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lindy28's picture

Winnipeg (post #56917)

Hi to Winnipeg. I am flying in to Winnipeg on November 3rd to then drive to Kenora to visit a dear friend in a battle with kidney cancer. On the trip home I am going to drive to Winnipeg the afternoon of November 10. I'm staying overnight at the airport and flying out the next morning. Is anyone able to meet for dinner?(Not at the airport!) Would love to meet and put faces to names.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #56917, reply #1 of 45)

I'm game! There's a new Italian restaurant called Dacquisto which I haven't tried yet but has gotten rave reviews, this would be a good excuse. Let's see if we can get the rest of the Winnipeg contingent on board.

 


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

 

madnoodle's picture

(post #56917, reply #4 of 45)

I'm intrigued . . . I won't be in Winnipeg at that time, but is Dacquisto owned by Mike Dacquisto? 

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lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #6 of 45)

Yes it is. If I knew how to send a link I would, but I just googled and up came a review and then I went on to the menu and it looks quite wonderful. Sorry that you won't be in Winnipeg, I would love to have met you. Weren't you possibly moving to Kamloops?

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #8 of 45)

A trip to Winnipeg won't be quite complete without a visit to the Forks. Drop by for a coffee and cinnamon. Our croissants have been taken home to France by the dozens, but then we do have a French baker. He wrote his citizenship test today so we dare hope he'll stay.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #11 of 45)

I have been known to risk my life for cinnamon buns and croissants. Where are you so I can come by on my way to Winnipeg. My friend in Kenora is in the same category as me when it comes to cinnamon buns.

Oops, I mean on my way to Kenora. Got so excited about the buns I forgot where I was headed!


Edited 10/28/2008 7:11 pm by lindy28

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #12 of 45)

The Forks, as in rivers, is in the heart of downtown. We have two separate sites in the Market, a kitchen, GrassRoots and the bakery is Tall Grass. We visit/need each other lots, the most common scene is to see any one of us standing with a blank stare, 'what did I come here for?'

Oh well, we can always grab a coffee and a bite of something.

In that case you must stop by for a pack of six, on us. Anything to help fight that cancer beast, lost my mom to it when I was 12.

Edited 10/28/2008 7:22 pm ET by cookgreen


Edited 10/28/2008 7:25 pm ET by cookgreen

madnoodle's picture

(post #56917, reply #13 of 45)

Am I understanding you?  Do you work at Tall Grass Prairie Bakery?  If so, I worship at your feet.  My little sister lives around the corner from the original location in Wolseley, so I'm quite familiar with those cinnamon buns and the yummy coffee.


 


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cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #15 of 45)

Yes that coffee keeps me awake many mornings and if I don't stay away from it on closings, some nights too. With all that great baking trying to lose weight or worse keeping off some hard lost ones is tough.
The Wolseley location is due for major renovations that have been talked about since I started 2 1/2 years ago, have again been pushed to April 09.
Since they started, what 20 years ago, they've had a unique niche in the market. Not so much anymore, everybody sells organic whole wheat breads now. So our kitchen with home made meals, salads and canning could be important but it's been hard to get past that profit line, especially with poor management. We've been doing lots of catering out of there but so poorly managed I'm afraid they're considering scaling back as we've lost our main girl in that department.
I'm heading into a catering meeting this morning, on my day off no less, with no idea what's up. I've tried to beg off, so detest meetings that go nowhere and change nothing. I'm just a worker bee type.

madnoodle's picture

(post #56917, reply #19 of 45)

I can pretty much date the opening of TG to about 1990.  I was at U of W with a young woman who was one of the original group which started it.


My sister got married last New Year's Eve, and her wedding cake was the lemon-poppyseed from TG.  Best wedding cake (maybe even best cake) I've ever had.


I'd weigh 300 lbs if I worked there.


Hope you get some good news at your meeting today.


I believe in compost.


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #23 of 45)

The meeting was a disaster, but still glad it happened. I'm sure I was a stick in the wheel. I may be just a worker but don't tell me we have to shut down something in huge demand just because the person running it doesn't want to let someone else give it a try. Owner or not.

The bakery at Wolseley is amazing in its almost cult like support or following. There is a story of this young man, he grew up around the bakery, who left for England to go to school. He was desperately homesick and in one phone call told his mom, 'If I could only have one cinnamon bun from Tall Grass I'm sure I could survive this!' Well his mom heard of someone who was leaving for England and would be passing through this small location by train, no scheduled stop. She got a fresh batch of buns, got them on the plane and arranged for them to be thrown out of the train and her son was there waiting to catch them. That is Tall Grass, crazy at times to be sure, but still wonderful.

