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Hi, I’d like a table for 1201 please!

May 19, 2015

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I’m prepping for the biggest dinner of my life to date this weekend, and I am VERY thankful I don’t have to cook for this event.

Because there are going to be 1201 people there!!!

Table for 1201, the bigger and better (by one) sequel to last year’s Table for 1200 which sprawled the entire length (and then some) of the Esplanade Riel, is happening this Saturday. The event put on by Storefront MB, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Tourism Winnipeg, Event Glass and Travel Manitoba is a huge celebration of architecture and architectural culture.

And we’re going to do so by indulging in some of the best food Winnipeg has to offer. Ben Kramer from Diversity Foods, Mandel Hitzer from deer & almond and a bunch of their colleagues are preparing a Manitoba-made family-style meal for all 1201 of us. My mouth is watering already.

Where is this giant table, you ask? Very good question, but part of the fun is it’s a secret!

Like last year, the location will be announced one hour before dinner is served (6:00 location announcement, 7:00 dinner), and guests are encouraged to wear white and bring their own chairs.

Tickets are $90 and pretty much sold out, but here’s the thing: I have two empty seats at my table. Care to join me?  

Let me know in the comments below where in Winnipeg (think picturesque) you’d like to have dinner with 1200 of your BFFs.

I’ll let you know if you’re the lucky winner by 10AM on Friday, May 22!

Note: Dinner is at 7PM on Saturday, May 23. Stay tuned to the email address you use to comment on this blog to find out if you’ve won!

Oh What a Night Downtown!

May 15, 2015

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The year is 1962. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans are really popular. West Side Story just won the Academy Award for Best Picture. You just heard “Big Girls Don’t Cry” on American Bandstand for the first time and now you have a huge crush on Frankie Valli (and The Four Seasons).

Flash forward to May 26-31, 2015. The story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons – the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys takes centre stage in Downtown Winnipeg for six nights only!

Songs include “Oh, What a Night”, “Stay”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” – among others. So trust me when I say you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ in your seat the Centennial Concert Hall.

Sound like a show that’s up your alley? Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.

Or you could win a pair here!

It’s easy – you tell me what your “Oh What a Night” downtown would be (a drink in the whiskey lounge at Prairie 360, over looking the city followed by a walk along The Forks riverwalk? An evening at the WAG? Trying a hidden gem of a restaurant followed by a concert, maybe followed by patio drinks with friends?) and you could win the ultimate “Oh What a Night Downtown for two, including:

Two tickets to the opening night of Jersey Boys at the Centennial Concert Hall and dinner for two at Blaze Restaurant & Lounge inside the Delta Hotel – uncomplicated, handcrafted food inspired by the prairies in which we live.

Contest closes May 20 at 2PM.

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Physiotherapy? #Finditdowntown!

May 5, 2015
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Photo courtesy of Google Images

 

Hey, it’s May! And that means it’s physiotherapy month.

Maybe that’s a thing you don’t think about all that often – something you seek out when you’ve gotten an injury playing sports or in an accident. But physiotherapy is something we can all benefit from as a preventative practice for injury or posture improvement for life-long strength and comfort.

As downtown worker, I sit at my desk an awful lot – physiotherapy can be helpful in correcting and maintaining good posture.

Physiotherapists are specialists who work to help us manage, reduce and eliminate aches and pains. And on the plus side, there are a handful of excellent physiotherapy offices easily accessible to those of us who spend time downtown, and this form of medical care is often covered by employee benefits or insurance.

Elite Sports & Physiotherapy (394 Graham Ave.) began offering physiotherapy services in 1997, and has recently welcomed a massage therapist to their team.
204-926-2240

Graham Physiotherapy and Sport (425 St. Mary Ave.) is another downtown option for physiotherapy care.
204-946-0855

yourPhysio.com (201 Portage Ave.) is connected to Winnipeg Square and offers physiotherapy, orthopedic and ergonomic specialties in downtown since 1993.
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Nova Physio, located in the Medical Arts building, (233 Kennedy St.) has been a downtown service provider for over 25 years. In addition to typical physiotherapy, they offer specialty treatment unique in North America for pelvic floor health and women’s health, often related to pre- and post-partum issues or breast cancer care.
204-982-9196

 

And while we’re on the topic, stay tuned because Fitness in the Park is returning this summer – look for yoga, pilates and Zumba happening daily at Memorial Park and Millennium Library Park – promoting good posture, flexibility, health, wellness, core strength and taking a step away from your work space at the lunch hour.

 

For the VIMs (Very Important Moms)

April 30, 2015

 

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Adorable mason jar for your Mother’s Day flowers from Freshcut Downtown!

 

Chances are there’s a mom out there who’s responsible for life as you know it. And once a year, we set aside a day to show that amazing lady just how much we appreciate her. This year, Mother’s Day is May 10, and I have a few suggestions about how you could treat the mom in your life!

