Goodbye Krystin

I just wanted to quickly update everyone on the last day Krystin spent living in the condo. Unfortunately, she had to bow out on Friday because she wasn’t feeling well, but I did manage to get her to come out to the LO Pub later in the day. I had to make sure her downtown living adventure ended on a high note.

If you haven’t sampled the LO Pub’s all-vegan menu, you are truly missing out. (And please don’t give me that garbage about how much you like meat. Good food is good food. Period. Try stepping out of your box once in a while. If you are open to vegan fare, then I’m sorry I just lashed out there. I just can’t stand it when people pull a face at something they haven’t even tried yet.) Anyway, we had vegan poutine which was as gooey and delicious as poutine should be. We also had chickpea fritters served with caramelized onions and fig jam. Totally outstanding. I think it might be one of my new favourite food items in downtown.

Krystin and I also headed to the Downtown Living Tour and Exhibition at Manitoba Hydro. We walked the booths and saw all the fascinating projects happening. We then headed to one of the open houses–youCUBE–and I verily fell head over heels in love with it.

It’s called a condo, but it’s about a million things more than that. youCUBE is actually 21 clustered townhouses. The one they had on display was four stories and is truly at the height of modernity and uber-cool design. Brought to life by the very hip crew at 5468796 Architechture, you really have to see it to get it. (I know people say that kind of thing all the time, but this really is remarkable.) What a boon to Winnipeg to have this visionary group of architects creating these works of art transformed into function. These guys (and gal) were also behind the new Old Market Square stage, as well a couple other future condo developments in Central Park and the West End. They’ll also be putting their mark on the new Avenue Building development. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Apart from the  design and cool factor, the condo also has an enormous rooftop terrace that looks out onto the river and will eventually have a spectacular view of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.  If I’d had been one of those fortunate $50 million lottery winners on the weekend, I would have bought that youCUBE condo right then and there. To the lucky person who gets to call that place home, I beg you to invite me over some time.

After Krystin and I finished drooling over youCUBE, we decided to go for a walk along the Waterfront. It was lush and green and it amazed me to realize just how much that area has changed in a few short years. When I hear negative things about why people would never live downtown, I’d truly defy them to walk around this area and still say that. Krystin said she would have to agree. What she discovered during her week in downtown is just how exciting, and dare we even say inspiring, it is to be in the heart of the city.

Being here, she learned so much more about the city she calls her home. She enjoyed music, food and shopping in a more intimate and convenient way than ever before and she met hundreds of friendly faces and even made some new friends. Sure, we’ve got a long way to go yet, but downtown is turning a corner and in a few years, you’re going to want a YouCube condo too.

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