We visited a new restaurant last week along with other members of the Residents of the Exchange Association. Miss Browns hosted a special evening to introduce people who live in our neighborhood to their unique menu.
We were entertained throughout the evening by trio from a group called Blue Noise who bill themselves as the hottest new blues band in Winnipeg. We started out with a fabulous array of appetizers- smoked salmon mini bagels, fried pickerel on toast with avocado, brisket sliders and smoked chicken wings.
Jenny Tyrell and her husband Steve are the owners of Miss Browns. Jenny and Steve were doing catering at his mother’s boutique vineyard in Sydney Australia when Jenny who is originally from Winnipeg got the bright idea they should move back here and open a sandwich shop featuring meats they smoked on site. They’ve named their restaurant for their daughter who they playfully nicknamed Miss Brown when she was a baby. This was our main course- BBQ pulled-pork, smoked brisket, baby back ribs and a selection of side condiments and sauces. The meat at Miss Browns comes from All Natural Meats in Carmen, Manitoba and other food items are also locally sourced. We had a nice visit with a couple who live just a couple blocks away from us that Dave had connected with previously at his part-time job. There are always new eating spots offering unique cuisine opening their doors in the Exchange District. It’s one of the things that makes living here so interesting.
David Bowie In My Neighbourhood
The Most Beautiful Bathroom in Winnipeg
Meeting Wayan From Eat, Pray Love
I saw the movie Hello My Name is Doris on Friday. Sally Field gives a stellar performance. Her character’s zany pursuit of a work colleague half her age was at times incredibly funny but also in some ways sad and cringe worthy.
Doris’ decision to chase the man of her dreams is inspired by a slick self-help guru trying to sell his motivational DVDs, who tells Doris that the word impossible shouldn’t be in our vocabularies because nothing is impossible. The word itself contains the inspirational two word phrase “I’m possible.”
The mantra was stuck in my head after the movie and I found out “I’m possible” actually comes from a quote attributed to the late great Audrey Hepburn who said, “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
Hepburn, an actress in the same league as the Oscar winning Sally Field, spent the last five years years of her life away from the stage and screen acting as an ambassador for UNICEF. I like knowing that the memorable quote in Hello My Name is Doris didn’t come from the promotional ad campaign of a fictional shyster, but from the lips of an accomplished and philanthropic woman who after acheiving the nearly impossible in the entertainment field tried to make the impossible a reality for children around the world.
The Magic Geranium
Sometimes You Just Need A Dose of Precious
There’s a steel sculpture painted in psychedelic colors just two blocks from our home called Grain Is King. It is a very appropriate art work to have in the Exchange District since our area of the city gets its name from the fact that the Winnipeg Grain Exchange was thriving here at the turn of the century.
Sheaves of grain are cut into the art work’s body and apparently if you crouch down and look through them from the back you can see the corner of Portage and Main streets which is the busy central hub of Winnipeg. The plaque on the sculpture’s base says, “Grain has built this town and has driven the economy of Winnipeg for many years.”
The man responsible for the sculpture is Jordan Van Sewell. He’s been working as an artist for thirty years and cites musician Frank Zappa and comic book creator Charles Schultz as influences.
Unfortunately there is a bit of graffiti on the back of the sculpture but luckily Van Sewell’s multi-colored exterior provides great camouflage so the graffiti is hardly noticeable.
The sculpture Grain is King made me think of this photo my Aunt Mary took of my grandfather, Diedrich Peters, who was a grain farmer in southern Manitoba. The grain he grew no doubt passed through Winnipeg many times on railway cars.
Grain is King is a good reminder of the agricultural products that were the foundation of the economy of the city of Winnipeg for so many years.
Sun Dogs and Steam
A Roof With A View
Filed under Art, Winnipeg
Is marriage something women are forced into because of society’s expectations or do they enter marriage willingly? Is a wedding a religious ritual, a spiritual experience or a civil rite imbued with sexual tension?
A sculpture called La Promise in the St. Boniface Sculpture Garden explores those ideas. La Promise is the work of Madeleine Vrignon a St. Boniface native with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. She began her career as an illustrator of children’s books. When asked to create a sculpture in bronze of a young girl who had died of cancer, her interest in a new art form began.
The top part of Vrignon’s statue La Promise is dark and quite provocative, with a low-cut top that emphasizes the woman’s bosom and meets in a V that points to an erogenous zone of the bride’s body. She’s wearing dark long gloves, not the white gloves you might expect a bride to wear. Her hands almost seem to be reaching up in supplication. Her stomach bulges out a bit. Could she be pregnant? This top part of the dress is tight and confining.
The bottom part of the dress is lighter in color suggesting the more traditional white bridal dress denoting purity. It is more comfortable looking and free-flowing and less confining than the top. However there is iron grill work embedded in the dress. Is it trapping or guarding something? Vrignon wanted people to think about whether marriage was a refuge for women or not.
In this side view you can see how the bride has been tethered to the ground in the rear by guy wires. They might be giving her roots and security but they also tie her down.
Vrignon’s La Promise gives viewers lots to think about.
What is It?
Between Dog and Wolf
Filed under Art, Winnipeg
My husband asked me out on a breakfast date yesterday morning to celebrate the birth of our new grandson. I have to admit from the parking lot, the place he chose, didn’t look like much. What kind of breakfast would we get there? When we walked inside the Marion Street Eatery it was clean, bright, warm and charming. There was a morning chill in the air so we opted to eat inside but our table looked out over the sunny patio which had a nice view of an architecturally interesting old church across the street.
The service was prompt and friendly and it wasn’t long before we had piping hot coffee in front of us and had given our orders. There was some interesting art on the walls including this intriguing painting of three bison.
The Marion Street Eatery promises you food that’s delicious but simple. Comfort food. My breakfast was exactly that!
We had a nice visit before heading off. Dave was on his way to the slow pitch ball diamond where he was playing in the second day of a tournament and I was going to the art gallery to give a tour to kindergarten kids and then headed to a final meeting about my students at the University of Winnipeg.
We’ll go back to the Marion Street Eatery. It’s a nice homey place for breakfast.
A Feast for Breakfast
Fools and Horses
Yesterday was my grandmother’s birthday. She was born May 17, 1900 and died when she was 99 years old. Yesterday our second grandson was born, May 17, 2016. I love it that he shares a birthday with his great, great grandmother.
We rise again in the faces of our children.
My Grandmother’s Epitaph
My Grandmother Was a Guitarist