 

Sydney’s at The Forks is offering a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10AM – 3PM
$42 for adults, $15 for kids under 12 | Call 204-942-6075 to reserve

Rudy’s Eat & Drink is offering a family-style brunch from 10AM – 3PM
$19.95 for adults, $12.95 for children | Call 204-421-9094 for a reservation

SMITH at the Inn at the Forks is offering a beautiful brunch buffet from 9AM – 3PM
$45 for adults, $20 for children under 12 | Call 204-944-2445

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar on Garry St. will open at noon. Call 204-942-7619

Resto 12 at the Radisson will host a Mother’s day brunch featuring a deluxe seafood buffet
$39.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors, $$14.99 for kids under 12 | Call 204-975-6240

The MET is offering an elegant, Manitoba-inspired brunch buffet
$39.99 for adults, $24.99 for seniors, $$14.99 for kids under 12 | Call 204-594-9494

The MET is also offering Dinner & A Movie, featuring Pride and Prejudice
$40/person includes buffet dinner & popcorn. Cocktails at 5:30 | Call 204-594-9494

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza is offering a free Fererro Dessert Pizza after lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day to anyone who tags a pic with their mom using the hashtag #MyDateWithMom and #CarbonePizza. Also, wine by the glass, litre and half-litre will be on special.

Era Bistro at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is offering a fixed-price brunch menu – but their regular menu will still be available. They source fair-trade, sustainable and local wherever possible.
Three courses, $24 | Call 204-298-2190

The Velvet Glove at The Fairmont Winnipeg is putting on an amazing brunch spread by Executive Chef Eraj Jayawickreme. All mothers in attendance will be entered into a draw for a the grand prize – a Girls Night Out including accommodation in a luxury Fairmont room, Chef’s table for two in the Velvet Glove and breakfast in bed for two the following day.
$70 for adults, $45 for seniors, $30 for children | Call 204-985-6255 

 

What else do moms like? All kinds of treats to show you care! Why not check out The Forks Market for some gift ideas? I’ve spotted lots of cute jewellery and giftware at The Forks Trading Company recently, and lots of it is locally created. (I also sniffed all of the candles there – yum!) You could also check out Best of Friends at the Millennium Library or the WAG Gallery Shop has some b-e-a-utiful choices! Does your mama need a little relaxation time? Perhaps a trip (or a gift certificate) to Riverstone Spa or Ten Spa is in order, or how about some class passes to Yoga Public for some serious meditation?.

And you know what you absolutely cannot go wrong with? Flowers. Freshcut Downtown has you covered and your mom will love it!

Give your mom a big hug! And I want to hear how you plan to #FindItDowntown for Mother’s Day! :)

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Look for these cute succulent magnets at Freshcut Downtown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Hera!

April 24, 2015

Never mind your cute baby pics and super awkward high school yearbook photos. How’s this for a #FlashbackFriday – the Winnipeg Art Gallery they’re flashing back to the 7th Century BC – 2nd Century AD with the Olympus exhibit and it opens this Sunday!

Featuring over 160 ancient Greek and Roman marble and bronze statues, terracotta vases and pieces of jewellery on loan to us from the Collection of Classical Antiquities of the National Museums in Berlin, this exhibit only stops in only two North American destinations (we’re one of them – pretty special!).

Come face-to-face with 12 amazing Olympians including Zeus, Venus, Athena, Hera and more.

Interested? Take this quiz and let me know which Olympian you are for your chance to win a pair of passes to the exhibit! And as always, remember to #Finditdowntown when you post photos of your visit!

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I got Hera:

Pros: She’s beautiful, the daughter of two important Titans: Kronos and Rhea, the protector of marriage, women, motherhood and childbirth

Cons: Married her brother (Zeus), has an argumentative streak, very jealous of her husband’s lovers (seems reasonable to me…)

 

Contest closes Friday, May 1 at 2PM.

For hours, ticket prices, etc. click here.

Duck duck…JETS!

April 16, 2015
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Party at Portage & Main when Jets got the wild card playoff spot! Photo c/o @xjmetro on Instagram.

 

Tonight, the Jets square off with the Anaheim Ducks, and while some Winnipeggers may be fans of the Ducks – tonight, we’re rooting for the home team. It didn’t take long for fans to snap playoff tickets – rumour has it that 1,000 were available and they sold out in mere seconds. So if you don’t have tickets like me, here’s a list of places to watch the Jets hit the ice – you just need to #finditdowntown! Snap a photo of you watching the game downtown, use the hashtag #finditdowntown, and I’ll enter you in for a chance to win a beer button for you to pour your own beer at Carbone!

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza (260 St. Mary Ave.)

Enjoy live music on a spacious patio before every home game. Test your hockey skills with a street hockey tournament. Or if you’re anything like me, you’ll just want to enjoy Carbone’s #WhiteOut drink and pizza features – we’re talking $2 off white sangria, white grape cosmos, Shock Top, and their New White pizza! Yum! And get this, during every away game, you can literally drink your way into free pizza – any amount spent on draft beer will be credited to your pizza bill. I’m OK with this. Oh yeah, the game will be screened on all of Carbone’s TV screens.

