16 June 2014

A Bit of a Break

Hello all,

I've decided to take a little blogging break. I've been incredibly busy with work and just feeling a bit creatively tapped, so I'd like to take some time to regroup and come back to you with new content in July. You'll still be able to find me on Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you for reading, and I'll see you in July!

13 June 2014

I'll Just Curl Up Here

Whenever and wherever I travel, I'm always on the lookout for a good used book store. Bookstores are one of the best places to be, and books are a favourite travel memento of mine. I write the year and city of purchase on the inside cover, and they serve as great reminders of the places I've been.

So when Chris and I were in Chicago back in April, I knew I had to stop by Myopic Books in Bucktown. Stacked high with books of all sorts and brimming with character, it was lovely place to wile away an afternoon.

9 June 2014

New Businesses Around Osborne

I love my little neighbourhood around the Osborne Village. Yeah, sure, things can get a bit disorderly on weekend nights, but I love being so close to everything: only a walk or a short bus ride away from a drink with friends, a leisurely meal or some window shopping. And lately, a few new businesses have been adding to the environment.
The first is Green Carrot, a smoothie and juice shop that's perfect for a healthy snack or a light meal. The atmosphere is airy, modern and clean and The Best Ever Green Smoothie I tried was creamy and divine. I can't wait to go back and try other smoothies and juices. This will definitely be my new go-to for a quick and easy healthy snack.

Stain also opened up its doors very recently. With the long tables toward the back, it would be a great spot for a meeting or study session. The decor is hip, moody and fun. They've started with a soft open, consisting mostly of coffees, juices and shakes (I tried the watermelon juice, which was refreshing and delicious), but from the looks of the refrigerated cases, they plan on expanding soon.

I'm excited about the new spots that have opened up around Osborne in the past year or so, and look forward to seeing the community continuing to expand. Now if someone could please just open up a new and used bookstore, my life would be complete ;)

6 June 2014

Summer Coffees

The weather's officially taken a turn for the summery here in Winnipeg (although I know I'm cursing us with rain just by typing those words), and I've been updating my coffees to recognize the shift.

If you're looking for something beyond the usual iced latte, I'd recommend an affogato to you. Here's three reasons why you should run out and order one immediately:

1. You'll feel all fancy and sophisticated ordering it - don't the words affogato just roll off the tongue?
2. There's ICE CREAM in it
3. You get your caffeine kick and that creamy goodness in a chilled form
3. b) Did I mention the ice cream?!?

I particularly love MAKE's incarnation: rich, natural Cornwell Creme vanilla ice cream with a shot of 1936 Fernwood espresso. The slight bitterness of the expresso combined with the sweetness of the ice cream is divine.

2 June 2014

A Pretty Impressive Table

This past Saturday, I had the chance to attend Winnipeg's Table for 1200 - an event coordinated by StorefrontMB and 5468796 Architecture together with AFF. Spanning the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge, 1200 people gathered together for an epic outdoor dinner as the sun set. 

Diners clad in white enjoyed beautiful cold salads (water melon, goat cheese, beats and mint, hello!), meat dishes and a sweet little toffee, chocolate and nut bark for dessert prepared by chefs from Deer + Almond, RAW Gallery and Diversity Food Services.
 
Eating outdoors in perfect weather while surrounded by the Louis Riel Bridge, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the St Boniface Cathedral was both beautiful and surreal. I came away with a deeper appreciation both for Winnipeg's  architecture and its culinary delights.