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Report on Winterfest

Geoffchef's picture

Report on Winterfest (post #56883)

I believe I can safely say a good time was had by all and we want to do it again anytime another CTer hits Winnipeg. Hear that Madnoodle? No more ducking! Gotta make time for your online family this summer!
We had a lovely meal from the buffet, since we were all too busy babbling to read the menu and consider ordering anything. Despite this being the first occasion of meeting other CTers for all of us there was not one moment of awkwardness or grasping for something to say, we filled three hours with stimulating conversation and could easily have filled three more. Hopefully the opportunity will arise again sooner than later.


 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

Jean's picture

(post #56883, reply #1 of 27)

Nice to meet you all. Not an ax murderer in the lot. :)



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Geoffchef's picture

(post #56883, reply #2 of 27)

Well sometimes I am a little suspicious of the one in the pink. ;-)


 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 


Edited 1/23/2008 12:34 am by Geoffchef

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

Jean's picture

(post #56883, reply #3 of 27)

Then you had better watch your step!



Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
evelyn's picture

(post #56883, reply #4 of 27)

thanks for posting those pictures - it's always nice to 'see' the family. ;-) (Anyone drink wine?)

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Syrah's picture

(post #56883, reply #16 of 27)

I believe I saw a glass of red by gardencat's place.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

evelyn's picture

(post #56883, reply #17 of 27)

I saw that after I'd posted.LOL

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In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
Syrah's picture

(post #56883, reply #18 of 27)

Although, I was thinking the same thing. I have only just developed a taste for some beers, but they have to be really really good.

And I meant to add, everybody, lovely to see you. It is nice to put faces to names.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

cookgreen's picture

(post #56883, reply #19 of 27)

Can't resist a tease at myself here. So remember, we don't eat out much AND make our own wine.

Somehow I expected DH to have beer and I would probably drink more than 1 glass so when I first asked about wine, someone hands me the wine menu. Well I nearly melted under the table, seriously wondering what on earth I had gotten myself into. Who are these people, I know they like to eat well but...... And it didn't help when I tried to joke about it and nobody 'got' my problem, not even DH. Somehow they all just noticed wine names and I just saw the prices.

Yes, 3 of us shared a bottle of red, so we were quite 'good'.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #56883, reply #20 of 27)

And it wasn't even the $400 bottle.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

assibams's picture

(post #56883, reply #5 of 27)

So nice to add some more faces to the names. Sounds like you had a great time.


Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.

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cookgreen's picture

(post #56883, reply #6 of 27)

It was a wonderful time and I enjoyed the food. Sorry I wasn't thinking faster, wine?, but Plover was more on our way home than yours. Amazing how I found some connections with her, but so typical of our small city.

Looking forward to seeing gardencat again, hope we're not too busy at work.

Plover's picture

(post #56883, reply #11 of 27)

Cookgreen - I just opened up that bottle of sunflower oil - and omigod - it smells like sunflower seeds! It's just beautiful.

Should I keep it in the fridge?

Edited to say duh - I should have read the label before asking.


Edited 1/23/2008 1:08 pm ET by Plover

cookgreen's picture

(post #56883, reply #12 of 27)

Isn't it wonderful! Let me know how you use it. I think it's pure gold in nutritional value, so unlike what we buy with so much shelf life. We haven't done a great job of researching and promoting it properly. You really should visit me whenever we do a press, heavenly sunshine in scent form comes to mind.

Actually we will eventually move the press out into the public area. Our supply of organic sunflower seeds is limited this year so we are not yet using it in all our breads or buns.

debe5t's picture

(post #56883, reply #14 of 27)

You make your own sunflower oil?  Wow!


Deb

cookgreen's picture

(post #56883, reply #15 of 27)

It's at work. Strangly enough we were just guessing today what the press cost and I was the closest, around 25G. My cousin thought it was around 40 BUT the guy we work with was sure it was over 100 thousand. He seems almost in love with it, every time he assembles or takes it apart he marvels at how well it is made.

And of course I thoroughly enjoy besting him at anything, cooking or otherwise. It's not just the male/female thing but also that young versus old. He thinks I'm too competitive, I claim just to want some fun.

gardencat's picture

(post #56883, reply #13 of 27)

Thank you for a great visit and a very lovely lunch! I can report that all of the food was very tasty and the cinnamon bun was just perfect for dinner tonight! I'm so glad we had a chance to have a good visit!

I took some photos from last night and of your kitchen today. Once I get home and have the right programs to be able to resize my photos, I'll post them for everyone.

