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April 19, 2014

It’s Easter weekend, aka the weekend when we do the Traditional Overconsumption of Cadbury Mini-Eggs. And I hate to mess with tradition, but if you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth with something a little different, I think you should know it’s still Ciao! magazine’s Chocolatefest until the end of the month! Restaurants around the city are serving up special chocolate dishes for $7 each – here’s what some of the downtown spots (especially the Forks) have on offer!

  1. Caramel Crepe at the Forks: Serving up a chocolate crepe, with Nutella, ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate syrup.
  2. Fro-Gurts at the Forks: Their Oreo Frogurt, blending delicious chocolate Oreo pieces with vanilla frozen yogurt.
  3. The Fudge Guy at the Forks: Hand-made chocolate fudge made from scratch on their premises.
  4. Human Bean Coffee & Tea at the Forks: Chocolate sin torte, a decadent cake full of ganache, mousse and icing layered with three types of chocolate.
  5. The Neon Cone at the Forks: Triple Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream
    This take home dessert is a combination of chocolate ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge and chewy chocolate
    brownie pieces.
  6. Prairie 360 is doing not 1, not 2, but 3 chocolately desserts:
  • Triple Chocolate Cheesecake – Crushed Oreos under a layer of dark chocolate ganache, topped with a milk chocolate cheesecake filling, finished with white chocolate curls.
  • Chocolate Orange Alexander CocktailGlenmorangie original, spiced chocolate syrup, cream, and chocolate bitters
    garnished with cardamom.
  • Bittersweet Harmony Cocktail – Averna, Glen Garioch and creme de cocoa garnished with
    orange peel and a cherry.

Find out more on Chocolatefest here

Table for 1200

April 15, 2014

Winnipeg table for 1200
Just a small, intimate dinner for you and 1199 other guests. At one, single, INCREDIBLY long table. That’s what  5468796 Architecture and Storefront MB are planning next month!

5468796 has been travelling around the world hosting dinners called tables for 12 for the past year as part of Canada’s prix de Rome 2013 project – gathering people around a table to talk about the importance of architectural culture. And they’re wrapping up that year in truly spectacular fashion – by coming home to Winnipeg and hosting the largest dinner party this city – and maybe the world – ever seen, in partnership with Storefront MB.

Putting this table together is going to be a feat already, but in a plan that makes me shake my head a couple of times to make sure I’m hearing it right, they’re going to set it up in only 1 hour.

The date is May 31st, the time is 7pm – 9pm. If you’re wondering where it is….well, so am I! That’s why they’re setting it up so quickly – the location is a mystery that’s only going to be revealed to diners an hour before. All they’ve said is it’ll be a prominent location in downtown Winnipeg.

This isn’t by invite only – if you want to be part of this epic dining experience, you can actually buy tickets to it at

I’m thinking it has to be outside somewhere – there’s no room in the city that can hold a table that long, is there? Anyone got guesses on the location?

Worst Winter Ever? I’m not so sure

April 11, 2014

It apparently became official over the weekend – we had the snowiest, coldest, winter in this city since 1898. (I know, I’m sure we’re all shocked.)

But I’m seeing lots of headlines that are translating snowiest/coldest to ‘worst.’ And I’m not so sure about that. As hard as it was, to me this winter was also…actually kind of awesome.

I’ve written about this before, but I think this year was the year we really started OWNING winter. Didn’t matter if it was cold and windy outside, we were going to create amazing things to do and start celebrating the fact that yes, we live in a winter city!

So despite the snow, and the cold, I think this will still go down in my memory as one of my favourite winters ever. Remember this good stuff?

1) The restaurant on the river came back and was a HUGE hit.

2) The Jets hit the ice of the Red River and practiced outdoors for Winnipeggers to watch.

3) JUNO awards just came through town and brought a whole week of extra musical events, from awards night to Junofest

4) Extra-whimsical warming huts this year, IMHO.

5) A snow maze built for and by kids

6) Hundreds of cyclists from around the world came to town to bike our streets and talk about winter cycling ideas

7) Painted pianos appeared

8) The revolving restaurant spins again as Prairie 360

and I’m sure there’s lots more I’ve missed out on seeing myself.

So a cold winter? Yes. And I hope Mother Nature gives us a break next year as much as anyone. But based on this year, no matter what we get thrown at us we can make the most of it.

Get your glow on

April 8, 2014

How do you feel about 5k runs?

How about 5k runs downtown, completely covered in glowing gear with DJs playing and a giant street festival at the end of it?

