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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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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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Holocaust Memorial- A Broken Star

I was biking past the Manitoba Legislative Buildings and saw a monument I’d never noticed before. It was in the shape of a broken Star of David.holocaust memorial winnipeg legislatureTaking a closer look I discovered it was a monument built in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust. It was dedicated in 1990.  

holocaust memorial winnipeg legilature groundsThe walls were designed to reflect the sunlight since the monument was to be a sign of hope, rebirth and the rebuilding of lives. names on holocaust memorial winnipegThe names of the 3,700 victims, memorialized on the monument’s walls, all had surviving family members living in Manitoba. 

holocaust memorial in winnipegThe legislature of Manitoba was the first in Canada to provide a designated space for a Holocaust Memorial. Philip Weiss, an award-winning Winnipeg furniture maker and craftsman, led the campaign to have the memorial built. Weiss was a Holocaust survivor who was seized from his parents home in Poland by the Nazis when he was just 15 years old and sent to two different concentration camps. holocaust memorial winnipeg legislature groundsThe names of  various concentration camps are engraved at the base of the monument. 

monument to holocaust winnipegThe monument also includes a menorah and the words These we do remember and our hearts are grieved.  Some people had left memory candles in the space below the menorah. 

holocaust memorial winnipegI’ve learned that each year on Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Memorial Day there is a service of remembrance at this monument during which each name inscribed on it is read aloud. 

Other posts about the Holocaust………

Meeting a Holocaust Survivor in Hong Kong

Brundibar- More Than It Seems

Taking Teens to Israel and Palestine

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The Canadian Human Rights Museum- A Work Still in Progress

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October 25, 2011October 25, 2011

The new Canadian Human Rights Museum is just a few blocks from my home. I was going through old photos and realized that after we moved to Winnipeg in 2011, I had taken pictures of the Human Rights Museum a number of times as it was being built. It was interesting to see the progress. 

June 21, 2012June 21, 2012

I have yet to visit the museum, since I would like to wait till the exhibits are all complete, something they are predicting for mid November. Plenty of controversy has surrounded the building of the museum and continues to do so with the recent announcement the chief executive officer of the museum has been asked to leave.  It appears the musuem is still a work in progress.

July 3, 2014July 3, 2014

There is no question however that the building which houses the musuem is a piece of iconic architecture which…

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Winnipeg and Mennonites in Gone Girl Movie

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Gone-Girl-2014-film-posterThere weren’t too many surprises for me in the movie Gone Girl which we saw on Friday night.   I had read the book so I knew what was coming plot wise.  There were however two surprising lines of dialogue that caught my attention.  

Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne in Gone GirlRosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne in Gone Girl

The first was the mention of Winnipeg.  The movie’s heroine Amy played by Rosamund Pike gets in trouble and calls a former boyfriend Desi played by Neil Patrick Harris to come and rescue her.  They rendezvous at a casino.  A man bumps into Desi and Amy at the casino bar and says he is sure he recognizes Amy.

Neal Patrick Harris plays Amy Dunne's old boyfriend Desi CollingsNeal Patrick Harris plays Amy Dunne’s old boyfriend Desi Collings

 It is important that Amy remain incognito so Desi tries to throw the man off by lying and assuring the fellow there is no way he can know Amy…

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The BDI- Bridge Drive In

bridge drive in winnipegBefore our guests from Hong Kong and India left Winnipeg we thought we needed to take them to the city’s most popular ice cream stand the Bridge Drive-In .bridge drive in jubilee winnipegThe Bridge Drive In (known more commonly in Winnipeg as simply The BDI) has been serving ice-cream to patrons since May 1 1957 and on a warm summer evening there is always a line up of people waiting to get sundaes and milkshakes and a dipped cone. The crowd on the night we were there was modest. 

bridge drive in on a busy dayBut this is how it can look on a busy afternoon. bicycling to the bridge drive in

Dave and Anil cycled over to the BDI on Jubilee Avenue and we ladies took the car. 

eating icecream at the bidThe Bridge Drive In has many flavors of soft ice-cream and you can get your cone dipped in butterscotch or chocolate and rolled in nuts. bridge bar bridge drive in

Anil and I both opted for the Bridge Bar while Dave and the ladies had soft icecream. bdi bridgeThe bridge beside the ice cream parlor is The Elm Park Bridge but it is often called the BDI Bridge. The ice cream stand was named after the bridge when it opened and now 57 years later the bridge has come to be known by the name of the ice cream stand.elm Park BridgeThe Bridge crosses the Red River and was built in 1912.The bridge used to have a 5 cent toll for pedestrians a 10 cent toll for vehicles and a 25 cent toll for trucks. The toll charges were stopped in 1946 and the bridge was closed to vehicles in 1974. The city did not tear down the bridge because it was too expensive to do so.musician bridge drive inThe night of our visit there was even a saxophonist at the end of the bridge to serenade us. 

eating icecream bridge drive inDave and I used to live one street over from the Bridge Drive In on Rosedale Avenue when we were first married and we visited the iconic ice cream stand regularly. It was fun to go back with our visitors and introduce them to a Winnipeg landmark. 

elm park bridgePosts about showing other Hong Kong visitors Winnipeg………

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The Winnipeg Art Gallery Roof

