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Meet You at the Folio

folio cafe cmuOne of the favorite places my friend Esther and I like to meet for visiting and sketching is the beautiful Folio Cafe on the Canadian Mennonite University grounds at the corner of Grant and Shaftesbury Avenue.  view from cmu cafeBig windows provide plenty of light.  folio cafe patioThere’s a patio where you can eat on nice days. 

soup and sandwich folio cafeThe lunch items are delicious.  Homemade soups and sandwiches and desserts.  Last week when I visited I ordered the beef borscht and a sandwich with goat cheese and marinated tomatoes on crusty fresh bread.  latteFor dessert there was a lovely latte and gelato. 

my picasso self portratiAfter lunch I drew my own versions of portraits of artists Picassothompson portrait and Tom Thompson.  esther coloring The Folio Cafe is spacious and welcoming and it is easy to spend several hours there visiting and drawing in the comfortable airy space the cafe provides.  If you’ve never been to the Folio I suggest  you give it a try. 

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Canoes

A Blast From the Past Closes

Gunn’s Bakery

 

 

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It’s Burger Week in Winnipeg

Just in case you haven’t already heard it is Burger Week in Winnipeg.  Nearly a hundred restaurants in our city have custom designed burgers for their patrons.  We decided to try a burger at Shawarma Khan. It’s a restaurant near our home owned by Obby Khan a retired professional football player who used to be on the roster of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. My husband Dave had read about their burger in the newspaper and it sounded delicious.  It was made with lamb, beef and flafel and served on a sweet potato-poppyseed egg bun lined with melted mozzarella cheese.  The meat patty was topped with  roasted red pepper,  seven-bean hummus, pickled turnips, sriracha coleslaw, caramelized onions and garlic sauce. The burger was fabulous as you can see from these photos.  I needed lots of napkins to clean all that juicy goodness off my fingers while I ate. I LOVED the fries that came with the burger.  They were crispy and spicy and hot.  Owner Obby Khan came over to check how we were enjoying our burgers and Dave asked him to pose for a photo with me. Obby was happy to oblige. 

We may try another burger in the coming days since Burger Week lasts till Thursday.  But the next time we are going to share a burger. I was so full after that  Shawarma Khan burger I could barely walk. 

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Burgers and Blokus

Family Visit

Home Grown in Newfoundland

 

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First Friday on A Perfect Winnipeg Night

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Animal portraits by Les Brandt on display at the Warehouse Gallery

Last night’s First Friday in the Exchange District was hopping!  The first Friday of every month art galleries in our neighbourhood open their doors till 9 or 10 at night and people can stroll from gallery to gallery visiting the many different exhibits on display.  It was a beautiful night yesterday and that combined with the fact that many restaurants in the Exchange were participating in Winnipeg’s famous Burger Week brought people out in droves. 

bob kebicWe went to the Mayberry Gallery to see the Bob Kebic show.  His canvases remind me of  Tom Thompson’s scenes but his oil paintings seem to be created on a kind of grid.  fafard bullThe Mayberry always has some of Joe Fafard’s work on show and last night was no exception.  

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They Held Down a Map by Meghan Hildebrand

I also enjoyed seeing some unique work by Megan Hildebrand. park at night sean randallMy favorite piece at the Mayberry was Park at Night by Sean William Randall.  

dave parlour coffeeWe stopped for a lattee at the Parlour Coffee Shop. les and daveThen we headed over to the opening of an art show featuring our friend Les Brandt at the Warehouse Gallery.  les brandt my manitoba homeTitled My Manitoba Home many of the pieces depicted scenes in and around Winnipeg.  my winter street les brandtThis one called My Winter Street was my favorite.  

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Margaret Sweatman read from her novel The Players.

We rounded off  the evening at the Little Brown Jug Brewing Company where we listened to three poets and authors read or recite their work.  improv little brown jugAfter each reading a group of  actors presented improvisational dramas based on the works they had just heard. After that we walked home on a perfect balmy late summer night in Winnipeg. 

First Fridays in the Exchange happen every month.  The next one is October 6. 

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It’s About to Crash

Living in an Art Gallery

First Friday Favourites 

 

 

 

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Saying Hello

I was walking down Graham Street to meet a friend for lunch when a group of five students stopped me. They showed me a copy of the sign below and asked if I knew what it was about.  I told them the sign had greetings in the languages of the various indigenous peoples of Canada as well as in English and French. greeting sign

“Did I think the signs were a good idea? ” 

I told them I thought the signs were great. I said it was important to recognize the valuable contributions indigenous people have made to our country and to always remember they were here in Canada thousands of years before settlers from other countries came.  I told them my family had come to Canada from Ukraine. 