Just so you know, the Riverwalk was just fine for walking and I went as far as James Street before the frost level threatened to take over my nostrils. It was a great day!

Wolvie's picture

(post #56883, reply #7 of 27)

nice pics - looks like a great time. :-)


The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

gardencat's picture

(post #56883, reply #8 of 27)

Yes, it was great to meet the Winnipeg 'gang' and I can report that there really is not an ax murdered in the group, self included. I'm so glad that everyone was willing to meet and that you chose such a perfect location for this! By the end of the evening, the staff were making loud noises trying to encourage us to leave, but we had too much to say to each other.

We were too busy to take any photos of our plates! However we did have some wine or beer, depending on personal taste, for anyone who was concerned.

And, yes, the Winnipeg climate is delivering perfect cold crisp weather just for me! I apologize for the prolonged cold snap, but it is supposed to end tonight. Just long enough for me to get a good taste of it.

I highly encourage anyone else who is thinking of coming this way to do so--the Winnipeg gang is very friendly!

Geoffchef's picture

(post #56883, reply #21 of 27)

Since we were sitting at opposite ends of the table I never got to ask you - how many cats do you have? We'll talk gardening next visit.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

gardencat's picture

(post #56883, reply #22 of 27)

I wonder if we should have played musical chairs at some point... I have since had breakfast with Plover and Lunch with Cookgreen. But you and I did not have a chance.

Yes, I have one cat now--too timid to share a house with another cat (or me, some days). I would love to talk gardening--I'm a guerrilla gardener myself and live in a microclime that is half a zone milder than the usual in Ottawa--that is a real privilege.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #56883, reply #24 of 27)

Musical chairs would have been a good idea. DW told me how much she enjoyed talking to you.
So between us at the table we have 11 cats.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

gardencat's picture

(post #56883, reply #25 of 27)

Good thing we did not bring our cats to dinner!

I'm finally home and here are the photos I took of our dinner. Once again, I apologize for not getting up and getting photos of the others. I had a great time and I'm so glad the Winnipeg CTers were willing come out on a cold night to warm a stranger! It put some really warm feelings into the whole week. Thank you!

I know Ottawa is probably not high on your list of places to visit, although it is a great place in the spring, summer and fall. If you, or any CTers come up here, I'd be very happy to plan a fest.

cookgreen's picture

(post #56883, reply #26 of 27)

Ok, I'd like to say the mystery is solved but if I could read I wouldn't have been so stumped, and DH as well. I thought you walked to James Bridge and neither of us could figure out where that is, if you took the River walk.

I often do it on my half hour break but now, with some inspiration from you, I go to work early and do an hour walk. Sooo, today I turn around and there it is, James Street. Silly me I even looked around for a bridge and there was only this building jutting out into the river, the Police Water Patrol station. I guess speed reading does get me into trouble.

It was a lovely walk! The Forks, and our now famous World's longest skating trails were packed, the bakery staff were swamped all day. But I had the River Walk almost all to myself, I'm sure that will now be my favourite route.

Heh, isn't it the Ottawa skating trail we've beaten out for that record?

gardencat's picture

(post #56883, reply #27 of 27)

I'm glad it makes sense. James Street isn't a big one and ends in the area of the cultural zone. That is a great walk and I am very glad you have been enjoying it. On Wednesday there was only one skater, but the river looked like a great place to skate.

It was fun reading the Winnipeg press about the "longest" outdoor skating rink." That is one of those nice stories that is good for both cities and we both get to feel good about what we have. If it gets people outside and active in the winter that is the most important part! Ottawa was able to open a small part of our skating rink on the Rideau Canal on Friday. As the forecast for this week continues to flirt with temperatures around the freezing mark, we won't see the whole thing open very soon. Our winter festival "Winterlude" starts next weekend and many of the activities will have to be relocated off the ice, unfortunately.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #56883, reply #9 of 27)

Hey, that's nice to meet you and everybody else!

of course, I am a little green with envy, but.....

 


 


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Geoffchef's picture

(post #56883, reply #10 of 27)

If we see anybody turning green or any other suspicious colour around here we just put them outside for a few minutes. Everything evens out to a pleasant pale blue.

 


ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary


 

 

ADAM'S APPLE, n.
A protuberance in the throat of man, thoughtfully provided by Nature to keep the rope in place.
Ambrose Bierce - The Devil's Dictionary

 

FitnessNut's picture

(post #56883, reply #23 of 27)

How nice to see some pictures! Looks like a warm spot in a Winnipeg January....wish I'd been there. Maybe one day....

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