option of wine paired with each act.

And I enjoyed being able to walk home at the end of the night!

It’s events like this that make our downtown and public spaces like The Forks even more welcoming, vibrant, and exciting to go to.


I’m excited to hear that downtown will be the home of a whole bunch of new events in the coming months. It makes sense – downtown is where it’s at! I’ve been saying this for years.

But truly, we have it all – several transit hubs, green space, restaurants and some of the largest event spaces in the city – heck, the new RBC Convention centre is going to be the biggest space of its kind between Toronto and Vancouver. And it’s central to everyone, no matter where you live in the city!

Events I’m looking forward to finding downtown in the coming months include:

Snowflake: Snowflake is a winter urban wellness retreat that will nourish and inspire in the cold prairie winter. The event offers participants rejuvenation, inspiration, and connection to their community through an offering of wellness workshops and inspiring activities to choose from. Yoga with renowned teachers from across the country, creative workshops, inspired speakeasy session, outdoor adventures, live music and entertainment, vendor village.

Wall-to-Wall II: Wall-to-Wall is a mural and culture festival that sees the creation of indoor and outdoor murals. Each new work of art is celebrated with unique events. Wall-to-Wall II will expand beyond West Broadway, the birthplace of the festival, to Downtown, with an exterior mural launched at Fools & Horses Coffee Co.

Downtown ARTery: Downtown ARTery will transform the entire stretch of Graham Ave. from the WAG to 201 Portage into a corridor of light and art. It will dramatically change both the distribution of Nuit Blanche Winnipeg activities and Winnipeggers’ experience of this underutilized area, while highlighting a variety of local artists and performers. Also, there’s A Moveable Feast bike tour on the September 26 – the night of Nuit Blanche. Participants will get to check out the Artery before getting VIP access to the WAG on this popular night! Info/tickets available here.

2K Dangle: A fun run for hockey fans of all ages and skill levels will see participants run and stickhandle a ball for 2 kilometers starting at Memorial Park then ending at Manitoba’s Legislative Building.

Spaceland: A one-day block party inspired by SXSW, Spaceland will take over an urban dead zone and fill it with music and people, facilitating a collective reimagining of public space. Food trucks, a small beer garden, eight of the city’s hottest up-and-coming bands and two national headliners, and creative placemaking, will make Spaceland an exciting new addition to the city’s musical landscape.


For more events coming to your downtown, click here!

Date night made easy: downtown movies return!

July 17, 2015


I think it’s safe to say that summer has officially arrived! Winnipeg’s weather was hot, hot, hot this past week, and if you were like me, you were taking full advantage of outdoor experiences – whether it was at the Fringe Festival or at your favourite patio downtown!

Thanks to our pals at the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, our summer fun doesn’t have to end just yet! In August, 10 movie screenings will animate outdoor public spaces – the challenge is how we’ll be able to fit it all in!

Here’s the movie line-up!

Downtown Drive-in (Graham Ave. & Carlton St.) on Saturdays

  • August 1: Back to the Future 2
  • August 8: Wall-E
  • August 15: Inception
  • August 22: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • August 29: Jurassic World
  • Free for people arriving on bikes, transit or foot, or $10 to reserve a space for your car

Movies on Memorial (Memorial Park) on Tuesdays

  • August 4: Pitch Perfect 2
  • August 11: Jaws
  • August 18: Furious 7
  • August 25: The Avengers

And get this, there’s a third location in Chinatown! At the end of August, as part of the Chinatown Street Festival, you’ll get a chance to watch Rush Hour 3!

More details at

Which movies are you most excited to see? Comment below with the hashtag #finditdowntown.

Grazing in the Outfield

July 16, 2015


I have to say, one of my very favourite parts of summer is picnics.

It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant – brown bag lunch on a park bench or under a shady tree…or you could go all out with the perfect baguette, maybe some fancy cheeses and a bit of bubbly…

However you picnic, there’s something special about enjoying a meal under the open sky.

On Thursday, July 23, the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba and renowned Winnipeg chef Ben Kramer present Grazing in the Outfield – a unique downtown dining experience in support of the Goldeyes’ Field of Dreams charity.

Ben will be cooking up his own personal take on ballpark favourites, and guests will be seated – you guessed it – right in the outfield at Shaw Park.

Sound like something you’d like to attend?

Tickets are available by phone (204-982-2273). But if you’d like to try your hand at winning a pair, why not leave a comment letting me know what your favourite #finditdowntown picnic spot is? Do you bring your lunch to a park? Do you pick up some take out, unfold your best picnic blanket? Let’s hear about it!

Also, if you’re looking for a more standard baseball experience, Goldeyes game tickets and mini-packs are available here.

Contest winner will be contacted Monday, July 20 after 3PM.

Wine: #finditdowntown

July 8, 2015


Friends, I am here today to discuss one of my very favourite things: wine.

I heard that the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ was running these tours all summer long – there’s a bunch – a Patio Crawl, Tap In beer tour, a breakfast tour, and A Moveable Feast – the one everyone loves where you get to bike around all night and sample food from a bunch of the best restaurants in the city… but when I heard about Winnipeg Wine, I dropped everything I was doing and signed myself up!

WineJune265WineJune264WineJune266It was awesome! We stopped at four amazing restaurants and in between, Susan, our tour guide shared a bunch of very cool downtown facts and stories with us – some of them I didn’t even know!

There were all kinds of people on the tour – singles, like me (thought I might meet the love of my life, didn’t, but you never know!), BFFs, couples and a few small groups celebrating some very important birthdays!

We started at Smith at the Inn at The Forks, sauntered over to Blaze Restaurant & Lounge at the Delta Winnipeg (where we tasted these amazing bison perogies and little mini apple pies!), headed over to The Merchant Kitchen at the brand new Alt Hotel (where they demonstrated how to uncork a champagne bottle with a SWORD!!! And sample some of the very tasty Latin street food-inspired cuisine), and ended up at The Velvet Glove inside The Fairmont Winnipeg to end off the night with a very beautifully plated app-sized “surf & turf” – seared bison and seared tuna!

And the very best part? We got to try TWO wines at each of the stops! So after eight glasses, I can see why folks opted for the overnight stay at the hotel! (Luckily I live downtown, so I just walked home!)

So here we are now – me recommending this tour to you! You can get tickets here!

PS I’ve already purchased tickets for Tap In and Patio Crawl next – 4 drinks and 4 app samples for $30?! Can’t beat it! But you sure can #finditdowntown!!!


Have you taken any of these tours?! Which one do you want to try?



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