I turned the tables on my interviewers then and asked why they were asking me questions. They said it was an assignment for an English class they were taking. Turns out the five students were from Columbia, Korea, Japan, Nigeria and Thailand and were all here in Winnipeg to learn English.

I asked them to each say good-bye to me in their languages before we parted ways.  

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Saying Hello To People

The Breath of Life

Wisdom from Dr. Seuss

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A Little Gem on the River

marylou benjaminson parkWe were invited to the new home of friends who recently moved to the St. James area of the city. The only bus I could take arrived a good forty minutes before our dinner date time.  Walking  towards our friends’ home from the bus stop I came upon a lovely little park I didn’t even know existed.  benjaminson parkAs I wandered into Benjaminson Park I came upon a sign that explained the park had been named after Skuli Benjaminson (1879-1970) a pioneer who had owned one of the first homes in the area.  He helped chop down trees so Portage Avenue could be built and was instrumental in bringing power lines into the area. memorial stone benjaminson parkHe was the only owner of a car and telephone in the neighborhood’s early days and he generously provided communication and transportation services to his neighbors. 

bench benjaminson parkBenjaminson Park is lovely.  There’s a bench under a tree which is the perfect place to read. down by the riverYou have a lovely view of the river. purple flowersI sat reading my book for a good half hour enjoying the beautiful purple flowers around me, the birds swooping down to the river and the leafy greenery.  I was almost sorry to leave but a fabulous meal with great friends awaited me.

river view benjaminson parkWinnipeg is full of little parks like the Benjaminson.  It would be neat someday to do a pilgrimage and try to visit them all. 

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The Grand Canyon For Free

Exploring Gros Morne National Park

Walking in A Haunted Forest

 

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Wined and Dined at a New Restaurant

At the Chaise Lounge with my friend Meena.

We’ve had house guests for the last two weeks and before they left Winnipeg they wanted to treat us to dinner at a restaurant of our choice.  We decided to pick a restaurant we had driven by hundreds of times and always thought we would like to try.

The Chaise Lounge has a beautiful walkway lined with plants and flowers.  We ate on the porch, but a peek inside showed it was a little more elegant.  The food was good and we had an enjoyable time visiting with our guests one last time.  

Meena is to the far left in this photo with my teaching colleagues in the English department in Hong Kong

We got to know Meena and Anil when we lived in Hong Kong and Meena was our colleague 

Meena far right was a member of our Hong Kong book club

and a member of our book club.  Meena and Anil now have children living in Winnipeg so they make visits here several times a year and stay with us. It has been such a treat to maintain our connection with these Hong Kong friends.

For some reason Dave was playing hide and seek.

We all had different entrees at the restaurant and received a bonus dessert because service had been a little slow.  Not that we minded. It gave us more time to visit. 

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Hong Kong House Guests

Sculpture Garden Stroll 

Introducing Visitors from Hong Kong and India to Mennonites

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My Childhood Reading Heaven

Revisiting the Good Will store on Princess Street

The GoodWill store on Princess Street in Winnipeg was a place of wonder and delight for me as a child. The store has changed somewhat since I used to visit there in the 1960s but one thing hasn’t changed. On the far wall just where they’ve always been, are rows and rows and rows of books from the floor to the ceiling. The shelves of the Good Will Store were one of my main sources for reading material when I was a child. We lived in Steinbach which didn’t have a public library till 1973, the year I turned twenty. Our Steinbach church didn’t have a library yet, in fact we didn’t even have a building. We met for services in a school basement.  The old Kornelson School where I first attended classes in Steinbach didn’t have a library either and Steinbach didn’t have a book store.  Perhaps because I had been read to often when I was a child, I grew up loving books and read voraciously. On family trips my Mom would tell me to get my nose out of my book and look at the scenery. Here I am setting off for my first day of school with a book in hand. I could read before I started grade one. So what was a girl who loved to read and had no access to books in her home town to do? My reading salvation lay at the Good Will store.  On trips to Winnipeg my Mom often made a stop at Good Will and patiently waited while I picked out books to read. Books were 5 cents each.  On my birthday my Grandma and Grandpa always sent me a one dollar bill in my birthday card. That was 20 books! Should I choose a Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Box Car Children, Elsie Dinsmore, Bobbsey Twins, or another book in the Anne of Green Gables series or Little House series? I was in heaven in the GoodWill Store! All those books! The Good Will store on Princess Street offered me reading salvation as a child. I’m glad kids today have many more options for gaining access to books. 

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Who Do Family Stories Belong To?

Agatha Christie’s First Trip on the Orient Express

Lesson Not Required

 

 

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