Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dacotah Drive-In Closes for the Cold

Last Saturday evening I was one of the lucky 24 people that attended Dacotah Drive-In's final showing before it closed for winter. Andrew Paul McCrea (photo below) decided that the last projection of the season would be an epic triple feature containing the films Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and then The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 
It was so amazing to experience going to a drive-in theatre again!
The movies began showing at 7:30pm. Before that, Andrew had his "lobby" open with lots of free snacks such as freshly popped popcorn from his popcorn machine, deep-fried onion rings from his mini deep-fryer (shown in the bottom right photo), and burgers he was cooking on his griddle from home.
The movies were displayed on the outside of a shed that belongs to Andrew's sister's boyfriend. I was really impressed by how good the movies looked when projected on to the shed. In my mind I was expecting a smaller, less clear image to appear on the "screen", but instead it was large and very clear. The radio system that Andrew had set up was also perfect and only required the drivers to turn to 107.5 on their radios in order to hear the audio of the movie.
Long story short, so many folks came out and the whole evening was a blast! And because Andrew began the movies so early, the last film finished at 12:30am, allowing everyone plenty of time to drive back to the city to get some shut-eye. I can't wait for the next season.
If you'd be interested in going to the Dacotah Drive-in when it re-opens in the spring, check out their Facebook page and take a look at Andrew's previous posts about his drive-in here and here.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

My First Football Game

On Saturday I went to the Canad Inns Stadium to watch a live football game for the first time ever. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were playing against the Calgary Stampeders at noon and I was there to write an article for my journalism class.
My first time going to a football game was quite the adventure. It started with me arriving downtown at the MTS Centre to make a transfer to Polo Park. At first I thought I would be taking the 11 Polo Park, or perhaps the 24 Ness Express, or maybe the good ol' 21 Portage Express. Oh my naiveté.
Almost as soon as I stepped off my first bus, a "Stadium Shuttle" arrived at the stop. Suddenly the small group of people around me who were also waiting began to cheer, and I knew that that bus was meant for me.
The shuttle quickly arrived at the stadium and I began to walk around, looking for something I could turn into a story. Unfortunately I was over an hour early, so there wasn't anyone to talk to besides tailgaters. But then an hour later I was standing in the crowd singing Oh Canada and thanking the Lord for making the weather so beautiful.
And then I sat down.
Did you know that the highest seats in the stadium are made out of metal? Do you know how cold your butt will get if you sit on those seats in chilly weather?! After about 30 minutes of watching the game I suddenly understood why everyone was carrying multiple blankets. The rowdy gentlemen behind me got a kick out of watching me shiver and bounce my legs and joked about how every time I brought out my cellphone I must be texting my friends to say how cold I was.
They were spot on.
Overall it was a fun game to watch even though the Bombers lost. It was interesting hearing the reactions of the crowd, watching the cannon blow every time the home team scored a touchdown, and seeing the many colourful faces of the fans that sat around me.
But unfortunately I don't feel like I totally understand how the game works and still have a few questions. Like, why isn't the ball round? And how come only some people get to kick it? And I thought only goalies were supposed to wear masks. And why does everyone hate the guys wearing the white and black striped shirts?
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Friday, October 12, 2012

A Post From VIMWAC: Smoke's Poutinerie

This is a post from VIMWAC about my first experience at Smoke's Poutinerie. To see the orginal post, click here.
So last week a classmate and I decided to walk over to Smoke's Poutinerie to grab a quick bite to eat before our next class started. What's that? You say you've never heard of this beautiful place? Well never fear. I was like that too once. Thank goodness I put an end to that sooner rather than later. I already feel sad enough having never heard of the place until this school year, I can't imagine how depressed I'd be if I hadn't eaten at Smoke's Poutinerie until after I graduated. 
This was my first time going to the restaurant devoted to serving specialty poutine and I was so excited.
As soon as I stepped in I was immediately impressed by the interior design, a throwback to old-fashion diners. The menu was equally impressive. From Traditional poutine to Curry Chicken and Philly Cheesesteak, Smoke's has a wide selection that will satisfy any poutine craving. They even have a few vegetarian options for people who can live without bacon, such as the Veggie, Veggie Deluxe, and the Veggie Nacho. 
My friend got the Bacon poutine (clearly she is not one of the people I mentioned above).
And I ordered the Veggie Deluxe poutine, which comes with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and green peas, along with the classic gravy and cheese curds. 
I thought the poutine was delicious and I am definitely going back to try their Veggie Nacho which comes with salsa, guacamole, jalapeños, and sour cream. My friend and I both ordered the small sizes of poutine, and at first I was a little worried it may not be enough and would leave me hungry again later in the afternoon, but it was actually a struggle to finish the entire box. I'm really glad I played it safe, because it would have been a horrible tragedy to waste such delicious food.
If you'd like to visit Smoke's Poutinerie and taste some of their different poutines, they are located in the Exchange District at 131 Albert Street.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Post From VIMWAC: The MFB Gathering at Segovia

I originally blogged about the MFB gathering at Segovia on my food blog VIMWAC. If you would like to see the original post, click here.
Last week I was lucky enough to go to a fun and entertaining event at Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant. The Manitoba Food Bloggers group held their monthly gathering at the stylish eatery just off Osborne St. last Tuesday from 6pm-8pm. Segovia has been in the news recently after Macleans released a list of what it believes to be the top 50 restaurants in Canada and Segovia was listed as one of the two best restaurants in Winnipeg (the other was Pizzeria Gusto). If you'd like to see the other restaurants in Canada that made the list, click here for the original article.
The event was amazing. The restaurant's interior invited people to relax and socialize with its warm tones and dim lighting, and the food was some of the best I had ever had. The event was titled "Time for Tapas", "tapas" being Spanish for "appetizers", so the evening was filled with an endless supply of delectable one-bite morsels coming from the kitchen. Along with the tapas that were being walked around the restaurant, there were small wooden boards placed on each table containing various cheeses, different types of salami, olives, nuts, and fruit preserves. If you'd like to take a look at Segovia's menu, click here.
I'm excited to announce that I have finally tried blue cheese! I didn't like it though. Even though I loved how smooth and creamy it was, the sharp aftertaste wasn't all that pleasant. I also had the opportunity to try many other things for the first time while at Segovia. Scallops, octopus, sardines! It was both amazing and nerve-wracking. A little warning: octopus is really chewy.
It was also really great to see other food bloggers from Manitoba last Tuesday. Colin from, Adrian from, Courtney from The Fig Tree, and Destini from The Healthy Wife were all there, and I also got to meet some new folks too.
If you'd like to learn more about Manitoba Food Bloggers or would like to attend some of their future events, go to their facebook page.
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