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Bison Up Close and Personal

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Food From the Land and Shakespeare in the Ruins

marylou and meenaOur friends Meena and Anil are visiting us from Hong Kong and we took them out to the Peasant Cookery, a favorite Exchange District restaurant of ours.window ledge peasant cookery The window ledges are decorated with artistic fowl sculptures in wood or ceramics and jars of canned fruits and vegetables.interior peasant cookery winnipegThe Peasant Cookery boasts that it offers ‘real food from the land’ and we knew from our past visits that the food would be excellent and the service friendly. 

dave and anilWe decided to order five different dishes from the eclectic menu and share them all.  meal at peasant cookeryOur meal was first rate. beet salad peasant cookery

A beet salad with toasted seeds, goat cheese, arugula and a  caramelized honey vinaigrette dressing

tourtierre at peasant cookery winnipeg Tourtiere- a French meat pie with thick cut  fries

gnocchi at peasant cookery winnipeg

aged cheddar gnocchi  with sun dried tomato, spinach, red onion, piquillo peppers and basil oilmahi mahi at peasant cookeryLightly breaded mahi, mahi with fresh vegetablesbread pudding at peasant cookery

and bread pudding with Guinness ice-cream and a caramel sauce for dessert.waiter peasant cookeryDespite his look of concern in this photo our waiter was attentive and very pleasant and earned extra bonus marks from us when my husband asked him who his favorite Winnipeg band was and he replied, “Royal Canoe,” the band our son plays in. trappist monastery shakespeare in the ruinsAfter dinner we were off to the Trappist Monastery in St. Norbert to see this years’ Shakespeare in the Ruins production of The Comedy of Errors. anil and daveIt was a near perfect night. The rain held off and it was just cool and windy enough to keep the mosquitoes at bay. We had warm blankets provided by the theatre troupe. audience shakespeare in the ruinsWe moved around the monastery grounds to see the different scenes from the play. It was done in such an entertaining fashion, the humor bawdy and the acting a bit ‘over the top’ in a good way.  comedy of errors shakespeare in the ruinsThe actors made it so easy to follow the rather complicated plot of mistaken identity that near the end of the play when it was revealed that identical twins had been mixed up throughout the drama, a little boy about three or four years old in the audience blurted out, “Why there’s two of them.”  Even he understood the plot resolution. marylou and meenaThe Peasant Cookery staff and Shakespeare in the Ruins company helped us show off our city to our Hong Kong friends in first class style. 

Other related posts……

Shakespeare in the Ruins- 2012

Are You Speaking English

Devour the District

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The Pigeon King

pigeon king curtis wiebeI walk by this large crowned bird off to the side of the Air Canada building on Portage Avenue almost everyday.  The other morning I decided to stop and take some photos and find out more about the sculpture.

pigeon king by curtis wiebeThe piece is called The Pigeon King and it was created by Curtis Wiebe who is a filmmaker, animator, musician and sculptor. He is also the founder of the Winnipeg Puppet Collective. Curtis teaches art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Canadian Mennonite University.  

Curtis Wiebe with The Pigeon King -photo by Wayne Glowacki- Winnipeg Free Press

Curtis Wiebe with The Pigeon King -photo by Wayne Glowacki- Winnipeg Free Press

Curtis studied art at the University of Manitoba and I discovered from a 2009 article in the Winnipeg Free Press that he is from Drake, Saskatchewan, my mother’s home town. feet of pigeon

Curtis’ pigeon is pretty plump and has enormous feet. I guess it is appropriate that a bird of flight is outside the Air Canada building although The Pigeon King’s size might hamper him during take-off.

Other sculptures in downtown Winnipeg….

Have You Lost Your Marbles?

James Bond Is From Winnipeg

Women Soldiers

 

 

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Neechi Commons- Come For Lunch

neechi commons winnipegI’ve been eating lunch regularly at Neechi Commons at 865 Main Street. A number of schools I serve as a faculty advisor for the university are in the area.  neechi commons restaurantI’ve discovered it’s a great place to go for lunch. The commons is an Aboriginal owned and operated cooperative and contains not only a restaurantgrocery store neechi commons but also a grocery store where I often stop after my school visits to pick up items I need for supper .art store neechi commonsThere is also an art store called……..

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Neechi Niche.waiter nichee commons winnipeg

The waiters are friendly, helpful and polite and the food at Niche Commons is always good. I especially enjoy the homemade soups.  beef barley soup neechi commonsLast week I had a delicious cream of cauliflower and yesterday’s special was a beef barley. The bannock is wonderful and so are the salads.  wild rice salad niche commonsYesterday I tried the wild rice salad.  The restaurant has a full menu with all kinds of burgers and breakfast items as well. 

Winding Staircase Leading to the Restaurant

Winding Staircase Leading to the Restaurant

Neechi means friend/sister/brother in Cree and Ojibwa.

Kitchen at Neechi Commons

Kitchen at Neechi Commons

Neechi Commons is the largest commercial employer of First Nations and Metis people. More than 50 people are employed by the store and the art shop represents the work of some 40 artists. 

The tables are decorated with stones and little pine logs

Tables are decorated with stones and little pine logs

If you’ve never been to Neechi Commons you should really drop in.  But if you come for lunch come early. The place is often packed. neechi commons

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