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Living Prairie Museum Native Prairie Plant Sale

The Living Prairie Museum Interpretive Centre opens for the season with the blooming of the Prairie Crocus, Manitoba’s provincial flower. During Crocus Day, usually the latter weekends in April (weather permitting), special programs and guided hikes are available to celebrate spring’s arrival. You probably recognize The Interpretive Centre,  that squat building that sits in a field at the far […]

If you go down to the woods today…

You’re sure of a big surprise. At least that’s what the lyrics to the Teddy Bear’s Picnic promises. And that’s also what the 2013 season of Savour Winnipeg’s Fantastic Forest Forage promises. With the onset of spring (trust me, it’s coming all too fast) thoughts turn easily to the growing season. In spite of iceberg-like […]

Beer: Lions Winter Ale

I was delighted to discover Granville Island Brewing products creeping into our markets about a year ago. At first it was the the Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale, one of many I’d enjoyed at a tasting when I visited their eponymous Vancouver brewery a few years back. Then appeared their Robson Steet Hefeweizen, and subsequently the English […]

Recipe: Ikea Meatballs

Staart the caaaar. STAART THE CAAAAR!!! For those of you focused on the food aspect of the insanity that was the Ikea Winnipeg grand opening on November 28, you’re after only one thing. Meatballs. Maybe you bypassed the carefully constructed avenues of thoughtfully merchandised product, ignorning the items you’re about to need placed just as you need […]

Scotch Tasting

Beaujena’s is well-known for their exquisite wine pairings and un-published menus. Now they’re flipping everything on its end with the announcement of a November 14 Scotch Tasting evening with the following menu: Blue cheese and mushroom crostini – just the thing to get your taste buds fired up. Quinoa aranchini – perhaps a bit Italian […]

Calendar with a Conscience

Who can say no to that face? I love and respect the forest. And I love good food, foraged or otherwise. The 2013 CPAWS wilderness calendar, now on sale, combines two of my favourite things. CPAWS is a non profit organization working toward boreal forest conservation here in the province. Each year as a fundraising […]

Recipe: Acorn Flour

Long prized by leather workers for the concentrated tannins that give hides that characteristic brown finish, with proper preparation they can be a tasty and versatile wild edible. While they can be processed into oil, starch based jellies, or a crude coffee substitute, they’re most often made into a meal or flour substitute. Acorn flour […]

Grazing the Field

Chef Ben Kramer is a well-known advocate of locavore dining. You could say he’s a man outstanding in his field, and now, you can say it literally. Well, it’s not his field, it’s that of the Hueging Family’s Dairy Farm who are hosting a unique foodie experience in which the Diversity Food Services chef serves up a […]

Beer: Phil’s Pils

Well summer’s certainly at its peak, and if you’re going to beat the heat, there’s no better antidote than nice cold beer. I bounce around between IPAs, Wheat Beers (Hefeweizen) and Pilsners. Ever a lover of local fare, enter Half Pints Brewing with Phil’s Pils. Phil’s a real fellow. A real character, and a friend […]