The Most Beautiful Bathroom in Winnipeg

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bermax cafeI had lunch with my sister at The BerMax Cafe on Corydon not long ago.  The chairs were comfy, the decor interesting and the food was fine, although the air conditioning was on full blast so we froze as we sat  and talked.  But……………… the restaurant has the most interesting bathroom. sink bermax cafeCheck out this high tech sink.  You hold your hands under the centre of the tap for the water to come out and then you just move your hands apart where they are dried under the two metal pieces sticking out on either side.  A little card by the sink tells you how it works. bathroom at barmanYou feel like you are in the centre of an Italian city as you use the washroom. This floor to ceiling scene is to your right as you use the facilitiesbathroom at barmanAnd this is the view to your left.My mother always said you…

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Meeting with the Mayor- The Arts Are A Priority

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Last week the members of the Residents of the Exchange District  here in Winnipeg had an opportunity to meet with Mayor Brian Bowman. He told us about some of his visionary ideas for  the city and we talked to him about our concerns and questions.

Mayor Brian Bowman met with members of the Resident's Association of the Exchange District at the  Gurevich Art GalleryMayor Brian Bowman meets with members of the Residents of the Exchange District at the Gurevich Art Gallery

One priority for the mayor is increasing funding to the arts. Since many galleries, studios and performance venues are located in the Exchange District this could be particularly important to our area of the city.

Winnipeg Exchange District painting by Caroline Dukes at the Millenium LibraryWinnipeg Exchange District painting by Caroline Dukes at the Millennium Library

Mayor Bowman  told us  for every dollar you invest in the arts you get an $18 economic return. The average Canadian city invests $35 per person annually in the arts. Winnipeg invested $5 when Mr. Bowman took office. His first budget…

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Fools and Horses

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fools and horses broadwayWe biked over to Broadway yesterday morning to have breakfast at Fools and Horses a new coffee place that just opened.  Our niece’s fiancee helped craft the interior design. We wanted to check it out.  We also knew the nephew of good friends was making some of the baked goods on the menu.  daven and lauren fools and horsesWhile she prepared his Americano coffee Dave chatted with one of the Fools and Horses owners who just happens to be a former student of his. fools and horses breakfastWe found a seat in the sunny front window.  I had the poppy seed roll and Dave a prairie apple cinnamon roll. What good coffee, delicious pastry and a great place to people watch!! 

You can find out all about Fools and Horses on their Facebook page. 

Other posts about Winnipeg restaurants…….

Promenade Cafe

Winnipeg Free Press Cafe

A Blast From the Past

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Antony and Cleopatra and the Mosquitoes

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antony and cleopatra shakespeare in the ruinsI’m a huge Shakespeare in the Ruins fans and can still remember almost every play I’ve seen by the talented company.  I’ve been going to their performances for years. I loved their presentation of The Tempest, their Romeo and Juliet in a parking garage and their production of Amid Summer Night’s Dream in a downtown park. Last year’s Comedy of Errors was a complete delight.  We took visitors from Hong Kong and they were so impressed. 

shakespeare in the ruinsI have to say that this year’s Antony and Cleopatra might be my least favorite of all their productions. For me having the characters wear First Nations costumes and setting the play in pre-confederation Canada just didn’t work. The story of how the indigenous people of Canada were robbed of sovereignty of their own land is of vital importance and needs to be told; but aligning that story with the story of Antony and…

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Tacos The Real Meal Deal

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bmc market winnipegWe biked over to the BMC Market Esencia Latina Cafe on Osborne last week for tacos. bmc marketIt’s a three generation female business. Grandmother and mother do the cooking and the granddaughter is in charge of taking orders and operating the cash register.bmc marketThe ambiance is simple but clean and charming in its own way. It is very small however. Just a few tables. The day we were there many patrons just came in to pick up take-out. menu bmc market winnipeg

You can’t beat the prices.  Three tacos for $5.00 and you can mix and match. tacos bmc marketI had the baja, tinga and chorizo tacos. The soft corn-flour tortillas are homemade and baked after you’ve placed your order. Marion Warhaft the Free Press food columnist gave the place a good review.  We liked it too.

Other posts about Winnipeg Restaurants………

Peasant Cookery

Neechi Commons

Across the Board

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Wisdom on a Tree

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annie dillard quote on a tree on bannatyne avenueWalking home from the gym this morning I saw this sign on a tree on my street. Reminded me to appreciate this day and make it count.

Other posts…….

The Writing Life

The Street Where I Live

Two Trees- Forty One Years

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The Beginning and End of Life

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ron mueck girlJaws drop, eyes widen, and voices exclaim when I take kids into the room at the Winnipeg Art Gallery where Australian born, London-based artist Ron Mueck’s enormous sculpture The Girl is on display. umbilical cord ron mueck's the girlThe little girl has just been born and her umbilical cord is still attached. Blood remains on her wrinkled and folded skin. ron mueck's the girl faceYou can see the glisten of saliva on the baby’s lips, the wet of mucus in her nose and her tiny eyelashes. ron mueck the girlYou need to walk slowly all around the figure and think about it. Mueck says that while he spends lots of time making the outer surface of his giant human beings it is really the life inside them he is trying to capture. ron mueck the girlAfter our older son was born my husband walked around the delivery room carrying him and talking to him. “I wonder what he is thinking,” he said to me…

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Seeing the Property Brothers

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the property brothers winnipegWhat was going on?  On Monday when I walked into Winnipeg Square on my way home from work there was a long line of people blocking my way.  Turns out they were waiting to have their photos taken with The Property Brothers.  the property brothersI recognized the two fellows immediately since I’d seen them interviewed on a City Line television show I watched during one of my gym workouts.   The Property Brothers are Drew and Jonathan Scott and they have a television show where each week Drew, a real estate agent helps families find just the right fixer-upper house  and then Jonathan a contractor transforms the fixer-upper into the house of their dreams. the property brothersScotia Bank had brought the brothers to Winnipeg and if the length of the line in Winnipeg Square was any indication they were going to be posing for photos with hundreds of people during their public appearance. …

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Couples in the Library

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I was working in the Millenium Library on Saturday afternoon.  I looked up from my computer and there were couples on either side of me. 

wedding in the library On my left was a bridal party having their pictures taken on the steps of the library. 

pair of ducksOut the window to my right a male and female duck were perched on the concrete border around the pond. 

I went to the library to work so I wouldn’t be distracted. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Other posts……

The Millenium Library

Wedding in Minneapolis

Creatures I’ve Photographed

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Poseidon- Finding Greek and Roman Gods in Winnipeg

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Poseidon Bay is just off Grant Avenue in Winnipeg.  It bears the name of the Greek God Poseidon who together with his two brothers Zeus and Hades had a powerful triumvirate.  Hades was in charge of the underworld, Zeus the sky and Poseidon the sea. Poseidon had a temperamental personality.  In a bad mood he could cause huge sea storms and earthquakes. In a good mood he would create new islands and offer calm seas to sailors.  Poseidon’s city was Atlantis which was under the sea. 

pan am poolThe Pan Am Pool is on Poseidon Bay. It seems fitting that a swimming pool would be located on a street named for the God of the Sea. 

kylix with poseidon wagThere are a number of pieces in the current Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery that pay tribute to the god Poseidon.  On the bottom of this kylix or drinking cup you can see Poseidon holding…

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