The food truck/cart industry has always been a staple on the Winnipeg summer landscape. From the chip stands of the early 1930′s right up to modern smokie hotdog carts that dot the Winnipeg summer landscape like dandelions on a prairie field. So why all of the interest in what could be called nouveau gourmand food movement of bringing typically high end restaurant fare and serving it curbside out of a mobile trailer?
Hot Dog carts dot the Winnipeg Landscape
Personally I think it’s about the whole democratization of food, the idea proposed by so many of the crop of new talented cooks and chefs in typically high-end, high pressure jobs. Patrons are starting to suffer from white table-cloth fatigue, the idea of getting dressed up and paying high-end prices for everything but the food is wearing thin. Just think about it, if you go to say 529 Wellington and order a meal you’re not only paying for the food you’re paying for the cost of maintaining the building, the staff, the food supply chain and on and on. Winnipeggers are a fiercely cheap and efficient lot, we brag about how little we paid for something rather than how expensive something is. It only seems to reason that eventually it would filter down to our food choices.
Now I am not saying that Winnipeg invented the high-end food truck, that phenomenon has gone on for years in other enlightened cities having only recently caught on in a big way here due to City Hall’s reluctance to let the inevitable happen.
On any given weekday lunchtime during Winnipeg’s all too brief spring and summer one can wander downtown to Broadway Avenue, the heart of Winnipeg’s open air food scene. As the office towers break for lunch thousands of hungry men and women emerge ready to see the delights awaiting them where grilled smokies and hamburgers once dominated the dining scene.
One sunny spring day I took an hour out of my day and investigated the food truck landscape of East Broadway; here is what I found.
Posted in Cooking and Food, Why Winnipeg Rocks!, Winnipeg and Hometown Goings On, Winnipeg Food Scene, Winnipeg Street Eats
Tagged Beaujena's French Table, Broadway, Food, Food truck, French Cooking, Habanaro Sombrero, Hot Dog Cart, Little Bones, Mexico, Smoothies, So-Cal, Street Food, Stuff It, Tokyo, Tokyo Rabbit, Winnipeg
Paul McCartney: Out There Tour
Less than an hour ago Kevin Donnelly and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced a major concert event for Winnipeg. Sir Paul McCartney will play Investors Group Field on August 12, 2013.
This is Sir Paul’s first appearance in Winnipeg since his New World Tour played the Winnipeg Stadium in 1993. I was a wide-eyed 23-year-old at the time and it was the biggest show I had ever been to. It’s long been a night that I hoped to repeat. With luck I’ll be in the crowd August 12th at Investors Group Field.
Tickets go on sale April 29, 2013 at 10 am local time. Ranging in price from $35 to $250.
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Tagged Classic Rock, Concert, Concert Announcement, Investors Group Field, Paul McCartney, Sir Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Ticketmaster, Video, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Youtube
Every now and then my ever suffering partner Darlene gets a wistful look in her eyes and asks if our nephew Eric can stay over for some quality time with his Auntie Darlene and Uncle Bob. I can hardly ever say no to her requests partly because she loves Eric to pieces, but also because even I have to admit that hanging out with a 6 year old can be pretty cool also.
This time however we had a plan for something extra-special to do with our little buddy. The Manitoba Museum is currently displaying Dinosaurs Unearthed, a interactive and robotic showcase that displays the latest thoughts on the lives of dinosaurs millions of years ago. For a 43 year old man-child and a 6 year old this was a must do event.
Being Spring Break for the schools here in Canada, coupled with it being Good Friday we planned on going early to avoid the insane crowds that the day off would inevitability bring. The first thing we could hardly avoid as we approached the Manitoba Museum from Main Street was the life sized robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex standing guard outside the main entrance to the building. I thought this was going to spell trouble at first as Eric seemed a bit freaked out by the moving T-Rex and the way it growled and howled at us.
And you thought your pit bull was good for home protection!
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Tagged Big Bird, Big Bird's One Sky One World Adventure, Canada, China, Dinosaur, Dinosaurs Unearthed, Easter, Elmo, Hu Hu Zhu, Manitoba Museum, Planetarium, Spring Break, Tyrannosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex
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Tagged Canada, Family Day (Canada), Festival Du Voyageur, Home, Louis Riel, Manitoba, Pea soup, Wordpress