Where’d you get that slice?

I was treated to yet another day of birthday dinner surprises. The intended restaurant of choice was at Assiniboine Park, but we discovered that the restaurant at the duck pond wasn’t open to the public for dinner service. 

After a bit of driving around, we decided to make our way over to Carbone Coal Fired Pizza located at 1580 Taylor Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba. This is the second location to be opened here in Winnipeg with the original store located downtown.

 The staff was friendly and greeted us at the door as we entered. The restaurant was clean and well decorated. Our service was prompt and the menu was very easy to make a quick selection. The pizzas are available in either 12″ or 16″ on traditional or glutton free crusts. They have several menu pizzas or you can build your own. 

  
We decided to try the Calabrese Pizza which features Calabrese Salami, Roasted Red Peppers, Kalamata Olives & Spicy Eggplant. The pizza was incredibly delicious and I definitely got to eat more than my half (it was my birthday dinner after all, right?). The flavours provided by the coal oven are incomparable. 

Based on our visit, I am certainly looking forward to trying more of this menu on a future visit. I would give Carbone Coal Fired Pizza a rating of 4 super stars out of 5.

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Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is a really exciting day for me.  I am celebrating the first day of the start of the last year in my 20’s… aka I just turned 29.  I am pretty excited about starting another year and have set some new goals for myself.

I wanted to start this year by looking back at some of the crazy memories we have made over the last year.  It has been a lot of fun and I wanted to share them with all of you.

Check it out below!

Do You Know Johnny G?

Is it really fair to write a restaurant review blog in the middle of a boil water order for the city of Winnipeg? Probably not, but the doors were unlocked so I walked in, sat down, and now here we are writing a blog.

Today, I want to share with you one of my favourite restaurants from many years ago, but I haven’t been here in quite a while so I decided to pop my head back into Johnny G’s restaurant. Located at 177 McDermot Avenue, in the heart of the exchange district near downtown Winnipeg, Johnny G’s right across from a multilevel parkade and a moments walk from the nearest skywalk entrance.

On my visit, I managed to beat the evening rush to dinner. I was seated immediately and provided with a menu that was printed with small font on a dark background in dim lighting. Talk about starting out dinner with a challenge. I was informed that the kitchen was fully functional with the boil water order in effect, but the bar had no ice and they had no bottled water available. I like that they clarified any possible items that weren’t available before I had the chance to order.

The server quickly took my order as there was only a couple tables. She was very kind and recommended that I try the Johnny’s “courage” chilli burger. I paired that up with a pint of Guinness (of course). She returned shortly with my beer that she had poured with almost an inch of foam that was pouring down the sides of the glass. I would have appreciated it greatly if she had taken the moment to wipe the side of the glass personally.

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The wait time for my food was reasonable. I was provided with all the proper cutlery and condiments before the food hit the table which is always greatly appreciated so that I can start eating my meal while it is still hot. Sadly today, I didn’t even get to enjoy my hot food because the french fries were past warm and already moving over to cold. I feel like they would have been perfect if they were hot as they had been seasoned with just the right amount of salt. Unfortunately, the problem wasn’t solved by the server as she never came back to check on my food until I had finished eating.

The chilli burger was a naked burger served coated with chilli. Overall, I was disappointed with my meal choice. I am a fan of a naked burger if the chilli has enough flavour to carry the burger, but this chilli was definitely too weak for that challenge. The chilli tasted like nothing more than seasoned ground beef in a thick tomato sauce. On a positive note, I can say the burger was served nice and hot.

The restaurant was very clean. This is always a good thing. However, the restaurant environment was slightly disappointing overall. The lighting was slightly too high for eating, but not high enough to read the menu. The music was appropriate for the venue, but not loud enough as I could clearly hear the conversation of the people sitting at the tables on the other side of the restaurant.

Final Verdict
This was definitely not the Johnny G’s experience that I remembered and loved. I was really let down by the below expectation food quality. Based on my visit, I am sadly giving Johnny G’s a rating of 2/5. Clean and friendly can’t compensate for cold, bland food. I won’t say I will not come back because they are open until 4am and who doesn’t like restaurant food after the bar, but if I have the choice in the future Johnny G’s isn’t going to be anywhere near the top of my list.

Stella’s Cafe and Bakery – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Stella's Cafe & Bakery - Sherbrook  Photo from www.stellas.ca

Stella’s Cafe & Bakery – Sherbrook
Photo from http://www.stellas.ca

Today, I want to share with you one of Winnipeg’s favourite restaurants.  Stella’s Cafe & Bakery is a common place to go for a delicious meal with friends, but they are most certainly well known for their breakfasts.

Blueberry Banana French Toast

Blueberry Banana French Toast

Opened in 1999 with one location in Osborne village, they have grown to 6 locations including one located in the newly constructed Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Ensure that you are prepared for a wait because people love the fresh, high quality food provided by Stella’s.

The menu is unique and features in-house baked bars, breaks, buns, cakes, cookies, muffins, pies and other pastries.  I love that they serve breakfast day all-day, with options such as Blueberry French Toast, Smoked Salmon Breakfast, and my personal favourite the Mexican Breakfast which features Eggs served on baked beans and Guacamole.

Salmon Breakfast Custom Ordered Gluten Free

Salmon Breakfast
Custom Ordered Gluten Free

The staff is always friendly and they are willing to go above and beyond to make this a dining experience you are sure to enjoy.  They also serve their own brand of Stella’s jam which features “strawberries, blueberries, sugar, pectin & love” available for purchase for $5.00.

You can find their full menu online, but my advice is go check their menu out at one of their locations.  You will not be disappointed.