Wonderful Wedding Show Comes to RBC Convention Centre

The proposal. The ring. The planning. When a wedding is in your immediate future everything becomes research—your last hotel stay, every other wedding you attend, every cupcake, donut, or pie, and even dress shopping becomes a second job.

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The Wonderful Wedding Show takes place January 21 and 22 at the RBC Convention Centre. This annual event is the largest single source of information available about Winnipeg wedding services, featuring the city’s leading wedding professionals. With over 300 displays and 130,000 square feet of the latest must-have wedding fashions and trends, wedding products and services, and much more, every couple can explore the ways to make their wedding dream come true. One lucky couple will even win a DREAM WEDDING!

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Make a day of the Wonderful Wedding Show. Start by meeting up with your bridal party at a downtown restaurant or coffee shop to plan your route throughout the show over brunch or appetizers. When you enter the RBC Convention Centre be sure to get your copy of V.I.B Weddings Magazine, a magazine for the Very Important Bride!  V.I.B. Weddings features local content and real weddings highlighting products and services from Wonderful Wedding Show vendors that will inspire couples with ideas and has a special Show Guide section with Exhibitor Listing, floor plan and editorial about the show.

Downtown Winnipeg is a regular spotlight in local urban weddings. Whether downtown Winnipeg is the backdrop for wedding photos, or where the wedding reception is held, to where couples book their honeymoon suites in one of many iconic hotels, there are so many wonderful spots, corners, and signature spaces that hold special memories for Winnipeg couples. Take advantage of our fantastic downtown scenery and architecture to make your wedding memories uniquely Winnipeg. Tag us in your Wonderful Wedding Show photos on Insta and Twitter with #finditdowntown and enjoy planning your special day!

Top left, clockwise: Photo credit @blackandgoldphoto; Inspiration Gallery 2016 winning table by Just In Couture Designer Planning & Luxury Décor, photo credit Wonderful Wedding Show; Bottom left: Wedding planning by Like A Star Weddings, photo credit @nghiatranphotography. All photos used with permission.

Don’t miss out on these key daily features:

Brides’ Lounge with performances by Danny Kramer Dance Band at 1:30 & 3:30pm daily

Eph Apparel Grooms’ Lounge – Grooms-to-be can even enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Sports Prize Package

Inspiration Gallery – 2,500 sq ft of inspiration!

Fashion Show – 12:30 & 4:30pm daily

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Purchase tickets in advance to be entered for a chance to win a FREE vacation courtesy of LA Travel Group, Air Canada Vacation, and Palace Resorts. Trip value up to $6,000. Includes flights, transfers, hotel, & taxes. Click here for more prize details

Tickets available at http://wonderfulweddingshow.com/tickets/

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Oscar’s After Hours

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So a bunch of new restaurants popped up in the last year and they are awesome. If you still haven’t tried Nick’s on Broadway, The Merchant Kitchen, The Planit, Clay Oven Express at MB Hydro, or Fools & Horses Coffee Co., I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

But what about a brand new twist on an old fave? Yep – Oscar’s Deli is launching Oscar’s After Hours – these guys know your lunch order by heart (ham and swiss on rye, hot mustard, pickle cut in half lengthwise, extra coleslaw, diet cola, lots of ice, am I right?) and now they want to offer you the best of the best for after work and dinner too.

These guys made a real impression during Burger Week, and if you check out their Instagram, your mouth is guaranteed to water.

So plan to hit up 175 Hargrave between 5 & 7 PM on December 16 and/or 17 for a set price ($30), set menu, craft cocktails, beer & wine, and don’t forget to tag me @downtownpeggy in your #finditdowntown foodie pics!

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Anything goes: Winnipeg Mardi Gras 2015!

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Here’s what I know about Mardi Gras:

There will be bright, shiny décor, beads, costumes and outfits.

There will be jaw-dropping performances by The Lindsays – sword swallowing, fire dancing, contortion and circus skills.

There will be deep fried pickles, sweet potato fries, fried oyster po’ boys, gumbo, Louisiana pasta, jambalaya, freshly shucked oysters and peel-and-eat shrimp. (Hint: come very hungry)

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There will be Love Potion and Oyster Shots (among other signature cocktails).

There will be Undead Newlyweds. And Winnipeg’s biggest zombie party on Friday, Feb. 13. Come dressed up and join the parade!

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There will be a wine bar.

There will be dancing to the electrifying sounds of Dwayne Doopsie and the Zydaco Hellraisers, brought to us directly from New Orleans.

And beyond that…anything goes!

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You gotta see it for yourself! I have two pairs of tickets for Saturday, Feb. 14. Comment below and let me know if you’re most intrigued by the sights, tastes or sounds of Mardi Gras – and you could be headed off to the New Orleans in our own downtown!

Two winners will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Finding my favourite Caesar downtown – Part 1!

A friend sent me an email the other day, telling me that May 13th was National Caesar Day in Calgary – they actually created a day to honour the day the classic Canadian cocktail was first mixed. Makes sense, actually! The drink’s so popular (apparently we drink 350 million Caesars every year in Canada) that lots of downtown restaurants have their own special spins on the recipe. So to celebrate this very important holiday – and the fact that patio weather has FINALLY arrived – I took some clamato-loving friends out to taste as many of downtown’s unique Caesar recipes as we could and find our favourites.

 

The restaurant: Rudy’s Eat & Drink

The drink: Rudy’s Signature Caesar

Why try it: Rudy’s blends a signature red pepper & horseradish puree  into the standard Clamato and Worcestershire. Results – there’s a whole extra layer of flavour, body and yum. Bonus – snackable pickled green bean garnish!

Rudy's Signature Caesar! #caesarweekend #Winnipeg

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The restaurant: Tavern United Downtown

The drink: Build Your Own Signature Caesar Menu

Why try it: Because the brand-new build-your-own Caesar menu has more than 30 different options – meaning you can go crazy creating an almost infinite number of custom combos. You pick what you want on the rim, what hot sauce, your juice (classic Clamato, or tomato, pickle, or olive), your garnishes, and which liquor you want (we all considered the Guiness or tequila but chickened out). Our friendly bartender Matt created thsee two beauties for us:
Top: Sea salt, tomato & pickle juice, Frank’s Red Hot, dill pickle, and vodka.
Bottom: Lemon pepper rim, horseradish, Worcestershire, chipotle Tabasco,  clamato, pickle juice, and gin with lime and pepperonccini garnish.

Results of Tavern United's epic build-your-own-Caesar menu #caesarweekend #winnipeg

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The restaurant: Earl’s on Main

The drink: Caesar, Baesar

Why try it: The Earl’s signature spice mix plus Valentina hot sauce made the classic Caesar here a hit with all of us – we couldn’t convince the bartenders to tell us everything in the mix, but they did reveal red & green tabasco, garlic, and pickle juice are all in there. Extra points for serving it out of a jar with a slice of jerky as a garnish!

The Baesar is beer + Caesar. The beer is their lightest signature lager, and it makes the whole drink lighter and super-refreshing – perfect for patios this weekend! (Caesars are also on special for $4 on Sundays!)

Caesars at Earls on Main! #HappyLongWeekend

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Tomorrow, part 2!