Shannon’s Pub (175 Carlton St.)

How does a $15 Jets burger with any domestic draft sound? Eat your face off (get it, face-off?) while enjoying the game on Shannon’s HD projection screen.

The Pint Public House (274 Garry St.)

New to Garry Street, The Pint is getting Jetsy with some amazing specials! On game days, Budweiser and Bud Light for $6 (20 oz. pints), $17 (pitchers), and $35 (table kegs), and to give you the energy to shout Go! Jets! Go!, give the Poutine Playoff burger a try. No shortage of screens to watch the game on: come with friends, and keep the celebration going after the game with DJs playing, Jet Fuel shooters and a special #WPGwhiteout drink.

Club 200 (190 Garry St.)

See the Jets score against the Ducks on a big screen and enter to win a Jets jersey with every food or beverage purchase. And if you’re thirsty, Alexander Keiths draft goes for $4 a pint and $4 for Fireball shots.

Earls on Main (191 Main St.)

Chicken wings at $6/lb and $3 for sleeves and $5 for pints of Bud, Bud Light, and Rhino Draft. Watch the game on all indoor TV screens.

Café Bella and Lounge (330 York Ave.)

For $12.99, enjoy a Spud, Bud, & Steak Sandwich (a 7 oz. NY Striploin on a Texas Style Garlic Toast with a Baked Potato with all the fixings) AND a pint of Bud or Bud Light!

Tavern United MTS (260 Hargrave St.)

While you fight your way into a pair of play-off tickets with others at the bar (visit tavernunited.com for more info), you can also view the game on Tavern’s rooftop – they’re setting up a giant screen! Pitchers of Bud are $13.99 and pints are $3.99 for all home and away games.

The Met (281 Donald St.)

Shout #GoJetsGo in front of a 40-foot screen while enjoying $3.99 bottles of Bud Light.

Boston Pizza (333 St. Mary Ave.)

Blue beer, yes, BLUE beer can be enjoyed by you and your pals – along with copious amounts of food and drink specials. Enter to win a chance to win P1 front row tickets to the next playoff game!

Hy’s Winnipeg (1 Lombard Pl.)

Work downtown? Study downtown? Just stay downtown and enjoy happy hour from 4-6 p.m.! A 3-coure prefix menu for $41 and complimentary parking after 5pm is good enough reason to come to Hy’s to watch the games!

The Old Spaghetti Factory (25 Forks Market Rd.)

Here’s your chance to namedrop. Get 10% off your food and drink when you watch the game by mentioning my name!

The Velvet Glove (2 Lombard Pl.)

Sharing is caring: buy three platters and get one free. Enjoy the game on Velvet Glove’s large screens.

Rudy’s Eat and Drink (375 Graham Ave.)

Rudy’s has one of the largest patios in the city, and to celebrate the playoffs, they are making it look like a big ‘ol hockey rink! Watch the game on two outdoor 65” screens, while enjoying $4 Bud and Bud Light pints and $14 for pitchers, and you could win a pair of tickets to game #4!

The Keg (115 Garry St.)

Get #WpgWhiteOut with $5.50 pints of Rickards White!

Pony Corral (444 St. Mary Ave.)

49-cent ribees and wings in the lounge during the game. Enter for your chance to win a Jets pub table and 2 stools!

Shark Club (233 Hargrave St.)

$6.99 shark size Molson Canadian. Prizes given away every game!

 

While these places won’t be screening the games, you should obviously check them out for their delicious discounts and Jets promotions! Come hungry, leave full and happy:

The Fyxx on Broadway: buy one specialty drink and get second one for half price

Bodegoes at cityplace: devour handcrafted whiteout cupcakes and cookies

Second Cup on Graham: 10% off any drink or food item

Totally Confused Café: Buy a sandwich, get a free coffee or a free can drink

Nick’s on Broadway: 2 pastrami sandwiches for $16 if you’re wearing a Jets jersey and/or hat on game days. Hours extended to game start time on home game days.

Clean and green: Earth Day 2015!

April 14, 2015

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This has to be the best time of year – it’s sunny, warm, the Jets are in the playoffs and the very best of the summer is just around the corner.

But before then we have a little cleaning up to do.

Now that the snow has melted and all the dust has settled (in every nook and cranny), I think we have a bit of sprucing up to do. So come join me, and a bunch of my pals including the crew from Fresh FM, Big FM, Energy 106, Marcie Markusa from CBC Radio, the crew from Global, downtown residents and business workers and more on Earth Day – April 22, 2015 as we tidy up our beloved downtown neighbourhood and spiff it up for many outdoor days ahead!

The deets:

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
9am – 11:30am at Thunderbird House
2pm – 4:30pm at Millennium Library Park

Rumour has it there will be all kinds of prizes and give-aways, including two bikes, re-usable coffee mugs, Goldeye’s tickets, plantable trees and more!

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Prizes for:
Best Team Name
Most lbs of litter picked per person
Best Team Outfit
Most Members in a Team
Most Enthustiastic Team

This will be a fun day! To get in on the clean, green action register here. 

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