I miss my teaching days, but I won't trade this job for anything. But I'd sure like to fix a few things.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #14 of 45)

I am so sorry about your mom. It is difficult to lose a parent but at that age it must have been very hard. I fly in the evening of Nov 3rd but won't head to Kenora until the next morning, so will come by the market. I'm left handed and very directionally challenged so it will be fun to see how lost I get on the way there!!! Looking forward to meeting you.

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #16 of 45)

Thank you, it was and still is tough. If you can come by Tuesday morning I will be there early and have time for coffee. I'm considering moving my days off to Tuesday and Wednesday but for you I will postpone that. Looking forward to meeting you, and making a care package for your friend.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #20 of 45)

Thanks so much. I so appreciate your time. Will see you Tuesday the 4th.
Linda

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #24 of 45)

If you come before 8 or 8:30 you need to enter through the Pancake House doors, and follow your nose to the bakery. They will direct you to the kitchen. All the main doors should be open after that. Looking forward to seeing you.

I'm there just before 6 and will be working on a savoury bread pudding. So many people ask for our recipe but unless they make it with great bread, it won't be the same. We use any combination from our day old shelves, except sour dough.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #25 of 45)

Okay, I am armed with a map and directions from the airport hotel. Brad needs fattening up so I will take advantage of the goodies and ingredients at the market to do some cooking while at their house. Thanks so much for suggesting I come by.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #37 of 45)

Made it to Kenora with only one boo-boo getting going in the right direction. I always seem to have to get turned around once. Thank you so much for your time and generosity this morning. Brad and Freda were overwhelmed with the bread and goodies. And it was so nice to meet you and chat. I look forward to seeing you and meeting your husband on the 10th.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #56917, reply #38 of 45)

Reservation made for 6:30 on Monday under Geoffchef. Looking forward to meeting you. Don't know about the rest of the axe murderers.

 


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

 

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #40 of 45)

Thanks for organizing this Geoff! See you next week.

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #42 of 45)

Hey, I've killed many a bug in my life, but never resorted to an axe yet!

Geoffchef's picture

(post #56917, reply #45 of 45)

You can't be too careful!

 


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

 

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #39 of 45)

Nice to meet you too. I love sharing our breads and yes cinnamon too. I was only worried about you getting out of the Forks area itself and I meant to direct you when we went outside. Once you get on some main streets that show up on a map I expected you would be ok.

If you come by Monday morning, I'll be there until noon, we should take a minute walk to see the two rivers. Hope your friends are well.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #41 of 45)

Would love to do this, but not sure what time I will be leaving Kenora. Although Brad is doing so much better it will still be hard to leave. We are so enjoying the goodies. Thanks again.

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #43 of 45)

We may be getting snow on Friday, yuck. Cloudy and -4 for Monday should still be ####safe drive. Enjoy your visit.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #44 of 45)

Thanks for the heads up. I did rent an AWD vehicle so should be fine. If the weather is really yucky though I will likely leave earlier in the day.

madnoodle's picture

(post #56917, reply #9 of 45)

I'll have to look for it.  DH knew Mike Dacquisto way back when.  I'm a former Winnipegger, now in SK.  Yes, the Kamloops plan rears up every now and then, but still nothing definite.  One (of many) complicating factor is that we finally, after years of waiting and heartbreak, have a cottage on a lake in northern MB.  It just seems silly to leave now, when we're finally able to use it.

I believe in compost.


 

What if there were no hypothetical questions?

 

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #10 of 45)

I can certainly understand that. I have a cabin 45 minutes north of Kamloops on North Barriere Lake. Made a difficult decision three years back to move farther away from it (we were in Vancouver) and it is a bit of an event getting there from the island.

lindy28's picture

(post #56917, reply #5 of 45)

Oh, how sweet and spontaneous of you. I have checked out the restaurant, read the menu, got a map... The menu sounds wonderful. And I will be sad to be leaving my friends so thank you for taking the time to meet. Something to look forward to.

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #7 of 45)

Sounds great, where is it? I usually close the kitchen on Mondays, but can make other arrangements.

Geoffchef's picture

(post #56917, reply #18 of 45)

It's in that new mess around McGillivray and Kenaston - turn east from Kenaston 1 traffic light south of McG. Any idea what time you can make it?

 


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

 

cookgreen's picture

(post #56917, reply #22 of 45)

Wow, right in my area. I can make anytime, I will switch shifts no problem. Any pizza there? That would be a winner with Glen. He needs to gain a few pounds. You may not recognize him