I knew you’d come around.

Winnipeg is getting its first glow run! The Electric Donkey Run is officially on, September 6th of this year – a 5km long moving glow party packed with people covered in neon, glowsticks, facepaint, and whatever else we can come up with. Since it’s the first, I can’t really show you any pictures of previous years – but to give you a peek at just how cool this is going to be, here’s what some other cities look like at glow run time:


So who’s in for their first 5k with me? And for all you runners out there  – does it still count as a run if you dance the whole way there? :)

Register at – here’s early registration prices on at a discount right now for only $35 – the price ends April 15, so get it now!



Winnipeg Portrait Prize

April 5, 2014

Winnipeg Portrait Prize

Did you know that our city has a club called the Winnipeg Sketch Club? And not only that, they’ve got a LOT of history. In fact, they were founded in 1914, meaning that this year is their 100th birthday – happy birthday!

They’re celebrating their birthday with a big project to be unveiled this weekend – the first ever Winnipeg Portrait Prize. They invited artists to celebrate people who are doing great things in our community by creating a portrait of them, and all of them are going on display this weekend at the RBC Convention Centre.

First, how nice is it that they’re doing something to celebrate others on their own birthday? Very Winnipeg.

And second – if you were one of the people drawn, excited would you be? We all have LOTS photos of ourselves now (thanks, camera phones!) but how many of us actually get a portrait? That’s got to feel pretty special.

If you want to go check them out, they’re in rooms 15 and 16, Saturday 10:30 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (If you go after 5:00PM tonight, there’s live music and cash bar Saturday till 8!) After that, the winner, people’s choice and finalists are being chosen, and they’ll be unveiled in the Manitoba Legislative Building 7:00 pm in the Rotunda.

More info on them here and here

War Horse – A special presale for you!

April 1, 2014

I feel a little weird posting a discount on April Fool’s, but pinky swear it’s real.


Broadway Across Canada presents War Horse is coming this summer at the Centennial Concert Hall June 18 – 22nd – you might remember the name from the massive Spielberg movie in 2011 by the same name. It’s been made into a Broadway show that’s now racked up a grand total of 5 Tony Awards – if you didn’t see the movie, here’s the story in a nutshell:

 A heart-warming tale of loyalty and friendship, and winner of FIVE 2011 Tony Awards®, WAR HORSE tells the story of young Albert and his beloved horse, Joey. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and songs, is a show of phenomenal inventiveness that is currently playing to packed houses in London and around the world.

I know what my first question was – it’s a play that stars, among other leading characters, a horse. So…how exactly is that going to work on stage? The answer’s actually kind of awesome:

At its heart are astonishing life-sized puppets created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, that bring to life breathing, galloping, charging horses strong enough for men to ride.

Yep. Epic, rideable, horse puppets. I’m going to need to see that. One disclaimer though – it’s supposed to be very heartwarming and it DOES star puppets, but the storyline also involves, well, war. So they recommend it for age 10+ only.

If you’re 10+ and want to get a special presale discount, use this link on April 4th and the passcode FRIENDS (tickets go on sale to the general public April 5th.)


Downtown Pop-Up Shop

March 26, 2014

One shop, two shop, three shop….I’m going to stop because there’s actually 7 shops in one that just popped up in Portage Place!



All of the 7 are young entrepreneurs who are testing out what it would be like to have a storefront – and they’re actually a very cool bunch that I would never have expected to see sharing the same space, but it really works! I was at their launch yesterday and got to peek at all the products.

In all, you’ve got Lennard Taylor – maker of fabulous clothing and accessories, from leather holsters to painted tshirts and lovely flowy tunics. EPH Apparel – who help the young gents of downtown suit up in custom gear at a price they can afford. Bannock in a Box and Delicious Kicks (who are in a dead heat for cutest names) serve up bannock and spicy salsas. Synonym Art represents 10 local artists and sells their work in the pop-up. Digiplus can do a gorgeous engraved phone cases, business card cases, and more out of everything from coloured metal to bamboo! And there’s an awesome lounge in the middle from Oi Furniture that you can arrange and rearrange out of separate blocks to build seating that’s as big or small as you need it to be!

The store is open 11 – 3 Monday to Saturday, and you can actually meet the entrepreneurs some of those times too – I got to talk to Lennard about what his favourite pieces are for spring, with the salsa people about their recipes. They’re running for the next 3 weeks only, so stop by before it’s gone!





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